Dragon Ball (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.

  • Akira Toriyama

Release Date: 1986-02-26
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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  • Country: JP
  • Language: Ja
  • Runtime: 25
Season 8 Episode List
  • Enter King Piccolo

    Episode 1 - Enter King Piccolo

    Release Date: 1988-02-24

    Goku and his friends find Krillin murdered. The referee says it was a monster that also took Goku's Dragon Ball and a list of tournament participants. Goku takes the Dragon Radar and charges off in pursuit of the killer. Judging by a crest on a paper, Roshi knows this to be the work of King Piccolo. Roshi explains how the world suffered his carnage long ago and how he and his master Mutaito trapped him in a jar at the cost of his own life. It turns out Emperor Pilaf released King Piccolo and is assisting him. Having learned from Pilaf about the origin of the dragon balls, Piccolo insist on using them to restore his youth while continuing his plan of world conquest. Meanwhile, Goku catches up with King Piccolo's minion Tambourine.

  • Tambourine Attacks!

    Episode 2 - Tambourine Attacks!

    Release Date: 1988-03-02

    Goku engages Tambourine in combat, but Goku is weak from hunger, so Tambourine overpowers him and destroys the Flying Nimbus, leaving Goku for dead. Roshi and the others head to the Kame house. After Tambourine hands King Piccolo the dragon ball and list of fighters, he is sent to kill all the fighters, starting with King Chappa.

  • Mark of the Demon

    Episode 3 - Mark of the Demon

    Release Date: 1988-03-09

    While Tambourine kills fighter after fighter around the world (leaving the mark of the demon behind), King Piccolo creates and sends a new warrior called Cymbal to gather the remaining dragon balls. Goku wakes up and tries to look for food. Roshi plans to move from the island to somewhere else once Bulma makes another dragon radar. Goku finds a fish cooking and eats it. When he's finished, he vows for revenge. Suddenly, a mountain man emerges from the thickets mad that Goku ate his fish.

  • Here Comes Yajirobe

    Episode 4 - Here Comes Yajirobe

    Release Date: 1988-03-16

    Goku fights with Yajirobe. Yajirobe is a skilled and tough fighter. Roshi finds a safe haven for his friends and sets out with Tien and Chiaotzu to find the dragon balls and stop King Piccolo. Bulma preserves Krillin in a freezing capsule. Goku accuses Yajirobe of assisting Tambourine but Goku learns Yajirobe is not lying and never steals. Cymbal appears eyeing Yajirobe's dragon ball. After a game of rock, paper and scissors, Yajirobe fights Cymbal. Eventually Yajirobe slices Cymbal killing him. At that moment, King Piccolo feels the presence of Cymbal's death.

  • Terrible Tambourine

    Episode 5 - Terrible Tambourine

    Release Date: 1988-03-23

    King Piccolo is furious about Cymbal's death. Tambourine next targets Giran. Yamcha is next on Tambourine's hit list. Goku requests for Yajirobe's dragon ball explaining their powers to him. Tambourine finds Yamcha but before he can kill him, King Piccolo telepathically orders him to find Cymbal's killer. Master Roshi procures one of the dragon balls. Goku intends to use the dragon balls to resurrect Krillin.

  • Tien's Atonement

    Episode 6 - Tien's Atonement

    Release Date: 1988-04-06

    Master Roshi drives a hard bargain with pirates on a land battleship to get another dragon ball. Yajirobe refuses to hand his dragon ball to Goku. Goku won't leave Yajirobe until Tambourine finds them. They both stop at a river, exhausted from their long run. During their search for another dragon ball in a town, Tien comes across an old rival he previously broke a leg in a fight. Tien tries to ask nicely for the dragon ball, but the man refuses. Several soldiers storm the house thinking Tien is the killer of the martial arts fighters, but Master Roshi convinces them they're mistaken. The man forgives Tien and offers to give the dragon ball. Tambourine finds Yajirobe and Goku catches up ready to take his revenge.

  • Goku's Revenge

    Episode 7 - Goku's Revenge

    Release Date: 1988-04-13

    As Roshi follows a dragon ball in motion, Goku begins his fight with Tambourine, immediately overwhelming him. Tambourine fires an incinerating beam at Goku, but Goku evades it and kills him with a Kamehameha Wave in midair. Sensing Tambourine's death, King Piccolo decides to deal with Goku himself. Roshi and Tien find a fourth dragon ball in a cave, tangled with crows. King Piccolo decides to wait for all the other dragon balls to be gathered as he gets closer to Goku's location.

  • Goku vs. King Piccolo

    Episode 8 - Goku vs. King Piccolo

    Release Date: 1988-04-20

    Roshi is on the verge of getting the fifth dragon ball. Pilaf's ship lands near Goku and Yajirobe. Recalling King Piccolo, Yajirobe hands Goku the dragon ball and hides. King Piccolo jumps down to face Goku. Goku uses his speed to land a few hits on King Piccolo, but it is not enough against King Piccolo's counter attack. King Piccolo stuns Goku. Roshi procures the fifth dragon ball, but drops it down a canyon. After a long fight, King Piccolo fires several explosive beams at Goku. When Goku's Kamehameha fails, King Piccolo prepares to finish him off.

  • Piccolo Closes In

    Episode 9 - Piccolo Closes In

    Release Date: 1988-05-04

    After a few more hits, King Piccolo critically wounds Goku with one of his most powerful beams and takes his dragon ball. King Piccolo makes his way to get the rest of the dragon balls. In his state, Goku requests Yajirobe to take him to Korin Tower. Meanwhile Chiaotzu finds the fifth dragon ball. Roshi decides they head to King Piccolo to get the other two balls. Roshi takes to the ground and hides the dragon balls he collected. King Piccolo swallows his two dragon balls thwarting Roshi's plan. To prevent Tien from fighting, Roshi paralyses him. King Piccolo jumps down to face Roshi.

  • Roshi's Gambit

    Episode 10 - Roshi's Gambit

    Release Date: 1988-05-11

    Roshi tells King Piccolo where his dragon balls are, but knowing full well that he is no match for King Piccolo, has no wish to fight, and toys with King Piccolo, enduring the pain he receives. King Piccolo doesn't recall meeting Roshi before, until Roshi mentions Mutaito, and grows fearful as he realizes what Roshi is here to do. Roshi takes a special jar out a capsule and unleashes an evil containment wave, King Piccolo attempting to resist. Unfortunately, Roshi misses at the last second and dies. King Piccolo unites all seven balls and summons the Eternal Dragon.

  • King Piccolo's Wish

    Episode 11 - King Piccolo's Wish

    Release Date: 1988-05-18

    Chiaotzu tries to thwart King Piccolo's wish, but is killed instead. King Piccolo makes his wish and becomes younger. Before Shenron can disperse, King Piccolo kills him, and nobody else can use the Dragon Balls against him. King Piccolo intends to target the Kingdom of Chow. There, King Furry is a kindhearted person. Tien intends to use the evil containment wave on King Piccolo. Pilaf tries to reclaim his reward but King Piccolo dumps him, Mai and Shu off the ship. Yajirobe and Goku finally reach Korin's tower.

  • Siege on Chow Castle

    Episode 12 - Siege on Chow Castle

    Release Date: 1988-05-25

    As King Piccolo prepares to attack Chow Castle, everyone is celebrating King Furry's anniversary including Snow. Goku intends to climb Korin's tower to meet Korin once more. With Bora's help, Yajirobe begins his climb up the tower. Yamcha and the others arrive, where Tien is waiting. As girls hand King Furry bouquets, King Piccolo storms the castle. Things get ugly in the kingdom, even for King Furry. King Piccolo kills the commander and captures the evacuating king. Yajirobe finally reaches near the tower summit.

  • Conquest and Power

    Episode 13 - Conquest and Power

    Release Date: 1988-06-01

    King Piccolo kills King Furry's first officer and demands Furry send word to the world of his conquest. Furry refuses and King Piccolo destroys a large part of the city making him give in. Bulma places Chiaotzu and Roshi's corpses in freezing capsules. Meanwhile Yajirobe meets Korin and eats too many Sensu beans. Goku's friends are trying to enjoy themselves while Tien is trying hard to learn the evil containment wave. Sadly Korin has nothing left to teach Goku, but tips Goku on Ultra Divine Water.

  • Awaken Darkness

    Episode 14 - Awaken Darkness

    Release Date: 1988-06-08

    Piano antagonizes King Piccolo's enslaved subjects. Korin tells Goku that the Ultra Divine Water is hidden deep in an icy labyrinth where many have perished trying to pass. Yajirobe refuses to go, but accidentally goes in the same portal that Goku enters after. As Goku fights an indestructible ice monster, Darkness awakens. Yajirobe and Goku escape sliding down a long twisty path. Snow is very tempted to shoot King Piccolo with a rifle, but knows how unwise it is. Darkness has something bad in store for Goku and Yajirobe.

  • A Taste of Destiny

    Episode 15 - A Taste of Destiny

    Release Date: 1988-06-22

    As Yajirobe and Goku press on, they go their separate ways. Goku meets Master Roshi and is taken to the Kame House in the middle of the labyrinth where all his friends await him. Goku sees all this is an illusion to bait him into danger and this Roshi is a fraud. Yajirobe falls onto Goku and they both fall off a cliff clinging for their lives. With effort, Goku stays put, even as Roshi injures him. Satisfied, Darkness meets with Goku and warns him the possibility of death from drinking the water if he is not fit for it. Goku takes the risk and drinks the water. Meanwhile, King Piccolo broadcasts that criminals are free to reign in the world.

  • The Ultimate Sacrifice

    Episode 16 - The Ultimate Sacrifice

    Release Date: 1988-06-29

    Goku has survived the Ultra Divine Water and vaults his and Yajirobe's way out with the power pole. Meanwhile a crime wave spreads throughout the world. Eighter has traveled to Chow Kingdom to find Snow. Snow is making use herself helping those in casualty as Eighter finds her. Eighter forcefully persuades a band of rogues to aid the casualties. Tien finally masters the evil containment wave and makes his way to confront King Piccolo. Goku and Yajirobe manage to get back to Korin's Tower. Korin gives Goku a new Nimbus cloud and Goku makes his way to face King Piccolo once more.

  • Prelude to Vengeance

    Episode 17 - Prelude to Vengeance

    Release Date: 1988-07-06

    King Piccolo keeps the world at suspense as he chooses a target sector to annihilate. King Piccolo chooses to destroy Sector 29, which is none other than Bulma's homeland. The entire city tries to evacuate in a frenzy, including Bulma's parents. A team of convicts storms the Kame House, but Yamcha and Launch beat them. Tien arrives at Chow Castle just as King Piccolo is about to depart. Before Tien can start his plan, King Piccolo creates a new warrior called Drum.

  • Battle Cry

    Episode 18 - Battle Cry

    Release Date: 1988-07-20

    As crisis continues in West City, Tien is forced to fight Drum. Goku stops halfway on his journey to help the Ox King and Chi Chi from soldiers blackmailed into killing martial artists by King Piccolo. Tired of waiting, Yamcha and the others decide to go after Tien. After taking blows Tien seizes his chance to perform the evil containment wave, but Piccolo destroys the jar. Goku arrives and kicks Drum hard, killing him.

  • Goku Strikes Back

    Episode 19 - Goku Strikes Back

    Release Date: 1988-07-27

    Goku starts his fight by throwing King Piccolo through Chow Castle. King Piccolo's first attacks fail to harm Goku. Piccolo gets many blows from Goku, so he harnesses his full power, killing Piano in the process. Goku takes a powerful hit and Piccolo rounds on Tien. Goku suddenly leaps out about to launch a Kamehameha Wave.

  • The Biggest Crisis

    Episode 20 - The Biggest Crisis

    Release Date: 1988-08-03

    Goku blasts King Piccolo in the back with a Kamehameha Wave. Goku continues to devastate King Piccolo. News of the fight reaches everywhere. King Piccolo manages to wound Goku's right knee, forcing Goku to use his power pole to strike back. King Piccolo fired deadly beams until Goku lost his power pole and hits him, destroying the entire kingdom, King Furry evading death. Tien was able to save Goku from certain death but gets exhausted. Goku prevents King Piccolo from conjuring another explosive wave, but King Piccolo manages to hit Goku and create a huge crater. Goku gets out with his Nimbus Cloud.

  • Final Showdown

    Episode 21 - Final Showdown

    Release Date: 1988-08-10

    Sensing he is in a losing battle, King Piccolo resorts to a cowardly act, threatening to kill Tien, if Goku moves a muscle. Yamcha reaches the place and lands his plane. Yajirobe has also arrived to watch Goku fight. Upon discovering that King Piccolo killed Shenron, Goku resigns himself to endure repetitive pains getting his limbs crippled. With Goku incapacitated, King Piccolo prepares to finish him off, but Goku uses full power in his right fist to punch a hole through King Piccolo's torso. Seconds before King Piccolo's death, he uses the last of his energy to create his final offspring. Yajirobe saves Goku from falling to his death and retrieves Tien.

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