It’s Monday folks! Which means we talk about a favorite manga of ours and why you all should read it – this week’s Manga Monday is all about Akira Toryiama’s Dragonball.
We all have watched the anime (especially that second half known as Dragonball Z), and despite its weaknesses, we all keep coming back to it.
But for me, the manga is the real star.
Now I am not saying that ’cause I really love reading (subtitles are a form of reading too!) but since the manga does not have to deal with the problems of filler episodes, recycled animation, and seventeen thousand build-up scenes, it is vastly superior.
The thing about the manga is…it’s spectacular. And reading it instead of watching the show gives you a new appreciation for what is considered the gateway anime for most anime-fans.
Toriyama’s art style is deceptively simple, but so boundlessly enthusiastic and fun that you can’t but help get swept away in the adventure of Goku, especially during his younger days. The whole going around the world and getting stronger and dealing with the Red Ribbon army and their shenanigans as well as the Tenkaichi Budokai (which Goku only wins once! can you friggin’ believe that?) is just the way you wish the anime could have swept you up (’cause let’s face it, the anime is kind of garbage thanks to the budget limitations).
The Dragonball Z era of the manga is equally good, but since it becomes bogged down with power levels and Super Saiyin-ing it up, it reads a bit less fun in that sense.
I will say this though, it still takes a long time for Freeza to blow-up the planet, even in manga form!
Trust me when I say go read the Dragonball manga in its entirety (it’s one of the few mangas that I have bought and completed), you will fall in love with the whole Goku and the gang all over again.