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"The runaway hit of the Cartoon Network . . . It's easy to see why Dragon Ball Z is going to be the headlining title of Shonen Jump." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Akira Toriyama's first weekly series, Dr. Slump, has entertained generations of readers in Japan since it was introduced in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1980. A few years later, he created his wildly popular Dragon Ball series, which brought him international success. Toriyama is also known for his character designs for video games, including Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Series: Dragon Ball Z (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Collectors edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421526115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421526119
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Silva on June 8, 2008
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I have absolutely loved DBZ for 13 years now. Having seen many different manga and anime this one still stands alone for its phenomenal character development and bone crunching action! I also like the fact that Viz put out a 'big edition' so one does not have to buy each chapter separately (expensive). My only two problems with this edition is that (1) it is edited- middle fingers/swear words are changed or edited out and (2) the original cover art is included but not all of them are in color. Other than that it is a good edition of the greatest shonen manga ever made!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 24, 2004
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Now I know alot of people are thinkin Dragon ball z is so boring. But if you read the graphic novel that just may change. You see since cartoon network doesn't play DBZ on tv anymore, its hard to see the first episode. But when I bought this book that changed and thinking it boring changed too.

I came to like it alot! its a perfect starting manga for any new manga fan. Since I just got into manga it was perfect for me. Now before you buy this book I should warn you there is some bad language in this book. So I would really recomend this book for any child 10 and up. Funny,action cool,martial arts, its got it all Dragon Ball z VOL.1 BUY IT NOW!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By romevi VINE VOICE on November 28, 2012
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Ah, Dragon Ball Z. Like many who have read the manga in the States, I was drawn to the fast-paced action by Cartoon Network. Toriyama's fighting masterpiece has reached global success since, and I've only recently seen all of FUNimation's episodes in complete order. So, wanting to sate my obsession with the banana-haired superheroes even more, I decided to delve into the manga. Hey, I'm an English Master's student; why haven't I read the books before?

I purchased the Dragon Ball box set some years back, finished them all in a week. They're just as great as I remember the show being, if not a bit better because of the pacing. I prefer Toriyama's original artwork to the show; it has a sort of aged look to it, but it serves the series well. I waited till I had some dough for the DBZ box set, but now that it's out of print, and the prices astronomical, that's out of the question. I've heard of the VIZBIG editions before, not to mention those editions for other manga series, so I figured I'd check them out at the library.
What I especially like about the VIZBIG volumes, besides a collected three volumes, is that they include color pages. Not all the colored chapters Toriyama originally did are in color, but most are. I'm not sure why; VIZ Media seems to have cut corners, if not for any other explanation. Still, the body of work is there, and it's very enjoyable.

I'm also watching Kai right now, and I love it. I didn't realize so much had been added when I originally watched the show back in the `90s, and I thought, when I heard about Kai, that it would delete too much, and that the show would seem choppy. But considering they follow precisely Toriyama's original work, I actually now prefer Kai over the original show. Both are great, and the fast-paced action fits the fast-paced plots extremely well, almost frighteningly so. It's a wonder that most, if not all, of the DB universe came from one man's mind...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By deanna on February 3, 2013
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Started my 10 year old on this ...now he can't put it down. Is it bad to yell at your child at bedtime to put the book down? very good buy!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TealDude4 on October 30, 2003
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This was the first manga I had ever bought, now I'm hooked! I never really got into the TV series because I didn't watch any of the first episodes, and you can't just jump into the show in the middle, because nothing is really explained. That's why I dicided to get the manga when I found it in a book store.
Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of Dragon Ball, in which Son Goku learns that he is in fact a Sayian, a warrior-like alien race who destroy the inhabitance of planets for profiet, and Goku was to destroy all the humans on Earth. But when he got here he hit his head and lost his memory. Now he must defend his friends and the planet Earth from the 3 remaining Sayians.
I like Dragon Ball Z for its great characters and compeling storyline. And, of course, the ACTION!!! I believe the manga is better than the TV show, because it isn't that slow-paced. In my opinion, this is the best manga and the the best manga for newbie-otakus. If you want the story from the very beginning, I suggest the manga Dargon Ball Vol. 1. That one is more comedy than action, but still very good. Just buy it, you wont regret it. Siutable for ages 9 and up, for mild violence and language (not very much language, mind you).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jush on August 31, 2014
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I have always been a huge fan of DBZ since I saw the anime as a kid, but I have never gotten around to reading the manga till just recently. This manga by Akira Toriyama is simply awesome! I think I might actually like the book more than the anime. The art is great, and the wording is interesting as well. This version of the manga, the Vizbig 3-in-one version, is the best way to experience the story in my opinion. The book is the perfect size, and fits well in your hand. The cover is very high quality, and the overall design is top-notch. To top it all off, there are many sections in the book that are in color! The color pages are in amazing quality, and usually show up during epic parts of the story, like when Goku first begins fighting Freeza.
Amazon is very modestly priced. At Barnes and Noble, I picked up this book for $19.25, as well as volume 2. I loved them so much that I ordered the next 6 volumes on Amazon, each for less then $15, and brand new to boot! Since these are 3 books in one, you would expect them to cost around $24 to $30. Buying these books for near half what they're worth in brand new condition with just a little bit of color just makes me the most satisfied customer. I got my books 4 days after ordering them, too.
I recommend the crap out of this series!
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