- Created by:
- Akira Toriyama
- First Film:
- Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
- Latest Film:
- Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
- First TV Show:
- Dragon Ball
- Latest TV Show:
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes
- First Episode Air Date:
- April 26, 1989
- Latest Episode:
- Sean Schemmel, Laura Bailey, Brian Drummond, Christopher Sabat, Scott McNeil
- Current Series:
- Dragon Ball Super
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Dragon Ball is the labor of writer/illustrator Akira Toriyama, beginning with Dragon Ball back in 1984. The series originally started as a serialized manga back in Weekly Shonen Jump for nearly a decade until it expanded into the anime franchises it is most known for today. Dragon Ball was later adapted into two animes, with one being Dragon Ball Z, the most universally known series in the entire Dragon Ball canon. The franchise has continued to expand lore via films, video games, and additional sequel TV series, such as the more recent Dragon Ball Super and Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Dragon Ball centers mostly around Son Goku, a being known as a Saiyan, and his friends as they face off against intergalactic threats and seek out the titular dragon balls. When all seven of these balls are collected, they can be used to summon a legendary dragon that can grant the wishes of whoever so gathers them. The Dragon Ball franchise continues to be one of the most well-known and beloved animes of all time, with over forty different countries airing it, and has had a tremendous impact on Western culture as a whole.
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A plethora of Dragon Ball films is coming to Crunchyroll, including Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
The Dragon Ball Super manga echoes a fan-favorite Vegeta line as Gohan desperately rescues his daughter in an emotionally charged training exercise.
Dragon Ball Z is infamous for constantly introducing stronger enemies that the weaker heroes couldn't handle, but it wasn't quite that simple.
Fan service is a decades-long anime tradition, especially in shonen, and it's time to lay that tradition to rest.
Piccolo has notoriously hated technology since Dragon Ball Z, but events in the recent Dragon Ball Super manga chapter force him to use tech.