Dragon Ball

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Synonyms: Dragonball, DB
Japanese: ドラゴンボール
English: Dragon Ball
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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, Harmony Gold
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.961 (scored by 538293538,293 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5962
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #131
Members: 860,437
Favorites: 12,474

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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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Background

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

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Characters & Voice Actors

Piccolo

Supporting
Tsuru, Hiromi
Japanese

Tenshinhan

Supporting
Suzuoki, Hirotaka
Japanese

Norimaki, Arale

Supporting
Koyama, Mami
Japanese

Mr. Popo

Supporting
Nishio, Toku
Japanese

Lunch

Supporting
Koyama, Mami
Japanese

Staff

Watson, Barry
Producer, Script
Okazaki, Minoru
Director, Episode Director
Nishio, Daisuke
Episode Director
Hashimoto, Mitsuo
Episode Director


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Opening Theme

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"Makafushigi Adventure" by Hiroki Takahashi
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Ending Theme

"Romatikku Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto



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
ligemeget (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
May 4, 2021
Haxkarl (All reviews)
Dragon Ball is the BEST Anime i have ever seen!

I remember back in 2014, a friend started talking about Mangas and Animes. I didn´t watch Anime nor did i read any Mangas at that time so i was curious as to what he was talking about. He recommended me to watch Dragon Ball, and i looked up a website that had all the 153 episodes and thus begun my journey of watching Anime ( and later reading Mangas )

It´s just the best anime for me and i loved every single episode. It has a perfect story, memorable characters & lovely voice acting. I watched read more

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