Dragon Ball: Season 1
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NTSC/Region1. In 1986, the animated adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga Dragon Ball debuted on Japanese television, launching one of the most popular franchises in anime history. Dragon Ball introduced a special mixture of male bonding, rigorous training, martial arts fighting, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi action that scored a huge hit with boys and led to the follow-ups Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT.
In 1986, the animated adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga Dragon Ball debuted on Japanese television, launching one of the most popular franchises in anime history. Dragon Ball introduced a special mixture of male bonding, rigorous training, martial arts fighting, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi action that scored a huge hit with boys and led to the follow-ups Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT--and numerous imitators. A small boy from another planet, Goku commands super-human strength, but he was raised in the remote mountains by an old man and he knows little of the world. Goku meets Bulma, who's trying to assemble the seven magical Dragon Balls so she can wish for a boyfriend. The naive boy and the hot-tempered girl join forces, then form a quarrelsome alliance with Oolong, the shape-shifting pig, and Yamcha, a dashing bandit with a metamorphic familiar, Puar. The heroes compete for the Dragon Balls against the pint-sized Emperor Pilaf (who wants to rule the world). After defeating Pilaf, Goku goes to study martial arts with Master Roshi, a lecherous but extraordinarily skilled old man. Goku and fellow student Krillin develop formidable powers that they use in the World Martial Arts Tournament. These episodes set the pattern for Dragon Ball and numerous other series: humans and creatures of all description train endlessly, then gather to pound the ramen out of each other before an audience. Naturally, the hero wins in an extended final match. The first adventures are lighter in tone and more broadly comic than the beginning of the darker Red Ribbon Saga. For years, the first13 episodes of Dragon Ball were only available in the U.S. in the heavily edited set Saga of Goku, to the chagrin of the fans. Following their successful release of the complete Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, Funimation is presenting Dragon Ball uncut and digitally restored. The series probably looks better now than it did when it premiered, as it was reportedly filmed in 16mm. Note: The sight of the prepubescent Goku and Krillin running around naked doesn't bother Japanese audiences. (Rated TV 14, but appropriate for ages 12 and up: nudity, risqué and toilet humor, cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Secret of the Dragon Balls, 2. The Emperor’s Quest, 3. The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi, 4. Oolong the Terrible, 5. Yamcha the Desert Bandit, 6. Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls, 7. The Ox-King on Fire Mountain, 8. The Kamehameha Wave, 9. Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch, 10. The Dragon Balls Are Stolen, 11. The Penalty Is Pinball, 12. A Wish to the Eternal Dragon, 13. The Legend of Goku, 14. Goku's Rival, 15. Look Out for Launch, 16. Find That Stone! 17. Milk Delivery, 18. The Turtle Hermit Way, 19. The Tournament Begins, 20. Elimination Round, 21. Smells Like Trouble, 22. Quarterfinals Begin, 23. Monster Beast Giran, 24. Krillin's Frantic Attack! 25. Danger From Above, 26, The Grand Finals, 27. Number One Under The Moon? 28. The Final Blow, 29. The Roaming Lake, 30. Pilaf and the Mystery Force, 31. Wedding Plans?)
Digital booklets are now available on each of the Toei sites. Customers can find the download links in the DVD/Blu-Ray section of each website near the summary information for each product.
http://dragonballz.com/dvdbluray.aspx?id=421 (each product has its own page)
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This set will contain the following 31 episodes from the Goku/Pilaf, Tournament and Red Ribbon Army Sagas:
The Saga Of Goku/Emperor Pilaf Saga
1 Secret of the Dragon Ball
2 The Emperor's Quest
3 The Nimbus Cloud Of Roshi
4 Oolong the Terrible
5 Yamcha the Desert Bandit
6 Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls
7 The Ox-King on Fire Mountain
8 The Kamehameha Wave
9 Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch
10 The Dragon Balls Are Stolen
11 The Penalty Is Pinball
12 A Wish to the Eternal Dragon
13 The Legend Of Goku
14 Goku's Rival
15 Look Out for Launch
16 Find That Stone!
17 Milk Delivery
18 The Turtle Hermit Way
19 The Tournament Begins
20 Elimination Round
21 Smells Like Trouble
22 Yamcha Vs. Jackie Chun
23 Monster Beast Giran
24 Krillin's Frantic Attack!Read more ›
I have to say that this first season of Dragon Ball was not disappointing. In fact, I think it is in many ways better than Dragon Ball Z. Why? Quite simply, this work is not only extremely funny, but you don't have to wait through episode after episode after episode (like in Dragon Ball Z) to see the ultimate outcome of something. The story moves at a very reasonable pace.
Warning! There is a lot of sexual innuendo in Dragon Ball. Far more than in Dragon Ball Z. It's extremely hilarious but if you are bit prudish about this topic, don't buy this series.
I love the interaction of Bulma with Goku. It is funny beyond belief.
If you are a Manga, Anime fan as well as a Dragon Ball Z fan, buy Dragon Ball.
By the way, unlike Dragon Ball Z, this remastered version isn't cut on the top and bottom of the screen to create the impression of wide screen. It's in the original screen format!
"Dragon Ball" is the first arc of the series which aired in Japan from 1986 through 1989 and lasted for 153 episodes. The series was released by Harmony Gold USA in the late 80's and then by FUNimation Entertainment in 1995 and uncut episodes were released on DVD in 2003.
But now the episodes will be released in the USA for the first season of "Dragon Ball" for the first time uncut, remastered and digitally restored.
"Dragon Ball - Season One" features a total of 31 episodes on five DVD's. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode:
* EPISODE 1- Secret of the Dragon Balls - Bulma and Goku meet for the first time.
* EPISODE 2- The Emperor's Quest - Another group looking for the Dragon Balls.
* EPISODE 3 - The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi - Goku tries to help a turtle get to his home.
* EPISODE 4 - Oolong the Terrible - Bulma and Goku find a Dragon Ball in a nearby village but the village has been terrorized by something called Oolong the Terrible.
* EPISODE 5 - Yamcha the Desert Bandit - Yamcha, the bandit from the desert challenges Goku.
* EPISODE 6 - Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls - Oolong joins Bulma and Goku on their quest for the Dragon Balls.Read more ›
Every Dragon Ball season set (there are 5) is supposed to come with a roughly 20 page collector's Episode Guide Booklet, that contains character profiles, illustrations and episode summaries. They're nicely produced, and the summaries in particular are very helpful if you ever need to find your place as you make your way through this rather lengthy 153-episode series.
When I ordered all 5 seasons in the mail, however, I found that TWO of the seasons I purchased were missing their booklets!
After contacting the seller, I was promptly mailed one of the booklets, but unfortunately informed that I needed to contact Funimation about the remaining season's missing booklet.
After getting in contact with Funimation's product concerns department, I was told that Funimation was 'going green', and that they had stopped producing the episode guide booklets altogether for their Dragon Ball boxed set releases. I was pointed to a downloadable PDF file on their website instead.
I'm pretty miffed to spend as much as I did on these sets to not completely own them in the end. So a word of warning to collectors eye-ing these sets --- they may or may not have the episode guide booklets. I hope this helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This set came in a Fold out case with several DVDs. I got it for my husband and he loved it. It was still wrapped up and none of the DVDs had any scratches! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cameron and Joy Fields
Bought this for my daughter who loves anime. Wasn't sure how well she would like it but she's 12 and loves the show. Great price for the DVD season 1. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Big hit! I wanted to buy the set originally, but very happy with purchasing a few seasons separately.Published 29 days ago by steph
If you grew up on dragon ball like i did than you cant beat this box set. The cost was great and i love the artwork on the box. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Remmick
This is a perfect collection at a great price.
Follow goku and the gang from the beginning.
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