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With a wish on the Dragon Balls, Piccolo restores his youth, becoming more powerful than ever! Flying to the palace of the King of the World, he announces that he is the new King, and broadcasts his reign of terror on international TV!Only Tenshinhan and Goku have a chance to stop Piccolo: Tenshinhan by mastering a martial arts move that can kill the one who uses it, and G With a wish on the Dragon Balls, Piccolo restores his youth, becoming more powerful than ever! Flying to the palace of the King of the World, he announces that he is the new King, and broadcasts his reign of terror on international TV!Only Tenshinhan and Goku have a chance to stop Piccolo: Tenshinhan by mastering a martial arts move that can kill the one who uses it, and Goku by drinking a magic potion that might make him stronger--or kill him too! Two heroes risk death to save the planet--and meanwhile, Yajirobe eats too much and gets sick!


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With a wish on the Dragon Balls, Piccolo restores his youth, becoming more powerful than ever! Flying to the palace of the King of the World, he announces that he is the new King, and broadcasts his reign of terror on international TV!Only Tenshinhan and Goku have a chance to stop Piccolo: Tenshinhan by mastering a martial arts move that can kill the one who uses it, and G With a wish on the Dragon Balls, Piccolo restores his youth, becoming more powerful than ever! Flying to the palace of the King of the World, he announces that he is the new King, and broadcasts his reign of terror on international TV!Only Tenshinhan and Goku have a chance to stop Piccolo: Tenshinhan by mastering a martial arts move that can kill the one who uses it, and Goku by drinking a magic potion that might make him stronger--or kill him too! Two heroes risk death to save the planet--and meanwhile, Yajirobe eats too much and gets sick!

30 review for Dragon Ball, Vol. 13 (SJ Edition): Piccolo Conquers the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Guys: there is literally a King of the World in this series! Forget Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc. – there is an actual King of the entire World! And he’s a talking dog! Akira Toriyama can do anything now in Dragon Ball and I don’t think it would faze me. I shouldn’t be that surprised – this is the series where Master Roshi destroyed the moon in a fight with Son Goku, with absolutely no consequences – but for some reason the King of the World stood out as a completely insane detail. But you k Guys: there is literally a King of the World in this series! Forget Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc. – there is an actual King of the entire World! And he’s a talking dog! Akira Toriyama can do anything now in Dragon Ball and I don’t think it would faze me. I shouldn’t be that surprised – this is the series where Master Roshi destroyed the moon in a fight with Son Goku, with absolutely no consequences – but for some reason the King of the World stood out as a completely insane detail. But you know what? There’s a purity in the storytelling here you rarely see anywhere else. This is fiction, so why not go all the way? Simplify, amplify, push further, do whatever, it’s your world – and it works here brilliantly. So, in this book: after losing decisively to Piccolo, a near-dead Goku is being taken back by Yajirobe to Master Karin (aka the Hermit Meowster, whose face was apparently based on Toriyama’s cat’s sleeping face!) to find a way to defeat the Demon King. Meanwhile, Master Roshi and the gang are on their way for a fateful showdown with Piccolo… but are they just bringing him the Dragon Balls he needs to restore his youth? After the surprising death of a main character in the last volume, Toriyama keeps going, killing off not one, not two, but three more major characters in this volume! It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away spoilers but it’s essentially the characters throwing everything they have at Piccolo while Son Goku rests and powers up. I’m not giving this the full five stars though as it’s Goku-light and, because we know it’s ultimately down to him to stop Piccolo, the fighting between the Demon King and the others feels a bit like filler, not to mention predictably one-sided. That said, the action is very enjoyable with multiple great fight scenes, and, because Toriyama’s shown no compunction with killing off cast members, there’s tension as you don’t know who’s going to eat it next. But without giving away who lives and who dies, I’ll just say that it’s another great seat-of-your-pants episode in the ongoing Piccolo storyline. I will suggest to not do what I did and read this without having Volume 14 to hand because it’s such a great cliffhanger, I’m dying to find out what happens next!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    It's not until volume 17 where Dragon Ball officially transitions into Z, with all the focus on fights and action that it entails - but I think it was in this volume where it really shed away the facets of old Dragon Ball and became what it would be forevermore. There's a new enemy that nobody can beat, mostly everyone else gets their asses kicked in a futile effort to fight him, while Goku is out of commission and then gets a power-up. It finally drops all the pretenses of new lessons or philos It's not until volume 17 where Dragon Ball officially transitions into Z, with all the focus on fights and action that it entails - but I think it was in this volume where it really shed away the facets of old Dragon Ball and became what it would be forevermore. There's a new enemy that nobody can beat, mostly everyone else gets their asses kicked in a futile effort to fight him, while Goku is out of commission and then gets a power-up. It finally drops all the pretenses of new lessons or philosophy or growth or martial arts - no training or new techniques or skills - just tack a bunch of extra power into him and call it a day. A lot more energy attacks being thrown, too, without them even being named. And the villain is the first alien, though we won't know that until later. Truthfully, I feel that this is about where all the best parts of the comic come to an end. There's still plenty to read about in the future, some great fights and tension and emotion, but far too much is gone, left to the past. Alas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku is fighting King Piccolo hoping that he will destroy him as he avenge for his friends but sadly fails. Tenshinhan and the gang are trying to gather all the dragon balls to resurrect Kuririn. Goku shows his true strength and is able to beat up Piccolo but he was still outmatched by this powerful demon. When Piccolo escapes, he sets on the mission to declare that he is King of the World and goes to the castle to become King. We get insight into this fictional Earth Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku is fighting King Piccolo hoping that he will destroy him as he avenge for his friends but sadly fails. Tenshinhan and the gang are trying to gather all the dragon balls to resurrect Kuririn. Goku shows his true strength and is able to beat up Piccolo but he was still outmatched by this powerful demon. When Piccolo escapes, he sets on the mission to declare that he is King of the World and goes to the castle to become King. We get insight into this fictional Earth and clearly Akira Toriyama was brilliant by not including religion and politics to ruin this fantasy world. In this world, they do not have Presidents, Prime Ministers, or any other high elective official except a Monarchy who controls the world and better yet the King is a talking dog! I love the humor of this manga and it always surprises me in moments like this when we lose track on how silly this fantasy world is in this parody of our Earth. When Piccolo arrives, he easily penetrates the Kingdom guards and security and forces the King to give up the crown to him. When this is announced in a live broadcast, all hell breaks loose and the world is on the tip of complete destruction. Master Roshi realizes it is Piccolo who is behind all this and is shocked that he is resurrected since his Master is the one who sealed Piccolo in a rice cooker centuries ago. Instead of resurrecting Kuririn, their new plan is to gather the dragon balls and destroy Piccolo and then later on bring back their friends alive especially since they believe that Goku is dead. They gather all five of the Dragon Balls and plan to trick Piccolo and rob the other two but when Piccolo arrives to destroy them, he swallows the two dragon balls making it impossible for them to retrieve it. Tenshinhan fights Piccolo but gets paralyze through the process, and Master Roshi tries to do the Mafuba which is the move that put Piccolo in the rice cooker but missed something in his martial arts move and failed. By doing that dangerous move, the person who cast it is supposed to die but Piccolo make it personal and killed Master Roshi. Now that all 7 are together, Piccolo summon the dragon and Chaozu tries to grant the wish of killing Piccolo but wasn't loud enough for the Dragon to hear and Piccolo killed him in the process. Now that everything is set in stone, Piccolo gets eternal youth and kills the dragon so that way the dragon balls could never be summon again. Meanwhile all this is going on, Yajirobe is taking Goku to see Master Karin who will hopefully heal him and make him stronger to destroy Piccolo. Only Tenshinhan and Goku have the only fleeting chance of destroying Piccolo and the world gets darker by the hour. Will Goku or Tenshinhan accomplish this goal? Stay tune until next time on Dragon Ball...

  4. 4 out of 5

    megan

    I did the opposite technique this time by watching the episodes before reading this volume, I'm not sure which I prefer! I did like hearing their voices in these specific scenes in my head when reading. It was also a bit easier to follow the fight scenes. Still a great story - excited to see Goku's power as he continues to learn and grow. I did the opposite technique this time by watching the episodes before reading this volume, I'm not sure which I prefer! I did like hearing their voices in these specific scenes in my head when reading. It was also a bit easier to follow the fight scenes. Still a great story - excited to see Goku's power as he continues to learn and grow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ola G

    9/10 stars While this one was maybe a tad less amazing than some other All stars!!! volumes, I loved many things about it - especially the quiet and deeply hidden heroism of Kame Sen'nin, who turned out to be not just some old pervert - and a thoughtful martial arts teacher, which was a facet of him we were able to glimpse only at later stages - but also a selfless hero, willing to give his life and save the lives of others. Pity about that aim, though ;) Toriyama continues to surprise me with pl 9/10 stars While this one was maybe a tad less amazing than some other All stars!!! volumes, I loved many things about it - especially the quiet and deeply hidden heroism of Kame Sen'nin, who turned out to be not just some old pervert - and a thoughtful martial arts teacher, which was a facet of him we were able to glimpse only at later stages - but also a selfless hero, willing to give his life and save the lives of others. Pity about that aim, though ;) Toriyama continues to surprise me with plot twists and crazy imagination. It's just so good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blake the Book Eater

    Holy wow. This series is just escalating more and more! The fights have real emotion behind them now and Goku vs. Piccolo is just as intense as promised!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diogo Muller

    The transformation from silly to serious shonen that was happening on the last few volumes is complete here. This is closer to what we know as Dragon Ball Z than to the start of the series. Not saying that there's no silliness or weirdness anymore - Dragon Ball always has some of that - but... yeah, the focus is on power levels now. Not that this is bad! This is a good volume, with good battles. Dragon Ball will never be the same after this, but that's fine - it just changed to something else. The transformation from silly to serious shonen that was happening on the last few volumes is complete here. This is closer to what we know as Dragon Ball Z than to the start of the series. Not saying that there's no silliness or weirdness anymore - Dragon Ball always has some of that - but... yeah, the focus is on power levels now. Not that this is bad! This is a good volume, with good battles. Dragon Ball will never be the same after this, but that's fine - it just changed to something else.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This book just becomes epic, as Piccolo conquers the world everyone is falling, he wants to collect the Dragon ball and regain his youth and people fight, even Muten-Roshi tries the Mafuba but falls as he is unable to defeat this monstrosity called Piccolo. The next part is Goku going to Karin sama who gives him some water that kinda makes him powerful. In other land Piccolo becomes the king and is destroying the world and all and its kinda difficult to beat him. But then Goku comes in and he is This book just becomes epic, as Piccolo conquers the world everyone is falling, he wants to collect the Dragon ball and regain his youth and people fight, even Muten-Roshi tries the Mafuba but falls as he is unable to defeat this monstrosity called Piccolo. The next part is Goku going to Karin sama who gives him some water that kinda makes him powerful. In other land Piccolo becomes the king and is destroying the world and all and its kinda difficult to beat him. But then Goku comes in and he is battling Piccolo and their fight is just epic! The artwork particularly the fight scenes are so well done by Toriyama!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Goku is an eccentric monkey-tailed boy with superhuman strength and boundless energy. His life of peaceful solitude is interrupted one day when he meets Bulma, a feisty young lady on the hunt for mysterious wish-granting orbs known as Dragon Balls. Accompanied by a group of zany companions, the two team up on a grand adventure full of all kinds of intense battles, dangerous villains and whacky hijinks. Now this was a blast of nostalgia! Dragon Ball was the first anime I ever watched as a dorky li Goku is an eccentric monkey-tailed boy with superhuman strength and boundless energy. His life of peaceful solitude is interrupted one day when he meets Bulma, a feisty young lady on the hunt for mysterious wish-granting orbs known as Dragon Balls. Accompanied by a group of zany companions, the two team up on a grand adventure full of all kinds of intense battles, dangerous villains and whacky hijinks. Now this was a blast of nostalgia! Dragon Ball was the first anime I ever watched as a dorky little toddler. I remember watching it every week with my big brother. I watched the reruns multiple times and owned all the Budokai and Tenkaichi fighting games. I developed a bit of an unhealthy obsession with Dragon Ball Z throughout my middle school years. While I don't like the series nearly as much as I once did, I'm very thankful toward this series for introducing me to the wonderful world of anime and manga. After Dragon Ball, I watched Ghibli, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sailor Moon, Fruits Basket and dozens of others. I then went on to discover some of my all time favorite series like Berserk, Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Gantz, Battle Royale, Attack on Titan, Vagabond, Blade of the Immortal, Parasyte, Goodnight Punpun and more. Dragon Ball made me a fan of this medium and it felt great to re-experience the series from beginning to end for the first time in twenty years. The story and characters are simple, but the series is easy to read, hilarious and wholesome in spite of the constant action. The series starts off as a raunchy, self-aware slapstick comedy full of fourth-wall breaking, sexual innuendos and surprisingly dirty jokes. This series was definitely edgy for its time considering it was geared towards a young audience. A lot of the perverted humor and gag comedy wouldn't fly too well with modern sensibilities, but it can be pretty funny for people who don't get offended easily and can handle some outdated mannerisms and attitudes from the past. While the series does start off as a comedy gag reel, it slowly develops into a more serious streamlined plot with better written characters and villains. The story never really blooms into anything worth writing home about, but it remains consistently entertaining and fun to read. The interactions between Goku and his pals is always funny, even the way he plays around with his enemies is comical. If I remember as well as I think I do, I believe the maturity of the story and characters improve much more in the sequel series which I'll eventually get around to reviewing at some point. The original Dragon Ball ends on a great battle sequence that sets up the more serious tone of Dragon Ball Z. My only major complaint about the overall story is the Dragon Balls make things way too convenient and removes the stakes and consequences of literally everything. If a major character dies they can just be wished back. This removes any sense of drama or tension from the battles and the consequences of the villains actions becomes moot. The series doesn't take itself too seriously and often pokes fun at itself, but the way the Dragon Balls are utilized are just a little too much in my opinion. Even comedies need a certain amount of suspension and stakes to make me care about what's going on. *** If you're looking for some dark ambient music for reading horror, dark fantasy and other books like this one, then be sure to check out my YouTube Channel called Nightmarish Compositions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This volume gets dark as hell, as characters start dropping like flies and Piccolo's power is so great that entire cities vanish in an instant. As the supporting cast does their best to rally and find some way to stop him, Goku goes to Karin to find some deus ex machina to save the day. There's a lot of great stuff this volume but for once the plot is all about tension and dramatic stakes, and once I begin looking at the plot it's hard not to notice the glaring weaknesses. Piccolo is the most pow This volume gets dark as hell, as characters start dropping like flies and Piccolo's power is so great that entire cities vanish in an instant. As the supporting cast does their best to rally and find some way to stop him, Goku goes to Karin to find some deus ex machina to save the day. There's a lot of great stuff this volume but for once the plot is all about tension and dramatic stakes, and once I begin looking at the plot it's hard not to notice the glaring weaknesses. Piccolo is the most powerful character we've ever met- but the reasons our heroes fail isn't due to his strength but because sometimes they just trip and don't get to attack? Goku's training to defeat Taopaipai involved chasing Karin for the "Super Holy Water" and having that chase be the training instead of the water itself- now we actually have magical poison that grants power-ups if the plot determines you need one? So much of the tension of this arc is immediately dissolved by Toriyama falling back on the gag manga tendencies that built the beginning of the series, making everything look hopeless for our heroes not because the enemy is that powerful but because they keep screwing up even their simplest of plans. The art is still fantastic, Piccolo is a despicable villain who I love seeing be unrepentant and maniacal in his plans, and the way this arc keeps upping the stakes and proving how dark the story is going to get it great. But I'm baffled by so much of the plot that it brings all the other fun moments down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    *Read as part of the 25 Days of Manga challenge for December 2020.* I don't know if I mentioned it in my review of the previous volume, but the Demon King Piccolo arc really has got to be the best arc of the original manga series, at least in my opinion. The stakes are so intense and hit so hard for this series, and I feel like it's the first real glimpse at what Toriyama's storytelling would have to offer as he continued working with this universe. Everything about this volume was just a delight *Read as part of the 25 Days of Manga challenge for December 2020.* I don't know if I mentioned it in my review of the previous volume, but the Demon King Piccolo arc really has got to be the best arc of the original manga series, at least in my opinion. The stakes are so intense and hit so hard for this series, and I feel like it's the first real glimpse at what Toriyama's storytelling would have to offer as he continued working with this universe. Everything about this volume was just a delight to read, and I can say without hesitation that I've missed it, and I am annoyed that I paused briefly in my revisitation of the series. I know that the Dragon Ball franchise has received hype for years, especially DBZ, and I know firsthand how off-putting that can be for many people. But I will say that the original Dragon Ball manga really is a treat, and it's a classic for a reason. Even if you never go on to read the Dragon Ball Z volumes, I do highly recommend at least giving the original series a shot. It's just fun, entertaining, and perhaps it takes a while to really become high-quality, but it's worth the journey, it really is.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This is the beginning of the end! I'm so far on reviews so I don't actually recall where this particular volume ends and the next one begins...but basically this is the Piccolo saga. This is where things get real as Kuririn, Muten Roshi, and even Shenlong are all murdered by the Demon King. He usurps the King of the World and declares nowhere safe. Tien tries desperately to master the only technique that will withhold the Demon...and I think that was it for this volume? It's wrapped in the next This is the beginning of the end! I'm so far on reviews so I don't actually recall where this particular volume ends and the next one begins...but basically this is the Piccolo saga. This is where things get real as Kuririn, Muten Roshi, and even Shenlong are all murdered by the Demon King. He usurps the King of the World and declares nowhere safe. Tien tries desperately to master the only technique that will withhold the Demon...and I think that was it for this volume? It's wrapped in the next volume. :p It was a great shift in tone as we gear up for the end of Dragon Ball and start to transition to DBZ. Piccolo is the first villain that holds any merit and gives the heroes a run for their money.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Great Demon Piccolo has once again brought about his youth and regained his full power. Master Roshi and Chaozu gave up their lives to defeat him but sadly it wasn't enough. Goku and Tien are the only ones left who can end his rain. With a stop at Karin Tower, Goku unleashes a hidden power which might make him strong enough to kill the demon Piccolo. Great Demon Piccolo has once again brought about his youth and regained his full power. Master Roshi and Chaozu gave up their lives to defeat him but sadly it wasn't enough. Goku and Tien are the only ones left who can end his rain. With a stop at Karin Tower, Goku unleashes a hidden power which might make him strong enough to kill the demon Piccolo.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Loren Dillon

    I enjoyed how the stakes are raised so high now to the point of which there is an enemy threatening the entire world, yet Goku still finds a way to improve and overcome his obstacles. He is determined to avenge Krillin and now Master Roshi, travels to Korin’s tower and drinks the water of the gods to unlock his powers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    King piccolo is such a great antagonist, old and weaker he is still too much for anyone, including goku. But is that the end.....Goku heads to korrin tower and unlocks even more of his potential power The first dip into the sayain powers that become the focal point in the Z series! Climax to this amazing arc in the next volume 🐑

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephen o Donnell

    Great would recommend During the reading of the dragon Ball manga I've enjoyed every bit of the way. Like the rest it has kept up it record of being probably one of the best manga I've read. Lots of action and even when there isn't much action happening it's still fun to read. Great would recommend During the reading of the dragon Ball manga I've enjoyed every bit of the way. Like the rest it has kept up it record of being probably one of the best manga I've read. Lots of action and even when there isn't much action happening it's still fun to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ben Zimmerman

    This was volume was by far the saddest yet. Toriyama has definitely toned down the goofiness by this point. There's a sense of tension and danger that wasn't really present before. The Demon King Piccolo is a credible threat. This was volume was by far the saddest yet. Toriyama has definitely toned down the goofiness by this point. There's a sense of tension and danger that wasn't really present before. The Demon King Piccolo is a credible threat.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Piccolo is annoying.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bob Logan

    Incredible.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    was amazing with all the fights that happened

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mal Martin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. WHO WILL WIN?!?! WHO WILL LOSE?!?!? The answer is not in this manga!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    CateSky♡

    4,5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paul Graham Terpstra

    Great issue. Can Goku save the world!?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sussie Jensen

    Oh no!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sam Julian

    This was an epic fight!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Well Goku is seriously p****d!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nick Katenkamp

    I like that the villain was able to get some wins and for some real losses to accumulate for the heroes as it was lacking previously in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Thang

    Goku strikes back! Beginning the long rivalry with Piccolo. But what was with the art style change in Tale 155: Guess Who’s Back?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Kazimer

    I'm glad that they didn't instantly resolve Piccolo, like earlier threats. That's about it. Overall, a 3/5. I'm glad that they didn't instantly resolve Piccolo, like earlier threats. That's about it. Overall, a 3/5.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Atharva Shah

    Dragon Ball Manga was inked very much good, the story of course the best one. Its fantasy meeting Shonen and Goku is a the most imaginably cool and cute and funny charachter. Charachter reminds me that there's just about a hundred charachters here, distributed in thirty one volumes some frail, weak, some strong like hell and some just wierd and funny and humbug. The story goes:- Goku is the main protagonist of the series and he is approached by a girl named Bulma who's in search for the dragon Dragon Ball Manga was inked very much good, the story of course the best one. Its fantasy meeting Shonen and Goku is a the most imaginably cool and cute and funny charachter. Charachter reminds me that there's just about a hundred charachters here, distributed in thirty one volumes some frail, weak, some strong like hell and some just wierd and funny and humbug. The story goes:- Goku is the main protagonist of the series and he is approached by a girl named Bulma who's in search for the dragon balls on their way they meet an old man who tries to gets seduced, Kame Sama. And theres Krulin, a young monk fighter and also oolong and yamcha. The villian for the first half of the volumes is the blue empereor and the Red Ribbon Gang. Along the way, the droagon is summoned and can grant you any wish. Any at all. But what happens when the power falls in dark hands? Then theres goku and the gang coming in! For the rescue of course. They difeat the coloured rangers and ninjas and robotic machines, giant snakes and all is well in the end. Piccolo also appears later at the Bodukai Tournament. It is held about seven times in the whole series and it just amazes me. Truly great stuff. Piccolo somehow is defeated and sealed away while he also sends down his son Kid Picollo to get his revenge upon Goku. There's a great fight but in the end Picollo is just defeated by Goku and gets mad. The second half of the volumes namely Dragon Ball Z portrayes a race of saiyans who want to capture the earth. These volumes go deep in the history of planets around the earth, Namek especially and in Goku's history and his past. Here are the worlds greatest villians like Frieza and Vegeta and also Buu and The ANDROids. Each one anothers boss. Then theres the plo where Goku and Vegeta have kids and they can transform themselves into super saiyans form and get the whole power. Just a great series that i have admired and read. Truly readable. Recommended to this whole GALAXYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

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