is a girl in search
of the 7 mystical dragonballs that when brought together
grant any wish. In her search
she bumps into the owner of one of these balls, a strange boy named Goku. The two then set off together
of the dragonballs and Goku on a quest to become stronger. Along the way, they meet
and befriend a plethora of martial artists. Goku also undergoes rigorous training regimes and educational programs in order to fight in the World
Martial Arts Tournament, a competition involving
the most powerful fighters- in the world
. Outside the tournaments, Goku faces diverse villains such as Emperor Pilaf, the Red Ribbon Army, the demon Piccolo Daimao (King Piccolo) and his offspring Piccolo Jr., who eventually
becomes Goku's ally.
Dragonball aired in the U.S. on Toonami
in 2001. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from
1995; later the 509 individual
published into 42 tankobon volumes by Shueisha. Dragon Ball was inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West. There
are 153 episodes.