Dragon Ball Movie 1: Shen Long no Densetsu

Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies

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English: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
Japanese: ドラゴンボール 神龍の伝説


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 20, 1986
Producers: Harmony Gold
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, ShounenShounen, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 50 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.811 (scored by 3106331,063 users)
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Ranked: #44872
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Popularity: #2303
Members: 55,570
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A retelling of Dragon Ball's origins, this is a different version of the meeting of Goku, Bulma, Oolong, and Yamucha. They are all looking for the dragon balls for different reasons when they cross paths with an evil king named Gourmeth, who is also looking for the dragon balls.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Furuya, Toru

Shen Long

Utsumi, Kenji


Watanabe, Naoko


Gouri, Daisuke


Koyama, Mami


Inoue, Toshiki
Hashimoto, Ushio
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

"Makafushigi Adventure!" by Hiroki Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Romantic Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto

Apr 26, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
Having seen this movie, I now understand why the Dragon Ball movie "The Path to Power" (which I watched before this one) is labelled as an "alternative version" to the beginning of Dragon Ball - it essentially does the same thing as this movie, but went about it in a different way. Both of them bring some of the core characters of the franchise: Goku, Bulma, the turtle guy and the pig etc (these guys don't even need names to be honest). The production seems to be higher for this movie, as the animation looks clearer, but this could be because I watched a lower read more
Oct 31, 2020
AlexxS7 (All reviews)
I've been putting off re-watching Dragon Ball for a long time, since I watched it like 5 times as a kid and as a teenager, so i started with the movies first. This is a retelling of the first arc and as such makes a lot of changes. The premise is still the same, find the 7 Dragon Balls and make a wish.
In terms of art and sound the movie is fine, it has the classic look and feel of Dragon Ball and shonens of that era. The characters don't show off much neither develop since the pacing of the film is rather rushed read more
Apr 2, 2017
ktulu007 (All reviews)
Toriyama Akira's Dragonball franchise is one I've looked at before. I've also looked at two films associated with it: Fusion Reborn & Battle of Gods. This time, we're going to kick off film festival week with a look at one of the Dragonball era films, Legend of Shenron. It originally aired in late 1986. Yes, the same year that Dragonball itself started airing. So, let's see how it compares to the others we've looked at.


We open with soldiers destroying buildings and fields while terrorising the citizens in order to mine rich stones. Clearly, the most creative name for valuable stones ever. We then cut read more
Mar 22, 2016
KlownArt (All reviews)
If you are like me you don't mind non-canonical movies. Especially within the Dragon Ball realm. You understand they cannot logically happen, but still enjoy them. This movie is a retelling of the first arc of Dragon Ball. It's not just a shortened down version of the television series. It takes tons of liberties with characters and progression points.

With non-canonical movies you can enjoy them because they are their own thing. This isn't it's own thing though. It's just a worse version of the television series. The story moves to fast and no one really develops. The villain barely gets enough air time. The finale read more

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