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As the "Strongest Under the Heavens" martial arts tournament draws to a close, only Goku, Piccolo, and Shen--the disguised Kami-sama--remain! But even a god is no match for Piccolo's new powers, and soon Goku finds himself fighting...alone... in a battle which will decide not just who is strongest, but who or what will rule the world! The audience flees for their lives as As the "Strongest Under the Heavens" martial arts tournament draws to a close, only Goku, Piccolo, and Shen--the disguised Kami-sama--remain! But even a god is no match for Piccolo's new powers, and soon Goku finds himself fighting...alone... in a battle which will decide not just who is strongest, but who or what will rule the world! The audience flees for their lives as the struggle shakes the heavens apart in the gripping conclusion of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball!


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As the "Strongest Under the Heavens" martial arts tournament draws to a close, only Goku, Piccolo, and Shen--the disguised Kami-sama--remain! But even a god is no match for Piccolo's new powers, and soon Goku finds himself fighting...alone... in a battle which will decide not just who is strongest, but who or what will rule the world! The audience flees for their lives as As the "Strongest Under the Heavens" martial arts tournament draws to a close, only Goku, Piccolo, and Shen--the disguised Kami-sama--remain! But even a god is no match for Piccolo's new powers, and soon Goku finds himself fighting...alone... in a battle which will decide not just who is strongest, but who or what will rule the world! The audience flees for their lives as the struggle shakes the heavens apart in the gripping conclusion of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball!

30 review for Dragon Ball, Vol. 16 (SJ Edition): Goku vs. Piccolo

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    This is it: the final Dragon Ball book (before the 26 volume-long Dragon Ball Z series begins)! It marks the end of Son Goku’s childhood (even though he’s been an adult now for 3 books - but let’s just go with this idea anyway) and his transformation from martial arts supremo into, basically, Superman! Piccolo’s match against Kami-Sama, the guy who created the Dragon Balls, and a match that was essentially God vs the Devil, ends almost as soon as it begins as Piccolo Jr reveals just how powerful This is it: the final Dragon Ball book (before the 26 volume-long Dragon Ball Z series begins)! It marks the end of Son Goku’s childhood (even though he’s been an adult now for 3 books - but let’s just go with this idea anyway) and his transformation from martial arts supremo into, basically, Superman! Piccolo’s match against Kami-Sama, the guy who created the Dragon Balls, and a match that was essentially God vs the Devil, ends almost as soon as it begins as Piccolo Jr reveals just how powerful he’s gotten. Which means the final of the third Strongest Under the Heavens tournament is Piccolo Jr vs three-time finalist Son Goku. The fight quickly casts off any pretense of a martial arts match as these two super-powered beings start throwing fireballs at each other as they fight in the sky! This is where it really looked like a Superman comic with Goku saving innocent bystanders from Piccolo’s attacks while realising that he can’t kill his enemy. And then, like most Superman comics, the battle soon becomes about the fate of the planet - if the hero loses, the villainous monster will kill everyone! Their fight, like most of Goku’s fights, has lots of little surprises thrown in. They’re never just about two characters punching and kicking one another; magic, trickery, and comedy are all mixed in as well as a few other surprises. It’s a fantastic fight though and thoroughly enjoyable to read. So Goku finally wins a Strongest Under the Heavens tournament and alls well that ends well. But what I loved most about the ending was that Goku and Chi-Chi were offered godhood in Heaven and Goku’s reaction was basically “no way, Heaven’s too boring!”, pulled a face - at GOD! - then yelled for Kinto’un and he and Chi-Chi flew off. “Now, GO!!” That’s the most perfect ending to a series I’ve ever read. Dragon Ball has been an absolutely incredible series from start to finish. There were two or three average volumes in the sixteen but not a single bad one, and that’s a helluva score sheet! Without question it’s been, not just one of the best comics I’ve read all year, but one of the best comics I’ve ever read. It’s easy to see just how influential and popular it became when the quality of Toriyama’s writing, art, and storytelling vision was so unbelievably high. If you’ve never read it and you’re at all curious, I highly recommend checking out the series from the start - it’s well worth the journey. Now, GO - onto Dragon Ball Z!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This book was too good! It features the final battle between Goku and Piccolo and the fight is epic, he giganta-maxes, has regenerative abilities, been using different attacks like destroying portions of the world and so much more yet Goku takes it all and continues to fight and rescues Kami-sama and even when things seem down or other interfere with the battle, he keeps the honorary stand and they fight. Its an amazing battle and finally (spoiler) Goku wins and saves the world but despite it sa This book was too good! It features the final battle between Goku and Piccolo and the fight is epic, he giganta-maxes, has regenerative abilities, been using different attacks like destroying portions of the world and so much more yet Goku takes it all and continues to fight and rescues Kami-sama and even when things seem down or other interfere with the battle, he keeps the honorary stand and they fight. Its an amazing battle and finally (spoiler) Goku wins and saves the world but despite it saves him, its an epic ending to an amazing series! Next up: Dragon Ball...Z!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    I wasn't entirely happy with this volume, but still, what a ride! This concludes the regular Dragon Ball series, followed by 26 volumes of Dragon Ball Z. Overall, DB Is an incredible series which just gets better and better with each volume! Insanely imaginative, funny, feel-good and action packed like no other comic I've ever come across. Many thanks to my GR buddy Sam for this awesome recommendation, these 16 volumes have been the highlight of my reading year so far! Can't wait to get my hands I wasn't entirely happy with this volume, but still, what a ride! This concludes the regular Dragon Ball series, followed by 26 volumes of Dragon Ball Z. Overall, DB Is an incredible series which just gets better and better with each volume! Insanely imaginative, funny, feel-good and action packed like no other comic I've ever come across. Many thanks to my GR buddy Sam for this awesome recommendation, these 16 volumes have been the highlight of my reading year so far! Can't wait to get my hands on those 26 volumes of DBZ.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✮Octjillery✮

    Having grown up with DBZ, I've always wanted to go back and read the manga that started it all. I only ever watched an episode or two of the Dragon Ball anime as a kid, so I didn't really know much of Goku's story BEFORE he grew up, had a kid, and saved Earth and other planets. So, last year, I started collecting the 3-in-1 editions (not the VizBig because, while the paper quality is better in those, they're more censored). I've steadily made my way through the first 16 volumes in the past few m Having grown up with DBZ, I've always wanted to go back and read the manga that started it all. I only ever watched an episode or two of the Dragon Ball anime as a kid, so I didn't really know much of Goku's story BEFORE he grew up, had a kid, and saved Earth and other planets. So, last year, I started collecting the 3-in-1 editions (not the VizBig because, while the paper quality is better in those, they're more censored). I've steadily made my way through the first 16 volumes in the past few months, and it's been a truly enjoyable experience. (Note: The first two chapters in Volume 17 are still the original DB and wrap up the Piccolo arc.) Goku starts out as a boy who knows next to nothing of the world and the people in it (including how girls are different from boys), and we watch him grow into a young man who just wants to protect his friends and get stronger and stronger. We meet many of the characters who frequent DBZ, of course (Kuririn/Krillin, Bulma, Yamcha, Tien/Tenshinhan, Chaozu, Piccolo, Master Roshi, etc.), as well as a host of other villains and companions. There's an underlying innocence to just about the whole series. Goku kicks a lot of butt and collects the Dragon Balls as the need arises, but all he really wants is to get his Grandpa's ball back and fight strong people. The last third or so of the original series focuses more on the tournaments and scarier villains who actually threaten the safety of the entire world, and so things therefore get a little more serious. I feel like it was a smooth transition, though I would have liked to see some of Goku's training with Mr. Popo and Kami-sama, or even some of the training he did in the three years before that. The time-skips left me curious sometimes; like, we're seeing the results of the training, sure, but it would be interesting to see how Popo trained him. It was nice to see how all of the Piccolo stuff went down. He's always been a favorite of mine, but when I first watched DBZ at like 7 years old, I didn't really know why people were freaked when he showed up at the beginning of Z. All of that being said, I'm glad I finally got around to reading DB, because DBZ was such a huge part of my childhood. Next, I'll tackle the anime. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Julian

    A suitably epic fight as the conclusion of the tale. I appreciate that Goku never lost sight of the context of the match, that attitude is really what makes his character so enjoyable. He’s just a good-hearted dude. The action in this whole tournament arc was really another level. Toriyama really put his all into choreographing these fights. A couple things wrapped up so easily it surprised me. Goku’s immediate marriage to Chi Chi was so sudden I don’t feel endeared to her as a character at all. A suitably epic fight as the conclusion of the tale. I appreciate that Goku never lost sight of the context of the match, that attitude is really what makes his character so enjoyable. He’s just a good-hearted dude. The action in this whole tournament arc was really another level. Toriyama really put his all into choreographing these fights. A couple things wrapped up so easily it surprised me. Goku’s immediate marriage to Chi Chi was so sudden I don’t feel endeared to her as a character at all. And then the mercy for Piccolo at the end- while I appreciate that he doesn’t ‘turn good’ all of a sudden, it felt a little easy. On the other hand, it harkened back to the light-hearted origins of the cartoon. Overall a really fun story. I’m quite glad I took the time to read through the whole thing. If you can look past the pervy grandpa (and I’d understand if you couldn’t) it’s a really creative and kind-hearted story. I can see why it appealed to boys back in the 80/90’s.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    We pick up right where we left off with Kami and Piccolo facing each other in the next match however that is short lived and ends in the blink of an eye. Afterwards the ultimate showdown between Goku and Piccolo commences and it is intense. Both warriors are gambling with all their powers to bring an end to each other. Of course this volume ends on a cliffhanger but in the next volume the Great Demon Piccolo Arc comes to a close and with that so does Dragon Ball.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    We have finally reached the final installment of Dragon Ball and this is currently all the emotions I experience before, during, and after: I cannot believe that I made it to Volume 16 and I am glad that I rediscovered this series again in my life. I was just a kid when I learned about Goku and getting to learn his story as a child to a teenage was fabulous and was worth the journey so thank you Akira Toriyama who after all these years still inspire generations with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. We have finally reached the final installment of Dragon Ball and this is currently all the emotions I experience before, during, and after: I cannot believe that I made it to Volume 16 and I am glad that I rediscovered this series again in my life. I was just a kid when I learned about Goku and getting to learn his story as a child to a teenage was fabulous and was worth the journey so thank you Akira Toriyama who after all these years still inspire generations with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Even though the series is not over and we will be seeing plenty of our beloved characters, it is still a goodbye to our childhood and youth and welcoming a new change and future. To say that I enjoyed this series is an understatement and I highly suggest those who love the franchise to consider reading this first because it is rich is storyline and wonderful introductions to iconic characters. While Dragon Ball Z is full of action and phenomenal heroes and villains, Dragon Ball still has high marks in terms of storytelling and how we get to see Goku grow up to the man that we love. Now back to the story. Previously on Dragon Ball, Goku, Piccolo, and Shen are the last few remaining in the tournament and currently Piccolo and Shen are in a match. We get to see major ass kicking from both Piccolo and Shen and Piccolo realizes that Shen is God aka Kami-Sama and decides to raise the stakes higher throughout the match. While God is battling Piccolo, in reality he is trying to find the quickest way of ending the match by doing the Mafuba on Piccolo. Unfortunately Piccolo is stronger than the original prototype and the Mafuba does not work on him and he reverses the spell on God and traps him in a bottle. Since Shen is not a fighter, Piccolo wins the match and Shen has no memory of this tournament. Now the fate of humanity rests on Goku and I love how during his match with Piccolo, Goku is not paying attention about saving the world and simply just trying to kick Piccolo ass. If you think the original match with Piccolo and Goku was epic, this match tops all matches during this entire series. Goku is able enough to rescue God out of the bottle and showcase the readers his true power when it comes to fighting Piccolo. He blocks Piccolo most dangerous moves and without any struggle reflects back and attacks Piccolo with all his might. They completely destroy the temple and since everyone discovered that Piccolo is still alive they flee the tournament which comes as a hidden blessing. We see a brand new Kamehameha which is called Super Kamehameha which has never been seen before in public. You would think by the end of this tournament Goku will lose yet again but this time around Goku beats the living daylights out of Piccolo and wins. After everything is set and done, humanity is restored and friends reunite and celebrate. God was going to kill Piccolo at the moment but Goku interfere and even gave Piccolo a senzu bean which restores Piccolos strength and healed his wounds. I can completely understand everyone being outraged about Goku saving Piccolo's life but I believe Goku has finally found a worth opponent. I think Goku knows something that everyone doesn't realize about Piccolo and by healing him I feel like it showcases Piccolo that Goku doesn't want to kill him and that he may not be as evil as he honestly believes since he was given life by King Piccolo. After all is said and done, God offers Goku and Chichi a chance to become a God and Goddess and Goku declines saying that Heaven is boring and that he loves to fight and would like to become stronger. He hops on Kintoun and flies away with Chichi and that is the end of the Dragon Ball. I am glad that the ending was so fulfilling and had plenty of action scenes to keep exciting to pursue the next series. I finally get to revisit the opening scene of Dragon Ball Z and I am beyond excited to see Adult Goku and the rest of the new characters that I will meet in this new epic fantasy adventure. I love Goku, I love Akira Toriyama and I am so grateful to continue this Dragon Ball adventure and fortune enough the story continues. I have some clues as to what is going to happen in the new series but I have tons of details that need to be filled in that the anime didn't provide for me as a child. Goodbye Dragon Ball and hello Dragon Ball Z. Until next time...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mza

    Son Goku's childhood sputters to a conclusion as he saves the world again; at this point, he's won so many times that the artificial raising of the stakes (levelling up) has lost any element of surprise. Toriyama's mastery of drawing bodies in motion continues to hook me, but now I crave stillness as well. Will Toriyama get stronger and stronger at his art the way Goku does at martial arts? Will he learn the powers of stillness and observation the way Goku has? I doubt I have trained hard enough Son Goku's childhood sputters to a conclusion as he saves the world again; at this point, he's won so many times that the artificial raising of the stakes (levelling up) has lost any element of surprise. Toriyama's mastery of drawing bodies in motion continues to hook me, but now I crave stillness as well. Will Toriyama get stronger and stronger at his art the way Goku does at martial arts? Will he learn the powers of stillness and observation the way Goku has? I doubt I have trained hard enough to plow through 26 volumes of Dragon Ball Z to find out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sky Candle Book Blog

    This post and review is also attached to the first volume of this series!! 5/5*   Dragonball Manga Series by Akira Toriyama Because these books are such quick reads, I decided to review the whole series instead of individually. It's all about a strange boy with a monkey tail who's whole purpose is to become the strongest fighter ever. As he goes on with his training, so does all of his adventures. This book is filled with humor, whit, and a lot of action. You will not be able to put this down!  ​ He This post and review is also attached to the first volume of this series!! 5/5*   Dragonball Manga Series by Akira Toriyama Because these books are such quick reads, I decided to review the whole series instead of individually. It's all about a strange boy with a monkey tail who's whole purpose is to become the strongest fighter ever. As he goes on with his training, so does all of his adventures. This book is filled with humor, whit, and a lot of action. You will not be able to put this down!  ​ He goes on several adventures from first finding all 7 dragon balls to grant a wish, to entering into the under the heaven's tournament, to battling stronger individuals, to conquering the most evilest beings there are and to stop them from conquering the world. Along the way, he continues to get stronger and meets some interesting individuals.  ​ One thing I love about Manga or graphic novels in general, is that they don't have a whole lot of written substance, but they certainly do still pack a punch in their images. This series is beautifully illustrated. The characters are original and unique. And I love how fast you progress through them. Especially when you get to the fight scenes and I love how fast I flip the pages because in a way it almost seems as if I'm fighting and moving as fast as they are.  ​ There honestly is so much that I could say and talk about in this series, but I really don't want to spoil anything so I will let you decide! Please go check these out! Especially if you enjoy the show!! It's very much recommended and if you looking for a change of pace, here it is! 

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Cholodewitsch

    I got tired of having even more constant action volumes. Three separate tournaments so close together? It felt like too much. So I thought I would hate an entire issue dedicated to a single fight. But not really. It allowed the fight to flesh out more than previous ones. Goku got to show off how much he has grown over the series, while also staying good hearted and simple. If it wasn't for the drawn out ending this would probably be the best fight dedicated volume of the series. It still probabl I got tired of having even more constant action volumes. Three separate tournaments so close together? It felt like too much. So I thought I would hate an entire issue dedicated to a single fight. But not really. It allowed the fight to flesh out more than previous ones. Goku got to show off how much he has grown over the series, while also staying good hearted and simple. If it wasn't for the drawn out ending this would probably be the best fight dedicated volume of the series. It still probably is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Garcia

    Dragon Ball Volume 16 By Akira Toriyama is a Spectacular book. This Volume will keep you on your feet reading, rooting for Goku to Save Earth. Coming to the Tournaments Conclusion the Fighters left are Goku, Piccolo and Shen. To piccolo this isn't a tournament it's who is the Ruler of the world. Piccolo has some bad intentions, such as Destroying Earth. Will Goku have enough Energy/ Ki to Defeat Evil Piccolo? I recommend this book to young kids and teens. This book/ series is a new experience an Dragon Ball Volume 16 By Akira Toriyama is a Spectacular book. This Volume will keep you on your feet reading, rooting for Goku to Save Earth. Coming to the Tournaments Conclusion the Fighters left are Goku, Piccolo and Shen. To piccolo this isn't a tournament it's who is the Ruler of the world. Piccolo has some bad intentions, such as Destroying Earth. Will Goku have enough Energy/ Ki to Defeat Evil Piccolo? I recommend this book to young kids and teens. This book/ series is a new experience and can take them out of there box, and show them a whole new Genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    I am happy that Goku is so strong he could defeat Piccolo . The problem is that Sponge bob is stronger then Goku . Guess why . Sponge bob can easily revive Goku's hits and punch him in stomach . It is hard for a human to defeat something that revives and when if goku slices him a lot it is going to make a lot of sponge bob to win .You can watch at these two sites : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtLBD... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-hGd... See the difference between these two three fighters! I am happy that Goku is so strong he could defeat Piccolo . The problem is that Sponge bob is stronger then Goku . Guess why . Sponge bob can easily revive Goku's hits and punch him in stomach . It is hard for a human to defeat something that revives and when if goku slices him a lot it is going to make a lot of sponge bob to win .You can watch at these two sites : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtLBD... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-hGd... See the difference between these two three fighters!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    The final volume of dragon ball before the Z series continues this amazing story. Well the final battle is unfolding, new moves, amazing strategic fights as well as a fight that holds the world in its palm....its a great and fantastic way to finish the series and the way its build all the way up to this, 3rd times the charm isn't it Goku ;) Overall the dragon ball series is brilliant from start to finish, there are a few fights that drag on but with the missing fillers between the 3 years the st The final volume of dragon ball before the Z series continues this amazing story. Well the final battle is unfolding, new moves, amazing strategic fights as well as a fight that holds the world in its palm....its a great and fantastic way to finish the series and the way its build all the way up to this, 3rd times the charm isn't it Goku ;) Overall the dragon ball series is brilliant from start to finish, there are a few fights that drag on but with the missing fillers between the 3 years the story flows so easily. Please give this series a go if you havent already!! 🐑

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    The end of the first series, volume 16 does not hold back. Goku has grown up and faces his toughest foe yet. The spawn of Demon King Piccolo has vowed revenge on those who felled his sire and he's not going down without destroying the entirety of the World Martial Arts Tournament first. Goku has come very far from the wild boy in the forest we were introduced to 15 volumes go. Ending on a note promising more adventures, it was a nice bow tied around a fun series. The end of the first series, volume 16 does not hold back. Goku has grown up and faces his toughest foe yet. The spawn of Demon King Piccolo has vowed revenge on those who felled his sire and he's not going down without destroying the entirety of the World Martial Arts Tournament first. Goku has come very far from the wild boy in the forest we were introduced to 15 volumes go. Ending on a note promising more adventures, it was a nice bow tied around a fun series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sebby J

    Every DragonBallZ book is great, but personally this is my favorite. It’s about how the evil Piccolo Daimao came back to life. It’s all up to Goku to save the world for domination. The fighting scenes are my favorite part. They show the actions amazingly well. The plot is super creative.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mal Martin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The way that Goku's mind works is both interesting and kinda stupid lol. He is a great fighter but not the best in judging whether or not the enemy should be killed. Either way I can't wait to read Dragonball Z!!! The way that Goku's mind works is both interesting and kinda stupid lol. He is a great fighter but not the best in judging whether or not the enemy should be killed. Either way I can't wait to read Dragonball Z!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I think at this point Piccolo Jr seems a little redundant and the plots are mostly fan service or rehashing. It is nice to see the reunion of the cast after the timeskip, though. Krillin’s reaction to seeing Goku almost brings a tear to the eye.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Xavfro

    A good end to an arc, intressted in dragon ball Z now

  19. 5 out of 5

    Loren Dillon

    The conclusion of Dragon Ball brings a close to the Tenkaishi Budokai with Goku finally being the champion. Fun techniques and cool characters like Piccolo made this volume lots of fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Michael

    9.5/10 My rating for the whole series, not just volume 16. Dragon Ball is a classic, perfect blend of comedy and action. The last two arcs are handled perfectly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    That was good.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacia

    Well, that's the end of Dragon Ball! Time for dbz! Well, that's the end of Dragon Ball! Time for dbz!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    really good

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bob Logan

    Fantastic Manga Series. Highly recommend!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sneha

    This is a very exciting comic

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cate Sky

    4,5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Hawk

    The very end felt quite rushed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aaron B

    this is a great book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    This is just... breathtaking. Piccolo is an even worse enemy than Piccolo Daimaoh. I have NO IDEA how this will end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben Zimmerman

    This series was so goofy and sweet. The ending was really fitting. I'm not sure what else to say. This series (at least so far) deserves all the hype. It's just a really good manga. This series was so goofy and sweet. The ending was really fitting. I'm not sure what else to say. This series (at least so far) deserves all the hype. It's just a really good manga.

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