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Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated As Yamcha Manga Review

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“Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated As Yamcha” is a love letter to the DB franchise.

Originall published in Shonen Jump Plus, “Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated As Yamcha” is a spin-off Isekai manga story written and drawn by Dragongarow Lee. The story begins with a “Dragon Ball” loving geek apparently dying while trying to perv on a girl. He finds himself becoming reincarnated as Yamcha in the DB universe. Using his vast knowledge of this universe, he attempts to navigate this new world, try to woo Bulma, fight villains (including Vegeta), meet another reincarnated soul, etc. However, the whole reincarnation angle may not be as it seems in the end.

“Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated As Yamcha” definitely feels like fan fiction and, in a sense, it is. It’s designed to be a side story by a fan for fans only it’s now officially published across the globe. If you’re familiar with the Dragon Ball universe, it’s hard to not enjoy the antics of this new reincarnated Yamcha across different time periods/season arcs of the DB series. There’s just something joyful about seeing a geeky fan get to live out his dream by becoming a character. Sure, it’s a bit of a one joke premise and, yes, more could have been done in terms of timeline changes or what have you, but there are still fun surprises to be found here particularly in the end. Basically, it’s enough to tide you over until the next “Dragon Ball Super” manga comes out at the very least!

Art wise, the B&W panels really do resemble your standard DB manga only Dragongarow Lee brings a bit of his own style to it all.

As an added bonus, this manga release contains 3 extra stories which involve Yamcha wanting to confess his love for Bulma, the 2 reincarnated characters trying to fuse together, and a comic bio of the author describing how he the job to write this Yamcha tale.

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November 10, 2018 - Posted by | Manga Review | , ,

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