Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 9 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/5
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Goku and Captain Ginyu fight it out to the end - in each other's bodies! With Goku's life hanging by a thread, Gohan and Kuririn must use the seven Dragon Balls of Namek to summon the mighty Dragon Lord, who can grant any three wishes! But they'd better wish fast, because they have to face Freeza, lord of the universe.
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- First, the paper quality is magnificent. Each page is thick and glossy.
- The book is large (much larger than the VizBig edition), so that means bigger artwork.
- Reasonably priced (especially on Amazon) for the quality of the print.
- The color looks great in my opinion.
Why it didn't get that last star:
- Although I feel it is minor censorship in Dragon Ball Z compared to Dragon Ball, it still is present in this release.
- Not all of the "Title Page Gallery" (original Weekly Shonen Jump chapter title pages) are present, which is quite disappointing.
Other things to note:
- Dialog appears to be exactly the same as from the VizBig edition and original volumes.
- "Sound effects" (e.g., "HYUUN", "HWOOOOO", "DOOM", etc.) are, I believe, left true to the Japanese printing. There is now a "Sound Effects Glossary" in the end.
Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase and will continue to get the series.
With that in mind, this volume is absolutely great.
Yes, it's true that this volume has the same censoring of minor things as the previous releases, and that's frustrating. However, there's also no indication of that changing any time soon. The pages of this release are heavy, high quality gloss, and it has been blown up even larger than the Vizbig editions to mirror an American graphic novel. The art of this series is fantastic, especially when you consider its age, and this release uses vibrant color to really bring it to life.
Having just received this in the mail today, it's true that I haven't examined every panel with a magnifying glass to identify every minuscule imperfection. Were I do to so, I doubt I would find any regardless. The presentation of this release is great, and the colors are stunning. No matter how many times you've read the manga in its original form, you'll feel like a kid experiencing it for the first time.
I highly recommend this volume and the one before it as an addition to your manga library. These releases are of the utmost quality and deserve high praise for the crisp coloring and (mostly) true translation from the original source.
The only gripes I have is that the Japanese versions of these volumes had new Q&A's with Akira Toriyama that have not been translated for the English release. Also, there are some strange/unnecessary translation choices that were made in previous editions that have carried over to this - the script hasn't really been revised. Piccolo talks in a very bizarre way for this part of the story, then not much at all anymore from the time Nappa starts fighting, moving forward. There's also a note on the first page mentioning this as a sequel to the original Dragon Ball. The problem is, now the title to these volumes doesn't even have "Z" present, so this note doesn't match the context it is set against.
Besides those grips, I still consider this release worth supporting and feel fans of the manga should seek it out to improve their collection and provide incentive for Viz to continue releasing these. With any luck, the good folks there will reconsider some of their censorship practices from later story arcs that showed up in previous editions, particularly the use of "Hercule" (real name: Mr. Satan).