So you’ve heard a lot about Dragon Ball and you may have seen a few episodes. But you don’t know where to start with the series.
It’s like receiving the world’s biggest burger and not knowing where to bite first.
I’m going to be your guide and show you how to eat this massive burger.
First of all, there are 3 main Dragon Ball series:
- Dragon Ball
- Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Super
Watch the listed above in order and you won’t get confused. There are series that come out in-between them but you don’t need to watch them. In fact, they’d probably confuse you.
For example, Dragon Ball GT is part of the series but it’s not considered canon…
“”Canon” in fictional stories typically refers to material related to the story that is considered “official”, either by the story creator(s) or the audience. The flipside is something being non-canon: this happens when something is created for a series that ends up being not official” SOURCE
Unfortunately, a lot the stuff that happens in the series which fans thought were canon, turned out to be false.
Let’s explore the 3 series mentioned above that are actually canon.
1. What is Dragon Ball about?
The original Dragon Ball was released as the beginning of the series. It’s the thing which started it all.
Simply put, it’s a fairly simple martial arts series that’s fairly grounded and doesn’t make the characters go over the top like with Dragon Ball Z and Super.
The main character, Kid Goku, is just a boy that kinda looks like a monkey because of his tail.
Goku is being raised in the woods by a martial artist and stumbles across a girl named Bulma who introduces Goku to civilization.
Going on many adventures, Goku is travelling the world and fighting a bunch of ugly green monsters.
Dragon Ball in a nut shell:
Lot’s of training, fighting, and jokes (some are dirty).
2. What is Dragon Ball Z about?
Z is where the series goes world wide and earns its reputation as being one of the most popular anime of all time.
In Dragon Ball Z, Goku has become an adult as well as the other characters like Bulma.
This is hands down the best of the series. It’s where incredibly strong characters of the Universe are revealed and the Z fighters have to fight them in order to protect the Earth.
You get the see monsters with massive power levels and near indestructible creatures. The fighters even go beyond Earth to fight and witness planets getting blown to bits.
This is the series which made so many childhoods.
3. What is Dragon Ball Super about?
Honestly… I’m not sure what to say about this series. Fans wonder why it was even made.
Personally, I believe it was made just to give to the fans to shut them up.
Dragon Ball Super is basically Dragon Ball Z but with more powerful characters. There’s nothing innovative about this series. Nothing different.
Now… if you loved Dragon Ball Z, you’ll most likely love this series as well.
If you’re looking for something fresh and new, you’re going to be disappointed.
Now I know I’ve just crapped on this series but I don’t think it’s necessary in order for you to appreciate the series.
Only watch it if you want more of the same stuff.
In this series, Goku is fighting Gods and creatures stronger than the Gods.
Yup, you read correctly. Ridiculous, I know but…
…this is what the series does.
The downfall of the Dragon Ball series?
If you’re a huge fan of the series reading this for fun, you might want to exit out of this tab because you won’t like the next part…
…so I’ve given you a few reasons why you should watch this series. It’s just so over the top and about hype.
But that’s also its biggest downfall.
You see, in this series, there’s not much strategy and thinking involved in the fighting. It’s just brute force.
Even myself as a major fan was getting kinda bored.
Episodes can drag sometimes and I’ve found myself skipping chunks.
Now, in that last bit it seems like I was saying this series is terrible. It’s not terrible… a decent amount of the time.
I think the series is a love or hate type of thing. Try it and see what you think. If you want more Dragon Ball content, you can check out TechAnimate.com.