This is not official art. It’s fan art. Pixiv member Kanon Kamishima created the piece and uploaded it in 2013. This week, similar art was spotted on a Dragon Ball Z toy. The artist apparently had no idea.

The art depicts Super Saiyan God Goku. It is not official, but has been widely circulated online as a DBZ wallpaper. My assumption is that it was mistakenly thought to be official.

This Dragon Ball Z medal was previewed in the most recent Saikyo Jump manga.

[Photo: 614_HSO]

When asked about the collectible toy, Kamishima replied, “This is the first I’ve seen this. I wasn’t asked about this. The heck is this?”

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The medal, which is used for spinning tops, hasn’t gone on sale. Yet. But if it does (I doubt it will), Kamishima did mention putting in a compensation claim.

What’s tricky is that while Kamishima created the image (or, at least, a similar one), the artist does not own the copyright to Goku’s likeness nor is the artist responsible for said likeness. But Kamishima did create the image. See? Tricky.

Top photo: 神島かのん

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