Akira Toriyama and her Dragon Ball have been a source of inspiration for all contemporary Shonen cartoonists. Among these there is also Mikio Ikemoto, assistant of Masashi Kishimoto now working on Boruto: Naruto the Next Generations, who celebrated the next Dragon Ball 40th anniversary.
In the 2024 Dragon Ball will turn 40 since its debut and to celebrate this important milestone, Shueisha has given life to the Dragon Ball Super Gallery Project initiative. Each month, one of the authors of Shonen Jump is called to pay tribute to the legendary work of Akira Toriyama by redesigning one of his covers.
If last month he was the author of Dragon Quest he pay homage to Dragon Ball, for the fifteenth appointment with the Gallery Project is Mikio Ikemoto to have been called into question. The illustrator of Boruto: Naruto the Next Generations has chosen to redesign the cover of Dragon Ball Volume 7, in which the teenagers Bulma and Goku are riding a motorcycle. In the version of the master Ikemoto, the stylistic trait is completely different and also the angle of the drawing is different. It doesn’t change the fact that Goku is holding on to Bulma’s pants.
Mikio Ikemoto was Kishimoto’s assistant from 1999 to 2014 and together with him he made Naruto. Currently, he is instead busy with the sequel Boruto. We remind you that Masashi Kishimoto previously participated in the Dragon Ball Super Gallery Project.