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Episode Guide

Son Goku arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 26 February 1986 – 21 May 1986 (13 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episodes 001 – 013 (13 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 001 – 023 (23 chapters; approx. 1.8 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 90% Canon / 10% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 25.0%
Maximum: 27.9% (Episode 004)
Minimum: 20.6% (Episode 009)

Arc Synopsis

One day Son Goku, a boy who lives alone in the mountains, meets Bulma, a girl searching for the “Dragon Balls”. The Dragon Balls are seven mysterious spheres that, when gathered together, will cause Shenlong to appear and grant any single wish. They meet various people, such as Kame-Sen’nin, who gives Goku the Kinto-Un, the shape-shifting Oolong, and the bandits Yamcha and Pu’er, and they have many experiences, but somehow or other Goku and Bulma obtain five of the Dragon Balls. The next Dragon Ball is on the burning Mt. Frypan, where the ridiculously scary Gyūmaō lives.

With the help of Kame-Sen’nin, Goku and co. extinguish the fire on Mt. Frypan. Having obtained six Dragon Balls and with only one remaining, their Dragon Balls are stolen by Pilaf and his gang. Pilaf finally called forth Shenlong, but Oolong somehow got his wish of “Give me a girl’s panties!” granted instead. Imprisoned by Pilaf, Goku looks at the full moon and suddenly transforms into an Ōzaru. After having his tail cut off and returning to normal, Goku sets off on his own to Kame-Sen’nin’s place.

Episode List (001 — 013)

Dragon Ball Episode 001Air Date: 26 February 1986
ブルマと孫悟空
Buruma to Son Gokū
Bulma and Son Goku
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Tadanao Tsuji
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 002Air Date: 05 March 1986
あらららー!タマがない!
Arararaa! Tama ga Nai!
Alalala–! No Balls!
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Eiji Itō
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 003Air Date: 12 March 1986
亀仙人のキント雲
Kame-Sen’nin no Kinto-Un
Kame-Sen’nin’s Kinto-Un
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tadanao Tsuji
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 004Air Date: 19 March 1986
人さらい妖怪ウーロン
Hitosarai Yōkai Ūron
The Kidnapping Demon, Oolong
Scenario: Michiru Shimada · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 005Air Date: 26 March 1986
つよくて悪い砂漠のヤムチャ
Tsuyokute Warui Sabaku no Yamucha
The Strong Villain of the Desert, Yamcha
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tadanao Tsuji
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 006Air Date: 02 April 1986
真夜中の訪問者たち
Mayonaka no Hōmonsha-tachi
The Midnight Visitors
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 007Air Date: 09 April 1986
フライパン山の牛魔王
Furaipan Yama no Gyūmaō
Gyūmaō of Mount Frypan
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tadanao Tsuji · Animation: Mitsuo Shindō
Storyboard: Katsumi Endō · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 008Air Date: 16 April 1986
亀仙人のカメハメ波
Kame-Sen’nin no Kamehameha
Kame-Sen’nin’s Kamehameha
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Yūji Ikeda · Animation: Minoru Maeda
Storyboard: Toshihiko Arisako · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 009Air Date: 23 April 1986
うさぎオヤブンの得意技
Usagi Oyabun no Tokui Waza
The Boss Rabbit’s Special Skill
Scenario: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tadanao Tsuji
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 010Air Date: 30 April 1986
D.B.うばわれる!!
Doragon Bōru Ubawareru!!
The Dragon Balls Are Stolen!!
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 011Air Date: 07 May 1986
ついに龍あらわる!
Tsui ni Doragon Arawaru!
Finally, the Dragon Appears!
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Tadanao Tsuji
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 012Air Date: 14 May 1986
神龍への願い
Shenron e no Negai
The Wish to Shenlong
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Yūji Ikeda · Animation: Yukio Ebisawa
Storyboard: Toshihiko Arisako · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 013Air Date: 21 May 1986
悟空の大変身
Gokū no Dai-Henshin
Goku’s Great Transformation
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Yūji Ikeda · Animation: Mitsuo Shindō
Storyboard: Akinori Nagaoka · Director: Yutaka Satō