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Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!" When Worldviews Collide Paperback – November 20, 2012
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"Hallelujah and praise Kami-sama (or perhaps Shenron) for giving us Derek Padula and his amazingly thorough knowledge of what will always be THE "world-class" anime/manga series." - MangaTherapy.com
"It's Over 9,000! effectively reinvigorates the franchise. It is a book that would be deemed beneficial to the most jaded of Dragon Ball Z fans and non-fans alike." - iSugoi.com
"Reading this e-book will grant you a deeper understanding of Dragon Ball Z and its philosophies. The incredible insights will change the way you view the show forever. In fact, you will probably want to re-watch the first few sagas after reading it." - Alexander Hinkley (Alex's DBZ RPG)
"For the Dragon Ball Z fan, It's Over 9,000 is a must read. Much like how Joseph Campbell related the allegories, myths, and archetypes explored in his masterful Hero of a Thousand Faces to George Lucas' Star Wars saga, Padula provides an equally fascinating exploration of the themes in Dragon Ball Z, imparting insight into just how philosophical and sophisticated the source material truly is." - Shadowland Magazine
"It's a well-written and well-informed exploration of some of Dragon Ball Z's key moments that could only come from someone as passionately in love with the shonen epic as many of us are. ... A stunning service to those looking to turn a scholarly eye to the series, and a great primer for newcomers. From one Vegeta fangirl to the hundreds of others out there, you'll find something to love." - Japanator.com
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- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0983120537
- Paperback : 106 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0983120536
- Publisher : Derek Padula (November 20, 2012)
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.24 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #797,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lastly, the shameless plugs at the end for Dao of Dragonball Z made me sick of it.
Overall, it is an amazing experience until the end because it breaks down Frieza's classist society to determine a person's worth by gauging power levels at birth as a fatalist sign whereas Goku proves it wrong by the over 9000 meme. I also liked the part with Captain Ginyu knowing about the concealment of power levels, (unlike most of Frieza's goons who cannot see anything past their scouters), though the book doesn't mention that neither one could've beat him on their own due to his body swapping technique.
At least it explains the super saiyan process of having to break character: Goku by having to be merciless (at first) with Frieza (should have mentioned toying with him like Vegeta does with his weaker opponents before putting them out of their misery). However, it explains Vegeta's transformation very well; the storm he fought and being so exhausted, he have up on having to rival Goku and just wanted to let everything go.
Although "Dragon Ball Z" has a wide cast of character, this book focuses much on two characters: rivals Goku & Vegeta. The two of them have literally been through everything together: tried to kill each other (more than once), saved each others lives (more than once), and even fused together!
What's most appealing about the book is the author goes in-depth the two characters psych to explain why they are the way are, why they changed, and what made them so appealing to fans across the world.
The book is a short, but easy-to-follow read that shows that "Dragon Ball Z" is more than just big muscle dudes fighting each other. At an easy affordable price, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes DBZ.
And I find the result of the author really outstanding! "It's Over 9,000!" is a lot about the development of the famous meme "It's Over 9,000!" And then there is the big main conflict in DragonBall Z: the everlasting contest between Kakarot & Vegeta - and, in short, Padula brings out the best of these topics :-)
I especially liked the fact that you have a different kind of view on the manga and anime (such as the epic fight against Freezer on Namek) when you finished reading - exciting book! And I also want to buy the next volumes.
Mixed in with the physical and mental fitness and toughness of these characters, it's like a superhero, except that it is achievable. In real life.
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Und ich finde das Ergebnis wirklich hervorragend! Hauppthemen sind die Entwicklung des berühmten Internet-Memes "It's Over 9,000!" und der große Hauptkonflikt in DragonBall Z, der ewige Wettstreit zwischen den Saiyajin Kakarott & Vegeta - und, kurz und knapp: Padula holt das Beste aus diesen Themen raus :-)
Das englischsprachige Buch liest sich auch für Nicht-Muttersprachler flüssig und einfach, ist intelligent geschrieben und nie trocken. Besonders gefallen hat mir, dass man Geschehnisse aus dem Manga und Anime (wie z.B. den Kampf gegen Freezer auf Namek) nach der Lektüre zum Teil ganz anders betrachtet - spannendes Buch!!! :-)
Dieses Buch ist ein perfekter Einstieg, die Welt von Dragonball auf seine tiefere Symbolik und seine Wurzeln in der ostasiatischen Kultur zu untersuchen und viele Hintergründe zu verstehen. Die Serie wirkt in einem ganz anderen Licht sobald man hinter die Kämpfe, Muskeln und de Ki-Angriffe schaut. Dadurch ist dieses Buch sowohl für Leute geeignet, die diese Sichtweise noch nicht in betracht gekzogen haben und für Hardcore-Fans die dadurch vielleicht neue Sichtweisen erlangen oder in ihrem Wissen gefestigt werden. Ein Kritikpunkt wäre jedoch, dass für ebengenannte Hardcore-Fans das erste Kapitel des Buches, welches sich einzig und allein mit dern Wurzeln des Internetmemes beschäftigt, langweilig sein könnte da diese Fans mit der Herkunft vertraut sein sollten. Zusätzlich ist dieses Buch ein perfekter Einstieg in Padulas Schreibstil und in seine Perspektive der Serie, die sehr auf die kulturellen und humanistischen Aspekte fixiert ist.
Somit ein "must-read" für Dragonball-Fans!
Stranamente, non riesco a trovare altre parole, assai raro, per me. Ho appena recensito l'altro saggio a tema, devo essermi esaurita su quello. Comunque, questo l'ho letto tempo prima e mi ha appassionata quanto l'altro.
Peccato non esista -ancora- la versione Italiana, ma con l'Inglese ed il Francese io non ho problema alcuno.