Dragon Ball is one of the dullest franchise in the history of anime franchises. Each episode following the boy saiyan and his pals from the Z warriors as they fight assorted villains has been indistinguishable from the others. Aside from the gloomy imagery, the series’ only consistency has been its lack of excitement and ineffective animation, all to make magic unmagical, to make action seem inert.
Perhaps the die was cast when Akira Toriyama selected Toei animation to do the adaptation; he made sure the series would never be mistaken for a work of art that meant anything to anybody, just ridiculously profitable cross-promotion for his manga. The Dragon Ball series might be the inspiration for Togashi (or not), but it’s certainly the anti-HxH series in its refusal of wonder, beauty and excitement. No one wants to face that fact. Now, thankfully, they no longer have to. >a-at least the manga was good though
The writing is dreadful; the drawings were terrible. As I read, I noticed that every time a character went fast defeated, the author made him go training.
I began marking on the back of an envelope every time that situation was repeated. I stopped only after I had marked the envelope several dozen times. I was incredulous. Toriyama's mind is so governed by cliches and dead metaphors that he has no other style of writing. Later I read a lavish, loving review of Dragon Ball by the same Yoshihiro Togashi. He wrote something to the effect of, "If these kids are reading Dragon Ball at 11 or 12, then when they get older they will go on to read Hunter x Hunter." And he was quite right. He was not being ironic. When you read "Dragon Ball" you are, in fact, trained to read HxH.