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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (1988)

Dragon Ball: Makafushigi Dai Bôken (original title)
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 »


Akira Toriyama (manga "Dragon Ball"), Yoshifumi Yûki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





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 ... Kame-sen'nin (Muten Rôshi) (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Kuririn (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... Oolong (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ... Pu'erh (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Tenshinhan (voice)
Hiroko Emori ... Chaozu (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Sea Turtle (Umigame) (voice)
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)


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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'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 »


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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Alternate Versions

Harmony Gold dubbed both 'Mystical Adventure' and 'Curse of the Blood Rubies' and aired it as a double feature on WPSG Philly 57 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early 1990's, changing the characters names, censoring footage and replacing the original Japanese opening and ending credits. See more »


Followed by Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (1991) See more »


Makafushigi adobenchâ!
(Opening theme)
Lyrics by Yuriko Mori
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kôhei Tanaka
Performed by Hiroki Takahashi
(Columbia Records)
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The most altered retelling of the Original Dragon Ball.
18 December 2007 | by emasterslakeSee all my reviews

Takes place after Goku and Krillin finished their year training with Master Roshi. As they head for the World Martial Arts Tour. They'll soon learn there's trouble upon the royal palace, where Master Crane & Mercenary Tao are both plotting something that involves harming Prince Chaozu who is also searching for something he lost.

Out of all 4 movies this one is the most alternate reality of the Original DragonBall. The roles of Chaozu, Tien, Mercenary Tao, Upa, Bora, & Master Crane are entirely different in this movie. Even General Blue & Sergent Metalic are completely different people.

Not only are the characters taking part of unique role plays. The feature shows an alternate meeting of Upa & Bora as well as a different visit to Penguin Village. It's the same flow as the other 2 movies. Only the word "Alternate" would best describe the story to it. Because everything about it is alternate from head to toe.

If you liked the first 2 which had different flows too. Then you'll mostly likely like this one too. Only down side is it's the same length as the first two. Making you wish that there was a Director's Cut of this movie.

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9 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

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