If you’re a fan of anime and Japanese manga, Dragon Ball is one of the classic ones you should watch. From being Dragon Ball to Super Dragon Ball Heroes, this Japanese film has been around since the 1980s and up until now, from grown-ups to little kids love them. If you want to see what this film is all about you should watch from the very start to know why this Japanese manga turned anime has been around for decades. Starting with:
This is the very first Dragon Ball series that ran from February 1986 to April 1989. It is produced by Toei Animation and it is the first adaptation of the Japanese Manga with 194 chapters. This where the main character, Goku, was introduced.
This is the first-ever Dragon Ball movie. This is an alternate continuity of the first set of episodes of the Dragon ball series. It is a modified adaptation of the main story in the manga, thus, it depicts the story of Goku and his earlier adventure.
The second Dragon Ball movie was released on July 18, 1987, at the Toei Manga Matsuri film festival. It is referred to as the “Sleeping Beauty” by fans for it focuses on the classic fairy tale of the original Japanese Manga.
The third continuity of the Dragon Ball series released in the year 1988 as part of the Toei Manga Matsuri film festival again. This is different from the first two Dragon Ball movies since this one does not introduce any original characters.
From Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z. This is the continuation of the Dragon Ball series in 1989. It adapted the 325 chapters of the supposed to be 519-chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. Every week new episodes aired for this series. Here, the popularity of the Dragon Ball series became worldwide. Many of the characters we know to know were introduced in the Dragon Ball Z series, including Gohan, beloved Goku’s son which is another central character in the entire series. At the end of 1996 is when the brand Dragon Ball decided to start producing Dbz figures at a national level in Japan, and later on, they expand it worldwide.
This is the first movie of the Dragon Ball Z series. Dead Zone is a prelude to the series. It has some inconsistencies in terms of continuity. This film was released on July 15, 1989, and reached 2 billion Japanese yen at the box office.
The second movie of the Dragon Ball Z franchise. This film was released on March 10, 1990, between episodes 39 and 40 of the Dragon Ball Z series. This film reached a Box office hit with 18 million Japanese Yen.
Another 1990 movie release of the year as part of the Dragon Ball Z franchise. It was released between episodes 54 and 55 and it is also a part of the “Toei Anime Fair” film festival. This film reached the Box office hit with 2 billion Yen.
Also released in the year 1990, this film is the first Dragon Ball Z TV special. It was broadcast on Fuji Television and served as a prequel to the Dragon Ball Anime.
The first live adaptation of the Dragon Ball Franchise. This film is a Korean adaptation of the manga series. It was directed by Ryong Wang and it corresponds to the original Dragon Ball Story.
The fourth movie of the Dragon Ball Z franchise that was released on March 9, 1990. It is released as part of the Toei Anime Fair considered as a part of the double feature of the Magical Taruto-kun movie. This film reached 2.21 billion Yen as a box office hit.
The fifth film under the Dragon Ball Z Franchise. It was originally released on July 20, 1991, as part of the Toei anime Fair. It reached the box office with 2.38 billion Yen.
This film is a live remake of the animated film Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies. It was produced in Taiwan and some plots are shot in Thailand.
Released on March 7, 1992, as part of the Toei Anime Fair, this film is the fifth movie under the Dragon Ball Z Franchise. It reached a box office hit with 2.72 billion Yen.
Supposed to be called Android Assault, this film is the sixth one under the Dragon Ball Franchise and released on July 11, 1992, as part of the Toei Anime Fair. Known as one of the straightforward dragon ball movies, as it immediately proceeds to fight scenes. This film reached the box office with 2.55 billion Yen.
The Seventh film under the Dragon Ball Z franchise. It was released on February 24, 1993, between episodes 175 and 176 of the series. This Dragon Ball Z movie is a TV special based on the extra chapter of the Japanese manga.
Released on March 6, 1993, as the eight-film under the Dragon Ball Z franchise. It is aired as part of the Toei Anime Fair. This film was later on dubbed by Funimation in the year 2004.
Another Dragon Ball Z film that was released on July 10, 1993. In this film, for the first time in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Goku is not considered as the protagonist. It also has a touch of flashbacks since this film has a lot of backstories
Released on March 12, 1994 as a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Broly—The Legendary Super Saiyan. This film was later on dubbed in the year 2005 by Funimation and it is also the start of the Broly Saga in the Dragon Ball Z franchise.
Another Broly-focused Dragon Ball Z film which is released just 4 months after the second film of the Broly saga.
Also known as the Revival Fusion, this film was released on March 4, 1995, as the twelfth film under the Dragon Ball Z franchise. This film had a theatrical run in the U.S on March 17, 2006
Also known as the Explosion of Dragon Punch, this is the thirteenth Dragon Ball Z movie. It was released on July 15, 1995 at the Toei Anime Fair, and was later on dubbed in English by Funimation in 2006
Released following Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. This film goes back to the beginning by telling the origins of the characters. This film is released on March 4, 1996 at the Toei Anime Fair to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Dragon Ball franchise.
This is a Dragon Ball series that ran from February 1996 to November 1997, but this time it is not based on the original Japanese manga. It served as a sequel to Dragon Ball Z, now with an original story.
Released on March 26, 1997, as the only Dragon Ball GT TV special. It serves as the prelude to the upcoming last episodes of the Dragon Ball GT franchise. This film was later on dubbed in English by Funimation in 2004.
A high-definition release and recut of Dragon Ball Z, which is released for the 20th anniversary of the Dragon Ball franchise. It was aired on March 27, 2011, with 97 episodes.
Based on the Dragon Ball manga series, this film is an American adaptation of the franchise produced by Stephen Chow and written by Ben Ramsey. This film was released in Asia on March 18, 2009, and April 10, 2009 in the U.S
Released as the fourteenth film under the Dragon Ball Z franchise since the 1990s. It aired on March 30, 2013, and it is the first part of the Gods of Universe Saga.
A sequel to Dragon Ball Kai and is said to have changed the ending the Dragon Ball Z franchise.
Released in theaters on April 18, 2015, in both 2D and 3D formats. It is the fifteenth movie under the Dragon Ball Z franchise and it is the very first film to be aired in IMAX and also screened in 4DX theatres.
Aired on 2015 and produced by Toei Animation. This series is written by different screenwriters and it aired on Fuji TV from July 2015 to March 2018.
This film was released in the year 2018 and is directed by Tatsuya Nagamine and it is written by the original creator of the Dragon Ball series Akira Toriyama.
The most recent Dragon Ball series that is running up until now. This series is created by Toei Animation instead of the original creator of the original Dragon Ball manga series. This series has a lot of alternate scenes.
There you have it! All the Dragon Ball movies and series that will surely make you interested in the franchise. So you better get your popcorn ready because you have a lot of binge-watching to do. All 30 years and counting of the Dragon Ball series.