Dragon Ball

Title:Dragon Ball
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Notables: AMANO Yuri
Animation - Toei
SAKA Osamu
TSURU Hiromi
Scattered around the Earth there exist the Dragon Balls, and if you managed to collect the 7 of them the Dragon will appear and grant you a wish. Bulma a young girl finds Goku a little super-strong boy and start a quest for the Dragon Balls.
153 TV Episodes. Animation by Toei Animation.
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Buy 8 7 7 8 10 8 Anonymous #3161 [series:423#3161]
One of the best classical animes i have ever seen! Akira Toriyama is a freaking genius.

Last updated Tuesday, September 15 2009. Created Tuesday, September 15 2009.
Watch 7 6 6 7 7 6 Ggultra2764 [series:423#1552]
Before the over-the-top scaled out battles and ridiculously powerful fighters of Dragon Ball Z, there was Dragon Ball. This action-comedy was focused around young Goku's journies revolving around seven magical balls called the Dragon Balls that grant a wish to whomever gathers them all. Unlike DBZ, there is greater focus on comedy focused around the silly antics and quirks of the characters. From the pure-hearted yet dense and naive Goku to the smart yet vain Bulma, you get enough laughs out of many scenes of this series that you see, whether with character interactions or in battles. While the character types seen in this series are done to death in later similar titles, it was the norm with Dragon Ball during that time. The best arc you get to see the effective mix of comedy and action is during the first arc revolving around Pilaf. Being introduced to the episodic villians with their unusual quirks make for some good laughs, especially the expression on their faces when they get beaten by a kid in the form of Goku.

But beyond the Pilaf arc, Dragon Ball does lose a good amount of its charm. Later arcs revolve around Goku and other characters either getting stronger, competing in tournies, or beating a foe out to rule the world for no reason. These are elements commonly found in generic action anime titles. While the earlier mix of action and comedy is still around at some points of these arcs, it gets downplayed as the series continues on.

Of the Dragon Ball trilogy, I consider Dragon Ball the best of the bunch. The later titles get too focused on the action and ridiculously powerful characters that it lost touch with the original action-comedy mix found in DB. The series is worth buying for the Pilaf arc. Beyond that, I wouldn't bother wasting money to buy or rent later episodes of the series.

Last updated Sunday, November 16 2008. Created Sunday, November 16 2008.
Watch 6 5 7 8 8 Lordcloudstrife [series:423#2553]
This is not my favorite out of the Dragonball animes. A lot of people liked it more then Dragonball Z, I'm still trying to figure it out. Possibly because it is a bit less serious then Z and GT. It has more comedy moments and less action. Of course it still had action. My favorite was the Master Roshi versus Goku fight. Dragonball being compared to Z is kind of pathetic, if they never made Z I might have been more positive about it. The art of course was bad, it was made in the 80's. For the 80's it was good though. It brought the story together and was a good watch. I probably wouldn't buy all the episodes but maybe a some of my favorites. It wasn't bad for its time and it is aired on the Dish channel Colours at 9:00 Mon-Fri. Any die hard DBZ or DBGT fans who want to know what Goku was like as a kid should watch it.

Last updated Thursday, April 19 2007. Created Thursday, April 19 2007.
Watch 6 7 7 6 7 8 Tammi [series:423#1732]
The first thing you'll probably notice about this series is the humor. I'm not sure if you'll find the jokes amusing, or everything else. I go out of my way to watch it because the lines are horribly funny, and its SO amusing! The jokes are pretty bad, but some are okay ^^;
It's really quite amusing because of the character's- Goku isn't a big super strong legend yet- he's just a little monkey boy!
The art and animation isn't that good in my opinion. Unlike DBZ and DBGT, there aren't whole epsiodes where the two fighting simply scream the whole time, and switches from screaming to worried people. Dragon Ball still has that new show kind of thing going on- you're just learning what its about, and the series isnt just being stetched out.
The best part is the look on the bad guys faces when they get beat by a little kid XD

Last updated Thursday, December 16 2004. Created Thursday, December 16 2004.
Rent 7 6 7 4 7 7 Dunpeal [series:423#946]
This series is completely different
than the other 2, that's why I like it so much. Goku was so funny because he was so innocent and naive... like when he sees a car for the very first time and thinks it's a monster. Yamcha was pretty funny too at the beginning when he was afraid of girls. But my favorite was the "dirty old man" Master Roshi. What a pervert! He wanted a date with Bulma and she was only 16! "Ehh heh heh"

Last updated Wednesday, September 03 2003. Created Wednesday, September 03 2003.
Buy 6 6 6 1 8 Kari [series:423#798]
This was the only show in the Dragon Ball trilogies that I really liked. Sure the fights drag on and on, but nowhere near as long as those of Dragon Ball Z/GT. Dragonball is also really funny. I think it's one of those shows even old people can enjoy. I could forgive the Goku character for his stupidity in this show, because he was supposed to be a kid.

Last updated Tuesday, August 03 2004. Created Tuesday, July 08 2003.
Rent Stretch [series:423#628]
I found Dragonball to have a unique style of it's own--simple enough for children to enjoy (the fighting part, plus the silly charachters), yet also cleverly written and therefore amusing for adults. This is about the only Anime series which I have both seen on TV and read some of the corresponding Manga, and it's clear that the original comic-book version was somewhat more risque than the Cartoon Network Anime version. My impression is that the series is at it's best at or near the beginning, with priceless charachters like "Boss Rabbit", and of course the perverted Master Roshi. Goku and Bulma work well together--He's both incredibly strong and seemingly incapable of doing wrong. His only weakness is that he is extremely naive, too. Bulma is beautiful, clever, but also rather vain. Anyway, later on it seems as if Dragonball is trying to become more like the extremely popular (but somewhat overrated) Dragonball Z, as the level of violence increases and silliness decreases. For example, Goku eventually sets out to destroy the infamous "Red Ribbon Army" single-handedly, but by this point DB has for all intents and purposes become a completely different show than it started out as. I would recommend that you start watching from the beginning, and stay at least until Emperor Pilaf's castle gets demolished, but after that don't be afraid to quit if you detect a loss of the initial charm DB had.

Last updated Tuesday, March 16 2004. Created Saturday, July 05 2003.
Watch 6 7 8 7 8 8 .hack//Phil [series:423#656]
If you like DBZ or DBGT, then you have to watch this. It is the entire story of Goku and let's you see what everyone was like before the Z team.
I watched DBZ before I saw DragonBall. I found it very interesting to find out what the charactors were like before DBZ. It's also pretty funny to watch them walk around thinking they are the best when you know the power that they have in DBZ.

Last updated Sunday, April 27 2003. Created Saturday, April 26 2003.
Rent 7 5 7 5 7 7 Cenit [series:423#45]
This is the first of the Dragon Ball series, and its in one word kind of stupid. Dragon Ball starts telling the story of the Dragon Balls, but soon after that its just the story of Goku, a little kid with super strength.
Because Goku loves to fight he becomes stronger and stronger, and the series itself becomes just a cycle of bad guy/bif figth, and so on.
It is not an action anime, I would put it down as a comedy, and as a comedy is not that bad. And of course, Akira Toriyama classic trademark of poorly design characters is evident here.

Last updated Friday, May 31 2002. Created Friday, May 31 2002.

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