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Before You Watch 'Dragon Ball Super': A Primer

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Before You Watch ‘Dragon Ball Super’: A Primer

Were you aware that a new Dragon Ball series – Dragon Ball Super – is available for viewing in America? A lot of longtime and casual Dragon Ball fans might not have heard about this new series, so here’s a little background information to get you up to date on where Super takes place within the Dragon Ball mythos.

In the U.S., the Dragon Ball series was introduced via Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) back in 1996 when Funimation produced a dubbed and edited version of the Vegeta Arc for television. DBZ eventually moved to Cartoon Network, anchoring the Toonami block of shows and becoming the cult favorite of many people, myself included (I’ll let the picture below of a part of my collection speak for itself).DB_DVDsBut before all that, the original Dragon Ball anime series ran in Japan from 1984 through 1988, based on the manga series by Akira Toriyama. This series was about a mysterious, seriously strong kid named Goku, who happened to have a tail and transform into a giant ape (the Oozaru) by the light of the full moon. Goku was trained in the martial arts and grew up during the Dragon Ball series. Over the course of the 10 Dragon Ball sagas (episode arcs), the series would alternate between tournament style fighting and quests for the Dragon Balls. The Dragon Balls are a set of seven “magic” balls that when combined, allow someone to call upon the Eternal Dragon, Shenron, and make any wish that their heart desires (within some limits). The Dragon Ball series ran from when Goku was a little kid until he was roughly in his early 20s, over the course of 153 thirty-minute episodes.