Dragon Ball (1986– )

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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 »

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 Additional Voices / ... (153 episodes, 1986-2003)
Andrea Kwan ...
 Son Goku (Animax Asia dub) (153 episodes, 1986-2003)
Brice Armstrong ...
 Narrator / ... (152 episodes, 1986-2003)
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Goku / ... (152 episodes, 1986-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (152 episodes, 1986-2003)
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 Goku / ... (131 episodes, 1986-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Yamcha / ... (127 episodes, 1986-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (120 episodes, 1986-2003)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma (119 episodes, 1986-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (113 episodes, 1986-2003)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (110 episodes, 1986-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (107 episodes, 1986-2003)
Monika Antonelli ...
 Puar / ... (105 episodes, 1986-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (103 episodes, 2001-2003)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
 Oolong / ... (100 episodes, 1986-2003)
Bradford Jackson ...
 Oolong / ... (99 episodes, 1986-2003)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Kamesennin Muten Roshi (94 episodes, 1986-2003)
Mami Koyama ...
 Lunch / ... (86 episodes, 2001-2003)
Laurie Steele ...
 Krillin / ... (85 episodes, 1986-2003)
Meredith McCoy ...
 Launch / ... (85 episodes, 2001-2003)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 World Tournament Announcer / ... (73 episodes, 1986-2003)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Tenshinhan (67 episodes, 2002-2003)
John Burgmeier ...
 Tien / ... (66 episodes, 1986-2003)
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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. Along the way he makes many new friends, and enemies, and he trains to become the strongest fighter in the world. Written by page8701

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In the original English dub for the episode The Kamehameha wave, Kamehameha is misspelled as Kamehameah on the title screen. See more »

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The intro sequence that accompanied the 1995 dub was a hodgepodge of scenes from the first two movies, footage from the series itself, and footage from the intros/outros of the series. Curiously, much of the footage shown (particularly the movie footage) was never shown on TV at the time. See more »

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Very good start for one of the best series ever
29 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

When the 1st episode of Dragon Ball kicks in, no one would even imagine where this is going to lead. That single episode led to near 500 episodes divided into 3 series, about 20 OAVs, real-life movies (one of them still being produced), hella-long mangas, mass hysteria when it ended, fan fictions all around, rumors about a new series that never arrived, several videogames and gadgets... did I forget something? Probably. Dragon Ball is what brought animes outside of Japan to the mainstream. And it did deservedly, as Dragon Ball, as a whole, is one of the best series ever made.

But let's focus on Dragon Ball, the famous prequel to the even more known Dragon Ball Z. Forget the extreme sci-fi from Z. Forget the huge muscles (well, do not, just imagine them smaller), put in loads of humor, and you get Dragon Ball, the first series. The story is funny, but smart and thrilling, and despite the obvious ending of all the parts, there's still some thrill to be had - mostly with the typical superhero scene where you wonder "How will they get out of this?" even if you know for sure they WILL get out of that. The characters are hilarious, but given the impressive amount of them, you'd better not start loving too many of them, because there could pass dozens of episodes without seeing certain people. This is quite a flaw in the Dragon Ball formula, in fact the power levels of the characters raise so fast that someone who appears to be the strongest person on the world, will be beaten by half of the cast about 50 episodes later.

The drawing style is very typical and good, although sometimes it's a little flawed - nothing bad though. Another flaw is that some sagas inside the story are quite boring - the last episodes are quite a filler that do not inflict the later storyline in any way, so it could have been avoided, and cut at the last fight. Otherwise, Dragon Ball all things considered is epic. You might watch it today and think "What's the fuss all about?" - you might not get it with today's eyes. But believe me, this thing was huge, and I could re-watch it anytime. And it leads to Dragon Ball Z, which is one of the best TV-shows ever made.


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