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Dragon Ball

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Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball-Logo.jpg
Premiere February 26, 1986
Finale April 12, 1989
Creator Akira Toriyama
Network Fuji TV
Style 30-minute animated action comedy
Company Toei Animation Company
Seasons 5
Episodes 153
Origin Japan

Dragon Ball is a fantasy anime program adapted from a popular manga series published in the monthly magazine Shonen Jump. Loosely based on a Chinese folk tale called Journey to the West, Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Son Goku, a small boy raised in the woods who possesses incredible strength. One day Goku meets a city girl named Bulma, who is searching for the legendary Dragon Balls. Gathering all seven of them together in one place summons the dragon Shenlong, who will then grant almost any wish the bearer has. Goku happens to have one of these balls in his possession, so he joins Bulma on her journey.

The series follows Goku as he searches for the Dragon Balls, encounters numerous villains, learns to fight, competes in tournaments, and even goes on to save the world. Dragon Ball spans roughly 7 years of Goku's life, leading into the series Dragon Ball Z, which chronicles Goku's adventures as an adult (and continues the manga adaptation).

Dragon Ball is a comedic fantasy tale, referencing traditional folk tales while relishing in potty humor and slapstick. One of the trademarks of the Dragon Ball universe are character names that reference ordinary objects and follow a theme - for example, the character Bulma (bloomers) is the daughter of Dr. Briefs.

Contents

Cast

Japanese Voices English Voices Character
Main Cast
Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny Son Goku (child)
Sean Schemmel Son Goku (adult)
Scott Roberts Saffron Henderson Barbara Goodson
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Muten Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Umigame Daisuke Ghori Christopher Sabat
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bradford Jackson
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher Sabat
Puar Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli
Mayumi Shō Laura Bailey Chichi (child)
Cynthia Cranz Chichi (adult)
Mayumi Tanaka Lori Steele Kuririn (child)
Sonny Strait Kuririn (adult)
Mami Koyama Monika Antonelli Lunch
Meredith McCoy
Hirotaka Suzuoki John Burgmeier Tenshinhan
Hiroko Emori Monika Antonelli Chaozu
Daisuke Gori Kyle Hebert Gyumao
Junpei Takiguchi Linda Young Uranai Baba
Shigeru Chiba Chuck Huber Pilaf
Tessho Genda Chris Cason Shu
Eiko Yamada Julie Franklin Mai
Toku Nishio Christopher Sabat Mr. Popo
Ichirō Nagai Christopher Sabat Karin
Takeshi Aono Christopher Sabat Kami
Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland Yajirobe
Takeshi Aono Christopher Sabat Piccolo Daimao
Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat Piccolo
Joji Yanami Chris Forbis Dr. Briefs
Mariko Mukai Cynthia Cranz Mrs. Briefs
Osamu Saka Christopher Sabat Grandpa Son Gohan
Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat Shenlong
Joji Yanami Brice Armstrong Narrator

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Fuji TV
Season One February 26, 1986 September 3, 1986 28
Season Two September 10, 1986 July 1, 1987 40
Season Three July 8, 1987 February 17, 1988 33
Season Four February 24, 1988 November 2, 1988 31
Season Five November 9, 1988 April 19, 1989 21

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region 1
Season One September 15, 2009 5 purchase

External Sites