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Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Fuji TV 1986

Long ago in the mountains, a fighting master known as Gohan discovered a strange boy whom he named Goku. Gohan raised him and trained Goku in martial arts until he died. The young and very strong boy was on his own, but easily managed. Then one day, Goku met a teenage girl named Bulma, whose search for the dragon balls brought her to Goku's home. Together, they set off to find all seven dragon balls in an adventure that would change Goku's life forever. See how Goku met his life long friends Bulma, Yamcha, Krillin, Master Roshi and more. And see his adventures as a boy, all leading up to Dragonball Z and later Dragonball GT.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball - S5E27

#1 - Secret of the Woods

8.48

Season 5 - Episode 27

Continuing his training, Goku follows Popo's instruction and enters the deep, dark woods. While searching for a worthy sparring partner, Goku stumbles across a surprising discovery hidden deep within the secluded labyrinth and finds help a most unexpected way!

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 124 votes.

Dragon Ball - S5E26

#2 - Quicker Than Lightning

8.29

Season 5 - Episode 26

Goku's first task under his new teacher is a death-defying mission to the top of Mount Rumble to fetch the legendary Sacred Crown. But the mystical artifact has a deadly secret! Goku will have to be quicker than lightning to accomplish this task alive!

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 121 votes.

Dragon Ball - S6E7

#3 - Rematch

8.28

Season 6 - Episode 7

Hero starts by acting like a crazy man, however, Yamcha scratches to stay in the ring as Hero reveals his true abilityand identity. Goku and Tien Shinhan must fight one another in a friendly rematch to claim the last remaining spot for the semi-finals.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 32 votes.

Dragon Ball - S6E21

#4 - The End, The Beginning

8.28

Season 6 - Episode 21

Goku and Chi Chi must travel to Mt. Five Elements in a last ditch effort to save her father, the Ox King, from the deadly magical flames, which threaten to consume his kingdom. Before Goku can complete his quest, he must fan the flames of Fate and hope he doesn't get burned!

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 32 votes.

Dragon Ball - S4E12

#5 - Goku vs. Sky Dragon

8.25

Season 4 - Episode 12

Goku makes an enduring journey to challenge Master Chin. Chin is busy fending off Rising Dragon and his two men. Before Rising Dragon can begin a fight, his brother Sky Dragon stops him. Chin's agrees to workout with Goku, his son Shoken getting worried. Goku finds Chin has been in weak health lately and learns from him about the King's Tournament. Goku manages to get medicine for Chin, managing to avoid conflict with the Dragon brothers. Sky Dragon spends his time terrifying his students. Goku volunteers to take Chin's place in the King's Tournament. Jealous Shoken spikes Goku's breakfast. At the tournament Goku battles Sky Dragon as the laxative kicks in Goku, but he resists the effect and beats Sky Dragon. The Dragon brothers and students join Chin's teachings and Goku resumes his journey.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 121 votes.

Dragon Ball - S5E5

#6 - Terrible Tambourine

8.24

Season 5 - Episode 5

Tambourine continues his seek-and-slaughter campagign of Martial Artists as he sets his sight on victom number eight! Yamcha! Master Roshi takes Tien and Chiaotzu on a cross-country race for the Dragon Balls. As they try to stay ahead of the competion, King Piccolo and his dastardly horde. Meanwhile Goku attempts to persuade mountain-boy Yajirobe to hand over his Dragon Ball to help save Krillin!

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 112 votes.

Dragon Ball - S4E33

#7 - The Fallen

8.24

Season 4 - Episode 33

Having barely escaped the devastating tri-beam attack, Goku and Tien are now high above the stadium. Goku's surprise use of the Kamehameha Wave leaves both fighters helplessly falling and, with the ring destroyed, the first one to hit the ground loses. Due to a collision with a truck, Goku hits the ground first and Tien is declared the winner. As former rivals become friends and celebrate a well fought tournament, a mysterious enemy's attack steals a friend's life.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 102 votes.

Dragon Ball - S4E32

#8 - The Spirit Cannon

8.22

Season 4 - Episode 32

With his surprising multi-armed technique, Tien launches a furious assault on Goku. He seems to have the advantage, but Goku's tail proves to be more trouble than expected and Goku breaks free. As the fight ensues, Tien grows desperate enough to unleash the Tri-Beam Cannon, a powerful attack that could destroy them both!

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 111 votes.

Dragon Ball - S4E31

#9 - Tien's Insurrection

8.21

Season 4 - Episode 31

Goku and Tien's power and technique seem to be amazingly equal, but a dramatic turn of events enrages Tien to a new level of focus and determination. Only one outcome will satisfy the proud Tien as he unveils a sinister new attack! How can Goku survive against this monstrous new Tien?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 100 votes.

Dragon Ball - S5E24

#10 - Earth's Guardian Emerges

8.18

Season 5 - Episode 24

Goku cannot defeat Mr. Popo, and thus, cannot see Kami! Goku decides to be trained by Popo. Kami eventually does reveal himself, and Goku is shocked to see he looks just like Piccolo(the logic!)! Kami tells Goku of how he split his good self from his bad in order to take the throne of Kami-sama, but because of it, Piccolo was created. Kami tells Goku that he can't bring the dead back to life... but Shenron can. He will be able to bring Shenron back to life to restore everyone.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 116 votes.

#11 - Eternal Dragon Resurrected
8.18
Season 5 - Episode 25

After Goku mistakes Kami for the villainous Piccolo it is time for the young warrior to begin his grueling three year training for the next World Martial Arts Tournament. In exchange for Goku's promise Kami agrees to revive the Eternal Dragon!

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 117 votes.

#12 - Counting Controversy!
8.16
Season 4 - Episode 23

The match continues, in which Chiaotzu launches something even worse than the Dodon Wave against Krillin. Krillin's only chance to catch Chiaotzu off guard is the most unexpected technique in martial arts: math. But long after the match is over, Goku and Krillin learn there is more at stake than the championship as Master Shen wants revenge for Goku defeating Tao.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 108 votes.

#13 - Lost and Found
8.15
Season 5 - Episode 22

With Piccolo's reign of terror at an end, Goku has time to mend his wounds. As he heals he learns that there may be a way to revive his lost friends - a face to face meeting with the creator of the Dragonballs! The only problem is that the only way to get to the mysterious Kami is by using his Power Pole, and it's gone missing!

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 117 votes.

#14 - Terror and Plague
8.11
Season 4 - Episode 11

Goku is travelling when he sees a girl about to be eaten by a tiger-monster.He saves her and she asks him to help her village which is being terrorized by 2 people called Terror and Plague. When they reach the village they see that there is a call going on in which when a person's name is called, and he doesn't reply 'here' he'll be sent inside the gourd(a thing Terror and Plague use to trap people).Goku shows up and challenges them and beats them but they use the gourd and trap him.Goku escapes the gourd with his power pole and takes the gourd, trapping Terror and Plague.They feel sorry and Goku releases them and they now work for the villagers.Goku then travels on towards the wilderness.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 110 votes.

#15 - Here Comes Yajirobe
8.10
Season 5 - Episode 4

The stranger tells Goku that he stole his Breakfast. Goku says that can he prove it was his fish. The stranger tells Goku that he was cooking that fish. Goku sees that the stranger has a dragonball hanging on his neck as a bracelet. Goku then thinks that he works with Tambourine and they start fightingn him. After they are done fighting Goku asks the stranger`s name. The stranger says his name is Yajirobe and Goku tells his own name. Goku asks where Yajirobe got the dragonball. Yajirobe says that he found it 3 years ago in the jungle. Goku realizes that the whole fight was a misunderstanding. Then Cymbal comes asking for the dragonball. Goku relaizes that Cymbal works with Tambourine. Yajirobe doesn`t give up his dragonball and fights him. Right when Cymbal was going to use his killer attack Yajirobe grabs his sword and cuts Cymbal in half. King Piccolo finds out about Cymbal`s death telephatically linked and starts to have a killer headacke.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 111 votes.

#16 - Temple Above the Clouds
8.10
Season 5 - Episode 23

Goku finds his lost Power Pole and uses it to climb to Kami's temple in the sky. The only problem is that when he arrives he must face off against Kami's assistant Mr. Popo in a test of strength. Does Goku have what it takes to pass this test and earn a meeting with the mysterious Kami?

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 123 votes.

#17 - The End of Commander Red
8.09
Season 3 - Episode 39

The warfare against Goku continues for the RR Army. Then the soldiers flee in terror except for Colonel Violet who is heading for Red's treasure vault. Violet swipes all the money and valuables and makes her leave. Red gets frustrated and angry and leaves Black to face Goku as he retreats to his penthouse. As Goku beats Black, Red activates the ceiling to crush Goku. Having been betrayed and risking his life, Black kills Red. Goku emerges from the wreckage and Black tries to talk his way out, but Goku won't fall for his lies. As a last resort Black uses a mech robot machine to take out Goku. Meanwhile Yamcha and Violet are both trying to evade each other. General Black beats Goku plenty and is preparing to fire a lethal weapon on him.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 125 votes.

Dragon Ball - S1E13
#18 - The Legend of Goku
8.08
Season 1 - Episode 13

Goku is exposed to a full moon. Transforming into a huge, alien gorilla, Goku goes on a rampage, attacking friends and foes alike. Can Bulma, Yamcha, and Puar return Goku to his normal self without hurting him and while also avoiding Emperor Pilaf's army?

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 254 votes.

#19 - Enter King Piccolo
8.08
Season 5 - Episode 1

Krillin is dead! As Goku sets out on a quest for revenge, his friends attempt to learn the identity of Krllin's killer. All clues lead to Master Roshi's past an evil, that could destroy the world!

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 114 votes.

#20 - Tao Attacks!
8.08
Season 3 - Episode 32

Goku fights Tao. Despite his best attacks, Goku takes a severe beating from Tao. A Kamehameha Wave has no effect on Tao, but it sears his outfit. Angered, Tao fires a lethal beam (Dodon Wave) from his finger on Goku. Tao takes the dragonballs and taunts Upa before making his leave. Tao heads to a town to get a new outfit,while Red tells him that he is one dragonball short. Upa has buried his father and is about to bury Goku when an RR pilot lands. As the pilot tries to take the dragonball Goku kept, Goku beats him and blasts his jet. Apparently Goku's grandfather's dragonball blocked the Dodon Wave. Not knowing what to do next, Upa suggests that Goku tries to climb the Korin Tower. Goku makes a good start, while Tao waits for his outfit to be tailored to Red's frustration. The tower is indeed a lot higher than Goku thought and he nearly falls off but continues his long journey without giving up.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Dragon Ball from 130 votes.

Last updated: mar 05, 2021

Comments

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Don't bother with the dubbed versions - stick with the original script and the subtitles!

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Well after seeing every episode I honestly believe DB is extremely underrated. Goku's innocence and ignorance gives the series a magnificent charm. I really love the fact the this series actually has a stronger focus on the sense of adventure rather than being focused on the fights that this franchise eventually came to be known for. Seeing characters that eventually fade into unimportance in DBZ actually be relevant and reliable makes DB feel unique when compared to the future series that spawned after. I was actually shocked at the number of appearances Great Ape Goku makes, I was expecting it to be more but eh I'm not complaining. The adult humor in the show is an amazing unexpected surprise. Unexpected because DB is way more lighthearted than DBZ, some of the jokes probably wouldn't even be around if it was a modern day show.

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Where is original Dragon Ball? The japanese original version, not the english one, cut and dubbed? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088509 I have never seen the english version, only the japanese and latinamerican.

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Not as many people watched this show compared to DBZ, but I think this show is just as good as DBZ. It has a less serious and more comedic tone. It’s great to watch the characters that got pushed aside in DBZ such as Tien and Roshi get treated as serious threats to Goku.

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“I am a human being just like YOU are”.

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Love Dragon ball )

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