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The mission of Dragon Ball Worldwide: to spread this awesome tale throughout the world, hoping that one day soon, this famous saga of the struggle between good vs. evil, happiness, courage, and the adventurous search for those mystical Dragon Balls (as well as it's amazing art and animation), may become more popular as it was years ago, before the series came to a halt, and ended. (In Japan that is because it wasn't in the US at that time)
The Story of Dragonball
Dragon Ball, which was intended as a gag manga
(Japanese comic), with adventure elements by Akira Toriyama, was based on
the old Chinese fables about the Monkey King.
The story revolved around the search for 7 magical
crystal orbs created by an alien race called the Nameks, and a boy named Son
The 7 magical balls, when brought together, had the power to summon the Eternal
Dragon, Shen Long, granting the person a single wish, thus giving them the
name Dragon Balls.
In some old Chinese fables, there lived a Monkey
King named Suen Wukung, who possessed great strength and powers. This character
resembles the main character in Dragon Ball named Son Goku, who was born of
an alien race called the Saiyans.
The Saiyans (or Saiya-jins)
The Saiyans (or Saiya-jins) were basically the
most powerful species in the universe. When looking at a full moon, they turn
into a huge, ferocious monster which looks like a Giant ape, called an Ozaroo.
But they are also born with a weakness
their monkey-like tail. Their tail
is the key to the transformation when looking into the full moon. Saiyans
can also reach another level of power, where they harness the "Golden Fleece"
of their entire race when they become the Super Saiya-jin. But only a few
can reach that level of power, since most Saiyans were wild, and uncontrollable.
The highest Super Saiyan levels ever reached was Super Saiyan level 3 (by
Gokou), and Ultra Saiyan (by Broli). Also, Vegeta and Gokou both made it to a level for, which isn't really a Super Saiya-jin level since they trasform into a half monkey, half saiya-jin, and since they have no golden hair. It is more like a "Super Gokou," or "Super Vegeta."
Dragon Ball Z
By volume 14 of the Dragon Ball manga, Toriyama
switched focus and concentrated on the martial arts, and the dramatic aspects.
So the series was renamed Dragon Ball Z, reflecting the change in the focus
of the Dragonball aspects.
The Rise and Fall
of the "True" Dragon Ball Series
(by "True," I mean the Dragon Ball manga/anime that was actually
thought up by the creator of the hit series’ Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z, Akira
Toriyama. But It's not like I don't like DBGT, I think they did a good job with out the original animators, etc.)
During the years of 1987-1995, Dragon Ball
became so popular, the manga/anime reached all over Europe and America. But
since such a huge marketing conveyance (promoting products as different as
clocks, posters, curry rice, eye drops, children's study desks, video games,
etc.), many promotional agencies demanded that a replacement TV series fill
the gap left behind by Dragon Ball. Thus was created Dragon Ball: GT. Toriyama
was understood as an artistic consultant, but no longer had direct input to
the storyline, and there was no manga to accompany the TV anime either.
Some people hated the idea of DBGT, since the
whole story was changed, it wasn’t even a creation of Akira Toriyama, the
art wasn’t the same because they weren’t drawn by the same artists, the voices
were different, etc.
And apparently, DBGT was intended to end around
April, 1997. However, the latest video game for the Sony Play Station, Dragon Ball
GT, had to be released before the end of the show. But the game missed its
first deadline. So, the Dragon Ball GT TV series was extended for a few more
episodes, until the new game could be released at the end of August, 1997.