Dragon Ball (1986–1989)
"Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru" (original title)

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Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

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Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Gokû / ... (142 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator (141 episodes, 1986-1989)
Doug Parker ...
 Beast Oolong / ... (140 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (105 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma (103 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Kamesennin Muten Roshi (96 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (93 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (93 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
 Oolong / ... (82 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mami Koyama ...
 Lunch / ... (78 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Announcer / ... (70 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Tenshinhan (64 episodes, 1987-1989)
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What starts off as a bizarre re-telling of the Chinese legend "Journey to the West" quickly transforms into pure madness. On a twisted version of Earth, the ridiculously strong child-fighter Son Gokû is joined by several companions in the quest for the seven "dragon balls", which, when assembled, will summon the Grand Dragon, who will grant the bearer of the balls one single wish. The problem is, the Grand Dragon can only be invoked once a year, and villains battle Gokuu and friends constantly for possession of the Dragon Balls. Written by Mike Toole <micabob@ix.netcom.com>

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Most of Goku's friends were his enemies at one point:
  • Oolong: Once terrorized a village until Goku brought him to justice.


  • Yamcha: A desert bandit who tried to rob Goku and company. He stalked Goku for a while, wanting to let him find the Dragon Balls so he could take them for himself. But due to the threats of Boss Rabbit and Emperor Pilaf, he was forced to join up with Goku and help him in battle.


  • Ox King: Guardian of Mount Frypan, he was annoyed when Goku and company intruded on his domain. But once he heard Goku was the grandson of his former training partner under Master Roshi, he had a change of heart.


  • Krillin: The bald monk came to train with Master Roshi, wanting to get strong so he could both get attention from girls and protect himself. He was young and arrogant, and hated Goku at first, cheating and cutting corners everywhere in their training. Of course, his cheating ways didn't last long, and the difficulty of he and Goku's training brought them closer.


  • Tienshinhan and Chiaotzu: Originally con artists who went from town to town committing the same crime over and over again, Goku finally fought with them and brought them to justice, and ended up befriending them.


  • Piccolo/Ma junior: Father, the original Piccolo, was killed by Goku when he terrorized the world. The twosome were worst enemies and fought all the way until the end of the series. However, they had to join forces against a greater evil at the beginning of the Z series.


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Goofs

For the first few episodes that feature the Red Ribbon army, their logo undergoes several slight changes. See more »

Quotes

[English opening song]
Singer: Find the Dragon Balls! Look out for them all! / You can search around the world with me! / Gotta heed the call of magic Dragon Balls! / What a great adventure this will be! / You can climb on board, 'cause the Nimbus doesn't wait! / A fantastic journey for your dreams, a thrilling mystery! / Through the fires of time, they've waited patiently / When all seven balls you find, the Dragon is set free / Rising, rising, mesmerizing, unbridled ecstasy! / Radiant and shining, ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are a montage of images based on covers from the "Dragon Ball" manga. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Makafushigi Adobenchâ!
(Mysterious Adventure!)
Performed by Hiroki Takahashi
Lyrics by Yuriko Mori
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arrangement by Kôhei Tanaka
(Opening theme)
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Superb!
23 July 1999 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Dragonball is one of the best cartoons ever made. Dragonball Z is a bit disapointing compared to this one. Dragonball tells the story of Son Goku, a kid with a tail(?), who's origin is really explained only on Dragonball Z, and the story is all made up around 7 crystal balls that when all are together, allow you to ask any wish to the Dragon. It doesn't have all those "Super" stuff of Dragonball Z, all characters have different combat tactics and special moves, and they obtain their skills through hard training and not fury or spells. For Dragonball Z fans, if you want to see Bulma still young and more beautiful, Yamcha still an honourable fighter and Piccolo a bad guy, you have to see this!


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