There are many examples of media convergence in Dragon Ball Z and in other anime series. Dragon Ball Z and most other anime series usually start out as a manga A.K.A. a comic book, and they are distributed through companies like Viz Manga, Yen Press, and Dark Horse Manga. That tends to be the first step in an anime’s life cycle. Once published manga will then be released through manga magazines, this is usually the first for of convergence we see with anime and manga. Shonen Jump magazine is a very popular anime magazine and has been the start for many popular anime series including, Dragon Ball Z.
If manga series becomes popular with readers often times it will become an anime. This is where we see yet again another form of media convergence. Anime are usually just another adaptation of its original manga series. Producers usually create anime to take fans favorite manga series and bring it to life as an animated TV series. It also helps branch the series out to a new audience; many people don’t enjoy reading (especially reading backwards) and so they combat this by creating a TV series.
Media convergence goes even farther with anime, because fans can’t seem to get enough of their favorite series. Often times high action anime that features fighting, martial arts, or fantasy violence end up as a video game. These video games try to replicate the series fighting styles, stories, and visual appearance. This is just another way producers can reach out to people and expand a series.
Dragon Ball Z has experienced every one of the convergences. It started as a manga series written by Akira Toriyama. From there it was released in the Shonen Jump magazine; then it became an anime; and it has also had many video games titles. Why is media convergence so import for a series like Dragon Ball Z? Dragon Ball Z has been around for a long time and it is still around today; it has even been making a huge comeback recently. It has also heavily influenced other anime series and it pretty much established anime as form of media in the United States. All of these achievements have been made through the success of media convergence.
The companies that have the rights to Dragon Ball Z and companies that have the rights to other anime series have make attempts to control the flow of content to their consumers; but the internet and other forms of technology have made that difficult. We see forms of media convergence in anime and manga where they try to combine different media outlets for people to get the content they want. For example Shonen Jump is run by Viz manga and this company offers a print form of their weekly magazine, or you can have a digital subscription that you can access through an app on your phone or computer. Another example is anime being available as a DVD or streaming it from outlets like Netflix, Hulu, or Crunchy Roll. However, companies attempt to closely manage how people view their series it still very easy to find free website that release manga chapters. Also there are a lot of websites that stream anime for free. These companies use media convergence to regulate the flow of content and to make sure that the money being paid for these anime and manga series is going to the right place.
Dragon Ball Z has been exposed to media convergence multiple times by multiple companies, but this has given the series exposure to a number of audiences. Which has allowed it to become one of the largest anime series of all time, and a series that set a standard for the industry. Without the use of media convergence who knows where Dragon Ball Z would be today. Anime might never have become popular in the United States and fans might not have ever gotten