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Brice Armstrong ...
 Narrator / ... (153 episodes, 1995-2003)
Steve Olson ...
 Narrator (Blue Water dub) / ... (153 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Goku / ... (132 episodes, 1995-2003)
Zoe Slusar ...
 Goku (Blue Water dub) / ... (132 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Yamcha / ... (131 episodes, 1995-2003)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma (119 episodes, 1995-2003)
Leda Davies ...
 Bulma (Blue Water dub) / ... (115 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Master Roshi / ... (113 episodes, 1995-2003)
Monika Antonelli ...
 Puar / ... (105 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Yamcha (Blue Water dub) / ... (102 episodes, 1995-2003)
Chris Simms ...
 Puar (Blue Water dub) (101 episodes, 1995-2003)
Bradford Jackson ...
 Oolong / ... (100 episodes, 1995-2003)
Mike Thiessen ...
 Krillin (Blue Water dub) / ... (88 episodes, 2001-2003)
Laurie Steele ...
 Krillin / ... (86 episodes, 1995-2003)
...
 Launch (85 episodes, 2001-2003)
John Burgmeier ...
 Tien / ... (68 episodes, 1995-2003)
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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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The big showdown with Piccolo!


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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

Krillin: Slow down! You know if I lose my grip on you I'll fall through this cloud!
Goku: Well if you would stop thinking bad thoughts then it wouldn't be a problem!
Krillin: Fat chance.
Goku: Hey Krillin look, do you think Master Roshi would like that lady over there?
Krillin: You mean I have to look down? Goku that's a man!
Goku: Really? How can you tell? Gosh, they all look pretty much the same to me.
Krillin: Huh? You're joking, right? I mean you really can't tell the difference?
Goku: Well, usually I can figure it out. I just have to touch them ...
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Crazy Credits

When FUNimation redubbed the original Dragon Ball in 2000, they kept the Japanese intro/outro credit songs, and had English speakers sing them. This was the first time FUNimation kept music from the Japanese version of a Dragon Ball series. See more »

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The series that simplifies and introduces anime.
8 February 2007 | by (Philippines) – See 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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