Complete Dragon Ball Timeline

by james-esw | created - 10 May 2015 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Every Dragon Ball Series, Theatrical film, TV special, Festival short and OVA in original Japanese release order (please sort by List Order).

Noted down is the chronology where each movie takes place in the timeline, to make it easier to watch everything in the right order.

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1. Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru (1986–1989)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Hiromi Tsuru, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 38,703

The Original series.

2. Dragon Ball - Doragon bôru: Shenron no densetsu (1986)

50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Guko and his friends must stop King Gurumes from destroying the city for blood rubies and gathering the seven Dragon Balls.

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Naoki Tatsuta, Naoko Watanabe

Votes: 1,697

NON CANON; a completely different story, where the same characters have different roles fighting a new villain.

3. Dragon Ball - Doragon bôru: Majinjô no nemuri hime (1987)

45 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku and Krillin want to be trained in the martial arts by the great Master Roshi. The only way he will agree to train them is if they go to Devil's Castle to find the Sleeping Princess, who is being held prisoner by Count Lucifer, and bring her back to his island.

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Tôru Furuya, Mami Koyama, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 1,404

NON CANON; A direct sequel to Curse of the Blood Rubies.

4. Doragon bôru: Makafushigi dai bôken (1988)

48 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Emperor Chiaotzu's wife has gone missing, and he is told by Master Shen that if he collects the seven dragon balls he can call upon the eternal dragon and wish for her return. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhisa Takenouchi | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Mami Koyama, Tôru Furuya, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 1,242

NON CANON; A direct sequel to Sleeping Princes in Devil's Castle.

5. Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto (1989–1996)

6 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Kyle Hebert, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 55,298

A continuation of Dragon Ball (1986 TV Series)

6. Dragon Ball Z: In Pursuit of Garlic (1989)

6 | 41 min | Animation, Short, Action

In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue ... See full summary »

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 5,139

Takes place before the beginning of Dragon Ball Z.

7. Dragon Ball Z: The Strongest Guy in the World (1990)

59 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Z-Fighters must stop a mad scientist out to take over the world.

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 4,816

Takes place between the Saiyan and Frieza Sagas

8. Dragon Ball Z: Super Battle in the World (1990)

60 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group of aliens visit Earth to plant the Tree of Might, a plant that grants cosmic power by draining the Earth's life force.

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Tôru Furuya, Hirotaka Suzuoki

Votes: 5,741

Takes place between the Saiyan and Frieza Sagas

9. Dragon Ball Z: The Father of Goku (1990 TV Movie)

48 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

The tale of Bardock, the father of Goku, and his rebellion against his master the mighty Frieza.

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Yûko Mita, Takeshi Watabe

Votes: 3,959 | Gross: $0.54M

This prequel takes place before the original Dragon Ball, but mentions characters from the Frieza saga, so should be watched after that.

10. Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiyan, Goku (1991)

MG6 | 50 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

A Super Namekian named Slug comes to invade Earth.

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 4,185

While unclear, as it was produced after the Frieza saga, it seems to take place between the Saiyan and Frieza Sagas as Goku yet doesn't have the ability to become a Super Saiyan.

11. Dragon Ball Z: Super Rivals (1991)

47 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

After destroying Frieza on Namek, Goku returns to a peaceful life on Earth. When informed his brother has been killed by a Saiyan, Cooler is hell bent on killing Goku, and making him pay ... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Naoki Tatsuta

Votes: 5,043

Takes place between the Frieza and Cell Sagas.

12. Dragon Ball Z: Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors (1992)

45 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Cooler has resurrected himself as a robot and is enslaving the people of New Namek. Goku and the gang must help.

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 5,474

Takes place directly after Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge.

13. Dragon Ball Z: Super Battle of the Three Super Saiyans (1992)

46 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The death of Dr. Gero at the hands of Androids 17 and 18 prompts the activation of Androids 13, 14, and 15. They try to kill Goku, who fights them with the help of Trunks, Piccolo, Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan.

Director: Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Takeshi Kusao

Votes: 5,113

Takes place between the Androids and Imperfect Cell Sagas.

14. Doragon bôru Z: Kyokugen batoru!! San dai sûpâ saiya-jin supesharu (1992 TV Special)

45 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

This is a TV special that takes place directly after Dragon Ball Z movie 7. In it, Goku and Gohan discuss Dragon Ball movies 1-3 and Dragon Ball Z movies 1-7.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Hisao Egawa, Daisuke Gôri, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 67

Takes place after the events of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13.

15. Dragon Ball Z: Gohan and Trunks (1993 TV Movie)

47 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a dark future where the Androids have taken over Earth, Gohan and his student Trunks are the last defense against these deadly killing machines.

Directors: Yoshihiro Ueda, Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromi Tsuru, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 4,050

Takes place in the alternate future where the Androids rule the world, before Trunks decides to go back to the past. Can be seen as early as between the Trunks and Androids saga.

16. Dragon Ball Z: The Burning Battles (1993)

72 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Vegeta is lured to the planet New Vegeta by a group of Saiyan survivors in hopes that he will be the king of their new planet. But when he finds that they have ulterior motives of universal... See full summary »

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi | Stars: Bin Shimada, Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Iemasa Kayumi

Votes: 7,971

Takes place at the beginning of the Cell Games Saga.

17. Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (1993 Video)

59 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dr. Raichi, a survivor of the Tuffle race that was eliminated from Planet Vegeta by the Saiyans, is trying to take revenge on the surviving Saiyans by killing them and Earth's population. ... See full summary »

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi | Stars: Hisao Egawa, Toshio Furukawa, Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao

Votes: 872

Takes place directly after the events of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.

18. Dragon Ball Z: Super Guy in the Galaxy (1993)

6 | 50 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Bojack is a demon who was freed from prison when King Kai's planet was destroyed. Now, without his father Goku by his side, can Gohan save the Earth?

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Takeshi Kusao

Votes: 4,260

Takes place between the Cell and Buu Sagas.

19. Zenbu misemasu toshiwasure Doragon bôru Z (1993 TV Special)

Animation, Action, Comedy

This is a rare TV special where Goku and his sons take a look back at Dragon Ball Z in 1993. They also talk about the battle they had with Cell.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Naoko Watanabe, Hikaru Midorikawa, Norio Wakamoto

Votes: 17

Set between the Great Saiyaman and World Tournament sagas.

20. Doragon bôru Z: Kiken na Futari! Sûpâ senshi wa Nemurenai (1994)

48 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After seven years went by, Gohan grows up during the time around Goten's birth. Goku died and when Goten cries, Broly regains life and the Z warriors must stop him again.

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Takeshi Kusao, Yûko Minaguchi

Votes: 3,630

Takes place after the Great Saiyaman Saga and before the World Tournament Saga.

21. Doragon bôru Z: Sûpâ senshi gekiha! Katsu no wa ore da (1994)

47 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Mr. Satan is challenged to a fight by an old rival, and he is taken to an island where the fight is to be held. Accompanying him are Android 18, who is making sure he doesn't skip town ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Kusao, Daisuke Gôri, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 3,522

It is a direct sequel to the previous movie, Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming .

22. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no Fusion!! Gokuu to Vegeta (1995)

PG | 51 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The universe is thrown into dimensional chaos as the dead come back to life. Now Goku and Vegeta must track down the cause of this uproar.

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao, Daisuke Gôri

Votes: 7,969

Events occur after the defeat of Buu, between the Kid Buu and Peaceful World sagas.

23. Doragon bôru Z: Ryûken bakuhatsu!! Gokû ga yaraneba dare ga yaru (1995)

52 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A mysterious being named Hoy arrives on Earth and asks the Z Warriors to use the dragon balls to help him release Tapion. Tapion, an ancient warrior imprisoned in a music box, and Hoy needs... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Takeshi Kusao, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 6,463

Events occur after the defeat of Buu, between the Kid Buu and Peaceful World sagas.

24. Doragon bôru: Saikyô e no michi (1996)

80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A great retelling of the original Dragonball series, It starts off With Son Goku, meeting Bulma, and then they go off on a Journey to Find the Seven Dragonballs, while running into a lot of... See full summary »

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Naoki Tatsuta, Naoko Watanabe

Votes: 1,414

NON CANON; A re-telling of the original Dragon Ball anime series.

25. Dragon Ball GT: Doragon bôru jîtî (1996–1997)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After Goku is made a kid again by the Black Star Dragon Balls, he goes on a journey to get back to his old self.

Stars: Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler, Masako Nozawa, Yûko Minaguchi

Votes: 20,389

NON CANON; continuation to Dragon Ball Z (1989 TV Series)

26. Doragon bôru GT: Gokû gaiden! Yûki no akashi wa sû-shin-chû (1997 TV Movie)

46 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Goku Jr. is the great-great-grandson of the legendary warrior Goku, but unlike his predecessor he's not a brave fighter. He's constantly picked on by school bullies--his grandmother Pan ... See full summary »

Director: Osamu Kasai | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Tôru Furuya, Miki Itô, Kazuyuki Sogabe

Votes: 1,439

NON CANON; A continuation to Dragon Ball GT (1996 TV Series)

27. Doragon bôru: Ossu! Kaette kita Son Gokû to nakama-tachi!! (2008)

35 min | Animation, Short, Action

Goku and his family and friends encounter Vegeta's brother, and a threat from Vegeta's past shows up and causes trouble.

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Tôru Furuya, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 1,419

Takes place after the defeat of Buu, between the end of Dragon Ball Z and the beginning of Dragon Ball Super.

28. Dragon Ball Kai: Doragon bôru kai (2009–2015)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In February of 2009, Toei Animation announced that as an honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z, they will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named Dragon Ball Kai. This new anime ... See full summary »

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Richard Ian Cox, Scott McNeil

Votes: 17,843

A remake of Dragon Ball Z (1989 TV Series)

29. Doragon bôru: Sûpâ saiyajin zetsumetsu keikaku (2010 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Action

Dr. Lychee may be the last of the Tuffle people, a race that was completely wiped some time ago by the Saiyans. He now plans to take revenge on the remaining Saiyans, Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Kenji Akabane, Takahiro Fujimoto, Toshio Furukawa, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 497

A remake of Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (1993 Video)

30. Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (2011 Video)

20 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The continuing adventures of Goku's father Bardock, who traveled through time and met new friends and enemies.

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda | Stars: Masashi Ebara, Keiji Hirai, Sayaka Hirao, Kazuyuki Ishikawa

Votes: 997

A direct sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (1990 TV Movie)

31. Dream 9 (2013 TV Movie)

43 min | Animation

The heroes Son Goku, Monkey D Luffy and Toriko and their friends team up for the first time ever!

Directors: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Akifumi Zako | Stars: Chô, Toshio Furukawa, Hiroaki Hirata, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 141

NON CANON; A crossover between Dragon Ball, One Piece and Toriko

32. Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru Z - Kami to Kami (2013)

85 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The Z-Fighters must contend with Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction, but only a God can fight a God, and none of them are Gods. However with the creation of the Super Saiyan God, will the Z-Fighters be able to defeat Lord Beerus?

Director: Masahiro Hosoda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Ryô Horikawa, Masaharu Satô

Votes: 22,875 | Gross: $2.55M

NON CANON; Takes place after Dragon Ball: Hey! Son Goku and Friends Return!! (2008 Short Film), and the same story is re-told in the first saga of Dragon Ball Super, Battle of Gods Saga (episodes 1-14)

33. Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru Z - Fukkatsu no 'F' (2015)

93 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.

Director: Tadayoshi Yamamuro | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Satô

Votes: 16,728 | Gross: $8.01M

NON CANON; A sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The events are retold in the second saga of Dragon Ball Super, Resurrection ‘F’ Saga (episodes 15-27)

34. Dragon Ball Super: Doragon bôru cho (2015–2018)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6 months after the defeat of Majin Buu, The mighty Saiyan Son Goku continues his quest on becoming stronger.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Naoki Tatsuta, Ryô Horikawa, Masakazu Morita

Votes: 16,033

A Continuation of Dragon Ball Z (1989 TV Series)

35. Doragon bôru chô: Burorî - Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)

100 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy | Filming

Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they've faced before.

Director: Tatsuya Nagamine | Stars: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Vic Mignogna, Chris Ayres

Continuation of Dragon Ball Super (2015 TV Series)

36. Super Dragon Ball Heroes (2018– )

10 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Z-Fighters set out to rescue Trunks from a prison planet.

Stars: Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao, Ryûsei Nakao, Masako Nozawa

Votes: 509

Continuation of Dragon Ball Super (2015 TV Series); a crossover between Dragon Ball Super and the arcade video-game Dragon Ball Heroes.



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