Dragon Ball

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Synonyms: Dragonball, DB
Japanese: ドラゴンボール
English: Dragon Ball
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Type: TV
Episodes: 153
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 26, 1986 to Apr 12, 1989
Premiered: Winter 1986
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV, Shueisha
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.961 (scored by 650050650,050 users)
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Ranked: #6602
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Popularity: #148
Members: 1,005,943
Favorites: 15,368

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Gokuu Son is a young boy who lives in the woods all alone—that is, until a girl named Bulma runs into him in her search for a set of magical objects called the "Dragon Balls." Since the artifacts are said to grant one wish to whoever collects all seven, Bulma hopes to gather them and wish for a perfect boyfriend. Gokuu happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but unfortunately for Bulma, he refuses to part ways with it, so she makes him a deal: he can tag along on her journey if he lets her borrow the dragon ball's power. With that, the two set off on the journey of a lifetime.

They don't go on the journey alone. On the way, they meet the old Muten-Roshi and wannabe disciple Kuririn, with whom Gokuu trains to become a stronger martial artist for the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament. However, it's not all fun and games; the ability to make any wish come true is a powerful one, and there are others who would do much worse than just wishing for a boyfriend. To stop those who would try to abuse the legendary power, they train to become stronger fighters, using their newfound strength to help the people around them along the way.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Adapts the first 194 chapters of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga.

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Opening Theme

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"Makafushigi Adventure" by Hiroki Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Romatikku Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto


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 ...
Mar 2, 2021
Mixed Feelings
#1: Emperor Pilaf Saga

Just like it happened with so many other people of my generation, I instantly fell in love with Dragonball. And I am talking about the original series, not Z which was what most watched in America and didn’t know there was more before it. By then, the plot had become the stereotype everybody was copying, instead of something completely different from everything else that was airing at that moment. Unless for some reason you were lucky enough to get another action adventure comedy series, with plot continuity, where everybody was a selfish idiot, instead of picture perfect boyscouts and one-dimensional bad guys. ...
Jan 4, 2018

Okay, now that that's out of the way...
Dragon Ball, in my eyes, is the biggest insult to the anime community entirely in general. The only two positives i see from my point of view are that (1.) It was an entrance into the Japanese animation community for many, and (2.) It's style of formula inspired many other anime to this very day. But beyond that, there's nothing positive I can say about Dragon Ball or it's successors. Seriously, I wanted to hang myself every time I tried ...

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