List of Dragon Ball films

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Dragon Box: The Movies, a DVD box set that includes the first seventeen theatrical films, released by Toei on April 14, 2006.

Since the debut of the anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga in 1986, Toei Animation has produced twenty theatrical films based on the franchise: four based on the original Dragon Ball anime, fifteen based on the sequel series Dragon Ball Z and one film based on the Dragon Ball Super series. No films were based on the Dragon Ball GT series but it did get a television special named Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy. There are also several more television specials that were broadcast on Fuji TV and two featurettes, which were shown at the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour and Jump Festa 2012 respectively. A two-part hour-long crossover TV special between Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Toriko aired on Fuji TV in 2013. Additionally, there is a two-part original video animation created as strategy guides for the 1993 video game Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, which was remade in 2010 and included with the Raging Blast 2 video game.

As with the franchise's anime television series, all twenty films and the first three TV specials were licensed in North America by Funimation. Dragon Ball Z movies six and twelve received select theatrical presentations in the United States, as part of a double-feature on March 17, 2006, while movies fourteen and fifteen were given limited theatrical runs in August 2014 and August 2015 respectively. In Europe, AB Groupe licensed the second and third Dragon Ball movies, the first nine Z movies and the first two TV specials.

Animated films[edit]

The first seventeen films were originally shown as back-to-back presentations alongside other Toei film productions and thus have a running time below feature length (around 45–60 minutes each), the sole exception being 1996's The Path to Power (which has a running time of 80 minutes). The first through fifth films were shown at the Toei Manga Festival (東映まんがまつり, Tōei Manga Matsuri), while the sixth through seventeenth films were shown at the Toei Anime Fair (東映アニメフェア, Toei Anime Fea). These films were mostly alternate re-tellings of certain story arcs involving new characters or extra side-stories that do not correlate with the same continuity as the manga or TV series. By 2002, the first seventeen films drew a box office audience of 49 million viewers,[1] grossed ¥40 billion ($501 million) in box office revenue, and sold over 500,000 home video units in Japan, making it the highest-grossing anime film franchise ever at the time.[2]

The newest films in the series, Battle of Gods, Resurrection 'F' and Broly, differ from the earlier ones, as they are full-length feature films set between chapters 517 and 518 of the manga, with Toriyama deeply involved in their creation.[3][4] Toriyama did have some involvement with the earlier films, such as checking the scripts, altering new characters and their names or designing them from the ground up himself.[5] While earlier films were not canon, the 20th film Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the first film to be part of the official Dragon Ball canon.[6] In commemoration of the release of its release, there was conducted an official online poll of 6,000 Japanese fans to pick their favorite film in the franchise. The top five films were (from first to fifth): Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F, Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler.[7][8]

No. Japanese title English translation English title Japanese release North American release Sub-series
1 Shenron no Densetsu (神龍の伝説)[a] The Legend of Shenron Curse of the Blood Rubies December 20, 1986 (1986-12-20) December 28, 1989 (1989-12-28) (Harmony Gold edit; TV airing)
September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09) (BLT Productions dub)
December 28, 2010 (2010-12-28) (Funimation dub)
Dragon Ball
2 Majin-jō no Nemuri Hime (魔神城のねむり姫) Sleeping Princess in the Devil's Castle Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle[b] July 18, 1987 (1987-07-18) December 15, 1998 (1998-12-15)
3 Makafushigi Dai-bōken (魔訶不思議大冒険) Mystical Great Adventure Mystical Adventure July 9, 1988 (1988-07-09) December 28, 1989 (1989-12-28) (Harmony Gold; TV airing)
November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21) (Funimation dub)
4 Ora no Gohan o Kaese!! (オラの悟飯をかえせッ!!)[c] Return My Gohan!! Dead Zone[d] July 15, 1989 (1989-07-15) December 17, 1997 (1997-12-17) (Pioneer uncut DVD)
May 31, 2005 (2005-05-31) (Funimation dub)
Dragon Ball Z
5 Kono Yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu (この世で一番強いヤツ) The Strongest Guy in the World The World's Strongest[e] March 10, 1990 (1990-03-10) May 26, 1998 (1998-05-26) (Pioneer uncut DVD)
November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14) (Funimation dub)
6 Chikyū Marugoto Chō-kessen (地球まるごと超決戦) The Decisive Battle for the Entire Earth The Tree of Might[f] July 7, 1990 (1990-07-07) November 15 – 22, 1997 (Saban TV edit)
March 17, 1998 (1998-03-17) (Pioneer uncut DVD)
November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14) (Funimation dub)
7 Sūpā Saiya-jin da Son Gokū (超サイヤ人だ孫悟空) Super Saiyan Son Goku Lord Slug[g] March 9, 1991 (1991-03-09) August 7, 2001 (2001-08-07)
8 Tobikkiri no Saikyō tai Saikyō (とびっきりの最強対最強) The Incredible Strongest vs. Strongest Cooler's Revenge[h] July 20, 1991 (1991-07-20) January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22)
9 Gekitotsu!! 100-oku Pawā no Senshi-tachi (激突!!100億パワーの戦士たち) Clash!! The Power of 10 Billion Warriors The Return of Cooler[i] March 7, 1992 (1992-03-07) August 13, 2002 (2002-08-13)
10 Kyokugen Batoru!! San Dai Sūpā Saiya-jin (極限バトル!!三大超サイヤ人) Extreme Battle! Three Great Super Saiyans Super Android 13![j] July 11, 1992 (1992-07-11) February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
11 Moetsukiro!! Nessen Ressen Chō-gekisen (燃えつきろ!!熱戦・烈戦・超激戦) Burn Up!! A Close Fight - A Violent Fight - A Super Fierce Fight Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan[k] March 6, 1993 (1993-03-06) August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
12 Ginga Girigiri!! Butchigiri no Sugoi Yatsu (銀河ギリギリ!!ぶっちぎりの凄い奴) The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy Bojack Unbound[l] July 10, 1993 (1993-07-10) August 17, 2004 (2004-08-17)
13 Kiken na Futari! Sūpā Senshi wa Nemurenai (危険なふたり!超戦士はねむれない) The Dangerous Duo! Super Warriors Never Rest Broly – Second Coming[m] March 12, 1994 (1994-03-12) April 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
14 Sūpā Senshi Gekiha!! Katsu no wa Ore da (超戦士撃破!!勝つのはオレだ) Super Warrior Defeat!! I'll Be the Winner Bio-Broly July 9, 1994 (1994-07-09) September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13)
15 Fukkatsu no Fyūjon!! Goku to Vejīta (復活のフュージョン!!悟空とベジータ) The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta Fusion Reborn[n] March 4, 1995 (1995-03-04) March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17) (U.S. theatrical)
16 Ryū-ken Bakuhatsu!! Gokū ga Yaraneba Dare ga Yaru (龍拳爆発!!悟空がやらねば誰がやる) Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Can't Do It, Who Will? Wrath of the Dragon[o] July 15, 1995 (1995-07-15) September 12, 2006 (2006-09-12)
17 Saikyō e no Michi (最強への道) The Path to Ultimate Power The Path to Power March 4, 1996 (1996-03-04) April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29) Dragon Ball
18 Kami to Kami (神と神) God and God Battle of Gods March 30, 2013 (2013-03-30) August 5, 2014 (2014-08-05)
(U.S. theatrical)
Dragon Ball Z
19 Fukkatsu no 'F' (復活の「F」) Resurrection of F Resurrection 'F' April 18, 2015 (2015-04-18) August 4, 2015 (2015-08-04) (U.S. theatrical)
20 Burorī (ブロリー) Broly Broly December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14) January 16, 2019 (January 16, 2019) (U.S. theatrical)[9] Dragon Ball Super

Television specials[edit]

The Dragon Ball franchise has spawned three one-hour long television specials that aired on Fuji TV, the first two based on the "Z" portion of the series and the third based on the "GT" portion. Of these specials, the first and third are original stories created by the anime staff, while the second is based on a special chapter of the manga.

Though the specials aired on TV in Japan, Funimation's North American releases of the episodes are on home video, each one labeled "Feature" the same as their theatrical films. This, doubled with the inclusion of the "Z" specials in Funimation's remastered "Movie Double Features" has caused fans to continue to erroneously believe these to be theatrical films, when they are not.

On April 7, 2013, a two-part hour-long crossover TV special, between Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Toriko, referred to as Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!! aired on Fuji TV.[10] The first part is named "Run, Strongest Team! Toriko, Luffy, Goku!" (走れ最強軍団!トリコとルフィと悟空!, Hashire Saikyō Gundan! Toriko to Luffy to Goku!) and the second is titled "History's Strongest Collaboration vs. Glutton of the Sea" (史上最強コラボVS海の大食漢, Shijō Saikyō Collaboration vs. Umi no Taishokukan).[10] The plot has the International Gourmet Organization (from Toriko) sponsoring the Tenka'ichi Shokuōkai, a race with no rules that characters from all three series compete in.[11]

On October 8, 2017, a two-part TV special of Dragon Ball Super aired on Fuji TV. It counted as both episodes 109 and 110 of the series.

On December 2, 2018, as part of promoting new film Broly, a one-hour television special aired on Fuji TV in Japan entitled "Just before the Dragon Ball Super debut! TV version climax recap".[12]

Japanese title
English translation
English title Japanese air date North American release
Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ~Furīza ni Idonda Zetto-senshi Son Gokū no Chichi~
(たったひとりの最終決戦〜フリーザに挑んだZ戦士 孫悟空の父〜)
A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Goku, who Challenged Freeza
Bardock – The Father of Goku[p] October 17, 1990 (1990-10-17) November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01)
Zetsubō e no Hankō!! Nokosareta Chō-Senshi•Gohan to Torankusu
Defiance in the Face of Despair!! The Remaining Super-Warriors: Gohan and Trunks
The History of Trunks[q] February 24, 1993 (1993-02-24) October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
Gokū Gaiden! Yūki no Akashi wa Sūshinchū
(悟空外伝! 勇気の証しは四星球)
Goku Sidestory! The Proof of his Courage is the Four-Star Ball
A Hero's Legacy March 26, 1997 (1997-03-26) November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Chō Collaboration Special!!
(ドリーム9 トリコ&ワンピース&ドラゴンボールZ 超コラボスペシャル!!)
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!!
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!! April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)
Korezo zen uchūichi no kyūkyoku batoru! Son Gokū bāsasu Jiren!!
(これぞ全宇宙一の究極バトル! 孫悟空VSジレン!!)
This is the Ultimate Battle in all the Universes! Son Goku vs Jiren!! October 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)
Doragonbōru no chokuzen sūpā eiga debyū! Terebibangu no kuraimakkusu o furikaette!!
Right Before the Dragon Ball Super Movie Debuts! Looking Back on the TV Show’s Climax December 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)

Festival featurettes[edit]

Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! is a 35-minute short film that was shown at the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour, which visited ten Japanese cities to celebrate Weekly Shōnen Jump's 40th anniversary.[13] It was later released as a triple feature DVD with One Piece: Romance Dawn Story and Tegami Bachi: Light and Blue Night Fantasy in 2009, that was available only through a mail-in offer exclusive to Japanese residents.[14] In 2013, it was included in the limited edition home video release of Battle of Gods.

Another short film, Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, was shown at the Jump Festa 2012 event on December 17, 2011.[15] It is an adaptation of the three part spin-off manga of the same name by Naho Ōishi that ran in V Jump from August to October 2011, which is a spin-off sequel to the Bardock – The Father of Goku TV special.[16] It was later released on DVD in the February 3, 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump together with Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans.[17] The film was included subtitled in the European and North American exclusive Xbox 360 video game Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect, released in October 2012.[18]

Japanese title English title Japanese release North American release
Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi!! (オッス! 帰ってきた孫悟空と仲間たち!!) Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! September 21, 2008 (2008-09-21)
Episōdo obu Bādakku (エピソードオブバーダック) Episode of Bardock December 17, 2011 (2011-12-17) October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)

Original video animations[edit]

In 1993, Toei Animation, in cooperation with Weekly Shōnen Jump and V Jump, produced a two-part original video animation (OVA) that serves as a video strategy guide to the Family Computer game titled Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans.[19] The first volume was released on VHS on July 23, while the second was released on August 25. The animation was also used in the 1994 two part video games, True Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, released for the Playdia. The complete OVA was included in the second Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box DVD set released in Japan in 2003.

The OVA was remade for the 2010 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 under the title Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans.[19] It was included in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 as a bonus feature, unlocked at the start of gameplay without any necessary cheat code or in-game achievement, presented in its original Japanese-language audio with subtitles appropriate for each region. It was later released on DVD in the February 3, 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump together with Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock.[17]

Japanese title English title Japanese release North American release
Gaiden: Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (外伝 サイヤ人絶滅計画) Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans August 6, 1993 (1993-08-06)
Sūpā Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (超サイヤ人絶滅計画) Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans November 11, 2010 (2010-11-11) November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)

Educational programs[edit]

Two educational shorts based on the original Dragon Ball anime were produced in 1988. The first was a traffic safety special titled Goku's Traffic Safety (悟空の交通安全, Gokū no Kōtsū Ansen), while the second was a fire safety special titled Goku's Fire Brigade (悟空の消防隊, Gokū no Shōbōtai). The two educational films were included in the Dragon Box DVD set released in Japan in 2004.

Japanese title English title Japanese release North American release
Gokū no Kōtsū Ansen (悟空の交通安全) Goku's Traffic Safety 1988
Gokū no Shōbōtai (悟空の消防隊) Goku's Fire Brigade 1988

Live-action films[edit]

Title Release Production country
Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku December 12, 1990 South Korea
Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins 1991 Taiwan
Dragonball Evolution March 10, 2009 United States
United Kingdom
Hong Kong

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Title used for the home video release in Japan, the original theatrical release was simply titled Dragon Ball.
  2. ^ Known as Sleeping Beauty in Devil Castle in Europe.
  3. ^ Title used for the home video release in Japan, the original theatrical release was simply titled Dragon Ball Z.
  4. ^ Also known as Dead Zone Vortex in television airings in North America, In Pursuit of Garlic in Europe, and The Vengeance of the Demon King in Malaysia.
  5. ^ Known as The Strongest Guy in the World in Europe and Malaysia.
  6. ^ Known as Super Battle in the World in Europe and The Quest for Earth in Malaysia.
  7. ^ Known as Super Saiya Son Goku in Europe and Super Saiya People, Goku in Malaysia.
  8. ^ Known as Super Rivals in Europe and The Strongest Rivals in Malaysia.
  9. ^ Known as Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors in Europe and Malaysia.
  10. ^ Known as Super Battle of the Three Super Saiyans in Europe and Super Battle of 3 Super Saiyas in Malaysia.
  11. ^ Known as The Burning Battles in Europe and The Burning Battle in Malaysia.
  12. ^ Known as Super Guy in the Galaxy in Europe and Malaysia.
  13. ^ Known as Dangerous Rivals in Malaysia.
  14. ^ Known as Revival Fusion in Malaysia.
  15. ^ Known as Explosion of Dragon Punch in Malaysia.
  16. ^ Known as The Father of Goku in Europe.
  17. ^ Known as Gohan and Trunks in Europe and The History of Trunk in Malaysia.


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  2. ^ "歴代ドラゴンボール映画作品一覧". 年代流行. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  3. ^ "New Dragon Ball Film Set Between 517th & 518th Manga Chapters". Anime News Network. 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  4. ^ "1st Key Visual For 2015 Dragon Ball Z Film Reveals Frieza". Anime News Network. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  5. ^ DRAGON BALL 大全集 6: MOVIES & TV SPECIALS (in Japanese). Shueisha. 1995. pp. 212–216. ISBN 4-08-782756-9.
  6. ^ "Will Dragon Ball Super: Broly be coming to Netflix?". What's on Netflix. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Japanese Fans Vote for Their Most Favorite Dragon Ball Anime Film". Crunchyroll. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Fans Pick Their Favorite Dragon Ball Movie of All Time". Anime News Network. 23 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Funimation Is Bringing Dragon Ball Super: Broly to North American Theaters in 2019". IGN. Jul 12, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Toriko, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z Get Crossover Anime Special". Anime News Network. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  11. ^ "Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Crossover Lineup Revealed". Anime News Network. 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  12. ^ Nick Valdez (23 November 2018). "'Dragon Ball Super' to Air One-Hour 'Broly' Special". ComicBook. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Jump Super Anime Tour Announcement". Weekly Shōnen Jump (in Japanese). 40 (21): 54 & 55. April 21, 2008.
  14. ^ "New DB, Tegami Bachi, Romance Dawn Anime DVD Offered". Anime News Network. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  15. ^ "Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock to Be Shown in December". Anime News Network. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  16. ^ "Dragon Ball Episode of Bardock Spinoff Manga Gets Anime". Anime News Network. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  17. ^ a b "2 Dragon Ball Anime Specials Get DVD Release". Anime News Network. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  19. ^ a b "Dragon Ball: RB2 Game to Add New 1/2-Hour Anime". Anime News Network. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2013-02-06.