Dragonball (1986–1989)
"Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru" (original title)

TV Series  -   -  Animation | Action | Adventure
8.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 15,807 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 4 critic

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.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 12 Sep 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 12 Feb 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Dragonball" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dragonball (1986–1989)

Dragonball (1986–1989) on IMDb 8.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dragonball.

User Polls

Season:

5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Year:

1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Naruto (2002–2007)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The stories of the struggles of three young ninjas - Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno - as they go through their training.

Stars: Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi
One Piece (TV Series 1999)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

There once lived a pirate named Gol D. Roger. He obtained wealth, fame, and power to earn the title of Pirate King. When he was captured and about to be executed, he revealed that his ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Mayumi Tanaka
Bleach (2004–2013)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is unlike any ordinary kid. Why? Because he can see ghosts. Ever since a young age, he's been able to see spirits from the afterlife. Ichigo's life ... See full summary »

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh
InuYasha (2000–2005)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a orb of great power.

Stars: Moneca Stori, Richard Ian Cox, Kirby Morrow
Samurai Jack (2001–2004)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World ... See full summary »

Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey
Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka
Dragon Ball (TV Series 1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Victor Atelevich, Andrea Kwan, Brice Armstrong
Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Earth's defender Goku learns that he is from another planet. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat
Dragon Ball Z Kai (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The February of 2009, Toei Animation announces that as honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named DragonBall Kai. This new anime ... See full summary »

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka
Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series 2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The lean, mean, green fighting machines are back in an all-new action-packed series! Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello must save New York City from the evil crimelord Shredder ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Sinterniklaas, Vinnie Penna, Gregory Abbey
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Gokû (140 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator (140 episodes, 1986-1989)
Doug Parker ...
 Beast Oolong / ... (139 episodes, 1986-1989)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (105 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma (101 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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Dragon Ball  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(153 episodes)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

To date, the Pilaf Saga (Episodes 1-13) have not been released uncensored in Japanese in America because Kidmark (who released edited versions of these episodes on DVD) still retains the rights to them in America. See more »

Goofs

For one frame when he's running in the pirate cave, General Blue's name in his wristband is misspelled (as "bule.") 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, ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofed in Final Fantasy IX (2000) See more »

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)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Definitely beats its sequels
20 October 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I've lived in Mexico for a few years and grew up watching various anime. For some reason, many of them such as Dragonball weren't as popular in the US and many European countries back then. It's only since the turn of the century that this franchise hit the US.

I stopped watching the series years ago. This has mainly to do because I didn't really like the English dub of DBZ with lot's of cuts and a complete new soundtrack. It's just recently that I rediscovered the whole franchise through the internet and my conclusion is that these original series from the DB trilogy are actually much better than DBZ.

If you don't like DBZ & DBGT or think they Jumped the Shark at some point, it's probably due to one of these reasons:

-The characters grew ridiculously strong and got stronger every minute.

-The battles became long and monotonous.

-Too much time was wasted in having people stare at each other explaining the plot which wasn't always that interesting.

-The villains got too far fetched (Majin Buu is a great example).

-Several characters lost its importance.

-You don't like these kind of anime at all.

Except if it's the last one, I think you're probably going to prefer the original DB cause most of these aspects weren't nearly as exaggerated. This show is in its essence an adventure story based on an old Chinese tale called A Journey to the West. It revolves, in this case, around several martial artists so it does contain a lot of fights. What differentiates this show from its successors is that, since this is where it all began, none of the characters were too Godlike to start with. The fights were therefore not only way shorter (a few episodes at max) but also funnier and more interesting. It wasn't all about who's the strongest one? The reason why I prefer DB above DBZ is almost the same one as why I never really liked the English dubbed DBZ. It really became too over the top at one point and I felt like they tried to make the show cooler than it already was.

Another characteristic that DBZ and DBGT lacked is the atmosphere. Most of this anime takes place in a fictional type of China with a plot which belonged to the fantasy genre. In DBZ however, it switched over to science fiction and most of the fights took place in open fields.

The last aspect is the characters. Of course, Goku is the protagonist, but this series also introduced a lot more iconic characters with all unique aspects. The antagonists on the other hand were also much more interesting since most of the weren't actually "super villains". At the beginning you had Pilaf who was basically a comic relief followed by the Red Ribbon army containing several kinds of bad guys and ending up with Piccolo Daimaoh who, up to date, is my favourite DB villain.

I still like DBZ but sometimes I really wonder whether it would've been better for them to quit much earlier because I was a bit disappointed by the way it ended.

One other thing. It's only now when I realize that this anime is definitely not meant for little children, it's meant for everyone who likes anime. Some parts, I enjoy more than I used to because of the mature sense of humour. If you want to watch it, look for uncut versions.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dragonball Episodes 1-13 animeman197-1
1976? Deicidium
all episodes rt807
When did they dub it in mexico? cobrall_stinger
Season Sets BatFlyer
When Does Goku Turn into an Adult? alexoneill1469
Discuss Dragonball (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?