Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball manga 1st Japanese edition logo.svg
Created by Akira Toriyama
Original work Dragon Ball (manga) (1984–1995)
Owner Bird Studio/ Shueisha
Print publications
Book(s) See Companion books
Comics See Manga
Films and television
Film(s) See List of Dragon Ball films
Animated series
Television special(s)
Traditional Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game
Video game(s) See List of Dragon Ball video games
Soundtrack(s) See List of Dragon Ball soundtracks
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Dragon Ball ( Japanese: ドラゴンボール, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru) is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama. The initial manga, written and illustrated by Toriyama, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995, with the 519 individual chapters collected into 42 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. Dragon Ball was initially inspired by the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West. The series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls.

The Dragon Ball manga has been adapted into two anime series produced by Toei Animation: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which together were broadcast in Japan from 1986 to 1996. Additionally, the studio has developed 19 animated feature films and three television specials, as well as two anime sequel series titled Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997) and Dragon Ball Super (2015–present). From 2009 to 2015, a revised, faster-paced version of Dragon Ball Z aired in Japan under the title Dragon Ball Kai, in which most of the original version's footage not featured in the manga is removed. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising based on the series leading to a large media franchise that includes films, both animated and live-action, collectible trading card games, numerous action figures, along with several collections of soundtracks and a large number of video games. As of January 2012, the franchise generated $5 billion in merchandise, [1] making Dragon Ball one of the most merchandisable anime based media franchises of all time.

Since its release, Dragon Ball has become one of the most successful manga and anime series of all time. The manga's 42 volumes have sold over 156 million copies in Japan and more than 240 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling manga series in history. Reviewers have praised the art, characterization, and humor of the story. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest manga series ever made, with many manga artists citing Dragon Ball as a source of inspiration for their own now popular works. The anime, particularly Dragon Ball Z, is also highly popular in various countries and was arguably one of the most influential in boosting the popularity of Japanese animation in Western culture.

Plot summary

On a version of Earth in Universe 7, a monkey-tailed boy named Goku befriends a teenage girl named Bulma, whom he accompanies to find the seven Dragon Balls (ドラゴンボール, Doragon Bōru), which summon the dragon Shenlong to grant the user one wish. The journey leads them to the desert bandit Yamcha, who later becomes an ally; Chi-Chi, whom Goku unknowingly agrees to marry; and Emperor Pilaf, an impish man who seeks the Dragon Balls to fulfill his desire to rule the world. Goku then undergoes rigorous training regimes under the martial arts master Kame-Sen'nin in order to fight in the Tenkaichi Budōkai (天下一武道会, "Strongest Under the Heavens Martial Arts Tournament"). A monk named Kuririn becomes his training partner and rival, but they soon become best friends. After the tournament, Goku searches for the Dragon Ball his grandfather left him and almost single-handedly defeats the Red Ribbon Army and their hired assassin Taopaipai. Thereafter Goku reunites with his friends to defeat the fortuneteller Baba Uranai's fighters and have her locate the last Dragon Ball to revive a friend killed by Taopaipai.

At the Tenkaichi Budōkai three years later Goku and his allies oppose Kame-Sen'nin's rival and Taopaipai's brother, Tsuru-Sen'nin, and his students Tenshinhan and Chaozu. Kuririn is killed after the tournament and Goku tracks down and is defeated by his killer, Piccolo Daimao. The samurai Yajirobe takes Goku to the hermit Karin, where he receives healing and a power boost. Meanwhile, Piccolo fights Kame-Sen'nin and Chaozu, leading to both their deaths, and uses the Dragon Balls to regain his youth before destroying Shenlong. Goku then kills Piccolo Daimao, who, just before dying, spawns his son/reincarnation Piccolo. Karin then directs Goku to Kami-sama, the original creator of the Dragon Balls, to restore Shenlong and revive his slain friends. Goku trains under Kami for the next three years, once again reuniting with his friends at the Tenkaichi Budōkai, where he narrowly wins against Piccolo before leaving with Chi-Chi to keep his promise to marry her.

Five years later, Goku is a young adult and father of Gohan, when Raditz arrives on Earth, identifies Goku as his younger brother 'Kakarrot' and reveals to him that they are members of a nearly extinct extraterrestrial race called the Saiyans (サイヤ人, Saiya-jin), who sent Goku to conquer Earth for them, until he suffered a severe head injury and lost all memory of his mission. Goku refuses to continue the mission, sides with Piccolo, and sacrifices his life to defeat Raditz. In the afterlife Goku trains under the North Kaiō until he is revived by the Dragon Balls to save the Earth from the invading Nappa and Vegeta. In the battle Yamcha, Chaozu, Tenshinhan, and Piccolo are killed, and the Dragon Balls cease to exist. Kuririn and the galactic tyrant Freeza learn of another set of Dragon Balls on planet Namek (ナメック星, Namekku-sei), whereupon Bulma, Gohan, and Kuririn search for them to revive their friends and subsequently the Earth's Dragon Balls, leading to several battles with Freeza's minions and Vegeta, the latter standing alongside the heroes to fight the Ginyu Force, a team of mercenaries. The long battle with Freeza himself comes to a close when Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人, Sūpā Saiya-jin) of legends and defeats him, with Namek being destroyed in the process.

Sometime after, Frieza is revealed to have survived after the fight in Namek and have traveled to Earth with his father King Cold, to face Goku. Instead, he is encountered by a mysterious person who came from the future who is none other than Vegeta and Bulma's son, Trunks. Trunks had defeated both Frieza and King Cold, also having the ability to turn to a Super Saiayn. Trunks gave the Z warriors the medicine for the virus that would be fatal to Goku and a warning to train for an upcoming threat that will appear in the near future. Three years later, a group of Androids (人造人間, Jinzōningen, "Artificial Humans") created by a member of the former Red Ribbon Army, Doctor Gero, seeking revenge against Goku. During this time, an evil life form called Cell also emerges and, after absorbing two of the Androids to achieve his "perfect form," holds his own fighting tournament to challenge the protagonists. After Goku sacrifices his own life to no avail, Gohan avenges his father by defeating Cell.

Seven years later, Goku, briefly revived for one day, and his allies are drawn into a fight against Majin Buu. After numerous battles, including destruction and re-creation of the Earth, Goku destroys Boo with a Genki-Dama (a sphere of pure energy drawn from all intelligent beings on Earth) and wishes for him to be reincarnated as a "good person." Ten years later, at another Tenkaichi Budōkai, Goku meets Boo's human reincarnation, Oob. Leaving their match unfinished, Goku departs with Oob to train him to be Earth's new guardian.

Six months after the defeat of Majin Buu, Earth was at peace one again. Goku became a radish farmer, Krillen a father, Gohan married to Videl, and Vegeta spent more time with his family. After thirty–nine years of slumber, Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction of the universe, had awoken to a prophecy of a warrior emerging that would rival his power being known as a Super Saiyan God (超 スーパーサイヤ人ゴッド Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo). Beerus along with mentor/servant Whis took course to find Goku and Vegeta to fulfill the prophecy. Goku along with the rest of the sayians Including Gohan and Videl's soon to be born daughter, united to have Goku achieve the Super Saiyan God form through a ritual revealed by Shenron. Goku with his new power faced the God of Destruction with Earth's destruction at stake. Although Goku defeated, Beerus spares Earth and looks forward to Goku being more powerful.

A year has past since the encounter with Beerus. Goku and Vegeta had been training under Whis who had taken them as his students to master on controlling their flow of energy, maintaining it from within themselves. During this time, the remaining remnant of Frieza's army had went to earth to use the dragon balls to revive the long dead galactic ruler. Being revived and regenerated from the army's latest technology of regeneration, Frieza had began to plot his revenge on Goku who had defeated him on planet Namek. Learning that he had defeated Majin Buu, one of two beings warned not to fight with from his father; the other being Beerus, Frieza decided to begin intense training to reach new heights of power to face Goku. Frieza's army had arrived on Earth while Goku and Vegeta still training with Whis. Tien, Piccolo, Gohan, Krillin, and Master Roshi had fought the remnant until their return. Once arriving on Earth, Frieza and Goku had fought showing their latest forms and power. Goku achieved a form beyond the Super Saiyan God form being the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (shortened Super Sayian Blue). Frieza revealed his new form achieved after training stating he has not done before, calling it his Golden Frieza form.

Freiza became a handful with Goku but was bested yet again. However, with his commander Sorbet's help, defeated Goku with a severe shot when he was no longer focused. Vegeta then came in to fight Frieza being able to transform to the form as well. Vegeta outmatched Frieza, showing the flaw of his new form where his body has not been used to the energy that gets consumed. Out of desperation, Frieza had destroyed Earth, killing him and almost everyone, later with Whis reversing time, Goku was able to prevent Frieza from destroying the Earth after being too over confident against him in the first place and destroys him once more.

After Frieza's return, the God of Destruction by the name of Champa and his attendant, Vados appears who are Beerus and Whis' relatives. Also being the God of Destruction and Angel of Universe 6. Champa arrived to Beerus' home to see whose universe was superior. Eventually, it was settled in a tournament using the Super Dragon Balls, planet-sized versions of the titular artifacts, to grant a wish as the main prize for the two universes to swap their Earths. The universes' fighters were selected by the Gods of Destruction. During the tournament, many surprises and turn of events occurred. Each universe having formidable warriors in their respected universes. Following the elimination of Frost, Vegeta singlehandedly eliminated most of Universe 6's fighters until being defeated by the assassin Hit. The tournament reached its peak with the match up of Goku vs Hit. Each fighter raising hew heights in power with Hit being the winner by forfeit following Goku's failed attempt to lift the tournament rules to fight Hit at his full power.

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