As we reported earlier, Volume One of Dragon Ball Culture has been released and is available for digital purchase! Thanks to the author Derek Padula for his monumental efforts and intense research towards creating an accurate account on the origins of the Dragon Ball franchise, we get a truly in-depth look of how much combined culture is embedded throughout the Dragon Ball World. Not only that, but Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball’s author and illustrator, finally gets a biography! Readers can dwell on his thought process and rise to fame, it’s beyond interesting. It’s inspiring to aspiring artists and creative individuals that look up to Mr. Toriyama. Here we will review and discuss the elements of Dragon Ball Culture, because after reading the book you will not look at Dragon Ball the same way ever again!
What is Dragon Ball Culture?
Dragon Ball Culture is simply, one of the most in-depth historical guides to the series you will ever come across. The book itself is primarily educational and informative, while explaining everything thoroughly enough where nothing is questionable if you pay close attention! Dragon Ball Culture contains a miniature Chinese and Japanese language guide to help newcomer readers understand the foreign terms seen throughout the book, because Derek Padula sticks to the original source of origin of Dragon Ball, from China to Japan, he explains it all! To answer the question of what is Dragon Ball Culture without revealing most of the informative efforts Mr. Padula puts forth, it is the explanation of the rise of Akira Toriyama, and how he creatively incorporates the deep and rich culture rooting from back in Ancient China that Dragon Ball contains.
Dragon Ball Culture – What to expect?
Expect the unexpected, as in, expect everything ever revealed and known about the reclusive author Akira Toriyama. You will be immersed in history, beginning from when he was born in the 1950’s. From his early childhood and beyond, readers will learn what he was interested in, what his hobbies were, where he was educated, which forms of media did he enjoy, and what job did he have before becoming a manga artist. All this and more is incredibly detailed, to the point where you want even more details!! Then readers explore his hard-earned success, his rise to fame and his desire to remain anonymous. From there on fans will learn how Akira Toriyama became inspired to write Dragon Ball and where his influences came from. That’s when the major history is explained, the legendary Xuánzàng and how his 6000 mile enlightening journey inspired millions of people to this day. Without him there would be no Journey to the West, and without that story there would be no Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball Culture flourishes off explaining everything there is to know about these historical ventures and contributions simple enough for everyone to enjoy and understand. Expect everything there is to know about the roots of Journey to the West and how this contributed to the world of Dragon Ball, with a bit of extra facts and personal insights thanks to Mr. Padula himself.
Our opinion on the book.
Dragon Ball Insider is a website and force specifically made for mainstream Dragon Ball, we are very critical and specific on our sources, information, and news. Therefore from an unbiased standpoint, we can safely assure everything in the book is beyond accurate. For a book 11 years in the making, Dragon Ball Culture truly lives up to its name, and this fine piece of writing is everything a die-hard Dragon Ball fan can ever dream of. Many fans of Dragon Ball often only experience the localization of their dub, and that’s it. Dragon Ball Culture will expose you to the true origins and explain how the Dragon Ball you know isn’t exactly what it seems. This kind of information is vital to correcting many misguided views people may have on the series, and that’s fine by us! We love the details, history, biography, and personal insights Derek Padula has to offer, and we can’t wait to dwell on Volume 2!
Big fans of Dragon Ball must obtain a copy, because this is too good not to let up on. Think about how much effort was put in collecting all the historical facts and snippets of Toriyama’s personal life and views, Derek Padula wants Dragon Ball fans to see the series for what it really is! A modern masterpiece and retelling of Journey to the West, and how Akira Toriyama combines aspects of Western and Eastern culture to create a story that millions of people across the whole world adore. Not one piece of info is left untold, all questions to the roots of the Dragon Ball World will finally come clear. Fans will finally have a guide for the origins of Dragon Ball, a guide that’s been 11 years in the making, a guide that’s specifically designed for die-hard fans of the series. This book will show you the beauty in merging two completely different cultures, the best of both worlds, Dragon Ball.
Dragon Ball Culture is a must read. Derek Padula plans on generating revenue through these eBooks to eventually publish all 7 volumes in print.