Dragon Ball Super is a follow-up manga series to the classic Dragon Ball written by Akira Toriyama. Toyotarou pens down the illustration for the manga.
Oricon’s weekly list of best-selling manga series is star-studded with all the volumes Dragon Ball Super; Volume one sold 29,995 copies, and Volume two soared to a whopping 56,947 copies in the initial month.
Volume Three and Four were the fourth highest-selling with 92,114 and 150,889 copies each. Volume One’s English variant was in the top ten most selling graphic novels in 2017.
Two years later, in 2019, Volume 4 aced the same list for graphic novels. If you want detailed information, then please read this article.
Dragon Ball Story
It explores the journey of Goku and his friends during the 10-year time gap after Majin Buu is defeated till the final chapters of the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Dragon Ball series revolves around the protagonist Goku, a lost Saiyan stranded on Earth.
Old Gohan looks after him, cut off from the rest of the people, and Goku knows nothing of the world around him except what is told. Goku undertakes a learning and training journey to achieve the title of the best warrior in the world.
However, it keeps getting more demanding and challenging as mighty warriors come across, compelling Goku to push all existing boundaries. Goku is now facing the World of Gods in the manga Dragon Ball Super, and the challenge will only get tougher from here on.
The Dragon Ball Super series is among the most critical and influential manga series ever. It is often even compared with shonens such as One Piece and Naruto. Dragon Ball Super becomes a treat for the original series lovers, due to several memorable and relatable characters accompanying their unprecedented and unique arcs.
The Dragon Ball Super series is among the most critical and influential manga series of all time. It is often even compared with shonens such as One Piece and Naruto. To know more about them, do read the manga.
Top 7 Characters in the Manga series Dragon Ball Super
- Birthday: April 18th
- Zodiac sign: Aries
- Age: 737 years
- Height: 5’9″ (175 cm)
Goku, originally called Kakarot, is the protagonist of the series and the child of Gi-ne and Bardock. He was born as Saiyan on a planet known as Vegeta. In order to save Goku from the race of Frieza, Kakarot’s parents blast off the three-year-old child to Earth to destroy the planet once he grows up.
However, the child forgets all his nefarious assigned motives due to a head injury, thus growing up to become Earth’s greatest defender. Every time Goku faces an enemy, he comes out stronger.
Dragon Ball Super is all about him and the hurdles he overcomes to do the right thing and protect his beloved children Gohan and Goten and his loving wife Chi-Chi who is always at his side as he trains to become the greatest warrior of the planet.
Goku begins his journey as a negative character filled with violence and rigidity, but soon, he becomes the actual hero with love, compassion, and training. Akira Toriyama was inspired by a character from Journey to the West by Wu Cheng en named Sun Wukong.
The character of Goku is the result of this inspiration. Goku possesses extreme superhuman strength, reflex, and durability, which he uses to battle evil and protect Earth.
- Birthday: August 14th
- Zodiac sign: Leo
- Age: 732 years
- Height: 5’4″ (164 cm)
Vegeta is considered the prince of all Saiyans, son of King Vegeta, who started his journey as Goku’s nemesis, evolving into a fan-favorite antagonist and ultimately a hero as the Dragon Ball series continued.
He is an unparalleled warrior who has mastered the art of martial arts and chi control due to relentless training from a very young age.
Vegeta is perhaps one of the only pure Saiyans from his planet who lived. His dedication to defeat Goku, accompanied by his stark opposite traits, make him one of the most lovable characters of the manga.
His wife Bulma plays a major role in turning the regal, hot-headed, proud mercenary into a wise and formidable warrior. His physical strength, durability, and reflex almost match Goku, sometimes even surpassing it. His cathartic past and a strong motive to do the right thing make him a very relatable and compelling character.
- Birthday: August 26th
- Zodiac sign: Virgo
- Age: 11 years
- Height: 4’0″ (123 cm)
Goten is the youngest son of Chi-Chi and Goku, with Gohan as his elder brother. He is first mentioned in the Dragon Ball manga at 7. Gohan trains Goten for the next tournament and finds that Goten can turn Super Saiyan at 7, making him the youngest Super Saiyan in history.
Goten even turns out almost more powerful than Gohan at a point in time, making him everyone’s beloved. Goten mirrors his great father, reminding the fans of the young days of Goku.
However, his mother Chi-Chi had an immense impact on her, making him a mild-mannered and peaceful boy in contradiction to young Goku.
His innocence, accompanied by immense power, makes him formidable and piques readers’ curiosity. He can also merge with Trunks using Fusion Dance to form Gotenks, a highly overpowered Saiyan entity.
- Birthday: November 8th
- Zodiac sign: Scorpio
- Age: 12 years
- Height: 4’3″ (129 cm)
Trunks are the only son of Bulma and Prince of all Saiyans – Vegeta, which makes him half Human and half Saiyan. He is Goten’s closest friend, and they share almost a sibling-like bond with each other. Trunks were born just prior to the awakening of the Androids.
In the young tournament, he fought with Goten and even defeated him, unintentionally doing what his father couldn’t do to Goku.
Trunks start his journey with a boasting nature, conceited by his skills but soon matures and turns grounded like Vegeta. He is the embodiment of how enmity and envy can never bring success. His innocence and sheer skills make him a great warrior at a very young age, without affecting his humility.
- Birthday: May 9th
- Zodiac sign: Taurus
- Age: 753 years
- Height: 7’5″ (226 cm)
Piccolo is a Namekien and the son of Piccolo Daimaō. He belongs to the dragon clan, the inventors of the Dragon balls. He took an oath to take revenge on Goku for his father’s murder. However, as the story proceeded he decided to be righteous and help Goku to protect Earth.
Piccolo is usually serious and straight to business but it soon changes when he meets Goku’s son- Gohan. He develops a strong connection with him and acts as a real guardian. Piccolo trains and refines Gohan to prepare him to face any adversity.
Piccolo is one of the most feared warriors, with a strong build. He has several famous moves like the Hell zone Grenade, Special Beam Cannon, and Light Grenade.
2. Master Roshi
- Birthday: May 8th
- Zodiac sign: Taurus
- Age: 430 years
- Height: 5’5″ (165 cm)
Master Roshi, also called the Turtle Hermit, is the brother of Fortuneteller Baba and a highly proficient master in most forms of martial arts and taught most of the characters such as Gohan, Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, and Ox-King everything regarding how to fight.
He is a hermit and a teacher who is over three hundred years old due to his impressive health thanks to the paradise herb. Master Roshi acts as a comic relief among all the intense action in the story.
His immature and inappropriate behavior is deceptive of the amount of pure skill he has. A considerate and talented mentor, Roshi provides some lightness to the manga.
- Birthday: Unknown
- Zodiac sign: Unknown
- Age: 2 million +
- Height: 5’9″ (175 cm)
Lord Beerus is an ancient and powerful God of Destruction of Universe seven out of the twelve universes in the Dragon Ball manga series. He has a twin brother named Champa tasked with maintaining balance in Universe six. Beerus is mostly accompanied by his attendant and mentor- Whis.
His appearance was inspired by Akira Toriyamas’ cat Debo, a hairless Cornish Rex, who survived even after being seriously ill. Toriyama jokingly called her a demon and based the character on an Egyptian theme where cats were worshipped.
Beerus is the biggest antagonist in Dragon Ball Super Saga, hell-bent upon destroying Goku and his beloved Earth. He is the most overpowered villain in manga history, with a greatly feared persona among all the characters. Beerus is usually in a bad mood, yet remains respectful making him a fan-favorite villain. Later on in the series, Beerus goes on to become one of the supporting protagonists.
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