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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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Type
Manga

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Associated Names
7 Viên Ngọc Rồng
Bola de drac
Bola de dragón
Bola Naga
Bảy Viên Ngọc Rồng
DBZ
Doragon Booru
Dragoi Bola
Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball
Drakonų kovos
Mutiara Naga
Pila draconis
Sferat e Dragoit
Viên Ngọc Thần Kỳ
Zmajeva kugla
Жемчуг дракона
Змејска топка
Վիշապի մարգարիտ
דראַגאָן באָל
דרגון בול
دراجون بول
دراغون بول
دراگون بال
دراگۆن بۆڵ
دراݣون بول
ڈریگن گیند
ड्रैगन बॉल
ড্রাগন বল
ਡਰੈਗਨ ਬਾਲ
డ్రాగన్ బాల్
ಡ್ರಾಗನ್ ಬಾಲ್
ഡ്രാഗൺ ബോൾ
ดราก้อนบอล
ዘንዶኳስ
ドラゴンボール
七龍珠
七龙珠
龍珠 (Cantonese)
드래곤 볼 신장판
드래곤볼

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Status
in Country of Origin
42 Volumes (Complete)
34 Volumes (Kanzenban, Complete)
42 Volumes (Color-ban, Digital, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Dragon Ball) / Vol 17, Chap 195 (Dragon Ball Z/Kai)
Ends at Vol 16, Chap 194 (Dragon Ball) / Vol 42, Chap 519 (Dragon Ball Z/Kai)

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17 topics, 474 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1403 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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Year
1984

Original Publisher
Shueisha (1985; 2002; 2013)

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #678 increased(+59)
Monthly Pos #965 decreased(-18)
3 Month Pos #1069 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #1094 increased(+276)
Year Pos #1374 decreased(-128)

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On 978 reading lists
On 497 wish lists
On 3275 completed lists
On 135 unfinished lists
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Would recommend  
by MASTER GUYVER
March 30th, 2021, 11:33pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
Not including super(haven't read super) , this was a nice quick read. Things get ridiculous but in a fun way. It more cartoon like then what Dragon ball is known for today.
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great but i would change some things  
by pplicker
March 29th, 2021, 12:09pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
the show and manga both really kickstarted me loving anime and manga and while i love the show and concept of the dragon balls i wish they would build more without relying on wishing in my opinion the only really good part about gt is how the dragon balls turned against them of course gt screwed that up too but something like that would fit nicely in dbz I don't even care about the overpowered characters i see that as creativity but i don't like how often god level fighters rely on wish orbs.
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Classic  
by Cryvern
July 5th, 2020, 4:54pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Toriyama paved the way. Will hold up for decades and probably centuries.
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A Good Manga, But Some Flaws  
by GamerGadon
January 9th, 2020, 1:52am
Rating: N/A
I read the manga when I had seen Z and also GT, which I love. I was curious and had some idea of what happens in the manga as I had played several games which featured Kid Goku and his adventures. The manga seriously isn't for everyone, as it seems that the genre changed with age, going from Adventure-based to Action-based. Some characters have also become essentially useless, ( read : Yamcha, Krillin, Tien ) as the series progressed and the rivals became absurdly stronger than the last.
I would have preferred if Bulma didn't end up with Vegeta, as I preferred Yamcha over him. It would have set up an interesting concept for future Trunks, as he would belong to a timeline where Vegeta was his father, whereas in the timeline we read about primarily, it would have been Yamcha.
I would also have preferred if there was no Super Saiyan Two, as the One and Three seem perfect, and as the respected author also stated : Even he forgot Super Saiyan Two existed. Two is essentially a One with spikier hair and electric around the body. The vast number of Super Saiyan forms degrade the legend that surrounded it. In my opinion, there should be only two Super Saiyan forms, SSJ 1, with the golden-yellow hair and SSJ2 should have the features of SSJ3. And the Third form should have been SSJ4, which should only be available for those who have their tail
Another way the legend was degraded was that during the Buu arc, two children recieved the forms as well. Gohan getting the form was stretching it, but understandable, as he was already 11 years old, and was training with his father. Goten and Trunks, who are 4 & 5 respectively, should not have achieved the form, as it seems that when they first showed the form, it was in a comedic purpose.
Well, that is all I have to say. Over all, a 8/10 story.
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Pretty Amazing  
by Arsene1412
April 21st, 2017, 10:05pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Cool story, keep focus on fights with good drawings while also being interesting to read, also the character developing is quite amazing, how they interact each other and end up helping themselves at the end, all leading to protect the earth at many times!
Also the plot is the best.
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Ah Nostalgia...  
by plotrobert
April 28th, 2016, 4:03pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
One of the first mangas I ever read, and one I always liked more before it became DBZ ultimately. The fights were always a little more clever and the humor a little more genuine. This is still a classic for a reason, there's never been anyone quite like Goku even though practically every shounen hero since has been a copy of him in some way. Though the series does have some flaws (like the pacing and the fact that most side characters become practically useless) I certainly recommend giving it a read.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2016, 4:07pm
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Rose Colored Glasses  
by liquidsin
February 16th, 2016, 7:52am
Rating: 7.5  / 10.0
Dragon Ball may be a classic but that doesn't mean it's a masterpiece.
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Senzu beans (and their like), two sets of dragon balls, elders that release a person's hidden potential with a pat on their head, and a dimension where a year equals a single day cheapen this series.


... Last updated on August 1st, 2016, 4:33pm
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classic  
by kari+
November 4th, 2015, 4:51am
Rating: N/A
I rather prefer Dragon Ball then Z because characters development. Then kind push to the side in Z and hardly learn teamwork, more like attack one at a time lol but oh well. Though i guess these pages are together. Not mutch to say but a classic. Art are improve over time or redraw and release again to update art.
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Seriously, you guys?  
by moonmystery
May 2nd, 2015, 3:43pm
Rating: N/A
How is this so highly rated? I tried really hard to read this, but the power-ups and mini-arcs are pretty dumb to me. The art is also terrible (the bulging muscles are seriously overboard).

I understand this is a classic, but many manga have incorporated the best of Dragon Ball since its completion and improved it tenfold, plot and art. So I don't understand how that so many people rate this manga so highly when there are now so many better stories out there.

... Last updated on May 2nd, 2015, 3:44pm
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The Archetype of ALL SHONEN MANGA  
by findy37564
December 28th, 2014, 5:25am
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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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