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Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: The Monkey King
 
 

Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: The Monkey King [Kindle Edition]

Akira Toriyama
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"A comic masterpiece . . . Dragon Ball's spirit of fun and adventure is unparalleled."

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Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma 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 could use the help of a certain super-strong boy... (In Japan, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were originally a single 42-volume series. VIZ Media's Dragon Ball contains vols. 1-16 of the original Japanese Dragon Ball, from the beginning of the series to the climax of Goku's last fight with Piccolo.)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 229439 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: SHONEN JUMP; 2nd Edition edition (2 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDZEBU2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic start to the series. 25 Feb 2012
By Mark G.
Format:Paperback
I'm almost ashamed to admit this as I am a huge anime\manga fan but this is the first time I have dipped into the Dragonball universe. Not sure why. Maybe because all I'd ever seen of it where clips of the Dragonball Z anime or games both of which seemed to be nothing more than some over-the-top fight sequences and that just made me think that it would be all fights and no story.

Anyway, I've always been a little intruiged by it and have now decided to see what all the fuss is about, starting with this first volume.

A monkey tailed boy called Goku lives secluded from the outside\modern world and is extremely strong, agile and ...bulletproof?
He meets a girl (Bulma) who is searching for 7 dragonballs, which when gathered together can be used to summon the dragon God who will grant you one wish and as Goku is in possesion of one of the Dragonballs, Bulma convinces him to join her on her quest to search for the remainder.

The time period in which the series is set is not yet revealed as Goku lives in a very rural area and initially the story looks as though it will be set in the past but then Bulma arrives in a car and my initial thought was that it is set in the modern day. That was until she reveals that she can create vehicles and even accomodation from tiny capsules known as Hoi-Poi.
Throw in talking dinosaurs and what looks like a sword wielding bear and what you end up with is a whole mish-mash of genres. Yet somehow, despite this genre crossover it all seems to work. Things are slowly introduced and before you know it you are soon accepting a shapeshifting, talking pig as the norm.

There are plenty of recognisable things here as well for anyone who is familiar with a certain work of Chinese literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monkey King (Son Goku and Friends) 22 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dragon Ball is a Japanese manga by Akira Toriyama. Released for American audiences by Viz Media, it is a story that does not lose its credit when read by an English audience, or indeed any culture. Its main story, while simple and easily followable, has a hidden message of good morals, strong heart, and determination to achieve beyond the best of your abilities. Whether that was intentional or not, it definitely comes across in the character of Son Goku, main protagonist of the series.

The artwork of Akira Toriyama is simple yet beautiful, and very appealing.

Dragon Ball volume 1 is just the beginning of what will become an epic journey for Goku and his friends, but it is a fine start to the series. It introduces some of the main characters well, particularly the character of Yamcha, who is at his best at this stage of the manga, and later becomes a bit of a useless character. We are introduced to Goku and Bulma, who are both the main protagonists at this stage of the manga, and the relationship developed between the two is well done. Other main character introductions in volume 1 include Kame-Sen'nin (Master Roshi), Oolong, Pu'ar, the Ox-King and Chi-Chi.

Filled with genuinely funny humour and good action, Dragon Ball deserves its place as the most popular manga in the world, and volume 1 is a fine introduction to the series.

Chapters included in volume 1 are:

001. Bloomers and the Monkey King
002. No Balls!
003. Sea Monkeys
004. They Call Him... the Turtle Hermit
005. Oo! Oo! Oolong!
006. So Long, Oolong!
007. Yamcha and Pu'ar
008. One, Two, Yamcha-cha!
009. Dragon Balls in Danger!!
010. Onward to Fry-Pan...
011. ... And Into the Fire!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Son Goku! 12 July 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I’m gonna say Dragon Ball was the first comic I ever came across in my life - that’s probably wrong but it’s definitely the earliest one I can remember. The copies I had were in Japanese as I lived briefly in Japan as a kid so I couldn’t read them but I still remember paging through them, back to front of course, trying to figure out from the characters’ faces and body language what was happening in the scenes and making up my own dialogue.

Later on I saw a few episodes of the TV show, then even later I saw a bit of the awful American Dragon Ball film (I changed the channel after about 20 minutes - it was unwatchable). But while I was aware of Dragon Ball as this massive franchise, I’d never actually read a Dragon Ball comic - until this week when I decided to remedy that and pick up the very first book. And it was really good - totally worth rediscovering the comic with words I could actually read!

Dragon Ball is based on the classic 16th century Chinese novel, Journey to the West, and Son Goku’s character is inspired by the novel’s protagonist Sun Wukong aka the Monkey King. In this first book (also subtitled The Monkey King) we’re introduced to Son Goku, a young boy who lives alone with his “grandpa” (a Dragon Ball) practicing martial arts in the wild, and living off the land. He’s not lonely, he’s a happy-go-lucky kid… who also has a monkey tail!

Then a teenage girl called Bulma crosses his path - she’s looking for the seven mystical Dragon Balls on her summer holiday from school. The legend goes that if you put all seven balls together, the Dragon God will appear and grant you one wish. Together, Son Goku and Bulma set out to collect all of the Dragon Balls and have adventures along the way!
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