The themes used throughout the Dragon Ball series have always been a key element in making Dragon Ball what it was and still is today. Can you even imagine watching any of them without their themes, or for that matter, their background music? In fact, the two most common names associated with the series that most fans are familiar with, besides Akira Toriyama, are Shunsuke Kikuchi and Hironobu Kageyama. Needless to say, both men were heavily involved with the musical aspects of the series.
Shunsuke Kikuchi composed the background music for both the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z TV series, including their respective movie titles, while Hironobu Kageyama provided the vocals to almost every theme associated with Dragon Ball Z. Following the completion of Dragon Ball Z, both men left the series and Akihito Tokunaga was brought on to compose the background music for Dragon Ball GT, while various J-Pop artists were used for opening and ending themes. Akihito Tokunaga would also go on to compose the background music for the 10th anniversary movie, “The Path to Ultimate Strength”.
In 2008, the newly animated Jump Super Anime Tour special featured some recycled background music from Dragon Ball Z and in the same fashion, also kept “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” as its opening theme. However, the special did get a new ending theme, “Orange Hero”, which was the first new ending theme to the series since Dragon Ball GT ended in 1997. Later, in early 2009, it was announced that Dragon Ball Z would be getting a “refreshed” airing, entitled Dragon Ball Kai. It was also announced that the new series would have new opening and ending themes sung by Takayoshi Tanimoto, along with new background music composed by Kenji Yamamoto.
This guide will answer all of the questions that you have ever had about the various themes used throughout the Dragon Ball series. It should be noted that there is no documentation in this guide concerning either the background music or any of the released musical material that did not appear in the series. That being said, you can follow the links provided below for more detailed information on the various themes, eyecatches, and insert songs that were used.