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Dragon Ball Culture Volume 5: Demons Paperback – September 11, 2017
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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
As an avid reader of this course by Mr. Padula, the benefits are now coming to bear. Through this exposure I attain a better understanding of the fundamentals of Eastern culture. … I find myself more connected to the idiosyncrasies of the medium. I can understand its layered meanings, its underpinning comedy, its stratified myth, wardrobe, architecture, many a thing I can grasp unlike I could before; both on a conscious and subconscious standing. - reader review
About the Author
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 Shaolín gongfu, taiji-quan, qigong, karate, and Falun Dafa meditation. He earns his B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese from Western Michigan University. Then he studies abroad in Beijing, China where he trains with the Buddhist Shaolin monks and a Daoist taiji 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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As an avid reader of this course by Mr. Padula, the benefits are now coming to bear. Through this exposure I now attain a better, albeit crude by comparison, understanding of the fundamentals of Eastern culture: As I view for the first time, the Dragon Ball-inspired anime series, Naruto, I find myself intricately more connected to the idiosyncrasies of the medium. I can understand a lot of its layered meanings, some of its underpinning comedy, its stratified myth, wardrobe, architecture, many a thing I can grasp unlike I could before; both on a conscious and subconscious standing. On an entirely separate instance, I went to a theatrical showing of "The world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun" and to my surprise; they had an entire segment from Journey to the West as well as several pieces dedicated to Falun Dafa. Both of which are thoroughly connected to not only Toriyama's work but Mr. Pedula's as well. I was deeply moved in a newfound nature by the visuals, the storytelling, the settings… Ultimately, all the interdependent facets coalesced to form a heightened experience. The fragments gathered, without hurry, to create a profound appreciation in me. Even now the vital scaffolding of communication, the roots of the words, the prefixes and suffixes of the vocabulary, by and large Chinese and Japanese, has become a key in my possession; a way to unlock the symbolism and meanings of words in those languages even before ever encountering them in their full-fledged forms.
From where I stand, I am keenly gratified that this ongoing composition to explore the DNA of Dragon Ball is a labor-of-love for the author. That it means something more than the attention garnished or the merit it scarcely revels in. Being a pioneer can be a rather friendless undertaking at times but as, Goku, the hero that inspires many of us, would do in such occasions of affliction… we evoke our memories for the inspiration that transported us to the instant at hand. I think those initial catalysts and their true motives are manifest throughout each morsel of detail in this reading. Attributes uncovered with such tenacity to inform and make vulnerable every point of history that has helped to build such an immortal tale as Dragon Ball.