Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール) Manga Review

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Ah, a classic!

Dragon Ball, also known as DB, is a sci-fi-fantasy action manga created by Akira Toriyama. It tells the story of a boy named Goku living alone in the forest until he meets and befriends a young lady named Bulma.

What Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール) Is About

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Author(s): Akira Toriyama
Artist(s): Akira Toriyama
Known As: Dragon Ball, Bảy Viên Ngọc Rồng, Bola De Dragón, Bola Naga, DB, Dragonball, Mutiara Naga, ドラゴンボール, 七龙珠, 드래곤볼
Official Translation(s): English, Japanese
MangaDex: Title Index
Status: Completed
Genres: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Adventure, Wuxia, Fantasy

A Small Synopsis

Son Goku is a young boy who wishes to become the student of Master Roshi in order to become the strongest fighter in the world.

Where to read Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール)

This manga is officially available in RAW and can be found on Shonen Jump. Any unofficial fan translated English version can be found on scanlation sites such as MangaDex and MangaNelo.


What Is Good About Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール)

The Setting

Dragon Ball has a REALLY unique world that our characters live on. Of course there’s humans but there are anthropomorphic animals as civilians while in the wilderness, there are giant aquatic creatures and even dinosaurs.

The Characters

Goku you loveable dork.

Krillin, Bulma, Yamcha, Puar and my favourite girl Launch are all great characters with interesting character traits. I like the fact that although Bulma isn’t a martial artist, she has other skills being her vast intelligence and cunning. Reading the story with these characters made it more of a fun journey that I kept coming back to.

What Is Bad About Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール)


Ugh, not this AGAIN.

As much as Dragon Ball is a nostalgic read for me, I can’t deny that I didn’t roll my eyes every time a scene with a character being perverted appeared in the panels. I know it was originally a “gag manga” and it was played for comedy but I’m just not a fan.

Overall Conclusion

If you’ve ever seen the Dragon Ball anime or even its sequel Dragon Ball Z, PLEASE check out the manga. After all, this is where it ALL began!

Agree? Disagree? Tell us what you think!

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Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール)
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