Written by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball is the first series (and manga) in the Dragon Ball franchise. It is the first of many series, movies and video games over the last 30 years.
The series is based around the main protaganists finding these things called “Dragon Balls.” Once all 7 are found, they can be used to summon a powerful dragon which grants 1 wish. The series begins with the main character, a boy name Goku. Goku is an energetic boy who doesn’t know he is actually from another planet. He later finds out that he is a saiyan and not a human.
As Goku enters the scene, he quickly runs in to a young girl named Bulma. Bulma accompanies Goku on their mission to find the missing Dragon Balls. A long their way Goku and Bulma meet up with Master Roshi (a pervy old martial arts instructor with some serious skills), Yamcha, Krillin and Chi-Chi (Goku’s future wife).
Throughout the Dragon Ball series Goku and friends go on many journeys, fight enemies and have fun together. The ending of the series introduces Piccolo, the final villain Goku faces at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.