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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.24 c.346 by MofoGoku (8d ago)
v.33 c.492 by Z Quality Scans (13d ago)
v.24 c.345 by MofoGoku (17d 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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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1074 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 25th 2015, 10:21am 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 #494 decreased(-124)
Monthly Pos #353 increased(+3)
3 Month Pos #389 increased(+130)
6 Month Pos #382 increased(+91)

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On 809 reading lists
On 365 wish lists
On 2487 completed lists
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On 263 custom lists

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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 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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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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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 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 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...   
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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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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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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