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Dragon Ball, Vol. 1 (SJ Edition): The Monkey King [Kindle Edition]

Akira Toriyama
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Book Description

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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"A comic masterpiece . . . Dragon Ball's spirit of fun and adventure is unparalleled."

About the Author

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.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why do things so nearly perfectly, and then screw it up? November 13, 2010
By Pigumon
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
::: Edit to my original review.

(THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE RELEASE, NOT THE CONTENT!!!! The Dragonball story is excellent, 5 stars.)

Not only is it censored in a really odd way that just didn't need to be done, but they only include a FEW of the original color pages, about 20%!!! What is the point of making it so close to perfect and yet so far?

All the pages you see that have an ugly grayscale shading, like the first appearance of Kamesennin, were actually in COLOR, but Viz just didn't want to cut into their profits by printing them the original way.

They were re-released in Japan about 3 years ago in 35 Volumes, with all the color pages in tact. So it's not like they weren't available.

This release drops down to 2 stars. That's just shady what they did.

If you haven't bought any of the books though, I still recommend this set as it's the closest to the original Japanese version.


One word, CENSORED.

They included the beautiful full and spot color pages, smaller than the original pulp release in Shonen Jump but larger than and higher quality than the small reprint versions.

They put 3 volumes together so you get a nice big chunk of story.

Great translations, except that they translate certain Japanese dialects as "American Hillbilly". VERY annoying.

But what boggles the mind is that they leave in young Goku's naked genitals, which is fine, because that's how it appeared in the original manga. But then they go and censor "the middle finger", essentially changing that part of the story to something that is not in the original manga. They also censor, REDRAW, certain female body parts.

It seems so pointless to go through the trouble of creating a "definitive" edition, but then go backwards and make it "un-definitive".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a legend...and uncensored, too! October 9, 2003
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CENSORED August 19, 2012
Yeah thats right, I physically read and compared this volume of the vizbig edition to the smaller single volumes and they really do censor the vizbig edition.For example, when oolong shapeshifts into bulma to flash master roshi in volume 2, this vizbig edition actually covers most of the breast unlike the single volume 2 release they show the whole side of the breast.So yeah I would recommend getting the single volumes(the ones with the red covers).But its up to you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! March 16, 2004
As said above me, this is the start of the Dragon Ball series, which is incredibly infamous (moreso for dbz, though) but this is a really great book! It's easily the funniest and most perverted manga volume I've ever read, it made me laugh so hard at times.
The artwork is great, yet simple and uncluttered, and the picture gallery at the book of the book has some really awesome designs which I've never seen included in any other manga series before.
Overall, I think this is a must-have for any manga collector's collection but it does have some parts that's definitely more suitable for kids 13+.
This is my all-time favorite series but I'm not being partial towards it here, I just really think it has a great manga. (plus, it's cheap)
Highy, highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The uncensored versions! March 26, 2013
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First off, the story and art of the Dragon Ball series is amazing. The story, art, and presentation is no doubt rated 5 stars. however, this review is focusing more on the quality of the adapted version of Dragon Ball, not the story.

When i first decided i wanted to start purchasing the Dragon Ball books, i was torn between the VIZBIG editions, which contain 3 books each. this would have allowed me to compile the entire Dragon Ball series in only 5 books. However, i decided on purchasing all of the books seperately because i think it is more traditional, and in some way more complete. not only that, but contrary to the VIZBIG editions, the individual volumes are UNCENSORED. now maybe most people dont care about that but i personally feel having a censored copy would interfere with the artwork. so, i went with the individual volumes and i did not make a mistake!

The book is great. It's the same size as any other standard Shonen Jump/Tokyopop/etc. mangas, with a normal glossy front and back cover. The whole book is in black and white, but there are some pages that were originally in color. People are saying that it looks like poor printing on these pages, because it was printed in black and white when it was supposed to be in color, but it honestly looks fine,and is pretty unnoticable.

The book is made up of 10 "tales", Essentially chapters, which were each individually published weekly in the japanese Shonen Jump magazine. The original cover art for all of the tales is compiled in the back of the book, some of which are claimed by the book as "never before seen in america!". I thought this was a nice touch.

Probably the only problem i have with this book is some of the language adaption.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great purchase. Exactly as described.
Published 20 days ago by Bridgette Reddish
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
When I was a kid I use to watch this Dragonball, But the dragonball Z and GT is lame.
Published 26 days ago by Ana Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars A really underrated first half compared to DBZ
Long time fan of this series while the second half was better theres nothing like the original!
Published 1 month ago by Strider
5.0 out of 5 stars GO Sun GOKU
I love Dragon Ball and all the cast of characters. The art is beautiful and the stories are wonderfully written and funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geoff
2.0 out of 5 stars One Star
the manga was so censured that i see it as a new story all together
Published 3 months ago by wing67
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely great series that IMO is better than the anime
If you are reading the reviews you already know what the series is about. An absolutely great series that IMO is better than the anime. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Justin Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Team 4 Star
I would give it 5 stars but... Well, if you know Dragon Ball you know why 4 stars is the best.
Published 5 months ago by Nik Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very fast shipping, exactly what I asked for!
Published 5 months ago by Maria Parra
4.0 out of 5 stars Son Goku!
I’m gonna say Dragon Ball was the first comic I ever came across in my life - that’s probably wrong but it’s definitely the earliest one I can remember. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series!
You can't help but love the original style of artwork. That combined with a great story, and you have a must read.
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