Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Japaneseドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険
HepburnDoragon Bōru Makafushigi dai-bōken
Directed byKazuhisa Takenouchi
Produced byKeizō Shichijō [ja]
Screenplay byYoshifumi Yuki [ja]
Based onDragon Ball and Dr. Slump
by Akira Toriyama
Starringsee below
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
CinematographyMotoaki Ikegami
Edited byShinichi Fukumitsu
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • July 9, 1988 (1988-07-09) (Japan)
Running time
46 minutes
Box office¥1.02 billion (US$7.7 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: Great Mystical Adventure"), is a 1988 Japanese anime fantasy martial arts adventure film and the third alternate continuity Dragon Ball feature film, originally released in Japan on July 9 at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival as part of a quadruple feature along with Bikkuriman 2: The Secret of Muen Zone, Tatakae!! Ramenman, and Kamen Rider Black: Terrifying! The Phantom House of Devil Pass.

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.


Two more English versions, one released exclusively in Europe by AB Groupe and another produced and released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video, feature an unknown cast.

Character Name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Harmony Gold, 1989)
English voice actor
(Funimation, 2000)
Goku Masako Nozawa Barbara Goodson (Betty Gustafson) as Zero Ceyli Delgadillo
Arale Norimaki Mami Koyama Arlene Banas (Celena Banas) Linda Chambers-Young
Gatchans Seiko Nakano Unknown Unknown
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Kerrigan Mahan (Ryan O'Flannigan) as Zedaki Christopher R. Sabat
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Wendee Lee (Wendee Swan) as Lena Tiffany Vollmer
Kame-sen'nin (Turtle Hermit) Kōhei Miyauchi Clifton Wells (Clif Wells) as Master Roshi Mike McFarland as Master Roshi
Kuririn Mayumi Tanaka Wanda Nowicki as Bongo Laurie Steele as Krillin
Lunch Mami Koyama Edie Mirman (Penny Sweet) as Marilyn Meredith McCoy as Launch
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Dave Mallow (Colin Philips) as Mao Mao Bradford Jackson
Pu-erh Naoko Watanabe Cheryl Chase (Carole Wilder) as Squeaker Monika Antonelli as Puar
Tenshinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki Eddie Frierson (Christy Mathewson) as Shinto John Burgmeier as Tien Shinhan
Emperor Chaozu Hiroko Emori Rebecca Forstadt (Reba West) Monika Antonelli as Chiaotzu
Umigame Daisuke Gōri Dan Woren (Don Warner) as Turtle Christopher R. Sabat as Turtle
Tsuru-sen'nin (Crane Hermit) Ichirō Nagai Robert Axelrod (Myron Mensah) as Lord Wu Zu Chuck Huber as Master Shen
Taopaipai Chikao Ōtsuka Michael McConnohie (Jeremy Platt) as General Tao Pei Kent Williams as Mercenary Tao
Shenlong Kenji Utsumi Steve Kramer (Drew Thomas) as Dragon God Christopher R. Sabat as Shenron
Announcer Kenji Utsumi Dan Woren (Don Warner) Justin Cook
General Blue Toshio Furukawa Dave Mallow (Colin Philips) Sonny Strait
Sergeant Metallic Shin Aomori Bill Capizzi (A. Gregory) as Major Fist Chris Rager as Major Metallitron
Upa Mitsuko Horie Arlene Banas (Celena Banas) as Littlefoot Kara Edwards
Bora Banjō Ginga Bob Papenbrook as Haymaker Dameon Clarke
Karin Ichirō Nagai Theodore Lehmann (Ted Lehmann) as Whiskers the Wonder Cat Mark Britten as Korin
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Dave Mallow (Colin Philips) Mike McFarland
Shu Tesshō Genda Dave Mallow (Colin Philips) Unknown
Mai Eiko Yamada Melodee Spevack Cynthia Cranz
Narrator Jōji Yanami Michael McConnohie (Jeremy Platt) Christopher R. Sabat



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 on other channels and cable systems in a select few test markets. It was also likely to have been released on home video in the early 90s. It was not widely noticed and went under the radar. Their dub changed the names of some of the characters and had parts of it censored, and the opening and ending sequence changed with; instead of the first Japanese sequence they used the second Japanese sequence, with the Japanese katakana removed from the Dragon Balls, the Japanese credits removed and replaced with the Harmony Gold credits, and they changed some of the dialog from the Japanese intro. The ending was changed from the Japanese ending to show a still picture of Goku flying away from Shenron (known as Dragon God in the Harmony Gold dub) taken from the intro, and using the intro theme song instead of the Japanese ending theme with the Harmony Gold credits. The script was more faithful to the Japanese script and all the background music was kept the same, unlike the Funimation and The Ocean Group dubs.

There was also another English dub released exclusively to Video CD in Malaysia by Speedy Video. This version is very obscure, although recently a clip from this dub has turned up on YouTube.[1]

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 audio. However, the introduction which began the narration of the Dragon Balls, 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, 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.[2] The box set was re-released as a thinpack on February 12, 2008.[3] 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.[4] This release restored all of the previously edited video footage of the film, however features no apparent English credits.


  1. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  2. ^ "Dragon Ball Movie 2, 3, 4". 6 December 2005 – via Amazon.
  3. ^ "Dragon Ball Movie 3-pack". 12 February 2008 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]

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