Saturday, 9 August 2014

Dragon Ball, Volume 3: The Training of Kame-Sen'nin Review (Akira Toriyama)


Son Goku is training with Mr Super Perv, the old Turtle Master, Kame-Sen’in, to become the ultimate fighter. A new student, Kuririn, joins them as the group trains to enter the Tenka’ichi Budokai, the “Strongest Under the Heavens” fighting contest. Also, Lunch is introduced. 

Who’s Lunch? This braindead woman who changes from Jekyll to Hyde when she sneezes and is essentially a bimbo. I wonder how long it took Akira Toriyama to think up the names of these characters - Lunch?! What, it took him a microsecond to come up with that? And why does she go along with everything like, oh being abducted and taken to an island and made to wear lingerie and cook - doesn’t she have a life/character of her own? 

Kame-Sen’in’s lechery is getting really annoying - I’m sure it’s supposed to be funny but I kinda hate the character at this point. 

Other than that, it’s another great volume in the series. The training sequences are pretty fun as Goku and Kuririn go from rivals to besties, and it pays off when they reach the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament and we see these two tiny kids beat the crap out of giant opponents! Plus we see them put on the classic orange outfits for the first time (though the comic is in black and white, you’ve probably see colour versions of the characters elsewhere). 

With Yamcha, Bulma, Pu’ar and Oolong showing up to watch, the series is really filling out with an interesting cast. And I love the craziness of this world where T-Rexs chase Goku and Kuririn on their milk rounds and houses come in capsules! 

The book ends just after the first fight of the tournament with Son Goku yet to spar, and probably win, so make sure you’ve got the next couple books to hand so you can jump right into the action without having to wait! Dragon Ball Vol 3 has a few bits here and there I didn’t like with Kame-Sen’in and Lunch but it’s still a fantastic book that fans of the series will devour in no time!

Dragon Ball, Volume 3: The Training of Kame-Sen'nin

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