Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Produced by Keizō Shichijō
Screenplay by Yoshifumi Yuki
Based on Dragon Ball 
by Akira Toriyama
Starring See Cast
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Cinematography Motoaki Ikegami
Edited by Shinichi Fukumitsu
Distributed by Toei Company
Release dates
  • July 9, 1988 (1988-07-09)
Running time
46 minutes
Country Japan
Box office ¥650 million

Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (ドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険 Doragon Bōru: Makafushigi Dai-Bōken?, lit. "Dragon Ball: The Great Mystical Adventure"), is the third Dragon Ball feature film, originally released in Japan on July 9, 1988 at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival as part of a quadruple feature along with the second Bikkuriman movie, the movie version of Tatakae!! Ramenman, and the second Kamen Rider Black movie.

Unlike the previous two Dragon Ball films, Mystical Adventure does not introduce any original characters, but instead adapts characters from the Red Ribbon and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai story arcs from the manga into the film's original storyline.


Another retelling of the Dragon Ball story. This time, young Goku and young Krillin are training with Master Roshi for a World Martial Arts Tournament to be held in the country of Mifan. The Emperor of Mifan, Chiaotzu, is trying to find his lost "Ran Ran." "Minister" Master Shen has Emperor Pilaf work on a Dragon Radar, takes it from him, and is using it to locate the Dragon Balls. Shen and his brother, Mercenary Tao claim that they'll use the wish from Shenron to locate Ran Ran, but are actually planning, with Tien's help, to kill Chiaotzu and take over the country. General Blue announces that Ran Ran is being held in Shen's room, and is killed by Tao for it. Bora and Upa have located the final Dragon Ball and they take it to Mifan to use it to demand that Mifan's soldiers be forced to leave the land near Korin Tower.

Bora is tricked into entering the Tournament (the winner of the Tournament will be granted one wish by Chiaotzu), and is then killed by Tao. Bulma, Oolong, Launch and Pu-erh are looking for the other six Dragon Balls, so Bulma can wish for a boyfriend. However, when the Dragon Balls are located, they are accidentally dropped to the bottom of the moat surrounding Chiaotzu castle. Tien realizes that he likes Chiaotzu too much, and doesn't kill his friend; instead, he blows away Shen. Then he gives Chiaotzu back Ran Ran (actually a porcelain doll, not a real girl) telling him he had hidden her because of Shen and Taopaipai. The story of Blue and Goku entering Penguin village is included, but this time it is Tao and Goku that meet Arale and Goku kills Tao with Arale's help.

Goku throws the final ball into the moat, and asks Shenron to resurrect Bora.


Character Name Voice Actor
Voice Actor
(English 1989 / Harmony Gold)
Voice Actor
(English 2000 / Funimation)
Goku/Zero Masako Nozawa Betty Gustafson Ceyli Delgadillo
Arale Norimaki Mami Koyama Julie Kliewer Meredith McCoy
Launch/Marilynn Mami Koyama Penny Sweet Meredith McCoy
Yamcha/Zedaki Tōru Furuya Ryan O'Flannigan Christopher R. Sabat
Bulma/Lena Hiromi Tsuru Wendee Swan Tiffany Vollmer
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Clif Wells Mike McFarland
Krillin/Bongo Mayumi Tanaka Wanda Nowicki Laurie Steele
Oolong/Mao Mao Naoki Tatsuta Colin Philips Bradford Jackson
Puar/Squeaker Naoko Watanabe Carole Wilder Monika Antonelli
Tien/Shinto Hirotaka Suzuoki Christy Mathewson John Burgmeier
Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Reba West Monika Antonelli
Turtle Daisuke Gōri Don Warner Christopher R. Sabat
Master Shen/Lord Wu Zu Ichirō Nagai Myron Mensah Chuck Huber
Korin/Whiskers the Wonder Cat Ichirō Nagai Ted Lehmann Mark Britten
Mercenary Tao/General Tao Pei Chikao Ōtsuka Jeremy Platt Kent Williams
Shenron/Dragon God Kenji Utsumi Drew Thomas Christopher R. Sabat
General Blue Toshio Furukawa Unknown Sonny Strait
Sergeant Metallic/Major Fist Shin Aomori A. Gregory Chris Rager
Upa/Littlefoot Mitsuko Horie Celena Banas Kara Edwards
Bora/Haymaker Banjō Ginga Bob Papenbrook Dameon Clarke
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba N/A Mike McFarland
Shu Tesshō Genda N/A Justin Cook
Mai Eiko Yamada N/A Cynthia Cranz
Gat-chan Seiko Nakano Unknown Mike McFarland
Narrator Joji Yanami Jeremy Platt Christopher R. Sabat


Opening Theme
Mystical Adventure! (魔訶不思議アドベンチャー! Makafushigi Adobenchā!?)
Lyrics: Yuriko Mori
Music: Takeshi Ike
Arrangement: Kōhei Tanaka
Performance: Hiroki Takahashi
Song Lyrics
Ending Theme
Dragon Ball Legend (ドラゴンボール伝説 Doragon Bōru Densetsu?)
Lyrics: Onikado Izumi
Music: Takeshi Ike
Arrangement: Seiichi Kyōda
Performance: Hiroki Takahashi
Song Lyrics


Harmony Gold USA broadcast their dub of this film and Curse of the Blood Rubies as a double feature on WPSG Philly 57 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and might have been released it to home video in 1989. It was not widely noticed and went under the radar. Their dub changed the names of the characters and had parts of it censored, but the English script was more faithful to the Japanese script and the background music was kept the same, unlike the FUNimation and The Ocean Group dubs.

FUNimation acquired the rights to the film in 2000 and released it with a new dub to VHS and bilingual DVD that year.

Madman Entertainment released the film on DVD in Australia and New Zealand on March 17, 2004 with the 2000 English dub and optional Japanese dub audio.

However, the introduction which began the narration of the Dragonballs, a cameo sequence of Pilaf and his gang presenting a global dragon radar to Master Shen, and a different opening sequence to the movie featuring Goku and Krillin in training were cut. Instead, the opening sequence and scenes aforementioned were replaced with the TV opening sequence.

Another sequence cut was the closing credits featuring a summoned Shenron who fulfilled Upa's wish to bring Bora back to life. The scene was replaced with the TV closing sequence.

Subsequent versions of the FUNimation dub had restored its introduction and its opening/ending sequence. Unlike the Japanese version however, the opening sequence had many scenes in freeze-frame animation, as a way to block out the original Japanese credits that were in the sequence. The closing credits was restored with English credits censoring half the screen, also as a way to block out the original Japanese credits scrolling from the right.

The movie was later available on DVD along with Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle and Path to Power as part of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Movie Box set released on December 6, 2005.[1] The box set was re-released as a thinpack on February 12, 2008.[2] This set has since been discontinued.

An alternative English dub produced with an unknown cast by AB Groupe in France was released in English speaking markets in Europe in the early 2000s.

The film was re-released to DVD in America on February 8, 2011 as a part of a Dragon Ball Movie 4-Pack remastered thinpack release from FUNimation along with the other Dragon Ball related movies.[3] This release restored all of the previously edited video footage of the film, however features no apparent English credits.


  1. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BKDNRQ
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010YSD3G
  3. ^ http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/3p6r0ZuInJGK5jvDN4/browse/item/90030/4/0/0

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