Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Japanese box art
Directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Produced by Keizo Shichijo
Chiaki Imada (Executive Producer)
Written by Yoshifumi Yuki (screenplay)
Akira Toriyama (story)
Starring Masako Nozawa (Son Gokū)
Mami Koyama (Lunch/Arale)
Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma)
Toru Furuya (Yamcha)
Kouhei Miyauchi (Kamesennin)
Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn)
Naoki Tatsuta (Oolong)
Naoko Watanabe (Puar)
Hirotaka Suzuoki (Tenshinhan)
Hiroko Emori (Chiaotzu)
Ichirō Nagai (Karin / Tsurusennin)
Chikao Ōtsuka (Tao Pai Pai)
Daisuke Gōri (Umigame)
Toshio Furukawa (General Blue)
Shin Aomori (Metallic)
Mitsuko Horie (Upa)
Banjō Ginga (Bora)
Shigeru Chiba (Pilaf)
Tesshō Genda (Shuu)
Eiko Yamada (Mai)
Seiko Nakano (Gatchan)
Kenji Utsumi (Shenron)
Joji Yanami (Narration)
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 9, 1988
Running time 46 minutes
Language Japanese; English

Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, known in Japan as Dragon Ball: Makafushigi Dai-Bōken (ドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険, Doragon Bōru: Makafushigi Dai-Bōken; lit. "Dragon Ball: Mystical Great Adventure"), is the third Dragon Ball movie. Originally released in Japan on July 9, 1988, between episodes 119 and 120. Unlike the first two retellings, it features most of the voice cast of the anime with the exception of Stephanie Nadolny (Goku).


Another retelling of the Dragon Ball story. This time, young Goku and young Krillin are training 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." The minister, Master Shen, has Pilaf and his gang work on a Global Dragon Radar, takes it from him, and is using it to locate the Dragon Balls. Minister Master Shen and General Tao claim that they will use the wish from Shenron to locate Ran Ran, but are actually planning, with Tien Shinhan's help, to kill Chiaotzu and take over the country. Blue announces that Ran Ran is being held in Master Shen's room, and is killed by General 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.

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Goku attacks Tao after Bora's death

Bora is tricked into entering the tournament (the winner of the tournament will be granted one wish by Chiaotzu), and is then killed by General Tao. The story of Blue and Goku entering Penguin Village is included, but this time it is General Tao and Goku that meet Arale Norimaki, and Goku kills General Tao with Arale's help.

Bulma, Oolong, Launch and Puar are looking for the other six Dragon Balls, so Bulma can make a wish. However, when the Dragon Balls are located in the palace, they are ambushed by Shen and his guards. Bulma barely makes it out out with Yamcha's help and they jump into the moat surrounding Chiaotzu's castle, but accidentally drop their Dragon Balls into a deep fissure.


Bora is resurrected by the Dragon Balls

Tien Shinhan realizes that he likes Chiaotzu too much, and does not kill his friend; instead, he blows away Master Shen. Goku throws the final ball into the moat, and asks Shenron to resurrect Bora who is reunited with his son.

Current ReleaseEdit

FUNimation had released this on DVD in North America, Australia and New Zealand on March 17, 2004 with the English dub and optional Japanese audio.

Cast listEdit

Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English 1989) Voice Actor (English 2000)
Goku Masako Nozawa Barbara Goodson Ceyli Delgadillo
Arale Norimaki Mami Koyama Unknown Meredith McCoy
Launch Edie Mirman
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Kerrigan Mahan Christopher Sabat
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Wendee Lee Tiffany Vollmer
Master Roshi Kouhei Miyauchi Gregory Snegoff Mike McFarland
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Wanda Nowicki Laurie Steele
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Dave Mallow Brad Jackson
Puar Naoko Watanabe Cheryl Chase Monika Antonelli
Tien Shinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki Eddie Frierson John Burgmeier
Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Rebecca Forstadt Monika Antonelli
Turtle Daisuke Gōri Unknown Christopher Sabat
Master Shen Ichirō Nagai Chuck Huber
Korin Mark Britten
Mercenary Tao Chikao Ōtsuka Michael McConnohie Kent Williams
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Mike Reynolds Christopher Sabat
General Blue Toshio Furukawa Unknown Sonny Strait
Major Metallitron Shin Aomori Chris Rager
Upa Mitsuko Horie Kara Edwards
Bora Banjō Ginga Dameon Clarke
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba N/A Mike McFarland
Shu Tesshō Genda Justin Cook
Mai Eiko Yamada Cynthia Cranz
Gatchan Seiko Nakano Unknown Mike McFarland
Narration Joji Yanami Michael McConnohie Christopher Sabat


Opening Theme
"魔訶不思議アドベンチャー!" / "Makafushigi Adobenchā!" / "Mystical Adventure!"
Lyrics: Yuriko Mori
Music: Takeshi Ike
Arrangement: Kōhei Tanaka
Performance: Hiroki Takahashi
Song Lyrics
Ending Theme
"ドラゴンボール伝説" / "Doragonbôru Densetsu" / "The Dragon Ball Legend"
Lyrics: Onikado Izumi
Music: Takeshi Ike
Arrangement: Seiichi Kyōda
Performance: Hiroki Takahashi
Song Lyrics


  • While the movie seems to be a retelling of events from the anime/manga, FUNimation Entertainment refer to Chiaotzu as an emperor (episode "Goku's Alive!!") and Tao as a general (episode "Double Trouble for Goku"), positions they apparently hold only in this movie; but since little is known about Chiaotzu's past, it is possible he was an emperor in the main series as well.
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