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I again read it in college, this time everything, from Dragon Ball’s stories of Goku and Bulma to Dragon Ball Z with Frieza, Cell, and Buu. this series is a ride. the humor - especially the subtler stuff - was top tier and the art was really amazing.
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There are a number of metaphors of the journey being the destination. Two examples are when Goku dies and has to run the 1 million km road above hell to meet his next trainer, doesn’t need any water/food/sleep since already dead, the challenge is pushing harder and harder, and that itself is the training. Similarly with the legendary Z sword, Gohan training to pull it out, as well as training to use the stupidly heavy thing, was the reward itself. It turned out the sword was just a dumb very heavy sword.
Also it was a great scene funny and feel good scene where Hercule takes credit for the victory over Cell, befriends the nice Buu, and through this he is actually the one that helps defeat evil Buu by asking his fans to hold up their arms after Goku and Vegeta fail to get any response on their same request. Finally read Dragon Ball Z. This was a series I'd always wanted to watch... all the cool kids were into it! But besides for a few random episodes on TV I never got much into it. I was a little bit disappointed with DBZ after DB, but i slightly expected how it'd turn out. As it progresses, the series becomes obsessed with increasing Goku and his ilk's 'strength' through various Deus Ex Machina' s, and the entirety of Toriyama's effort is to draw male action figures with rectangular chests delivering punches (or Kamehahas). Over time the series takes a very obvious toll on him, with his humour completely vanishing towards the end and he sounding like a short broken record, portraying his own (originally inspiring) protagonist as the paragon of exercising hard in the world (impressing his peers, teacher, earthlings, lord of earth, lord of world and lord of lords in the way (you can see how it drags on. Toriyama first uses adjectives, then brings in a unit to measure power, has it revved up , then introduces another one, and finally moves to adjectives again)). On a seperate note, the series os replete with misogyny and harrassment and the frequency with which old lechers appear reminds you of a certain movie industry. I dont mean to undermine Toriyama's obvious effort in drawing explosive battles with great cleanliness, but i wish he had hired a storyteller There’s so many nice memories in these stories. So much intensity, struggle, and progression. The philosophy scattered in is really great too, such as an Android being the one that snaps Gohan into harnessing his emotion.
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Lots of comedy as well. The weigh in world tournament where everyone was trying to hide their real strength on the measurement device then Vegeta simply destroyed it was so funny. Once Trunks comes in and introduces the Androids, things fizzle out. I did like the Cell arc but it felt a bit repetitive (just one super powerful dude that Goku and co. need to power up for and defeat). After Cell things seem to repeat once again with Boo being super powerful. I would definitely recommend reading Dragon Ball first, and would probably put that as a better series overall. This one kind of fizzles out a bit near the last few story arcs. the characters from this series are so pure of heart and well written. they're genuinely good and it's great to see, especially in the most popular manga of all time. i really hoped that we'd get more domestic/high school type drama when gohan went to school, but it wasn't meant to be.This weekend I binged through the whole series again, up until the new Dragon Ball Super books that I’m excited to get into now. The introduction of the Saiyans, the battles on Namek with Frieza was all amazing. I'd have to say the first half of this series is the strongest. I'd give the first half a 5 and the second half a strong 4.
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Son Goku is the greatest hero on Earth. Five years after defeating the demon king Piccolo, he’s grown up and had a family—he’s married, and he has a child, Son Gohan. But what is the real reason for Goku’s incredible strength? A visitor from outer space arrives bearing terrible news—Goku is an alien, and the visitor, Raditz, is Goku’s brother! When Raditz turns out to be a ruthless killer, Goku must fight his incredibly strong brother to save his family and the entire human race. A surprising alliance may be Earth’s last Goku will team up with his old enemy Piccolo...archenemies united to save the world! Goku and friends battle intergalactic evil in the greatest action-adventure-fantasy-comedy-fighting series ever!The greatest fighting manga ever Why is the word "Saiyan" synonymous with fear and power? Because Saiyans are an alien race of deadly warriors who wipe out entire planets for their own profit and gain. When the Saiyans set their sights on Earth, it's up to Son Goku to fight off these invaders with his superhuman strength