Neko Majin (ネコマジン) is a short series of one-shot manga chapters by Akira Toriyama, spanning eight total
Neko Majin

installments released from 1999-2005. It is most notable for its later portion, Neko Majin Z, which is a self-parody of Dragon Ball, the author's most famous work.

Introduction Edit

Originally a one-shot bearing little relation to Akira Toriyama's other series, the first chapter of Neko Majin appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in April 1999 (WJ #22-23). Though there were some similarities, it didn't become a self-parody of the Dragon Ball manga until Neko Majin Z, which had cameos of characters from the author's magnum opus. As of 2005, the series was completed with eight total chapters (five of which are Dragon Ball parodies). These chapters were compiled into a "kanzenban"-style package for release in Japan on 4 April 2005.

Releases Edit

Original serialization Edit

All chapters of Neko Majin were originally published in Weekly/Monthly Shōnen Jump in Japan.

  • Neko Majin ga Iru (ネコマジンがいる "Neko Majin is Here"): April 1999 (Weekly Shōnen * Jump, 1999 #22-23)
  • Neko Majin ga Iru 2: August 1999 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 1999 #37-38)
  • Neko Majin Mike (ネコマジンみけ): August 2003 (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 2003 #37-38)
  • Neko Majin Z (ネコマジン Z): June 2001 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2001 #6)
  • Neko Majin Z 2: August 2003 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2003 #9)
  • Neko Majin Z 3: February 2004 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2004 #3)
  • Neko Majin Z 4: January 2005 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2005 #1)
  • Neko Majin Z 5: February 2005 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2005 #2)

Collected release Edit

All eight chapters are collected in one volume, published by Shueisha's Jump Comics imprint.

General information Edit

Zen Hosato wrote The series revolves around the adventures of various characters from the "Neko Majin" race, a group of cats that can use a little bit of magic, but seem to enjoy practical jokes and martial arts even more. It eventually spins off into Neko Majin Z, centralizing around "Z", a cat-like version of Son Goku complete with nyoi-bo and typically Dragon Ball Z-style attacks, such as the "Neko-Hameha", an attack that the Neko Majin from Neko Majin, "Neko Majin", also used. Other familiar motifs show up during the course of the series, including Freeza's son Kuriza, a fat Super Saiyan named Onio (following the Saiyans vegeta' vegetable pun trend, this one is an obvious pun in onion), and even cameos by actual Dragon Ball characters Vegeta, Majin Buu, and Son Goku. Despite the references to Dragon Ball, the series itself is not a continuation of the manga series and the various references are not intended to be canonical. Although the connection is tenuous, several references to Neko Majin Z were added as Easter eggs to the Japanese version of the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (notably in the form of Kuriza as an alternate outfit for Freeza, complete with a chestnut-shaped Death Ball attack), and Z makes an appearance as a secret support character in the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z: Super Sonic Warriors 2.

English-language release Edit

Viz has translated the English version of Neko Majin titled, "Neko Majin Z", and is in September issue of Shonen Jump

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