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Dragon Ball 

Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru (original title)
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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.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...  Son Gokû 153 episodes, 1986-1989
Jôji Yanami ...  Narrator / ... 153 episodes, 1986-1989
Brice Armstrong ...  Narrator 149 episodes, 1986-1989
Stephanie Nadolny ...  Goku 123 episodes, 1986-1988
Hiromi Tsuru ...  Bulma 114 episodes, 1986-1989
Mayumi Tanaka ...  Kuririn / ... 105 episodes, 1986-1989
Tôru Furuya ...  Yamcha 101 episodes, 1986-1989
Naoko Watanabe ...  Puar / ... 101 episodes, 1986-1989
Kôhei Miyauchi ...  Kamesennin Muten Roshi / ... 99 episodes, 1986-1989
Naoki Tatsuta ...  Oolong / ... 91 episodes, 1986-1989
Mami Koyama ...  Lunch / ... 78 episodes, 1986-1989
Kenji Utsumi ...  Announcer / ... 71 episodes, 1986-1989
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...  Tenshinhan 64 episodes, 1987-1989
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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 Goku and friends constantly for possession of the Dragon Balls. Written by Mike Toole <micabob@ix.netcom.com>

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Official Sites:

TOEI Animation Co., Ltd

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(153 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Puar is referred to as female in the anime and has a high-pitched girlie voice in most dubs, however series creator Akira Toriyama has always referred to the character as male. See more »

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Goku starts out in the tenth anniversary special wearing the same gi he wore at the beginning of Dragon Ball (all blue.) But not long into the movie, he has switched into the outfit Kid Goku wears in Dragon Ball GT (blue top, tan pants.) See more »

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Chi-Chi: Goku, wedding is not a food.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The Latin American version, dubbed in Mexico, changed Chi Chi's name to Milk, due the relation in Mexico of the word 'Chichi' and breasts. Despite that major change, most of the characters names and techniques names were translated straight from japanese and kept their original names. Content related to nudity and sexual references were not translated in the first episodes, in order to get the approval for 'all audiences', but characters like Master Roshi, Yamcha, Bulma, etc., all kept they personality and most of their dialogues intact. Violent content was not cut by the dubbing company, but some TV channels in different countries of Latin America made their own cuts while broadcasting. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Dragon Power (1986) See more »

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I actually liked it after giving it a second chance.
3 December 2007 | by emasterslakeSee all my reviews

I never had an interest in this series or the one that followed it. But after hearing so many good things about it. I decided to watch for myself. I read this is the first series that started it all. So here's what I learn from seeing all 153 episodes.

Dragonball takes place in an alternate earth that's nothing like ours. The humans live like we do, only they're accompany by dinosaurs, talking animals, and aliens. And most of the technology is years ahead of us. The whole plot focuses on Goku, a monkey tail boy who doesn't know he'll make a difference in the world. He encounters a teenage girl name Bulma, who is hunting down 7 dragon balls. Goku owns a dragon ball himself, which was once own by his grandfather. Goku didn't know what was so special about the balls, so Bulma told him what the story to it is.

The 7 Legendary shinny balls, known as Dragonballs have the ability to summon the eternal dragon when all of them are gathered together. The person who summons the dragon can get any wish he or she desires, and one wish only. Bulma has her own wish plan when she gets all 7 of the dragon balls, while Goku is interested in tagging along with Bulma on her journey. Because Bulma finds Goku to be of some use due to his inhuman strength.

During their quest, Goku & Bulma will meet new friends and allies. As well crossing paths with many enemies and those who plan to use the dragon balls for evil purposes. Later on Goku will hope to become stronger than he already is. In order to do so he does some difficult training in martial arts from Master Roshi(his grandfather's friend). Goku is already a born fighter which is yet to be unleashed once he passes the limits of a normal human, and compete in the following "World Martial Arts Tournament" to gain the title of World Champion. Goku is about to experience a journey that unpredictable to anyone.

I gotta admit, I actually do like Dragonball now, after seeing this whole series. Even though this is lighter than the following series. But I wanted know the characters, story, and locations more by seeing the beginning than the middle. I was entirely confused with this one and DragonBall Z(the series that follows). Which is probably because I was a little kid who didn't consider anime as worthy as American cartoons.

Unlike today, where I do consider anime a pleasure to behold. I regret not getting into Dragonball from the very beginning, but it's never too late to become a fan of a franchise that's been around way before I was born.

Enough of my lecturing there. Overrall Dragonball has originality, character development, humor, drama, and suspense that really kept it going. As well as a collection of movie parodies, Chinese related locations/themes, and the whole idea of Sci-Fi combined with Fantasy & Action. I can see why Eiichiro Oda of One Piece was so influenced by this series. Since he and the creator Akira Toriyama are best of friends.

After spending 3 months on this series, I'm gonna get started on DragonBall Z which succeeded even greater than it's proceeder.


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