Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is Richard Bach's interminable series of 729 novellas which were first serialized in Women's Christian Temperance Journal in the 1870s.
The series tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a bird with an insatiable passion for flying. He trains with incredible determination, winning the World Aerobatics Championship while still a mere fledgeling. Inevitably, his noble and gentle nature brings him fatally into conflict with the rest of the seagull race, who notoriously seek to use their power of flight only for conquest and domination.
The story continues as the now-deceased Jonathan ascends to a higher plane, and proceeds to befriend the wisest bird on that plane, known cryptically as North Chiang. Through Chaing's training he is able to transcend his previous limitations, and to the astonishment of all achieves the legendary state of Super Seagull.
On returning to the earthly plane via the intercession of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, he proceeds to train his loyal friends in his newly-learned flying techniques. Together, they stuggle against impossible odds to defend a helpless world against the unstoppable seagull Juggernaut.
Over the following installments Jonathan, and soon his son Fletcher Herring Seagull, aquire spectacular new powers. As their adventures drag on, they soar to unheralded levels of flying ability, reaching Super Seagull Level 2 (SSG2), Super Seagull Level 3 (SSG3) and beyond.
Dragonball Z was in no wise influenced by Jonathan Livingston Seagull.