Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, known in Japan as Dragon Ball: Makafushigi Daibōken (ドラゴン ボール 魔訶不思議 大 冒険, Doragon Bōru: Makafushigi Daibōken; Literally meaning "Dragon Ball: Mystical Great Adventure") was released in Japan on July 9, 1988 between "Prelude to Vengeance" and "Battle Cry" (during the fight against Piccolo Daimao).
Another retelling of the Dragon Ball story. This time, young Son Goku and young Kuririn are training for the Tenkaichi Great Tournament (天下一 大武道大会) to be held in the country of Mifan. The Emperor of Mifan, Chaozu, is trying to find his lost Ran Ran. "Minister" Master Shen has Pilaf work on a Dragon Radar, takes it from him, and is using it to locate the Dragon Balls. Minister Master Shen and Taopaipai claim that they'll use the wish from Shenlong to locate Ran Ran, but are actually planning, with Tenshinhan's help, to kill Chaozu and take over the country. Blue announces that Ran Ran is being held in Master Shen's room, and is killed by Taopaipai for it. Bora and Upa have located the final Dragon Ball and they take it to Mifan to use it to demand that Mifan's soldiers be forced to leave the land near Karin Tower.
Bora is tricked into entering the Budōkai (the winner of the Budōkai will be granted one wish by Chaozu), and is then killed by Taopaipai. Bulma, Oolong, Lunch and Pu'er are looking for the other six Dragon Balls, so Bulma can wish for a boyfriend. However, when the DBs are located, they are accidentally dropped to the bottom of the moat surrounding Chaozu castle. Tenshinhan realizes that he likes Chaozu too much, and doesn't kill his friend; instead, he blows away Master Shen. The story of Blue and Gokū entering Penguin village is included, but this time it is Taopaipai and Gokū that meet Arale-chan, and Gokū kills Taopaipai with Arale's help.
Goku throws the final ball into the moat and asks Shen Long to resurrect Bora.
While the movie is clearly not canon (as it is a retelling of events from the anime/manga), FUNimation treated it as canon when they dubbed the Z series. This is evident in that they refer to Chaozu as an emperor and Tao as a general.
 Current release
- Arale Norimaki
- Crane Hermit
- Emperor Chaozu
- Lieutenant Blue
- Son Goku
- Tao Pai Pai
 Cast list
OP (Opening theme)
- "Makafushigi Adventure!" (魔訶不思議 アドベンチャー!, Makafushigi Adobenchā!)
ED (Ending theme)
- "Dragon Ball Densetsu" (ドラゴン ボール 伝説, Doragon Bōru Densetsu)