Dragon Ball is the first anime series based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyamain which the events that go from the meeting of the small are narrated Goku (Son Goku) con Bulma and the Master Muten to the defeat of Junior (also known as Piccolo in the original dub) during the Twenty-Third Tenkaichi Tournament. The series, produced by the famous Toei Animation together with Studio Bird, aired in Japan from 1986 to 1989 for a total of 153 episodes. In Italy, however, we had to wait for the conclusion of the airing in Japan therefore the first episodes arrived in 1989 and the end of the series was only aired in 1998 due to licensing and censorship problems. The anime was not well received both for the lack of unvarnished action, then inserted in Dragon Ball Z, and due to the presence of original parts not taken from the manga which also caused continuity errors. Nonetheless, it does have some truly memorable story arcs, and in this article, we’re going to talk about what we think are the 5 best sagas of Dragon Ball.
The best sagas of Dragon Ball
The 21st Tenkaichi Tournament Saga (Episodes 14 to 28)
It is a very short saga divided into just 14 episodes and is overlooked by many compared to other much more substantial narrative arcs full of memorable super villains. However, this little saga delivers all the better than the first Dragon Ball had to show to viewers: great characters and tons of humor. This story arc is highly demented and bizarre, complete with the main villain being defeated by Krillin reminding him that he doesn’t have a nose.
The highest and most memorable moment of this saga is the battle between Goku and Jackie Chun, as well as Master Roshi disguised so as not to be recognized. The combat, despite the humor, incorporates some of the best actual martial arts of the entire series and one of the most iconic battles to ever be seen in all of Dragon Ball. In short, it will be a short and funny story arc, but it is also unforgettable.
The Piccolo Wizard Series (Episodes 102 to 122)
The Piccolo Wizard saga marks the exact point where the series goes from being bizarre and hilarious, to showing dramatic events and fights of a certain thickness. It all starts with the aftermath of the first intense death shown in the anime, namely that of Krillin, and from there the level of terror and evil only increases. The wizard Piccolo and his henchmen have a truly sinister aura that, up to that moment, had never been seen in any episode.
In this saga Son Goku makes the acquaintance of Yajirobe who helps him to reach the Water of the Majestic God with which the boy defeats the Great Piccolo, returned young thanks to the Dragon Balls. Despite this, however, the Great Wizard really wins and it is the first time that a villain wins at the expense of goodthe. In the following episodes of Dragon Ball, in fact, the protagonists find themselves undoing what Piccolo had set out to achieve and had actually done. He is, for all intents and purposes, the first Dragon Ball villain to feel unstoppable and it’s memorable.
The Dragon Ball Quest Saga (Episodes 1 to 13)
This story arc is also known as the saga of theEmperor Pilaf, the saga of Goku or the saga of Goku and Bulma. In simple terms it’s the first series of the manga and anime of Dragon Ball and it is precisely here that Goku and Bulma meet and where they also meet allies Yamcha, Puar, Oolong, Master Roshi, Chi-Chi, Ox-King and others. The main antagonist of the saga is Emperor Pilaf and his underlings Shu and Mai, although technically most of those who become future allies have a beginning as antagonists.
Unlike the later sagas, there are a lot of early adventures here episodiche. Characters and situations are introduced and resolved in a single episode and are connected to each other only through the attempt to locate the Dragon Balls, which are the source of most of the battles and challenges that take place throughout this saga and much of the series. The introduction of the Dragon Balls, however, make this saga one of the most important of all Dragon Ball precisely because they are the fulcrum of the entire series. The appearance of Dragon God it is truly gorgeous!
The Red Ribbon Saga (episodes from 29 to 78)
This is the third saga of the anime and manga Dragon Ball and also includes the Arch of the Sibilla Baba, in Italy it is known as the saga of theRed Ribbon Army after the adaptation made by Mediaset (although the letters RR remained in the staple). It is a paramilitary criminal organization spread practically all over the world, and well known for its fanaticism and its extreme violence which it carries out relentlessly under the orders of Commander Red.
They make their first appearance right in Dragon Ball mentre are looking for the Dragon Balls officially to dominate the world, but in reality the real desire is to increase the stature of the commander. Comedy is omnipresent, between double meanings and misunderstandings, but it is thanks to this saga that the first important acquaintances are made such as ChiChi, the daughter of the Bull Wizard, who will later become the wife of Goku and the entire organization of the Red Ribbon of which it will later be discovered that the formidable is also a part of it Dr. Gelo. Little curiosity: during a trip on his Speedy Cloud, Goku falls on a mountain near the Penguin Village and here he even meets Arale from the manga and anime Doctor Slump & Arale.
The 23rd Tenkaichi Tournament Saga (Episodes 123 to 153)
This is the concluding saga of the original Dragon Ball as well as the first time we get to know the evil Junior before becoming an ally of Goku and company. It is set after the definitive defeat of the Great Wizard Piccolo and, while Goku tries to reactivate the Dragon Balls, Piccolo is born from the last egg generated by the antagonist. Before manifesting the power of him, Goku begins an intense training with mr. Rotten to master the Ki, and also thanks to the encounter with the Crane Hermit and a young version of Master Roshi in the Time Chamber, he manages to reach an excellent level of power.
The meeting with Junior takes place only three years later at the 23rd Tenkaichi Tournament in which ChiChi also participates. The clash between Goku and Piccolo showcases the first true example of epicness which would later be observed in Dragon Ball Z. It all ends with Goku winning the competition, but not without difficulty after Piccolo breaks the bones in his arms. Between aggression and cruelty, the work ends with a romantic happy ending with Goku and ChiChi together on the Speedy Cloud, but they don’t know that there will be other tough challenges waiting for them. It is considered by many to be one of the best sagas of all Dragon Ball.
Where to see the best Dragon Ball sagas on TV and in streaming
Dragon Ball is very difficult to recover in Italy and recover the anime in streaming legally, therefore, it is practically impossible. Even on home video, finding the box sets is quite complicated. On Yamato Video, for example, the products have not been available for some time and one of the reasons for recovering the series is through an attempt on sites such as eBay at sometimes collector’s figures or to wait for some box sets will be available again on Amazon. Finally, some episodes can also be found on Hulu and Funimation, but in the latter case you would need a VPN:
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