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Having defeated the Red Ribbon Army single-handedly and taken their Dragon Balls, Goku finds that one is still missing! To locate it, he goes to the palace of the All-Seeing Crone, Baba Uranai, who can find anything in the world...for a price! The crone agrees to find the Dragon Ball for free if Goku and his friends--Yamcha, Pu'ar, Kuririn and Upa--can best her five supern Having defeated the Red Ribbon Army single-handedly and taken their Dragon Balls, Goku finds that one is still missing! To locate it, he goes to the palace of the All-Seeing Crone, Baba Uranai, who can find anything in the world...for a price! The crone agrees to find the Dragon Ball for free if Goku and his friends--Yamcha, Pu'ar, Kuririn and Upa--can best her five supernatural champions in one-on-one combat. but even if they can beat Dracula, the Mummy, and the Devil, the final challenger just might give Goku the shock of his life!


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Having defeated the Red Ribbon Army single-handedly and taken their Dragon Balls, Goku finds that one is still missing! To locate it, he goes to the palace of the All-Seeing Crone, Baba Uranai, who can find anything in the world...for a price! The crone agrees to find the Dragon Ball for free if Goku and his friends--Yamcha, Pu'ar, Kuririn and Upa--can best her five supern Having defeated the Red Ribbon Army single-handedly and taken their Dragon Balls, Goku finds that one is still missing! To locate it, he goes to the palace of the All-Seeing Crone, Baba Uranai, who can find anything in the world...for a price! The crone agrees to find the Dragon Ball for free if Goku and his friends--Yamcha, Pu'ar, Kuririn and Upa--can best her five supernatural champions in one-on-one combat. but even if they can beat Dracula, the Mummy, and the Devil, the final challenger just might give Goku the shock of his life!

30 review for Dragon Ball, Vol. 9: Test of the All-Seeing Crone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Can you get addicted to a comic? I think I might have a Dragon Ball addiction. I’ve mentioned it in other reviews but I actually felt sad, like that yawning in the pit of your stomach when you feel something bad’s going to happen, when I finished Vol 8 and realised I’d have to wait 5 days until I could read Vol 9. And now? I’m not just stockpiling Dragon Ball books like a wealthy junkie going into a wild weekend, I’m also jumping ahead to Dragon Ball Z - which is even longer, at 26 books! - and Can you get addicted to a comic? I think I might have a Dragon Ball addiction. I’ve mentioned it in other reviews but I actually felt sad, like that yawning in the pit of your stomach when you feel something bad’s going to happen, when I finished Vol 8 and realised I’d have to wait 5 days until I could read Vol 9. And now? I’m not just stockpiling Dragon Ball books like a wealthy junkie going into a wild weekend, I’m also jumping ahead to Dragon Ball Z - which is even longer, at 26 books! - and stockpiling those so I never have to go 5 days without my fix again. It’s sounds demented - because it is. I won’t talk about my addiction again, I’m just going to happily use until it’s all gone. Anyway! So, in the last book after Goku’s trained himself up, taken out the Red Ribbon Army single-handedly, and collected 6 of the 7 Dragon Balls, he now can’t find the 7th he needs to resurrect his friend Upa’s dead father (killed by Taopaipai in the last book). The Dragon Ball tracker’s broken and even Bulma can’t fix it but luckily Master Roshi knows someone who can find anything: the All-Seeing Crone. Goku, along with Kuririn, Yamcha, Pu’ar and Upa, must battle five of the Crone’s champions to get her to tell him where the final Dragon Ball is. It’s Dragon Ball - so why didn’t I love this? Well, the five champions of the Crone spoiled it for me as they’re pretty terrible. Besides the last one (who’s brilliant), they’re generic “bad guys”. Count Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, and the Devil. Aside from the Devil, it’s basically the Universal monsters lineup, and I hate that because it’s so lazy! The fights themselves aren’t bad but it’s not nearly like the Strongest Under the Heavens where all of the contestants were Akira Toriyama originals. These guys? Lame rip-offs we’ve seen a hundred times before elsewhere. And I really don’t like that the whole book is so that Goku can get the Crone to tell him where the last Dragon Ball is - it just feels like filler and a wasted opportunity to move the story forward to the next phase. But the final fight against the mysterious final champion saves the book from being a total waste. It was tense, exciting, fun, and the reveal of who was beneath the mask was really sweet, especially when Goku broke down and cried. Also I’m glad that the rest of the cast are reunited with Goku again - he’s fine on his solo adventures but the books are at their best when the cast are all assembled together. Toriyama tries to recapture the magic that was the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament and unfortunately fails. It’s not a terrible book as it has Toriyama’s usual high quality artwork/writing, but the new characters felt derivative and this doesn’t measure up to the better volumes in the series. That said, the adorable villain Reich Pilaf is back and the dragon ball quest is nearing its conclusion (for the second time) so things are looking up for volume 10!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    Goku can't find the seventh ball due to something and so Master Roshi suggests he go to Uranai Baba as she is a fortune teller, and since they can't pay her fees Goku, Yamcha and Krillin have to fight her fighters, first is some Draula-man vs Krillin and that fight is hilarious, and then Yamcha vs Invisible man but the way they defeat him using Muten Roshi's blood is hilarious, and then fight in some hellscape vs some mummy, Yamcha loses then its Goku vs him and the way he defeats him is somethi Goku can't find the seventh ball due to something and so Master Roshi suggests he go to Uranai Baba as she is a fortune teller, and since they can't pay her fees Goku, Yamcha and Krillin have to fight her fighters, first is some Draula-man vs Krillin and that fight is hilarious, and then Yamcha vs Invisible man but the way they defeat him using Muten Roshi's blood is hilarious, and then fight in some hellscape vs some mummy, Yamcha loses then its Goku vs him and the way he defeats him is something, then a strong guy named Ackman comes in and like here we learn Goku is so pure at heart and obviously Goku defeats him but the fifth fight was so epic and by the end you see his power, and you find out (spoiler) its his grandfather Son-Gohan-kun and it was such an emotional reunion, when he says how proud he is of Goku and all, and when he hugs him, that was everything. Seeing him have a proper goodbye and Roshi and Gohan meet and it was a good reunion and then a final farwell, and Goku's adventures continues! This volume just shows what a guy Goku is and all he wants is to fight strong opponents and help others and be better! Just such an awesome guy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    A quirky romp that delivers on all fronts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nessa Luna [October Tune]

    Ugh, the thing I dislike about these is that they often end very abruptly! I want to continue reading but I don't own any of the next bind-ups! *sighs* Ugh, the thing I dislike about these is that they often end very abruptly! I want to continue reading but I don't own any of the next bind-ups! *sighs*

  5. 4 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    Of all the volumes in this original series, I feel like this one has to be my favorite so far. Not only is the Red Ribbon Army arc wrapped up, but the entire volume is dedicated to introducing Baba Uranai and showcasing the fights that Goku and the gang have to undergo in order to convince her to divine for them the location of the seventh dragon ball. It's very self-contained, and I appreciate that in the midst of all this craziness. (view spoiler)[Plus, the temporary reunion of Goku with Grand Of all the volumes in this original series, I feel like this one has to be my favorite so far. Not only is the Red Ribbon Army arc wrapped up, but the entire volume is dedicated to introducing Baba Uranai and showcasing the fights that Goku and the gang have to undergo in order to convince her to divine for them the location of the seventh dragon ball. It's very self-contained, and I appreciate that in the midst of all this craziness. (view spoiler)[Plus, the temporary reunion of Goku with Grandpa Gohan is still so sweet and heart-melting, how could I not love it? (hide spoiler)] I would say that I should slow down on this series for a while, but I don't know if I'll be able to, at this rate. It's nice to have something to read during self-isolation that is entertaining and quick from volume to volume.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Another great volume. Still making our way through the Red Ribbon Saga. I think at this point Akira Toriyama started to balance the level of humor and action. By now you can really tell the growth in each new volume.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Moe Nishijima

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Goku do battle with his grandfather. It’s touching scene. Goku is usually pure, optimist and strong, but he cried when he met a grandfather. He is sooo cute. I may be moved to tears. Goku promised with his grandfather about to be more strong.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Akira Toriyama's art makes me smile. And his fight choreography is a wonder to behold. For some reason, the location of the final Dragon Ball is hidden, so Goku must seek the all-seeing crone and defeat her champions for her to reveal its location. Akira Toriyama's art makes me smile. And his fight choreography is a wonder to behold. For some reason, the location of the final Dragon Ball is hidden, so Goku must seek the all-seeing crone and defeat her champions for her to reveal its location.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julek

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gokū and his grandfather's meeting was soo cute 🥺 Actually I'm weird and I almost cried 🥴 Gokū and his grandfather's meeting was soo cute 🥺 Actually I'm weird and I almost cried 🥴

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This is so much better uncensored

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    Goku is really shaping up to be a fine fighter; now that he's taken down the Red Ribbon Army and been reunited with his friends on their belated rescue, he's more determined than ever to find the final dragon ball. The radar isn't picking it up though and Master Roshi suggests they go see the all-seeing crone to help use her divining to locate the missing ball. And she will...after they beat her champions. The Crone's champions include Dracula, a Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Devil, and a masked Goku is really shaping up to be a fine fighter; now that he's taken down the Red Ribbon Army and been reunited with his friends on their belated rescue, he's more determined than ever to find the final dragon ball. The radar isn't picking it up though and Master Roshi suggests they go see the all-seeing crone to help use her divining to locate the missing ball. And she will...after they beat her champions. The Crone's champions include Dracula, a Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Devil, and a masked warrior. The gang cleverly works their way through the contestants until its Goku vs. the Masked Man who exposes Goku's weakness of squeezing his tail. The man is revealed to be Goku's dead grandpa. This volume was super filler and just a means to show that Goku has this crazy super strength now that even Roshi can't comprehend. Sets up a return of Pilaf but is mainly just a filler volume.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    Something of a mini-tournament taking place in this volume. I like it - I like the monster theme going on with them, I like how the first two are beaten with cunning rather than raw force (Dragon Ball could use more of that, especially later on), and I like the final battle, its emotional stakes, and it actually being a challenging fight for Goku that up until now coasted his way through everything. It even gets a bit bittersweet towards the end. It also has some rack. In America, this scene is c Something of a mini-tournament taking place in this volume. I like it - I like the monster theme going on with them, I like how the first two are beaten with cunning rather than raw force (Dragon Ball could use more of that, especially later on), and I like the final battle, its emotional stakes, and it actually being a challenging fight for Goku that up until now coasted his way through everything. It even gets a bit bittersweet towards the end. It also has some rack. In America, this scene is censored by giving Bulma a bra; in Finland, they simply pasted a great big sound effect to cover it. I like the Finnish version better - it still maintains everything as it is in-universe, and simply has the narrative cover things up. Japan, of course, did not bother with such things to begin with.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BooksAmL

    How I said in all the other books, I am giving such a low rating because of the bad quality of the paper, very hard to read through it. This was probably one of my favorite books from dragon ball , the humor is amazing , I had to put the book down so many times and take a breath (people were looking at me in the store). Goku goes to find out where is the last dragon ball and there he find a character that we have not seen since the first book. Crilin is so funny during this tournament he uses b How I said in all the other books, I am giving such a low rating because of the bad quality of the paper, very hard to read through it. This was probably one of my favorite books from dragon ball , the humor is amazing , I had to put the book down so many times and take a breath (people were looking at me in the store). Goku goes to find out where is the last dragon ball and there he find a character that we have not seen since the first book. Crilin is so funny during this tournament he uses bulma and master yoshi to help with one of the fights (to funny). When everyone finds out that goku has gone by himself to the red ribbon army they want to go help him, but they get there at the end (goku has some training before going into this fight).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ola G

    7/10 stars This one was quite enjoyable, mostly due to the surprise at the end - it was an absolutely lovely moment, which made up for the repetitiveness of increasingly unexciting fights with the plethora of old horror characters - a vampire, an invisible man, a mummy and a devil. I do love Goku's unbeatable innocence and Kame Sen'nin's suspicions that it's just a lack of brains, and not a willingly assumed stance on life - Toriyama delivers here a surprisingly subtle message, and kudos for this 7/10 stars This one was quite enjoyable, mostly due to the surprise at the end - it was an absolutely lovely moment, which made up for the repetitiveness of increasingly unexciting fights with the plethora of old horror characters - a vampire, an invisible man, a mummy and a devil. I do love Goku's unbeatable innocence and Kame Sen'nin's suspicions that it's just a lack of brains, and not a willingly assumed stance on life - Toriyama delivers here a surprisingly subtle message, and kudos for this. I did like the reveal about the crone's familial relations and her gangsta attitude, it was pretty funny, but all in all this volume seemed to try recapturing the quirky magic of the Strongest under the Heavens tournament - and not entirely succeeding.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam Julian

    This was a fun ending. It wrapped up very nicely! The halloween-themed battles were a little strange, but the action was well choreographed and the various participants (bringing back Kuririn and Yamcha, etc.) made it really interesting. [[Side note: Now I see where Eiichiro Oda got the idea to use the nosebleed emanata as a plot point.]] Overall I'm quite pleased that I picked up this series. As a big fan of One Piece and Steven Universe, reading this felt like reading the prototype for both Luf This was a fun ending. It wrapped up very nicely! The halloween-themed battles were a little strange, but the action was well choreographed and the various participants (bringing back Kuririn and Yamcha, etc.) made it really interesting. [[Side note: Now I see where Eiichiro Oda got the idea to use the nosebleed emanata as a plot point.]] Overall I'm quite pleased that I picked up this series. As a big fan of One Piece and Steven Universe, reading this felt like reading the prototype for both Luffy and Steven.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diogo Muller

    This is classic Dragon Ball at it's best. Red Ribbon arc is wrapped, and Goku is now searching for the last Dragon Ball. This leads to... another Tournament arc! A short, very creative one, where most of the adversaries are classic horror monsters. The fights are all really creative and fun to watch, and the side-characters get their time to shine! This is classic Dragon Ball at it's best. Red Ribbon arc is wrapped, and Goku is now searching for the last Dragon Ball. This leads to... another Tournament arc! A short, very creative one, where most of the adversaries are classic horror monsters. The fights are all really creative and fun to watch, and the side-characters get their time to shine!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adriel Galindo

    After fighting against the gargoyle or however you spell it. He fights with an old guy with a mask Muten Roshi regcognized him when the guy grabs goku's tail and makes him weak. The tail fall off and goku recovers his strength but the guy gives up and we discover that he is goku's grandpa. You get a lot of emotions in this part After fighting against the gargoyle or however you spell it. He fights with an old guy with a mask Muten Roshi regcognized him when the guy grabs goku's tail and makes him weak. The tail fall off and goku recovers his strength but the guy gives up and we discover that he is goku's grandpa. You get a lot of emotions in this part

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mal Martin

    I love how the story gets more interesting over time. The only thing I have to say is that I knew the identity of who the last person Goku was righting. I instantly knew even though I have never seen or watched dragon Ball. It was still an entertaining read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick Katenkamp

    The gang is all back together for this volume as they fight 5 battles against Master Roshi's sister who can find the location of the final dragon ball. Goku displays his increased strength and the fights are zany and enjoyable, especially the final fight against a surprise opponent. The gang is all back together for this volume as they fight 5 battles against Master Roshi's sister who can find the location of the final dragon ball. Goku displays his increased strength and the fights are zany and enjoyable, especially the final fight against a surprise opponent.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meepelous

    How can a story that ends up with pretty much no stakes, filled with cliche and over run with over powered characters still be so entertaining? The power of Toriyama's comedy is apparently endless. How can a story that ends up with pretty much no stakes, filled with cliche and over run with over powered characters still be so entertaining? The power of Toriyama's comedy is apparently endless.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loren Dillon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The trials of baba were fun and exciting. Getting to see grandpa Gohan and Goku’s reaction was heartwarming.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    love the ending when he's able to see his grandfather love the ending when he's able to see his grandfather

  23. 4 out of 5

    CateSky♡

    4,5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Maluck

    There is a scene in this volume that every DBZ fan needs to see, I'll just leave it at that. There is a scene in this volume that every DBZ fan needs to see, I'll just leave it at that.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben Zimmerman

    This volume was a little lighter than the last one. We see Goku fight some classic monsters then get a heart warming conclusion. Fun stuff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul Terpstra

    Great issue. Can they get past all 5 fighters to find the last dragon ball?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Toriyama you've only gone and got me right in the feels, I'm not crying, your crying! Toriyama you've only gone and got me right in the feels, I'm not crying, your crying!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Since our last encounter with Goku, he single-handedly defeat the Red Ribbon Army and has captured six out of the 7 dragons balls to resurrect Upa's father Bora. Before heading to the headquarters he was able to detect all 7 dragon balls on his dragon radar but for some apparent reason he is unable to find the last one. Because he has no idea how to find it he sets off to Kame Island to meet with Master Roshi and the gang to help him on his mission but luckily for him the gang was already nearby Since our last encounter with Goku, he single-handedly defeat the Red Ribbon Army and has captured six out of the 7 dragons balls to resurrect Upa's father Bora. Before heading to the headquarters he was able to detect all 7 dragon balls on his dragon radar but for some apparent reason he is unable to find the last one. Because he has no idea how to find it he sets off to Kame Island to meet with Master Roshi and the gang to help him on his mission but luckily for him the gang was already nearby the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters because they thought Goku needed their help before he gets killed and are speechless to learn how powerful he has become. The whole gang are completely clueless as to how they will find the next dragon ball and Master Roshi offers the advice to visit the psychic Crone aka his sister. They arrive to her home and when they approach her to seek guidance she mentions that they have to pay millions of zens for payment or fight with 4 of her greatest fighters. Obviously since this Dragon Ball it is going to be the latter choice and the whole gang cooperates with fighting each monster leaving Goku to fight the last two fighters. Though the course of the battles, we get to see glimpses of how powerful Goku has become and how pure and innocent he is when it comes to life and martial arts. Interesting enough the last fighter that battles Goku is a familiar face who is Goku's grandpa. He is still dead but the crone has the ability to travel to the spiritual world and the human world and brought his grandpa just for a day to fight Goku. He wanted to make sure that Goku is all right and to see how much he has grown as a person and a fighter. Since Master Roshi is his mentor, Son Gohan knows that Goku is in trusted hands. Since they won, the Crone tells them where the dragon ball is located. The person who has it is none other than Pilaf who is still believes he can beat Goku and win all the 7 dragon balls for world domination. Now he is on the mission to reach Goku and steal all the dragon balls. Goku does not know it is Pilaf but now with his Kintoun he flies off to Pilaf's location. I enjoyed this volume and I love how I got introduced to characters who play a minor role in the Dragon Ball Z series but the nonetheless important in Goku's journey. I do not much care for bringing back Pilaf and i hope in the future they can end his character because it is a waste of a storyline for a pathetic villain.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Awesome volume in which we get to witness just how much strength Goku gained while training with Master Karin (as if his display of power against the Red Ribbon Army wasn't telling enough). There were a couple surprise character in this as well (one big surprise even, that I don't remember from the anime at all). I'm pounding these out pretty quick now.. excited for the remaining Dragon Ball volumes and the eventual crossover into Z territory. Awesome volume in which we get to witness just how much strength Goku gained while training with Master Karin (as if his display of power against the Red Ribbon Army wasn't telling enough). There were a couple surprise character in this as well (one big surprise even, that I don't remember from the anime at all). I'm pounding these out pretty quick now.. excited for the remaining Dragon Ball volumes and the eventual crossover into Z territory.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    The humor is pretty spot-on in this one. Although the action is a bit limp, some of the villains go down pretty hilariously. BUT, when the hell does Bulma's (16-year-old!!) body stop being the object for jokes? She, a ridiculously genius teen, is more likely the brunt of cracks for Turtle Master's pervery or some stereotype about women's emotions or love for shopping. Dafuq. Fewer—ie, none—incidents like these would be grand. The humor is pretty spot-on in this one. Although the action is a bit limp, some of the villains go down pretty hilariously. BUT, when the hell does Bulma's (16-year-old!!) body stop being the object for jokes? She, a ridiculously genius teen, is more likely the brunt of cracks for Turtle Master's pervery or some stereotype about women's emotions or love for shopping. Dafuq. Fewer—ie, none—incidents like these would be grand.

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