Dragon Ball (Doragonb?ru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama with an anime adaptation, followed by Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. The basis for the storyline took inspiration from Wu Cheng'en's Journey to the West. In Japan, Dragon Ball was collected into a single 42-volume series (called tank?bon) after the manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984 to 1995.
In 2004, the manga was re-released in a 34 volume collection called kanzenban, which included a slightly rewritten ending, new covers, and color artwork from its Weekly Shonen Jump run. As of 2006, the distributing company Viz Media has released all 42 volumes (nearly matching the first Japanese set) into English-language in the United States. Viz titles the second portion of the manga Dragon Ball Z to lessen confusion for North American readers. The series is published in the United Kingdom by Gollancz Manga.