Parents' Guide to

Dragon Ball

By Rachael Ward, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Prequel is violent, too, but with more humor.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 14+

Unhealthy messages about female sexuality

I just can't get past that Bulma is basically selling the viewing of her body in return for favors. Master Roshi is a gross old pervert who would go to prison these days and we have worked so hard to teach our kids that their privates are private and here we see a young girl offering to show herself to get what she wants. It's a bad message for our young boys and Bulma has no self respect.

This title has:

Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.
age 10+


amazing show made in 1986, the show has a few perverts and cussing but who cares! this show is awesome!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (55):

Although DRAGON BALL never got a big reputation like its sequel series Dragon Ball Z, it is a fun little tale of Goku's many adventures as he grows into an adult. Since the secondary focus of the show is on martial arts, there are plenty of episodes where characters will fight hand to hand and include some fantasy elements such as energy blasts or flying in the air. However unlike Dragon Ball Z (which takes this kind of fighting to the extreme), Dragon Ball focuses more on choreography and a bit of the spiritual side of the martial arts discipline.

The plot of the story itself is focused around Goku's growth as a person after facing new challenges and making new friends. Simple enough for a younger child to follow, Dragon Ball also throws in a good plot twist every now and again. The emphasis on humor also gives the show a more lighthearted atmosphere though, depending on the villain, the show has its fair share of serious moments. The sexual humor can get a bit over the top at times and the shift between comedy and drama can get a bit jarring for people who are not expecting it.

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