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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In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue ... See full summary »

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Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Victor Atelevich, Andrea Kwan, Brice Armstrong
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Cooler has resurrected himself as a robot and is enslaving the people of New Namek. Goku and the gang must help.

Director: Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Andrew Chandler, Stephanie Nadolny
Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of aliens visit Earth to plant the Tree of Might, a plant that grants cosmic power by draining the Earth's life force.

Director: Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Z-Fighters must stop a mad scientist out to take over the world.

Directors: Chad Bowers, Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Hiromi Tsuru
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After destroying Frieza on Namek, Goku returns to a peaceful life on Earth. When informed his brother has been killed by a Saiyan, Cooler is hell bent on killing Goku, and making him pay ... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Andrew Chandler, Christopher Sabat
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Paragus tricks Vegeta into coming to a counterfeit planet called New Vegeta. Little does he know, he comes to realize that Broly is the legendary super saiyan that Goku (Kakarot) tries to warn him off.

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Stars: Bin Shimada, Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The universe is thrown into dimensional chaos as the dead come back to life. Now Goku and Vegeta must track down the cause of this uproar.

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Z-Fighters must contend with Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction, but only a God can fight a God, and none of them are Gods. However with the creation of the Super Saiyan God, will the Z-Fighters be able to defeat Lord Beerus?

Director: Masahiro Hosoda
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Jason Douglas, Ian Sinclair
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The death of Dr. Gero at the hands of Androids 17 and 18 prompts the activation of Androids 13, 14, and 15. They try to kill Goku, who fights them with the help of Trunks, Piccolo, Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan.

Director: Daisuke Nishio
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Dragon Ball (1989)
Animation | Action | Adventure
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One of the very first attempts to release Dragon Ball in North America, this film combines footage from Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies and Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure.

Directors: Daisuke Nishio, Kazuhisa Takenôchi
Stars: Barbara Goodson, Wendee Lee, Clifton Wells
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Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Gokû / ... (145 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator (144 episodes, 1986-1989)
Doug Parker ...
 Beast Oolong / ... (139 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma (106 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 / ... (83 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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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

One thing that seems to cause confusion amongst people posting goofs on the site is the status of the moon. People claim Master Roshi destroyed it in the original series but it was back in Z when Piccolo destroyed it. The original Dragon Ball briefly states, however, that Kami restored the moon himself. 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 »

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Dragonball matches up quite well with Z.
5 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I do not know if my tastes have changed over the years, but once I used to say by far the best incarnation of Dragonball was Z. However, upon watching this entire series on DVD uncut I now have to say that this one is equal or maybe a notch or two above Z. Though I can still say quite easily that GT is the worst of the bunch as while this one needed a continuation, Z did not. This one follows the young boy Goku as it chronicles his friendships and adventures while finding the mythical dragonballs that number seven and when gathered together summon the dragon, Shenron to grant one wish. The show started out as more of a comedy, a comedy with at times quite perverted humor in it. As the show progressed though it would more and more rely on action to the point that near the end of the show it closely resembled Z, most of the pervert nature of the show would be gone near the end. Why? I have no idea, but it would make a reappearance here and there near the end, but nothing like it was in the beginning. In fact, Z and GT would see virtually no humor of this type with the exception of Master Roshii. This show is sort of made up of three adventures involving the dragonballs. After each of these adventures there was a world martial arts tournament story. The first adventure involves a plucky teen named Bulma finding Goku and the two end up going on an adventure to find the dragonballs. They meet Yamcha here as well as Oolong and Puar. They also meet the nefarious Emperor Pilaf who has to be the funniest villain in the dragonball universe. This story would become Goku training under Master Roshii and meeting Krillan during the world martial arts phase. Then the Red Ribbon Army would be next as would be the meeting of Goku and Tien. Finally, Goku would have to face off against the evil King Piccolo in both the adventure and the tournament. Then for some reason the show keeps going on about five more episodes than it really needed to. Still, this one was fun and the fighting would become really cool near the end.


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