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Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 5 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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Me and my girlfriend are fans of Dragonball Z, and were looking for the Dragonball Manga collection to collect. After some research (so you don't have to do it!) we found this one to be the best, and it delivered! Much bigger than I expected and the pages are thick enough and the art is high quality as well. It has a bendable cover but sturdy for sure, not flimsy.
There's in total FIVE parts to this series, each containing 3 issues. Which is PERFECT in my opinion - doesn't take as much space. If you're looking to collect the mangas than this one is 100% the right start with - other issues tend to be smaller and more flimsy. Price (11-15 dollars) is excellent as well and worth it.
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).
For the most part, the story from the anime series follows the first three volumes of the manga rather closely; the big exception is Pilaf and his cronies, because they appear much earlier in the anime than they do in the manga. This 3-in-1 edition covers the start of the story through Kuririn's battle with Bacterian at the Tenkaihci Tournament. It should also be noted that the English adaptation of the manga uses a combination of the original Japanese names for the characters with some of the renaming from the English dub of the anime. In some respects, I wish there had been more consistency when it came to using either all of the Japanese names or all of the English names when the translation for the English version of the manga was done.
Something I noticed while reading this volume is that for Dragon Ball, Toriyama tended to utilize more panels per page than the average manga that I have read. Because of this, I found that it took me a little longer to read this omnibus edition of Dragon Ball than it has for me to read the omnibus editions of the Inuyasha manga series. When it comes to the art, you can definitely see Toriyama's touch; if you have familiarity with Toriyama's work, then you can see all of the "hallmark Toriyama look" in this manga volume. Also, as I read through this volume, I saw that Toriyama really seemed to like utilizing "sound effects" in his panels when it's appropriate. For a shonen series, I'm actually pleasantly surprised to see that Toriyama doesn't rely too much on the "busy panel" tricks to convey the battle sequences.
My husband and I purchased the copy of the Dragon Ball 3-in-1 manga that I read to write this review.
Overall it's a lovely book that breathes life into my work desk and gets the creative juices flowin!
I really like this mainly because of it's size, it's much larger than the Japanese version and is almost as big as a single Daizenshuu!
It still has some of the cough English translations at the beginning like Piccolo's Light of death, and this release still edits out Mista Popo's lips, I ask why?!! However he isn't the main focus, and even if they do release the first part of dragon ball he wouldn't appear until Piccolo Daiamo anyway so I don't feel it's that bad but it does suck.
I really wish they would release the Kanzenban and if they do I hope it's a brand new translation, the 3-1s may have the same coverart but that's it, bad paper quality and so on.
For the English release of the manga this is the best version to get! But if you can, the Japanese version of the original run of the manga is the best as well as the Kanzenban if that is an option for you.