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Dragon Ball, Vol. 1 (SJ Edition): The Monkey King [NOOK Book]

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Before there was Dragon Ball Z, there was Akira Toriyama's action epic Dragon Ball, starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other Dragon Ball Z heroes! 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)!...

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Overview

Before there was Dragon Ball Z, there was Akira Toriyama's action epic Dragon Ball, starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other Dragon Ball Z heroes! 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...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421545752
  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Series: Dragon Ball Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: VIZ Rating: T
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 183,633
  • File size: 74 MB
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Meet the Author

Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular Dr. Slump. His hit series Dragon Ball (published in the U.S. as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his design work on video games such as Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1, and most recently, Blue Dragon. His recent manga works include COWA!, Kajika, Sand Land, Neko Majin, and a children's book, Toccio the Angel. He lives with his family in Japan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Best of the Best

    This series was one of the best series I have ever read in my life! I highly recommend this to people who love and read manga about sci-fi and adventure.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Dragon Ball, the Star Wars of manga

    It's BATTOSAI yet again, with another review.
    Now when I compared Dragon Ball to Star Wars I didn't suggest they were similar it's just DB is to manga as SW is to movies, they will never cease to live, and when I say Dragon Ball I also mean Dragon Ball Z, in Japan there was no Z at the end, DB and DBZ were one in the same, but that's besides the point on to my review of,
    Dragon Ball VIZBIG volume 1
    Personal score 9.0 out of 10
    Age rating 15+
    Genre shonen (boy/men), action/adventure, comedy.
    Son Goku is a boy of a simple nature raised by his foster grandfather Son Gohan when he was found in the woods with a bump on his head, Gohan observed great strength in goku and had him learn the ways of Kung-Fu. Many years after his grandfather died, a girl named Bulma stumbled upon goku's house in the moutians, thus starting a grand adventure of epic proportions that we like to call, Dragon Ball.
    This volume goes from the meeting of Goku and Bulma, all the way to the middle of the Tenka'ichi Budokai, and includes an interview with Akira Toriyama himself.
    WARNING; this manga may seem good for kids but it contains suggestive content so watch out.
    The characters are classic, if you read manga and you've never heard of Son Goku, well then I just don't know what to say.
    The art of DB is remarkable, I mean you can tell Toriyama San's art from a mile away, it's so unique and good, you can't say its bad or you're messing with manga itself.
    There are also bonus color pages in VIZBIG Editions, to those of you who don't know.
    Manga to anime, I don't care but I will say this, a lot of the jokes about really long sessions of combat in DBZ is because the anime was made almost right up next to the manga, so the show was longer to make it so Toriyama San could write without pressure.
    Whether you like it or not, Dragon Ball set the standard for modern shonen manga, an it's here to stay, so till next time see you.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    OMG

    I've been waiting until the Nook released this. Why do you have to pay 5.00 for it?!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    :3

    Awesome manga:3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Hcjcjdjfcyxjxjxjxjxgxjxjcyxjxfxyxsksayai

    Good book, but if you want REAL manga, read Naruto.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    great summer reading

    my son loves this series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    From Jeremy gomez

    This is the best manga EVER!!Ithink that all people who love manga should get this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    Excellent

    Wow! Great example of Japanese manga! Action packed and filled with humor. If you are a fan of the Dragon Ball Z series, like comic books, or just want a good read, get this! If you have no idea what Dragon Ball is all about, this is great, since everything is explained. Also, any fan of the show can't call themselves a fan without reading this. A+

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Terribly disappointing... Let me go out and just state that I ab

    Terribly disappointing... Let me go out and just state that I absolutely love Dragon Ball with its nonsensical comedy 
    and beautifully renditioned fight choreography. However, the book does not do the art and the story justice.
    I honestly have not purchased this book so I cannot say whether or not the artwork and dialogue is uncensored or changed
    from the original Viz translation. I can say that I have seen the book at my local Barnes and Noble. The book is terribly
    flimsy with its pathetically weak covers and its ultra thin pages. The size of the book is also fairly small for something covering
    three whole volumes worth of content. Honestly, you are better off buying the Viz Big versions of Dragon Ball. While they may have some
    censored artwork and odd translation choices at the very least you can count on them to last a couple of years as opposed to these
    which will probably fall apart after the first read. The fact that the Viz Bigs are also pretty... ... ... big doesn't hurt as well given you'll
    want as much space as possible to admire the artwork.  

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    LOVE Dragonball! I's so interesting and it's a page turner. I bo

    LOVE Dragonball! I's so interesting and it's a page turner. I bought all the books and will pre-order the other two that's coming out. So excited! ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Huge book, very long, and full of details. Great buy.

    Huge book, very long, and full of details. Great buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Dragon ball fan

    The first book in this series is great. Goku has a fun and innocent personality and the other characters are molded very well too. Try to ckeck out the rest of AkiraToriyama's books like Dr.Slump.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Awesome

    GREAT BOOK! I also noticed its funny if you compare the shenlong on the front to the normal one most of us know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Ehhh

    Sorta boring

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2011

    DragonBall Review

    This is great comic books/manga arent ment to be colored just to let you know this is a great book with humor and tons of action

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Great!

    A great and cheerful manga about a boy named Son Goku. Highly recommend it! :P

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    Okay... when I first saw this I thought that this was going to be a port from the regular graphic novels with color pages and better paper. But, sadly, it has almost no color pages 'some chapters that were in color in the Japanese version are still in black and white' and they edited the text and some of the suggestive situations. I was very disappointed by this. I want to see and read the manga as it was orignally intended. Also, the editing seems to be completely random. Some things are completely uncensored, while others are, just like some pages are color and others aren't. If you have the original graphic novels, don't bother buying these.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2005

    LOVE IT

    It was a really good book. It was one of those story-lines that just catch your interest. I can't wait to get the whole series!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    The Mokey King

    It is a great book that tells how Balma and Goku meet each other to the Ox King.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Year of the Monkey and Dragon Ball

    2004 is the year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar and it is also the 20th anniversary of Goku and Dragon Ball's first printing in Japan. This is an exciting blend of action, adventure, folkore and humor. Make room on your bookshelf for all 42 volumes - Dragon Ball and Dragonball Z - and the anime, preferably the uncut versions with the original japanese voices included.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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