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Dragon Ball - Wideban edition #1 review

By: Akira Toriyama
Rating:★★★☆☆
Series: Dragon Ball - Wideban edition (#1)
Summary: A seminal series from a legendary creator. "Dragon Ball," a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Go 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. The VIZBIG edition of "Dragon Ball "contains volumes 1-3, bonus color content and updated text. Before there was "Dragon Ball Z," there was Akira Toriyama's action epic "Dragon Ball," starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other "Dragon Ball Z" heroes Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl 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 needs Goku's help (and his super-strength) With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime...

Review: Dragon Ball evokes mixed emotions in me. There are anime and manga classics like Dragon Ball. The story paved the way for many others that followed. One of the most inspiring mangas ever. It receives praise and notoriety, which I respect.

Eventually, I realized this wasn't right for me. This manga inspired several favorite series along with many others, so I read it. Despite this, I was extremely disappointed.

I am going to start with my praises of the series. Despite its age, the choreography and paneling still hold up fantastically for shonen fans. The comedy usually hits, although I smirk most of the time. While self-discovery themes are relatively well-done, I usually am not captivated by them.

Now for the negatives. To me, a story needs SOMETHING to captivate me and make me care about the characters. I can't find it in this series. Typically, the arcs revolve around Goku and crew looking for dragon balls and having adventures along the way, with no stakes. Toriyama's efforts to make repetitive scenarios unique and creative are minimal.

A lot of sexualization of women & weird perv jokes. Master Roshi did not appeal to me in the anime and I do not care for him here either! Overall, this is a good volume. There are still plenty of jokes in Dragon Ball and the story moves along rapidly, but it is finally picking up the stuff we know and love.

It contains many inappropriate references, which makes me caution readers under the age of 18. As of right now, I’m not sure if I’ll continue.