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.

Writing:
  • Akira Toriyama

Stars:
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 9 Episode List
  • Lost and Found

    Episode 1 - Lost and Found

    Release Date: 1988-08-17

    Tien retrieves Goku's power pole as Bulma, Yamcha and sweet Launch scan the place. Yajirobe takes Goku back to Korin's tower. News of King Piccolo's defeat spreads with much celebration. Even as the eternal dragon is dead, Bulma procured all the stones anyway. An old lady spots King Piccolo's egg and she and her husband bring to their house and Piccolo Junior is about to hatch. Korin is shocked to hear that the eternal dragon is dead. Korin knows the creator of the dragon balls, Kami. To get to him Goku searches for the power pole while meeting King Furry. Fortuneteller Baba tells Goku the power pole is at Master Roshi's. Goku gets the power pole and flies back to Korin's tower. Piccolo Junior destroys the couple's house and vows for revenge.

  • Temple Above the Clouds

    Episode 2 - Temple Above the Clouds

    Release Date: 1988-08-24

    Goku extends the Power Pole from the top of Korin's Tower to reach the temple above. Once there he must battle Mr. Popo in order to obtain an audience with Kami. The placid Mr. Popo proves to be a lot stronger than he appears. Meanwhile, back on the ground, Kame House gets flooded with reporters looking for Goku after it is discovered that he is the one who defeated King Piccolo.

  • Earth's Guardian Emerges

    Episode 3 - Earth's Guardian Emerges

    Release Date: 1988-08-31

    Mr. Popo finally agrees to train Goku after seeing his potential. At the same time, Tien vows to train hard to beat Goku in the next Martial Arts Tournament. Realizing Goku's determination, Kami reveals himself to Goku, who is shocked by his appearance and the story he tells. Kami agrees to revive the Eternal Dragon if Goku will stay and train with Mr. Popo for a while, terms which Goku gladly accepts.

  • Eternal Dragon Resurrected

    Episode 4 - Eternal Dragon Resurrected

    Release Date: 1988-09-14

    Kami revives Shenron, the Eternal Dragon. When Goku's friends down on Earth call Shenron, he tells them that Goku is training in Heaven under Kami-sama and will meet them at the next Martial Arts Tournament. They wish for everyone who was killed by Piccolo to be revived. The news that Goku is training under Kami spurs Tien, Yamcha, and Krillin to train hard as well for the competition.

  • Quicker than Lightning

    Episode 5 - Quicker than Lightning

    Release Date: 1988-09-21

    Tien, Krillin, and Yamcha continue to train at Kame House. Simultaneously, Kami and Mr. Popo send Goku on a special training mission to fetch a crown. As Goku tries to take the crown from the top of a mountain, he is struck by lightning. Goku meets a young girl who uses her "sixth sense" to find her lost bird. This makes Goku realize how he must acquire the crown: he must be faster than lightning.

  • Secret of the Woods

    Episode 6 - Secret of the Woods

    Release Date: 1988-09-28

    Tien, Krillin, and Yamcha ask Master Roshi why he is not teaching them anymore and he explains to them that he has nothing more to teach and that they should seek training on their own. Mr. Popo sends Goku to a forest in search of someone who can train his mind. Goku meets a large family that lives in a cabin and the grandfather of the family, a simple fisherman, turns out to be able to teach Goku more than he expected.

  • The Time Room

    Episode 7 - The Time Room

    Release Date: 1988-10-12

    Mr. Popo sends Goku back in time to train more. In the past he meets the young Master Roshi and his rival, the young Crane Hermit. Goku learns from their master Mutaito how to harness his spirit energy. During an incident where the Crane Hermit steals Roshi's love interest, Goku gets angry and manages to use his spirit energy successfully. Back in the present, Tien contemplates visiting Korin's Tower in order to train as Goku once had.

  • Goku's Doll

    Episode 8 - Goku's Doll

    Release Date: 1988-10-19

    Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and Chaozu all are heading toward's Korin's Tower, and are training on the way. Mr. Popo finally gives Goku an opponent to train with, and it turns out to be a clay version of Goku. Their skills are exactly the same, the only difference is that the clay Goku has no interference in his mind, and can concentrate completely on fighting. This shows Goku that he needs to quiet his mind, and he begins to realize how to achieve that.

  • Walking Their Own Ways

    Episode 9 - Walking Their Own Ways

    Release Date: 1988-10-26

    Mr. Popo plays hide and seek with Goku to teach him about concentration and finding people's ki. Meanwhile, Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and Chaozu continue their search for Korin's Tower. In doing so they happen across a small village at the base of a large mountain that the townsfolk consider to be their protecting god. Suddenly the mountain explodes and the four warriors rush to try to stop the lava flowing towards the town.

  • Hotter than Lava

    Episode 10 - Hotter than Lava

    Release Date: 1988-11-02

    Still training with Mr. Popo, Goku can not yet harness his ki. Back on the ground, Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and Chaozu each try individually to stop the flow of lava towards the defenseless village. Just as it looks like the threat has passed, the volcano erupts again with even more power. This time the four warriors work together to avert the magma for good. Training continues as the next Martial Arts Tournament is only three years away.

  • Changes

    Episode 11 - Changes

    Release Date: 1988-11-09

    Three years have passed and all of the warriors reunite for the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament. Goku, Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, and Chaozu have all been training for the last three years, resulting in drastic physical changes and improvement in martial arts skills. However, on the first day of the preliminary rounds, the warriors are encountered by an old nemesis.

  • Preliminary Peril

    Episode 12 - Preliminary Peril

    Release Date: 1988-11-16

    Goku and Tien agree to keep it a secret that Piccolo's spawn is at the tournament. In the preliminaries, all the fighters get a chance to show off the benefits of their training. Goku demonstrates that he has learned to harness his ki. Tao surfaces again, still alive and now a cyborg. He has entered the tournament and plans to kill Goku and Tien for vengeance. Tao who had become a cyborg seriously injures Chiaotzu.

  • Battle of the Eight

    Episode 13 - Battle of the Eight

    Release Date: 1988-11-23

    Even the preliminary rounds of the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament are more brutal than those of years past. Eventually eight people come out on top to advance to the final rounds: Tien, Tao, a strangely familiar girl, Goku, Krillin, Piccolo, Yamcha, and a bumbling man known as Hero. Everyone is worried that Tao will defeat Tien in the first match, but Goku is certain that Tien is stronger.

  • Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao

    Episode 14 - Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao

    Release Date: 1988-11-30

    Tien proves to be much stronger than Tao. Being a former student under the assassin, Tien gives Tao a chance to back down. After Tao tries to kill Tien, however, he loses all respect for his former master and takes him out easily. The battle ends up being more of an emotional victory than one of strength. Meanwhile, Goku must face the angry, familiar woman.

  • Anonymous Proposal

    Episode 15 - Anonymous Proposal

    Release Date: 1988-12-07

    Goku's female opponent proves to be a worthy contender, fueled by her anger at Goku. She says she will tell Goku who she is if he defeats her, which he does easily. It turns out that she is none other than Chi-Chi, daughter of the Ox King, and the girl who Goku promised he would marry. Goku agrees to live up to this promise, and warns Krillin to be careful of his opponent in the next match. Realizing that Krillin is indeed strong, Piccolo agrees to show his true strength.

  • The Mysterious Hero

    Episode 16 - The Mysterious Hero

    Release Date: 1988-12-14

    As a final act of desperation, Krillin unleashes a powerful Kamehameha upon Piccolo, who is unaffected. After getting what Piccolo thought was a fatal blow, Krillin surrenders; everyone realizes he still did very well. In the next match, Yamcha does not take his seemingly foolish opponent, Hero, seriously. However, Hero decides to battle Yamcha with his real power, exhibiting strength that surprises everyone.

  • Rematch

    Episode 17 - Rematch

    Release Date: 1988-12-21

    Hero tries to teach Yamcha as they battle, but Yamcha will hear nothing of it. Finally, after rebounding from Yamcha's toughest attack, Hero ends the match with ease. Yamcha then thanks Hero for what he has taught him. Goku realizes that Hero is Kami in a human body. In the next battle, Tien and Goku seem to be of equal strength. But after an intense bout of sparring, Tien is panting while Goku breathes normally, seeming to have the upper hand.

  • Goku Gains Speed

    Episode 18 - Goku Gains Speed

    Release Date: 1989-01-11

    Tien exhibits a drastic increase in speed, and notes that Goku has not sped up at all since the most recent tournament. However, asking for a quick pause, Goku removes his shirt, wrist bands, and boots--a combined weight of 100 kg. With the extra training weight off Goku is faster than ever. Having no other choice, Tien decides to use a new skill: 12 eyes.

  • The Four Faces of Tien

    Episode 19 - The Four Faces of Tien

    Release Date: 1989-01-18

    Tien splits his body into four separate Tiens, with a total of 12 eyes. Goku gets knocked down by their first attack, but used the opportunity to find the two weaknesses in this skill: the 12 eyes are too sensitive and each Tien is only a fourth as strong as the actual Tien. Goku uses Tien's own Taiyoken technique against him to blind the 12 eyes, and then knocks all four Tiens out of the ring for the victory.

  • Kami vs. Piccolo

    Episode 20 - Kami vs. Piccolo

    Release Date: 1989-01-25

    Finally Kami battles his evil half. He tells Goku that he must vanquish Piccolo because he knows that Goku, knowing that if Piccolo dies Kami must die as well, will not have the heart to kill Piccolo himself. Kami uses the Mafuba technique to seal Piccolo in a Denshi jar, just like what happened centuries earlier. Piccolo counters the attack, sealing Kami in the Denshi jar and swallowing it. Before he is sealed Kami implores Goku to destroy Piccolo at any cost.

  • Battle for the Future

    Episode 21 - Battle for the Future

    Release Date: 1989-02-01

    Goku explains to Master Roshi, Tien, Krillin, and Yamcha that Hero was Kami in a human body. He tells them about Kami and Piccolo splitting into two separate entities, good and evil. Goku realizes that it is up to him to stop Piccolo now. As their match begins, their strength appears to be equal. Soon, however, Piccolo unleashes a flurry of attacks that leaves Goku lying in a hole as the count rises.

  • Super Kamehameha

    Episode 22 - Super Kamehameha

    Release Date: 1989-02-08

    Goku turned out to be just testing Piccolo's attacks, as he usually does. As they resume battling, Goku seems to be superior to his opponent. Getting worried, Piccolo decides to unleash a devastating attack that will wipe out everyone at the tournament. Krillin reminds Goku that even if Kami dies in the course of destroying Piccolo, they always have the dragon balls to revive him. Realizing this, Goku combats Piccolo's blast with his most powerful Kamehameha.

  • Junior No More

    Episode 23 - Junior No More

    Release Date: 1989-02-15

    Piccolo reveals to everyone that he is, in fact, the reincarnation of King Piccolo. Upon hearing this, all of the spectators rush from the arena leaving only Goku and his friends, though this works to Goku's advantage, as he no longer has to worry about innocent bystanders getting hurt. Piccolo then concentrates his energy to turn into a giant form of himself. Even though he is considerably larger, Goku still has no problem battling him. However, he says that if Piccolo were to be any bigger he would be in trouble. Of course, Piccolo does just that, becoming gargantuan.

  • Goku's Trap

    Episode 24 - Goku's Trap

    Release Date: 1989-02-22

    As soon as Piccolo increases his size again, Goku jumps down his throat to retrieve the swallowed Denshi jar, saving Kami. Realizing he was tricked, Piccolo returns to his normal size. As they continue battling, Kami jumps in to protect Goku from a punch. Goku says he wants to fight alone and allows Piccolo to redo the punch. As the battle continues, Piccolo resorts to using his ultimate attack.

  • Goku Hangs On

    Episode 25 - Goku Hangs On

    Release Date: 1989-03-01

    As his friends run for cover, Goku prepares to take Piccolo's final attack. Piccolo unleashes a giant wave of energy comparable to a nuclear explosion, leveling the entire island. As the dust settles Goku is still standing. He takes advantage of Piccolo's weakened state after his huge energy expenditure and knocks him into the ground with a Kamehameha. Just as the count reaches nine, Piccolo lifts his head and emits an energy beam impaling Goku–but he won't give up just yet.

  • The Victor

    Episode 26 - The Victor

    Release Date: 1989-03-08

    After Piccolo weakens Goku to the point where he can't lift any limbs (including the one arm his father made the mistake of leaving Goku), Piccolo flies to the sky, like his dad, to finish off his nemesis. However, unknown to Piccolo and the others, Goku can fly, and he uses the opportunity to headbutt Piccolo in mid-air for a ring out victory. Later, Goku uses a sensu bean on himself and to revive Piccolo, not wanting to jeopardize Kami's health. Piccolo shows complete contempt for this, thinking Goku to be soft, and departs after vowing to defeat Goku.

  • Dress in Flames

    Episode 27 - Dress in Flames

    Release Date: 1989-03-15

    Everyone starts heading home after the tournament. Goku and Chichi headed towards Chichi's new home. Goku eats many meals (which surprises all the maids and chefs). The Ox King shows Chichi's wedding dress which belonged to her mother. Suddenly a blast of fire envelopes the entire castle! Everyone heads out except the Ox King, who stays to retrieve the wedding dress. The Ox King gets trapped in his own castle and Goku and Chichi head to Baba for help.

  • The Fire-Eater

    Episode 28 - The Fire-Eater

    Release Date: 1989-03-22

    The people of Frying Pan are unable to extinguish the flames consuming the castle. Goku and Chi Chi seek the Turtle hermit's help to make another Bansho fan. Goku and Chi Chi travel south to get one of the materials. In the volcano, Goku calms down an inhabiting beast. Mai and Shu are after the Fire Eater as well. Chi Chi finds a large egg being warmed by a scientist who explains what became of the Fire Eaters. Emperor Pilaf, Mai and Shu burst in, but they flee when Goku smashes their drill vehicle. A surviving Fire Eater comes out of the crater and hatches the egg. After Goku and Chi Chi escape with the scientist, they are disappointed to come empty handed (Chi Chi has kept an egg fragment). The scientist tells them where they can find the Bansho fan.

  • Outrageous Octagon

    Episode 29 - Outrageous Octagon

    Release Date: 1989-04-05

    Goku and Chi Chi reach the mountain, but as they get close, a blizzard starts up. They meet an old woman named Octagon. She tells the mountain is disrupted by the presence of females but knows nothing about the Bansho fan. Goku goes to the mountain to gather snow while Pilaf, Shu and Mai are searching after the fan. The mountain starts up another blizzard. The cold weather prevents Pilaf from firing missiles and flamethrowers on Goku. Hearing from Goku that the mountain is provoked by women, Pilaf pushes Mai away. While Goku gathers snow and scares Pilaf, Chi Chi cleans up Octagon's house, but smashes many of her dishes. Chi Chi comes across the Bansho fan as she sweeps the yard, while Goku's snow is melting. Shu takes the fan but blows away his companions and flees. Before Goku and Chi Chi leave, Octagon gives them a jar of honey. The Ox King is getting desperate as they successfully return. Goku waves the fan, but the flames persist.

  • Mystery of the Dark World

    Episode 30 - Mystery of the Dark World

    Release Date: 1989-04-12

    Baba warns Goku that the fan won't work and he must go to the Magical Furnace in the Dark World and meet Tajoro. Goku and Chi Chi journey and enter the Dark World. They jump over a large gap on the road and get chased by bats. As Goku and Chi Chi go further things become more dangerous, but they discover all the dangers are imaginary and proceed. The Ox King gets trapped at the peak of the castle. Goku meets Gohan at the furnace, who tells him Tajoro is called Amin. Goku wants to put out the furnace which Gohan and Amin object to.

  • The End, the Beginning

    Episode 31 - The End, the Beginning

    Release Date: 1989-04-19

    Gohan and Amin won't let Goku turn off the furnace for the simple reason that spirits wouldn't have access to their afterlife especially evil spirits. Instead of helping Goku, Amin resorts to fighting him. Amin formulates a plan after seeing Goku has the Bansho fan. Luckily Chi Chi has both vital requirements on her. With aid of the Bansho fan and Amin lifting the pot, Goku descends into the furnace and manages to seal the hole, barely making it out alive. The flames at the castle have died down and the Ox King has survived and kept the wedding dress intact. Goku and Chi Chi proceed with their wedding and the two of them are married.

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