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Dragon Ball, Vol. 4 (SJ Edition): Strongest Under the Heavens (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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Goku has made it to the Tenka'ichi Budôkai, the world's #1 martial arts tournament...but even the training of the martial arts master Kame-Sen'nin hasn't prepared him for this! Only seven finalists remain. Will the champion be Goku? His fellow student Kuririn? Yamcha, master of the "Fist of the Wolf Fang"? Fighting woman Ran Fuan? Giran, a rubbery monster who's part dinasaur? Namu, an Indian mystic? Or Jackie Chun, the mysterious old man who may be the toughest fighter of all? There can be only one winner in the wildest, craziest battle ever!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 166644 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: SHONEN JUMP; 2nd Edition edition (Nov. 23 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDZEC2Y
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bf4dc48) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf1cabc) out of 5 stars Excellent compilation March 20 2013
By Forfex Sceleris - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf1cd08) out of 5 stars great series Dec 13 2013
By jettababy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great books! My son eats them up, I have been buying three volumes at a time and plan on getting him the whole series. They are very hard to find and Amazon offers them as a free shipping item. Couldn't be happier!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf1cccc) out of 5 stars The Best Manga Ever! April 27 2014
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Vol. 10: The 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai: I love Dragon Ball!. Surprisingly this volume starts off by very quickly finishing off the quest for the 7th dragon ball and Goku's wish. Then it is three years later and everyone has separated and trained to meet up for the next Strongest Under the Heavens contest. So there are tons of fights and this was lots of fun. We end up in the quarter finals. (5/5)

Vol. 11: The Eyes of Tenshinhan: The contest continues and this volume is 100% battle action! Goku and Kuririn end up facing off against each other and then the winner takes on the last contestant in the final round. And what a battle it proves to be. Battles usually aren't my favourite part of shounen but this action is just plain awesome. When the volume ends it seems to be a matter of life and death, who will be the winner? (5/5)

Vol. 12: The Demon King Piccolo: Oh My Gawsh!! This is my favourite manga ever! The contest ends and the winner is a shock. Then ... then ... then someone is killed! {sob} And finally the demon king Piccolo arrives on the scene! And this is all only a few chapters into the volume. Things go really fast as our guys race (and fight) against the bad guys trying to collect the Dragon balls once again. Next volume come soon ... (5/5)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2561e0) out of 5 stars The first tournament Oct. 12 2008
By Jesse Haller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a book if you want to get into Dragonball. But those who have at least read the last book will enjoy this one greatly. The tournament has start and continues on in this book. It's a look of page turning action, a real pay off from the development of the last book. Just plan fun.
HASH(0x9c2564d4) out of 5 stars Awesome fighting Aug. 10 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Tenka’ichi Budokai, or “Strongest Under the Heavens” fighting tournament is in full swing, taking up this entire book. Yamcha squares off against “Jackie Chun” (the Turtle Master in the worst disguise ever!), a couple of minor characters called Ran Fuan (a sex object pretending to be a character) vs Namu, probably the only character in the contest who has real impetus to win the prize money: so he can buy water for his dry village. Son Goku takes on Giran Kaiju and Kuririn waits for his second round, having won his fight in the last book.

Whenever I read a comic book full of superhero fighting, usually by Marvel or DC, I end up hating it or being bored with it, but I wasn’t with Dragon Ball Volume 4, though it’s basically non-stop fighting. Why? I think it’s partly due to Akira Toriyama being both artist and writer. With superhero comics, there’s usually a writer and an artist and, if you read some of the scripts to those comics, the writer will basically hand over to the artist with the fight scenes, saying something like “Wolverine and villain fight for 5 pages”, leaving it up to the artist to figure out the most entertaining way to portray that.

That method’s fine but it feels like filler more than anything because superhero comics always need fighting - the story is already plotted, we’re just watching things play out before the story resumes once the writer takes over. Because Toriyama is both artist and writer, there’s no such gap - the story and the fighting are intertwined so each fight is part of the overall narrative, meaning there’s never a pause while characters battle pointlessly before going back to the story.

At least, that’s how it seems to me!

I won’t give away who beats who because finding out is part of the fun of this volume, but each fight is interesting in its own way because of the different personalities of the characters. Goku continues to improve at an incredible pace, with his kamehameha becoming as strong as Kame-Sen’in’s already! With so much potential, who knows where Goku’s powers will end?

Volume 4 is a super-awesome, enjoyable book that I blew through because it was so enthralling. Toriyama keeps up the fun and invention of Dragon Ball while ramping up the action and drama with this brilliant fighting contest. Who will win the final round? Find out in the next volume. Wonderful stuff!