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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 / ... 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:

26 February 1986 (Japan) 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

The France-based AB Groupe was responsible for handling the distribution of the series and merchandise across a portion of Europe. Thus, in some European countries, the series was advertised as a French cartoon, along with a variety of other popular anime properties that they had the rights for at the time. These were also notable for containing heavy censorship and the drastic rewriting of several scenes and the renaming of several characters, as well as original intros and closing sequences, made to ensure that the series would be suitable for very young audiences. See more »

Goofs

In the episode "Keep An Eye On The Dragon Balls", the Japanese letters on the side of the camper appear/disappear between scenes. See more »

Quotes

[Japanese closing song]
Singer: Come along in a fantasy, a likable mystery / Don't hide your youthfulness / Want to have a mystery, want to have an adventure / Everybody's itching to go / If you give up pretending to be an adult / you can't solve like a simple puzzle / Try to be wilder and stronger, / in life! / I'll give you romance, I'll give you romance / Show us your true bravery! / I'll give you romance, I'll give you romance / The glisten light flutters in the hearts, / I'll give you a dream!
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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 French version, distributed across most of Europe during the 90s, reinterpreted or outright deleted several scenes in an effort to make the series suitable for their intended audience, young kids. Most famously, much of the perverted antics of Master Roshi and a great deal of crass jokes were rewritten, but the animation was often left intact. This has lead to the animation at times clearly showing that the characters were thinking "dirty" thoughts, even though the dialogue itself was more kid-friendly. For example, Yamcha's fear of seeing naked women was twisted into him being afraid of shampoo. However, several similar gags were actually kept and only slightly toned down. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might (1990) See more »

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User Reviews

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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