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Dragon Ball, Vol. 1 (SJ Edition): The Monkey King (Dragon Ball: Shonen Jump Graphic Novel) by [Toriyama, Akira]
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"A comic masterpiece . . . Dragon Ball's spirit of fun and adventure is unparalleled."

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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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 214462 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: SHONEN JUMP; 2nd edition (Nov. 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
When I first wrote a review for this book's first-edition all of two years ago, I reported that this volume, for all its effort in getting a (mostly) true-to-the-original version of the Dragon Ball manga to US audiences, was unfortunately censored. However, as of a year ago (so I'm a little late with this rewrite here...), this is no longer the case.
Physically, the book is somewhat larger than its Japanese counterpart, measuring at roughly 12 by 18 centimeters. When these books first came out, they were done as their own franchise, and as such were printed in a different (and larger) format, but have since been incorporated into the "Shonen Jump" line of graphic novels. The cover art remained the same, but the book was shrunk down (not the pages, mind you, just the height and width) to the version you see here.
Content-wise, this is basically the same as it was in the comic book form (waaaay back 5 years ago as of this writing). All text and sound effects are redrawn in English, but left in their right-to-left format, as with all of Viz's Shonen Jump comics. As I metioned before, this volume is indeed uncensored, and all of the dirty jokes are left in (so all you sukebes should rejoice).
Overall, the translation's decent; it suffers a little bit in that being the first volume, things were still being adjusted while the rewriter (Gerard Jones) found his niche for the series. For example, Goku's backwoods accent is a bit overly pronounced, as are Chi-Chi's and Gyuumaou's. This volume also does more embellishment of the translation than is present later on. There's nothing bad enough to change the meaning of the dialogue, but compared to the later volumes, which are very close to a direct translation, it stands out.
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By T. Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 29 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is what all started Dragon Ball,it was before Dragon Ball Z and GT,when Goku was a kid with a tail.This manga is the first of many Dragon Ball advantures,and this one is very important as we first meet Goku,learn about the seven Dragon Ball and much more.Also this one has to be the funniest of the Dragon Ball serie.

Dragon Ball(and DBZ) is probably the best manga ever made,while not a fan of all those animes stuff,i did and still enjoy Dragon Ball.The drawings are amazing and neat,the stories are all great and interresting as well as some incredible characters and monsters trown into the mix.It has to be one of the most influential animes-manga,ever made it paved the way for manga on television and introduced a lot of people like me to it.

In this first Dragon Ball volume we are introduced to many characters like Goku,at the time a kid with a tail,Bulma and Master Roashi(whatever his name is)and experience what is possibly the funniest DB manga,learn about the seven legendary Dragon Balls that lets you make wishes when you collect all seven and summon the Dragon.

Even in that early manga Akira Toriyama had a great vision and story for the Dragon Ball universe,it is a very interresting book fun to read,the drawings are great to look at and the story is neat,highly recommended to anyone interrested in manga,or fan of Dragon Ball.
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Format: Paperback
This is a really great Magna. It's got comedy, action, and adventure. The right-to-left format takes a minute or two to get used to, but after that it just seems natural. One of the things that I like about this Magna is that the pace is faster than the series, and each volume contains the equivalent of quite a few episodes.
Plus, you get to see things in the Magna that were left out of the cartoon. Which brings me to another point, even though the cover art looks "kiddish", and the show is more geared towards children, this Magna really isn't a kids book. It's more for teens. You won't see anything worse than a PG-13 movie, but I wouldn't reccomend it for a child.
This Magna has some really great moments in it, plus you get to see how all the stars of Dragonball Z meet each other. Hillarity ensues quite often. That's not to say that the action isn't great either. Akira Toriyama does a wonderful job depicting every move that the characters make when they fight.
So if you like Magna(japanese comics), Anime, Dragonball, or are just curious, then this is the Graphic Novel for you.
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By A Customer on March 6 2003
Format: Paperback
I should really start this off by saying i am not offending any one who reads this book/series or any manga lovers out there.
I bought this book September of 2002. It was when i was into all things dragonball and i had just found out about the censering that the series was undergone. I read what was censored on the internet but wanted to see for myself what i was missing. I now really wish I haddent. Back then (in 2002) I loved it. I read it 20 times and even ordered the 2nd book, but canceled because the other item i ordered with it was taking too long to arrive. It wasn't untill about a month ago that i first started to get out of it. My concience was taking over, and i realized it was too perverted for me. It made me feel guilty, kind of like sneaking into an R rated movie. I guess i could never be a guy (I am a girl) with all the perverted stuff they do everyday. I threw it up in the attic, where it will stay forever, untill, if i find it, then it will go into the trash. There is another element to my disliking of this book however. I don't think this work, for most americans at least, is ever in a comfortible age slot. (Japanese are different, they make this stuff and love it). The American Culture (of Entertainment i mean to say) of adults is generally not intrested in a story like this, it belongs to the 13 and below group. Yet in my personal opinion, I wouldn't let my kid that is below 15 read this (Yes i know, the 13 and up says differently, and people hear worse stuff than this in school). By that time however, most (I am 14) will be out of the whole adventure story. It won't intrest them. I realize the other 20 or so reviews disagree, but this is my review, and my opinion. Peace.
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