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Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986)

Dragon Ball - Doragon bôru: Shenron no densetsu (original title)
Guko and his friends must stop King Gurumes from destroying the city for blood rubies and gathering the seven Dragon Balls.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Son Gokû (voice)
Buruma (voice)
Ûron (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ...
Pûaru (voice)
Tôru Furuya ...
Yamucha (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Kame Sen'nin (voice)
Pasuta (voice)
Tomiko Suzuki ...
Panji (voice)
Shenlong (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka ...
Panji no chichi (voice)
Reiko Suzuki ...
Panji no haha (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
Umigame (voice)
Ryôichi Tanaka ...
Untenshu (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ...
Untenshu (voice)
Kôji Totani ...
Heishi (voice)


The once benevolent King Gurumes has become greedy after discovering a large supply of blood rubies under his kingdom. His greed causes him to tear up his subjects' crops and homes in search of more, resulting in him being cursed and transformed into a monster. He now scours the earth looking for the seven dragon balls, which, once brought together, summon a mighty dragon that grants one wish - a wish which might ease his unending hunger. The king's henchmen find that it is not so easy to steal the dragon ball from Goku, who, once he discovers the plight of the kingdom, decides to free the land from the king's oppression. Written by page8701

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9 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This movie was originally released in Japan in December 1986 and all the advertising and promotional material was under the tile "Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru", but in fact the opening credits of the film itself featured "Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru - Shenron no densetsu". This official title was first used in product art in the Laser Disc release of 1987. See more »


Son Gokû: [after a low-flying plane passes over him] Whoa, that's a really big bird! And listen to it's tummy growl!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, there is a small scene with Son Gokû flying on Kinton, and a desert landscape turning into a beautiful lake. See more »


Followed by Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1990) See more »


Romantikku ageru yo
Lyrics by Takemi Yoshida
Composed by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kôhei Tanaka
Performed by Ushio Hashimoto
(Columbia Records)
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Fun for Fans and Newcomers Alike
28 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Just recently I've begun to watch the entire series from the first episode with English subtitles. The Japanese version is by far much better than the English version of the series because of the lack of censorship on it.

This being said, having to watch "Curse of the Blood Rubies" with an English dub was a little painful for me. Don't get me wrong! The dub in Dragon Ball and this movie are very good, but they just don't compare to the way it's originally meant to be heard and seen.

If you're new to the Dragon Ball franchise, this movie is a great place to pick up if you don't feel like watching the first saga of the series. Though the story is different in MANY aspects, it can sum up a ton of episodes in a very short period of time if you want to just jump into the action of the series.

All of the main characters are introduced with the exception of Emperor Pilaf and his goons, whom are in the first saga. In place of Pilaf, you'll be meeting King Gurumes. The way the characters meet is a bit different, but you'll end up in about the same place with either the series or this movie.

Blood Rubies is a bit more "cutesy" than the original Dragon Ball series in my opinion, and seems to be a bit more aimed at a younger audience than the series itself is. That doesn't mean it's a bad movie though, but anyone coming in directly from the series may find themselves a tad disappointed.

Overall I recommend this movie to anyone who's interested in the Dragon Ball series, regardless if you've seen the first saga or not. It's a fun animation, and though a bit slow in some parts, will keep you interested until the end.

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