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Dragon Ball, Vol. 4 Paperback – March 12, 2003
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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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Call it nostalgia but I love Dragon Ball, and if you can get your hands on the series I think you will too.
The book itself is a must-have for any Dragon Ball fan and has lots of great illustrations! The main focus is on the early adventurous of Goku & co. so if you are looking for illustrations that revolve more around Z this might leave you wanting.
I personally think it's a great addition to the manga's i used to read as a kid and am very happy with this purchase.
It smells a little funny but it's not too strong (I assume its the paper it is printed on).
Overall, I like that I can purchase three volumes of DBZ for a fraction of the price if I bought seperate volumes, but I would have liked better binding, and more color pages (in the case of the pages that were originally in color).
The only gripes I have is that the Japanese versions of these volumes had new Q&A's with Akira Toriyama that have not been translated for the English release. Also, there are some strange/unnecessary translation choices that were made in previous editions that have carried over to this - the script hasn't really been revised. Piccolo talks in a very bizarre way for this part of the story, then not much at all anymore from the time Nappa starts fighting, moving forward. There's also a note on the first page mentioning this as a sequel to the original Dragon Ball. The problem is, now the title to these volumes doesn't even have "Z" present, so this note doesn't match the context it is set against.
Besides those grips, I still consider this release worth supporting and feel fans of the manga should seek it out to improve their collection and provide incentive for Viz to continue releasing these. With any luck, the good folks there will reconsider some of their censorship practices from later story arcs that showed up in previous editions, particularly the use of "Hercule" (real name: Mr. Satan).
Overall it's a lovely book that breathes life into my work desk and gets the creative juices flowin!
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That love dragon ball z the book is the best book I read in a long time