Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Dragonball Series Video
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HISTORY OF DRAGONBALL
As Dragonball begins it's romp in the United States, it has long ended at the place were it all began: in the land of the rising sun (for all who don't understand, its Japan). Dragonball is the long running serialized Manga created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. The story began as a comedy based on the popular Chinese legend "The Monkey King". In the beginning, Dragonball was much like Toriyama's earlier stories (ie: Dr. Slump) filled with its "toilet" humor and silly antics. But as the story progressed it evolved into a adventurous, action packed, character motivated phenomenon, the likes which no one has ever seen. With 508 episodes, it has become a world wide phenomenon!
|Number of episodes: 153|
|Dates first aired in Japan: Feb 1986-April 1989|
|Main Characters: Goku, Bulma, Olong, Krillin, Yamcha, Puar and Master Roshi|
This is where it all begins. The story starts with Goku at 12 when he first meets Bulma and is introduced to the legend of the Dragonballs: who ever gets all seven Dragonballs will have their wish granted by Shenron, the Dragon who resides within the balls. As Goku goes along his adventure he meets other characters such as Master Roshi, Krillin and others.
|Number of episodes: 291|
|Dates first aired in Japan: April 1989-Feb 1996|
|Main Characters: Goku, Vegita, Gohan, Piccolo, Trunks, Krillin, Yamcha, and Tein-Shinhan|
Part 2 of the Dragonball madness, this story starts when Goku is an adult and introduces him to his Saiyan origin. The main theme of Dragonball Z is fighting although it still retains aspects of the humor and adventure from the previous Dragonball series. Characters develop as they grow, mature, and some even have children! Many of Goku's former enemies become his friend they band together to fight greater evils along the way.
|Number of episodes: 64|
|Date first aired in Japan: Feb 1996-Feb 1997|
|Main Characters: Goku, Pan, Trunks|
After the Buu saga ended in Dragonball Z, Toriyama wanted to end the series and start on another project. However Toei, the animation company wanted to continue the Dragonball series. Hence without Dragonball's main man, they developed a new series called Dragonball GT "Grand Tour." The story focuses on Goku, Pan and Trunks as they travel the galaxy in search of the universal black star Dragonballs. When the series started, it went back to a similar environment like Dragonball with humor and simplicity in mind. That proved un popular among fans. As such they went back to the old "beat or be beat" type of series fans so much adored.