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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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Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...  Son Gokû 153 episodes, 1986-1989
Jôji Yanami ...  Narrator / ... 153 episodes, 1986-1989
Brice Armstrong ...  Narrator / ... 152 episodes, 1986-1989
Stephanie Nadolny ...  Goku 126 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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Details

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

In the General Blue Saga, Goku and Blue visit Penguin Village. This town and all the characters in it are taken directly from Dr. Slump, the anime/manga series Toriyama created prior to Dragon Ball. See more »

Goofs

Goku escapes from the pirate robot's electric shock tail attack by breaking the tail off. In all subsequent scenes the robot's tail is back. See more »

Quotes

[English opening song]
Singer: Find the Dragon Balls! Look out for them all! / You can search around the world with me! / Gotta heed the call of magic Dragon Balls! / What a great adventure this will be! / You can climb on board, 'cause the Nimbus doesn't wait! / A fantastic journey for your dreams, a thrilling mystery! / Through the fires of time, they've waited patiently / When all seven balls you find, the Dragon is set free / Rising, rising, mesmerizing, unbridled ecstasy! / Radiant and shining, ...
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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 US version has some digital changes to nudity, womens' underwear and violence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon (2018) See more »

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Superb!
23 July 1999 | by AgentGunmanSee all my reviews

Dragonball is one of the best cartoons ever made. Dragonball Z is a bit disapointing compared to this one. Dragonball tells the story of Son Goku, a kid with a tail(?), who's origin is really explained only on Dragonball Z, and the story is all made up around 7 crystal balls that when all are together, allow you to ask any wish to the Dragon. It doesn't have all those "Super" stuff of Dragonball Z, all characters have different combat tactics and special moves, and they obtain their skills through hard training and not fury or spells. For Dragonball Z fans, if you want to see Bulma still young and more beautiful, Yamcha still an honourable fighter and Piccolo a bad guy, you have to see this!


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