Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Japaneseドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険
HepburnDoragon Bōru Makafushigi dai-bōken
Directed byKazuhisa Takenouchi
Produced byKeizō Shichijō [ja]
Screenplay byYoshifumi Yuki [ja]
Based onDragon Ball and Dr. Slump
by Akira Toriyama
Starringsee below
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
CinematographyMotoaki Ikegami
Edited byShinichi Fukumitsu
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • July 9, 1988 (1988-07-09) (Japan)
Running time
46 minutes
Box office¥1.00 billion (US$7.8 million)

Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (ドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険, Doragon Bōru: Makafushigi Dai-Bōken, lit. "Dragon Ball: Great Mystical Adventure"), is a 1988 Japanese anime fantasy martial arts adventure film and the third alternate continuity Dragon Ball feature film, originally released in Japan on July 9 at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival as part of a quadruple feature along with Bikkuriman 2: The Secret of Muen Zone, Tatakae!! Ramenman, and Kamen Rider Black: Terrifying! The Phantom House of Devil Pass.

Unlike the previous two Dragon Ball films, Mystical Adventure does not introduce any original characters, but instead adapts characters from the Red Ribbon and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai story arcs from the manga into the film's original storyline.


Another retelling of the Dragon Ball story; this time, young Goku and young Krillin are training with Master Roshi for a World Martial Arts Tournament to be held in the country of Mifan. The Emperor of Mifan, Chiaotzu, is trying to find his lost "Ran Ran." "Minister" Master Shen has Emperor Pilaf work on a Dragon Radar, takes it from him, and is using it to locate the Dragon Balls. Shen and Tao claim that they'll use the wish from Shenron to locate Ran Ran, but are actually planning, with Tien's help, to kill Chiaotzu and take over the country. General Blue announces that Ran Ran is being held in Shen's room, and is killed by Tao 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 Korin Tower.

Bora is tricked into entering the Tournament (the winner of the Tournament will be granted one wish by Chiaotzu), and is then killed by Tao. Bulma, Oolong, Launch and Puar are looking for the other six Dragon Balls, so Bulma can wish for a boyfriend. However, when the Dragon Balls are located, they are accidentally dropped to the bottom of the moat surrounding Chiaotzu castle. Tien realizes that he likes Chiaotzu too much, and doesn't kill his friend; instead, he blows away Shen. Then he gives Chiaotzu back Ran Ran (actually a porcelain doll, not a real girl) telling him he had hidden her because of Shen and Taopaipai; the story of Blue and Goku entering Penguin village is included, but this time it is Tao and Goku that meet Arale and Goku kills Tao with Arale's help.

Goku throws the final ball into the moat, and summons Shenron, whom Upa asks to resurrect Bora.


Two more English versions – one released exclusively in Europe by AB Groupe, and another produced and released exclusively in Malaysia[1] – feature unknown casts.

Character (Alternate dub names) Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Harmony Gold, 1989)
English voice actor
(Funimation, 2000)
(Harmony Gold dub)
Masako Nozawa Betty Gustafson Ceyli Delgadillo
Arale Mami Koyama Arlene Banas Linda Chambers-Young
(Harmony Gold dub)
Tōru Furuya Ryan O'Flannigan Christopher R. Sabat
(Harmony Gold dub)
Hiromi Tsuru Wendee Swan Tiffany Vollmer
Kame-sen'nin (Turtle Hermit)
Master Roshi
(Harmony Gold and Funimation dubs)
Kōhei Miyauchi Clif Wells Mike McFarland
(Harmony Gold dub)
Krillin (Funimation dub)
Mayumi Tanaka Wanda Nowicki Laurie Steele
(Harmony Gold dub)
Launch (Funimation dub)
Mami Koyama Penny Sweet Meredith McCoy
Mao Mao
(Harmony Gold dub)
Naoki Tatsuta Colin Philips Bradford Jackson
(Harmony Gold dub)
Naoko Watanabe Carole Wilder Monika Antonelli
(Harmony Gold dub)
Tien Shinhan (Funimation dub)
Hirotaka Suzuoki Christy Mathewson John Burgmeier
Emperor Chaozu
(Funimation dub)
Hiroko Emori Reba West Monika Antonelli
Umigame (Turtle) Daisuke Gōri Dan Woren Christopher R. Sabat
Tsuru-sen'nin (Crane Hermit)
Lord Wu Zu
(Harmony Gold dub)
Master Shen (Funimation dub)
Ichirō Nagai Myron Mensah Chuck Huber
General Tao Pei
(Harmony Gold dub)
Mercenary Tao (Funimation dub)
Chikao Ōtsuka Jeffrey Platt Kent Williams
Dragon God
(Harmony Gold dub)
Shenron (Funimation dub)
Kenji Utsumi Steve Kramer Christopher R. Sabat
Announcer Kenji Utsumi Dan Woren Justin Cook
General Blue Toshio Furukawa Colin Philips Sonny Strait
Sergeant Metallic
Major Fist
(Harmony Gold dub)
Major Metallitron (Funimation dub)
Shin Aomori A. Gregory Chris Rager
(Harmony Gold dub)
Mitsuko Horie Arlene Banas Kara Edwards
(Harmony Gold dub)
Banjō Ginga Bob Papenbrook Dameon Clarke
Whiskers the Wonder Cat
(Harmony Gold dub)
Korin (Funimation dub)
Ichirō Nagai Ted Lehmann Mark Britten
Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Colin Philips Mike McFarland
Shu Tesshō Genda Colin Philips Unknown
Mai Eiko Yamada Melodee Spevack Cynthia Cranz
Gatchans Seiko Nakano Unknown Unknown
Dr. Slump Kenji Utsumi Unknown Unknown
Narrator Jōji Yanami Jeffrey Platt Christopher R. Sabat



Harmony Gold USA broadcast their dub of this film and Curse of the Blood Rubies as a double feature on WPSG Philly 57 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and on other channels and cable systems in a select few test markets, it was also likely to have been released on home video in the early 90s. It was not widely noticed and went under the radar, their dub changed the names of some of the characters and had parts of it censored, and the opening and ending sequence changed with; instead of the first Japanese sequence they used the second Japanese sequence, with the Japanese katakana removed from the Dragon Balls, the Japanese credits removed and replaced with the Harmony Gold credits, and they changed some of the dialog from the Japanese intro. The ending was changed from the Japanese ending to show a still picture of Goku flying away from Shenron (known as Dragon God in the Harmony Gold dub) taken from the intro, and using the intro theme song instead of the Japanese ending theme with the Harmony Gold credits; the script was more faithful to the Japanese script and all the background music was kept the same, unlike the Funimation and The Ocean Group dubs.

There was also another English dub released exclusively to Video CD in Malaysia by Speedy Video; this version is very obscure, although recently a clip from this dub has turned up on YouTube.[2]

Funimation acquired the rights to the film in 2000 and released it with a new dub to VHS and bilingual DVD that year.

Madman Entertainment released the film on DVD in Australia and New Zealand on March 17, 2004 with the 2000 English dub and optional Japanese audio. However, the introduction which began the narration of the Dragon Balls, a cameo sequence of Pilaf and his gang presenting a global dragon radar to Master Shen, and a different opening sequence to the movie featuring Goku and Krillin in training were cut. Instead, the opening sequence and scenes aforementioned were replaced with the TV opening sequence. Another sequence cut was the closing credits featuring a summoned Shenron who fulfilled Upa's wish to bring Bora back to life; the scene was replaced with the TV closing sequence.

Subsequent versions of the FUNimation dub had restored its introduction and its opening/ending sequence. Unlike the Japanese version however, the opening sequence had many scenes in freeze-frame, as a way to block out the original Japanese credits that were in the sequence; the closing credits was restored with English credits censoring half the screen, also as a way to block out the original Japanese credits scrolling from the right.

The movie was later available on DVD along with Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle and Path to Power as part of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Movie Box set released on December 6, 2005;[3] the box set was re-released as a thinpack on February 12, 2008.[4] This set has since been discontinued.

An alternative English dub produced with an unknown cast by AB Groupe in France was released in English speaking markets in Europe in the early 2000s.

The film was re-released to DVD in America on February 8, 2011 as a part of a Dragon Ball Movie 4-Pack remastered thinpack release from FUNimation along with the other Dragon Ball related movies;[5] this release restored all of the previously edited video footage of the film, however features no apparent English credits.


  1. ^ https://nyaa.si/view/1073029
  2. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  3. ^ "Dragon Ball Movie 2, 3, 4". 6 December 2005 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ "Dragon Ball Movie 3-pack". 12 February 2008 – via Amazon.
  5. ^ [1][permanent dead link]

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