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Dragon Ball  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
Жемчуг дракона
ドラゴンボール
7 Viên Ngọc Rồng
Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball

Groups Scanlating
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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.136 by HAO (8d ago)
v.32 c.472 by Z Quality Scans (31d ago)
v.32 c.471v2 by Z Quality Scans (37d 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?
Yes

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)

User Reviews
Dragonball by Wellzy4eva
Dragon Ball by Rashid

Forum
14 topics, 459 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1029 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 16th 2014, 11:22pm PST

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Year
1984

Original Publisher
Shueisha (1985; 2002; 2013)

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #736 decreased(-198)
Monthly Pos #654 increased(+124)
3 Month Pos #517 decreased(-104)
6 Month Pos #445 decreased(-278)

List Stats
On 764 reading lists
On 340 wish lists
On 2351 completed lists
On 96 unfinished lists
On 246 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins 146 days, 23 hours, 26 minutes ago
Favorite form of Gohan? 336 days, 9 hours, 13 minutes ago
Dragon Universe Discussion 917 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes ago
Dragon Ball SD 1 1329 days, 9 hours, 4 minutes ago
Akira Toriyama is writing brand new Dragon Ball chapters 1329 days, 9 hours, 50 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 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 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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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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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!

[color=red][edit by mod, SPOILERS!!!!!!]
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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One of the greatest ever.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GGpX
August 7th, 2007, 6:30pm
Regardless of what you may think of the eternal power-ups in Dragon Ball, this is still one of the greatest and most popular mangas of all time.

It revolutionized mangas.
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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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oh god...   
Rating: N/A
by clee104
January 19th, 2009, 10:52pm
DB is an all time classic... i couldn't get enough of it growin up and the anime inspired many crazy play fights with bro. couldnt get enough of the computer games either
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One of my favourites   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Name-Undecided
October 18th, 2008, 11:06am
I can't get enough of this manga. I make sure I read it through from beginning to end at least once every year. :-) I prefer Z to DB, though. It's got Gohan, it's got Trunks, it's got Vegeta, what more do you want?
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Divided   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nail80
May 12th, 2009, 4:15am
Having followed the anime in my childhood, playing with my friends and all that...it makes me feel nostalgic.
This series was very good, Dragon Ball was about more than fights, i enjoyed it very much. When Z began i also felt excited but, to me, by the time the androids appeared the series stopped having appeal. It was no longer about the quests, it was about fighting on and on and on, and as much as i like a good fight...it ended up becoming boring because of it, and the array of characters that started to mean nothing. Still, Dragon Ball is awesome for it's simplicity and i'll always be fond of the initial series.
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