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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

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Latest Release(s)
v.32 c.481 by Z Quality Scans (6d ago)
v.32 c.480 by Z Quality Scans (15d ago)
v.32 c.479 by Z Quality Scans (21d 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)

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Dragonball by Wellzy4eva
Dragon Ball by Rashid

Forum
14 topics, 459 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1045 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 #626 increased(+4)
Monthly Pos #606 decreased(-141)
3 Month Pos #532 increased(+78)
6 Month Pos #630 decreased(-125)

List Stats
On 774 reading lists
On 350 wish lists
On 2395 completed lists
On 100 unfinished lists
On 251 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins 232 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes ago
Favorite form of Gohan? 421 days, 10 hours, 33 minutes ago
Dragon Universe Discussion 1002 days, 10 hours, 8 minutes ago
Dragon Ball SD 1 1414 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes ago
Akira Toriyama is writing brand new Dragon Ball chapters 1414 days, 11 hours, 10 minutes ago

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My friend and I laughed   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by infidelityoncrank
November 26th, 2009, 10:18pm
My friend and I were rereading it (mainly because I have all of the volumes and they were just THERE) but we were like, "There is no freaking way that Goku would grow up and have no physical problems like a normal human being would." And then OF COURSE, he had to be an alien. Our thoughts: Akira Toriyama is the George Lucas of manga.

...Yeah, the random thoughts of college freshman.

Anyway, when I first saw this series I think I was 10. I remember watching Digimon around the same time. I just loved it. And I do admit, the story dragged on an on and you were wondering whether it would be over (and then two more freaking spin offs came and you got freaking annoyed), but I loved this series nonetheless. It's a great way to introduce people into anime and manga.
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Damn   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fallen_angel93
June 25th, 2009, 2:16pm
Wow... I'm so sad that it's over! The ending was kind of like what I expected it to be... A typical dragon ball-like ending! It was way better than I expected it to be. Since I didn't follow the anime when I was young (it was on tv though), the dragon ball universe was very new to me. But I loved it! It's so easy to get into, and love all the characters because almost all of them have a good heart and most of them are given the chance to show that. A must-read of course!
Too bad it's over, but there's always dragon ball GT left!

2012 Update: Okay, Dragon Ball GT sucked (that may have been thanks to the fact that Toriyama-sama did not write that piece of crap it ended up to be).

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2012, 1:49pm
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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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Perfect manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yami_game
April 13th, 2009, 2:23am
What can I say, I was addicted from start to end. But lets talk about my favourite arcs:

Tournament arc: The journey goku and krillen take to become entrants and then find they are two of the strongest warriors there, sooooooooooo cooooooooooooooool.

Saiyan arc: Main character dies, training was intense, and it was so cool to see all the side characters fight by side by side. Goku defeating nappa was imo one of the best moments of the series.

Namek: Going around finding dragonballs, everything was plotted so cleverly and characters would miss the detection of others by a hare, or be saved by an unpredictable event. Piccolo coming in to save the day was awesome, the old villain just kicking arse, at least for a while.

Love it forever.
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oh god...   
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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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^^   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mehness
October 24th, 2008, 7:55pm
So funny and cute. smile I love this manga, the art, the plot, EVERYTHING. It's awesome I tell you.

However, the anime is annoying. Whenever Goku dies, he comes back and back again and again. GOD STOP DYING FOR ONCE. Sheesh. At least he's gone now.
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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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This series had 17 volumes (in my opinion)   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Nins_Leprechaun
March 3rd, 2008, 4:27am
Well, I like to think the real dragon ball manga stopped half way through volume 17, when the manga became dragon ball Z. Up to this point the manga is nothing short of classic. I'd rather not talk about what happens after volume 17 however, because although it is a decent fighting manga, it really can't hold a candle to what it was before hand.
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thanks   
Rating: N/A
by systeqcs
January 13th, 2008, 4:05pm
when i was like 6-8 years i saw it the first time,and it was love at first sight.
i grew up with the search for the dragonballs...and yes, the moment the plot changed the love was gone...nevertheless it is simply the best manga out there.
thanks,akira toriyama for enriching my youth
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Classic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by anime_lover122488
December 11th, 2007, 11:16pm
I bet there aren't many people who haven't heard of this series, really. Heck, I even bet that this manga is one of the first manga many people read. I can still reminiscence the good old days of my childhood with fondness, how excited i got as I read this series, and acting/playing db with kamehamehas with friend (haha) . Well, in today's standards, it might not be so great, but it's classic value is definitely noteworthy, and thus a 9.
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