“Dragon Ball” is back, but not quite the way you remember it. Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump Plus digital manga magazine has launched a “What If…?”-style story that positions Yamcha as the hero of “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z.”
Written and illustrated by Dragon Garow Lee, “Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha” kicks off when a high school student finds himself in the body of Yamcha of “Dragon Ball” fame. But this isn’t just any high school student; no, this character has an extensive knowledge of Akira Toriyama’s original “Dragon Ball” manga. The student is then able to use this information to make Yamcha a formidable hero of his own.
In the original manga, Yamcha started out as a desert bandit. Though he was initially one of Goku’s antagonists, he went on to become a friend and ally. Despite being a skilled swordsman and martial artist, the character often comes under fire for being one of “Dragon Ball’s” weaker fighters. However, it looks like his fortune is about to change in “”Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha.”
The original manga followed Son Goku in his search for the Dragon Balls, in order to summon a wish-granting dragon. However, he wasn’t the only person in pursuit of the Dragon Balls, and he came up against both friend and foe in his quest. In order to attain the Dragon Balls, Goku trains rigorously and becomes a skilled martial artist. As such, it looks like “”Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha’s” Yamcha will offer him some serious competition.
The first issue is now available to read, but it is only available in the original Japanese at this time.
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