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

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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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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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