Dragon Ball Manga Box Set Review
Dragon Ball is one of the Greatest Manga ever created, also often referred to as the “KING OF ALL MANGAS”, I am pretty sure that each and every one of us could recall their childhood and bring back the good old joyous memories, this manga is created by none other than the Art Prodigy Akira Toriyama.
This is indeed one of my most prized possession, I got this box set as my Birthday Present, the Box set is really very very rare now since it is already out of print and now sells for at least USD 300 + shipping. Anyhow, you don’t have to spend that much of money to enjoy the amazing art & story, all the mangas are available as individual volumes that would cost like 1/4th this price, but I guess a true DBZ fan would want to own the Collectors Box Set and would be really proud of it.
The following picture shows how the back of the box looks like, it has Shenlong the Dragon in the background and all the characters surrounding it, it looks pretty cool. The box set comes with a double-sided poster, and a “Know-it-all” booklet which contains a few extras like an Interview with DragonBall creator Akira Toriyama, Best fights in DragonBall, talk a good fight etc. I think you get the gist, it is a booklet you can show off for being a DBZ fan, just a little something extra to make you happy. I took the liberty of taking a few pics, it shows the Double-sided poster, the collector’s booklet, the side views.
Doube-Sided Poster & Booklet
If you notice the spinal art of the books, you will see that all the books when put together form a picture of Shenlong the Dragon, along with all the characters, that is something that I really really like about it and is totally AWESOME, this is something you want to display on your shelf and brag about. And it doesn’t end here, the DBZ (Vol 17-42) mangas, when put together with these, continues this spinal strip.
We all know the story of DragonBall, and undoubtedly it is one of the most amazing stories ever. The story of DragonBall revolves around the life of Goku as a child, and how he meets and makes new friends along the way of his adventures. All of us who have seen DragonBall-Z Anime first would surely be very interested in DragonBall since we get to know the history of each and every character. I was really very intrigued when Goku first met Bulma and they continued making new friends, and how they eventually build up the bond between themselves as we witness in DBZ. They say, that Journey is more important than the destination, we all know that Goku would eventually become the “Greatest Martial Artist in the Universe”, but how he gets there, is what is portrayed in the entire series. DragonBall talks about Goku’s childhood, the journey he takes to become the man we all know today.
As soon as we start reading the first book, we instantly fall in love with it, each and every character has its traits, and in no time we find ourselves building a bond with them. It is really very hard to compare one book to another because just when you think that you have seen the greatest battle, the next book would put that thought to question. As soon as I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down till the entire series was finished, the story keeps on getting intense as it proceeds.
The complete DragonBall series represents Akira Toriyama’s most important works of his life, his art style is known to have started an artistic revolution, a lot of manga artists are inspired by his art style, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda being one of them. It is truly amazing to see that Akira Toriyama’s art just pops out to life. All the battles and action are life like, it seems as we are watching a movie, being able to achieve that is something that takes years of experience & practice.
“King of All Mangas” this might be an understatement, this is not just a manga, it is THE manga to own.
Side View of the Box
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (February 3, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 5.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
About the Author
“Akira Toriyama, (born April 5, 1955 in Nagoya, Aichi) is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known work—and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series, Blue Dragon, and Chrono Trigger. Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration.He earned the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga with Dr. Slump, and it went on to sell over 35 million copies in Japan. It was adapted into a successful anime series, with a second anime created in 1997, 13 years after the manga ended. His next series, Dragon Ball, would become one of the most popular and successful manga in the world. Having sold more than 240 million copies worldwide, it is the third best-selling manga of all time and is considered to be one of the main reasons for the period when manga circulation was at its highest in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Overseas, Dragon Ball’s anime adaptations have been more successful than the manga and are credited with boosting anime’s popularity in the Western world.”