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Dragon Ball, Latter part is called Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) in English version
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post Nov 5 2004, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, yeah, DBZ has turned off many people, but that's the anime, not the manga. The manga is just awesome. cool.gif

Anyway, I just reread it and it occurred to me what a genius Kulilin is. In fighting, 1) he's one of the firsts of the main heroes who learns how to fly, 2) he invents many interesting forms of fireballs. Don't know the exact names, but there's one where his fireballs keep following the enemy (Piccolo), there's another where his fireballs kill almost all of the weird-alien-looking creatures Nappa planted, and finally there's the disk that cuts through a mountain and would've killed Nappa had Vegeta not yelled at him. Outside the battlefield, 1) he's the one who comes up with the idea of going to Namek and 2) figures out there must be another Saiyan spaceship they can use to go there.

When asked who my DBZ favorite character is, I'd usually say Gohan, but apparently that's not gonna be the case from now on. biggrin.gif
Too bad as a kid Kulilin was very arrogant. And later on (during the Bhu saga) that personality reemerges. Otherwise he's the best. tongue.gif

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Years of Released: 1984
Status: Completed
Author: Toriyama Akira
Artist: Toriyama Akira
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural

Summary
The genius Bulma, while searching for the Dragon Balls which can grant any wish, meets a simple minded little boy with a strange monkey tail, Son Goku. Together, they meet many people and many foes in their adventure chasing after the Dragon Balls, with Son Goku progressively learning to be the best fighter.

Dragon Ball is loosely based on the Chinese story Saiyuki (Journey to the West) : for example, the main character is based on Son Goku the monkey king.

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Dragon Ball is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 through 1995; later the 519 individual chapters were published into 42 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. Dragon Ball was inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West. It follows the adventures of Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical objects 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.

Since its release, Dragon Ball has become one of the most popular manga series of its time in both Japan and North America. It enjoys a high readership, with over 150 million volumes of the series sold by 2007. Reviewers have praised the art, characterization, and humor of the story. Several manga artists have noted that the manga series was the inspiration for their own now popular works, including Naruto and One Piece.

Plot summary
The series begins with a monkey-tailed boy named Goku befriending a teenage girl named Bulma, and together they go on a quest to find the seven magic Dragon Balls. Along the way, they meet and befriend a plethora of martial artists. Goku also undergoes rigorous training regimes and educational programs in order to fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament, a competition involving the most powerful fighters- in the world. Outside the tournaments, Goku faces diverse villains such as Emperor Pilaf, the Red Ribbon Army, the namekian Piccolo Daimao and his offspring Piccolo Jr., who eventually becomes Goku's ally.

As a young man, Goku meets his older brother Raditz, who tells him that they come from a race of extraterrestrials called Saiyans. The Saiyans had sent Goku to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for them, but he suffered a severe head injury soon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission. Goku refuses to help Raditz continue the mission, after which he begins to encounter other enemies from space, most notably the Saiyan prince Vegeta, who becomes his rival due to Vegeta's ambitious desire to surpass Goku in strength, though in the procees, he eventually becomes Goku's ally as well. He also encounters Frieza, the galactic tyrant responsible for the destruction of the Saiyan race, whose actions cause Goku to transform into a mighty Super Saiyan. After an epic battle on the planet Namek, Goku defeats Frieza, avenging the lives of billions across the universe.

Four years later, a group of androids from the former Red Ribbon Army appear, seeking revenge against Goku. During this time, an evil life form called Cell emerges and, after absorbing two of the androids to increase his power, holds his own martial arts tournament to decide the fate of the Earth, but is eventually defeated by Goku's first child Son Gohan. Seven years later, Goku is drawn into another battle for the universe against a magical monster named Majin Buu. Joined by Vegeta and Gohan, Goku succeeds in destroying the evil half of Buu and the good half of Buu settles down with them. Ten years later, at another World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku meets the evil Buu's human reincarnation, Uub. At the end of the series, Goku takes Uub away on a journey to train him as the Earth's next defender.


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post Nov 6 2004, 01:51 PM
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i agree, the manga of DBZ is much better than the anime( anime is too slow, 4 eps with all yelling.... wink.gif ), my fav character is Trunks!!!!!!!


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post Nov 6 2004, 02:04 PM
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You know, Gashole, I would've never noticed all those things if you hadn't mentioned it. Krillin definitely deserves more credit than he gets.


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post Nov 6 2004, 07:22 PM
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I just remembered that he is also the strongest human being in the universe. biggrin.gif
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post Nov 6 2004, 07:29 PM
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I don't know about that... Tien might be stronger than him...


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No, near the end when of the series (when Gohan is 16) Yamcha says so. biggrin.gif

It makes sense cause he always fights with Goku and Gohan while Tien not always.
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post Nov 6 2004, 08:00 PM
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Hm...Good point! biggrin.gif And I just realized how special Krillin is! His best friend is the strongest fighter in the universe and his wife was at one point one of the unstoppable androids.


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post Nov 7 2004, 09:07 AM
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Well.... the manga is actually called just Dragon Ball (the American version has named the latter part DBZ), but whatever.
I prefer the "DBZ" part of it for some reason... I like the feeling, the plot.. maybe also because my favourite characters are in major roles in those parts. Oh.. they are Trunks, Piccolo, Vegeta, Vegetto, Gotenks, Yamcha... jeez I have many favourites... but DB does have quite a few characters and they are all so well created.

I even like the plot, which doesn't drag so much in the manga and the art(even though I can't really judge) is much better too.
There are many great themes to be found and all in all the whole series is very entertaining and captivating...
I used to be so addicted to it and still read the volumes all over again(recently did).

About Kuririn... yeah he is a really great character. It's a pity that he, like some others, lose their significance towards the end. It seems to be just the Saiyans then... one thing I don't like about DB, but it still continues to be my favourite manga series!
But hmmm wasn't Kuririn/Krillin one of the last to learn how to fly? If you don't count the younger ones. Tien ,Chaouzu,Piccolo, Goku, very much likely Vegeta(although there isn't proof) all knew before him..
His wife is stronger than him... that's so cool! Really.


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post Nov 7 2004, 09:40 AM
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No, the manga was called DBZ. Actually, it was both, DB and DBZ. DB was about Goku as a child...
It was called DBZ after the birth of Gohan. (If I recall correctly, Z started with Goku's brother kidnapping Gohan, right?)


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post Nov 7 2004, 10:22 AM
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No, no, no... it's the anime that was divided like that. The American manga has however divided the manga also.
The anime DB is based on the first 16 books and part of the 17th.
The anime DBZ is based on the rest of the 17th(well most actually) to the last one, 42.

The American manga DBZ 1(DB 17) starts with Raditz' appearance and is shorter than normal and DB 16 thicker because it has been divided like the anime. The original manga is called just Dragon Ball.


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post Nov 7 2004, 12:08 PM
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Wait, I'm not sure if I catch what you're saying here. So you mean to say the original manga was never called Dragonball Z?

EDIT: I just checked my collection of the manga (which is totally covered in dust)...Yeah...There wasn't "Z"

Geez...I've had the manga for so many years, yet I've never noticed that...Shows how observant I am. dry.gif


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Really? I don't have my DB manga with me (the ones I reread are from the library tongue.gif), but I could've sworn I noticed one day a Z on the cover of the later volumes but not on the earlier volumes. But don't quote me.

Well, Kulilin (or however it is you spell his name) is one of the first, I think. I don't know if I recall correctly, but when Goku was fighting Piccolo he still couldn't fly? And back then the main good guys were only Goku, Kulilin, and Yamcha. biggrin.gif
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When and where did Goku first learn to fly? It shouldn't be that long after for Krillin to learn how to fly.


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I don't know about most translations, but the American has anyway added the Z...so that might confuse people.

I actually thought that Goku knew how to fly whilst fighting Piccolo(second time)... It would be logical considering that Yamcha and Kuririn learned whilst they were training at God's(Kami's) place and Goku had already recieved training there...
But I'm not really sure... have to check that. He did know how to fly when he was going along snake way... before(and even after) he is mostly seen flying on his cloud, but that might not necesserily mean anything.


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A regular comic book store or a book store(like Indigo) should have DBZ.

I want to start reading it because well I heard it was things that were never shown in the anime. ohmy.gif


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