We know that for newcomers, Dragon Ball can seem to be a bit messy as there are so many episodes.
Watching this fabulous saga in the wrong order could have a somewhat negative effect on your experience, or even leave you unsatisfied, but above all to miss essential parts necessary for a proper understanding!
Akira Toriyama was born in April 1955 in the Nagoya circle of Japan. In 1974, he entered the higher school of the industrial prefecture to study advertising design. In 1977, he left this branch to devote himself to comics. Shortly afterward, he joined Shueisha, Japan’s largest current publisher, as a “mangaka” (cartoonist) and published his first work as a professional. Then followed a long path to release the first publication of Dragon Ball in 1984.
While Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga is unique and linear, its animated adaptation is divided into four series:
Dragon Ball, which faithfully follows the first 17 volumes of the manga with kid Son Goku
Dragon Ball Z, which follows with adult Son Goku up to volume 42, with more unpublished episodes;
Dragon Ball GT, a “filler” saga (unpublished) that follows DBZ but not present in the manga;
Dragon Ball Kai, reassembly of the original DBZ anime in HD, 16:9 format and shorter.
Here is a guide to the animated episodes of these different series, with the titles!