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Dragon Ball

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.171 (scored by 149286 users)
Ranked: #3322
Popularity: #76
Members: 221,213
Favorites: 4,548
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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
Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Episode Director
Hashimoto, Mitsuo
Hashimoto, Mitsuo
Episode Director
Endou, Yuuji
Endou, Yuuji
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes

Episodes  153 / 153
Aired  Feb 26, 1986 to Apr 12, 1989
Status  Finished Airing


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May 25, 2014 4:48 PM
Hi-Five_Ghost

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.

Story
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May 10, 2008 5:47 PM
L-sama
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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Mar 29, 2013 9:04 AM
hilmindil
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.

The story in here is very read more
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Jun 22, 2012 6:59 PM
TheIMF
Influenced heavily by Journey to the West, Dragonball follows the journey of the world's most popular anime and manga character of all time: Son Goku, the innocent yet powerful hero we follow on his adventures as he and his friends explore the mysterious world in search of the seven Dragonballs.

Contrary to common believe, Dragonball is not all about fighting. No, it is about much, much more than that. Dragonball is story of great adventure, friendship, pain and suffering and love. Most of today's seemingly generic morals in series such as "protecting nakama" or "never giving up" are derived from Toriyama's brilliance in this series. read more
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Recommendations

Anime: One Piece
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
Anime: Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho
Similar over the top action sequences and they're both animes where the story isn't exactly the main focus. 
reportRecommended by JoeyShadow
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
Anime: Fairy Tail
Alot of characters share similar traits and role in the story like how Natsu and Lucy are pretty close to the way Goku and Bulma are. Hiro Mashima has even noted that Akira Toriyama was an influence. 
reportRecommended by SuperTiencha
Anime: Shaman King
Both protagonists have a habit of turning enemies into allies by not just being strong, but also by being laid back and kind. 
reportRecommended by NeoRinTinTin

Opening Theme

"Makafushigi Adventure" by Hiroki Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Romatikku Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto

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