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Dragon Ball Culture Volume 1: Origin (1) Hardcover – September 6, 2017
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"Dragon Ball Culture is a must read. It's beyond interesting, it's inspiring. After reading this book, you'll never look at Dragon Ball the same way again!" - DragonBallInsider.com
"Dragon Ball Culture is an AMAZING resource. I guarantee you will learn a lot. You'll not only get your deepest Dragon Ball questions answered, you'll also get answers to questions you never thought to ask!" -- Mistare Fusion, Dragon Ball YouTuber
"There's so much info about Toriyama's personal life that I didn't know--really, thousands of things--that I could put up video after video talking about it." - Yuluga Reyens, Spanish Dragon Ball YouTuber
"This book series is the bible to any true fan of Dragon Ball." - Reader Review
"For Dragon Ball fans who think they know everything there is to know. Derek provides information sourced from official channels, so it works as a good reference for canonical or official data on the series. It's handy in case you want to get into another debate on the Internet and need facts to back up your statement." - ToonBarn.com
"Derek Padula's brilliant Dragon Ball Culture books are well-researched and written in a formal but still accessible manner, providing insight on the culture, themes, and history that influenced the story and world of Dragon Ball. Mr. Padula's books are excellent pieces for any Dragon Ball fan looking to dig deeper into the essence of the franchise, and I highly recommend them." - All-Comic.com
"Derek Padula, who is responsible for collecting and recording all the information [in these books], has written ... an exhaustive analysis of more than 2,000 pages divided into 7 volumes on the entire history of the famous manga and anime of Akira Toriyama." - IGN.es
"The world's most epic analysis of the world's most epic anime and manga. Within this treasure chest of a book is a rich esoteric history of everything that went into the show. It paints a picture of how amazing Dragon Ball truly is." - Reader Review
"If you are a staunch Dragon Ball fan, or just a curious fan of this story, then this book is indispensable for you. A great work of the author. I look forward to the following volumes." - Reader Review
From the Back Cover
Discover the origin of Dragon Ball
- Publisher : Derek Padula (September 6, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 244 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1943149135
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943149131
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Derek Padula has compiled a wealth of information about the creator and Dragon Ball universe. It is highly recommended and it is hardcover for greater longevity and stylish look. Great to own or give as a gift to fans.
Volume 1 bridges the gaps for any Westerner who has only just vague ideas about that mysterious and foreign region we call the Far East. What Mr. Padula has done here is monumental. His 11 year trek to uncover all the minutiae that holds the magnificent tale of Dragon Ball together is quite profound. Having a deep interest in Dragon Ball myself I have scoured to look for places that may shed some insights onto how the 'people from the East' look at this story with very little to find on the matter. "Dragon Ball Culture" answers many questions that only diehards like myself would ever consider. So if you're a casual fan, then it's probably best to stick to the anime or manga. This particular piece by Mr. Padula is clearly an effort to align fans of the series here in the West with an abundant amount of details that are misinterpreted or altogether absent in the translations that reach our shores. The reader gains a newfound appreciation and depth of understanding for the series which encompass stories as old as the 400+ year old "Journey to the West" to the more modern sci-fi stories of the 20th century.
I've already started Volume 2 where things get much more intriguing but Volume 1 definitely lays the foundation for things to come in this projected 7 volume program. This volume also has the honor to serve as a de-facto biography to the author of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama, whom, as a secluded individual, is very hard to find out about. If you're a Westerner that has wanted to straddle the gulf inherent in an Eastern story, then this is your read! The culture is so different to our own that it invites curiosity but in that journey to satisfy those questions we find the Heart; that essence of spirit that speaks to us all: timeless storytelling that eventually points out that the differences are only a flimsy veneer.
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Si quieres saber de donde tomó inspiración y tienes curiosidad por saber algo más de dragon ball en el plano místico, es tu libro.
La lectura es muy amena, y no hace falta tener un nivel de inglés muy elevado. La letra es bastante grande con lo que las páginas se pasan muy rápido. Sin duda compraré en breve el volumen 2.
Und wie auch das erste Buch ist auch dieses ein Lesegenuss für jeden DragonBall-Fan.
Der Autor verliert sich nie in Schwärmereien, bleibt faktenbasiert und analysiert die Ursprünge hinter der berühmten Mangavorlage (die auf der Saiyuki-Sage basiert) und zwar so, dass es auch jemand versteht, der zum ersten Mal davon etwas hört.
Mir hat besonders gut gefallen, mehr über den Autor von DragonBall, Akira Toriyama, zu erfahren. Man erfährt vieles über seine Karriere und seine Motive, DragonBall über 15 Jahre zu zeichnen.
Wirklich ein tolles Buch.