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Dragon Ball, Vol. 3 (VIZBIG Edition) [Paperback]

Akira Toriyama

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March 3 2009 Dragon Ball (Book 3)
A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to 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...

Only Goku, Bulma and Kuririn stand between the Red Ribbon Army and the seven Dragon Balls which can grant any wish in the world! Using a submarine loaned by Kame-Sen'nin, the heroic trio explores a pirate's undersea cave in search of the next Dragon Ball, but gun-toting bad guys are on their tail!

Dragon Ball, the most famous of legendary manga creator Akira Toriyama’s works, was originally serialized in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1995, the series was collected into 42 volumes and quickly became an international bestseller. (In the United States, volumes 1 through 16 were published as Dragon Ball, and volumes 17 through 42 as Dragon Ball Z.) Widely acknowledged as a landmark series,Dragon Ball has been adapted into animated television series, movies, video games, toys and collectibles worldwide.

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Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular /Dr. Slump/ and followed that with his hit series /Dragon Ball/. He is also known for his design work on video games such as /Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1/ and, most recently, /Blue Dragon/. His recent manga works include /COWA!, Kajika, Sand Land, Neko Majin/ and a children’s book, /Toccio the Angel/. He lives with his family in Japan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation March 20 2013
By Forfex Sceleris - Published on Amazon.com
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These VIZBIG editions for Dragon Ball are a wonderful option. They pack three of the regular volumes in one book (except for the last book of each series: book 5 of the VIZBIG edition for Dragon Ball includes 4 volumes while book 9 of the VIZBIG edition for Dragon Ball Z includes only the last 2 volumes) in a larger format (kanzenban, instead of tankoubon) with full-color pages in some chapters (these selected chapters are entirely colored). Also, they're cheaper than trying to buy each tankoubon separately: each tankoubon is roughly $7.95 (Amazon price), whereas each VIZBIG kanzenban is about $12.20. Considering Dragon Ball is 16 volumes (tankoubon) long but only 5 kanzenban long, and Dragon Ball Z is 26 volumes (tankoubon) long but only 9 kanzenban long, well... You do the math.

The only caveat is, obviously, that the VIZBIG books are quite bulky: there could be more risk of damage from shipping and the books will fill a lot of space in your backpack if your planning to take them with you anywhere. Also, they're quite heavy and could make reading unconfortable: I read them while lying down on my bed, so I put a pillow over my belly to support the book while reading, otherwise my wrists would hurt after a while from the weight of the book. I also read them while riding the subway and it was quite difficult (definitely no stand-up reading), but I managed. Even with these nuances, I still think the books deserve 5 stars: the printing and binding (very important for such heavy books) are top-notch.

Some people complain about the translation because apparently it uses too much childish jargon, but I didn't find it annoying at all. Maybe there are better options for sociolinguistic register, but I can't really vouch for that, as my Japanese is not good enough to read the original manga. For the same reason, I can't confirm if the Viz edition really got censored (I went online for a quick check of some fan scanlations, but couldn't tell if there are actually redrawn panels).

Of course, if you're a collector, you might aim for the original tankoubon. Well, that task may prove a bit difficult, as, apparently, Viz is realeasing sort of a new edition of the tankoubon. I haven't confirmed this, but if it's true, soon the 1st edition volumes (the red ones for Dragon Ball -the kanzenban are yellow- and white ones for Dragon Ball Z -the kanzenban are red-) will be rare items soaring through the skies.

In all, I really think this was a very nice investment. I don regret it in the least and I actually recommend it strongly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Welll as the other volumes I consider this volume awesome as the other two,because of its updated work. March 29 2014
By jesus david ortiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me tell you a few words,"The Dragon Ball series is getting better and better.",I said.This manga volume I recommend you to read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars great Oct. 23 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z have always been a huge part of my life and after purchasing these items everything just came back to me
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sept. 2 2013
By Kingsley Obike - Published on Amazon.com
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Brings back old memories. I'm glad to obtain a maxi volume for a low price. Dragon Ball rules as the main manga for young boys.
5.0 out of 5 stars DB 3 Jan. 13 2013
By Colin Foreman - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great money value, it arrived with no marks and now filled the gap in my Dragonball collection!


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