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Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール Doragon Bōru) is the first anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga series of the same name. Produced by Toei Animation, the anime series premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on February 26, 1986, and ran until April 12, 1989.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

The Dragon Ball anime franchise is known for the multiplicity of its dubs, but the original series itself has the most dubs, with 5 different dubs and 3 done to completion.

Dragon Ball Harmony Gold Dub REAL Intro and Credits

Dragon Ball Harmony Gold Dub REAL Intro and Credits

Opening and Ending Credits to Harmony Gold's dub

Harmony GoldEdit

Dragon Ball was first licensed and dubbed by Harmony Gold USA in the late 1980's, after Carl Macek departed from the company, and would be one of their last attempts at marketing anime in the United States.

The dub was unique in that, unlike later adaptations, most of the characters were renamed. For instance Goku became "Zero", Bulma became "Lena", Oolong became "Mao-Mao" (in reference to his Chinese soldier attire) and Yamcha became "Zedaki" among others. Some of their romanizations however would remain a constant in all other dubs, such as Kame-Sennin being referred to as "Master Roshi". In comparison to the BLT dub and the broadcast version of the FUNimation dub, it was a little less censored and more faithful to the original.

The Harmony Gold dub was recorded in Los Angeles, California at Intersound Recording Studios. The Harmony Gold dub covered at least the first 5 episodes, along with Movies 1 and 3 merged into one double feature. The dub aired on various test markets through the United States, though as no TV station would pick the series up, it appears that Harmony Gold did not produce any episodes beyond the fifth.

Harmony Gold had scripted up to 60 episodes of their adaptation, which would be utilized for an early Spanish dub titled Zero y el Dragon Magico (Zero & the Magic Dragon) that used their naming convention and episode edits. Both this title and The Magical World of Gigi were two Harmony Gold licenses that Carl Macek had passed on acquiring for his Streamline Pictures company, leaving their rights to eventually lapse.

FUNimation/BLT ProductionsEdit

Dragon Ball Television Series North America 1995 Logo

The 1995 dub's logo

In 1995, the newly-founded FUNimation Entertainment acquired the license for the distribution of Dragon Ball in the United States. They partnered with Seagull Entertainment and contracted BLT Productions to create an English version for the anime in Vancouver, Canada. The dub was recorded at Dick & Roger's Sound Studio in Vancouver. This dub is often incorrectly referred to as the "Ocean Dub", in reference to Ocean Productions, the studio that first dubbed Dragon Ball Z, as most of the cast of the BLT dub would reprise their roles for that dub.

The dub was edited significantly for mature content, though not as heavily as Z would be under Saban (for instance, Grandpa Gohan's death isn't sidestepped or written away like it would have been under Saban). The dub featured a new music score composed by Peter Berring. The first thirteen episodes of the series along with the first movie were completed, and the series was shown in first-run-syndication. The network ratings for Dragon Ball were very poor due to Seagull Entertainment being unable to get the show a good time slot, so Funimation cancelled work on Dragon Ball and opted to focus on the more action-oriented Dragon Ball Z instead in hope of better ratings. They concluded that Dragon Ball was "not a good fit for the US market."

Trimark Pictures purchased the home video distribution rights for these dubbed episodes and would later be acquired by Lionsgate; which would cause troubles for the home video release of Funimation's later in-house dub of Episodes 1-13, being delayed until Lionsgate's license expired in 2009.

FUNimationEdit

With the success of Dragon Ball Z in the States and on Cartoon Network's Toonami block, Funimation announced in March 2001 that they would return to Dragon Ball with a new English version produced in-house with their Texas-based voice cast. This re-dub of the complete original series aired on Toonami from August 20, 2001 to December 1, 2003.

Their new dub featured slightly less editing for broadcast than their BLT dub, and they notably left the original background music intact, which was met with delight from fans. Even with that said, much editing had to be done to the series in order for it to air on TV. Most of the edits were digital cosmetic changes, which were done to remove nudity and blood, and dialogue edits. Sometimes, some scenes were deleted altogether, either to save time or cut out strong violence or obscenity. Unlike the BLT dub however, these edits were only done for broadcast and they would later appear completely uncut on DVD releases.

Blue WaterEdit

In Canada and Europe, an alternative dubbed version was produced by AB Groupe, dubbed at Blue Water Studios in Calgary, Alberta. The Blue Water dub of DB was similar to their previous dub of Dragon Ball GT in that it was edited for content and used many of Funimation's character names. However unlike GT, Funimation's English script for the original Dragon Ball was in fact reused, albeit heavily reworked. The dub also made use of AB Groupe's opening title sequence for the French dub of the series (but with an English singer) and a translation of the lyrics (though the UK broadcast featured a completely different opening). This dub was broadcast in Canada and the UK after the Blue Water dub of GT completed its run.

AnimaxEdit

The last known dub produced of the series was done by Animax Asia and aired in English-speaking Asian territories. Not much is known about the dub other than that it was dubbed in Hong Kong, like most Animax dubs. This dub is highly rare, and no clips of it are available online. Its existence only became known outside of Asia via Animax voice actor resumes.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Harmony Gold BLT Dub FUNimation Blue Water
Goku child Goku Masako Nozawa Barbara Goodson Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny Zoe Slusar
Teen-Goku Sean Schemmel Jeffrey Watson
Bulma DB Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Wendee Lee Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer Leda Davies
Master Roshi Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Clifton Wells Michael Donovan Mike McFarland Dean Galloway
Yamcha DB Yamcha Tōru Furuya Kerrigan Mahan Ted Cole Christopher Sabat Victor Atelevich
Kid Krilin - DB Training with Mutenroshi Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Laurie Steele Mike Thiessen
Kid Krilin - DB Training with Mutenroshi2 Sonny Strait
Ten shin han2 db originalseries by raykugen-d2zpu6r Tien Shinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki John Burgmeier Brendan Hunter
Chiaotzu-psd61257 Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Monika Antonelli Sean Broadhurst
Chi-Chi DB Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Andrea Libman Laura Bailey Katie Rowan
Chi-Chi DB Final Cynthia Cranz Carol-Anne Day
Lunch
Lunch Bad
Launch Mami Koyama Meredith McCoy Onalea Gilbertson
Oolong army military clothes Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Dave Mallow Alec Willows Brad Jackson Corby Proctor
Puar Puar Naoko Watanabe Cheryl Chase Kathy Morse Monika Antonelli Chris Simms
Turtle render Turtle Daisuke Gōri Daniel Woren Doug Parker Christopher Sabat Dave Pettitt
Ox King Dragon Ball Ox-King Dave Ward Kyle Hebert
Yajirobe render Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland Lucas Gilbertson
Karin DB Korin Ichirō Nagai Christopher Sabat Roger Rhodes
Uranai Baba Trans Fortuneteller Baba Junpei Takiguchi Linda Young Corby Proctor
Pilaf Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Dave Mallow Don Brown Chuck Huber Dean Galloway
Mai Agent Mai Eiko Yamada Melodee Spevack Teryl Rothery Julie Franklin Debbie Munro
Shu Render Agent Shu Tesshō Genda Dave Mallow Doug Parker Chris Cason Jonathan Love
Grandpa Son Gohan - DB Uranai Baba Saga Grandpa Gohan Osamu Saka Michael Donovan Christopher Sabat
Dr Brief Dr. Brief Jōji Yanami Chris Forbis Corby Proctor
Mrs Brief Mrs. Brief Mariko Mukai Cynthia Cranz Jennifer Bain
Announcer Announcer Kenji Utsumi Eric Vale Tommy James
Nam2 Nam Kaneto Shiozawa Jerry Jewell Adam Hunter
Giran Giran Banjō Ginga Andrew Chandler Jonathan Love
Bacterian Bacterian Yasuo Tanaka Chris Rager Noah Umholtz
Ran Fan Dragon Ball Ranfan Yōko Kawanami Laura Bailey Onalea Gilbertson
Dragon Ball Bora by tekilazo Bora Banjō Ginga Dameon Clarke Lucas Gilbertson
Upa Trans Upa Mitsuko Horie Susan Huber Brett Bauer
Commander-Red-psd63190 Commander Red Kenji Utsumi Josh Martin Noah Umholtz
General Black Staff Officer Black Masaharu Satō Christopher Sabat Jonathan Love
General Silver Colonel Silver Banjō Ginga Ben Jeffery
General white General White Tesshō Genda Kyle Hebert Ryan Luhning
Suno render Suno Naoko Watanabe Susan Huber ?¿
Ninjamuraski Ninja Murasaki Takeshi Aono Duncan Brannan Zane Sampson
Android8 Trans Android 8 (Eighter) Shōzō Iizuka Mike McFarland Jeremiah Yurk
General Blue General Blue Toshio Furukawa Sonny Strait Roger Rhodes
Tao Pai Pai Mercenary Tao Chikao Ōtsuka Kent Williams Doug McKeag
Arale Arale Norimaki Mami Koyama Linda Young Leda Davies
Master Shen Master Shen Ichirō Nagai Chuck Huber Clark Robertson
King Chappa King Chappa Hidekatsu Shibata Sonny Strait Roger Rhodes
Wolf final Man-Wolf Masato Hirano Chris Rager Adam Hunter
Man-Wolf
Pamput Pamput Katsuji Mori Mark Orvik Scott Roberts
Piccolo Daimaoh
Piccolo Daimaku
King Piccolo Takeshi Aono Christopher Sabat Mike Shepherd
Kami Trans Kami
Mr. Popo Trans Mr. Popo Toku Nishio Dave Pettitt
Tamborine Tamborine Ryūsei Nakao Dameon Clarke Tony Binns
Piano-psd61185 Piano Masato Hirano Sonny Strait Corby Proctor
King Furry King Furry Jōji Yanami Kyle Hebert Steve Olson
Kid Piccolo2 by tekilazo-d345wgu Piccolo (Junior) Hiromi Tsuru (child) Christopher Sabat Elinor Holt
Piccolo jr by anjoicaros-d5vkh3t2 Toshio Furukawa Ethan Cole
Shenlong Shenron Kenji Utsumi Doug Parker Dave Pettitt
Narration Jōji Yanami Michael McConnohie Jim Conrad Brice Armstrong Steve Olson

Episodic CharactersEdit

Episodes 1-13

Image Character Seiyū BLT FUNimation Blue Water Episodes
Bear Thief Bear Thief Masaharu Satō Michael Donovan Dameon Clarke Steve Olson 3
Pochawatha Pocawatha Chieko Honda Lalainia Lindbjerg Kara Edwards Caitlynne Medrek 4
Sherman Priest Sherman Priest Tesshō Genda Ian James Corlett John Burgmeier Byron Close 4
Grandma Paozu Grandma Paozu Reiko Suzuki Kathy Morse Stephanie Nadolny Mariette Sluyter 4
Monster Carrot Monster Carrot Hiroshi Ōtake Ian James Corlett Duncan Brannan Byron Close 9

Episodes 14-153

Image Character Seiyū FUNimation Blue Water Episodes
Mermaid dragon ball by luigicuau10-d7bwbnb Mermaid Sumi Shimamoto Julie Franklin Onalea Gilbertson 14
Sunos Mother Suno's Mother Reiko Suzuki Julie Mayfield Jennifer Bain 35-43, 113
Sunos Father Suno's Father Masaharu Satō Kent Williams Ryan Luhning 35-43, 113
Sargent-metallic-454191 Major Metallitron Shin Aomori Chris Rager Lucas Gilbertson 36-37
JingleChief Jingle Village Chief Ryūji Saikachi Christopher Sabat Mike Shepherd 38-43
MurasakiBrothers Murasaki Brothers Ryōichi Tanaka (Kon) Duncan Brannan Zane Sampson 38
Michitaka Kobayashi (Aka)
Ikuya Sawaki (Cha)
Masaharu Satō (Nao)
Dr. Flappe Trans Dr. Flappe Jōji Yanami Eric Vale Adam Hunter 42
Hasky Red Ribbon Hasky Toshiko Fujita Laura Bailey Angie Beers 44-45
Captain Dark Captain Dark Kōzō Shioya Justin Cook Corby Proctor 48
Daisuke Gōri 49
Senbei Norimaki Senbei Norimaki Kenji Utsumi Brice Armstrong Adam Hunter 55-57
AkaneKimidori Akane Kimidori Kazuko Sugiyama Laura Bailey Carol-Anne Day 55-57
TsukutsunTsun Tsukutsun Tsun Shigeru Chiba Justin Cook Dan Gascon 55
Obotchaman Obotchaman Mitsuko Horie Kent Williams Sean Broadhurst 55-56
TaroSoramame02 Taro Soramame Toshio Furukawa Justin Pate Ethan Cole 56-57
Pagos Pagos Masaharu Satō Sonny Strait Tommy James 56-57
Gara Gara Isamu Tanonaka Kyle Hebert ?¿ 56-57
Sourman02 Sourman Tesshō Genda Steve Sanders Clark Robertson 56
Midori Yamabuki Midori Norimaki Mariko Mukai Susan Huber Jennifer Holder 57
Turbo norimaki Turbo Norimaki Yūko Mita Monika Antonelli Jordan Henkelman 57
Chief Gyaosu Chief Gyaosu Kōji Totani Mike McFarland Steve Olson 57
Yamada Charmy Charmy Yamada Ryō Horikawa Sonny Strait Scott Roberts 57
PollyBuckets Polly Buckets Toshiko Fujita Laurie Steele Jennifer Holder 57
KingNikochan King Nikochan Hiroshi Ōtake Justin Cook Clark Robertson 57
King Nikochan's Servant King Nikochan's Servant Shigeru Chiba Christopher Sabat Dan Gascon 57
Captain Yellow Captain Yellow Daisuke Gōri Andrew Chandler Ben Jeffery 58
Colonel Violet Colonel Violet Kazuko Sugiyama Kasey Buckley Jennifer Bain 65-67
Ghost Usher Ghost Usher Ryōichi Tanaka Kimberly Grant Ryan Luhning 69, 72, 74
Dracula Man Fangs the Vampire Kōji Totani Carlos Moreno 70-72
The Invisible Man See-Through
the Invisible Man
Hiroshi Ōtake Chuck Huber Clark Robertson 70-71
Bandages the Mummy Bandages the Mummy Shōzō Iizuka Sonny Strait Gerald Matthews 72-74
Akkuman Spike the Devil Man Michihiro Ikemizu Justin Cook Randall Wiebe 73-75
Chao Chao Yuriko Yamamoto Jessica Dismuke Maizun Jayoussi 79
Plague by dragonballzgtfighter Plague Takeshi Aono Mike McFarland Adam Hunter 79
Terror 2 Terror Yasuo Tanaka Chris Rager Brendan Hunter 79
Tiger Bandit Tiger Bandit Tesshō Genda Dameon Clarke Jonathan Love 79
Chaos Father Chao's Father Kōji Totani Sean Whitley Corby Proctor 79
Master Chin Master Chin Shinji Ogawa Justin Cook Ryan Luhning 80
ShokenSitting Shoken Chin Katsue Miwa Laura Bailey Sean Broadhurst 80
Sky Dragon by dragonballzgtfighter Sky Dragon Kaneto Shiozawa Jerry Jewell Ben Jeffery 80
Shaolong Rising Dragon Takeshi Watabe Kyle Hebert ?¿ 80
Princess Misa Princess Misa Mayumi Shō Jessica Dismuke Kris Simms 81
MisaFatherKing King Kress Jōji Yanami Chuck Huber Ethan Cole 81
Shula Shula Toshio Furukawa John Burgmeier Ryan Luhning 81
Mera db by changopepe-d3e8eau Melee Masako Katsuki Cynthia Cranz Allyson June Smith 81
Gola-psd65587 Gora Daisuke Gōri Mike McFarland Steve Olson 81
Tanmen Tanmen Tomiko Suzuki Meredith McCoy Caitlynne Medrek 82
Konkichi Konkichi Noriko Tsukase Sonny Strait Leah Dubbin-Steckel 83
AntonTheGreat Antoine the Great Daisuke Gōri Chris Rager Gerald Matthews 85
Vodka ep 92 Vodka Kōzō Shioya Sonny Strait Tony Binns 92
Render master mutaito by poh2000-d4ncov8 Master Mutaito Kenji Utsumi Phil Parsons Roger Rhodes 102, 111, 129
Cymbal Cymbal Daisuke Gōri Mark Orvik Dean Galloway 104-105
Drum 1 Drum Bob Carter Dave Pettitt 118-119
Churi Chuu-Lee Tomiko Suzuki Karissa Vacker Carol-Anne Day 127
ChuLi'sMother Chuu-Lee's Mother Akiko Tsuboi Laura Bailey Onalea Gilbertson 127
Korinto Korinto Osamu Saka Mike McFarland Byron Close 128, 130
Fan-Fan3 Fanfan Yuriko Yamamoto Laura Bailey Maizun Jayoussi 129
Mint Mint Mayumi Shō Karissa Vacker Angie Beers 131-132
Paoru Paul Masato Hirano Kyle Hebert Jonathan Love 131-132
Jasmine and Oonan Jasmine Masaharu Satō Brad Jackson Corby Proctor 149
Ooonan Ginzō Matsuo 149
Grandma Hakkake Grandma Hakkake Keiko Yamamoto Linda Young Roger Rhodes 151
Annin3 Annin Keiko Yokozawa Mae Moreno Meredith Taylor-Parry 152-153

Additional VoicesEdit

Animax Dub Flag Hong KongEdit

MusicEdit

HD Dragon Ball English Intro with lyrics - Mystical Adventure!

HD Dragon Ball English Intro with lyrics - Mystical Adventure!

English Opening (FUNimation)

  • Opening: "Makafushigi Adventure!" ("The Mystical Adventure!")
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Jimi Tunnell
I'll Give you Romance

I'll Give you Romance

English End Credits (FUNimation)

  • Ending: "Romantic Ageru Yo" ("I'll Give You Romance")
Produced by: Carl Finch
Vocals: Daphne Gere

NotesEdit

  • Whereas Harmony Gold's opening theme uses an actual instrumental of the Japanese theme, the FUNimation dub of the opening and end theme are a stereo re-composition rather than the originals.
  • Most of the Harmony Gold cast all go under pseudonyms, indicating that the dub was a non-union production.
  • Prior to FUNimation's complete dub, they held online polls with audio clips for fans to choose who they'd like to hear as the voice actors. For instance, for Emperor Pilaf, fans were given the choice between Chris Cason, Dameon Clarke, Mike McFarland and the eventual choice, Chuck Huber.

TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
1995 Syndication United States Flag United States
2001-2003 Cartoon Network (Toonami)

Video ReleasesEdit

Note that no dub without FUNimation's involvement have been released on home video.

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Vidmark Entertainment 1996-1998 VHS Episodes 1-13 BLT NTSC United States Flag United States
6 Volumes
Trimark Pictures 2000 DVD Episodes 1-13 1
NTSC
2 Volumes
FUNimation Entertainment 2001-2002 VHS Episodes 14-86 FUNimation NTSC
22 Volumes
2003-2004 DVD Episodes 14-153 1
NTSC
9 Volumes
2009-2010 The Complete Series
5 Volumes

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