Ranked #330

Dragon Ball

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Dragonball
Japanese: ドラゴンボール

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 153
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 26, 1986 to Apr 12, 1989
Premiered: Winter 1986
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Fuji TV
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.171 (scored by 171,898 users)
Ranked: #3302
Popularity: #83
Members: 255,722
Favorites: 5,395
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Synopsis

Bulma is a girl in search of the mystical Dragonballs that when brought together grant any wish. In her search she bumps into the owner of one of these balls, a strange boy named Goku. The two then set off together, Bulma in search of the Dragonballs and Goku on a quest to become stronger.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Son, Gokuu
Son, Gokuu
Main
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese
Nozawa, Masako
Kawazu, Yasuhiko
Japanese
Kawazu, Yasuhiko
...
Kuririn
Kuririn
Main
Tanaka, Mayumi
Japanese
Tanaka, Mayumi
Muten-Roshi
Muten-Roshi
Main
Yanami, Jouji
Japanese
Yanami, Jouji
Miyauchi, Kouhei
Japanese
Miyauchi, Kouhei
...
Bulma
Bulma
Main
Tsuru, Hiromi
Japanese
Tsuru, Hiromi

Staff

Watson, Barry
Watson, Barry
Producer, Script
Nishio, Daisuke
Nishio, Daisuke
Episode Director
Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Episode Director
Hashimoto, Mitsuo
Hashimoto, Mitsuo
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(153/153)

Episode Title Aired
1 Bulma and Son Goku 
Bulma to Son Gokuu (ブルマと孫悟空)
Feb 26, 1986
2 What the...?! No Balls! 
Arararaa! Tama ga Nai! (あらららー!タマがない!)
Mar 5, 1986
3 The Turtle Hermit's Kinto Un 
Kame-Sennin no Kinto-Un (亀仙人のキント雲)
Mar 12, 1986
4 Oolong, the Kidnapping Monster 
Hitosarai Youkai Oolong (人さらい妖怪ウーロン)
Mar 19, 1986
5 Yamcha, The Strong Yet Cruel Desert Bandit 
Tsuyokute Warui Sabaku no Yamucha (つよくて悪い砂漠のヤムチャ)
Mar 26, 1986

Opening Theme

"Makafushigi Adventure" by Hiroki Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Romatikku Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto



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L-sama
May 10, 2008
Ah, Dragonball. The beginning of one of the longest and arguably most popular anime franchise on both sides of the pacific. Unfortunately, this anime seems to be shunned by a few based on its affiliation with its sequels. That's a shame, really.

One huge reason why this anime holds its own is that the entire franchise is in its infancy. There are no Super Saiya-jin stages to worry about, and the fights aren’t stretched out to their barely tolerable limits. The various quests that the young Z-Senshi embark on are just that: quests. There are no interstellar enemies to fight (early on), and the majority of read more
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HappyHarryHardOn
May 25, 2014

This won’t be an in depth review because everyone knows about Dragon Ball and its influence and there are already numerous reviews written about it. This will just give you an idea of whether you should watch it or not, for those who haven’t yet.

Dragon Ball undeservedly doesn’t receive the same attention as its more popular sequel. The Dragon Ball series does receive a lot of flack for being really repetitive and for its unnecessarily long fight sequences but it’s really unfair to compare the franchise to what the shonen genre has become today. Because of this people tend to overlook Dragon Ball.

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LordRaditz
Jul 13, 2015
Dragon Ball... 11\10 if I could!:

This show is a masterpiece, kicking off with an amazing story, great characters and some of the best anime humour! The art is quite obviously outdated, but not awful! And to top it all off, the music is awesome!

At the time of this review, I have only seen the Goku and The Tournament sagas but they have been great and have beaten what I have seen of Dragonball Z and Dragonball (Z) Kai.

Overall, Dragon Ball is a funny, action-packed anime and definitely worth watching!
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analkonge
Mar 29, 2013
Oddly enough not alot of people know of the anime that started it all. Yet most of them have probably watched the sequel. Why is this? I catch myself in this thought all the time, because the prequel is strikingly good when compared it to it's Z counterpart.

This anime succeeds despite it's shortcomings in my book. This is simply because it know's it's a goofy fighting anime and thus dosen't try to be anything else. The focus is therefore put on fighting, cracking jokes and gags, and last but certainly not least: The journey that Goku goes on in itself.

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Recommendations

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Both series are primarily light-hearted adventure-series, but they also both have some pretty serious moments. (Though in Dragonball, they're mostly in the last third of the series.) One Piece is also partially inspired by Dragonball. 
reportRecommended by Vegard_Aune
Anime: Hunter x Hunter (2011)
this anime has a lot of comedy and adventure its very similiar to dragon ball in many ways for exmaple :
both main characters are young , both have adventures trough many places , there is a lot of fights and the main characters doesn't know who his parents are..
goku ( dragon ball ) was very impressive as a kid , had a lot of strength for his age and his durability / endurance was amazing
gon ( hunter x hunter ) is a very impressive kid , has a lot of speed and agility for his age , and his sense of  read more 
reportRecommended by jack18l
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Similar over the top action sequences and they're both animes where the story isn't exactly the main focus. 
reportRecommended by JoeyShadow
Anime: Naruto
Both are shonen, but if you've seen DB in your childhood and you're looking for something similiar to it Naruto should do. The difference is that of course Naruto has better animation (well, it was aired almost 20 years after DB). Both have many fights and both are funny. 
reportRecommended by kikucisko
Anime: Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken
Both are classics, both have similar main characters and both leave a peacefull place to get adventures and awesome fights 
reportRecommended by TanisChile
Anime: Ranma ½
Both were long ongoing 80s martial arts comedy anime. The atmosphere and feel is generally the same with a recurring Chinese theme and animal characters. Ranma has more romance and fanservice in it and Dragon Ball changes to a more serious mood later on. 
reportRecommended by SuperTiencha

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