Dragon Ball Sagas Ranked

With the conclusion of Dragon Ball Super this week, I’m feeling all sad, so I decided to rank all the sagas from all of the series, including GT. Dragon Ball has been one of my favorite things in life since the mid 90’s, so it is exciting to write this out and actual figure out my favorite stories and what not.

Note that I love the show primarily for the action, the flashy fights and power ups, and humor. I will not be ranking them by story, for in this show, it’s not all that important, and some are far more fleshed out than others, so it’s hard to compare long stories against short ones.

I will be grouping some of the sagas together to keep the list shorter and make it a bit easier. They will be listed from worst to best.

#20

Emperor Pilaf Saga (Dragon Ball)

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The saga that started it all is understandably the worst. It introduces many of the main characters and is a very typical anime, with tons of little boy wiener and pervy jokes, rather than the intense action that the series is known for. Goku pretty much beats everything in one hit. Not that great, but pretty short.

#19

Black Star Dragon Ball Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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This one seems to take influence from the Pilaf saga. Both focus on going around on different adventures each episode, looking for dragon balls. It’s got better action, but barely. And there’s Pan. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t involved. This and the Pilaf saga are the only two on this list that I can say I don’t like. Though the end of the saga picks up a lot.

#18

First World Tournament (Dragon Ball)

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This saga really steps up from the first one. We meet Goku’s best friend and rival for the first time, and watch as they train for the martial arts tournament and rise up the ranks.

#17

Red Ribbon Saga (Dragon Ball)

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Goku is again in search of the Dragon Balls, but this time he takes on an entire army. There are some cool villains and it is fun enough to watch, though it gets a bit dull at times. Very good overall though.

#16

Baby Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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This is a neat story that brings up the Saiyan race’s past and how that comes to haunt the survivors. Baby is a cool, unique opponent who gives the Z fighters a run for their money.

#15

Second World Tournament (Dragon Ball)

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This is where I really start to love the sagas. The first fight between Yamcha and Tien set the bar for the action that we will see from every saga made after this one. It is a great saga, with lots of intense fights. Really good stuff.

#14

Garlic Jr. Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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For this being filler, it is quite phenomenal. For once, the center of attention is in the hands of someone other than Goku. The fights are great and the stakes are high. Very good saga.

#13

Golden Frieza Saga (Dragon Ball Super)

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I was a bit disappointed with this one, for the movie, Ressurection F, I found better. I wasn’t thrilled with the use of Frieza as an enemy again, but it is a blast to watch nonetheless. And I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if I didn’t see the movie first, for nothing was surprising in this saga because of it. Though to be fair, the movie is  my favorite DB movie ever made.

#12

Super 17 Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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This was an interesting villain to use and provided us with some good action and use of characters other than Goku (sort of). This saga really stepped up the GT series in my eyes.

#11

Battle Of Gods Saga (Dragon Ball Super)

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This as well is dampened by releasing a movie first, though this time, the series is better than the movie. This introduces some truly great characters that stick with the entire series, not to mention shows us a whole new scale of how big the world(s) are and how pitiful Goku, with all his might, really is.

#10

Majunior Saga (Dragon Ball)

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This shows Goku as an adult beating down the off spring of an old enemy. Both Goku and Majunior rise to the finals in an awesome World Tournament, and give us the best fight in the Dragon Ball series.

#9

King Piccolo Saga (Dragon Ball)

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This is the first truly menacing villain we see in the entire franchise, and it is awesome to watch. Finally we see Goku get beaten easily (well, for the second time, actually), making us wonder how anyone will ever stop Piccolo from taking over the world. A great saga.

#8

Saiyan Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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The first saga of the new DBZ series really takes it a step beyond Dragon Ball. Impossibly strong villains show us that Goku and friends have a lot of catching up to do. We at long last learn the truth about Goku’s past as well. We are also introduced to his son for the first time.

#7

Universe 6 Tournament (Dragon Ball Super)

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This is a lot of fun. This is the first saga that Super gives us that wasn’t a movie, and it’s just awesome. A bunch of new characters are introduced, with amazing powers. The Saiyans also face off against their most dangerous (and coolest) villain to date. Lots of good fights within this tournament. Awesome stuff.

#6

Namek Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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This one is really long and drawn out and the famous clash between Goku and Frieza isn’t all that great. But soooooooo much stuff happens in between the first landing on Namek to it’s demise that helped push this up the list. Many great fights, power ups and revelations happen that make this one really cool to watch.

#5

Shadow Dragon Saga (Dragon Ball GT)

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The last and best saga in GT and the last saga fans would get for over a decade. It is really a great saga, with a lot of cool enemies, the return of old ones and the fiercest enemy to ever grace the series up to that point and still after Super, is quite formidable. And he’s cool. This saga has some new surprises in it that make it really fun to watch.

 

#4

Majin Buu Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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This saga gives us a ton more characters, lots of new surprises, an invincible enemy and just so much more cool stuff. It is a lot of fun to watch, though it drags on like the Namek Saga.

#3

Cell Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

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I am including everything with Future Trunks and the androids in this saga as well. This has some of the best action, some amazing transformations, a great suspenseful story, and the use of mostly every character in the DB universe. It is really awesome. And the Goku vs. Cell fight is my favorite one in the whole DBZ series.

#2

Goku Black Saga (Dragon Ball Super)

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This has an interesting, dangerous enemy, with a deeper story than the DB franchise has seen so far. There is a lot of twists and turns that make way for some of the best fights that have been in the franchise so far. The last fights are very different from what we come to expect, which was a cool surprise.

#1

Tournament of Power (Dragon Ball Super)

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This is what the series is all about. Just awesome action with tons of characters, one episode after another. So many surprises happen during the 48 minutes of fighting, and the fights far surpass anything seen in the franchise. The conclusion is really good. The Goku vs Jiren fight is the best in the franchise, and tops off the end well. Speaking of the ending, it it just fantastic and ends the series on a happy, positive note, much more so than DBZ did, in my opinion.

 

Well there you have it.

Dragon Ball is something I have watched almost my entire life, and I expect to continue rewatching them for the rest of my life. I love all 4 series. They have brought me so much joy. I just hope they come out with more series’. Super showed that they can still make an amazing show and I want to see more.

Though for the past 3 years or so, I have been looking forward to watching the new DBS episode every week, but now that is gone and I will not be able to handle it for a while…sniff… It’s very sad. At least I have the dubbed versions to look forward too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hate for Dragon Ball Super Is Laughable…Nostalgia To Blame?

This is really a continuation off of my last post…Nostalgia Prevents Progression.

I originally was going to make this a quick example, but found I had quite a bit to say about it…so here goes.

 Dragon Ball Super is amazing…to me anyway. It had a bit of a slow start, but has since picked up to be even better than Z.

But I see a lot more hate for the show than love, which is ridiculous. But nostalgia has struck again it seems.

The first thing I noticed about DBS is that it feels just like DBZ, as if the show never stopped. There are some minor differences of course, the way each series was different, but the core is still there- Goku beating the crap out of people. And actually a lot of the humor in the show is reminiscent of Dragon Ball.

But here is where I get a laugh about things. The biggest complaints about Z were inconsistent power levels, slow moving episodes with too much powering up, too much filler and much of the cast being left in the dust due to being unable to keep up with Goku and Vegeta.

In Super, the stories and fights are much more condensed, wrapping things up in a quarter of the time it took for Z. Instead of a villain being the main focus for 3 or more seasons, they keep it down to one. This hurts the story telling a bit, since there is less time to spread it out, but that doesn’t mean the stories are bad. The Black Saga had a great story and was well told.

So in other words, the show moves much faster and it feels like a lot more has happened in it, despite being like half as long as Z. And there are no lengthy power ups that I can recall. Though, really, there weren’t many in Z either if I’m being honest. It’s more building anticipation than anything.

People complain that there is too much talking during fights in Super. My response to this…Have you ever watched any of the other Dragon Ball series. This one is by far the least guilty, except for maybe Dragon Ball. Goku’s fight with Frieza stands out to me the most. I am pretty sure Bulma and King Kai have more air time during the fight than the two fighting.

 

Is this annoying? Usually, but from a production stand point, this is all understandable. It is a lot of time and effort to just make people fight for an entire episode and it could become rather dull and expensive, though it is hard to see how on the former. But most people don’t realize this. And the DB series usually take these moments to explain what’s going on, or else show the effects the battles are having elsewhere. So, to me, this isn’t really all that big of an issue.

Now for filler. Super does have filler, though not nearly as much as Z. And the filler is actually quite good, not to say that some of Z’s wasn’t, though most of it was awful and boring. In Super, the filler usually consists of quite a bit of action and/or comedy.

And really, filler is necessary, because it would be pretty dull to save the world from a villain one episode, and then be threatened by another the next. Super does a great job with the filler, it really does. So this is yet another improvement over Z.

Now on to the cast of characters dwindling relevance. Is this an issue in Super? Of course, but they have taken great strides to include a lot of the cast, even if it is just for a moment. We have gotten to see some of the old Z fighters participate in DBS for the first time since the early DBZ sagas, and it is more than welcome to me. This exclusion of characters is probably the most complained about thing from Z, and now that they actually made efforts to include them…guess what? People hate it, mainly because they complain about power scaling…another thing that was a huge issue in Z.

Yeah, in the Tournament of Power saga, there certainly is a ton of questionable means of powering up, but by now, this is nothing new and fans should be well beyond caring about that.

The power scaling went to crap way back on good old planet Namek. Like…seriously…none of that made sense, and it bothered me at first, but then I realized something very important…

WHO CARES?

The show would be extremely dull if there wasn’t power issues. It would eventually just come to one character killing someone else in one hit, next villain, same thing, next fight, same thing.

Like, I truly can’t wrap my head around how upset people get over this. Like, if everything in every movie and show made sense, they would all be boring and quite terrible for the most part. That is not why we watch shows. We watch them so reality floats away from us for a little bit, not so we can whine and criticize something every time it strays from reality and sense.

And finally, people complain about the show being too focused on Goku, and poorly written.

Seeing as Goku is the main character of the series and has been for like 30 years or whatever, how is anyone surprised by this? His personality is what drives the show. It is how he wins over the hearts of his enemies, and if they are evil enough, his personality drives him to improve constantly no matter the odds. That has been true since the first episode of Dragon Ball, and remains so today.

And the stories have never really been good, or really in depth I should say. It is a show about super powered beings pummeling each other. Someone threatens to destroy the world, and someone stops them. It has been done thousands of times in every show ever. What are they talking about, poor writing?

ITS AN ACTION SHOW!!! WATCH IT FOR THE ACTION!!

Which in my opinion…Super has the best in the series. People spend so much time trying to calculate power levels and judging the way they go about increasing them. What does it really matter, honestly? It is so cool to see these characters just fight it out, and the more transformations, the cooler it gets in my opinion. Dragon Ball is all about absurd transformations and always has been. It is what makes the show interesting.

But anyway, the whole point I am trying to make here is…

NOSTALGIA STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Dragon Ball Z is such a beloved show for anyone who grew up during the time it aired, that a new series continuing after it is nothing but an insult to it’s existence. Many of these people complaining about Super probably haven’t even seen Z in over 10 years and only have that nostalgic feeling…you know that happy, warm memory of their childhood self coming home from school and running to the TV to see what amazing adventure Goku and the others would take them on next, and a very vague memory of the actual show.

Yeah…I have those feelings…I love Z, but that doesn’t stop me from loving Super. They are essentially the same show. Nostalgia doesn’t make me blindly hate something for no reason. And I own every episode and movie of DB, DBZ and GT and watch them all at least every 3 years, so it’s not like I’m speaking from nostalgic memories.

But again, I feel like nostalgia is trying to prevent progress, in this case a series progressing forwards. And negative press will just likely prevent new things from coming out in the future, which is really a tragic shame.

But think what you will, nostalgically influenced or not. I for one am overjoyed that my favorite TV show has been revived into something new.

 

And really, why does it even have to be compared to other series it is related too? Who cares which is better? As long as you enjoy it. But those nostalgic feelings won’t allow any room for anything other than that one original, childhood memory. Even though the show took steps in remedying old fan complaints, it is nothing but trash, for it can never be able to take on the force that is nostalgia!

But okay, I feel like I am going on a rant or something. Nostalgia just really annoys me. I will end it here.