Unforgettable Super Saiyan 4: Not Created by Akira Toriyama


The discarded design of Super Saiyan 3 from Dragon Ball Z was interesting, but there’s something even more powerful. Although Dragon Ball GT is not canon after the arrival of Super, certain character designs, transformations, and enemies are truly impressive. The unforgettable Super Saiyan 4 is one that stands out.

This definitive transformation combines the Super Saiyan state with that of the Giant Ape, giving a power superior to everything seen up to that moment. It was only achieved by Goku, Vegeta, and their fusion, Gogeta. However, there was a design discarded from this fourth phase, and it was something peculiar.

GT was not made by Akira Toriyama in first person; collaborators of the legendary mangaka were responsible for this sequel. The Super Saiyan 4 was created by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, one of the most important animators and character designers on the Toriyama team.

The creation process of the Super Saiyan 4 design was usual, without a great anecdote behind it, but it is evident that Nakatsuru’s design changes a lot with respect to the character that could be seen in the series. Mainly, the color palette was different. The carmine red color of the upper part of the body was changed to a purple-blue which almost looks gray in the image. The “eyeliner” around the eyes is also much more noticeable, as well as a rougher face than the final one.

This design is very different from the version that ended up appearing in Dragon Ball GT and has made tens of thousands of fans keep it as their favorite transformation despite all those discovered with Dragon Ball Super.

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