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Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the wo Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma could use the help of a certain super-strong boy... (In Japan, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were originally a single 42-volume series. VIZ Media's Dragon Ball contains vols. 1-16 of the original Japanese Dragon Ball , from the beginning of the series to the climax of Goku's last fight with Piccolo.)


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Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the wo Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma could use the help of a certain super-strong boy... (In Japan, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were originally a single 42-volume series. VIZ Media's Dragon Ball contains vols. 1-16 of the original Japanese Dragon Ball , from the beginning of the series to the climax of Goku's last fight with Piccolo.)

30 review for Dragon Ball, Vol. 10 (SJ Edition): Return To The Tournament

  1. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    It was a pretty good volume and focuses on Goku finally getting the 7th dragon ball after defeated Pilaf Gang and that fight was hilarious, he revives Upa's father and it was such a cute moment and then he meets others and they say they will enter Tenkai-chi Budokai 3 years later, and so the time skip happens. They all have grown and Goku too who seems to be powerful. They enter the tournament and this time, Kame-sennin's rival Tsuru-Sennin's disciples - Jiaozi and Tian Jinfan enter and its an e It was a pretty good volume and focuses on Goku finally getting the 7th dragon ball after defeated Pilaf Gang and that fight was hilarious, he revives Upa's father and it was such a cute moment and then he meets others and they say they will enter Tenkai-chi Budokai 3 years later, and so the time skip happens. They all have grown and Goku too who seems to be powerful. They enter the tournament and this time, Kame-sennin's rival Tsuru-Sennin's disciples - Jiaozi and Tian Jinfan enter and its an expected preliminaries, but then the semi finals start and the battles are so fun like Yamcha vs Tian, Jackie vs wolf-man and that fight was full of laughter and finally Krillin vs Jiaozi and we learn Taopaipai was this Tsuru-sennin's brother so he wants his disciples to kill Kame-sennin's students and the stakes are rising! Krillian readies for a Kamehameha! An epic volume focusing on the fights and time skip and training and superb and hilarious fights with good character moments for GOKU! The art just gets better and better!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    10 volumes in and, if I didn’t know better, I’d say Dragon Ball is starting to feel alarmingly repetitive. Reich Pilaf returns to make another ham-fisted attempt at stealing the Dragon Balls from Goku, Shenlong the Dragon God appears for the second time to grant a wish, the Dragon Balls scatter again, and then it’s time for another Strongest Under the Heavens tournament! Is this all Dragon Ball is, or are we going to get any variations on the winning formula before Dragon Ball Z? I think I’ve an 10 volumes in and, if I didn’t know better, I’d say Dragon Ball is starting to feel alarmingly repetitive. Reich Pilaf returns to make another ham-fisted attempt at stealing the Dragon Balls from Goku, Shenlong the Dragon God appears for the second time to grant a wish, the Dragon Balls scatter again, and then it’s time for another Strongest Under the Heavens tournament! Is this all Dragon Ball is, or are we going to get any variations on the winning formula before Dragon Ball Z? I think I’ve answered my own question with “winning formula” because why fix something if it ain’t broke? And, even though I’d kind of like to go after Akira Toriyama for double-dipping, the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament was the best part of the series so far, and, despite returning to it again, it’s still awesome with a new set of fighters. Because, really, what else do you need in a martial arts comic? I liked that Upa’s dad came back from the dead and, this not being a Stephen King novel, he didn’t come back as a zombie or anything and resumed life as if he’d only been sleeping in a grave. And I liked that Goku was smart enough to grab his grandpa’s Dragon Ball before they scattered so he wouldn’t have to go on another Dragon Ball quest to get it back. I was surprised that Goku’s training was skipped entirely. From one page to the next, 3 years conveniently pass and then the gang are reunited for the tournament (which comes around every 3 years). I would’ve liked to have seen Goku’s adventures rather than another Strongest Under the Heavens tournament, especially as he’s in the crucial stages of becoming a better fighter. But maybe that 3 year gap is to be explored in later volumes or maybe Toriyama left himself some space for if he ever wanted to go back and do some more kid Son Goku adventures? The Turtle Master is given a rival in the Crane Master because this time around it’s not about Goku fighting Jackie Chun (aka the Turtle Master in disguise) but about giving him a different narrative: the good guys (Turtles) against the bad guys (Cranes). The Crane Master’s even revealed to be the brother of that psycho assassin Taopaipai who died fighting Goku a couple books ago! So even if I was wary going in, “here we go again”, once it got going, it was still super-exciting and fun. Goku, Kuririn, Yamcha, and Jackie Chun go up against a couple of disposable baddies and the evil Crane Master’s students, Tenshinhan (who has a third eye in his forehead), and Chaozu (who looks like a living doll with psychic powers). As always, Toriyama does action superbly and the first fights between Yamcha and Tenshinhan, and Jackie Chun and Man-Wolf are brilliant. This volume ends in the middle of Kuririn and Chaozu’s fight so make sure you’ve got the next volume to hand so you don’t miss a beat! Toriyama takes us back to the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament once again with a few notable tweaks in the form of new characters, yet still manages to pull off a highly entertaining volume. That said, I’m hoping he tries some different plotlines in the remaining six volumes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Moe Nishijima

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. World Martial Arts Tournament again!!!!! New enemy is appear...! It is Turusennin. He is angry because Goku killed Taopaipai. Taopaipai is brother of Turusennin. Turusennin is also bad person. Goku doesn't have to lose because he has a promise. World Martial Arts Tournament again!!!!! New enemy is appear...! It is Turusennin. He is angry because Goku killed Taopaipai. Taopaipai is brother of Turusennin. Turusennin is also bad person. Goku doesn't have to lose because he has a promise.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku had to fight several fighters including his grandfather in order to retrieve the location of the last dragon ball. The psychic crone told him the location which is currently on the move with Pilaf who believes he can finally retrieve all seven. Goku does not know it is Pilaf and with his Kintoun, he sets off to the location to finally gather all seven of the magical dragon balls. When Goku finally arrives to the moving car, Pilaf and his team are shocked of his ar Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku had to fight several fighters including his grandfather in order to retrieve the location of the last dragon ball. The psychic crone told him the location which is currently on the move with Pilaf who believes he can finally retrieve all seven. Goku does not know it is Pilaf and with his Kintoun, he sets off to the location to finally gather all seven of the magical dragon balls. When Goku finally arrives to the moving car, Pilaf and his team are shocked of his arrival and starts a fight with Goku using mechanical robots. They believe they can beat Goku because they learned about his weakness when you pull on his tail but they didn't bother to see that his Goku's grandfather removed his tail during battle so now the leverage has gone out of the door. Goku is pretty much unstoppable and through comic relief we get to see Pilaf dreams destroyed as Goku takes the final dragon ball. Goku flies to Karin Sanctuary asap and when he arrives he summons the dragon and bring resurrects Bora a.k.a. Upa's father. The dragon, Shelong, finds it pitiful that Goku asked for such a selfish wish but nonetheless Bora is alive and eternally grateful for Goku. He was surprised how much Goku sacrificed in order to do a selfless act of reuniting Bora with his son and believes it will not be the last time they will meet each other (I am excited to see if Upa shows up as a man in Dragon Ball Z). Now that the pursuit of the dragon balls is over and Goku has his grandpa's dragon ball, now he is going into training for the next Tenkaichi Budokai tournament in three years. Master Roshi told Goku to start training his tail, and himself without the use of Kintoun and only his entire body, knowing Goku persistent humble spirit he sticks to that regime and has become stronger than ever. After that final scene, we the readers are quickly shifted into 3 years of the future and the tournament has begun. Everyone from Goku, Kuririn, Yamcha, and Jackie Chun (aka Master Roshi) has signed up to compete and they discover new enemies such as Tenshinhan and Chaozu who are pupils of the Crane Hermit who is Master Roshi's bitter rival. From the gang to the enemies make it to the final round and we get a glimpse of how powerful Goku, Tenshinhan, and Chaozu are and what heated competition this will be in the next volume. I noticed tons of people are upset that they are bringing back similar plot lines like this tournament but I absolutely love it. The whole point of Dragon Ball and Goku is the martial arts. Yea everyone is seeking the dragon balls but honestly it is not that important to me and Goku. Goku never grew up in the city, doesn't know the value of money, and what he treasures most is his friendship and his martial arts skills. For Goku, he worships this competition because he loves to fight individuals who either meet his level of marital arts skill or someone better than him because then it only makes him strive to be a better version of himself and that is what I love about this series. I can relate to a lot to Goku and I love that they brought back the Tenkaichi Budokai tournament because I am excited to see whether Goku will finally win this tournament. Until next time on Dragon Ball...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Great volume in which Pilaf's gang is reintroduced to the story. Toriyama also implements a 3 year time jump that takes us to the next Tenka'ichi Budokai tournament, the Strongest Under the Heavens. This time Goku and Co's main competition are fighters under Tsuru Sen'nin, the Crane Master - rival of Kame Sen'nin and older brother of the assassin Taopaipai who Goku has already defeated. The volume leaves off in the middle of the tournament. Great volume in which Pilaf's gang is reintroduced to the story. Toriyama also implements a 3 year time jump that takes us to the next Tenka'ichi Budokai tournament, the Strongest Under the Heavens. This time Goku and Co's main competition are fighters under Tsuru Sen'nin, the Crane Master - rival of Kame Sen'nin and older brother of the assassin Taopaipai who Goku has already defeated. The volume leaves off in the middle of the tournament.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    So nice to see that final little bow tied up on the Red Ribbon Army arc, with a brief reappearance of Emperor Pilaf's trio and the dragon balls being put to a noble use. The rest dives right into the second tournament arc, this time around introducing the rival school of the Crane Master and thus--that's right--Tenshinhan and Chaotzu, already promising that this tournament arc in the story is going to be way more intense than the former. I missed this series so much, and I cannot stress enough ho So nice to see that final little bow tied up on the Red Ribbon Army arc, with a brief reappearance of Emperor Pilaf's trio and the dragon balls being put to a noble use. The rest dives right into the second tournament arc, this time around introducing the rival school of the Crane Master and thus--that's right--Tenshinhan and Chaotzu, already promising that this tournament arc in the story is going to be way more intense than the former. I missed this series so much, and I cannot stress enough how much I'm enjoying returning to it. Toriyama's art style is still so lively and fun on its own, the story (rambling though it tends to be) remains entertaining, and the characters are utterly charming. If you've never tried the original series prior to jumping into Z or Super, I'm going to just say that you're missing out on a lot of the fun adventure that really laid down the groundwork for the franchise.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    Volume 10 closes the Red Ribbon Army arc with Son Goku wishing Upa's father back to life. Kami Sen'in tells the gang they have 3 years to train until the next tournament, but Son Goku may no longer use his Kinto'un to get around, in order to further build his strength. Yamcha and Kuririn decide to stay and train with the Turtle master. The next arc brings the introduction of Tenshenhan and his clown companion Chatzou. They trained under the rival Crane Master and promise a good fight. All in all Volume 10 closes the Red Ribbon Army arc with Son Goku wishing Upa's father back to life. Kami Sen'in tells the gang they have 3 years to train until the next tournament, but Son Goku may no longer use his Kinto'un to get around, in order to further build his strength. Yamcha and Kuririn decide to stay and train with the Turtle master. The next arc brings the introduction of Tenshenhan and his clown companion Chatzou. They trained under the rival Crane Master and promise a good fight. All in all in was a great set up for this next short arc. It was nice to see Yamcha improve and be a decent character after the joke he becomes in the sequel series. The story telling aspect of this particular volume was disappointing as it doesn't really add much, I'm assuming the next volume when the Tournament is reaching it's second rounds will prove more in the exposition aspect.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam Julian

    Really fun volume. This wraps up the third arc of the series, and dives into the fourth. The structure makes a lot of sense - dragonball adventure >> fighting tournament >> dragonball adventure >> fighting tournament. The fights in this tournament are some of the best choreographed fight scenes so far. The movement is intuitive and fluid, well laid out on the page. The drawings are relatively simple compared to the action of say, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. But the simplicity makes the fighting fee Really fun volume. This wraps up the third arc of the series, and dives into the fourth. The structure makes a lot of sense - dragonball adventure >> fighting tournament >> dragonball adventure >> fighting tournament. The fights in this tournament are some of the best choreographed fight scenes so far. The movement is intuitive and fluid, well laid out on the page. The drawings are relatively simple compared to the action of say, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. But the simplicity makes the fighting feel more dynamic and fast. It's also impressive how Toriyama manages to continually ramp up the power scale of these fights in specific, measurable ways. Watching Dragonball Z the power levels always felt very abstract to me, being so other-worldly. I think I'll appreciate them more now having seen their foundations build up from zero.

  9. 4 out of 5

    SSJKailan

    Dragon Ball volume 10 covers the end of Goku's adventure to find the Four Star Dragon Ball (which had him clash with the Red Ribbon Army and with Fortuneteller Baba's weird henchmen) and the first few matches of the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai. In my opinion the 22nd Budokai has the most interesting matches, with a good mix of drama, characterisation, well-choreographed fantasy martial arts action, and even some comedy. (view spoiler)[The volume starts with Goku fighting against the endlessly incompe Dragon Ball volume 10 covers the end of Goku's adventure to find the Four Star Dragon Ball (which had him clash with the Red Ribbon Army and with Fortuneteller Baba's weird henchmen) and the first few matches of the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai. In my opinion the 22nd Budokai has the most interesting matches, with a good mix of drama, characterisation, well-choreographed fantasy martial arts action, and even some comedy. (view spoiler)[The volume starts with Goku fighting against the endlessly incompetent Pilaf Gang so he can get the last Dragon Ball and bring Upa's father back to life. The fight is - as expected - short and funny. Then Goku and Upa travel back to Karin Tower to summon the dragon and revive Bora, an emotional moment and also the beginning of Dragon Ball's tendency to bring characters back from the dead. Next, we timeskip to three years later and the next "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament. This time, the Turtle school students aren't the only superhuman contestents, because Roshi's old rival the Crane Master has brought his students Tenshinhan and Chaozu to compete too. In this volume, we have the first two Turtle vs Crane clashes, as Yamcha fights Tenshinhan and Kuririn fights Chaozu. Both are very good matches, showing great skills and interesting moves from both sides. The volume ends during Kuririn's match with Chaozu. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    The fortune teller baba arc complete along with goku goal of bringing back a dear friend. Told his training would be best if he wondered the world on foot! On his own! Damn but accepts it neither the less. Here is the one snag, In the anime there are the fillers for this part, showing some adventures goku gets up.to before the start of the next martial arts tournament, I would have liked to see this instead of them all meeting outside the venue after 3 years but still at least you get to the mai The fortune teller baba arc complete along with goku goal of bringing back a dear friend. Told his training would be best if he wondered the world on foot! On his own! Damn but accepts it neither the less. Here is the one snag, In the anime there are the fillers for this part, showing some adventures goku gets up.to before the start of the next martial arts tournament, I would have liked to see this instead of them all meeting outside the venue after 3 years but still at least you get to the main Crux of the story sooner. Introductions to the crane school, master shin and his two students tien & chaozou. Let the tournament begin! 🐑

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Cholodewitsch

    This is where the series becomes all about the action, which is a little sad. It had finally lost most of the sexual humor. The story was going at a good pace. Plenty of adventure with a healthy dose of action. But then it becomes the tournament fight comic. This volume at least has the benefit of showing some character growth.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meepelous

    A decent enough volume, but extremely transitional. It's still pretty amazing that Goku just keeps getting more and more powerful and the series has yet to fall apart. Looking forward to moving forward. A decent enough volume, but extremely transitional. It's still pretty amazing that Goku just keeps getting more and more powerful and the series has yet to fall apart. Looking forward to moving forward.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Goku's quest to revive Upa's father ends in success! With the searching of the Dragon Ball's all wrapped up everyone agrees to resume their training and meet back again in 3 years at the 22nd World Tournament. We have finally entered the final arc in the Red Ribbon Saga! Goku's quest to revive Upa's father ends in success! With the searching of the Dragon Ball's all wrapped up everyone agrees to resume their training and meet back again in 3 years at the 22nd World Tournament. We have finally entered the final arc in the Red Ribbon Saga!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ben Zimmerman

    This volume includes the second time that the Dragon Balls a re gathered and the second Budokai tournament, and they're both great. The pacing and humor are breezy as always. Nobody should be surprised, but this series definitely lives up to the hype. This volume includes the second time that the Dragon Balls a re gathered and the second Budokai tournament, and they're both great. The pacing and humor are breezy as always. Nobody should be surprised, but this series definitely lives up to the hype.

  15. 4 out of 5

    MICHAEL PACURAR

    2ND TOURNAMENT ITS TIME AGAIN, TIME FOR THE 2ND TENKAICHI BUDOKAI TOURNAMENT IN THE SERIES. I AM EXCITED FOR THE FIGHTS AND I WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME READING THEM !!! :) WOHOO LMAO

  16. 5 out of 5

    Loren Dillon

    Fun at the tenkaichi budokai. Getting to know Tenshinhan and Chaozu and their initial grudge against master Roshi. Goofy antics follow master Roshi as he deals with man-wolf.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    What's with all the dick everywhere? Keep it in your pants, Goku. What's with all the dick everywhere? Keep it in your pants, Goku.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    really good

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mal Martin

    Can't wait to read more! Can't wait to read more!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cate Sky

    4,5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Terpstra

    The tournament begins! Who will win this time?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Виктор

    Actually after leaving Goodreads on hiatus I bought and read every volume. 10/10 series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Cool volume, but 4 stars. Why? Just because I don't like time skips ;pp Cool volume, but 4 stars. Why? Just because I don't like time skips ;pp

  24. 5 out of 5

    Highness Atharva

    Dragon Ball Manga was inked very much good, the story of course the best one. Its fantasy meeting Shonen and Goku is a the most imaginably cool and cute and funny charachter. Charachter reminds me that there's just about a hundred charachters here, distributed in thirty one volumes some frail, weak, some strong like hell and some just wierd and funny and humbug. The story goes:- Goku is the main protagonist of the series and he is approached by a girl named Bulma who's in search for the dragon Dragon Ball Manga was inked very much good, the story of course the best one. Its fantasy meeting Shonen and Goku is a the most imaginably cool and cute and funny charachter. Charachter reminds me that there's just about a hundred charachters here, distributed in thirty one volumes some frail, weak, some strong like hell and some just wierd and funny and humbug. The story goes:- Goku is the main protagonist of the series and he is approached by a girl named Bulma who's in search for the dragon balls on their way they meet an old man who tries to gets seduced, Kame Sama. And theres Krulin, a young monk fighter and also oolong and yamcha. The villian for the first half of the volumes is the blue empereor and the Red Ribbon Gang. Along the way, the droagon is summoned and can grant you any wish. Any at all. But what happens when the power falls in dark hands? Then theres goku and the gang coming in! For the rescue of course. They difeat the coloured rangers and ninjas and robotic machines, giant snakes and all is well in the end. Piccolo also appears later at the Bodukai Tournament. It is held about seven times in the whole series and it just amazes me. Truly great stuff. Piccolo somehow is defeated and sealed away while he also sends down his son Kid Picollo to get his revenge upon Goku. There's a great fight but in the end Picollo is just defeated by Goku and gets mad. The second half of the volumes namely Dragon Ball Z portrayes a race of saiyans who want to capture the earth. These volumes go deep in the history of planets around the earth, Namek especially and in Goku's history and his past. Here are the worlds greatest villians like Frieza and Vegeta and also Buu and The ANDROids. Each one anothers boss. Then theres the plo where Goku and Vegeta have kids and they can transform themselves into super saiyans form and get the whole power. Just a great series that i have admired and read. Truly readable. Recommended to this whole GALAXYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Considering that the whole initial premise of this series was gathering the dragon balls, it fascinates me how quickly that all happens now. They quickly became a sideline as Toriyama discovered that the fighting was what the fans wanted. Adaptability, though, is one of his many virtues as a storyteller. It's fun to watch him constantly trying new things, including bits that can be developed into future storylines if need be, or simply dropped if the story doesn't want to go there. This series i Considering that the whole initial premise of this series was gathering the dragon balls, it fascinates me how quickly that all happens now. They quickly became a sideline as Toriyama discovered that the fighting was what the fans wanted. Adaptability, though, is one of his many virtues as a storyteller. It's fun to watch him constantly trying new things, including bits that can be developed into future storylines if need be, or simply dropped if the story doesn't want to go there. This series is much better than a nodding familiarity with the anime would suggest.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caleb M.

    This volume was a little different. Still very good but has a weird shift in the middle. What happens is they complete the quest of the 7 dragon balls again and then they shift from that to 3 years later and back in the Budokai tournament. Which happens to work fairly well, surprisingly. Ready to move onto the next chapter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cherish

    I'm quite intrigued of what's going to happen next. I was screaming last night realising that it was left at a cliff-hanger. I am excited to see what happens next and I will make some fan art of some of the characters. I'm loving this series so far. I'm quite intrigued of what's going to happen next. I was screaming last night realising that it was left at a cliff-hanger. I am excited to see what happens next and I will make some fan art of some of the characters. I'm loving this series so far.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    The beginning of the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai starts in this volume. New characters are introduced like Tenshinhan and they prove to be deadly opponents. The fun continues, Toriyama know how to deliver. The beginning of the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai starts in this volume. New characters are introduced like Tenshinhan and they prove to be deadly opponents. The fun continues, Toriyama know how to deliver.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    I don't recommend reading this novel as a one off - you don't get as much out of it.. Start at the story's beginning. I don't recommend reading this novel as a one off - you don't get as much out of it.. Start at the story's beginning.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    All fighting. All awesome.

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