Dragon Ball

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

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

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 Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One September 15, 2009 purchase 5

External Sites