Dragon Ball Culture: Adventure

· Dragon Ball Culture Vol 2 · Derek Padula
169 reviews

About this ebook

Son Goku's adventure begins! Join me in Dragon Ball Culture Volume 2, as we travel along with Goku on his epic journey for greater strength.

With each step that Goku takes, you'll discover more of the hidden spirituality and symbolism in Dragon Ball that makes the series so successful. You'll see how author Akira Toriyama synthesizes Chinese culture, Western technology, and Buddho-Daoist philosophy to create a series that speaks to your humanity. Not because of the action or the humor, but because it reminds you of what it means to be alive.

Along the way you'll learn of Goku's ancient origin. You'll hear how the legend of a wild monkey-man begins in India, evolves across 2,000 years of Chinese and Japanese history, and leads to the Goku you know and love.

I'll walk you through the journey from the first page to the last. And by the time we're done, you will be an expert on Dragon Ball's culture.

Volume 2 explores Chapters 1 to 23 of the Dragon Ball manga. So let's take our first step with Goku!

169 reviews
November 22, 2016
any self respected db fan must read derek padula's books, they r awesemo.
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Dave Padula
January 31, 2015
Finally! An in depth analysis of the characters, the complete history of each one, the story line and the factual information regarding the Chinese, Japanese, East Indian and other relevant cultures that went into the total development of this series. Not only did I read the entire 500+ page book in just two days (Retirement does have it's advantages) but I read it again just so I could ensure that I was beginning to understand as many of the developmental nuances as possible, before I started to read the additional volumes that Derek will be releasing within the next few months. As I noted after my review of volume #1, I'll be buying the print version as soon as it's available.
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A. L.
March 23, 2022
Ahhg! I don't have it! So sorry. It sounds fun, though. A.l. is my dad, I'm his daughter. I have a xbox. Sometimes it remembers where I left off, and sometimes it just freezes or glitched or something. But I love it. Me ganna go to sleep, I'm still up. I'm 8. I can't sleep. I don't want to! Ok have a good night, then have a good day, ok? Earn your money peps who made it. Have a good day, people who typed in. Me yawn. I'll be on later today, ok?
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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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