Why Dragon Ball was a great success?

Topic started by comicfanforever on Feb. 18, 2010. Last post by Chengy 4 years, 10 months ago.
Post by comicfanforever (453 posts) See mini bio Level 12


Your opinion??
Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11
  • Likeable characters
  • Interesting storylines that attract both young and old watchers
  • Great amount of hype after the original series
  • It's pretty much a merchandising monster, you can do absolutely anything with the concept, from toys to videogames, cards, costumes, etc. 
  • It's got freakin Goku in it. And he has become one of the most recognizable chracters in history
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
^already answered most of my points. and also a good humour that still make people laugh :)
Also find a better picture to associate with DragonBall it seems like you only meant DBZ :P (as you guessed i like the original series alot more)
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Black_Rose pretty much summed it up.
Post by ryozakiL (39 posts) See mini bio Level 4
not sure but i do no that dragon ball pretty much wrote the rule book on battle manga 
and almost all battle manga today follows this rule book
Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15
can an interesting storyline Be said To be one of DB's Strong points? I always thought that the storyline was just a means to explain the fight scenes. (plus it was ridiculously drawn out)
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@rein: That`s DBZ not Dragonball XD
@ryozakiL: Yu Yu Hakasho did more for present day battle manga then Dragonball did.
Post by JackHammer (58 posts) See mini bio Level 7

Dragonball/DBZ is a great success since it is the most influential shonen manga series. 
Oda of One Piece noted that Akira Toriyama influenced him. 
Monkey D. Luffy = Goku. 
Post by Paulrus (30 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Good question. When you look back at it, it was just a bunch of battles and slow pacing. 
However, i'm more cynical these days. I also haven't watched any episodes ever since GT forced me to turn the TV off. DBZ: Abridged aside, of course. 
I think its because the epic battles and stories, while laughable now, had appeal and, to paraphrase Black_Rose, had memorable characters.
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,466 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Because dragonball was amesome!
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Yeah, as the others have said, the stories and characters were, at the time, quite memorable. Caught in their thrall, you honestly find yourself hanging on these terrible, 3 episode reveals. Plus, most of us have watched in bulk, regularly (m-f toonami schedules.) so its got more of a comfortable, regular vibe. Why constantly scout for new shows? DBZ can keep you busy for months ^_^
In hindsight, though, the convoluted bits and stretched sequences make it less desirable when you look back. Hence the reason Dragonball Kai cleans up so well.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
because its amazing period. best fighting of any show period.
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Because it was something new and different back then, what else did we have on tv? Pokemon, Power Rangers, Power Puff girls, Dextors Lab, Ed edd n eddy, johnny bravo, and so many more crappy cartoons, it was one of the first real action packed anime i ever watched
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