Thursday, June 8, 2017

Manga Review: Dragon Ball Super, Volume 1, by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarou

Rating (Out of 5): ~2.5-3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 2017
Volumes: 3+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Goku’s adventure from the best-selling classic manga Dragon Ball continues in this new series written by Akira Toriyama himself!

Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball!

Having defeated Boo, Goku is starting to get bored with his life on Earth. His wife, Chi-chi, wants him to get a job, but all he wants to do is train and fight stronger enemies. Elsewhere in the universe, the God of Destruction, Beerus, and his attendant Whis are traveling from planet to planet in search of food and entertainment. After blowing up some hapless victims, Beerus is reminded of a man from his dreams with the moniker “Super Saiyan God,” or something like that... The God of Destruction sets his sights on Earth to track down this mysterious man! Maybe this will give Goku something to do?


This series is drawn by someone else, and while it's very similar, you can kind of tell. Although some of the fight scenes actually seem a little easier to follow.
While I didn't read all of the original series, I do think that one is better. This series is even more childish, and it's really emphasizing how dumb Goku is.
In this series, we find out that there are even more universes than they realized, and there are gods of destruction over each. Beerus rules over their universe 7, and his twin brother Champa rules over universe 6, and they're constantly competing. They decide to throw their best five warriors together, and whoever wins, gets Earth in their universe. Because I guess Earth has the best food and they both want it.
There's a lot of training, and competing, and in the latter half of the volume the competition starts and we see Goku fighting a couple of the universe 6 people. We do get a cameo of Jaco, which I appreciate, and his king, and Lord Zuno, who knows everything about everything. There are a couple of funny moments throughout, and I really don't mind this series. It's not quite as good as the previous one, but they're easy reads regardless.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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