Shueisha’s Shonen Jump + manga site has published a spin-off manga with an unlikely hero, to put it mildly. Titled Dragon Ball Gaiden: Tensei Shitara Yamcha Datta Ken (Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha), the series is based on Akira Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball manga, and artist Dragon Garow Lee drew Yamcha as the champion of Toriyama’s story.
In the first chapter, a high school boy who takes a fatal fall down the stairs is reincarnated in the Dragon Ball world. Knowing what comes later in the manga, he utilises of his foresight to make Yamcha the hero of the world instead. Move over Goku.
The title of the spin-off is a play on Fuse’s Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (The Case of Being Reincarnated as a Slime) novels, in which a man is murdered and subsequently finds he’s become a slime monster in a fantasy world. Fuse’s series ranked 8th in Takarajimasha’s ‘Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!’ (‘This Light Novel Is Amazing!’) rankings for 2017, as released in November. The publishers’ equivalent guidebook for manga, ‘This Manga Is Amazing!’, this year named the transgender story ECHOES as its Grand Prix Award winner.