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Dragon Ball

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Synonyms: Dragonball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragonball Z
Japanese: ドラゴンボール
English: Dragon Ball
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 42
Chapters: 520
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 20, 1984 to May 23, 1995
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Comedy Comedy, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Themes: Martial Arts Martial Arts, Super Power Super Power
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Toriyama, Akira (Story & Art)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 9761397,613 users)
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Ranked: #2042
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #62
Members: 160,413
Favorites: 14,784


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Bulma, a headstrong 16-year-old girl, is on a quest to find the mythical Dragon Balls—seven scattered magic orbs that grant the finder a single wish. She has but one desire in mind: a perfect boyfriend. On her journey, Bulma stumbles upon Gokuu Son, a powerful orphan who has only ever known one human besides her. Gokuu possesses one of the Dragon Balls, it being a memento from his late grandfather. In exchange for it, Bulma invites Gokuu to be a companion in her travels.

By Bulma's side, Gokuu discovers a world completely alien to him. Powerful enemies embark on their own pursuits of the Dragon Balls, pushing Gokuu beyond his limits in order to protect Bulma and their growing circle of allies. However, Gokuu has secrets unbeknownst to even himself; the incredible strength within him stems from a mysterious source, one that threatens the many people he grows to hold dear.

As his prowess in martial arts flourishes, Gokuu attracts stronger opponents whose villainous plans could collapse beneath his might. He undertakes the endless venture of combat training to defend his loved ones and the fate of the planet itself.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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.

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Sep 7, 2023
Here is what I will say about Dragon Ball Z: It is a mixed, mixed bag.
There is no real plot work going on here, because Toriyama does not know how to write. So, things are not set up: They just happen. Twists are not rational: They are surprising. Stakes are not built because there is a reason for stakes to build: They are built because WOAH SO COOL!!! THE MOST POWERFUL ENEMY!??!?! BIGGER STAKES???!??!
Goku does not get more powerful because he should: He gets more powerful because he is Goku. And this is Dragon Ball Z. And that is what happens to Goku in ...
Nov 19, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Dragon Ball manga is the source material of the famous anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z and has the key indigence that make these shows as good as they are. Usually when something doesn't make sense and stupid retcons are introduced in Dragon Ball Super, people are using this manga in means of defence and site it as the superior Dragon Ball experience.
But is it?

Being a combination of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z in being in one manga, the source material of Dragon Ball has its own can of worms.

Dragon Ball started off as an adventure story with elements of Journey to ...
Mar 5, 2024
I'm glad I decided to read Dragon Ball instead of watch it, because subjecting myself to hundreds of hours of this shit would be torture. What makes DB and DBZ so insufferable is not only the dog shit story but also the brainlet fans of the series that only consume DBZ content like its the only anime/manga that ever existed. But this is a review on the manga not its awful dumbass fanbase. Some pros of Dragon Ball are the artwork and world. I do think the world is interesting to an extent, I love the character/vehicle design and the art style for the most ...

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