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Dragon Ball Z 'It's Over 9,000!' When Worldviews Collide [Kindle Edition]

Derek Padula , Ryo Horikawa , Javier Secano
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball is the world’s most recognized anime and manga series, having entertained millions of fans across the globe. The legendary rivalry of the last two full blooded Saiya-jins, Goku and Vegeta, is the iconic example of a lifelong conflict that inspires fans to burst through their own personal limits.

With a foreword by Ryo Horikawa, the Japanese voice of Vegeta, Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide is the first e-book to explain where “It’s Over 9,000!” came from, how the original video spread to receive over 7 million views, and why it continues to be such a popular catchphrase.

Featuring a thoroughly researched analysis of Goku and Vegeta’s colliding worldviews, this e-book helps the reader better understand why conflict is necessary for profound personal growth and character development.

Referencing East Asian belief systems and high tech futuristic paradigms, Derek Padula, the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball book and blog, provides a deeper understanding of this epic story and the inherent values within it.

It will forever change the way we look at Dragon Ball Z.

Editorial Reviews


"A new, fascinating perspective for you to experience Dragon Ball Z with. Rattling your perception of DBZ for the better." -

"A true masterpiece. Highly recommended!" -

"Hallelujah and praise Kami-sama (or perhaps Shenron) for giving us Derek Padula and his amazingly thorough knowledge of what will always be THE "world-class" anime/manga series."

"It's Over 9,000! effectively reinvigorates the franchise. It is a book that would be deemed beneficial to the most jaded of Dragon Ball Z fans and non-fans alike." -

"Reading this e-book will grant you a deeper understanding of Dragon Ball Z and its philosophies. The incredible insights will change the way you view the show forever. In fact, you will probably want to re-watch the first few sagas after reading it." - Alexander Hinkley (Alex's DBZ RPG)

"For the Dragon Ball Z fan, It's Over 9,000 is a must read. Much like how Joseph Campbell related the allegories, myths, and archetypes explored in his masterful Hero of a Thousand Faces to George Lucas' Star Wars saga, Padula provides an equally fascinating exploration of the themes in Dragon Ball Z, imparting insight into just how philosophical and sophisticated the source material truly is."  - Shadowland Magazine

"It's a well-written and well-informed exploration of some of Dragon Ball Z's key moments that could only come from someone as passionately in love with the shonen epic as many of us are. ... A stunning service to those looking to turn a scholarly eye to the series, and a great primer for newcomers. From one Vegeta fangirl to the hundreds of others out there, you'll find something to love." -

From the Back Cover

Rediscover Dragon Ball Z.

The world's most recognized anime and manga series by Akira Toriyama, fully explored through the Over 9,000! meme.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1741 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Derek Padula; 1 edition (August 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092HRZCI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly deep! February 1, 2013
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I bought this book on a whim because I used to be a huge DBZ fan and it was less than 3 bucks to download. After wading through a brief discussion of the "Over 9,000!" meme, the book blew me away with an in-depth character analysis of Goku and Vegeta, as well as a discussion of how these two characters illustrate certain principles of daoist and buddhist thought. If you liked "The Dharma of Star Wars", then you'll find this book very fascinating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Essay January 28, 2013
By Zach
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Essentially the first part covers how an internet meme comes to fruition second part (which is the bulk of the book compares the worldview of of eastern spirituality (Goku) versus an almost nihilistic viewpoint (Vegeta). And the last part which is short essentially advertises the authors blog which is worthwhile to read in its own right. The 100 or so pages are a great reanylisis of the series from the perspective of persona clashing and the book doesn't delve too deeply into the issues but rather the constant character development that opposing worldviews may provide. Personally I thought it was a nice little read but at the same time would have appreciated a deeper analysis of the issues which may or may not be covered in the authors other work "The Dao of Dragonball" which is in itself a signifigantly longer text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover Why this book IS "Over 9,000!" August 18, 2013
Whether you have enjoyed Dragon Ball for years or are just getting into it or just want to know why the heck people say "It's OVER 9,000!" then this book is the book for you! It is an incredible tribute to the series and gives the reader a very in depth look at the cultural significance of the competing views between the two main characters of the series and why their story is so poignant and loved on a level that goes unnoticed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Much like anything mainstream, "Dragon Ball Z" has had its share of lovers and haters. One of the most common criticisms is that the series lacked character development, a complaint that also dumbfounded me because the characterization has always been one of the series biggest selling points for me.

Although "Dragon Ball Z" has a wide cast of character, this book focuses much on two characters: rivals Goku & Vegeta. The two of them have literally been through everything together: tried to kill each other (more than once), saved each others lives (more than once), and even fused together!

What's most appealing about the book is the author goes in-depth the two characters psych to explain why they are the way are, why they changed, and what made them so appealing to fans across the world.

The book is a short, but easy-to-follow read that shows that "Dragon Ball Z" is more than just big muscle dudes fighting each other. At an easy affordable price, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes DBZ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Very good analysis that goes behind the thoughts of the author of the dragonball manga that lead him to amalgamate Early Chinese, Modern Western and Science fiction philosphies to bring about one of the greatest Action stories ever told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The meaning behind Dragonball Z January 7, 2014
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Ever since I was a little kid I knew there was a reason I gravitated towards this. Now as I become wiser and older, I see just what the culture of Akira Toriyama was about. The subtle and powerful when harnessed energies of chi/qi/ki are the essences of life. The vital forces. It's amazing to see how this entire culture has permeated this beautiful comic.
Mixed in with the physical and mental fitness and toughness of these characters, it's like a superhero, except that it is achievable. In real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful look a dbz January 27, 2014
By Beau B.
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I bought this book just because I love dbz. Picked it up and couldn't put it down, so i ended up finishing it the night i started! if you love DBZ this book is well worth the money. It was very interesting having the series I love so much through a deep eastern philosophy view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Dragonball fan! April 17, 2014
By Daniel
I finally got around to getting a physical copy of It's Over 9000! recently. It was gifted to me from my girlfriend, whom, never saw an episode of Dragonball, until we started dating that is. We started watching it chronologically, from the Bardock Movie, to Dragonball, to Z, to Battle of Gods, and all things in-beteen, and recently finishing it just the other day! Still on the fence if I want to start GT for her yet though, (Although I don't hate it.) (A two year adventure for her, but she is now proud to call her self a fan.) As for myself, Dragonball was like for you and others, a massive part of my childhood, from when Toonami first aired it all those years ago. It got my through a lot of tough times, and for several occasions was my foundation for keeping sane as a youngin. Goku was and still is a massive influence in my life, and my path of almost 10 years in Buddhism, I think in part is probably influenced by him as well. This book, really tied everything together for the inner kid in me, and re-kindled the already burning flame of Toriyamas masterpiece in my heart.
This book ties together the depth and magintutde of the deep roots of Dragonball and it's massive influences in Chinese cultural stories, Ch'an Buddhism, Taosim, and countless other traditions from the mystic history of Japan and China.
Derek ties all of this together in a wonderful way, exposing the roots that shows the genius of Toriyama in beautiful way.
I personally wanted to thank you for writing this, it was an absolutely pleasure to have the chance to read something like this. Thanks, Derek. You always have a fan in me! I look forward for more to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
It's a really amazing insight on not only the iconic meme and dragon ball in general. It teaches you about the human mind and spirit and how we can always change and that we cannot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sexyguy31
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dragon Ball writings in the world
This book is astonishing... One of the best Dragon Ball writings in the world!! A really worth reading book!!
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It's a really good book. I enjoyed it, so I recommend it because stone cold said so!! Haha haha haha
Published 9 months ago by rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!! Good, quick read!
This was a fantastic addition to my already expansive knowledge of Dragonball Z and Vegeta's character. Padula's insights and philosophies are spot-on. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marci L Zebrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book extremely smart writing
Published 11 months ago by eric febles
3.0 out of 5 stars neat insights on dbz and it's mark on the world
This is a fun book to read for any dragon ball fan. It brought some valuable insights on dragonball and our world in large.
Published 12 months ago by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a Dragonball Z fan!
A great philosophical perspective on Dragonball Z that will make any fan look deep into this cultural icon, allowing new perspective on our favorite hero's and anti-hero's, as well... Read more
Published 13 months ago by hthardman
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong philosophies but falls flat in the end.
I like the analysis between Goku and Vegeta but some things aren't mentioned, like how Vegeta wins both fights against Goku (First had Yajirobe cut off his tail, and in Buu Saga,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kevin Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A must for Dragon ball z fans, great reading, been a Dragon ball z fan for a long time and this book is a good read for all fans
Published 14 months ago by stef
1.0 out of 5 stars Written by a 4 year old?
What is written in the book could have been written in 17 pages succinctly. Total waste of money. Read the sample if you don't believe me. Read more
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More About the Author

Derek Padula is the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball website and book series; the first to reveal the deep history, philosophy, and cultural roots of the world's #1 anime and manga.

Derek's journey begins when he sees the Dragon Ball anime in 1997. His love for the series inspires him to start martial arts training in Shàolín gōngfu, tàijí-quán, qìgōng, karate, and Fǎlún Dàfǎ meditation. He earns his B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese from Western Michigan University. Then he studies abroad in Běijīng, China where he trains with the Buddhist Shàolín monks and a Dàoist tàijí sword master. After returning home he begins his life's work.

He is now an authority on Dragon Ball and loves to share his understanding of this profound series that changes lives.

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