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 / ... (144 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator (143 episodes, 1986-1989)
Doug Parker ...
 Beast Oolong / ... (139 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma (105 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (105 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Kamesennin Muten Roshi / ... (97 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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Storyline

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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(153 episodes)

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Trivia

Goku is based on the Monkey King, a Chinese monkey god; like the Monkey King, he has a flying cloud used for transportation and a magic staff that can extend when he wants. Also the Monkey King's name (when in Chinese characters, but read in Japanese) spells "Son Goku". See more »

Goofs

As King Piccolo is getting ready to make is wish, he pulls the five balls out of the ground that Roshi hid there. He brings them toward him and there are seven balls. Then he proceeds to take out of his mouth the two that he swallowed earlier. See more »

Quotes

[Japanese opening song]
Singer: Grab them in the hands! Dragon Ball! / One of the world's most thrilling secrets / Hunt those down! Dragon Ball! / One of the world's most pleasant miracles / This world is a huge treasure island / That's right, right now, Adventure! / The chest is tightened excitedly in love, dreaming lots of various colors / Somewhere in this world it's glowing / Let's go and find those, boy, striking out the ghosts and goblins / We'll also fly on the cloud machine today / Let's try, ...
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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

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #42.10 (2009) See more »

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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