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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (1988)

Doragon bôru: Makafushigi dai bôken (original title)
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Emperor Chiaotzu's wife has gone missing, and he is told by Master Shen that if he collects the seven dragon balls he can call upon the eternal dragon and wish for her return. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Nozawa ...
Son Gokû (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Arare Norimaki / Lunch (voice)
Tôru Furuya ...
Yamcha (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Buruma (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Mayumi Tanaka ...
Kuririn (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
Oolong (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ...
Pu'erh (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Tenshinhan (voice)
Hiroko Emori ...
Chaozu (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
Ichirô Nagai ...
Tsuru-sen'nin / Karin (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
Tao Pai Pai (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ...
Shenron / Senbei Norimaki / Fight Announcer (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Gen. Blue (voice)
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Emperor Chiaotzu's wife has gone missing, and he is told by Master Shen that if he collects the seven dragon balls he can call upon the eternal dragon and wish for her return. Meanwhile, Goku and Krillin attend the World Martial Arts Tournament, which is hosted by the Emperor; Bora and his son Upa attempt to hide the dragon ball they found from the emperor's forces, which are under the control of the evil Shen and General Tao; and Bulma conducts her own search for the dragon balls with the help of Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong. Written by page8701

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9 July 1988 (Japan)  »

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'This is the only time that voice actor 'Mike McFarland' has voiced Emperor Pilaf. In all his other appearances he was voiced by Chuck Huber. Chuck provided the voice of Master Shen. See more »

Quotes

Korin: Well, what do you see?
Goku: I can't really see anything.
Korin: Wait, watch.
Goku: Now I see the Dragon Balls.
Korin: Yes, you get it now?
Goku: Not really.
Korin: Look, kid. Listen, When you fought and lost, you were pretty angry am I right?
Goku: You bet I was!
Korin: That's why you lost! Don't you get it? You couldn't see clearly.
Goku: Huh?
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Makafushigi adobenchâ!
(Opening theme)
Lyrics by Yuriko Mori
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kohei Tanaka
Performed by Hiroki Takahashi
(Columbia Records)
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A nutty mix of martial arts and comedy
2 July 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is the third and final Dragon Ball movie released during the series' run on Japanese TV. Like the first two Dragon Ball movies, this movie re-tells pivotal moments that took place during the TV series. This movie re-tells Goku and Krillin's first trip to the World Martial Arts Tournament. In the movie, however, Goku, Krillin, Master Roshi, Turtle, and Launch are off to a small country known as Mifan, where the tournament is held and the winner recieves not only prize money, but is granted an audience with Mifan's emperor, whom is Chiaotzu. However, the heroes discover that the Chiaotzu's right-hand men, Master Shen, General Tao, and Tien, are conspiring to get the Dragon Balls to abdicate Chiaotzu from the throne and rule the kingdom themselves. In this DB movie, the villains and much of the supporting characters are characters from the TV series rather than original one-shots. This DB movie is by far the most martial-arts oriented as the series was beginning to lean towards that more over adventure and comedy. But this DB movie has the best combination of martial arts and comedy and is always filled with high-energy fighting scenes and hilarious comedy re-created from pivotal moments in the TV series. This movie first appeared in the U.S. on syndicated TV in 1989 when it was combined with the first movie into a single TV-movie pilot, which was done by Harmony Gold (creators of Robotech) in the first of two attempts made to get the DB TV series released in America. In this Harmony Gold TV pilot version, the characters had radically different names. When the series finally became a success in the US when aired on Cartoon Network, FUNimation re-dubbed it, making it more faithful to the original Japanese counterpart.

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