Dragon Ball: Who at this point has never heard about this series? Regarded as the most famous anime ever made, Dragon Ball is the perfect example of what a shounen battle anime should be.
In A Nutshell
The story follows the adventures Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku will make several friends and fight against villains.
Meet the Characters
Goku is the main character. Being raised in the forest by his grandfather, Goku is a very innocent, carefree boy who doesn’t know much of the world. He doesn’t even know what a woman is. He likes eating and training by fighting wild animals.
Bulma is a young woman who bumps into Goku while searching for the Dragon Balls. She’s very feminine, dreamy and interested in romance. Although at first she only lets Goku go with her because he can protect her because he’s strong, they end up becoming very good friends down the road. She is very intelligent and creates inventions to help her find the Dragon Balls.
Krillin is the same age as Goku. At first they were rivals, but Krillin ends up becoming Goku’s best friend after they both start training under the orders of Muten Roshi. Although he’s often used for comedic relief, Krillin always trains very hard to fight next to Goku and protect those he loves.
* There are maaaaany more characters, but the list would be too long, not to say spoilery.
A Brief History of Dragon Ball: The When, Where and How
Dragon Ball is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. The series was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995. Two anime adaptations were produced by Toei Animation: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, running from 1986 to 1996. Many other anime versions like the original Dragon Ball GT (1996-1997), the faster-paced remastered version of DBZ, Dragon Ball Kai (2009-2015), and the new Dragon Ball Super (2015-).
There’s no denying the fact that Dragon Ball is probably the most well-known anime ever made. Aside from the tons of merchandising, the franchise expands to films, both animated and live-action, collectible trading card games, numerous action figures, soundtracks and many videogames.
Why It’s Awesome
Dragon Ball is a pure battle anime. There’s a lot of universe building, character development and adventure, but the main focus of this story is always on thefights. So if you like battle scenes, and debating with your friends over who could beat who in a battle, this is definitely the anime you should be watching. Dragon Ball doesn’t waste any time in flashbacks or moral speeches, it just cuts to the chase and what the viewers want to see.
One of the reasons why this show became so popular is that it offered very original concepts. From the Dragon Balls themselves to the Super Saiyan modes with the change of hair colour, there are many interesting and innovative elements to the story. There’s also no denying that many contemporary shounen mangas like One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail or Naruto have been inspired by Toriyama’s imagination.
Dragon Ball has plenty of characters but it mainly focuses on the main characters and the villains. As per Goku, it’s interesting to see a main character go from a little kid to an adult. Unlike many other shounen characters, Goku doesn’t have a clear goal or dream in life. He just enjoys fighting and competition in general. His major enemy? Himself. If anything, he aims to get better so that he can protect Earth and the people he loves.