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Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the wo Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma could use the help of a certain super-strong boy... (In Japan, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were originally a single 42-volume series. VIZ Media's Dragon Ball contains vols. 1-16 of the original Japanese Dragon Ball , from the beginning of the series to the climax of Goku's last fight with Piccolo.)


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Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the wo Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma could use the help of a certain super-strong boy... (In Japan, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were originally a single 42-volume series. VIZ Media's Dragon Ball contains vols. 1-16 of the original Japanese Dragon Ball , from the beginning of the series to the climax of Goku's last fight with Piccolo.)

30 review for Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: The Monkey King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    I guess a big part of the title's immense popular success is the fact that it knows its target audience: Dragon Ball Vol.1 reads as if it had been spontaneously cooked up by a bunch of dudes on the verge of adolescence and on a sugar rush who are into fighting games but kinda scared of girls. Which may not sound very appealing but turns out just fine, as the story is refreshingly unapologetic about its lack of sophistication and never pretends to be anything but a fast-paced, light-hearted adven I guess a big part of the title's immense popular success is the fact that it knows its target audience: Dragon Ball Vol.1 reads as if it had been spontaneously cooked up by a bunch of dudes on the verge of adolescence and on a sugar rush who are into fighting games but kinda scared of girls. Which may not sound very appealing but turns out just fine, as the story is refreshingly unapologetic about its lack of sophistication and never pretends to be anything but a fast-paced, light-hearted adventure with an enjoyable anything-goes attitude. Now, if Toriyama could just get that old panty fetish under control... :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I’m gonna say Dragon Ball was the first comic I ever came across in my life - that’s probably wrong but it’s definitely the earliest one I can remember. The copies I had were in Japanese as I lived briefly in Japan as a kid so I couldn’t read them but I still remember paging through them, back to front of course, trying to figure out from the characters’ faces and body language what was happening in the scenes and making up my own dialogue. Later on I saw a few episodes of the TV show, then even I’m gonna say Dragon Ball was the first comic I ever came across in my life - that’s probably wrong but it’s definitely the earliest one I can remember. The copies I had were in Japanese as I lived briefly in Japan as a kid so I couldn’t read them but I still remember paging through them, back to front of course, trying to figure out from the characters’ faces and body language what was happening in the scenes and making up my own dialogue. Later on I saw a few episodes of the TV show, then even later I saw a bit of the awful American Dragon Ball film (I changed the channel after about 20 minutes - it was unwatchable). But while I was aware of Dragon Ball as this massive franchise, I’d never actually read a Dragon Ball comic - until this week when I decided to remedy that and pick up the very first book. And it was really good - totally worth rediscovering the comic with words I could actually read! Dragon Ball is based on the classic 16th century Chinese novel, Journey to the West, and Son Goku’s character is inspired by the novel’s protagonist Sun Wukong aka the Monkey King. In this first book (also subtitled The Monkey King) we’re introduced to Son Goku, a young boy who lives alone with his “grandpa” (a Dragon Ball) practicing martial arts in the wild, and living off the land. He’s not lonely, he’s a happy-go-lucky kid… who also has a monkey tail! Then a teenage girl called Bulma crosses his path - she’s looking for the seven mystical Dragon Balls on her summer holiday from school. The legend goes that if you put all seven balls together, the Dragon God will appear and grant you one wish. Together, Son Goku and Bulma set out to collect all of the Dragon Balls and have adventures along the way! Dragon Ball is the first place to start if you want to go from the beginning of this saga - Dragon Ball Z is the second phase of the series where the hero, Son Goku, has grown up. Son Goku, by the way, is one of my favourite comic book characters ever! I love his innocence coupled with his good heart and spirit, and he can kick ass like nobody’s business. And I know it’s way in the future but shooting fireballs from his hands, flying, going super-saiyan… forget Superman, this guy is AWESOME! It’s easy to see why Akira Toriyama’s series was such a success. The loose framework of the plot allows him to create anything he wants - in a world where capsules can become cars and houses, and magical wishes, mystical dragon balls, and an unstoppable fighting machine kid with a tail are all real? Game on then, because there are no limits! The world of Dragon Ball is so deliriously wonderful and crazy, how can you not fall in love with it? At one point a flying cloud appears that only allows the pure of heart to fly on it (only Goku is able to) and then a dinosaur randomly stumbles into the comic! Amazing. However, I was surprised with how unexpectedly pervy this book turned out to be! Bulma tries to sway Goku into giving her his Dragon Ball by flashing her underwear but Goku’s too innocent and doesn’t understand “girl parts” or things like sex. Bulma does the same thing later on with Kame-Sennin, the Turtle Hermit, to get his Dragon Ball, and later on when they encounter the shapeshifting pig Oolong, the character - true to his nature - ends up drugging her so he can attempt to rape her!! Bulma’s no great female role model either, dressing up as a Playboy bunny (just because) and using her looks at every opportunity to get ahead. I assume there are “kid friendly” versions of Dragon Ball with those scenes edited out because that stuff is just disappointing to see in a book so many kids will read. That was the only low point though - everything else from the art to the writing to the storytelling is absolutely delightful. Dragon Ball Volume 1 is thoroughly enjoyable with a great sense of humour and high level of invention. This first book is really excellent and only whets the appetite for more Son Goku and his mysterious world, and I definitely don’t intend to wait decades until picking up the next one either!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    A classic of my childhood Dragon Ball is one of the best shows I've ever watched and, Gods forbid, if I ever have children I will be making them watch it. With that in mind while shopping recently I came across the first two volumes of the manga. I've never bought any manga before so I thought why not. With no real difference to the show (I have the uncensored, uncut DVDs) there was nothing new but it was good to go back to the start again and see how it originally came out. A fun, funny and heartw A classic of my childhood Dragon Ball is one of the best shows I've ever watched and, Gods forbid, if I ever have children I will be making them watch it. With that in mind while shopping recently I came across the first two volumes of the manga. I've never bought any manga before so I thought why not. With no real difference to the show (I have the uncensored, uncut DVDs) there was nothing new but it was good to go back to the start again and see how it originally came out. A fun, funny and heartwarming tale I highly recommend either the manga or the show to everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric Gustafson

    The original Dragon Ball is silly fun, with an almost stream-of-consciousness plot. The simple quest for seven mystical dragon balls serves as a loose framework for disparate adventures in a world whose characters and locales are a mish-mash of futuristic, mythological, prehistoric, and cinematic. The hero is a small monkey boy named Son Goku with a strong appetite for fighting. He is discovered in the jungle wilderness by a girl using advanced technology to find the dragon balls, and they contin The original Dragon Ball is silly fun, with an almost stream-of-consciousness plot. The simple quest for seven mystical dragon balls serves as a loose framework for disparate adventures in a world whose characters and locales are a mish-mash of futuristic, mythological, prehistoric, and cinematic. The hero is a small monkey boy named Son Goku with a strong appetite for fighting. He is discovered in the jungle wilderness by a girl using advanced technology to find the dragon balls, and they continue the quest together. Along the way, they battle conversant monsters, mischievous shape-shifters, and a painfully shy desert bandit. Much of the humor is earthy, and plays off Goku's inherent innocence. When the girl, Bulma, tries to win him over by flashing him, Goku grimaces over the sight of her "dirty butt". A typical stock character of manga is here, the deviant old man lusting after young girls' panties. A small pig transforms himself into a monster in order to extort young girls from terrified villagers. But in the end, Goku's virtue is rewarded with the gift of a magic cloud that can be ridden only by the pure -- so of course, no one but him can resist falling straight through. Volume 1 ends in a cliffhanger, as Bulma in a bunny suit is threatened by the monstrous Ox King at the foot of a flaming castle that holds the sixth dragon ball.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheese

    I loved the animated series and I was worried this would be like watching the cartoon, but it's very different and gives a lot of background into the characters which I never knew about. Some nice little stories and an ongoing theme throughout the story. I think I could enjoy reading the whole series. I loved the animated series and I was worried this would be like watching the cartoon, but it's very different and gives a lot of background into the characters which I never knew about. Some nice little stories and an ongoing theme throughout the story. I think I could enjoy reading the whole series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chi

    -- This review covers all of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z (all 42 volumes in Japanese) -- Phew! Talk about epic! I used to scoff when people said that this was their favourite manga, and for the at least the first few volumes, I didn't think much of it. It followed the traditional route of gag manga, which while funny, really wasn't my cup of tea. Then Akira Toriyama changed pace in the Dragon Ball Z portions of the story (when the protagonist, Goku, has grown up significantly). Suddenly, there w -- This review covers all of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z (all 42 volumes in Japanese) -- Phew! Talk about epic! I used to scoff when people said that this was their favourite manga, and for the at least the first few volumes, I didn't think much of it. It followed the traditional route of gag manga, which while funny, really wasn't my cup of tea. Then Akira Toriyama changed pace in the Dragon Ball Z portions of the story (when the protagonist, Goku, has grown up significantly). Suddenly, there was a lot more excitement. The crew are fighting ever-harder enemies, and overcoming harder and harder challenges alongside heaps and heaps of power-ups, constant improvements, and newer techniques which are a staple of shounen manga nowadays. But Toriyama still had a lot of throw-backs and references to the first portion of the series, and being able to recall those references so recently made it lots of fun to read. This is definitely a series to be read, if you're at all keen on reading one of the best manga series around. And it's also a little shorter than Bleach or One Piece. lol

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    Flash back to year 2003. Dragon Ball Z's been running on television for a couple years now, I think, and I was probably not the only kid humming Rock The Dragon under my breath at school. I thought it pretty slow even back then, but I loved it anyway. And that's when the manga dropped. It was among the first manga published in Finland - I know Akira had come out earlier, but I'm pretty sure I hadn't yet read it at the time - and it offered me and the other young fans new insight to the characters Flash back to year 2003. Dragon Ball Z's been running on television for a couple years now, I think, and I was probably not the only kid humming Rock The Dragon under my breath at school. I thought it pretty slow even back then, but I loved it anyway. And that's when the manga dropped. It was among the first manga published in Finland - I know Akira had come out earlier, but I'm pretty sure I hadn't yet read it at the time - and it offered me and the other young fans new insight to the characters and the world and story pacing... and a nasty culture shock to the insular northern Finland, opened to unexpected revelations of the 80s Japan's popular culture and its propensity for crass sex comedy and nudity. It got into some hot water for it for a while. Some of this stuff would definitely not fly today. Even so, it's a classic for a reason. The story beats flow well and there's a lot of good humour and action, the characters are still a bit bare-bones but nonetheless distinct and memorable, and Yamcha makes for a moderately threatening recurring villain for these early bits (it's a shame how the story would continue to treat him after this). Definitely worth going back to if you haven't read it in a while.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Highness Atharva

    Dragon Ball Manga was inked very much good, the story of course the best one. Its fantasy meeting Shonen and Goku is a the most imaginably cool and cute and funny charachter. Charachter reminds me that there's just about a hundred charachters here, distributed in thirty one volumes some frail, weak, some strong like hell and some just wierd and funny and humbug. The story goes:- Goku is the main protagonist of the series and he is approached by a girl named Bulma who's in search for the dragon Dragon Ball Manga was inked very much good, the story of course the best one. Its fantasy meeting Shonen and Goku is a the most imaginably cool and cute and funny charachter. Charachter reminds me that there's just about a hundred charachters here, distributed in thirty one volumes some frail, weak, some strong like hell and some just wierd and funny and humbug. The story goes:- Goku is the main protagonist of the series and he is approached by a girl named Bulma who's in search for the dragon balls on their way they meet an old man who tries to gets seduced, Kame Sama. And theres Krulin, a young monk fighter and also oolong and yamcha. The villian for the first half of the volumes is the blue empereor and the Red Ribbon Gang. Along the way, the droagon is summoned and can grant you any wish. Any at all. But what happens when the power falls in dark hands? Then theres goku and the gang coming in! For the rescue of course. They difeat the coloured rangers and ninjas and robotic machines, giant snakes and all is well in the end. Piccolo also appears later at the Bodukai Tournament. It is held about seven times in the whole series and it just amazes me. Truly great stuff. Piccolo somehow is defeated and sealed away while he also sends down his son Kid Picollo to get his revenge upon Goku. There's a great fight but in the end Picollo is just defeated by Goku and gets mad. The second half of the volumes namely Dragon Ball Z portrayes a race of saiyans who want to capture the earth. These volumes go deep in the history of planets around the earth, Namek especially and in Goku's history and his past. Here are the worlds greatest villians like Frieza and Vegeta and also Buu and The ANDROids. Each one anothers boss. Then theres the plo where Goku and Vegeta have kids and they can transform themselves into super saiyans form and get the whole power. Just a great series that i have admired and read. Truly readable. Recommended to this whole GALAXYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Eh, not my cuppa, but I appreciate that it laid/strengthened the foundation for shounen action titles as far as including plenty of funny side characters and battles. Akira Toriyqma's art is also lovely, imaginative and fun. It makes me a little bit sad that Toriyama has been ill, and unable to match this quality of art in his series Hunter X Hunter, which I enjoy very much. The fact that the original run started in 1984, in conjunction with the fact that this is supposed to be a comedic title fo Eh, not my cuppa, but I appreciate that it laid/strengthened the foundation for shounen action titles as far as including plenty of funny side characters and battles. Akira Toriyqma's art is also lovely, imaginative and fun. It makes me a little bit sad that Toriyama has been ill, and unable to match this quality of art in his series Hunter X Hunter, which I enjoy very much. The fact that the original run started in 1984, in conjunction with the fact that this is supposed to be a comedic title for teen boys, explains most of the things that I didn't really enjoy. It's no one's fault but my own that I didn't enjoy this too much, since I know that I don't typically enjoy episodic adventures (versus over-arching), fart jokes, panty shots, pervert men and/or anthropomorphic animals, and physical humor. Because of all those things that I don't like, though, I can see why others find this title such a riot. (Just, ugh, Bulma. I know that she's *supposed* to be lame, and that's supposed to be funny, but she vain, shallow, spoiled, and constantly willing to use her body to get ahead. She's also less appealing not in color.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Candi

    This book was just not my cup of tea. I’m not used to reading manga, but I really enjoyed the artwork and how easy it was to read. However, the story was just really boring. I didn’t like any of the characters and I hated how weirdly sexualised Burma was.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kushnuma

    One of favourite manga's; great story and love the characters. One of favourite manga's; great story and love the characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aisha Lariani

    The memories.. This took me straight back to my childhood where I used to watch the anime. I'm so glad I picked this up. The memories.. This took me straight back to my childhood where I used to watch the anime. I'm so glad I picked this up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tara Strosnider

    Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku's help (and his super-strength)! With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime... I love dragon Ball and if your a fan Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku's help (and his super-strength)! With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime... I love dragon Ball and if your a fan of dragon Ball z you have to watch dragon Ball then dragon ball z because it goes like that in the story of the show.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    I remember Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z vividly as a child. When I was a little boy, my parents did not have cable television but instead we had an antenna that would get some of the local channels. I remember one early morning I woke up around 5 AM while my parents were asleep and I simply got out of bed and walked to the television and turned it on. Whatever channel my parents had left it on previously had appear and with it came Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon. I did not know the plot, the cha I remember Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z vividly as a child. When I was a little boy, my parents did not have cable television but instead we had an antenna that would get some of the local channels. I remember one early morning I woke up around 5 AM while my parents were asleep and I simply got out of bed and walked to the television and turned it on. Whatever channel my parents had left it on previously had appear and with it came Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon. I did not know the plot, the characters, or the storyline and yet I was entranced by the animation and the whole aspect of this iconic series. Even though my parents got extremely upset I was oblivious of it all and became an early fan of animation. While I worship and praise Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, growing up as a kid I remember being addicted to Dragon Ball Z because they would play marathons of it on Cartoon Network and I always wanted the ability to become a Super Saiyan and looking back now I realized that whenever I was watching a major arc in this series, I would always missed the final two episodes and never get to see how it got resolved or the introduction to a new villain. I didn't care at the time but now it is driving me nuts and partly why I am reading the manga now. I borrowed Dragon Ball Z from the Library and never read it because at the time I didn't know that there was a difference between Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. I didn't understand Dragon Ball Z and felt discouraged until now when I was looking up some famous Mangas, I came across this again and discovered the difference and I am extremely glad that I am reading this from the very beginning because already in this first volume we are introduced to many characters that will become important later on. Dragon Ball was written first and it deals primarily about Goku as a kid and how he is introduced to the Dragon Balls. Dragon Ball Z deals with Goku as an adult with kids and dealing with so many villains and deadly battles. Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: The Monkey King, introduces us into this world similar to Earth but instead we got all paranormal, supernatural, aliens, and other weird creatures that inhabits the land with Humans. We are then immediately introduced to a boy name Goku whose an orphan since his parents disappear and his grandfather passed away. He lives in the wild and has never been raised on modern technology so naturally he hunts for his food, catches leaves to make his bed and other wildlife activities. While he is a young boy in fact he is not ordinarily for you see he has a tail attached to his butt and he has super strength with kung fu training. One day while hunting for food, he witness a car almost running him over and thinking that it is a demon he attacks and destroys the car. Then a girl pops out of the car and causes a fuss but finds it weird how this boy destroyed the car, has a tail, and has never seen a human being before let alone a girl and tells Goku that her name is Bulma. His grandfather taught Goku that if he is ever in the presence of a female that he must be nice to them. So as a warming introduction he brings her to his house and she goes crazy when she sees a dragon ball which Goku calls it grandpa. After a stressful encounter over the dragon ball, Bulma shows Goku two extra dragon balls that she has in her possession and tells him the whole Chinese folk tale of the Dragon Ball. Apparently there are these 7 Dragon Balls that are very shining and has stars on each one of them (1-7) and if you capture all 7 dragon balls then a Dragon will appear and will grant one wish to your hearts desire. Goku loves the idea of the story and really wants to witness a dragon so he tags alone with Bulma as she tracks and captures the other dragon balls (but he refuses to give away his grandfather's dragon ball). One thing that Bulma left out is it has been over hundreds of years since the dragon balls have been found and once you grant the wish, all the dragon balls get scrambled all over the world and then it becomes an impossible mission to retrieve them all over again. So now that they are working together, they are off on an adventure quest to retrieve all the 7 Dragon Balls. Through the course of the book we get to meet characters who do not seem important at the moment but will later appear in the series and in fact become a vital part into the Dragon Ball Z series. The illustrations are phenomenal and the storyline is amazing. I was surprised how quick they have captured so many dragon balls in the course of the first volume but now I am curious how these series will pan out before we are dived into Dragon Ball Z. I remember the show being funny between the sarcasm and the jokes among the characters and in the manga it was absolutely hilarious because Goku is oblivious and innocent when it comes to girls and technology and you can see how frustrating it is for Bulma to deal with him and I love their chemistry even though Bulma can be annoying at times. I am definitely onboard towards continuing this manga series and maybe I will rewatch the anime show at the same time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Dinaburg

    While I wait for the library to get a copy of the just-released sixth installment of those food dungeon comics that I enjoy so much, I figured it was time to read some history. Dragon Ball has a lot in common with real-world history: it did a bunch of embarrassing things that have been largely ignored due of the wild success it now enjoys as a foundational text. It started as another twist on Journey to the West and has become a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloon this year. It, along with my pers While I wait for the library to get a copy of the just-released sixth installment of those food dungeon comics that I enjoy so much, I figured it was time to read some history. Dragon Ball has a lot in common with real-world history: it did a bunch of embarrassing things that have been largely ignored due of the wild success it now enjoys as a foundational text. It started as another twist on Journey to the West and has become a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloon this year. It, along with my personal favorite Sailor Moon and the soon-to-Netflix Evangelion are the genesis of 90s western anime aesthetic. But the thing about history is that when you access the unabridged version, it tends to be pretty gross. Dragon Ball opens with Bulma—a teenaged girl—shooting Goku—the monkey-alien-turned-parade-balloon—in the face. With a gun. Didn’t really expect that but ok. It’s the scene where the shape-shifting pig doses Bulma and tries to (his words) “feel her up” which is—it’s not good. At all. You can “Times were different back then,” or “The pig is a bad guy so he’s showing you what not to do,” all you want, but there’s no excuse for attempted rape in a kid’s book. Or anywhere. Pervy I get, even if I’m not super into it. Innocent feral-child Goku stealing Bulma’s underpants for innocuous reasons so that when she bribes an old man with a flashy little peep and later is mortified to realize she gave him the whole business is funny in a “kids say the darnedest things” way. Plus Bulma rules and shouldn't be vilified for doing what she wants with her own body. But unless you’re prepared to do some whitewashing of history it is an impossible to avoid that there is a panel of someone lifting the sheets off an unconscious person. Which makes it impossible to recommend this particular volume to anyone. C’mon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Stephens

    This review is for the Dragonball manga as a whole. One of the first manga I can remember reading. I loved watching the americanized version of this TV show after school on Cartoon Network. I was exposed to anime very young through my dad, but it wasn't until Dragonball and Dragonball Z that I found manga. For that reason Dragonball and Dragonball Z will always be important and unique for me. Growing up I preferred DBZ, the villains looked cooler (although King Piccolo is a badass in Dragonball), This review is for the Dragonball manga as a whole. One of the first manga I can remember reading. I loved watching the americanized version of this TV show after school on Cartoon Network. I was exposed to anime very young through my dad, but it wasn't until Dragonball and Dragonball Z that I found manga. For that reason Dragonball and Dragonball Z will always be important and unique for me. Growing up I preferred DBZ, the villains looked cooler (although King Piccolo is a badass in Dragonball), and the anime was longer and full of more powerful characters. But looking back now, Dragonball is closer to my heart, and I appreciate it more as a manga. The battles seem more tactics oriented- rather than power level oriented as with DBZ. There is also an element of character progression for Goku that just isn't there to the same extent in DBZ. Dragonball was also my first exposure to tournaments in shounen- which are super awesome! I love you Dragonball, and I love you Akira Toriyama!

  17. 5 out of 5

    lil

    Goku is a nice little boy that grew up with his granpa in the woods. But one day a giant monster killed granpa and Goku lives alone till he meets Buruma, a teenage girl from the city in the search for the Dragon Balls that will grant any wish of yours. Seeing that Goku has a unatural strength Buruma asks for Gokus help and the adventures starts from here. The legendary Dragon Ball. I remember staying up till late one summer holiday in Hong Kong with my cousins watching the anime on TV. Many years Goku is a nice little boy that grew up with his granpa in the woods. But one day a giant monster killed granpa and Goku lives alone till he meets Buruma, a teenage girl from the city in the search for the Dragon Balls that will grant any wish of yours. Seeing that Goku has a unatural strength Buruma asks for Gokus help and the adventures starts from here. The legendary Dragon Ball. I remember staying up till late one summer holiday in Hong Kong with my cousins watching the anime on TV. Many years has passed and I didn’t remember the story in detail. Somehow the giant Gorilla and cutting the tail scenes was etched to my memory. With my special relation to the cartoon of Dr. Slump, one can really see they come from the same manga author. The little wickedness and kinkyness of boobies and panties does show every now and then, not to mention the chapter where Goku visits Arale.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jere

    Classic manga series. But why? The story starts off great, the (sometimes sexually loaded) humour and light tone is captivating, the cast of characters is great and versatile. But... at some point the series becomes repetitive. Like, VERY repetitive. Become strong, beat the bad guy. New bad guy shows up. Become stronger, beat the bad guy. Even more evil bad guy shows up. Become a lot stronger, beat the even-more-evil bad guy. And repeat ad infinitum. So in the end it's just like almost every other Classic manga series. But why? The story starts off great, the (sometimes sexually loaded) humour and light tone is captivating, the cast of characters is great and versatile. But... at some point the series becomes repetitive. Like, VERY repetitive. Become strong, beat the bad guy. New bad guy shows up. Become stronger, beat the bad guy. Even more evil bad guy shows up. Become a lot stronger, beat the even-more-evil bad guy. And repeat ad infinitum. So in the end it's just like almost every other shounen manga out there. At younger age I didn't much care. I was very happy to read the entire 42 books in the series (the early years + Z). Today, I just couldn't bear myself to do it. Recommended for all younger readers who haven't developed enough brain cells to approach this kind of stuff with a critical view. The entertainment level is definitely over 9000!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This book is about Goku this boy that lived in the jungle for a large amount of time. He was born with a tail in the back. Also he was really talented in fighting. No one really took good care of him. So he wont know much about the world. Besides one day a girl named Bulma drives by and as goku for a orange ball. Goku is not stupid so she can't trick him. This book not much telling a lesson, but maybe it can be do not judge anyone by how they look. Like how bulma tried to trick goku something for This book is about Goku this boy that lived in the jungle for a large amount of time. He was born with a tail in the back. Also he was really talented in fighting. No one really took good care of him. So he wont know much about the world. Besides one day a girl named Bulma drives by and as goku for a orange ball. Goku is not stupid so she can't trick him. This book not much telling a lesson, but maybe it can be do not judge anyone by how they look. Like how bulma tried to trick goku something for free. Luckily Goku was not stupid. Bulma thought Goku was just a regular kid. This book was actually really funny if you see it. Theres alot more to what I am saying. You can see some non important parts of the book and I am pretty sure you will laugh.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ruben Emmerson-Hiini

    I have just finished the book dragon ball and I would rate it a big 10/10.I found this book in the back of the Devonport library and I didn't stop reading it until I finished it and it took me on a journey to the world of dragon ball.SAPOILER ALERT!It is about a small boy who finds his self alone when his grandpa gets killed buy a monster,his name is Goku. Goku is a with incredible strength and stamina with an unusual extra body part.when a girl called Bulma comes along, she would change Gokus l I have just finished the book dragon ball and I would rate it a big 10/10.I found this book in the back of the Devonport library and I didn't stop reading it until I finished it and it took me on a journey to the world of dragon ball.SAPOILER ALERT!It is about a small boy who finds his self alone when his grandpa gets killed buy a monster,his name is Goku. Goku is a with incredible strength and stamina with an unusual extra body part.when a girl called Bulma comes along, she would change Gokus life forever.They will go on a journey meet new friends and fows to try find 7 magical balls called DRAGON BALLS!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexie

    Listen, this was my first time ever reading Dragon Ball. I've never watched the anime. The main plot is good, although I didn’t expect them to find that many dragon balls in one volume. Goku is really cute and innocent. But what’s up with male characters always sexualizing Bulma?? Is the author ok?? This is so wrong and useless. I don't know if I can keep up with this if it doesn't get better in the next volumes. Listen, this was my first time ever reading Dragon Ball. I've never watched the anime. The main plot is good, although I didn’t expect them to find that many dragon balls in one volume. Goku is really cute and innocent. But what’s up with male characters always sexualizing Bulma?? Is the author ok?? This is so wrong and useless. I don't know if I can keep up with this if it doesn't get better in the next volumes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    mandinmandin

    I've grown up watching DB and when I saw this on the bookstore I couldn't help getting it. As the anime, the manga is also funny and such an enjoyable read. The memories! I've grown up watching DB and when I saw this on the bookstore I couldn't help getting it. As the anime, the manga is also funny and such an enjoyable read. The memories!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    It's okay, I promised to learn more about the series that all my friends seem to love. It's okay, I promised to learn more about the series that all my friends seem to love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Dragon Ball is a classic. Akira Toriyama is a legend when it comes to manga. I've only ever read Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, but his other works include Dr. Slump, Cowa!, Neko Majin, and Sand Land. Dragon Ball is also an anime, but I prefer the manga because I don't like the voicing for the TV show, and the art is always better in the original when it comes to anime adaptations. It's about a boy named Son Goku who wants to become the strongest fighter in the universe. It's not as boring as it Dragon Ball is a classic. Akira Toriyama is a legend when it comes to manga. I've only ever read Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, but his other works include Dr. Slump, Cowa!, Neko Majin, and Sand Land. Dragon Ball is also an anime, but I prefer the manga because I don't like the voicing for the TV show, and the art is always better in the original when it comes to anime adaptations. It's about a boy named Son Goku who wants to become the strongest fighter in the universe. It's not as boring as it sounds, though. Things get interesting when he ends up going on a quest with a technological genius named Bulma to find the Dragon Balls, seven magical orbs that, when gathered together, can be used to call forth a powerful dragon that will grant you any wish. That ends pretty quickly after the second volume, though. After that it's pretty much a mish-mash of fighting adventures. It's still very entertaining, though, and hilarious to boot. The characters are all a bit shallow at first, and they don't really get very interesting as people for a looooooooooooooooooong time, but it'll keep you laughing until then. The art is fantastic, with the detail making up for the slightly comical design of the characters. Though there is alot completely pointless fighting and the humor can be pretty crude sometimes, that's shonen manga for you. And, I it's eclipsed by the pace of the plot and the fun atmosphere of the whole thing. It's also amazing that Akira Toriyama has created an entire world here, with dinosaurs walking around and talking animals living right alongside normal people and shape-shifters. Plus there's stuff like flying cars. And hoi-poi capsules. Man, I really wish I had some hoi-poi capsules. They're these little pill-shaped things that you click and throw, kind of like a grenade, except instead of exploding it transforms into a house or a car or a boat or a truck or...well, tons of stuff. It's completely impossible of course, but spectacularly fantastical. All in all, I highly recommend you read this series. Like, right now. C'mon, shoo, shoo, hightail it to the library.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Bancroft

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. IT IS GOD. Alright. Awesomeness. Im a manga nerd. So forgive me now if I go on a tangent. ALRIGHT, so this book is about a young boy named Goku(Kakarot) who lives alone in the forest where he was raised by his grandpa Gohan, who is dead now-rest his fictional soul in peace. And so Goku grew up alone, fishing and hanging out with monkeys and abusing dinosaurs 4 times his size like any other normal mountain child with a tail. Now, once upon a random day, this blue haired extremely desperate 16 year IT IS GOD. Alright. Awesomeness. Im a manga nerd. So forgive me now if I go on a tangent. ALRIGHT, so this book is about a young boy named Goku(Kakarot) who lives alone in the forest where he was raised by his grandpa Gohan, who is dead now-rest his fictional soul in peace. And so Goku grew up alone, fishing and hanging out with monkeys and abusing dinosaurs 4 times his size like any other normal mountain child with a tail. Now, once upon a random day, this blue haired extremely desperate 16 year old girl named Bulma is driving around the forest in search of DRAGON BALLS. AND IF YOU THOUGHT DIRTY GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER. Now, she uses her dragon radar- a machine she made that picks up the slight energy waves the dragon balls emanate.... And yes, she made this at age 16- to go off in search of these dragon balls, and they lead her to goku. Goku's grown up with the 4 star dragon ball in his home, believing it held the spirit of his grandpa Gohan in it. But Bulma tells him the truth; The dragon balls are mystical orbs of grand power created by the Namekian guardian of Earth named Kami. There are seven balls in total, and when they are gathered together, the grand dragon Shenron appears out of them and can grant the user one wish. And Bulma wants Strawberries. WHAT?!?! But whatever the case, she and Goku set out on an adventure to find them. thats chapter 1. you'll have to read the rest to find out what happens ;D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Skye B

    Dragon Ball, is by Akira Toriyama. It’s about a 14 year old boy named Goku, who is on a journey to find Dragon Balls. Dragon Balls are orange stone balls with the number of stars on it, there are 8 Dragon Balls. If you get all 8, place them on the ground and say a spell to summon a dragon, if you do that, you get to wish for anything that you want. Once your wish is complete, all the Dragon Balls go to somewhere random, and you have to use a Dragon Radar to find them. One of my favorite parts in Dragon Ball, is by Akira Toriyama. It’s about a 14 year old boy named Goku, who is on a journey to find Dragon Balls. Dragon Balls are orange stone balls with the number of stars on it, there are 8 Dragon Balls. If you get all 8, place them on the ground and say a spell to summon a dragon, if you do that, you get to wish for anything that you want. Once your wish is complete, all the Dragon Balls go to somewhere random, and you have to use a Dragon Radar to find them. One of my favorite parts in the book were when Goku thought Bulma and her car were a monster. He thought it was a car because he has never seen a car before. I thought this book was hilarious and it made me laugh a lot. I think a lot of people would find these books very funny because Goku doesn’t know a lot of things, he’s kinda just dumb. He doesn’t know what a car is, he doesn’t know how to tell the genders apart. His reaction to everything he doesn’t know about is really funny. I recommend this series of Dragonball to readers who like adventure and readers who like comedy. I like the book because it doesn’t have a simple ending, it drags you in to read the next book. The book isn’t confusing, for me at least, I don’t know about other people. It was very easy to read, you just gotta know how to read it and what way you read it. Japanese comics are different. I didn’t find anything I didn’t like about the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    CoolNameGuy

    This series' anime adaptation was a staple of my childhood. However, I'm not a nostalgia freak. The other biggest things to me at the time were Pokemon and TMNT. I still love Pokemon, but those original games can be almost painful now, and the original Turtles cartoon is pretty terrible, though the 2003 version is great That point aside, this is an excellent introduction volume, though I suppose it was supposed to be at least half of the whole series at the time. The art is stunning and obliterat This series' anime adaptation was a staple of my childhood. However, I'm not a nostalgia freak. The other biggest things to me at the time were Pokemon and TMNT. I still love Pokemon, but those original games can be almost painful now, and the original Turtles cartoon is pretty terrible, though the 2003 version is great That point aside, this is an excellent introduction volume, though I suppose it was supposed to be at least half of the whole series at the time. The art is stunning and obliterates its anime counterpart, the humor is great, though a little too perverse at times, but it's a different culture and I'd heard about it beforehand. Every character is distinct and fleshed out in quick and subtle ways, and it's just a dann good time. This was maybe my least favorite Canon portion in the anime, but it's so much better done here that it'll either jump up that list, or everything else will at least border on perfection.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    There's a reason this manga is legendary, and that reason is Akira Toriyama. He has a gift for drawing and telling stories. This manga is the predecessor of Dragon Ball Z, and is much less fight-obsessed than DBZ. Son Goku is inspired by a young woman named Bulma to go on a quest for the seven dragon balls, which, when assembled in one place, can grant one wish. This is a very kid-friendly story, or would be if it weren't for all the jokes about panty-stealing and naked women. Japan has differen There's a reason this manga is legendary, and that reason is Akira Toriyama. He has a gift for drawing and telling stories. This manga is the predecessor of Dragon Ball Z, and is much less fight-obsessed than DBZ. Son Goku is inspired by a young woman named Bulma to go on a quest for the seven dragon balls, which, when assembled in one place, can grant one wish. This is a very kid-friendly story, or would be if it weren't for all the jokes about panty-stealing and naked women. Japan has different ideas about what is and isn't appropriate children's humor, which is why this book is rated T for Teen in the US. Which is too bad, because this story has everything the young and young at heart could want: adventure, excitement, cool inventions, magic powers, innocent but powerful heroes, comical villains ... This is an excellent series, well worth reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tony Cafiso

    This is the first book of the series so the first half of it is really just an introduction to the main characters and setting. The story begins with Raditz coming down from space. He goes to Son Goku and steals his son from him. He tells him that he is to kill 100 humans to regain his place as a Saiyan warrior and get his son back. He of-coarse doesn't to become a warrior because he grew up on earth with humans. This is his home now. He instead teams up with Picollo to try and defeat Raditz. Th This is the first book of the series so the first half of it is really just an introduction to the main characters and setting. The story begins with Raditz coming down from space. He goes to Son Goku and steals his son from him. He tells him that he is to kill 100 humans to regain his place as a Saiyan warrior and get his son back. He of-coarse doesn't to become a warrior because he grew up on earth with humans. This is his home now. He instead teams up with Picollo to try and defeat Raditz. The story was left as a cliffhanger with both Raditz and Son Goku dead. However, they plan to use a dragon ball to bring Son Guku back to life. I enjoyed reading this, and even though it was difficult to read it backwards, that makes it a little more interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who watched dragon ball z, or any other shows like it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Abdollahi

    One of the greates manga ever written. Dragonball is plenty of things. It's hilarious. Has great action. Is possibly the most famous anime/manga out there. Just plain awesome. Before this, I had seen DBZ and DBS. Those two were my favorite anime... Then I read the original DB manga... And wow, was I blown away. It's way better than all of its successors. Here, Gokus and Chi Chi are still kids, and Yamcha and Bulma still young teenagers. So the gist of it is that Bulma is searching for the Dragonballs. One of the greates manga ever written. Dragonball is plenty of things. It's hilarious. Has great action. Is possibly the most famous anime/manga out there. Just plain awesome. Before this, I had seen DBZ and DBS. Those two were my favorite anime... Then I read the original DB manga... And wow, was I blown away. It's way better than all of its successors. Here, Gokus and Chi Chi are still kids, and Yamcha and Bulma still young teenagers. So the gist of it is that Bulma is searching for the Dragonballs. Using here radar (I think) she finds Goku, unwilling to part with his Dragonball. (Which he calls his grandpa.) So he tags along, beginning one of the most hilarious, awesome and epic adventures of all time. Definitely worth a read.

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