::: 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".