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[[Image:DbAf logo.jpg|thumb|200px|The ''Dragon Ball AF'' logo from Daizenshuu EX April's Fool Prank.]]
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{{Real world}}[[File:Ssj5_goku-large.jpg|thumb|The infamous image purported to be "Super Saiyan 5" Goku.]]
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'''''Dragon Ball AF''''' (ドラゴンボールAF, ''Doragon Bōru AF'') is a long running myth regarding a series in the ''[[Dragon Ball (franchise)|Dragon Ball]]'' franchise after ''[[Dragon Ball GT]]''.
   
{{nihongo|'''''Dragon Ball AF'''''|ドラゴンボールAF|Doragon Bōru AF}} was the subject of an April Fool's joke in 1997 (following the end of ''[[Dragon Ball GT]]''), which concerned a fourth anime installment of the [[Dragon Ball (franchise)|''Dragon Ball'' series]]. It has since gained a cult following, been the basis for various fiction and manga interpretations by fans, and as well has even resulted in a dōjinshi series produced by Toyble.
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==Origin==
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The earliest known record of the image purported to be "Super Saiyan 5 Goku" (drawn by David Montiel Franco) is the May 1999 issue of the Spanish magazine Hobby Consolas.<ref>Hobby Consolas Issue #92, 1999</ref><ref>[https://www.hobbyconsolas.com/noticias/dragon-ball-af-nueva-ilustracion-autor-original-102832 Dragon Ball AF - Nueva ilustración del autor original]</ref> By October 2000, a specialized website called '''Majin.com '''posted the "Tablos" drawing as a new SSJ5 Goku, claiming that Dragon Ball AF was a real thing.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20001009180045/http://www.majin.com/ Original post from 2000] (Mirror on InternetArchives)</ref> On November of the same year, the website administrators apologized and said they were tricked by a con artist.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20001216090600/http://www.majin.com/news/dbaftotm2.html Original editorial post from November 2000] (Mirror on InternetArchives)</ref> After that, and since Majin.com was in English, the misinformation viralized all over the World Wide Web. In the end, a lot of fans—remarkably [[Toyotarō]] (then known as Toyble) and Young Jiji—based their own fan art and fan fiction on this fan-made rumor.
   
 
==Lack of validity==
 
==Lack of validity==
Within the realm of officially-licensed properties (those which are produced by or with the approval of Bird Studio, Shueisha, and Toei Animation), ''Dragon Ball AF'' simply does not exist. Any ''AF'' dōjinshi, should they even exist, occupy the same legal status as fan fiction and fan art. There has been no new ''Dragon Ball'' material from Japan since 1997, other than the perfect edition manga and the ''Dragon Box'' DVD box sets, which collect previously-existing material with some new artwork, but no new story arcs. Toriyama has publicly stated that he has no intentions of continuing the series (which he finished in 1995), though he has drawn a parody series, ''[[Neko Majin Z]]'', in which several ''Dragon Ball'' characters appear, as well as a one-shot rumor crossover between ''Dragon Ball'' and ''[[w:c:onepiece:Manga|One Piece]]'', in collaboration with ''One Piece'' creator Eiichiro Oda, entitled ''[[Cross Epoch]]''.
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Within the realm of officially-licensed properties (which are produced by or with the approval of Bird Studio, Shueisha, and [[Toei Animation]]), ''Dragon Ball AF'' simply does not exist. Any ''AF'' dōjinshi, should they even exist, occupy the same canonical status as fan fiction and fan art. [[Akira Toriyama]] publicly stated that he had no intention of continuing the series (which he finished in 1995), though he has drawn a "parody" series, ''[[Nekomajin]]'', in which several ''Dragon Ball'' characters appear, a one-shot crossover between ''Dragon Ball'' and ''[[W:c:Onepiece:Manga|One Piece]]'', in collaboration with ''One Piece'' creator Eiichiro Oda, entitled ''[[Cross Epoch]]'', and the OVA ''[[Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!]]''. Toriyama also oversaw production of ''Dragon Ball GT'' and played a major role in the character designs of ''[[Dragon Ball Online]]''.
   
The ''Dragon Ball'' fansite ''Daizenshuu EX'' has created a specifically-designed list<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.daizex.com/guides/rumors/index.shtml#dbaf|publisher=Daizenshuu EX|work=Rumor Guide|title=There's a new series coming out called DragonBall AF, in which Goku goes Super Saiyan 5, etc.:Absolutely and patently '''False'''}}</ref> of the features of ''AF'' that should disprove its existence to the especially obstinate. These are:
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The ''Dragon Ball'' fansite ''Daizenshuu EX'' has created a specifically-designed list<ref>[https://www.kanzenshuu.com/rumor/general/ "Dragon Ball AF: Absolutely and patently '''False'''", Daizenshuu EX Rumor Guide]</ref> of the features of ''AF'' that should disprove its existence to the especially obstinate. These are:
# ''Lack of advertising in Japanese media''.
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:1. ''Lack of advertising in Japanese media''.
#* This point includes print sources (such as the Japanese ''Shonen Jump''), TV ads, and official Japanese websites. Since ''Dragon Ball'' is well-known throughout Japan, a sequel series would not be released unpromoted, nor would it go unnoticed by the Japanese population. ''Daizenshuu EX'' took advantage of this fact, however, as part of its 2004 April Fool's joke, creating both a "print ad" and a "TV commercial" from other sources. This material, bereft of its context, has since been cited as "evidence" for the existence of ''AF''.
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:* This point includes print sources (such as the Japanese ''Shonen Jump''), TV ads, and official Japanese websites. Since ''Dragon Ball'' is well-known throughout Japan, a sequel series would not be released unpromoted, nor would it go unnoticed by the Japanese population. ''Daizenshuu EX'' took advantage of this fact, however, as part of its 2004 April Fool's joke, creating both a "print ad" and a "TV commercial" from other sources. This material, bereft of its context, has since been cited as "evidence" for the existence of ''AF''.
# ''Lack of official announcements by Toriyama, Shueisha, or Toei Animation''.
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:2. ''Lack of official announcements by Toriyama, Shueisha, or Toei Animation''.
#* Tying in to the idea of "advertising" above, none of the official Japanese sources of ''Dragon Ball'' material have come forward with any news on the scale of ''AF.'' Such a series would warrant at least a comment, if not an elaborately-staged introduction, from one or more of these entities. Of course, this has not stopped fans from claiming that such an announcement has already taken place (though there is no record of one ever occurring).
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:* Tying in to the idea of "advertising" above, none of the official Japanese sources of ''Dragon Ball'' material have come forward with any news on the scale of ''AF.'' Such a series would warrant at least a comment, if not an elaborately-staged introduction, from one or more of these entities. Of course, this has not stopped fans from claiming that such an announcement has already taken place (though there is no record of one ever occurring).
# ''Lack of articles, previews, or reviews of the series, in Japanese magazines or online blogs''.
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:3. ''Lack of articles, previews, or reviews of the series, in Japanese magazines or online blogs''.
#* Note, however, that some Japanese fans have taken to commenting on the ''AF'' phenomenon outside of Japan, and this may be regarded as commentary on the "series" itself by those who do not speak Japanese. Indeed, the language barrier has often been a source of obfuscation, both for those who would believe the rumors, and those whose goal is to spread them further.
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:* Note, however, that some Japanese fans have taken to commenting on the ''AF'' phenomenon outside of Japan, and this may be regarded as commentary on the "series" itself by those who do not speak Japanese. Indeed, the language barrier has often been a source of obfuscation, both for those who would believe the rumors, and those whose goal is to spread them further.
# ''Lack of scans from manga releases or screen captures/movie clips from new episodes''.
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:4. ''Lack of scans from manga releases or screen captures/movie clips from new episodes''.
#* While many "faked" images (generally produced as humorous commentary on the rumors, or outside of ''AF'' but incorporated into it accidentally) do exist, there are no raw manga scans or unaltered screenshots available, anywhere. Particularly good artwork may be mistakenly viewed as "promotional art," but no media from within the manga/anime exists. Therefore, the burden of proof is on those who claim they own the series to put forth something they cannot possibly have (calls for such individuals to show whatever material they have are usually met by excuses or ad-hominem attacks).
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:* While many "faked" images (generally produced as humorous commentary on the rumors, or outside of ''AF'' but incorporated into it accidentally) do exist, there are no raw manga scans or unaltered screenshots available, anywhere. Particularly good artwork may be mistakenly viewed as "promotional art," but no media from within the manga/anime exists. Therefore, the burden of proof is on those who claim they own the series to put forth something they cannot possibly have (calls for such individuals to show whatever material they have are usually met by excuses or ad-hominem attacks).
# ''Lack of scanlations or fansubs''.
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:* Ethical and legal issues aside, a series as popular as ''Dragon Ball'' would not long remain without a fan-translated version. The methods of digital distribution are such that it would be virtually impossible ''not'' to find such materials, even in a casual search. Neither of these two things exists, however.[[File:ToybleLastAFPage.png|thumb|Toyotarō announcing he's quitting work on his ''Dragon Ball AF'' dōjinshi to work on official ''Dragon Ball'' series manga]]
#* Ethical and legal issues aside, a series as popular as ''Dragon Ball'' would not long remain without a fan-translated version. The methods of digital distribution are such that it would be virtually impossible ''not'' to find such materials, even in a casual search. Neither of these two things exists, however.
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:6. ''Lack of official merchandise''.
# ''Lack of official merchandise''.
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:* ''Dragon Ball'' is, and always has been, heavily marketed commercially. In Japan, a multitude of items, from action figures, to snacks, soundtracks, stationery, desks, and even children's eyedrops, have been sold as ''Dragon Ball'' products or endorsed by characters from the series. The lack of official ''AF'' merchandise, then, is a strong indicator that such a series does not in fact exist.
#* ''Dragon Ball'' is, and always has been, heavily marketed commercially. In Japan, a multitude of items, from action figures, to snacks, soundtracks, stationery, desks, and even children's eyedrops, have been sold as ''Dragon Ball'' products or endorsed by characters from the series. The lack of official ''AF'' merchandise, then, is a strong indicator that such a series does not in fact exist.
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:7. ''Official denial by both Viz Media and [[Funimation]]''.
# ''Official denial by both Viz Media and [[FUNimation Entertainment|FUNimation]]''.
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:* Such denials would run counter to the financial interests of both of these companies (the distributors of ''Dragon Ball'' manga and anime in the United States) were the rumors to be true. It is highly unlikely that they would categorically dismiss a property that could make them millions of dollars.
#* Such denials would run counter to the financial interests of both of these companies (the distributors of ''Dragon Ball'' manga and anime in the United States) were the rumors to be true. It is highly unlikely that they would categorically dismiss a property that could make them millions of dollars.
 
   
==Perpetuation and contribution==
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Additionally, the creation of ''[[Dragon Ball Super]]'' anime as well as the ''Dragon Ball Super'' manga by [[Toyotarō]], who notably had previously quit working on his own ''Dragon Ball AF''-inspired dōjinshi to work on official works such ''[[Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission]]'' and [[Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (manga)|manga adaption of ''Resurrection ‘F’'']] further shows that ''Dragon Ball AF'' lacks any real validity. It is not uncommon for aspiring mangaka to go from producing doujinshi to doing work on official manga.
Rumors about ''Dragon Ball AF'' are chiefly spread through Internet forums and IRC, as well as Usenet and ordinary word-of-mouth. Those who read or hear these rumors may then set up [http://www.myfavoritegames.com/dbz/DragonBallAF.htm web pages] that serve to further propagate the myth. There are many supposed bits of "information" about the series, most of which stem from fans believing that fan art or fan fiction is from an official source. Fans have also embroidered upon the legend themselves, by adding new plot points and characters as they see fit. They likely mean such ideas to be mere speculation or wishful thinking, only to have their comments taken at face-value by others. ''Dragon Ball AF'' has been claimed, at various times by various individuals, to be a new or upcoming anime in Japan, a new manga series by [[Akira Toriyama]] himself, or a fan-made dōjinshi. The latter is probably the closest to the truth, but whether such fan-comics are the cause of the rumors or a product there off is unknown.
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==Trivia==
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[[File:SS4 Gogeta alt costume.PNG|thumb|Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's alternate color in ''Budokai Tenkaichi 3'']]
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*Though Super Saiyan 5, the Saiyan form shown in ''Dragon Ball AF'', has not been seen in official ''Dragon Ball'' material, it is ''mentioned'' as a ''possible'' form by [[Bulma]] in the ''Dragon Ball GT'' episode, "[[The Heart of the Prince]]". Additionally, in ''[[Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2]]'', after [[Mira]] absorbs [[Towa]], his transformation resembles that of Super Saiyan 5.
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*In the [[Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (series)|''Budokai'']] and [[Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (series)|''Tenkaichi'' video game series]], the alternate costume for [[Gogeta]] in his [[Super Saiyan 4]] form shares the silver hair characteristic with the fan-made Super Saiyan 5 form.
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**Goku [[Autonomous Ultra Instinct (transformation)|Mastered Autonomous Ultra Instinct form]] from ''[[Dragon Ball Super]]'' shares the silver hair characteristic with the fan-made Super Saiyan 5 form.
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*Likely through pure coincidence, there is a mailbox with the letters "AF" on it in [[West City]],<ref>[[Dragon Ball (anime)|Dragon Ball]] episode 43, "[[A Trip to the City]]"</ref> as well as on a mailbox in [[Purple City]].<ref>''[[Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks]]'', 1993</ref>
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==References==
 
==References==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.daizex.com Daizenshuu EX's official website]
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*[http://dbaf.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Ball_AF_Wiki Dragon Ball AF Wiki]
   
 
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The infamous image purported to be "Super Saiyan 5" Goku.

Dragon Ball AF (ドラゴンボールAF, Doragon Bōru AF) is a long running myth regarding a series in the Dragon Ball franchise after Dragon Ball GT.

OriginEdit

The earliest known record of the image purported to be "Super Saiyan 5 Goku" (drawn by David Montiel Franco) is the May 1999 issue of the Spanish magazine Hobby Consolas.[1][2] By October 2000, a specialized website called Majin.com posted the "Tablos" drawing as a new SSJ5 Goku, claiming that Dragon Ball AF was a real thing.[3] On November of the same year, the website administrators apologized and said they were tricked by a con artist.[4] After that, and since Majin.com was in English, the misinformation viralized all over the World Wide Web. In the end, a lot of fans—remarkably Toyotarō (then known as Toyble) and Young Jiji—based their own fan art and fan fiction on this fan-made rumor.

Lack of validityEdit

Within the realm of officially-licensed properties (which are produced by or with the approval of Bird Studio, Shueisha, and Toei Animation), Dragon Ball AF simply does not exist. Any AF dōjinshi, should they even exist, occupy the same canonical status as fan fiction and fan art. Akira Toriyama publicly stated that he had no intention of continuing the series (which he finished in 1995), though he has drawn a "parody" series, Nekomajin, in which several Dragon Ball characters appear, a one-shot crossover between Dragon Ball and One Piece, in collaboration with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, entitled Cross Epoch, and the OVA Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!. Toriyama also oversaw production of Dragon Ball GT and played a major role in the character designs of Dragon Ball Online.

The Dragon Ball fansite Daizenshuu EX has created a specifically-designed list[5] of the features of AF that should disprove its existence to the especially obstinate. These are:

1. Lack of advertising in Japanese media.
  • This point includes print sources (such as the Japanese Shonen Jump), TV ads, and official Japanese websites. Since Dragon Ball is well-known throughout Japan, a sequel series would not be released unpromoted, nor would it go unnoticed by the Japanese population. Daizenshuu EX took advantage of this fact, however, as part of its 2004 April Fool's joke, creating both a "print ad" and a "TV commercial" from other sources. This material, bereft of its context, has since been cited as "evidence" for the existence of AF.
2. Lack of official announcements by Toriyama, Shueisha, or Toei Animation.
  • Tying in to the idea of "advertising" above, none of the official Japanese sources of Dragon Ball material have come forward with any news on the scale of AF. Such a series would warrant at least a comment, if not an elaborately-staged introduction, from one or more of these entities. Of course, this has not stopped fans from claiming that such an announcement has already taken place (though there is no record of one ever occurring).
3. Lack of articles, previews, or reviews of the series, in Japanese magazines or online blogs.
  • Note, however, that some Japanese fans have taken to commenting on the AF phenomenon outside of Japan, and this may be regarded as commentary on the "series" itself by those who do not speak Japanese. Indeed, the language barrier has often been a source of obfuscation, both for those who would believe the rumors, and those whose goal is to spread them further.
4. Lack of scans from manga releases or screen captures/movie clips from new episodes.
  • While many "faked" images (generally produced as humorous commentary on the rumors, or outside of AF but incorporated into it accidentally) do exist, there are no raw manga scans or unaltered screenshots available, anywhere. Particularly good artwork may be mistakenly viewed as "promotional art," but no media from within the manga/anime exists. Therefore, the burden of proof is on those who claim they own the series to put forth something they cannot possibly have (calls for such individuals to show whatever material they have are usually met by excuses or ad-hominem attacks).
  • Ethical and legal issues aside, a series as popular as Dragon Ball would not long remain without a fan-translated version. The methods of digital distribution are such that it would be virtually impossible not to find such materials, even in a casual search. Neither of these two things exists, however.
    ToybleLastAFPage

    Toyotarō announcing he's quitting work on his Dragon Ball AF dōjinshi to work on official Dragon Ball series manga

6. Lack of official merchandise.
  • Dragon Ball is, and always has been, heavily marketed commercially. In Japan, a multitude of items, from action figures, to snacks, soundtracks, stationery, desks, and even children's eyedrops, have been sold as Dragon Ball products or endorsed by characters from the series. The lack of official AF merchandise, then, is a strong indicator that such a series does not in fact exist.
7. Official denial by both Viz Media and Funimation.
  • Such denials would run counter to the financial interests of both of these companies (the distributors of Dragon Ball manga and anime in the United States) were the rumors to be true. It is highly unlikely that they would categorically dismiss a property that could make them millions of dollars.

Additionally, the creation of Dragon Ball Super anime as well as the Dragon Ball Super manga by Toyotarō, who notably had previously quit working on his own Dragon Ball AF-inspired dōjinshi to work on official works such Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission and manga adaption of Resurrection ‘F’ further shows that Dragon Ball AF lacks any real validity. It is not uncommon for aspiring mangaka to go from producing doujinshi to doing work on official manga.

TriviaEdit

SS4 Gogeta alt costume

Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's alternate color in Budokai Tenkaichi 3

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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