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Dragon Ball

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Alternative Titles

English: Dragon Ball
Synonyms: Dragonball, DB
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: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.161 (scored by 230,766 users)
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Ranked: #3512
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Popularity: #98
Members: 351,535
Favorites: 7,022
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Synopsis

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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Suzuoki, Hirotaka
Japanese
Norimaki, Arale
Supporting
Koyama, Mami
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Mr. Popo
Supporting
Nishio, Toku
Japanese
Lunch
Supporting
Koyama, Mami
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Staff

Watson, Barry
Producer, Script
Okazaki, Minoru
Director, Episode Director
Nishio, Daisuke
Episode Director
Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Episode Director


Edit Opening Theme

"Makafushigi Adventure" by Hiroki Takahashi

Edit Ending Theme

"Romatikku Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto




More reviewsReviews

May 10, 2008
L-sama (All reviews)
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
May 25, 2014
HappyHarryHardOn (All reviews)

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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Mar 29, 2013
analkonge (All reviews)
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
Jun 22, 2012
TheIMF (All reviews)
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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