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Dragon Ball began as a Japanese comic book, commonly known as Manga. The series both on air and in print is about a young boy called Goku going on a quest to find Dragon Balls. These Balls will grant whom ever has them all one wish, before spreading back out across the world. Through out the show the young protagonist must battle others seeking to use the Dragon Balls for their own nefarious purposes.

The majority of the villains in this show belong to an origination called The Red Ribbon Army. The Red Ribbon Army is led by Commander Red, until his staff officer Black realizes that Reds' ambition for the dragon balls comes from his own personal wish to be taller, not the world domination he has promised the army. Black over-throws Red and becomes the new commander, renaming the army, in the English series, to The Black Ribbon Army.

The Dragon Ball series was written by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation in Japan produced the anime series based on the original manga. The directors were Minoru Okazaki and Daisuke Nishio, both working closely with Toriyama to preserve his vision. In Japan the series lasted for 153 episodes; these ran from 1986 until 1989.

Dragon Ball was acquired by Funimation Entertainment in the U.S. They broadcast 13 episodes in America in the fall of 1995; these were canceled after one series due to budget shifting and low ratings. It was picked back up in 2001 after the sequel "Dragon Ball Z" was highly successful on Cartoon Network. Dragon Ball aired new episodes on Cartoon Network until 2003. Reruns were run on Colours TV and Funimation Channel starting in 2006. Dragon Ball was released to a boxed DVD set from 2009-2010. This delay in part was due to Lionsgate Entertainment owning rights to the first season, the set was delayed until Funimation could gain the rights back.

Fuji TV
5 Seasons, 162 Episodes - Canceled
February 26, 1986
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  • Goku has his hands full with a spitting-image sparring partner who knows all his best moves. Meanwhile, Yamcha, Tien, Krillin, and Chiaotzu journey to Korin Tower with hopes of training under the Master.

  • Goku and Chichi reach the Magical Furnace, but its guardian refuses to extinguish the flame. To spare the Ox-King from certain death, Goku takes matters into his own hands, venturing into the heart of the blaze!

  • When the Basho Fan fails to extinguish the blaze surrounding the Ox-King's castle, Goku and Chichi must venture into a horrifying world of darkness in search of the Magical Furnace!

  • While the Ox-King struggles to escape the mysterious flames threatening to consume his kingdom, Goku and Chichi journey to a treacherous mountain peak protected by a bone-chilling curse!

  • Goku and Chichi's quest to build a new Basho Fan leads them to the center of a deadly volcano. Deep within the molten-mountain lives a mystical flame-guzzling bird that carries the key to saving the Ox-King!

  • Goku and Chichi's wedding plans are put on hold when an earthquake sparks an uncontrollable blaze that threatens to incinerate the Ox King and Chichi's wedding dress!

  • Humanity's fate hangs in the balance as Goku and Piccolo battle for the title of world's greatest martial artist! Kami has a sure-fire way to swing the momentum in Goku's favor, but it requires the ultimate sacrifice!

  • Eager to end his brutal match with Goku, Piccolo unleashes a technique of unprecedented power! In the aftermath of the monster's onslaught, Goku's friends are elated to find their hero still standing, but how much longer can he continue?

  • After a savage beating at the hands of Piccolo, Goku fights back with a double dose of internal punishment for the green fiend. The monster's next attack is lethal to say the least, but Goku's evasive maneuvers leave Piccolo painfully shorthanded!

  • The audience erupts into mass pandemonium after Junior reveals his true identity! While the world searches for a place to hide, Goku turns his attention to defeating Piccolo -a challenge that keeps getting bigger.

  • Titles and tournaments take a backseat as Goku faces his nemesis in a battle that will determine the fate of the world! Should Goku fail to defeat the monstrous mauler, humanity will tremble at the feet of Piccolo!

  • The Evil Containment Wave takes center stage when the two most mysterious fighters in the tournament meet in a ferocious semifinal match that quickly escalates to all-out warfare.

  • Fighting Goku at top speed is too much for one man to handle, so Tien calls upon a technique capable of turning a lone fighter into an army of destruction! Death has many faces, and Goku's about to meet them all!

  • Goku and Tien dazzle the crowd with a midair display of martial arts madness! Tien's incredible speed gives him the upper hand until Goku slips into something more comfortable.

  • Krillin and Junior mix it up in a high-flying battle the audience won't soon forget, and Yamcha suffers a blow to his manhood when he underestimates the bumbling fighter known as Hero.

  • Goku squares off against a beautiful brawler who fights with the fury of a woman scorned! This enchanting warrior won't reveal her identity unless Goku defeats her -or makes good on a promise he made as a boy.

  • Mercenary Tao is back from the dead, reborn as a robot and seeking revenge against Master Roshi and his students. Unfortunately for the mechanical menace, Tien's learned a few tricks since the last time they sparred!

  • Yamcha, Krillin, Goku, and Tien battle their way to the semifinals, where Master Roshi is confronted by a malevolent martial artist from his past. Meanwhile, Piccolo waits for the right moment to extract his vengeance!

  • The element of surprise dominates the tournament's opening round as Goku wins with brains instead of brawn, a formidable female fighter wows the crowd, and a mechanized mercenary deals Chiaotzu a deadly blow!

  • The crowd is eager for the start of the World Martial Arts Tournament! Bulma is baffled by the arrival of a tall, handsome stranger, and Master Roshi is worried his students won't arrive in time for registration!

  • The sparks flying between Krillin and Mint are the only things hotter than the lethal lava threatening to level her village. Krillin and his friends have been training hard, and they refuse to let the volcano beat them!

  • Goku's training takes an unusual twist when Mr. Popo challenges him to a game of hide and seek. Back on Earth, Krillin and the gang get lured into a mysterious festival where something very bad is about to happen!

  • Goku has his hands full with a spitting-image sparring partner who knows all his best moves. Meanwhile, Yamcha, Tien, Krillin, and Chiaotzu journey to Korin Tower with hopes of training under the Master.

  • Time travel lands Goku in the middle of a rivalry between teenage versions of Roshi and Shen. The young masters have eyes for the same woman, and Goku must learn to harness the power of his Spirit Energy -or the girl goes up in flames!

  • Mr. Popo sends Goku deep into the woods on a journey of mysterious origin. The little man believes he's on the lookout for a fearsome fighter, but could a peaceful afternoon with a master fisherman be the next step in his training?

  • Under the watchful eye of his new master, Goku embarks on a treacherous trek to the top of Mount Rumble. He's on a mission to don the legendary Sacred Crown, but one false step could lead to a fate more painful than death!

  • Meeting Goku restored Kami's faith in humanity, so he agreed to revive the Eternal Dragon. But there's a catch: Goku must promise to spend three years training with Kami in preparation for the rematch of all rematches!

  • Mr. Popo proves stronger than Goku ever could have imagined, but the little warrior won't give up until his friends are resurrected. Impressed by Goku's courage, Kami makes a shocking appearance!

  • Goku survives his electrifying ascent to the Temple Above the Clouds, only to learn that he must defeat the jovial -yet formidable -Mr. Popo before being granted an audience with Kami.

  • Goku may have defeated Piccolo, but his fallen friends will linger in agonizing limbo for eternity unless he can find his missing power pole and use it to reach Kami -the only man who can resurrect his comrades.

  • The tournament crowd is hungry for a new Master of Martial Arts to be crowned. Goku kicks off the action with a ferocious onslaught, but Tien - anticipating his opponent's every move - responds with a brutal counterattack!

  • Piccolo uses Tien as a pawn in his battle with Goku. Torn between saving his friend and saving the world, the young warrior allows himself to be crippled at the hands of his arch-nemesis. If Goku falls, so does the world.

  • Tien watches from the sidelines as Goku and King Piccolo trade blows that could crush buildings, let alone mere mortals. The Ultra Divine Water gave Goku the strength to face his greatest enemy, but will it be enough to save the world?

  • Driven by vengeance and empowered by the Ultra Divine Water, Goku enters the field of battle on a mission to make King Piccolo pay for his evil deeds. The little warrior is faster than ever, and he fights for his fallen friends!

  • King Piccolo plans to annihilate the world one city at a time - starting with Bulma's hometown! Tien arrives at Piccolo's headquarters looking for a fight, only to find himself face-to-face with a formidable new menace!

  • Tien has mastered the Evil Containment Wave, and he's willing to sacrifice his life to stop Piccolo. Back at Korin Tower, Goku's eager to test out his new powers, but will he find Piccolo before Tien joins the ranks of the fallen?

  • Goku endures a particularly brutal beating to prove himself worthy of the Ultra Divine Water. But there's a catch. Those who drink the magic elixir either become unfathomably powerful, or die a horrible death!

  • Yajirobe and Goku finally reach the top of Korin Tower, only to receive staggering news regarding Master Roshi. King Piccolo continues his rampage, and Tien attempts to master a technique that could destroy him.

  • With his youth restored, Piccolo ushers in a new world order marked by agony and bloodshed. Meanwhile, humanity's only hope clings to the back of a ravenous brute who's climbing Korin Tower on a quest for beans.

  • Master Roshi fails to harness the power of the Evil Containment Wave, thus allowing Piccolo to summon the Eternal Dragon. Tien has a plan to save humanity, but it hinges on Chiaotzu surviving a deadly mission.

  • All seven Dragon Balls have been collected, and only Master Roshi stands between Piccolo and his devious wish. The Turtle Hermit puts a scare into the monster by invoking the name of Mutaito, but can he live up to the memory of his master?

  • Mater Roshi and Tien set a trap for Piccolo. Their goal: to attain the final two Dragon Balls and wish away the monster forever! Meanwhile, Goku is battered after his battle with the green fiend and can think only of Korin Tower.

  • Goku finally gets what he's been waiting for: a rematch with Tambourine! The monster killed his best friend, and now the little warrior is hungry for vengeance!

  • Master Roshi's mission to collect the Dragon Balls hits a snag when Tien crosses paths with a rival from his dark past. Will Roshi's newest pupil make amends - or return to a life of violence?

  • Goku's appetite puts him at odds with a mighty master of the sword, but their earth-rattling battle is put on hold when Cymbal comes looking for the Dragon Balls.

  • Tambourine continues his killing spree, and Piccolo hatches a heinous fiend whose sole purpose is to track down the Dragon Balls. Elsewhere, Goku emerges from his slumber with vengeance and food on his mind!

  • One by one, Tambourine tracks down and slaughters the most powerful martial artists in the world. As Roshi returns to Turtle Island for Krillin's burial, he can only wonder if Goku is among the fallen.

Most Popular Dragon Ball Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 1 Secret of the Dragon Ball 2/26/1986
  • Season 5 Episode 1 Lost and Found 10/07/2003
  • Season 1 Episode 5 Yamcha the Desert Bandit 3/26/1986
  • Season 1 Episode 3 The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi 3/12/1986
  • Season 1 Episode 6 Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls 4/02/1986

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