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Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Alternative Titles

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


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)


Score: 8.541 (scored by 34205 users)
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Ranked: #1092
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Popularity: #45
Members: 51,755
Favorites: 7,001
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Dragon Ball 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.

Part II of Dragon Ball is also known as Dragon Ball Z in North America.

(Source: Wikipedia)


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 published Dragon Ball in English in North America and divided the series into two parts: The first 16 volumes were published as Dragon Ball from March 12, 2003 to August 3, 2004 and the remaining volumes were published as Dragon Ball Z from March 12, 2003 to June 6, 2006. From June 3, 2008 to November 9, 2010, VIZ Media started releasing the series in a wideban format called "VIZ Big Edition," which is a collection of three volumes in one. From June 4, 2013 to September 6, 2016, the series was re-released in 3-in-1 omnibuses, fully uncensored unlike the previous English releases and using Japan's kanzenban covers. On February 4, 2014, a full color release of Dragon Ball Z was started. The manga is also published in English in the United Kingdom by Gollancz Manga and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, and in Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini Cómics.

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Dec 18, 2009
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
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Jan 1, 2011
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
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Sep 20, 2008
Meh :D I read the the whole manga and is awesome :D


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 ;)
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Nov 26, 2014
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
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