It’s official: Yusuke Murata can do no wrong when it comes to Dragon Ball. The artist may be best-known for his work on One Punch Man, but fans of Akira Toriyama have come to know Murata for his recent Dragon Ball art. And, now, the talented artist is sharing a sketch he did of two truly terrifying Saiyans.
Taking to Twitter, Murata shared a sketch he penned of Vegeta and Nappa during their Dragon Ball Z days. As fans can see below, Vegeta is shown wearing his Scouter with his tail tucked around his waist. Nappa, on the other hand, is shown hulking out with his muscular frame. The towering Saiyan is literally crackling with energy, and his fists are about twice the size of the his bald head.
Dragon Ball fans will surely be familiar with Vegeta, but some may need a quick refresher on Nappa. The massive Saiyan was an elite warrior from Planet Vegeta who worked with Vegeta under Freeza. As an aid, it was Nappa’s job to protect Vegeta and accompany him. Nappa did just that when he visited Earth to help claim it for Freeza. The warrior fights with Goku’s comrades before he faces the hero himself. And, when Nappa loses against Goku, the Saiyan is ultimately killed by Vegeta for being “useless.” Ouch.
This is not the first Dragon Ball sketch Murata has shared as of late. The artist has been published various drawings of Akira Toriyama’s characters over the last month or so. Sketches of Piccolo, Whis, Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and more have been posted to Murata’s Twitter in the last few weeks.
For those unfamiliar with the One Punch Man series, here is a summary of the plot from Viz Media:
"Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!"
ベジータとナッパ pic.twitter.com/l9J7RIBHOW— 村田雄介 (@NEBU_KURO) July 7, 2017
The series first started as an ongoing web-comic by the author that goes by One, in early 2009. The comic went viral and so a full remake and publication of the series began in 2012 on Shueisha's Young Jump Web Comics website. Viz Media brought the manga to America in 2016 in the Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. One Punch's anime series was created by Madhouse and first aired in Japan in late 2015, and was dubbed for English in the summer of 2016. The anime and manga both have had huge international success and recognition since release, winning New York Times Manga's Best Sellers List, was nominated for an Eisner Award, and the anime was also featured on the popular Toonami block.