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One of the most successful franchises ever created, Dragon Ball began with the long-running manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Originally serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984 to 1995, Dragon Ball draws inspiration from the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West and follows the adventures of the protagonist Son Goku as he trains in martial arts and sets off on a quest to track down the seven orbs known as Dragon Balls.
Goku is actually a member of the extraterrestrial Saiyan race with the birth name Kakarot and was sent to Earth to destroy it but eventually forgot all about his original mission. He befriends a teenage girl named Bulma and the pair set out to look for Dragon Balls to summon the dragon Shenlong. During their journey they meet the desert bandit Yamcha, Chi-Chi, and Pilaf, before Goku begins serious training under the guidance of Master Roshi and alongside the monk Krillin. With such friends and enemies as Freeza, Vegeta, and Piccolo all adding to the mix, Goku becomes Earth’s primary defender against the nefarious forces who threaten it!