I recently discovered that thedaoofdragonball.com’s Derek Padula has released a 7-volume analysis on Akira Toriyama’s beloved Dragon Ball franchise, so I had to check it out for myself. I mean, I’ve been stealing the guy’s content for years now and posting it on Toonbarn as news. I figured the content on the book is going to last me a while.
So first things first, what’s this book called and what’s it all about?
In case you went directly to the body of the message and failed to read the title, the book is titled Dragon Ball Culture, and it’s a 160-page book consisting of Derek’s in-depth analysis of the Dragon Ball manga and anime, as well as the various works that influenced the series. It’s available in eBook (epub, Kindle, PDF) format via the official page or in print form via Amazon.
Dragon Ball Culture is an independent, unofficial work and was created without participation from any individual or company involved in creating or producing the Dragon Ball series, so don’t expect any official input from Toriyama. But Derek does provide information sourced from official channels (the book does a good job of citing sources) so it works as a good reference for canonical or official data on the series. It’s handy in case you want to get into another debate on the Internet and need facts to back your statement.