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Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Volume 1
     

Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Volume 1

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by Akira Toriyama
 

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Akira Toriyama's groundbreaking, iconic, bestselling series now in an omnibus edition!

A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the seven "Dragon Balls." If she

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Akira Toriyama's groundbreaking, iconic, bestselling series now in an omnibus edition!

A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the 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 to get them she needs the help of a certain super-strong boy...

Legend has it that if all seven of the precious orbs called “Dragon Balls” are gathered together, an incredibly powerful dragon god will appear to grant one wish. Unfortunately, the orbs are scattered across the world, making them extremely difficult to collect. Enter 16-year-old Bulma, a scientific genius who has constructed a radar to detect the exact locations of the Dragon Balls. She’s on a mission to find all seven orbs, but first she must convince young Son Goku to join her on her quest. With a monkey tail, superhuman strength and a magic staff for a weapon, Son Goku is ready to set out on the adventure of a lifetime...

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.

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School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Son Goku, a monkey-tailed young martial artist, is enlisted by scientific adventurer Bulma as she attempts to locate seven "dragon balls" and be granted a wish. While they quickly gather the orbs, they fight a variety of other chancers and eventually enlist in a tournament of strength. The artwork may seem primitive compared to more modern manga, but the action is still briskly and breezily paced. In fact, the central premise is dispatched with some haste, and subsequent setups are similarly tied up as the author seems impatient to move on to whatever new idea has captured his fancy. As a naïf, Goku lends himself to a certain kind of elementary humor. With immature protagonists and mild gross-out jokes throughout, this series should be aimed squarely at elementary-aged kids, but the sexual innuendos make that a difficult recommendation. The publisher indicates that this is the original "uncut and uncensored" content, but the gap between Japanese cultural mores and parental expectations of a tie-in to a popular cartoon are still wide enough that some readers may be surprised. Indeed, American controversy about the content has been going on for more than a decade. The art is actually quite restrained with regard to sexuality, even with the occasional appearances of Goku's laughably rendered genitals. It is more likely the cavalier manner in which the bawdy humor involves a combo of teenaged girls, elderly letches, and prepubescent boys that readers may find worrisome.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421555645
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Series , #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
111,773
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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Dragon Ball, Volume 1: The Monkey King 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
BATTOSAI More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome manga:3
Guest More than 1 year ago
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+
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Awesome Manga
ajoy More than 1 year ago
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! ^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge book, very long, and full of details. Great buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
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nelsonalynn More than 1 year ago
my son loves this series!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best manga EVER!!Ithink that all people who love manga should get this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this comic to anybody who gets enjoyment out of reading magna of any sort! It will leave you breathless and begging for more. I have read it hundreds of times and I use the art as a reference to my own drawings. You will not regret buying this, or any others in the series. It is fun for people of all ages. ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great for people 13+ (because of some nudity). It's funny and has great art. It is by far the best comic made by Akira Toryama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read.The pictures are wonderfuly drawn and is a intergral part of the Dragonball/z/gt sagas.In short a must have for any Dragonball fan even though its ceseored.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest magna's of all time. It is a great read and has teen humor as well. I love it and continuously read these Dragon Ball books over and over. Get this to enlighten your day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best of anime right here. this is the comic that started Dragon Ball/Z/GT. This comic has now sponed into a cartoon which is now on CARTOON NETWORK. So you should buy this item and live the Dragonball World.