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

"A true masterpiece. Highly recommended!" - Namekusei.Wordpress.com

"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." - MangaTherapy.com

"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." -  iSugoi.com

"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." - Japanator.com

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Rediscover Dragon Ball Z.

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

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Derek Padula (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983120536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983120537
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kel Barn on 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 By Zach on January 28, 2013
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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 By Kakarot88 on August 18, 2013
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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 By Mukesh Chumber on July 11, 2013
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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William R. on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beau B. on January 27, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on April 17, 2014
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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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