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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (March 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421520613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421520612
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 3.6 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By A Customer on June 19 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great book!!!! It's not as good as Vol.1, but it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's about, Son Goku comes to Muten Roshi's house to train for the Tenka'ichi Budokai. He gets a training mate too!! I reccomend buying this!
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Goku meets Kuririn April 16 2006
By C. Hrozencik - Published on
Format: Paperback
In the third volume of Dragon ball Goku goes of to Muten Roshis island to learn martial arts. Muten Roshi agress to train him but only if he brings him a girl friend. After Gokus first try which dosen't work another martial arteist named Kuririn ask Muten Roshi to train him to. Muten Roshi refuses at first but then changes his mind after Kuririn gives him a gift he changes his mind. So Goku and Kuririn set out to find a girl for Roshi. After meating Lunch Muten Roshi takes Goku and Kuririn to train at turtle rock. After six months of hard traning Goku and Kuririn go of the the world martial arts tourtment where they meet some old friends and rivals. This is one of my favroit volumes beacuse it has good humor and action. This volume has some achool and tabaco use with some mild language and some tolit humor in it so I think it may be aproproit for some kids. Anyway good buy and part to the dragon ball manga series I also owen the Dvd box set of this saga.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The training begins Oct. 12 2008
By Jesse Haller - Published on
Format: Paperback
In this volume Toriyama finally starts to understand who his characters are. Kuririn shows up to be Goku's rival, Lunch adds comic relief, and Sami-Sen'nin shows more then just his dirty side. The art has improved a lot as well. We are starting to get that "can't wait of the next page" feel. The book ends with the start of the first tournament.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent compilation March 20 2013
By Forfex Sceleris - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Training Goku Aug. 9 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on
Format: Paperback
Son Goku is training with Mr Super Perv, the old Turtle Master, Kame-Sen'in, to become the ultimate fighter. A new student, Kuririn, joins them as the group trains to enter the Tenka'ichi Budokai, the "Strongest Under the Heavens" fighting contest. Also, Lunch is introduced.

Who's Lunch? This braindead woman who changes from Jekyll to Hyde when she sneezes and is essentially a bimbo. I wonder how long it took Akira Toriyama to think up the names of these characters - Lunch?! What, it took him a microsecond to come up with that? And why does she go along with everything like, oh being abducted and taken to an island and made to wear lingerie and cook - doesn't she have a life/character of her own?

Kame-Sen'in's lechery is getting really annoying - I'm sure it's supposed to be funny but I kinda hate the character at this point.

Other than that, it's another great volume in the series. The training sequences are pretty fun as Goku and Kuririn go from rivals to besties, and it pays off when they reach the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament and we see these two tiny kids beat the crap out of giant opponents! Plus we see them put on the classic orange outfits for the first time (though the comic is in black and white, you've probably see colour versions of the characters elsewhere).

With Yamcha, Bulma, Pu'ar and Oolong showing up to watch, the series is really filling out with an interesting cast. And I love the craziness of this world where T-Rexs chase Goku and Kuririn on their milk rounds and houses come in capsules!

The book ends just after the first fight of the tournament with Son Goku yet to spar, and probably win, so make sure you've got the next couple books to hand so you can jump right into the action without having to wait! Dragon Ball Vol 3 has a few bits here and there I didn't like with Kame-Sen'in and Lunch but it's still a fantastic book that fans of the series will devour in no time!
The competition behind! May 22 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As was promised by Muten Roshi, the tournament begins, and the boys are prepared! More laughs, and more fun, choke with this wonderful gem. The end of the issue leaves you wanting more, so don't stop here!