The 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball History Book has given us some of the biggest creators in anime delivering their own interpretations of some of the most epic characters within the Dragon Ball franchise. Now, the creator behind the idiosyncratic anime series, Assassination Classroom, has delivered his own take on the once villain, now hero Piccolo. Yusei Matsui created a franchise that delivers fast paced action alongside a unique premise and manages to take that same energy in this sketch of everyone's favorite Namekian.
Twitter User GovetaXV shared this impressive sketch from Matsui, with Piccolo delivering his patented energy blast that comes firing out of his mouth, which he has employed against villainous threats and Son Goku alike:
Piccolo Drawn by Yūsei Matsui (Assassination Classroom Manga Writer and Illustrator) for Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Super History Book : 2016 pic.twitter.com/PK9jYjw2xX— GovetaXV🐉 (Pretty Sarcastic) (@GovetaXV) October 8, 2019
If you're unfamiliar with Assassination Classroom, an alien calling itself Koro Sensei gives the Earth an ultimatum: either a classroom of students manages to kill him during a school year or the nigh immortal extraterrestrial will bring about the end of days. Koro Sensei could come right out of the Dragon Ball universe, with a power level that was so large, it would allow him to move at light speed and perform super human feats of strength. The extraterrestrial teacher would have fit right into the recent Tournament of Power arc which took place in the Dragon Ball Super series.
Piccolo happens to be an alien himself, though at the start of the Dragon Ball franchise, he was thought to be a demon. His original incarnation was that of an old Namekian man, terrorizing the countryside and attempting to take over the world. When a young Son Goku managed to blow a hole through his upper torso, the older Piccolo managed to spit out an egg that became the Piccolo we know today. It was through his relationship with Gohan that he truly became a hero and left his plans to take over the world by the wayside.
What do you think of this amazing Piccolo sketch from the creator of Assassination Classroom franchise? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, Dragon Ball, and Assassination Classroom!
Dragon Ball Super currently airs its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block on Saturday evenings, and is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese-language release of the series is complete, and available to stream on FunimationNOW and Crunchyroll. The manga has chapters that can currently be read for free thanks to Viz Media, and Dragon Ball Super's big movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.