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Dragon Ball Z 'It's Over 9,000!' When Worldviews Collide

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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball is the world’s most recognized anime and manga series, having entertained millions of fans across the globe. The legendary rivalry of the last two full blooded Saiya-jins, Goku and Vegeta, is the iconic example of a lifelong conflict that inspires fans to burst through their own personal limits.

With a foreword by Ryo Horikawa, the Japanese voic
ebook, 70 pages
Published August 26th 2012 by Derek Padula
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Koffi St.cyr
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have so many notes to take and I already know that I'm going to be rereading this. In one book he was able to completely philosophically and psychologically validate why I spent countless hours of the formative parts of my childhood fighting over the control of the tv with my big sister and making sure that my homework was done so that I could completely and absolutely engross myself in this cartoon without any sort of interruption. To see something that you feel you know inside and out broken ...more
Summer Seeds
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
A must read for any Dragon Ball fan!

Honestly, I bought this as a joke, but it was actually really good. Padula goes in depth and offers a whole new way to view not just "It's Over 9000!!!" but the entirety of the DBZ universe.
Tara van Beurden
I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z. My first favourite character was Trunks, son of Bulma and Vegeta – the biggest plot twist in the story’s hundreds of episodes/manga chapters. In my late teens, I loved Videl, the feisty daughter of the lying-but-has-his-heart-in-the-right-place Mr Satan, and then Bulma, super genius, richest women in the world, main female character, and then finally, I settled on Vegeta, the story’s main anti-hero, the antithesis to main character Goku. Vegeta has always appeal ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Somehow this guy took one scene from an incorrect DBZ dub and turned it into a book that didn't suck. Some parts were pretty redundant and other parts were over-analyzed (this coming from someone who over-analyzes everything in DBZ), but I kept on reading. I kept reading because he gets into a lot of things like spirituality and nature vs nurture that you don't even spend 5 minutes thinking about when you're watching the show or reading the mangas. He looks at Dragon Ball Z from a lot of differe ...more
Aug 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
This is the most factual and well written book on this subject that has ever been published. The level of insight, knowledge and proven research is tremendous. I suspect that you might sense a modest bias in my opinion, but once you begin to read this book, you'll quickly realize that the author is an expert on the subject of DBZ and many, many topics in the supportive fields of religion, philosophy and other related areas of knowledge.
Having read it once in August, I'm now reading it again,
Darin Padula
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I never realized the depth to which DBZ could go, on a psychological and metaphysical level. This book helped open up my eyes and it will for you, too. It's a quick but engrossing read, and you can't beat the price! Do yourself a favor, and learn a bit about yourself while you learn about DBZ in a way that you never imagined. ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lionkhan-sama by: Nathan 'Skippy' Smith
An unexpected book, in many degrees.
It stimulates incredibly complex and innate questions within ones self and soul.
For these reasons, I found this book to be surprisingly beneficial.

A fantastic read for any fan of the Dragonball series, but especially useful for those who are open-minded and searching for ways leading to personal improvement and development.
Angela Mondragon
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading this, and a few small grammatical errors aside, it was a great insight into the mindsets of Goku and Vegeta, and how they compare and contrast, as well as what message the DBZ phenomenon has sent to the youth who have grown up with it. A definite must-read for anyone who is a fan of the series!
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great little insight on the perspectives of these two. I especially enjoyed the nature/nurture aspects, though barely touched upon. Definitely buying Dao of Dragon Ball.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!

It's power lever is OVER 9000!
Nisa' Ali
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I already had some points in mind when reading this, some are completely new thoughts, so it's a good read overall, can't wait the complete book of the dao of dragonball. ...more
Luis F.
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ensayo
Si alguna vez, viendo Dragon Ball, te ha llamado la atención la extrema ética del autosacrificio de la que hace gala Songoku para conseguir la excelencia en las artes marciales, o la obsesión de Vegeta por ser el más fuerte, este es un curioso estudio de los valores de la cultura oriental detras de las "cosmovisiones en colisión" de ambos personajes. Si estás interesado en conocer el trasfondo que hay detrás de iconos de la cultura popular como este, puede que te guste. Puestos a buscarle alguna ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read like a colleague essay but impressed by the author’s clear passion for all things dragonball. Also saw vegeta in a new light.
Eric Esqueda
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
it's not bad. I want to say the author probably hadn't written anything before, but the recommendation can straight from the DBZ community so it's solid. ...more
Dita di Polvere
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
Una buona riflessione sull'universo di Dragon Ball e sul meme più conosciuto della saga. Pecca un po' di ripetitività, ma merita la lettura. ...more
Christine Craft
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
A fantastic short read that’s Informative and well-written. I read it last year and enjoyed reading the history of the “It’s over 9,000!” meme along with the in-depth analysis between Goku and Vegeta’s different perspectives. Great read! I highly recommend this book to DBZ fans!
I thought the book was very insightful. The author made you think about things especially about Vegeta (who is clearly his favorite character ) specifically about how he was able to become SSJ that was completely different from Goku's path. There are some errors in the book that I noticed e.g. calling grandpa Gohan Goku's adopted father and the worst offense saying GT was cannon. The one thing I did find annoying and is why I gave the book a lower star rating was that the author had a section de ...more
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Derek Padula is the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball website and book series; the first to reveal the deep history, philosophy, and cultural roots of the world's #1 anime and manga.

Derek's journey begins when he sees the Dragon Ball anime in 1997. His love for the series inspires him to start martial arts training in Shàolín gōngfu, tàijí-quán, qìgōng, karate, and Fǎlún Dàfǎ meditation. He earns h

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