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How To Watch Dragon Ball In Order? A Guide To Watch It The Right Way

Dragon Ball watching order
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Dragon Ball has been going on for decades, and it is still at the top of the list when it comes to the most popular anime. This anime comes under many genres, which are martial arts, adventure, fantasy, comedy, and drama. It has some seriously overpowered characters and is a must-watch for its action and martial arts sequences. Because the series has been going on for so long, it might get a tad bit difficult to get to know the right order in which to watch this anime. We are here to help you out. But first, some details about the series.

Dragon Ball was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, and the manga was serialized by Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. In addition to this, the chapters are collected in 42 tankobon volumes. An interesting fact about Dragon Ball is that it was inspired by a Chinese novel of the 16th century named “Journey to the West,” and the series also incorporates components from Hong Kong martial arts films. The manga has two famous anime adaptations produced by Toei Animation, namely Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.

The synopsis of Dragon Ball is as follows. The story is that of an incredibly strong boy from the Saiyan race of extraterrestrials named Son Goku. At the start of the series, he meets a girl named Bulma, and they set out to find the seven Dragon balls. When the Dragon Balls are gathered, they summon the wish-granting dragon named Shenlong. Later in the series, Goku receives training in martial arts from Kame Sen’nin, and he participates in the martial arts tournament named “Strongest Under The Heavens” and has fighting matches with some of the strongest combatants.

Further into the story, the demon king Piccolo tries to take over the Earth, and Goku saves the Earth by receiving training from the gods of Earth. Goku then offers up his own life to save the planet from his evil brother and is later brought back to life after undergoing training in the afterlife to fight and defeat the incoming extraterrestrials. Goku becomes super powerful as all the characters he fights are stronger than the one before.

Dragon Ball watching order

Dragon Ball

How To Watch The Dragon Ball Series In Order?

For those who wish to watch the series in canonical order, it is as follows:

  • Dragon Ball, all episodes
  • Dragon Ball Z or Kai, until the Freiza saga ends
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku (which is a TV special)
  • Dragon Ball Z, Freiza saga ending till cell saga ending
  • Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks (which is a TV special)
  • Dragon Ball Z, all remaining episodes
  • Dragon Ball Super

The chronological order of the Dragon Ball series is as follows:

  • Dragon Ball
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 1-86
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bardock — The Father of Goku (TV Special)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 87-107
  • Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 108-123
  • Dragon Ball ZThe History of Trunks (TV Special)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 124 and 125
  • Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 126-146
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 147-173
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z to episodes 174-194
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 195-207
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly’s Second Coming (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 208-250
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 251-253
  • Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 254-288
  • Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Z episodes 289-finish
  • Dragon Ball GT, all episodes
  • Dragon Ball Super episodes 1-3
  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Super episodes 4-18
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F (movie)
  • Dragon Ball Super episode 19-finish
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly (movie)
  • Dragon Super Dragon Ball Heroes

Follow the series in the given order, and you will get a perfect storyline while watching the Dragon Ball series. This series is a must-watch for all martial arts, action, and adventure lovers. 

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