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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
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Most of Goku's friends were his enemies at one point:
Oolong: Once terrorized a village until Goku brought him to justice.
Yamcha: A desert bandit who tried to rob Goku and company. He stalked Goku for a while, wanting to let him find the Dragon Balls so he could take them for himself. But due to the threats of Boss Rabbit and Emperor Pilaf, he was forced to join up with Goku and help him in battle.
Ox King: Guardian of Mount Frypan, he was annoyed when Goku and company intruded on his domain. But once he heard Goku was the grandson of his former training partner under Master Roshi, he had a change of heart.
Krillin: The bald monk came to train with Master Roshi, wanting to get strong so he could both get attention from girls and protect himself. He was young and arrogant, and hated Goku at first, cheating and cutting corners everywhere in their training. Of course, his cheating ways didn't last long, and the difficulty of he and Goku's training brought them closer.
Tienshinhan and Chiaotzu: Originally con artists who went from town to town committing the same crime over and over again, Goku finally fought with them and brought them to justice, and ended up befriending them.
Piccolo/Ma junior: Father, the original Piccolo, was killed by Goku when he terrorized the world. The twosome were worst enemies and fought all the way until the end of the series. However, they had to join forces against a greater evil at the beginning of the Z series.
As a fan of Manga and Anime, I really enjoyed the Dragonball TV series, but I thought it could have done a lot better, but before I get to that, let me just explain one thing about the show.
DRAGONBALL IS NOT A KIDS SHOW! Some of the content of the show is not suitable for children, particularly the uncut Japanese version. The English translation does try to clean it up a bit, but it still contains some things anyone under 10 shouldn't be exposed to. For example, one character (Oolong) attempts to "have his way" with another while she sleeps (although in the English version he was just after the Dragonballs) and in several episodes we see some of the male characters nude.
OK, that's cleared up, so what's the show about? The series is based on the manga by Akira Toriyama, which was based on a Chinese legend, and follows the Adventures of Son Goku, a child with incredible powers. Goku meets Bulma, a 16 year old girl, who is looking for the Dragonballs, magical relics that, when all 7 are united, can summon Shenlon (Shenron in the English versions), who can grant 1 wish. Goku agrees to give Bulma his Dragonball (which he calls "Grandpa as it is the only thing he has that reminds him of his Grandpa, Son Gohan) only if he can join her. But they are not the only ones after the Dragonballs.
While Dragonball offers some entertainment (although it does get better as it goes along), the Manga was far better. This maybe because the manga series was just straight-ford, while the anime goes of the track a bit with pointless episodes that weren't featured in the manga. That and the extra scenes that try to develop the characters we don't really care about.
Apart from that, the series is fun and never takes itself seriously. Any Dragonball Z fans who haven't seen Dragonball should do so.
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