Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 26, 1986 to Apr 12, 1989
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.141 (scored by 94229 users)
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Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy martial arts shounen
May 10, 2008
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 the time spent is on the team simply trying to find the dragonballs. The comedic element in Dragonball shines just as brightly and flows smoothly with the story. The characters have such a genuinely portrayed chemisty between each other. Dragonball never seems to take itself too seriously, allowing the viewer to sit back and enjoy the ride.
For a twenty-year-old series, Dragonball looks the part. Time has taken its toll, as the art and animation haven’t aged very well, though by 1980's standards, it's pretty good. On the other hand, the fights are better planned out, particularly during the Tenkaichi Budokai. Instead of the “beat-down-to-the-brink-of-death-only-to-tap-in-to-a-hidden-power-and-win-at-the-last-second” routine, combatants actually have flaws and human weaknesses, including Goku. Some are actually enjoyable with comedic moments placed within them. As the series begins its final arc, however, we begin to sees shades of the future for this franchise. Fights begin to grow longer and longer and the comedy slowly begins to wane.
Like I said earlier, it’s a real shame that this series gets such a bad reputation because of its successors. Sure, it eventually parts into its lackluster sequels, but as the saying goes, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Dragonball is a fun series that should be worth anyone’s time, be you a newcomer or a seasoned veteran. read more
Mar 29, 2013
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. All this anime focuses on is therefore fighting, cracking jokes and last but certainly not least. The journey that Goku goes on in itself.
The story in here is very simple; finding the Dragonballs. At least that's what the gang spends a large bulk of the series doing. Due to the length of this series it's obvious that there will be fillers. However upon first viewing I did not know that they were fillers. This is because they fit in with the canon episodes so well that I couldn't distinguish them from one another. This is largely due to the fact that the humour in Dragonball is fantastic and feels naturally woven in with all the characters and the story. The fillers also bear these characteristics.
Some viewers may criticize Dragonball for it's story, saying that it's the exact same thing over and over again. And to a certain extent they're correct. But this leads back to what i was previously talking about; a "proper" story would do more bad than good here. It would leave less freedom to make this anime as goofy and hilarious like it is.
The characters in Dragonball are all lovable. No matter how big or small. They are all fleshed out over time and you will either love of hate them. Especially Goku since if you like me saw Dragonball Z first; it's even better to see him as a kid.
The fights are the main driving points of this anime along with the comedy aspects. Thankfully they don't make the fights ludicrously long in an attempt to make them exciting. The pacing of the fights is well done and they always leave you satisfied with the outcome.
The anime is old and you can easily tell by the art and the visuals. (hehe penises.) No, but seriously. The animation and art are average for their time, which means that they aren't very pleasing to look at. However I cannot help but feel that there is a certain charm in them which I can't put my finger on. I feel that something wouldl be lost if this series is remade.
Dragonball is an anime that cannot be missed. Do not let the length or the visuals of this anime discourage you. It will truly be worth your time.
Join Goku in his mystical adventure for the Dragonballs! read more
Jun 22, 2012
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.
In my eyes, Dragonball will always be the number 1 undisputed anime and manga series. It was the first of its kind to feature such a strong cast and plot in the shounen genre that it became an ambassadorial series to the world, creating conditions under which modern day series such as One Piece, Naruto and many, many others of all genres could thrive under.
As said previously, Dragonball has a strong adventurous plot and cast of characters, all of whom are very interesting and relevant to the story (an unfortunate lacking in the DB's sequel: DBZ). However, Dragonball's greatest charm is its setting, which greatly compliments the adventurous and rather ambitous plot written by Toriyama.
Dragonball takes place in a mysterious world filled with mysterious places and creatures and cohesions of real life cultures. Goku visits a great many strange and unusual places inhabited by strange and unusual people on his journies to collect the Dragonballs at first and later to become the Strongest Under the Heavens. For example, in one of the earlier episodes of Dragonball, Goku visits a village populated by cowboys and Indians (I should say Native Americans), a rather interesting and humurous occurence considering the world of Dragonball being quite futuristic over all, if not in most places. It is this unusualness, this incredible sense of awe and adventure that have made people love the series and its main character and thus made it easy for them to follow Goku's journey, during which we met creatures like Oolong and Puar and animals that could walk on their hind legs and speak the human tongue, and vampires, mermaids and zombies, mummies and androids and aliens. I could go on, but I believe I've already sketched you a painting of what it is I'm trying to convey.
Dragonball sets not limitations on the imagination of the viewers. It is truly a unparallled masterpiece in a league of its own. This is reflected in the fact that Dragonball, 30 years later, remains the highest selling manga series of all time with 300 million world wide sales to Once Piece's 228 million sales and Naruto 180-odd million sales.
I recommend all appreciators of manga and anime, new and otherwise, to at least make the effort of trying this great and wonderful series. Once you have watched this masterpiece, you will forever have a different view on manga and anime in general as this series immense influence becomes apparent.
Dragonball, without a doubt in my mind, is the greatest series of all time and deserves all the recognition it has been given and more. read more
Apr 10, 2012
The story of a boy (with a monkey tale) Goku and a girl Bulma who travel the world looking for the 7 dragon balls that when brought together grants a wish. They eventually make friends who join their team…
I prefer DB over DBZ because DB Kid Goku was a clueless kid which was adorable. DBZ Adult Goku is a clueless adult not really interesting.
DB had more actual fighting hand-to-hand while I found that DBZ had too much standing around charging energy and firing energy.
DB was a nice simple, enjoyable, funny adventure with great characters that were useful, but in DBZ these loved characters were put aside and the show focused on Saiyans (monkey-like warrior aliens from a planet called Vegeta).
DB had a great villain King Piccolo. DBZ also had great villains such as Frieza and Broly, I find the rest of the villains of DBZ to be the same thing repeated…
DBZ introduced us to the SuperSaiyan which was cool but then I find that they went overboard with SuperSaiyan 2, 3, 4…too much.
DB will always have a special place in my heart, I consider kid Goku to be the best anime character of all time.
Aug 1, 2008
As You first begin watching dragon ball you see great animation and scenery. The characters are drawn rather round, creating an atmosphere of drawing that is aimed towards younger audiences. As the story progresses so does the art. They add more and more detail every episode. Unlike other animes where the animation is great only for key points in the story, Dragonball is a great example for dedication to animation following a constant improvement towards the series.
Sorry to say but the music in this anime is fairly corny. For today's time I should say, but one can't knock it for the time it was created. Even so it works. The music does not get annoying with repetition, which is a big plus.
The character development is not the strongest I've seen in an anime. I believe the development of the main characters is vital for any good story. Short or long. Physically it's great development of all the character, but the mental state of the character does not change greatly. Which I can understand with the perfect 8 year old character it's a bit difficult to improve his way of being.
Dragonball is an anime for all age groups, everyone can enjoy the humble warm hearted Goku, and his innocence to the world that he presents. The foundation for this anime is its' morals. Therefore if you can enjoy a story of the balance mind, body, and soul. If you enjoy the good guy doing the right thing. You cannot go wron with this story.
Overall this is a spectacular anime. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if they are fairly young in their anime experience. read more
Jun 27, 2007
At times the story can be pretty simple, or obvious, or completely random. But overall the general story and the progression through it are very good. Although it doesnt measure up to other animes as well, its own orginal story and characters keep your interested and coming back for more.
To say it is simple is an understatement. They do recycle alot of animation, like in chase sequences, but over all well done animation, Sometimes it can be a bit crude but it never gets as bad as say: Scooby Do (an American Cartoon from back in the day.)
A decent sound tract, the intro song I always fast forward through because it is annoying. But other then that the series has decent soundtracks within the series.
Probly the main draw of this anime. The Characters are funny and orginal and have all kinds of quirks and flaws that makes you laugh. Alot of the characters are exteremly skilled in Martial arts and other techniques which gives the shows action sequences some major rewatchability and excietment.
I loved this series it made me laugh, or at least chuckle, quiet a bit. A solid favorite of mine that i even went to the trouble of buying the commercial DVDs for the series. In fact writing this review has inspired me to crack it out and rewatch the series.
If you enjoy silly humor, amazing martial arts fighting (which comes in later in the series the first several are very light on any actual fight sequences of any length.) But I love this series and Im pretty sure that you will too. So please give it a try. read more
Mar 6, 2010
-Comedy (Not much of this carried over to DBZ)
-The series based around the tournaments
Three things that made DB great; don't get me wrong, I would still rate DBZ perfect as well, I just don't think it's as clever as Dragonball.
Jan 26, 2012
Art 9/10: What can I say? It has it's own unique quality and although I something think Goku looks more like a frog taking, his cute personalities, as well as the other characters, just keep me watching it!
Sound 10/10: Epic, classic!
Character9/10: I thought the character could have developed, more maturely, throughout the series, but, I was guessing the humor just made up the more "dramatic" development I was looking for that I normally fancy! Also, I wanted other characters to develop such as Bulma and Master Roshi, but it's forgivable!
Enjoyment 10/10: I enjoyed every episodes! I sometimes find myself laughing my ass off and rolling on the floor! Hahaha! Really loved it!
Overall 10/10: This is classic! If I wasn't introduced to Dragon Ball episodes, I wouldn't be where I am today, right! Writing a review! read more
Feb 3, 2008
Firstly, I must say this anime is a must for anyone who enjoyed Dragonball Z or Dragonball GT and if you are planning on watching Z or GT, please...Watch this first...Z and GT are sequals.
Story...I beleive the story...to be the best out of the dragonball / z / gt programs, it follows the path of Goku as a niave child on his adventures as he makes new friends and protecting the Earth.
The animation art in this is nice, I like it, the skills Goku learns look pretty good too.
The sound to Dragonball fits nicely...adds a nice effect to the events that happen in this anime.
The main character is Goku as some of you may or may not know. Goku is a young boy from another planet and has supernatral powers...he is niave and unsure on the human way of life, his adventures take him to protect te Earth and make new friends along the way who become main characters in Dragonball Z for one reason or another, all the characters Goku meets have their own traits and flaws which go nicely together with each other and creates an at times...comedical atmosphere. On top of that Goku's traits are such...a born warrior with an overly kind nature.
I really enjoyed this and it is rewatchable, although this is an action anime the story line is good and the fighting didn't come til later in the anime but the rivalry between Goku and his opponents who he cannot hate through his kind nature makes this rewatchable many times read more
May 31, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
the story about a kid named goku who grew up in the wild with his grandpa gohan who teached goku about martal arts. before his grandpa died he gave goku his dragon ball and the story goes on from there.
the story is fun and all around good but theres some things from making it great and that's the bad guys in meaning pilaf who is a joke and cant be evil he wants to take over the world so he can rule all but its like watching a kid crying because he didn't get his toy he not much of a bad guy he just a kid. next we got the red ribbon army they are the same reason as pilaf only more treating yea they use guns but goku a kid that's only 12 kicked there butts and in the leader red only want to get taller that's right the leader of the red ribbon army only wants the dragon balls to get taller
wow again its like watch a high school kid getting picked on in school because he's to short. the only bad guys I like are king piccolo and piccolo junior because they meet goku on same ground there strong they make the battle interesting king piccolo kills the shenlong (the dragon inside the dragon ballz ) and killed master roshi and chiaotzu and want to destroy the earth now that's evil the same for piccolo junior only his main goal is to kill goku then kill everyone of his friends and rule the world again evil all in all the story is fine and good but the villains put it back from being great.
the art is ok nothing really that good but not bad either that's all got to say here the art is fine.
the sound is good to I like the music the voices are fine for the most part some like krillin could be better but all in all its fine
characters now this is what I want to talk about the characters are fine but the reason its pulled back is because everyone almost every character was a bad guy for a while yamcha was a dessert bandit tien and chiaotzu where killers and jerks krillin was a cheating jerk bulma was only useing goku as a bodyguard they all was a jerks but after a while they all became friends
enjoyment there was a lot the funny joke the perverted joke was my favorites the fighting was entertaining the characters are funny to no end
but the everyone being a bad guy was cut it the enjoyment was fun even the filler
overall it was a good anime its a good look at and say hey this is fuuny some people don't know this show even existed because there all watching dragon ball z people this show is what made dragon ball z and I have to say good job and thank you if you like dragon ball z you will like dragon ball read more
Dec 3, 2009
I first saw Dragonball Z because where I come from this series aired before Dragonball but either way I still enjoyed this original version of the trilogy I saw a few years later.
The story in Dragonball is very good and it appears to have been a huge influence to many more that would be created in the future as would some of the characters and their personalities. Goku was probably the most fun character in this show as he is introduced to us as an orphan and does not know anything about the world around him until he meets Bulma. Without spoiling the plot too much I think that in the first season this was the moment that would invoke everyone's interest in the show and get us to appreciate Dragonball for the unique and powerful story that it really has. If you see this anime and really get to enjoy it you will be very much pleased with the sequel Dragonball Z.
I would recommend Dragonball to anyone to anyone interested in the traditional asian style martial-arts. As well as those who enjoy a bit of comedy on the sidelines to the fighting sequences. If you are a fan of Naruto, One Piece, Yuyu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Vampire Knight and Shaman King.
I hope that I have helped anyone who hopes to watch this anime. read more
Sep 7, 2013
The story is pretty simple but very enjoyable and has great rewatch value. Overtime it does drag a bit, but that doesn't change the fact that its just so hilarious to watch.
The art style is pretty aged now, but during the time it was ahead of the pack. The animation was one to grow and as said before it made way for what we call shonen anime today.
The characters were much better in Dragon Ball than its predecessor. Kid Goku was naive but very fun and entertaining to watch. The development for some characters were on point while some could've been better. Most of the show definitely centered around the adventures of Goku and Bulma.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Ball as it is still one of my favorite anime till this day. read more
Feb 17, 2013
The anime itself is not entirely based on Dragon Balls, it's far more than that. Friendship, love, adventure, hope, these are its main characteristics.
It's really funny, no stupid jokes or absurd situations, only natural, truly pure laughts. Sure it still has its share of action moments, focused on the countless fights and problems that Goku and his friends encounter through their numerous journeys, but those are just responsible for maintaining the anime's perfect "balance".
Also, it's possible to notice a huge variety of cultures as the story goes on and even how people from that time ('80s - '90s) imagined the world would look like after many important technological advances.
Dragon Ball is a classic and should not be underestimated by anyone. You could get really impressed with it, just like I did (again). read more
Feb 15, 2012
Yup, that's Dragon Ball alright. One of the most famous anime series in the history of anime. Maybe THE most famous? I don't know, it might have to wrestle with pokemon for that title.
Anway, Dragon Ball was created by the ingenius Akira Toriyama in 1984. At the time anime wasn't that popular, internet was in its infancy and the only way to find out about a particular series was either to stumble across it on the TV or read about it in a tabloid.
Dragon Ball however managed to make it big and dazzle the world with its originality. How? Because of its story which is as epic as it gets. A small boy with a tail called Goku, living alone somewhere in the mountains has his daily schedule interrupted by a blue haired girl, Bulma. The first scene is already something that you'd expect only to see in a King Kong movie, the girl crashes into the boy with a CAR. The small one strikes back in an adrenaline fueled rage, PICKS the car up and THROWS it. From that moment on we know that the boy is not a normal human but a being who possesses incredible strength and stamina.
The meeting of those two characters marks the true beginning of the series and from then on they set out to collect the so-called "dragon balls" which have a mystical power hiden within. On their journeys they stumble upon many interesting and... heh, confusing characters such as Master Roshi. Goku's un-human strength will help the heroes get out of jam on many occasions.
The art is fair considering it's nearly 30 years old now and the style is really old-school. You're not going to see an anime with that kind of style pop up nowadays. The biggest difference can be seen in the eyes. These days in most animes we see large, disproportionate even, eyes with the irises and pupils clearly defined. In Dragon Ball the eyes are smaller and all you can see is a smal black dot inside a white polygon. You may think that the style may somehow affect the enjoyability of the series. It will certainly, the younger viewers might be put off by it while most old anime fans will enjoy it. If you're one of the younger viewers, you can always watch the HD version. While it won't change the style, it will make the anime look a bit more modern, if you want.
The music in dragon ball is a timeless masterpiece. I enjoy listening to it even now. They don't make music like that anymore, when you listen to it you know that it's something that could have only been created in the 80s. Happy, fast paced and cheerful. Need I mention the awesome sound the Nimbus cloud makes?
All of that combined makes a classic. Dragon Ball is a true heavyweight among anime classics and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who likes watching anime in general. You may not be a fan of the fantasy genre but Dragon Ball is just something you've got to watch. read more
Jul 18, 2010
Full lit of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
Ah! One of the first anime I really liked several years ago. I know most prefer the more action-based Z series, but skipping the origins of a great series is like not caring about the history of your own country.
The creator of the original story, Akira Toriyama, had just finished his Doctor Slump slapstick comedy and decided to make a more action-oriented show. Dragon Ball was the result and although it began as a slapstick comedy, it progressively dropped the comedy in favor of the battles. I guess he got affected too much by the trend of Saint Seiya and slowly went for that field.
The series began with a very magical atmosphere, reminiscent of ancient China. After a dozen episodes, the ancient China motif gives place to a more sci-fi world, were houses fit into portable capsules, huge monsters roam free in the wild and anthropomorphic animals coexist with humans. It is quite a wacky representation with little sense but with extreme originality and humor. Makes a fine JRPG world. It took me some time to get used to the characters’ chibi looks, as they looked extremely short and cartoonish. But their semi-funny, semi-battle frenzied attitudes make them bearable to watch.
In general, the animation quality began very poor, with crude movements, too short and round objects and cheesy visual effects. But steadily, it improves a lot; especially towards the ending. With some tolerance, even younger otakus can stand them. It has a catchy opening, medium music themes and decent voice acting. But nothing great as a whole; the dialogues tend not to be any smarter than the phrases “I’m going to beat you!” and “Are you looking at my panties?”. So, if you are looking for sophisticated talking, look elsewhere. Sure, there are some very classic shonen phrases in here that fit the genre just fine but then again prefer the smarter way Full Metal Alchemist uses, so I am torn between liking them for being stereotypically cheesy and just being plain silly. I guess the slapstick and the constant wordplays and teasing work fine for its kind but I’m not going to lose my mind over them.
The story began as a slapstick version of the most famous Chinese fairy tale, Journey to the West . Most elements and characters in the story are in fact, comical representations of those in the fairy tale. But the similarities become fewer and fewer as the story progresses. The scenario is about a strong boy, named Son Goku, looking for magical spheres that grant wishes, taking part in martial art tournaments and fighting evil people and demons that want to rule the world. The story can be summed up as followed: Find the Dragon Balls, train to get stronger, fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament, find the Dragon Balls, train to get stronger, fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament, find the Dragon Balls, train to get stronger, fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament… Do you see a pattern forming here?
Although the general story is quite simple, it is presented in a non-predictable way. There are various mysteries and some side stories that easily make you forget its predictability. And things get very complicated and atmospheric towards the end that really makes the general shallowness of the story a trivial thing. So yeah, I liked the story despite its simplicity. The world definitely isn’t detailed or realistic but it is still one of the most distinguished worlds, ever made into anime. Some silly explanations from time to time give a simple meaning to all the wackiness.
Plus, the general story becomes more and more grand-scaled (and thus more interesting), as it progresses.
-The first villain, Emperor Pilaf, is a useless idiot who wants to rule the world. If he succeeds, the world will be at the mercy of a hapless asshole but nothing more.
-The second villain, General Black, is also an idiot but a heartless killer as well. If he succeeds, the world will be at the mercy of a hapless asshole in command of a merciless army of assassins. That’s much more serious.
-The third villain, Lord Piccolo, is a serious and very powerful demon. If he succeeds, the world will become a hellish place, at the mercy of demons that don’t care about life and justice. That’s even more serious!
The upscale in interest works just fine, although the resolution to every arc is quite convenient. It may look cool at first but if you look closer you realize it has lots of plot armor in it, which eventually make it look bad in a way. There is conclusion but every time it is like that of a fairy tale, with the villains beaten and the good guys saved or resurrected. Because as Saint Seiya taught, you must never permanently kill your characters if you are to milk the kid audience for decades.
But the cast is definately more interesting and colorful than that of Saint Seiya. Some men are funny, some are dramatic, and some are scary. But the thing they all have in common is that they all solve their problems with violence. Is something wrong in your life? Just kick the shit out of it and it’s solved! Expected in fighting shonen but this anime makes sure to even make fun with the premise. I mean Goku will challenge people to a fight even when there is no reason to it and the opponents are hardly strong. It’s not like the series doesn’t leave the option of diplomacy open… It simply never uses it.
Women are treated purely as fan service. You won’t find any good female fighters in it. Bulma, Lunch and Chichi are a bunch of brainless lolitas that exist just for to undress and make sexual jokes about boobs and marriage. Toriyama is a phalocratic bastard! It is yet another staple of shonen which holds true even today and it is fine for the target audience. I mean, who would cheer a girl or want to be like one if it’s a 100% male oriented show? But it’s true that a few token female warriors would be nice just to break the monotony.
In general, all the characters have a strong presence in the series (usually funny). Son Goku is one of the most distinctive fighting shounen characters, the Turtle hermit one of the most famous sleazy old men and Shen Long the most renowned Chinese dragon. All the character’s names are based either on the original fairy tale (Son Goku) or some cultural (Oolong) or fetish (Bulma) object. It is very funny to look for the meaning and origin of each one’s name. Their personalities are simply either comical or battle frenzied, making them quite repetitive so you almost feel like the series has only two characters that change cloths all the time. Still, they are two quite distinctive characters.
They all have their simple backdrop stories (just enough to excuse their existence in the story) and practically zero character development. No one really matures; just gets older and/or stronger. And always fights! No one tries to reason with his enemies; he just fights them. No one tries to trick his enemies with cunningness; he just gets stronger and fights them. This again sounds typical of shonen but it is true that Saint Seiya had given far more attention to backdrom stories and even the development of each major character would be triggered by an important event. There is no such thing in Dragonball as everybody is practically goofing around and just trains to get stronger.
I admit the Dragonball bunch has a lot more vividness and quirks to remember them more fondly. It is very cool to see them getting taller, breast-enlarged or stronger but it is also quite disappointing to see them acting the same way, no matter how many years pass and regardless of how many hardships they face. If some become a bit more mature, it is only after they lose to Son Goku. They were interesting antagonists up to the point they rival him; but after their defeat, they change to stunts and uninteresting underlings (such was the case with Yamcha, Krilin, Chaosu and Tien). Which feels poor to say the least.
It seems to be a rather bad legacy this show left to the following shonen, who in an attempt to mimic the glory would also opt for goofy characters and simplistic backdrops. Damn, looks like the subtle formula Hokuto no Ken began with faded even more and got replaced with a bunch of hapless idiots.
My enjoyment equals the percentage of the worthy episodes. I personally have the following remarks about the flow of the story.
-Episodes 1 to 13 were pure slapstick/erotic comedy, with some cool explosions here and there. Not very funny or imposing but definitely bearable and worthy.
-Episodes 14 to 28 were still funny but had a lot of martial art fighting that made them more interesting.
-Episodes 29 to 59 were boring, as Goku feels like Rambo while protecting innocent people from the Red Ribbon Army of terrorists. Not much of story or battles. There was a cameo appearance of the Doctor Slump characters here, but who cares.
-Episodes 60 to 68 were great! Goku fights the extremely ruthless Tao Pai Pai (the first cool villain in the series who kills people in VERY cruel ways) and then storms the Red Ribbon Army base.
-Episodes 69 to 101 were boring, as I didn’t found interesting the ghost tournament, or Tien Shin Han’s quest for revenge. And the battles were quite stale.
-Episodes 102 to 148 were great again, as Piccolo appears, kills people by the HUNDREDS, mountains start blowing up, characters change and mysteries are solved. Very action-based, violent and cool.
-Episodes 149 to 153 were a simple adventure and an atmospheric but also anti-climactic ending to the first series.
If you sum it up, out of the 153 episodes, about 80 were worthy, giving an average of 5.
But hey, it’s the series that hooked millions of people to shonen. It has memorable characters and a distinctive world and it’s not afraid to fool around for dozens of episodes before the actual story kicks in. Because back then the competition was almost zero and even 30 filler episodes in a row felt ok. It is still better than most modern shonen since it never lost its passion; like let’s say Naruto or Bleach. Or at least it didn’t up until GT came to be… I still consider One Piece the only superior descendant of the formula it left behind, which for a 25 year old shonen, that means a lot.
If you like Akira Toriyama’s style of animation, look for the series Doctor Slump and Blue Dragon as well as games such as the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger.
And let’s not forget Journey to the West , the fairy tale Dragon Ball was based upon. read more
Aug 2, 2011
First, with the story. 4/10. I gave this anime a try. I truly did. At around episode 50 or so I just...stopped. I mean, the first arc, the Pilaf saga, where Bulma, Goku and friends go to get the dragon balls to make a wish - that was the ONLY arc i liked. after that, the plot repeated itself again and again. Goku would fight against enemy, lose, train, win. Next arc would follow the same thing. It got boring really fast.
Art ......... 2/10. Goodness. I will say that the 80's didn't have the greatest of animation at that point, but, that's not the whole problem. I didn't find any of the characters remotely appealing in any way - except Puar, that cat-thing. That was about it. Towards the end, all the guys look the same. When they go Super Saiyan ect., I can't even tell whose who. Overall, not very appealing character designs. Though, that's just me.
Sounds 4/10. I will admit some VA's in Japanese version sounded ok. English sounded like nails on a chalk board. The only thing keeping this rating high is Japanese VA and some openings were catchy. Though, that's about it.
Character 2/10. Design aside, I found most of the characters either really annoying or useless. The females all drove me crazy - abusive, butch - not really what I would call a "strong female character" (or me, a strong female would be someone like Lina Inverse from Slayers, who can easily deal some damage, stand her own ground with little to no assistance, but does have female qualities as well. Watch the anime/ read the manga for more info. None of the females did it for me. Bulma drove me crazy acting like a bit of a floosy the whole time, or getting herself in trouble. Overall, not very strong and didn't do a thing really. With ChiChi, I could at least stand her a bit, until she got to be a complete control freak and hypocrite (she used to fight, then when she got married she didnt want Goku or her son to fight, instead had him study.) As for the guys - either they were very useless like Yamcha who got killed or lost a lot, or just god-moding like Goku. Other characters like Vegeta didn't really do much for me either. Also, no character developement. At all. At least, not that I could tell.
Enjoyment 3/10. I just didn't enjoy it with a repetitive plot, poor design, no character development, god-moding and honestly lack of plot I should add.
Overall 2/10. I wouldn't recommend it. I really wouldn't.
Though I do give it props since it helped influence many other animes out there like Bleach, Naruto, One Piece ect., but that's about it. I also am aware many people grew up with it, and that is one reason why so many like it.
Anyway, thanks for reading - helpful or not helpful c(: you still read it anyway! read more
May 27, 2010
Oct 20, 2009
The series is full of comedy, action and a bit of drama and should be seen by anybody who loves martial arts or fighting in general or who just wants to sit back and have a few laughs. The art is still decent for a older anime series and the English dub is actually good if not better to watch if you are English yourself which is rare when it comes to anime.
Jan 25, 2013
This is from the Dragonball manga when Goku is a child. Splitting the manga into 2 series was a great idea (naruto ended up doing the same thing later), because it kept the distinctly different parts of the story separate. This part of the story is so much fun to watch, and it's filled with action and comedy.
This anime is great for children, but I personally think this part of the story doesn't hold up over time for adults. Those that grew up watching it will still love it (we have a fan boy in all of us), but newcomers may have trouble watching it due to the age of the animation. The sound is pretty aweful compared to what we are accustomed to these days, so be warned.
To wrap it all up, it's definitely worth watching, but it's distinctly different than it's sequel. Don't expect a super saiyan, but do expect some super fun. read more