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Goku is the world's only hope--the only being on Earth capable of fighting Piccolo, the Great Demon King! But the city-demolishing battle ends with Piccolo birthing a younger, even tougher version of himself, who will return in three years time to finish the destruction wrought by his father! In search of a way to defeat the new Piccolo, Goku's gaze turns skyward--to the h Goku is the world's only hope--the only being on Earth capable of fighting Piccolo, the Great Demon King! But the city-demolishing battle ends with Piccolo birthing a younger, even tougher version of himself, who will return in three years time to finish the destruction wrought by his father! In search of a way to defeat the new Piccolo, Goku's gaze turns skyward--to the heavenly realm of Kami-sama, creator of the Dragon Balls, deity of the Dragon Ball world. But Piccolo and Kami-sama share a shocking secret...


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Goku is the world's only hope--the only being on Earth capable of fighting Piccolo, the Great Demon King! But the city-demolishing battle ends with Piccolo birthing a younger, even tougher version of himself, who will return in three years time to finish the destruction wrought by his father! In search of a way to defeat the new Piccolo, Goku's gaze turns skyward--to the h Goku is the world's only hope--the only being on Earth capable of fighting Piccolo, the Great Demon King! But the city-demolishing battle ends with Piccolo birthing a younger, even tougher version of himself, who will return in three years time to finish the destruction wrought by his father! In search of a way to defeat the new Piccolo, Goku's gaze turns skyward--to the heavenly realm of Kami-sama, creator of the Dragon Balls, deity of the Dragon Ball world. But Piccolo and Kami-sama share a shocking secret...

30 review for Dragon Ball, Vol. 14 (SJ Edition): Heaven and Earth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH TOO GOOD!!! I was tempted to just leave it at that - it’s succinct but accurate enough! The epic final battle between Son Goku and the Demon King Piccolo, that already began in the final pages of the last book, kicks off this volume at a blistering pace. And it is EPIC - Piccolo is after all a dude who can fire nuke-sized explosions from his hands! Both characters go all out against each other but, even though he’s been superpowered, Goku nearly dies defeating Piccolo. No, tha AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH TOO GOOD!!! I was tempted to just leave it at that - it’s succinct but accurate enough! The epic final battle between Son Goku and the Demon King Piccolo, that already began in the final pages of the last book, kicks off this volume at a blistering pace. And it is EPIC - Piccolo is after all a dude who can fire nuke-sized explosions from his hands! Both characters go all out against each other but, even though he’s been superpowered, Goku nearly dies defeating Piccolo. No, that’s not a spoiler, the whole damn series is about Goku, he was never going to die! And of course it’s no surprise that the characters who died in the last few books are brought back to life once Piccolo is vanquished. It’s a predictable next move - they all appear in Dragon Ball Z - but still great to see happen. All through the Piccolo storyline I’ve been wondering how Akira Toriyama’s going to make Piccolo good (in terms of his alignment), because that’s the way I’ve known the character to be prior to reading these books for the first time. I know Piccolo eventually joins the good guys - but how and why? And in the final moments of their fight, the Demon King reveals exactly how the Piccolo I was expecting came to be. At least, physically - we’ve yet to see him become good. I said in the last review that I wouldn’t be surprised by anything else Akira Toriyama throws at me; and then God enters the book! Goku doesn’t die but he decides to take his training to the next level, goes to Heaven(!), and trains with God(!!!). Amazing. It’s kind of God and it kind of isn’t - but the reveal of who God is is pretty damn surprising. As Goku begins training, Toriyama once again jumps the story ahead 3 years like he did before - and now I get it. The 3 year bumps are what gets Dragon Ball/kid Son Goku to Dragon Ball Z/adult Son Goku, with the Strongest Under the Heavens tournament acting as markers for a new stage in the story. I didn’t realise that before but that’s an ingenious way to show characters’ development in a martial arts story, especially as it seems so obvious! Here they are at the next level of their abilities - let’s see how they’ve changed. Adult Son Goku finally makes his appearance in this volume, so the scene with Goku training in Heaven was the last we’ll see of that delightful scamp. It’s exciting and sad at the same time - I loved that lil guy but I’m really looking forward to the adventures an even more superpowered adult Goku is going to have! Heaven and Earth is an amazing 14th volume in the Dragon Ball series. It’s got fantastic art as usual, stunning fights, and the story keeps getting better and better. Astonishingly, I haven’t read a bad book in this series yet and it’s easy to see why this series has done as well as it has. So, in summary: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH TOO GOOD!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Previously on Dragon Ball, Piccolo is King of the World and is going to destroy it one piece at a time, Goku is with Yajirobe to seek Master Karin's guidance, and the rest of the gang is either dead or recuperating from Piccolo's encounter. Goku and Yajirobe finally arrive at the top of the tower of Karin Sanctuary and Master Karin is quickly able to heal Goku and restore him as the epic fighter we all know and love. Goku asks Master Karin if there is any training he can do to become stronger and Previously on Dragon Ball, Piccolo is King of the World and is going to destroy it one piece at a time, Goku is with Yajirobe to seek Master Karin's guidance, and the rest of the gang is either dead or recuperating from Piccolo's encounter. Goku and Yajirobe finally arrive at the top of the tower of Karin Sanctuary and Master Karin is quickly able to heal Goku and restore him as the epic fighter we all know and love. Goku asks Master Karin if there is any training he can do to become stronger and Master Karin replies that Goku has received all the training he can get and offers a drastic solution that can kill him. There is this sacred holy water that is toxic and whoever drinks it and survives will discover their hidden powers and become stronger. The only exception is every person who has drunk the liquid before Goku have all died trying but luckily Goku has the strength and the perseverance never been witness and survives 6 hours of crucial pain. After that torture he official becomes a saiyan and can feel the evil presence of Piccolo. He immediately heads off to Piccolo's location so he can fight and destroy him once and for all. Meanwhile Tenshinhan desperately tries to create the Mafuba so that way he can kill Piccolo and does not care if he has to die in the process. He successful creates it and hops on a plane to immediately attack Piccolo. When he arrives to the castle, he discovers that the rice cooker is cracked and all hope is doomed but it doesn't stop him from attacking Piccolo with everything he's got. Sadly Piccolo beats him and he did it without using his full strength but Tenshinhan is saved when Goku arrives. He is shocked that Goku is still alive and is flabbergasted when he witness how Goku is a completely different person since the last time they saw each other. He doesn't understand how Goku has become powerful and how he's reached another level of martial arts that could destroy Tenshinhan. Goku and Piccolo fight to the death and honestly it was one of the best fighting scenes in this entire manga. I can completely relate to Tenshinhan when he tries to recap what he saw to others about that fight and at the end he simply says that you had to be there and I completely agree. Piccolo was no match for Goku and even after he beats every single muscle in Goku's body; Goku was able with a single punch destroy Piccolo from the inside and out. What the others didn't see is that Piccolo wasn't going to die without a fight and right before he exploded, he took the essence of himself and throw up an egg that would be his son who would become the next Piccolo but 10x stronger than the original. He would go into hiding preparing for the day he would attack and kill Goku and seek havoc in the world. The whole gang in the process was trying to get closer to Tenshinhan to help him and they were shocked that Goku saved mankind even though the Psychic Crone told them that Goku would and I believe in that moment is when they discovered that Goku is something out of this world. Since Shenlong was destroyed, that means that the dragon balls were destroyed and Goku cannot bring back his friends except for the fact that Karin forgot a certain loophole. The only option to resurrect Shenlong is to meet with its creator which is God. Yajirobe is an atheist and doesn't believe in God, and Goku is clueless the religious significance of who is this God guy but nonetheless since he is pure, humble, and has pure intentions, he is lucky enough to reach the Heavens which is located above Karin Tower where the only way of reaching it is with Goku's magical stick. Goku arrives at heaven, goes through an instructive lesson with God's fighter, and finally meets God except he looks exactly like Piccolo. Piccolo and God were one being and every God has a time frame of living before they die and they need to appoint someone to replace them. God kept saying no to Piccolo and out of his anger came out this evil. Goku impressed God that he destroyed Piccolo but warns him that Piccolo Jr. is still alive and will battle Goku in three years time at the Tenkaichi Budokai tournament. God promises Goku that he will summon the dragon if Goku will stay in Heaven and train with Goku. Goku says yes and everyone comes back alive and they are speechless that Goku is training with God and even Master Roshi has accepted that Goku has surpassed the master. In the next scene we jump three years ahead and everyone is at the tournament. Everyone has been training extra hard since Goku is training with God and when Goku arrives everyone is shocked that (I)He is incredibly taller and (II)He is a complete and utter hunk. They reminiscent about old times and enter the tournament and luckily everyone makes it the semifinals except Chaozu. Taopaipai resurfaces as a cyborg who almost died thanks to Goku and now seeks his revenge on Goku and Tenshinhan. He was able to defeat Chaozu and now gets to fight with Tenshinhan, and on the side note Goku was a tiny bit surprised to see Piccolo because for a second he thought that he wasn't going to make it to the competition. Everyone is clueless about Piccolo except Goku and Tenshinhan but they kept their mouths shut to not cause a panic. This volume is was absolutely stunning and was worth reading the entire series to make it up to this point. I just know that the final two volumes of this manga is going to be beautiful and mind-blowing when it comes to terms of storytelling and what happens next on Dragon Ball Z. I love Goku and I really enjoy seeing him taller and handsome and like the rest of the gang I am curious to see his epic martial arts technique. Until next time on Dragon Ball...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Koichi Mashita

    I liked this volume because there is a big changing about the main character in this manga. You know that he looks young, but he was made change his appearance and his body. Everybody were surprised at his changing. They will attend the competition which is the most famous in this world. I wonder that Goku changed his the strength of skill of fighting. Let's read it. I liked this volume because there is a big changing about the main character in this manga. You know that he looks young, but he was made change his appearance and his body. Everybody were surprised at his changing. They will attend the competition which is the most famous in this world. I wonder that Goku changed his the strength of skill of fighting. Let's read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    So far, Dragon Ball just gets better and better with each volume! Incredible series. So much fun.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    The decisive battle between Goku and Demon King Piccolo comes to an end. With the victor being of course Goku and with his victory Goku is offered a chance that no human has ever been given, to come face to face with GOD, who looks very familiar. After Goku makes a deal to train with God aka Kami for 3 years until the 23rd World Tournament, Shenlong is revived along with everyone who was killed by Demon King Piccolo. That brings a close to the King Piccolo Saga and we jump 3 years to the start o The decisive battle between Goku and Demon King Piccolo comes to an end. With the victor being of course Goku and with his victory Goku is offered a chance that no human has ever been given, to come face to face with GOD, who looks very familiar. After Goku makes a deal to train with God aka Kami for 3 years until the 23rd World Tournament, Shenlong is revived along with everyone who was killed by Demon King Piccolo. That brings a close to the King Piccolo Saga and we jump 3 years to the start of the Piccolo Jr. Saga.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    Goku shows how far he's progressed from the monkey-boy in the woods. In order to avenge the death of his friend and Master, he takes down the Demon King Piccolo in a wild showdown. Still, he wants to train for in 3 years is the next tournament...being super-human already Goku's only choice is to train with...God. Above Korrin's tower is the place of Kami-Sama, who reveals he's actually the other half of Piccolo. He agrees to train Goku for 3 years time for the Demon King left an egg with his ess Goku shows how far he's progressed from the monkey-boy in the woods. In order to avenge the death of his friend and Master, he takes down the Demon King Piccolo in a wild showdown. Still, he wants to train for in 3 years is the next tournament...being super-human already Goku's only choice is to train with...God. Above Korrin's tower is the place of Kami-Sama, who reveals he's actually the other half of Piccolo. He agrees to train Goku for 3 years time for the Demon King left an egg with his essence who also vows revenge. Oh yeah, and Shenlong is revived. And Goku and the gang all grow up!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a great volume, Goku emerges scratched from the fight and he continues to battle Piccolo and their fight is epic, the art of Toriyama here is on just another level, its so good! And then we have Goku finally using his fist to defeat Piccolo and he goes to Kami-Sama aka God and we learn more secrets of Piccolo and the world, others are ressurected and he has to train under God and we pick up 3 years later time skip and the next Tenkaichi Budokai starts, this arc just keeps getting epic a This was a great volume, Goku emerges scratched from the fight and he continues to battle Piccolo and their fight is epic, the art of Toriyama here is on just another level, its so good! And then we have Goku finally using his fist to defeat Piccolo and he goes to Kami-Sama aka God and we learn more secrets of Piccolo and the world, others are ressurected and he has to train under God and we pick up 3 years later time skip and the next Tenkaichi Budokai starts, this arc just keeps getting epic and epic!! The art here is just a delight to go through, its so good!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    The climax to one of my favourite arcs!! King Piccolo vs goku is one of the best fights, anime or manga. Loved it throughly, then we get to the meeting of kami and training for the next threat......he looks familiar doesn't he...... Again like before the anime has a few filler episodes during this period, the three years from the fall of king Piccolo to the next martial arts tournament, would have liked a little more but again it continues the main plot off and that's never a bad thing 🐑 The climax to one of my favourite arcs!! King Piccolo vs goku is one of the best fights, anime or manga. Loved it throughly, then we get to the meeting of kami and training for the next threat......he looks familiar doesn't he...... Again like before the anime has a few filler episodes during this period, the three years from the fall of king Piccolo to the next martial arts tournament, would have liked a little more but again it continues the main plot off and that's never a bad thing 🐑

  9. 4 out of 5

    Denisa

    Another rating: 8,5/10

  10. 4 out of 5

    Loren Dillon

    So much in one volume. Going from defeating Piccolo to meeting Kami-Sama to three years pass and Goku becoming an adult to the tournament and to the finals.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shilpee Singh

    Good

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Oh, no. Another tournament? :(

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    alot of happy endngs and fights, along with reunions

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mal Martin

    Goku has finally reached adulthood and is going through yet another "Strongest under the Heavens Match." Who will win? Goku has finally reached adulthood and is going through yet another "Strongest under the Heavens Match." Who will win?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cate Sky

    4,5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    Young goku is finally tall!! It's time for the last tournament!! We're reaching the ene of dragon ball (the original saga, that is) 🗣️ Young goku is finally tall!! It's time for the last tournament!! We're reaching the ene of dragon ball (the original saga, that is) 🗣️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ben Zimmerman

    This volume was phenomenal. It's weird how long it took to reach the Goku I remember from my childhood. Piccolo has been defeated and the third Budokai tournament arc is on. This volume was phenomenal. It's weird how long it took to reach the Goku I remember from my childhood. Piccolo has been defeated and the third Budokai tournament arc is on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul Terpstra

    Goku has trained hard, but is it hard enough to win? Great issue

  19. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Ballendine

    Strongest Under The Heavens #3 begin!

  20. 5 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    So Goku meets God. No, really. This is possibly not a judeo-christian approved version of the supreme being, but cut Toriyama some slack: we're dealing with a translation from another language as well as a different culture. We should be thankful Dragon Ball is as entertaining as it is. It's tempting to view this as classic deus ex machina: God arrives and sets about putting everything right. But in this case it works. It's a logical progression from Goku's constant increase in abilities, and on So Goku meets God. No, really. This is possibly not a judeo-christian approved version of the supreme being, but cut Toriyama some slack: we're dealing with a translation from another language as well as a different culture. We should be thankful Dragon Ball is as entertaining as it is. It's tempting to view this as classic deus ex machina: God arrives and sets about putting everything right. But in this case it works. It's a logical progression from Goku's constant increase in abilities, and one certainly has to admire Toriyama's boldness or audacity or naïveté or whatever you imagine led him to such a plot point.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    It is not Goku's strength makes him amazing in his fight against Piccolo, it is his resilience. He gets knocked down, but he continues to get back up. It was a pretty cool conclusion to the Piccolo arc. After the time skip, I have to admit that I missed short Goku. I am glad to see that he is still naive and trusting (two of his best qualities). Toriyama still delivers. It is not Goku's strength makes him amazing in his fight against Piccolo, it is his resilience. He gets knocked down, but he continues to get back up. It was a pretty cool conclusion to the Piccolo arc. After the time skip, I have to admit that I missed short Goku. I am glad to see that he is still naive and trusting (two of his best qualities). Toriyama still delivers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Same thing. The battles are kinda stupid, but the training is interesting. I do like how it fast-forwards in time and lets the characters age. This seems to be something that American comics don't do very well. Same thing. The battles are kinda stupid, but the training is interesting. I do like how it fast-forwards in time and lets the characters age. This seems to be something that American comics don't do very well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cherish

    Awesome volume! There was a arrival of a new character and surprisingly this character was seen previously in the anime. But in the manga the character is only seen until now. It didn't make much sense but I'll be looking forward to the next volume to see how the plot develops. Awesome volume! There was a arrival of a new character and surprisingly this character was seen previously in the anime. But in the manga the character is only seen until now. It didn't make much sense but I'll be looking forward to the next volume to see how the plot develops.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Caleb M.

    Goku is back and badder than ever. Oh, and he is grown up now! That's kinda cool. We are at the next Budokai tournament and Goku is ready to show off the new skills he has learned, and I am ready to watch. Goku is back and badder than ever. Oh, and he is grown up now! That's kinda cool. We are at the next Budokai tournament and Goku is ready to show off the new skills he has learned, and I am ready to watch.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MICHAEL PACURAR

    TOURNAMENT TIME!!! THIS WAS AN EMOTIONAL VOLUME. GOKU DEFEATS IN AN SPECTACULARLY WAY PICCOLO. HE MEETS GOD AND GROWS TALLER 3 YEARS LATER ON TIME FOR ANOTHER TENKAICHI BUDOKAI TOURNAMEN. I THINK THIS ONE WILL BE AWESOME !!! NICE

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mza

    God's attaché (!) states a theme that has been implicit all along: "You defeat _______ and think you're the strongest in the world. You forget that there is always someone stronger." God's attaché (!) states a theme that has been implicit all along: "You defeat _______ and think you're the strongest in the world. You forget that there is always someone stronger."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Denim Datta

    Heaven and Earth, the 14th book in the series contains chapter #157 to #168. Fight with Piccolo, another Budokai, more powers ... Awesome

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brayan

    How do you start reading a book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Probably my favorite volume of Dragon Ball yet. It has a little of everything in it. First we have a satisfying conclusion to the King Piccolo problem. Then some further world-building in the introduction of Kami (and of course Mr. Popo) which brings to light some interesting background on the Demon King himself. And lastly we have a return to the Tenka'ichi Budokai, three years after Goku's introduction to Kami. Things are moving along the timeline and getting closer to DBZ territory and it has Probably my favorite volume of Dragon Ball yet. It has a little of everything in it. First we have a satisfying conclusion to the King Piccolo problem. Then some further world-building in the introduction of Kami (and of course Mr. Popo) which brings to light some interesting background on the Demon King himself. And lastly we have a return to the Tenka'ichi Budokai, three years after Goku's introduction to Kami. Things are moving along the timeline and getting closer to DBZ territory and it has me very excited. I am editing this review to add a nod to Toriyama's artwork. It is enough to have created this fun, and original story that he has here, but to also supply some great artwork is especially impressive. I can only imagine that drawing martial arts combat scenes is a difficult task, and to make them feel as lifelike and exciting as he does is no small feat. One scene in particular from this volume sticks out in memory. So, well done Akira Toriyama.

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