Dragon Ball: Shen long no densetsu

Title:Dragon Ball: Shen long no densetsu
Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
ドラゴンボール 神龍の伝説
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Notables: Animation - Toei
R1 License - FUNimation
TORIYAMA Akira
A retelling of Dragon Ball's origins, this is a different version of the meeting of Goku, Bulma, Oolong, and Yamucha. They are all looking for the dragon balls for different reasons when they cross paths with an evil king named Gourmeth, who is also looking for the dragon balls.


Originally released in Japanese theaters on December 20, 1986.
Animated by Toei Animation
Licensed by Funimation


[edit] The ↗Dragon Ball Franchise:

Main Continuity
  • (1986) Dragon Ball (original series, 153 TV ep.)
  • (1989) Dragon Ball Z (sequel, 291 TV ep.)
  • (2009) Dragon Ball Kai (Retelling of DBZ story, 159 TV ep)
  • (2015) _Dragon Ball Super (sequel, ?? TV ep.)
Dragon Ball Movies Dragon Ball Z Movies, OVAs, and TV Specials Dragon Ball Z Festival Shorts Dragon Ball GT Live-Action Movie
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Watch 8 7 8 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2905#1552]
Think of this as an alternate and compressed take of the first arc to Dragon Ball. This movie goes through much of the same plot structure and character gags that the Pilaf saga had, but is much more fast-paced being at a mere 50 minutes and features a different group of villains that Goku and pals have to confront. The villains here are more convincingly threatening than Pilaf, but they don't have much in the way of personality compared to the bumbling childish emperor. Plus, the humor coming off the notable character quirks of Goku and pals here aren't as fun since the movie rushes through the basic aspects of their characters. On the plus side, the animation here is more polished and not so rough on lining of characters and scenery. Plus, the animation is improved with fluid movement, camera shots edited as such to create convincing movement and minimum presence of shortcuts. Otherwise, this is more an extra treat for Dragon Ball fans than a stand-alone film that can be enjoyed by those not fans of the long-running franchise.

Last updated Tuesday, June 17 2014. Created Tuesday, June 17 2014.

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