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Dragon Ball tells the tale of a young warrior by the name of Son Goku, a young peculiar boy with a tail who embarks on a quest to become stronger and learns of the Dragon Balls, when, once all 7 are gathered, grant any wish of choice.
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Series cast summary:
Brice Armstrong ...  Narrator / ... 153 episodes, 1986-2003
Steve Olson Steve Olson ...  Narrator (Blue Water dub) / ... 153 episodes, 1986-2003
Stephanie Nadolny ...  Goku / ... 132 episodes, 1986-2003
Zoe Slusar ...  Goku (Blue Water dub) / ... 132 episodes, 1986-2003
Christopher Sabat ...  Yamcha / ... 131 episodes, 1986-2003
Tiffany Vollmer ...  Bulma 119 episodes, 1986-2003
Leda Davies Leda Davies ...  Bulma (Blue Water dub) / ... 115 episodes, 1986-2003
Mike McFarland ...  Master Roshi / ... 113 episodes, 1986-2003
Monika Antonelli ...  Puar / ... 105 episodes, 1986-2003
Victor Atelevich ...  Yamcha (Blue Water dub) / ... 102 episodes, 1986-2003
Chris Simms Chris Simms ...  Puar (Blue Water dub) 101 episodes, 1986-2003
Bradford Jackson ...  Oolong / ... 100 episodes, 1986-2003
Mike Thiessen Mike Thiessen ...  Krillin (Blue Water dub) / ... 88 episodes, 2001-2003
Laurie Steele Laurie Steele ...  Krillin / ... 86 episodes, 1986-2003
Meredith McCoy ...  Launch 85 episodes, 2001-2003
John Burgmeier ...  Tien / ... 68 episodes, 1986-2003
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official Website

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

9 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character "Devilman" is not true to the original name of the character. In Japan, his name is "Akuman", a reference to the Japanese word for devil, Akuma, and a pun. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

General White: But if that's how you feel, I'll be glued to my monitor watching as you are reduced to nothing but a pile of those little chicken bones that you put in salt!
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Crazy Credits

While the series had multiple credit opening sequences, all DVDs just feature the same intro - the one used when the series first came on the air. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are four different distinct English dubbed versions of this series:
  • a dub from Harmony Gold in 1989 that played very briefly in the US,
  • a heavily edited dub from Kidmark in 1995 that played in several English-speaking countries,
  • an uncut dub from Funimation in 2001 (played edited on US TV) that is shown in only in the US and Australia,
  • and a slightly edited Canadian dub from 2003 that plays only in Canada and in the UK.
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Connections

Followed by Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming (1994) See more »

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The series that simplifies and introduces anime.
8 February 2007 | by jonjosejamoraSee all my reviews

Dragon ball is the cartoon that pioneered the fame that anime enjoys today. "What FF7 did for Rpg's, DB does for anime". It showcases wacky characters that each develop over time. It is definitely for kids but, considering Japanese culture, some actions(e.g. young Goku touching/smelling "genitalia") may seem vulgar but of course in a comedic and innocent manner. This is as well, slapstick humor.... not in its finest... BUT IN ITS EXTREME FORM! (e.g. One of Goku's enemies, Ninja Murasaki, falls from the roof. Then.... the "poor" ninja lands ass-first on Goku's stretch stick, protruding from the ground. Talk about the worst anal probe ever! Thats how the guy loses. Hahahaha....)

The plot is built around an odd little boy that that is blessed with great strength and physical prowess. The general formula of the series is one of a "Boss saga" type. What i mean by this is that each "chapter" always begins with a new enemy boss introduced while it ends with the protagonist defeating that boss. Later on, in the series (DBZ), the origins of Goku is revealed. Dragon ball is centered on how Goku attains super hero status. By the latter parts of Dragon ball, Goku actually "grows up". A trademark as well of the show is the many memorable characters that it has. What is memorable?? This is simply: Ulong (the shape-shifting pig), Yamcha (the outcast that fights using his "Wolf fang fist"), Bulma (the main focus of "fan service"), Goku (the monkey boy), Lange (the schizophrenic sneezing babe).....

This is actually a good example of what anime generally is. All the peculiar humor that Japanese cartoons portray are nicely shown. From the sexual overtones, slapstick, stupidity, childishness, super deformed "chibi" and what not considering Jap-humor. Don't forget that this is a kiddie show. It is enjoyable though even for adults as the "oddities" (goku's old master, the ultimate "hentai" "perv" Tortoise Genie, in his eternal pursuit for sexy women.) are enough to keep you laughing.


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