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Tired of losing their best operatives to Son Goku, the commanders of the Red Ribbon Army hire Taopaipai, the world's greatest assassin, to "take care" of him permanently! To have a chance of defeating this new opponent, Goku must climb the miles-high Karin Tower, where a mysterious hermit guards a jug of magic water which will grant the one who drinks it super strength. An Tired of losing their best operatives to Son Goku, the commanders of the Red Ribbon Army hire Taopaipai, the world's greatest assassin, to "take care" of him permanently! To have a chance of defeating this new opponent, Goku must climb the miles-high Karin Tower, where a mysterious hermit guards a jug of magic water which will grant the one who drinks it super strength. And while Goku struggles to get the magic water, time is running out...because Commander Red only needs two more Dragon Balls to make his deepest, darkest wishes come true!


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Tired of losing their best operatives to Son Goku, the commanders of the Red Ribbon Army hire Taopaipai, the world's greatest assassin, to "take care" of him permanently! To have a chance of defeating this new opponent, Goku must climb the miles-high Karin Tower, where a mysterious hermit guards a jug of magic water which will grant the one who drinks it super strength. An Tired of losing their best operatives to Son Goku, the commanders of the Red Ribbon Army hire Taopaipai, the world's greatest assassin, to "take care" of him permanently! To have a chance of defeating this new opponent, Goku must climb the miles-high Karin Tower, where a mysterious hermit guards a jug of magic water which will grant the one who drinks it super strength. And while Goku struggles to get the magic water, time is running out...because Commander Red only needs two more Dragon Balls to make his deepest, darkest wishes come true!

30 review for Dragon Ball, Volume 8

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Oh yeah, the love is back! I was worried with the last book that it would mark the beginning of a slide into mediocrity for the series but Akira Toriyama turns the ship back around into quality waters (terrible metaphor, I know!). It’s like he knew the audience was sick of General Blue and immediately at the start of the book has a new character called Taopaipai, the world’s deadliest assassin, murder him with his tongue. You read that right - with his tongue! Just that detail alone made me real Oh yeah, the love is back! I was worried with the last book that it would mark the beginning of a slide into mediocrity for the series but Akira Toriyama turns the ship back around into quality waters (terrible metaphor, I know!). It’s like he knew the audience was sick of General Blue and immediately at the start of the book has a new character called Taopaipai, the world’s deadliest assassin, murder him with his tongue. You read that right - with his tongue! Just that detail alone made me realise Toriyama had returned with a vengeance! The martial arts cool is what makes Dragon Ball stand out and we get oodles of that in this volume. Taopaipai heads to Karin Sanctuary where Son Goku and the Dragon Balls are - and defeats him! Goku must receive training from the Hermit Master in order to beat Taopaipai, get back the Dragon Balls and destroy the Red Ribbon Army once and for all! Taopaipai is a great villain. He’s arrogant, he’s deadly, and Toriyama comes up with a really inventive way for him to get around - he cuts down a building pillar, hurls it in the direction he needs to be, jumps on top of it, and allows the motion to carry him along! He’s also a real combat challenge for Goku, unlike Blue who relied a bit too much on lame trickery. The Hermit Master was a cat character who made cat-puns that were genuinely funny because of how silly they were and the expressions he made as he said them. Who can’t laugh at a cat smiling as he calls himself the “Hermit Meowster”? I also loved that there was a totem pole that went so damn high up into the sky and this cat dude lived at the top of it - it’s that mythological aspect that exists alongside the modern world, and both are real, that makes Dragon Ball so special. Once Goku’s training is complete, it’s a non-stop action fest straight through to the end as he goes for a rematch against Taopaipai and then - single-handedly - storms the Red Ribbon Army’s HQ! It’s like Toriyama’s making up for the overly cutesiness of the last volume by making this one extra-violent - and it’s so good! Dragon Ball Vol 8 sees the title regain the high quality storytelling that made it so awesome to start with. As if you didn’t think Son Goku was a badass before, this volume shows you just how powerful he’s getting. Wonderful stuff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    A bit predictable, but utterly captivating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This was such a great book, focusing on Goku and the fight with the assassin Taopaipai, initially he loses and then he climbs the tree and meets Karin-sama and trains under him and the next time they face off, he is able to gain an advantage on him and then he goes after the Red Ribbon army base to get the dragon balls and ultimately battle Commander Black now! This volume was so awesome and epic and innocent, and the sheer simplicity of it made me fall in love with it. Its just Goku trying to d This was such a great book, focusing on Goku and the fight with the assassin Taopaipai, initially he loses and then he climbs the tree and meets Karin-sama and trains under him and the next time they face off, he is able to gain an advantage on him and then he goes after the Red Ribbon army base to get the dragon balls and ultimately battle Commander Black now! This volume was so awesome and epic and innocent, and the sheer simplicity of it made me fall in love with it. Its just Goku trying to do the right thing, when one of the persons he meet aka Upa. when his dad gets killed so Goku promises to revive him by using the dragon ball and he does that by taking the 4 dragon balls and the other 2 after defeating RRA. The fights were so simple and unique and just.. Mesmerizing. And the art is just too gorgeous.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Much more to my liking, lot of action and the plot really evolves in this one to the point where you get to see how big of a heart Goku truly has!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku is on the mission to find his grandfather's dragon ball and needs to find it before the Red Ribbon Army captures the dragon balls. He so far has four and he finds the next one is in the Karin Sanctuary which unfortunately he encounters a battle erupting as the Red Ribbon Army tried to steal the protector of Karin Sanctuary's son. Goku luckily saves him in time and as a reward the protector aka Bora gives Goku the next dragon ball which is his grandfather so the ex Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku is on the mission to find his grandfather's dragon ball and needs to find it before the Red Ribbon Army captures the dragon balls. He so far has four and he finds the next one is in the Karin Sanctuary which unfortunately he encounters a battle erupting as the Red Ribbon Army tried to steal the protector of Karin Sanctuary's son. Goku luckily saves him in time and as a reward the protector aka Bora gives Goku the next dragon ball which is his grandfather so the exploration is over... well not quite. For you see, the Red Ribbon Army sends a powerful assassin name Taopaipai who almost kills Goku is battle but sadly he kills Bora. Goku is devastated that a man who protected him has died and now wants to avenge his death by gathering all the dragon balls and summoning him back to life. Taopaipai takes all of Goku's dragon balls but forgets the one Goku had hiding in his shirt and decides to revisit him to steal it to finally get his paycheck. Since Goku survived, he needs to get stronger and discovers that in Karin's sanctuary there is a tower that leads to the heavens and legends say that if you reach the top, there is a holy water that will get you super strength and he embarks on that journey. When Goku reaches the top, he discovers (I) a cat named Karin who is the guardian of the tower, (II) Goku must fight a telepathic cat to get the water, (III) Master Roshi was the only one who has climbed that tower and succeeded getting the drink and Karin was his master. Goku is a freak of nature and within 3 days succeeds what took his master 3 years to accomplish, the water isn't super strength but the whole combat and mental training with Karin is what makes Goku invincible to kill Taopaipai and head off to Red Ribbons Headquarters to retrieve all the dragon balls and put an end to the Red Ribbon Army. Goku succeeds in each obstacle that comes his way and now that he has the six dragon balls all that is missing is the 7th one and I feel like retrieving it is not going to come easy. What i really loved about this volume is it was able to bring back that spark that Akira Toriyama was able to achieve in the first few volumes and was able to eliminate the nonsense of superficial missions. Each volume feels like I am watching 5 episodes of the anime adaptation and this whole arc of the Red Ribbon Army in my opinion has reached its limit. I love the intro to finding the dragon balls the first time and the tournament which was epic and I really want to see Goku grow up to be the powerful humble fighter that he is in Dragon Ball Z. Each time I read a new volume I get curious how they are going to transition to Dragon Ball Z because I thought Goku was going to wish he could flash forward time which would make the logical sense and now I am completely clueless. This series is truly underrated and I believe this to be action packed and provide important details for the next series. I cannot wait to read more and reach the conclusion of Dragon Ball. Until next time... To check out all my reviews visit http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    Daaaammmn people just dyin' left and right in this volume, huh? And you thought this was all just fun and games and cute good times, huh? Daaaammmn people just dyin' left and right in this volume, huh? And you thought this was all just fun and games and cute good times, huh?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Moe Nishijima

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He went to Karin island. He do battle with Taopaipai. He is the best killer in the world. He is the enemy who is most fearful in vol.8. He kills children's father without any guilt. Goku coudn't permit that because he had the strong sense of justice. He promised with a child that he collect Dragonballs and father revive. He went to Karin island. He do battle with Taopaipai. He is the best killer in the world. He is the enemy who is most fearful in vol.8. He kills children's father without any guilt. Goku coudn't permit that because he had the strong sense of justice. He promised with a child that he collect Dragonballs and father revive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    It's surprising how dark this title can get at times. People die. Granted, it's usually minor characters, and Toriyama's art can make anything cheerful. Hands up, who'd like to see Akira Toriyama's version of Les Miserables? Still loving this series. It's surprising how dark this title can get at times. People die. Granted, it's usually minor characters, and Toriyama's art can make anything cheerful. Hands up, who'd like to see Akira Toriyama's version of Les Miserables? Still loving this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linny

    CHAPTERS 3,8, AND 9 WERE ALL THEY HAD AT THE LIBRARY

  10. 4 out of 5

    mandinmandin

    The Red Ribbon Army is gone once and for all!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ben Zimmerman

    There's plenty more action and adventure in this manga as we see Goku face off with the entire Red Ribbon Army. The tone in this volume gets a bit darker. Several characters die in plain view, one shot through the head and one stabbed through the heart. This isn't all that shocking though. If you're familiar with DBZ you already know the series doesn't stay so humor focused forever. This volume still has a fair number of gags though, and for the most part it's pretty goofy. I feel like I should There's plenty more action and adventure in this manga as we see Goku face off with the entire Red Ribbon Army. The tone in this volume gets a bit darker. Several characters die in plain view, one shot through the head and one stabbed through the heart. This isn't all that shocking though. If you're familiar with DBZ you already know the series doesn't stay so humor focused forever. This volume still has a fair number of gags though, and for the most part it's pretty goofy. I feel like I should probably say something about Staff Officer Black. The way he's drawn is clearly reminiscent of blackface. It will definitely read as offensive to a lot of American consumers. I suspect this is mostly a result of cross pollination with American cartoons. So far, this work doesn't read as intentionally malicious, but that doesn't mean it's harmless. That being said, this is a Japanese series with a fairly large Black American fandom, so I (a white American) don't really feel like I'm the best person to discuss the subject. Yedoye from Get in the Robot did a video about racism in Dragon Ball, and he is a lot smarter about this stuff than I am, so I recommend people watch that. I have similar concerns about the Native American characters that appear in this issue, but again, cross cultural depictions of race are a fairly complicated subject, and I am neither Japanese nor Native American, and I don't want to pretend to be an expert.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    This was such a solid volume...probably the best yet. Frustrated at being bested time and time again by a child, Commander Red sends forth the mercenary Taopaipai...who killed General Blue with just his tongue. At the base of Karin Tower is Upa and his father who protect the sacred land...and a Dragon Ball. Taopaipai ruthlessly ends Upa's father and we see Goku fly off in a rage. He realizes the only way he can stop Taopaipai is drinking the legendary water on top of Karin Tower...and defeat the This was such a solid volume...probably the best yet. Frustrated at being bested time and time again by a child, Commander Red sends forth the mercenary Taopaipai...who killed General Blue with just his tongue. At the base of Karin Tower is Upa and his father who protect the sacred land...and a Dragon Ball. Taopaipai ruthlessly ends Upa's father and we see Goku fly off in a rage. He realizes the only way he can stop Taopaipai is drinking the legendary water on top of Karin Tower...and defeat the Ultimate Sensei...who's a cat. We are introduced to senzu beans too in this volume! It was refreshing to see Goku ultimately get stronger by sheer will and determination rather than a random power-up. It was a bit much to watch him take out the entirety of the Red Ribbon Army, it felt a bit like an overkill way to end the arc. There was a more serious air to this volume; Goku makes his first legitimate kill...rather ruthlessly even. But now he has a true motive for gathering the remaining Dragon Balls, he selflessly declares he'll revive Upa's dad. It was an excellent show of character growth.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam Julian

    Ok now here's where the series seems to make a turn. Goku finds the 4-star dragonball, which is what he was after, but the nice stereotypical native-American brave (which, um, ok) dies in the process of defending him. So Goku makes the conscious decision to use the dragonball's wish to bring him back to life! Sure we know he's 'pure of heart' but is the first time he's done something that consciously makes him a true hero. So it's a moment of character growth and it drives his actions for the re Ok now here's where the series seems to make a turn. Goku finds the 4-star dragonball, which is what he was after, but the nice stereotypical native-American brave (which, um, ok) dies in the process of defending him. So Goku makes the conscious decision to use the dragonball's wish to bring him back to life! Sure we know he's 'pure of heart' but is the first time he's done something that consciously makes him a true hero. So it's a moment of character growth and it drives his actions for the rest of the story in a really powerful way. As an aside- holy shit the body count shoots up in this arc! It took One Piece like, 50 volumes before they came out and said 'yeah, people are dying out here'. Even then it tends to happen off-screen or to side characters. (view spoiler)[General Blue (hide spoiler)] literally dies from a hole in his head and he's not the only one! Tons of baddies are speared right through and their bodies are explicitly buried. I'm not a prude or anything and I'm not complaining, it's just funny to see the intensity ramp up so unexpectedly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    BooksAmL

    Have to say I had to wait for my sister in our book store (Chapters) , and they only had the paper edition which the paper is a very bad quality and hard to read. This book was the hardest to read because of where the adventures where happening and if it was dark or something like that , that was so hard to read, so that is why I can only giving a 2.5 stars. In this book Goku still wants to keep looking for his dragon ball but red army is still after all of them and of course him. Something hap Have to say I had to wait for my sister in our book store (Chapters) , and they only had the paper edition which the paper is a very bad quality and hard to read. This book was the hardest to read because of where the adventures where happening and if it was dark or something like that , that was so hard to read, so that is why I can only giving a 2.5 stars. In this book Goku still wants to keep looking for his dragon ball but red army is still after all of them and of course him. Something happens and he decides to keep looking for the dragon ball by himself because bulma has had enough with all the danger. What kept me going through this book is the humor and the amazing and creative plot ( even though I have seen the anime first the book do not stop to surprise me ).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mal Martin

    I feel like the story gets better and better as it progresses. I love to see how strong Goku can get. This is a series that I would recommend to anyone so far. In the first few issues you have to deal with way more sexual content than you do now. If you are worried about your teenager reading this I think they will be fine.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Loren Dillon

    Yeah so Goku just beast mode-ed the red ribbon army by himself. His training with Karin helped him beat TaoPaiPai.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    very funny and loved the action thoughout the story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cate Sky

    4,5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Manveer

    I know all the leaders of the Red Ribbon army are named after colors, but on a scale of 1-7, how racist is this? xD I know all the leaders of the Red Ribbon army are named after colors, but on a scale of 1-7, how racist is this? xD

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Terpstra

    Goku takes on the Reb Ribbon army at their front door! What will happen? Is he strong enough to get the dragon balls back?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    The reason I scared my 4th grade teacher half to death by telling her I wanted to be an assassin when I grew up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia Shore

    What can I say? More Dragonball. More ridiculous characters with ridiculous physical strength. This gets quite funny sometimes. Oh, and more ridiculous training.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Karin is another awesome character in this series! Bora and Upa too. Paipai upsets me a bit but he's cool 😎 Karin is another awesome character in this series! Bora and Upa too. Paipai upsets me a bit but he's cool 😎

  24. 4 out of 5

    Highness Atharva

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Denim Datta

    8th volume of Dragon Ball series, containing chapter #85 - #96 Funny Story. Loved it. (view spoiler)[ In Karin Sanctuary, Goku befriends the two Native Americans, Bora and Upa, who gift him the four-star Dragon Ball, which his grandfather originally gave to Goku. The Red Ribbon sends the professional assassin Taopaipai to kill Goku. Once finding Goku, Taopaipai kills Bora and easily defeats Goku to the point where he thinks he died. After Goku recovers, he decides to revive Bora, but as he first ne 8th volume of Dragon Ball series, containing chapter #85 - #96 Funny Story. Loved it. (view spoiler)[ In Karin Sanctuary, Goku befriends the two Native Americans, Bora and Upa, who gift him the four-star Dragon Ball, which his grandfather originally gave to Goku. The Red Ribbon sends the professional assassin Taopaipai to kill Goku. Once finding Goku, Taopaipai kills Bora and easily defeats Goku to the point where he thinks he died. After Goku recovers, he decides to revive Bora, but as he first needs to defeat Taopaipai, he climbs the Karin Tower to meet its hermit so he can become stronger. There he meets Karin, a cat that trains him by saying that the water he has can make him stronger. In the end, Karin reveals that it was just a joke to make Goku train harder. After a few days, Goku easily defeats Taopaipai and goes to the Red Ribbon base, demolishing its security and leaving only two men alive- Black and Red. Meanwhile, when Adjutant Black tells Commander Red he needs to abandon the base, it is revealed that the only reason Red wanted the Dragon Balls was to become tall. Angered at this, Black fires a pistol into Red's head, killing him. After several fights, Goku destroys the Red Ribbon and gets six Dragon Balls. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Loved this volume. As I predicted in my review of Vol. 7 one of my favorite characters from the anime has made an appearance. Master Korin! Although, in the manga his name is Master Karin, not sure why that was changed.. Anyhow it was great to see his entrance into the story. He aids Goku by training him, increasing Goku's strength enough to take on the master-assassin Taopaipai. This volume also contains Goku's all-out assault on the Red Ribbon Army. Loved this volume. As I predicted in my review of Vol. 7 one of my favorite characters from the anime has made an appearance. Master Korin! Although, in the manga his name is Master Karin, not sure why that was changed.. Anyhow it was great to see his entrance into the story. He aids Goku by training him, increasing Goku's strength enough to take on the master-assassin Taopaipai. This volume also contains Goku's all-out assault on the Red Ribbon Army.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Perry

    Another great addition to the Dragon Ball Series. I love the twists and turns in this book and look forward to the next one. There is some content within this book that some parents might not find appropriate for all ages, but not all ages will understand all of the material within it. So it is still an entertaining and good read for almost anyone, and I also just so happen to have a very big soft spot for these stories. Please....read on. It's just getting good. Another great addition to the Dragon Ball Series. I love the twists and turns in this book and look forward to the next one. There is some content within this book that some parents might not find appropriate for all ages, but not all ages will understand all of the material within it. So it is still an entertaining and good read for almost anyone, and I also just so happen to have a very big soft spot for these stories. Please....read on. It's just getting good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The long awaited defeat of the Red Ribbon Army has arrived! One question where is Doctor Gero in the story, was he just a later creation on Toriyama's part for the Dragon Ball Z story? Anyways Goku has returned from Karin's tower to defeat Taopaipai. It is a fun battle and I enjoyed how much growth Goku displays as a fighter. Good job Mr. Toriyama's, great story. The long awaited defeat of the Red Ribbon Army has arrived! One question where is Doctor Gero in the story, was he just a later creation on Toriyama's part for the Dragon Ball Z story? Anyways Goku has returned from Karin's tower to defeat Taopaipai. It is a fun battle and I enjoyed how much growth Goku displays as a fighter. Good job Mr. Toriyama's, great story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caleb M.

    What a good volume! Taopaipai is one cool bad guy. Probably the best in this series that I have seen so far. Finally someone who is a match for Goku. Inalso really enjoyed the Master Karin character. This series has been fun but this is the first part that I just couldn't put down until I was done. What a good volume! Taopaipai is one cool bad guy. Probably the best in this series that I have seen so far. Finally someone who is a match for Goku. Inalso really enjoyed the Master Karin character. This series has been fun but this is the first part that I just couldn't put down until I was done.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mza

    ... in which Son Goku becomes like unto a god! -- and a theme begins to emerge: that practice is the game.

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