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Dragon Ball is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Weekly Sh˘nen Jump from 1984 through 1995, and its 519 individual chapters were published into 42 tank˘bon volumes by Shueisha. Inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, it follows the adventures of its lead character, Son Goku from his childhood into old age. The manga series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, in the United Kingdom by Gollancz Manga, and in Australia and New Zealand by Chuang Yi.