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Dragon Ball

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English: Dragon Ball
Synonyms: Dragonball, DB
Japanese: ドラゴンボール


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
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.151 (scored by 287,770 users)
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Ranked: #3692
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Popularity: #99
Members: 447,736
Favorites: 8,665


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. 
report Recommended by Vegard_Aune
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 smell is incredible  read more 
report Recommended by jack18l
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. 
report Recommended by kikucisko
Similar over the top action sequences and they're both animes where the story isn't exactly the main focus. 
report Recommended by JoeyShadow
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. 
report Recommended by SuperTiencha
Those animes shows that training is the way of pain. Just by watching those series you can feel, that even you can do something to be better one. In both series main hero gains friends after fighting them before as enemies. 
report Recommended by Fixil
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. 
report Recommended by SuperTiencha
Both are classics, both have similar main characters and both leave a peacefull place to get adventures and awesome fights 
report Recommended by TanisChile
Within both series, we see a smart, streetwise female on a journey who takes a clueless, strong male who lives in solitude out on 'her' adventure across the lands, searching for a number of specific items. The female leads are pretty sensible in comparrison to the female leads you see often in shounen's today, yet as serious as she is, she isn't immune to humiliation. The male lead isn't subject to buttmonkey and dispite his intellect being questionable, he does make you wonder at times. A partnership of brains and brawn - both being nessessary. Both are have a whole lot of conversation-worthy material. 
report Recommended by Queen_Stars
This anime simply screams Dragon Ball. You don't even have to watch Dragon Ball to know it's similar. As long as you're familiar with what Dragon Ball is about, you can see it. We find a young women on a quest who by chance meets a small boy. As it turns out, this boy isn't really what he appears to be. He posses a special power that surpasses that of the norm. And as a result, they both embark together on a similar quest to the original. They confront some enemies along the way, but due to his abilities, the boy is able to fight  read more 
report Recommended by Femorals
The stories are somewhat based on the same legend, especially both Goku's (two monkeys). At first I thought that Saiyuki's Goku was a ripoff of Dragon Ball. Saiyuki is meant for older audience than Dragon Ball, but it still has a bit of humor and the feeling that the good guys will always save the day. 
report Recommended by paalis
Both of the main characters like to punch the shit out of animals and then eat them. 
report Recommended by SlayerJim
Both protagonists have a habit of turning enemies into allies by not just being strong, but also by being laid back and kind. 
report Recommended by NeoRinTinTin
Hunter X Hunter's main inspiration was the original dragonball series. Many features can be contrast to the dragonball series, from Gon which has been called "an obvious Son Goku derivative" to the Ki-Nen parallel, the youth boy bonding and the tournament fighting. However, it resembles Dragonball most in its light, happy and adventurous mood. In contrast, Dragonball is more comedy-adventure as it parodies a classic story whereas Hunter x Hunter is slightly more serious without abandoning that good-feeling vibe. ALso, HxH is much shorter and ends with you wanting more whereas dragonball's ending goes full circle and offer more closure. 
report Recommended by roiphilosophe
Both anime focus on a very strong protagonist, who usually defeats his enemies with ease. They have a lot of action and fights, but also a lot of lighthearted comedic moments. The character design is also somewhat similar, especially the first villain that Saitama faces, who looks like a blue Piccolo. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
While these two anime are not meant for the same audience (Dragon Ball is Shonen and Goku: Midnight Eye is not), both anime are initially inspired by Journey to the West. In both anime, the main protagonist wields a length-changing staff and battles against powerful enemies. Both anime are action-packed as well. If you like one, you should probably like the other. 
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
Both are very catchy and entertaining. A goup of people fighting demons/monsters. --Fighting Scenes!! There's a lot of action and comedy. Main character (male) are searching for an object that can grant anyone a wish when all pieces have been collected and put together. 
report Recommended by LenDrizzle
It has same character design and it is a martial arts adventure story too. 
report Recommended by Eat
Main character is male, who fights in order to defeat evil!! Also happens to fight for the one's that they love and want to protect. Not only that, but they both have company and help by other friends that tag along the way and support them. Action and Fighting Scenes!~ 
report Recommended by LenDrizzle
basically these 2 serie's were business rivalry's biggest assets , Toei Animation v.s Sunrise inc. but both couln'd help itself to make a serie in the trend of the rpg craze back then and both serie's left a great impact in anime, especially with the younger audience, dragonball has a bit more popularity advantage's but in Japan Wataru was/is a very big name , and have chibilike charachters, in dragonball only some chara are chibi 
report Recommended by Shura-shurato
Son Goku is a character of the manga and anime Gensomaden Saiyuki. . It is also the hero of the legend of the Monkey King, which inspired Saiyuki, but also Dragon Ball.  
report Recommended by gangstabrainsick
Son Goku is a character of the manga and anime Gensomaden Saiyuki. . It is also the hero of the legend of the Monkey King, which inspired Saiyuki, but also Dragon Ball. 
report Recommended by gangstabrainsick
Super Kid is the fan fiction written by a ten-year-old who was so into Dragon Ball, he thought he and his friends could be Goku and company. 
report Recommended by Lil-Bird
Ramenman is quite a lot like DB in terms of animation style, setting (both have those chinese style mountains and watercolor nature depictions similar to those in old painting scrolls), both have a lot of martial arts training sequences, adventuring and bad guys defeating. They provide similar feel and level of enjoyment when watching. Ramenman is a bit faster paced and more episodic, so if you are looking for something like DB, consider Ramenman despite it's main character design and title might make bad first impression. 
report Recommended by grsh
Both anime's are insanely funny much so i was crying of laughter through out multiple scenes. Both MC's go on an adventure with goals in mine but run into trouble on the way The two anime's have amazing fighting scene's that displays the protagonists abilities Both MC's fight for good reasons and always protect the weak not to mention they are very strong 
report Recommended by Obeythealfa
Both anime are based on Wu Cheng'en's classical novel Journey to the West and depict the Monkey King's (Son Goku) journey. Both have tweaks to the novel's story, but still stay true to its theme and atmosphere. Also, both anime have tons of humor and martial arts action.  
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both are comedy/adventure series that feature a very powerful protagonist. They also both have that old school charm. 
report Recommended by EpsilonX
Both are action shounen anime where strong characters are fighting against enemies. Both have old animation. While Dragon Ball is more comedy, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is more violent. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Very similar art style, lot of fighting scenes and some perviness 
report Recommended by abystoma2
These anime contain a huge blend of genres and creativity as they demonstrate perverted humor, martial artists using ki-energy, tournaments and a hero from the wilderness. Other interesting traits in Jungle King Tar-chan include the usage of vampires, wrestlers and story arcs that dissects morality between men and inhuman beings.  
report Recommended by THEAnimeHERO
Both MHA and Dragon Ball have loveable characters with unique abilities, great villains and tournament arcs. MHA, however, does it much better with a faster pace. 
report Recommended by Jake_F
Both are Shounen genres and focus a story based on the MC improving with any obstacle that he faces. Both series have a main rival (Kachan and Vegeta) which are almost identical in the "wanting to beat the MC" method of thinking . A lot of side characters helping the MC in multiple occasions. MC is Overpowered as f**k. 
report Recommended by LoL_Idk
Both of the main characters are cool guys that fight in tournaments and have a master who is an old man that can turn extremely buff. 
report Recommended by SlayerJim
Same creator, both series take place in same universe with the same feel. The main characters of both series are similar to each other. The Dr. Slump characters and setting even appears in Dragon Ball as well. 
report Recommended by SuperTiencha
Dragonball Is very similar to Naruto Shippuuden and the orignal series Naruto because they both have intense magical fighting scenes, both have funny and emotional scenes and has a strong sense of friendship and family. 
report Recommended by BrokenPhoenix
where as angelic layer is more on the cutesy side of things both of these shows have a turnament in which the main character must win or overcome. the stories are really good but with the longer shows the characters just have to keep fighting in more turnaments. 
report Recommended by animehawk8504
both main character can transform to be some kind of superman and their appearance will change to more spiky cool looking  
report Recommended by Luckyin
Both have similiar graphics and great history :D 
report Recommended by glKazama
They both are centered around one kid who becomes the hero and tries to make the world they live in better place. 
report Recommended by troublesome
Both are based on 'Journey to the West', one of the 'Four Great Classical Novels' of Chinese literature, written in 1590 A.D. 
report Recommended by Skullthrone
They both have the same feeling to it. The main characters fight against monsters (which look very similar in a visual way). And both main characters get gradually stronger throughout the anime, and both fight alongside with friends. 
report Recommended by Reik
Both shows are about finding magical balls. 
report Recommended by mrcgnarkill
They both follow young male protagonists who grew up in a location that is far from the norm, who later go out into the mainlands accompanied by an older female accomplice. They both have over-the-top fights as well as a good storyline to follow. They both involve a lot of traveling and meeting new friends and foes. 
report Recommended by TheStormPow
Both series are largely inspired by Journey of the West. Also in Dragon Ball there is a tournament of martial arts and in Monkey Typhoon there are two, first in Lukona Kingdom and after on the desert. 
report Recommended by SunWukung
Both involve a little kid with an unknown past and strange abilities going on a journey. 
report Recommended by Sarahtoga104
Both stories starts with the search of something ( dragon balls in DB, philosophal stone in FMA) and have lots of adventures, powers and action. 
report Recommended by Franneke
Both series have a protagonist who is a little kid that can beat the shit out of anyone and travels with an older woman who ends up having her boobies seen by him. 
report Recommended by SlayerJim
Both stories are about a clueless, innocent, strong kid who goes on an adventure with his friends in order to collect something. 
report Recommended by LegionIscariot
Filled with the best tournament arcs ever. Just by watching these shows you feel like your training for one. Also lots of spikey hair 
report Recommended by SlayerJim
These anime have a blend of action and comedy who are the mandatory staples for Shonen Jump series of the 1980's. The tone of these series range from comedic to serious but contain a wide range of characters and multiple sequels that are still popular today. The most common elements found in these shows are their constant battle of good vs evil who both heroes, Goku & Kinnikuman, fight against wacky villains, robots, aliens and even Gods.  
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