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Dragon Ball, Vol. 1: Son Goku (Dragon Ball #1)

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Tudo começa com o pequeno rapaz, Son Goku, que mora sozinho numa montanha. Foi encontrado numa floresta pelo velho Son Gohan que o ensinou a arte do kung fu. Numa noite, Gohan foi morto por um monstro misterioso. Ágil e forte e sem maldade, Goku destaca das outras pessoas por ter um rabo de macaco. A história começa quando Goku conhece Bulma, uma rapariga que o convence a ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published October 2010 by Edições Asa (first published September 10th 1985)
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I guess a big part of the title's immense popular success is the fact that it knows its target audience: Dragon Ball Vol.1 reads as if it had been spontaneously thought up by a bunch of young adolescent boys on a sugar rush who are into fighting games but kinda scared of girls. Which is just fine, because the story is refreshingly unapologetic about its lack of sophistication and never pretends to be anything but a fast-paced, light-hearted adventure with an enjoyable anything-goes attitude. Now ...more
Kim
Jul 03, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic of my childhood Dragon Ball is one of the best shows I've ever watched and, Gods forbid, if I ever have children I will be making them watch it.

With that in mind while shopping recently I came across the first two volumes of the manga. I've never bought any manga before so I thought why not.

With no real difference to the show (I have the uncensored, uncut DVDs) there was nothing new but it was good to go back to the start again and see how it originally came out.

A fun, funny and heartw
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Sam Quixote
Jul 10, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m gonna say Dragon Ball was the first comic I ever came across in my life - that’s probably wrong but it’s definitely the earliest one I can remember. The copies I had were in Japanese as I lived briefly in Japan as a kid so I couldn’t read them but I still remember paging through them, back to front of course, trying to figure out from the characters’ faces and body language what was happening in the scenes and making up my own dialogue.

Later on I saw a few episodes of the TV show, then even
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Alistair
Aug 02, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the animated series and I was worried this would be like watching the cartoon, but it's very different and gives a lot of background into the characters which I never knew about.

Some nice little stories and an ongoing theme throughout the story.

I think I could enjoy reading the whole series.
Jennifer
Eh, not my cuppa, but I appreciate that it laid/strengthened the foundation for shounen action titles as far as including plenty of funny side characters and battles. Akira Toriyqma's art is also lovely, imaginative and fun. It makes me a little bit sad that Toriyama has been ill, and unable to match this quality of art in his series Hunter X Hunter, which I enjoy very much.

The fact that the original run started in 1984, in conjunction with the fact that this is supposed to be a comedic title fo
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Federiken Masters
Mar 05, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans del humor semi-escatológico, las peleas en general y de DB en particular
Recommended to Federiken by: Obligación laboral, pasión personal.
Comienzo divertidísimo y casi impecable para una serie épica por donde se la mire. Lindos dibujos, excelente narrativa, chistes muy graciosos. Muchos de los elementos que harían esta serie el clásico que es ya están en este incipiente comienzo. Uno de los mejores araanques de serie que haya leído en manga en particular y en comics de donde sean en general.
Eric Gustafson
Sep 12, 2009 Eric Gustafson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-library
The original Dragon Ball is silly fun, with an almost stream-of-consciousness plot. The simple quest for seven mystical dragon balls serves as a loose framework for disparate adventures in a world whose characters and locales are a mish-mash of futuristic, mythological, prehistoric, and cinematic.

The hero is a small monkey boy named Son Goku with a strong appetite for fighting. He is discovered in the jungle wilderness by a girl using advanced technology to find the dragon balls, and they contin
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Carla
Jun 13, 2011 Carla rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, portuguese, 2011
Lembro-me de ver a série televisiva quando era mais pequena, na SIC, e quando vi a manga à venda mal quis acreditar. :D Acho que dei pulos de contente, devo ter gritado um valente “YAY!” e a Slayra deve ter pensado (ou melhor, deve ter tido a certeza) que eu havia ensandecido. Infelizmente só via os volumes mais recentes, mas veio a Feira e o meu irmão (talvez ainda mais doido que eu pela série) lá fez o favor de comprar.

Apesar de fã, confesso que pouco me lembro de cada episódio, tenho mais pre
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Paula
Jul 14, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Tenía que darle una oportunidad a Dragon Ball dado que:
1) Es la biblia de los mangas/animes.
2) La gran insistencia de mi hermano.
3) Porque el señor Kishimoto (creador de mi anime favorito) es ultra fan y se inspiro de esta historia.

Me gustó mucho, es muy cómica y los personajes son muy tiernos y agradables, salvo Bulma que es insoportable pero supongo que va a madurar. Goku es tan inocente que va a ser nostálgico verlo crecer.
Sara
Feb 08, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
Nunca tinha visto este mangá à venda, até que o encontrei por acaso nas lojas Book It (mas também é possível encontrar nas lojas Continente), por um preço muito tentador. Por sorte tinha o volume 1, como nunca li nenhum mangá e Drangon Ball faz parte da minha infância não pensei muito e trouxe-o. Foi o melhor que fiz, assim que comecei a ler não mais o larguei, lê-se rápido e tem imensa piada!

Adorei, passou logo para favorito. Apesar de se ler da direita para a esquerda passadas as primeiras 10
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Diego Salvatore
Jan 14, 2016 Diego Salvatore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nunca fui fan de Dragon Ball, no vi el anime ni nada, sí, lo sé, fui un niño raro, por lo mismo quise empezar con esta historia que varios si no todos, aman.

¡Me encantó! Disfruté tanto esta historia y reí a más no poder, sin duda necesito los demás tomos.
Kevin J.J. Carpenter
Not much can be said that isn't already obvious. It's the beginning of (arguably) the most successful pop-culture series of all time, which is still going strong thirty years later. Of course, you won't see hardcore battles or super saiyan level power ups here. There's not even a prominent threat to speak of, and the fiends our heroes do encounter are either three-panel throwaway villains, or such familiar faces as Oolong, Yamcha and Pu'ar, who inevitably join the gang. Veterans of the anime, th ...more
Colin
Feb 17, 2015 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars really but I couldn't put it down and that earns it the bump to 4.

Hilariously perverted! I did not expect this Manga to be so dirty. It has nudity and panty obsessed characters constantly. Even though it's perverted it still has a childish feel to it and these two aspects combined make the story pretty damn charming. The characters are all great, from the clue-less monkey-boy Goku to the bratty Bulma all the characters have a distinct voice and charm. The art is also fantastic. It ofte
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Matthew
I remember Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z vividly as a child. When I was a little boy, my parents did not have cable television but instead we had an antenna that would get some of the local channels. I remember one early morning I woke up around 5 AM while my parents were asleep and I simply got out of bed and walked to the television and turned it on. Whatever channel my parents had left it on previously had appear and with it came Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon. I did not know the plot, the cha ...more
Tony Cafiso
This is the first book of the series so the first half of it is really just an introduction to the main characters and setting. The story begins with Raditz coming down from space. He goes to Son Goku and steals his son from him. He tells him that he is to kill 100 humans to regain his place as a Saiyan warrior and get his son back. He of-coarse doesn't to become a warrior because he grew up on earth with humans. This is his home now. He instead teams up with Picollo to try and defeat Raditz.
Th
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Kushnuma
One of favourite manga's; great story and love the characters.
Matti Karjalainen
Akira Toriyaman megasuositun Dragon Ball -sarjakuvan ensimmäinen osa "Lohikäärmekuulien arvoitus" (Sangatsu Manga, 2003) herätti ilmestyessään aika lailla negatiivista huomiota, kun iltapäivälehdistö ja tietyt julkisorganisaatiot keksivät sen sisältävän viitteitä pedofiliaan.

Seksiin ja sukupuolisuuteen liittyvää huumoria onkin mukana melko paljon, ja tavallaan ymmärrän moraalinvartijoiden tuohtumuksen, sillä länsimaisesta lukijasta saattavat alushousujen vilauttamiset ja muut tuntua arveluttaval
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Emma
Jul 15, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, manga
Dragon Ball is a classic. Akira Toriyama is a legend when it comes to manga. I've only ever read Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, but his other works include Dr. Slump, Cowa!, Neko Majin, and Sand Land. Dragon Ball is also an anime, but I prefer the manga because I don't like the voicing for the TV show, and the art is always better in the original when it comes to anime adaptations. It's about a boy named Son Goku who wants to become the strongest fighter in the universe. It's not as boring as it ...more
Morgan Bancroft
May 31, 2011 Morgan Bancroft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Miri
Oy... I'm torn because this was recommended to me by a Japanese pen pal, so I really want to like it. And the more anime I watch, the more I love it, so I'm thinking I'd like to try manga. This was not the most auspicious beginning. It's fun in a kiddie way, but heavy on the creep factor with all the nudity and sexual harassment. Someone tell me if the series improves, or if Dragon Ball Z is better, or if maybe I should try a different series altogether.
James Beach
Jan 06, 2016 James Beach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series' anime adaptation was a staple of my childhood. Hoeever, I'm not a nostalgia freak. The other biggest things to me at the time were Pokemon and TMNT. I still love Pokemon, but those original games can be almost painful noe, and the original Turtles cartoon is pretty terrible, though the 2003 version is great

That point aside, this is an excellent introduction volume, though I suppose it was supposed to be at least half of the whole series at the time. The art is stunning and obliterat
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Daniel
Apr 10, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
This book is about Goku this boy that lived in the jungle for a large amount of time. He was born with a tail in the back. Also he was really talented in fighting. No one really took good care of him. So he wont know much about the world. Besides one day a girl named Bulma drives by and as goku for a orange ball. Goku is not stupid so she can't trick him.
This book not much telling a lesson, but maybe it can be do not judge anyone by how they look. Like how bulma tried to trick goku something for
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Osvaldo
Apr 27, 2015 Osvaldo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No puedo con los feels, yo crecí viendo Dragon Ball al igual que el 99% de mi generación, y esto es simplemente SORPRENDENTE. LO AMO.
Ruben Emmerson-Hiini
I have just finished the book dragon ball and I would rate it a big 10/10.I found this book in the back of the Devonport library and I didn't stop reading it until I finished it and it took me on a journey to the world of dragon ball.SAPOILER ALERT!It is about a small boy who finds his self alone when his grandpa gets killed buy a monster,his name is Goku. Goku is a with incredible strength and stamina with an unusual extra body part.when a girl called Bulma comes along, she would change Gokus l ...more
Brenna
This is one of those pieces whose popularity baffles me. A) The writing is weak, B) the story is just bizarre, and C) I sort of like it anyway, thus can vaguely wrap my head around the fact this thing has become a phenomenon of sorts.

On a side note, I think it's a cultural issue, but I was a little appalled by the humor in this. I felt it ran a bit...tawdry...considering the target audience is likely kids. That of course could be due to the fact I'm a puritanical American, thus unfamiliar with
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Mohamed
Jun 24, 2015 Mohamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I think this book is good to read because it is funney and has a lot of action in ti. I wanted to read this book because my friends were reading it when I went to the library, so I wanted to try it out. I learned that if you go to Japan you can find these books for $10.50 each in the apps store, and That everyone in this book has super powers. I like this character named Goku, he is a powerful boy that was from a plant call vegeta that got destroyed by an alien. So he was shipped to Earth. I rec ...more
Jim Peterson
Apr 18, 2014 Jim Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just stumbled across this, and it brought back some memories. I bought this entire series the first time I went to Germany on a high school exchange. It was a real discovery for me to find how easy it was to read in a foreign language using comics. The first volumes of this series were fun, but nothing really happened in the later ones. This rating will have to stand for the entire series, because I'm to lazy to add or rate them all.

Anyway, if you want to start reading in a foreign language. Tr
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Malcolm
Jan 22, 2016 Malcolm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
This is a fiction manga written by Akira Toriyama. This books is called Dragon Ball. This book was based after the anime. It is an action/adventure book, and it I chose it because of the many games made after this book. I thought if it was that good, why not read it.

The story takes place in this modern time, and they travel to get the dragon balls to get a wish from the magical Shenlong the dragon. The characters are mean, and all have an attitude besides Son Goku. The characters barely change
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OkatuFanBoy
Like most anime fans I was introduced to anime with Dragon Ball. It was a fun adventure. It had action, it had adventure, it had comedy, and it also had funny characters that made the series enjoyable. So I loved Dragon Ball and thought it was awesome.

But I noticed that the older I got, the more the nostalgia seems to wear off a bit. The more I read the manga, the more flaws I seem to see with Dragon Ball. The story is simplistic, the characters are more or less the same, and the comedy is just
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Amanda L
May 12, 2015 Amanda L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've grown up watching DB and when I saw this on the bookstore I couldn't help getting it. As the anime, the manga is also funny and such an enjoyable read. The memories!
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Akira Toriyama is a widely known and acclaimed Japanese manga artist known mostly for his creation of Dragon Ball in 1984. It is difficult to pin point the source of Toriyama's artwork inspiration. He admires Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy and was impressed by Walt Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which he remembers for the great art. Jackie Chan's early movies had a noticeable influence on Tori ...more
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