Dragon Ball Culture: Origin

· Dragon Ball Culture Vol 1 · Derek Padula
513 reviews

About this ebook

See Dragon Ball with new eyes. This book is your cultural tour guide of Dragon Ball, the world’s most recognized anime and manga series.

Over 11 years in development, at over 2,000 pages, and featuring over 1,800 unique terms, Dragon Ball Culture is a 7 Volume analysis of your favorite series. You will go on an adventure with Son Goku, from Chapter 1 to 194 of the original Dragon Ball series, as we explore every page, every panel, and every sentence, to reveal the hidden symbolism and deeper meaning of Dragon Ball.

In Volume 1 you will discover the origin of Dragon Ball. How does Akira Toriyama get his big break and become a manga author? Why does he make Dragon Ball? Where does Dragon Ball’s culture come from? And why is it so successful?

Along the way you’ll be informed, entertained, and inspired. You will learn more about your favorite series and about yourself.

Now step with me through the doorway of Dragon Ball Culture. 

513 reviews
Olivia Hagen
June 18, 2018
This shows the origins of dragon ball. If you are a fan then read this and you will be amazed
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Dave Padula
January 31, 2015
As someone who didn't have the opportunity to watch this anime, (I had to provide food, shelter and other assorted items so that my kids could watch it in comfort) having the chance to finally learn and understand why they love this series as they do was truly enjoyable. Volume #1 of Derek Padula's 7 volume series on The Dragon Ball Culture gave me an in-depth analysis of not only the author, but the basic format regarding Toriyama's style and developmental practices, in addition; it provides the initial information as to where and why his characters act as they do and the history that he used to format the overall story line. Although this version was an e-book, you can be sure that I'll be buying the print versions as soon as they become available. This series contains so much factual and relevant information, that it will be one that I'll be re-reading, a high-lighting and attempting to memorize.
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A Google user
December 2, 2018
Awesome book. A really in depth view on dragon ball culture and the life of Akira Toriyama. I am from India so finding a link of dragon ball with India really surprised me. Looking forward to see what reveals in volume 2.
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About the author

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 his B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese from Western Michigan University. He studies abroad in Běijīng, China where he trains with the Buddhist Shàolín monks and a Dàoist tàijí sword master. After returning home, he begins his life’s work.

He is now an authority on Dragon Ball and loves to share his understanding of this profound series that changes lives.

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