"Dragon Ball" is available for the first time in HD on DVD and Blu-ray

"Dragon Ball" is available for the first time in HD on DVD and Blu-ray

August 7, 2022

Crunchyroll (formerly KAZÉ Anime) sends anime fans on a nostalgic journey! As the Berlin-based anime label announced at this year's AnimagiC, the first anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga series Dragon Ball will be released for the first time in HD on Blu-ray and again on DVD.

The HD material used is not a remaster, but an upscaling. As a result, the complete version of Dragon Ball appears in Germany for the first time. In addition, Crunchyroll explained that the missing scenes in the German version will be supplemented with German subtitles in the original Japanese. Accordingly, in addition to the well-known German dubbing, the Japanese voice output is also optionally included.

Crunchyroll has not yet given an exact release date for the first box, which contains the first 28 episodes. You can check out the preview cover below.

Dragon Ball has 153 episodes and aired on Japanese television from February 1986 to April 1989. The Toei Animation studio, directed by Minoru Okazaki and Daisuke Nishio, was responsible for the adaptation. In Germany, Dragon Ball celebrated its premiere in August 1999 on RTL II, before the German TV version was released on DVD by KAZÉ Anime.

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Box 1 preview cover:


Brave heroes, oddballs, nasty opponents and exciting fights – all this is Dragonball! Strong nerves are required here, because the fight for the fate of the earth is entering the first round. But before he becomes the savior of the world, the little Saiyan Son Goku lives all alone in the wilderness. That only changes when he meets Bulma and goes with her in search of the legendary Dragonballs. Luckily, because otherwise he would probably never have met the Turtle Lord. He trains Son Goku and teaches him some of his strongest techniques. And then there's the shape-shifting pig Oolong, the not-so-terrible Beef Devil, and of course, Baldy Krillin. Together they form an unbeatable team that is just warming up. Ring free – the battle of good against evil begins!

Source : Crunchyroll Pictures: Gosho Aoyama / Shogakukan • YTV • TMS 1996.

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