Author(s): Akira Toriyama
Dragon Ball introduces a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku (a wry update of the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend), whose quiet life changes when he meets a girl named Bulma who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma could use the help of a certain super-strong boy...
Captain Ginyu has used his transforming power to exchange bodies with Goku. With Goku's friends in a pinch, and Goku's life hanging by a thread, Gohan and Kuririn must use the the seven Dragon Balls of Namek to summon the mighty Dragon Lord, who can grant any three wishes. Can Goku get his body back and defeat Captain Ginyu? And if the Dragon Lord is summoned, can Gohan and Kuririn prevent Vegeta and Freeza from wishing for immortality for themselves?
Akira Toriyama's first weekly series, Dr. Slump, has entertained generations of readers in Japan since it was introduced in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1980. A few years later, he created his wildly popular Dragon Ball series, which brought him international success. Toriyama is also known for his character designs for video games, including Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1.