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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Gokû (153 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (153 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma (114 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (105 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (101 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (101 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Kamesennin Muten Roshi / ... (100 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
 Oolong / ... (91 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mami Koyama ...
 Lunch / ... (78 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Announcer / ... (71 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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26 February 1986 (Japan)  »

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(153 episodes)

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Trivia

The France-based AB Groupe was responsible for handling the distribution of the series and merchandise across a portion of Europe. Thus, in some European countries, the series was advertised as a French cartoon, along with a variety of other popular anime properties that they had the rights for at the time. These were also notable for containing heavy censorship and the drastic rewriting of several scenes and the renaming of several characters, as well as original intros and closing sequences, made to ensure that the series would be suitable for very young audiences. See more »

Goofs

When Master Roshi is introduced he knows nothing about the Dragon Balls. Yet later in the series, he tells Goku and company an extremely detailed story about their origin. 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

Followed by Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might (1990) See more »

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It's a good show.
25 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched this show and i guarantee its good. Well it may start off a little slow but it gets really good. It's child friendly and adults will enjoy it too. Like Dragonball Z and Dragonball Gt it will keep your interest. The fighting and powers of the warriors can keep children and adults all over the world amused. The show does have a little bit humor to it than the other two series, but thats what it was originally created for. The humor doesn't stop the show from having a good plot. Throughout the show they have great adventures and they always meet new allies and villains. To the last comment, I wouldn't say that your comment wasn't true, but I don't want to say it was true. The creators have made special uncut versions, but those must be bought on DVD or VHS. The edited version airs on television. They just wouldn't put extreme adult content on a show for children. So, what if a few of the characters like girl magazines and one is obsessed with females its all part of the humor. There are no female body parts that are revealed in the show, not even on the uncut versions. So, when i was reading the last comment I figured that the person who wrote must be misjudged. Watch the edited version. If you are not offended by anything enjoy the uncut version which is more adult oriented.


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