Dragon Ball (Japanese: ドラゴンボール Hepburn: Doragon Bōru?) is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama. The initial manga, written and illustrated by Toriyama, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995, with the 519 individual chapters collected into 42 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. Dragon Ball was initially inspired by the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West. The series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls.
Yamcha ( ヤムチャ , Yamucha ) , known as Zedaki in the Harmony Gold dub, is introduced as a desert bandit alongside his constant companion Pu'ar , trying to steal Goku and Bulma's Dragon Balls and wish not to feel nervous when near women. [ ch. 8 , 9 ] He eventually becomes Goku's ally and begins a relationship with Bulma, and later becomes a pupil of Kame-Sennin. [ ch. 23 , 112 ] His signature attack is the Rōgafūfūken ( 狼牙風風拳 , "Fist of the Wolf Fang", rearranged as "Wolf Fang Fist" in the Funimation dub) , a physical barrage of punches and palm strikes, ending with a double palm strike. [ ch. 8 ] As a result of training under Kame-Sennin, Yamcha is able to perform the Kamehameha and develops the Sōkidan ( 繰気弾 , "Spinning Chi Bullet") , an energy sphere directed by psychokinesis . [ ch. 117 , 175 ] He also later trains under Kami for the battle against the Saiyans, but dies against one of their Saibamen. [ ch. 209 , 215 ] Before being wished back to life by the Namekian Dragon Balls, he trained under Kaiō-sama in the afterlife. [ ch. 261 , 329 ] He then helps out during the battles with the Androids and Cell, but for the most part does not participate in fighting.