Edit Manga Information
What would you like to edit?
 

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Alternative Titles

English: Dragon Ball
Synonyms: Dragonball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragonball Z
Japanese: ドラゴンボール

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 42
Chapters: 520
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 20, 1984 to May 23, 1995
Authors: Toriyama, Akira (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)

Statistics

Score: 8.541 (scored by 37578 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet published' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1032
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #46
Members: 57,565
Favorites: 7,655
8.54
Ranked #103Popularity #46Members 57,565
Add to List
Volumes: /42
Chapters: /520
buy from amazon

Synopsis

Dragon Ball series follows the adventures of Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which can summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls for their own desires. Along the way becoming the strongest warrior in the universe.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Background

Dragon Ball has become one of the most successful manga series of all time, with over 230 million copies sold worldwide with 157 million in Japan alone, making it the third all-time best selling manga as of 2015, and the #1 manga series not currently publishing. The series is often credited for the "Golden Age of Jump" where the magazine's circulation was at its highest.

VIZ Media serialized the manga in English from March 1998 to March 2005 in monthly comic book anthology format; and was later collected into traditional tankobon format volumes from March 12, 2003 to June 6, 2006. To closer follow the English anime localization, the series is split; in which volumes 17-42 are titled Dragon Ball Z and renumbered as volumes 1-26. Other releases by VIZ include the large format VIZ Big Edition, kanzenban cover based 3-in-1 Edition, and a Full Color Edition of chapters 195-245. Other English publishers include Madman Entertainment in Australia/New Zealand, and the now defunct Gollancz Manga (distribution rights transferred to VIZ) in the United Kingdom. The series is also published in Spanish by Planet DeAgostini Cómics and in French by Glénat Editions.

Related Manga


Characters

Son, Gokuu
Son, Gokuu
Main
Vegeta
Vegeta
Main
Son, Gohan
Son, Gohan
Main
Piccolo
Piccolo
Main
Kuririn
Kuririn
Main
Bulma
Bulma
Main
Trunks
Trunks
Supporting


More reviewsReviews

Dec 18, 2009
Chenoan (All reviews)
Ever since I was little I was a hardcore fight fan, I loved watching shows where the antagonists had to battle for the survival of all they held dear, even now I hold fondly the anime that had given me my first taste as it aired on my morning cartoon network "Cheese TV." It was a boring morning when I stumbled upon the Dragonball manga and I soon found that morning cheering up as I delightfully relived the story of Goku and his Dragonball adventures.

Story [10/10]
If a manga like Dragonball were to only appear now, I would have probably given it an 8 or 9, read more
Jan 1, 2011
sdgheoiman123 (All reviews)
I read the whole series as a teen, so it may sound or come out different from me than other reviewers. But as it is coming from a "teen", i found this to be extremely enjoyable. There are many flaws and weaknesses in this manga, but i seemed to understand why many called Toriyama, the creator of DragonBall, a genius. DragonBall surpasses all odds in its infinite path of making new friends, fighting new foes, and discovering new powers. In other words, you can call it the perfect raw shounen manga for younger audiences and perhaps teens like myself.

Story 9/10
To me read more
Sep 20, 2008
kingofranger (All reviews)
Meh :D I read the the whole manga and is awesome :D

Story-

The story is well-developed and does everything to make a kid happy :D Awesome fighting,Training,Aura,comedies and stuffs :D

Art- Well the art is ok but the ears seem a little big to me :P

Character- Aliens and stuffs were good :D The characters were well-developed and have different personalities

Enjoyment- I seriously enjoyed the manga from begining till the end :D

Overall- This is a really good manga that u would want to read :D It is funny and ACTION PACKED!!! You don't wanna miss this old-school manga ;)
Nov 26, 2014
zedwardzenyz (All reviews)
A hilarious manga telling us the story of the life of Son Goku, one of the last members of his race.

This manga may be old, but it sure as hell deserves to be ranked as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) manga of all time. This manga is full of battles, adventures and the art improves over time. Read through many time skips to see the young Goku grow up to be a well respectably powerful man. I thoroughly enjoyed the manga to the point I pulled late nights just to read.

One thing I disliked about it was, there was always a stronger read more

Recommendations


Recent News

North American Anime & Manga Releases for January

North American Anime & Manga Releases for January

Here are the North American anime & manga releases for January Week 1: January 3 - 9 Anime Releases Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (incl. Season 1, Season 2, Season 3,...read more

North American Anime & Manga Releases for November

North American Anime & Manga Releases for November

Here are the North American anime & manga releases for November Week 1: November 1 - 7 Anime Releases Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Complete Collection Blu-ray &...read more


Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Dragon Ball Chapter 240 Discussion
Rasco - Sep 21, 2011
1 replies by Ranxomare »»
Apr 23, 12:25 AM
Poll: Dragon Ball Chapter 239 Discussion
Rasco - Sep 21, 2011
1 replies by Ranxomare »»
Apr 23, 12:22 AM

Recent Featured Articles

Top 10 Best Classic Shonen Manga Ever!

Top 10 Best Classic Shonen Manga Ever!

Shonen manga is awesome - the action, hot characters, and some cliches that tell us life lessons. We picked the timeless masterpieces from the first-class magazines!
Fifteen of the Best Martial Arts Anime

Fifteen of the Best Martial Arts Anime

Martial arts are an expression of power, showcasing the potential of the human body when pushed to its physical limit. It also makes for exciting anime, and allows animators and directors to showcase their prowess as things get heated.

by Kvasir369

58,185 views