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:
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 Son Gokû (153 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 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)
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 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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Trivia

The series has been dubbed into English three times.
  • The first dub was by US Gold in the late eighties. It was of the entire series, and some characters underwent horribly unnecessary name changes (for example, Korin became Whiskers The Wonder Cat, and Goku became Zero.) It bombed.


  • The second attempt was only of the first thirteen episodes, and they were edited severely. It was a joint venture between Seagull and FUNimation, and was also a bomb. A bad time slot on obscure networks didn't help things either. The edited, dubbed version available on DVD is this version.


The third and most recent attempt at dubbing the series was by FUNimation directly. They did the entire series, and their translations/facts/etc. were much more accurate than it recent attempts. See more »

Goofs

When Goku beats Tien in the 23rd World Tournament, the announcer says Goku will go on to fight Piccolo Jr. in the finals. However, at this point the Shen/Piccolo Jr. fight had NOT yet taken place. Therefore the announcer couldn't have known this. See more »

Quotes

[English closing song]
Singer: Be as free as you can be, a childlike love of fantasy / The world is a mystery for you and me / A miracle, an adventure too, a single wish waits for you, / The beating of your heart will see you through / When you think you can't go on, give it another try / The power of your youth is strong, and as big as the sky / Search over the valleys, and mountains and you'll see / believing in yourself sets you free! / Come on, I'll give you romance! Come on, I'll give you paradise!...
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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

Spin-off Dragon Power (1986) 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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