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Production Guide


Since the serialization of Dragon Ball began in November 1984, hundreds of individuals have been involved with the series’ production, through both the manga and its various animation adaptations. This guide has been compiled to catalog these individuals, companies, and studios, providing an easily accessible database of production staff and their various roles.

Scenario staff meeting for Dragon Ball Z at Toei Animation (1989)

Prior to sifting through the credit database in this guide, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the first two supplemental guides listed below. The first provides an overview of how typical episode credits are structured and how to interpret them. It will also present you with a list of common staff positions found throughout the Dragon Ball series and what it is they’re responsible for doing. Secondly, a detailed overview of the traditional and modern animation processes has been provided, examining how a typical episode of Dragon Ball was animated in the late-1980s and how modern productions are being produced.

Credit databases have been broken down by individual series. This division is necessary to maintain order between the varying credit structures utilized by different eras and technologies, which would otherwise be rather confusing intermingled together. The three original broadcast series credits are very similar, but even between the three they are still somewhat varied.

Credit Database

Follow the links below to view the staff credit list from that specific entity. Each section will present you with the full credits of that entity, organized as they originally appeared and under each credit title (i.e. Animation Supervisor, Director, etc.) by the order of appearance. Names are listed in Western order (given name, family name) and use the fully Romanized spellings (i.e. Tohru = Tōru, etc.).

Original Broadcast Credits

This section provides a compiled listing of the staff members involved in the production of the three syndicated Dragon Ball TV series broadcast between 26 February 1986 and 19 November 1997. These series utilized traditional animation techniques and were produced to conform with standard-definition specifications.

Dragon Ball
Dragon Ballドラゴンボール

153 Episodes
Series Directors: Okazaki Minoru & Nishio Daisuke

Air Dates: 26 February 1986 — 19 April 1989
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball ZドラゴンボールZ

291 Episodes, 2 TV Specials
Series Director: Nishio Daisuke

Air Dates: 26 April 1989 — 31 January 1996
Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GTドラゴンボールGT

64 Episodes, 1 TV Special
Series Director: Kasai Osamu

Air Dates: 07 February 1996 — 19 November 1997

“Refreshed” Broadcast Credits

This section provides a compiled listing of the staff members involved in the production of the Dragon Ball Kai TV series, a “refreshed” series produced for a high-definition presentation in honor of the 20th anniversary of Dragon Ball Z. This series utilized modern remastering techniques of existing footage with minor use of modern digital animation techniques for re-animated scenes.

Dragon Ball Kai
Dragon Ball Kaiドラゴンボール改

159 Episodes
Series Directors: Yasuhiro Nowatari (Phase 1) & Terazaki Naohiro (Phase 2)

Air Dates: 05 April 2009 — 27 March 2011 (Phase 1) / 06 April 2014 — 28 June 2015 (Phase 2)

Revival Broadcast Credits

This section provides a compiled listing of the staff members involved in the production of the Dragon Ball Super TV series, beginning 05 July 2015. This series utilized modern digital animation techniques and was produced to conform with modern high-definition specifications.

Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball Superドラゴンボール超

Series is Currently Underway
Series Directors: Kimitoshi Chioka (1-46), Morio Hatano (33-76), Kōhei Hatano (68-76), Tatsuya Nagamine (77-ongoing), & Ryōta Nakamura (77-ongoing)

Air Dates: 05 July 2015 – ongoing

Theatrical Film Credits

This section provides a compiled listing of the staff members involved in the production of theatrical films for the Dragon Ball franchise. The first 17 films utilized traditional animation techniques and produced for traditional theatrical presentations. The latter two films, Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”, were produced with modern digital animation techniques and produced for modern IMAX theatrical presentations.

Films

19 Theatrical Films

Major Credits

Premiere Date: 20 December 1986 – 18 April 2015