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Dragon Ball  
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Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which can summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls for their own desires. Along the way becoming the strongest warrior in the universe.


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Associated Names
Жемчуг дракона
7 Viên Ngọc Rồng
Dragon Ball Z

Groups Scanlating
Colour Dragon Ball Project
Fighting Dreamers Scanlations

Latest Release(s)
v.25 c.369 by MofoGoku (83d ago)
v.25 c.368 by MofoGoku (90d ago)
v.25 c.367 by MofoGoku (97d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
42 Tankoubon Volumes (Complete)
34 Kanzenban Volumes (Complete)
8 Full Color Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Dragon Ball); Vol 17, Chap 195 (Dragon Ball Z)
Ends at Vol 17, Chap 194 (Dragon Ball); Vol 42, Chap 519 (Dragon Ball Z)

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Dragonball by Wellzy4eva
Dragon Ball by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1115 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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June 23rd 2015, 11:08am PST

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Original Publisher
Shueisha (1985; 2002; 2013)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (42 Volumes & 14 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #751 increased(+188)
Monthly Pos #1239 decreased(-53)
3 Month Pos #1279 decreased(-184)
6 Month Pos #796 decreased(-276)

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On 832 reading lists
On 383 wish lists
On 2611 completed lists
On 114 unfinished lists
On 287 custom lists

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When does it get serious? 210 days, 5 hours, 33 minutes ago
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Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins 631 days, 21 hours, 33 minutes ago
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Definition of a flawed masterpiece   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by The New Flesh
May 17th, 2012, 12:46am
Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball shouldn't even be worth reviewing at this point. Nearly everybody is familiar with the story, the characters, the ridiculous battle scenes, the even more ridiculous haircuts. But I think there are some overlooked aspects of the series that are still worth talking about.

A favorite of mine (and many others) growing up, with hindsight it is easy to point out the flaws in Toriyama's manga. The plotting in the later volumes is the most prominent, as characters get stronger and stronger with seemingly no limit, and bad guys just keep on coming (this guy is the strongest in the universe. Wait, no I lied, THIS guy is the strongest in the universe. Now go train for a day, come back with a new technique, and kick the crap out of him.)

Alas, though these flaws are glaring, I am willing to overlook them for the sheer joy this manga has brought me over the years. Toriyama crafts an interesting world with memorable characters who the reader genuinely grows to care about. From the series' beginnings as a whimsical fantasy adventure, to its gradual shift in focus to larger-than-life martial arts battles, Toriyama has always kept a good sense of pace. It's a manga where you start reading and you just don't want to stop, regardless of how many times you've experienced the story before. And through re-reading, I've noticed several subtleties that Toriyama injects that help the series aspire to something a little deeper (for example, the complex father-son-caretaker relationshiip of Goku, Gohan and Piccolo, and the gradual, not immediate, redemption of several supposedly irredeemably evil characters).

Though the manga is not perfect by any means, and the last couple arcs produce some truly cringe-worthy moments, it never stops being enjoyable, and actually contains some deeper aspects that push it above the average shounen manga. I will be re-reading this series for the rest of my life, and each time I will enjoy it just as much as the last.
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The best the best   
Rating: N/A
by mayid
February 19th, 2013, 10:04am
Everywhere in the world were you go, you will find people who heard about dragon ball. I dont exagerate. I have been in europe and afrika and yes they have all heard about dragon ball.

And also dragon ball is the first anime that i have ever seen.

Akira toriyama has made a masterpiece of a manga. It is animated and was sold world wide.

If you dont know dragon ball you dont know what you are missing.
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The work of a Genius!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
September 22nd, 2011, 3:31am
Everyone is aware of the fact that 'Dragon Ball' brought the golden age of Shounen Manga. It is a epic and masterpiece in nature. Story has its origanility with a classic sense of humour and fantasy.
Artwork is the best.
Well Dragon Ball become the standard defination of shounen manga(cool fights,strong enemy,training,power-ups.)
I am sure you will find it interesting.

... Last updated on June 20th, 2012, 2:34am
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The Archetype of ALL SHONEN MANGA   
Rating: N/A
by findy37564
December 28th, 2014, 6:25am
im not exaggerate it its true every shonen manga will one way or another steal some element from dragon ball,
and this manga is already withstand the test of time for decades. even to this day remake still coming out, games, anime action figure
this manga has everything shonen series is all about and everything in it is all original to boot
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greatest action shounen ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by VawX
May 11th, 2010, 6:34am
well if you go to Japan and you ask about Dragon Ball, maybe most of Japanese know about this manga / anime
it's what you call a masterpiece of manga...
the story is epic, the characters is epic...
you can found many great battle that's so powerful so you can call that the most powerful battle of all mangas
i read it and watch its anime since 12 years ago i guess and even though it's already completed for such a long time, it's still one of my favourite
and for further excitement, here in this manga you can found MANY of the strongest character in the history of manga
yes. many of them can easily destroy a planet, and can move very fast (i remember that there are character that can travel around the world in just some seconds) in the later chapter, and especially in the continuation of the anime : Dragon Ball GT which story isn't written in manga.

and if you don't know, Akira Toriyama with his Dragon Ball influenced many great mangaka such as Eichiro Oda with his One Piece and Mashima Hiro with his Rave & Fairy Tail

another point for Dragon Ball is that this manga was the one that make Weekly Shounen Jump as the number one manga magazine in Japan. when Dragon Ball was completed, Weekly Shounen Jump entered the Dark Age, and the position of number one was stolen by its rival which were the former top rank : Weekly Shounen Magazine. I don't really know when WSJ come back to the top (although the different in sale is not far from WSM nowadays) but Dragon Ball really had a big contribution for the magazine

... Last updated on May 11th, 2010, 6:41am
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my childhood favorite manga ^_^   
Rating: N/A
by tsukushi makino
May 11th, 2012, 8:14pm
actually, dragon ball is my favorite manga since i was a child -a little girl. It was my past time or just watching it was my past time, though since then I started to watch other manga series. i love Goku's adventures. just when he defeated those enemies and other rivals.. And when he punch and kick those funny guys and put them on in a funny situation,. I also like those times when he had the good times and had those happy moments. It' really nice.. And it's also my brother's favorite manga in his childhood days.
And talking about the story itself. It' really a great story too, coz it's about looking for the dragon balls and defeating those enemies and especially when he finally got the dragon balls, and then the dragon comes out and ask for their wishes..that's really awesome. and when he comes back to life from the other world....yeah,.. definitely awesome..!
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Rating: N/A
by kimihoshi
February 13th, 2012, 2:40pm
Dragonball was the first manga I read. It's my childhood manga, both the manga and the anime. I was 9 when I read a manga for the first time, and thanks to Dragonball it dragged me to the manga world =]
The story is really special, unique, an exciting story. Goku, the main character is so funny and the whole story is really funny. The author got absolute sense of humor, I laughed at least 3 times in every volumes. Well, I have to admit that the humor decreases a bit when Goku and everyone becomes adult (around Babidi's saga) but don't worry, none of these sagas is shallow biggrin
There's holy bunch of characters in dragonball, and I'm the typical person who forget easy who's who. But the good thing about this manga is that every character has their own uniqueness (even evil monsters hahaha) and there's a lot of action and abnormal stuff happening wink Every saga has a great plot, trust me.

Of course there's some downsides about the story, but it's nothing really big in my opinion:
Goku is the main character, so it's obvious everything is about him but I didn't always like that at first there's always his friends who fights a battle and Goku always finish the final blow at the strongest monster in almost every saga.
There's a lot of questions which might appear in your head which might not be cleared u e.g
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
how did Kuririn /Krillin get a child together with an android? How did Trunks and Goten achieve to be a super saiyan (though Goten said he didn't remember how).

PS: The anime and the game is also awesome! I would recommend Dragonball and One piece among Shounen manga I've read most wink!
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the best   
Rating: N/A
by blackhawk2112
December 7th, 2011, 2:34pm
Oh My God! this is the best battle-manga i've read in my life, the battles are just to epic. When I was done reading the manga I started to watch the anime right away (even though I don't really like to watch anime). I mean it's not the best manga i've read, but in the catagory of battle-manga this one is most deffinetly number one by a long shot. It's to bad the manga ended, I wish it would go on forever. But I guess it's for the best. Normally when I finish a manga, I'm like ''WTF why did it end here, and why now, there are stil so many questions left!'' But with this manga I felt happy it ended, en especially this way. I mean, there is nothing left for me to know.

... Last updated on December 8th, 2011, 10:27am
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Dragon Ball/Z is one of a kind ~~~   
Rating: N/A
by torrentchan
June 20th, 2007, 3:37pm
The Dragon Ball filled me with hahahaha and many lol. Truly a fantastic read!

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The Dragon Ball Z excite me to know what happened to our lovely heros and sub-characters. Introduction to Gohan, Dende, and other characters really open a new feeling to me. Though the down part of DBZ is the fact that it revolves around "looking the stronger fighter to battle since i have saiyan blood in me and thirst for a great whacking", really made me turn the other way...almost.

I adore Gohan, he is my favie. Though his geekiness in the future really make my jaw drop. The Gohan fighter really suits him better, than a geek with GLASSES >_< Mind me, glasses is ok, but this is GOHAN, you know, the cute funny lovable and yet reliable Gohan turned to the glasses for comfort T_T Videl may be my next favie. I enjoy the Anime when it comes to these two. I enjoy the manga when it comes to the plot line and characters developing and no unnecessarily parts.
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Rating: N/A
by lizard_eli951
July 22nd, 2011, 7:36am
i loved the manga i though it was badass and yeah i did watch the anime when i was a kid the bad thing about that is that i dont remember it =(. reading dragon ball actually made me want to watch the anime and believe me i have no patience for it. the sad thing about that is that it is so hard to find eng subbed episodes and it is againts my beliefs to watch it dubbed...... it really is bothering me. what ever happened to lunch. i loved her
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