Dear Zaurus Tokuda
Gerne Unknown
Written by Hiroyuki Takei
Illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei
Published by Shogakukan
Magazine CoroCoro Aniki (Part 1 only)
Hyper Dash! Yonkuro Vol.2 (Part 2 only)
Original run October 15, 2014
Volumes Unknown (2 chapters)

Dear Zaurus Tokuda (Japanese: 拝啓 徳田ザウルス先生, Haikei Tokuda Zaurusu Sensei) is a short semi-biographical manga by Hiroyuki Takei and published by Shogakukan on CoroCoro Aniki. It tells the story behind the creation of Shooting Star, what Tokuda really is, and Takei's decision to serializes Hyper Dash! Yonkuro on CoroCoro Aniki after he concluded that it's not CoroCoro without Dash! Yonkuro.

The manga was later included in the first volume of Hyper Dash! Yonkuro. The newly-drawn second part of the manga was included in the second volume of the Hyper Dash! Yonkuro.


Part 1

In the first page of Part 1, Hiroyuki Takei introduce himself and then begin to tell how and why he decided to serializes Hyper Dash! Yonkuro.

In July of 2014, inside his manga studio, Takei find out about Shogakukan's CoroCoro Aniki magazine through his assistant Ozadori. Ozadori also told him that Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! has been revived by manga artist of the original series, Tetsuhiro Koshita, as Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go! Return Racers!. As Takei think about Mini 4WD, What he first remember is that car: the Dash-3 Shooting Star.

Back when Takei was a middle-school student, he likes Mini 4WD so much. He doesn't like to use it to racing though as he think that doing this will damages the car. But as he's already attracted to the designs of Mini 4WD, he participated into a Mini 4WD design contest. (Which is the Dash-1 design contest that was running on CoroCoro Comic magazine at that time.)

Then one day, he received a phone call:

"Hello? Hiroyuki Takei, right? I am manga artist Zaurus Tokuda!"

That loud voice is no doubt belongs to Zaurus Tokuda, the manga artist who serializes Dash! Yonkuro on CoroCoro Comic magazine. Takei was told that while his design is not suitable as the machine for the protagonist (Yonkuro Hiromaru), Tokuda found it interesting so he ask Takei for permission to use the minicar design as Shinkuro Minami's car. After the clean-up by Tokuda, it became the Shooting Star everyone know.

At that time, Takei realized that the manga artists are real, so he became a manga artist himself.

Unfortunately, he's unable to meet Tokuda in person as Tokuda passed away in 2006. It is the saddest thing Takei ever heard.

Back to the present, Takei is having a conversation with Tokuda's wife Jizabe about who Tokuda is. She told Takei that he is similar to that of Yonkuro and treats Mini 4WD as the hobby for hot-blooded boys, except his face (along with his body size) looks like Tankuro. He was also told that Tokuda also like cars and owns some of them, so some of his Mini 4WD cars (i.e Dash-4 Cannonball) are inspired by actual cars.

Takei also remembers the time when Tokuda suddenly collapsed on January 28, 1992 and went into coma fo 20 days in hospital, but he didn't regrets.

After the conversation, Takei concluded that CoroCoro Aniki is not CoroCoro without Dash! Yonkuro, and so, he ask one favor to Jizabe.

The next day, inside the studio, Takei reveals to Ozadori that he's going to serializes Dash! Yonkuro, thus said assistant was surprised to the point he crushed his laptop's keyboard in the end.

Part 2

The first part of part 2 is the version of Hyper Dash! Yonkuro drawn in the Tokuda-style, with many mythology gags from the original manga throws in. However, it turn out out that all event in the first part was a dream for Takei, who was falling asleep while drawing manga pages.

It turns out, even before the serialization of Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, Takei has the problem trying to emulate Tokuda's style! Since his attempts looks weird no matter how hard he try, Takei then tries to draws the characters in his style, and it gets even worse.

No matter how hard he try, he can't find the art style that fits the characters of Dash! Yonkuro, so he have to be thinking like Tokuda...and he overdone it, as the manga skips to the present time, we see Takei gains weights and becomes fat because of lacks of body exercise, to the point where one of his assistants (I-mura) ask him if he was worrying about his body size.


  • Hiroyuki Takei - The manga artist who was known of his manga works such as Shaman King and Ultimo. Takei is also the one who designed the Dash-3 Shooting Star Mini 4WD car when he was a middle-school student.
  • Ozadori - The manga assistant of Takei who helps him on manages schedules for Takei.
  • Zaurus Tokuda - The late manga artist who was known for his work Dash! Yonkuro. Takei did not meet Tokuda until his death.
  • Jizabe Tokuda - The wife of the late Tokuda who Takei is talking with.
  • I-mura - The manga assistant of Takei who help him drawing pages. He always talks in low voice.
  • K-dou- The manga assistant of Takei who help him drawing pages. He initially ignores everything and focuses on his work, until the body size change of Takei caught his attention.

Mini 4WD cars featured in this series


  • This is not the first time Hiroyuki Takei making manga on CoroCoro Comic and its sister magazines, as he made the Danball Senki: BOOST Gaiden and Danball Senki: Jin Kaidou Gaiden short manga on CoroCoro-G under the pseudonym HIRO.
    • Despite the fact that Shogakukan founded Shueisha, his semi-official blog stated he's not HIRO. This is going further by placing the text 'not HIRO' on the first page of this manga.
  • It was revealed that he's the original designer for the Dash-3 Shooting Star Mini 4WD car.
    • the manga also revealed that he owns the Thunder Dragon Jr. and its R/C buggy counterpart.
  • The quote 'Mini 4WD is not toys' is the famous quote said by Yonkuro Hinomaru in Dash! Yonkuro.

External links

Mini 4WD fictional works
Manga and anime
CoroCoro Comic / CoroCoro Aniki / CoroCoro Ichiban! Dash! Yonkuro Dash! Yonkuro · Shin Dash! Yonkuro · Hyper Dash! Yonkuro
Let's & Go! Let's & Go! · WGP · WGP the Movie · MAX · My First Big · Return Racers! · Let's & Go! Tsubasa: Next Racers Legend
Others Bakusou! Dash Club · Moero! Avante Kyoudai · Go! Go! Mini 4WD Fighter · The Wind Racer! Otokogi · Mini 4WD Fighter V · Dear Zaurus Tokuda (One-shot)
Shogaku Years Tetsuhiro Koshita Hot-blooded! Mini 4WD School · Mini 4 Battler Kiba · Mini 4WD Search Team · Guts! Mini 4WD Theater
Others Mini 4 Top · Dash Boy! Ten · Winning Run · New Generation Racer Mini 4 Kids · BREAK IN · Future Racer V-Twin · Mini 4WD Racer Kakeru
Others Racing Mini 4WD World Grandprix · Twin Stars Mechanomotive Force Laboratory
Video games
NES/SNES Mini 4WD Japan Cup · Mini 4WD Shining Scorpion Let's & Go! · Mini 4WD Let's & Go! Power WGP2
PlayStation Let's & Go! WGP: Hyper Heat · Let's & Go! WGP: Eternal Wings
Gameboy/Nintendo DS Mini 4WD GB Let's & Go! · Mini 4WD GB Let's & Go!: All Star Battle MAX · Mini 4WD DS
Mobile games Mini 4WD GPX · Mini 4WD GPX Revolution · Mini 4WD Championship (Mobage) · Mini 4WD Victory Road · Let's & Go!: Mini 4WD World Runner
Others Fully Cowled Mini 4WD Factory (Sega Saturn) · Mini 4WD World (PC)