Dragonball (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 (141 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 (102 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Kamesennin Muten Roshi (96 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (92 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (92 episodes, 1986-1989)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
 Oolong / ... (81 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

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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

[Japanese closing song]
Singer: Come along in a fantasy, a likable mystery / Don't hide your youthfulness / Want to have a mystery, want to have an adventure / Everybody's itching to go / If you give up pretending to be an adult / you can't solve like a simple puzzle / Try to be wilder and stronger, / in life! / I'll give you romance, I'll give you romance / Show us your true bravery! / I'll give you romance, I'll give you romance / The glisten light flutters in the hearts, / I'll give you a dream!
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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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Soundtracks

Romantikku Ageru yo
(I'll Give You Romance)
Performed by Ushio Hashimoto
Lyrics by Tatemi Yoshida
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arrangement by Kôhei Tanaka
(Ending theme)
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I actually liked it after giving it a second chance.
3 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never had an interest in this series or the one that followed it. But after hearing so many good things about it. I decided to watch for myself. I read this is the first series that started it all. So here's what I learn from seeing all 153 episodes.

Dragonball takes place in an alternate earth that's nothing like ours. The humans live like we do, only they're accompany by dinosaurs, talking animals, and aliens. And most of the technology is years ahead of us. The whole plot focuses on Goku, a monkey tail boy who doesn't know he'll make a difference in the world. He encounters a teenage girl name Bulma, who is hunting down 7 dragon balls. Goku owns a dragon ball himself, which was once own by his grandfather. Goku didn't know what was so special about the balls, so Bulma told him what the story to it is.

The 7 Legendary shinny balls, known as Dragonballs have the ability to summon the eternal dragon when all of them are gathered together. The person who summons the dragon can get any wish he or she desires, and one wish only. Bulma has her own wish plan when she gets all 7 of the dragon balls, while Goku is interested in tagging along with Bulma on her journey. Because Bulma finds Goku to be of some use due to his inhuman strength.

During their quest, Goku & Bulma will meet new friends and allies. As well crossing paths with many enemies and those who plan to use the dragon balls for evil purposes. Later on Goku will hope to become stronger than he already is. In order to do so he does some difficult training in martial arts from Master Roshi(his grandfather's friend). Goku is already a born fighter which is yet to be unleashed once he passes the limits of a normal human, and compete in the following "World Martial Arts Tournament" to gain the title of World Champion. Goku is about to experience a journey that unpredictable to anyone.

I gotta admit, I actually do like Dragonball now, after seeing this whole series. Even though this is lighter than the following series. But I wanted know the characters, story, and locations more by seeing the beginning than the middle. I was entirely confused with this one and DragonBall Z(the series that follows). Which is probably because I was a little kid who didn't consider anime as worthy as American cartoons.

Unlike today, where I do consider anime a pleasure to behold. I regret not getting into Dragonball from the very beginning, but it's never too late to become a fan of a franchise that's been around way before I was born.

Enough of my lecturing there. Overrall Dragonball has originality, character development, humor, drama, and suspense that really kept it going. As well as a collection of movie parodies, Chinese related locations/themes, and the whole idea of Sci-Fi combined with Fantasy & Action. I can see why Eiichiro Oda of One Piece was so influenced by this series. Since he and the creator Akira Toriyama are best of friends.

After spending 3 months on this series, I'm gonna get started on DragonBall Z which succeeded even greater than it's proceeder.


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