Dragon Ball: Season 1
This light-hearted and action-filled retelling of the Chinese classic Journey to the West focuses on young monkey boy Son Goku and his journeys, like spending the night in the desert and searching for his Grandfather's Four-Star Dragon Ball. Season 1 includes Goku, Bulma and Oolong meeting Monster Carrot, who rules the town with an iron fist. Goku battles Nam while Yamcha enters the ring with Jackie Chun.
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TV-14Parents Strongly Cautioned. This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
Japanese: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; and more.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Dragon Ball contains tons of animated martial arts violence, but is much tamer than its successor, Dragon Ball Z. Expect both slapstick humor and life-or-death struggles, including scenes where characters are beaten to death, stabbed, or vaporized by a supernatural attack. Younger children may find some of the shows imagery too scary, such as when Goku transforms into a giant ape. Dragon Ball also contains a bit of sexual humor such as characters looking up girls' shirts or close ups of large breasts. Such humor is acceptable for young Japanese audiences, but some sexual elements have been censored for an American audience. A few adult characters drink and smoke in a comic manner.
- Sexual Content
- A good portion of the show's humor comes from sexual-based humor. Two of the supporting characters are lechers and their antics are used as a running gag. Goku is unfamiliar with girls, due to his upbringing, so he sometimes looks pointedly at girls' bodies to verify their gender. (This humor is acceptable on Japanese television but has been censored in English-language dubs).
- This is a show about martial arts so there is tons of hand-to-hand fighting. Dragon Balls' violence varies from simple slapstick to life-or-death struggles. There are a few times characters are killed by being beaten to death, stabbed, or vaporized by a supernatural attack. A few scary images of the primary villain, or Goku transforming into a giant ape, for instance.
- "Damn" and "crap" are occasionally audible.
- Social Behavior
- The main character demonstrates the importance of standing up to people who bully others. Reinforces the positives of practice and making mistakes, and makes moral disinctions between fighting defensively and in order to hurt someone. Violence is the primary way problems get resolved.
- There a several DVD box sets, posters, T-shirts and toys associated with the Dragon Ball series.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some of the older characters are shown drinking or smoking, something that's either used as an identifying character trait or for humor. A few characters who drink display drunken behavior as a form of comedy.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it