Manga Review: Dragon Ball Z VIZBig Volume Nine

Dragon Ball Z VIZBig Volume Nine collects the 25th and 26th volumes of the manga that chronicle the Dragon Ball Z portion of the franchise.

Dragon Ball Z VIZBig Volume Nine
Written by: Akira Toriyama
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 9, 2010

The entirety of Volume 25 and all but the final two chapters of Volume 26 focus on the final battle with Majin Boo. This sounds like a lot on the surface, but when you realize that quite a few of the chapters focus heavily on the action panels, it ends up not being as long as it seems. With many of the chapters not being dialogue heavy, it makes this omnibus a little faster of a read than it would be otherwise.

Throughout all of the chapters of the final battle with Boo, the stakes keep getting higher and higher. There’s also the surprise of the chubby Majin Boo coming out of the other Boo and helping the protagonists. Near the end of the battle, just when it seems all hope is lost, Mr. Satan (aka Hercule) is able to provide some unexpected help. It’s obvious that the protagonists have to come out on top, but Goku makes an interesting wish right at the end of the battle: he wishes the evil Majin Boo could be reincarnated as a good guy, so they can fight one-on-one.

And as any good shonen property should, there is a timeskip between the end of the battle with Majin Boo and what takes place during the last two chapters of the manga. Technically, this is Dragon Ball Z’s second timeskip. But 10 years have passed since the battle with Majin Boo. Gohan and Videl have gotten married and had a daughter named Pan, making Goku a grandfather. The premise of the final two chapters is a Tenkaichi Tournament being put on by Mr. Satan (aka Hercule). We have several of the usual suspects among the fighters in the tournament, but four-year-old Pan is among them. We get a great scene of Pan beating up a big, burly guy. It just shows that size isn’t everything!

We also see that Goku gets his wish from 10 years earlier, when a 10-year-old boy named Oob is among the fighters. Goku does something surprising right at the end of the story, and at the time it was written, it was thought this would be where the franchise would end. At the time, no one would have dreamed of either Dragon Ball GT or Dragon Ball Super would ever come into existence. From comments that Toriyama makes at the end of the volume, it sounds like he was winding down the Dragon Ball franchise rather suddenly for personal reasons. If the situation had been different at the time, Toriyama might not have ended the manga the way that he did. While the story didn’t truly end, it left open the possibility that more story could be told in the future. As we know now, the story picked back up again in manga form about 10 years after the Dragon Ball Z manga ended.

These omnibus editions for Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z have been a great way to add the manga to my library without having to buy 25+ individual volumes. Unfortunately, the VIZBig editions are getting harder to find. While there was another version of the omnibus releases for  the Dragon Ball Z manga, they’re smaller in size and not as good of quality of paper when compared to the VIZBig editions. If you want omnibus releases for this manga series and can’t find the VIZBig editions, the newer omnibuses is really going to be your only real option. Between the two omnibus pressings, I much prefer the VIZBigs.

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