Dragon Ball Saga Watch Order: One of the most popular shonen series, Dragon Ball, dates back to February 1986. Over the span of nearly forty years, the franchise has made a ton of loyal fans. The iconic anime is a creation of Akira Toriyama. And the show continues to run even now. So, as the series progresses, it reaches more audiences. Hence, new fans who aspire to begin the series for the first time are at the right place. Here, we count down the Dragon Ball Saga watch order.
Almost everyone has watched Dragon Ball in their childhood. The show started with Goku as the main lead. However, it later reveals more characters, and the series has led on with new protagonists on the latest seasons. It has several sequels, spin-offs such as Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super. Its most recent installment includes Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Without much further ado, let’s dig into how to watch all the sagas of the Dragon Ball franchise.
Dragon Ball Saga Watch Order: Goku Saga
Taking up 13 episodes of season one, The Saga of Goku is the beginning of the adventures. The characters and allies are introduced, with Goku meeting Bulma. Later, he joins her search for the seven mystical balls. The chapter has Emperor Pilaf and his two subjects, Shu and Mai as the main villain. They steal the balls from Goku and his companions and imprison them in a castle. However, our heroes find a way out of alive thanks to Goku turning into a beast. The Saga ends with Goku seeing off his friends to train for the quest of the Dragon Balls.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
Next up, Rid Ribbon Army Saga continues the story. It is subdivided into three parts: the Red Ribbon Army Saga, followed by the General Blue Saga, and the Commander Red Saga. The chapters showcase Goku’s journey to Grandpa Gohan’s four-star ball. However, he is not alone as Emperor Pilaf, and the Red Ribbon Army is also looking for them. After constantly excelling in his obstacles. Goku later fights off General White and wins. In the end, he is successful in getting the ball from Android 8 and set out to find more.
Right after the Tien Shinhan Saga that decides Goku’s victory in World Martial Arts Tournament comes King Piccolo Saga. As the name suggests, the King of Earth, Piccolo, declares martial war on Earth. He also legalizes crimes, whereas words like “peace” and “justice” are banned. Towards the end, Goku fights the ultimate Piccolo, which is one of the greatest fights of the series. Goku launches a punch at the King, which creates a hole in his chest, eventually killing him. In his dying moments, King Piccolo spits out an egg, Piccolo Jr., who aspires to avenge his father’s death.
Commencing with the new series, Dragon Ball Z, Saiyan Saga comes in first. It was divided into two parts, with Raditz Saga taking place first before the Vegeta Saga. The story focuses on Saiyan’s arrival, Raditz. Later, he fights with Goku and Piccolo. Later, the Vegeta Saga begins with almost the same plot. The arrival of two Saiyans (humanoid aliens), Nappa and Vegeta. They are looking for the dragon balls to gain eternal life. This very Saga constitutes many major fights of the series.
Beginning from the 36th episode of Dragon Ball Z, Frieza Saga has an immense amount of crazy fights. With planet Namek at stake, Krillin and Gohan, and Dende wish for Piccolo to revive at his reasoning of bringing back the Earth’s Dragon Balls. With this, Frieza and Vegeta also enter the scene. The Saga features Frieza’s final form and the battle between him and Goku. Just when fans thought Goku was defeated, Frieza kills Krillin resulting in Goku transforming into Super Saiyan. The Saga is a must-watch and should not be skipped.
This one is a filler arc, and Dragon Ball is criticized a lot of times to edit many features out. According to the chronology, Cell Saga has three parts: Imperfect Cell Saga followed by Perfect Cell Saga and Cell Games Saga. The Saga involves Cell reaching his Perfect Form. By the end of it, a lot has happened, and Cell has announced the Cell Games. Future Trunks also shares a part in these games. Towards the end, Goku decides to go to Grand Kai’s Planet, for which the King agrees, and both walk on Snake Way.
Now comes the Fourth major arc of the DBZ. The Buu Saga is divided into six parts, namely the Great Saiyaman Saga, the World Tournament Saga, the Babidi Saga, the Majin Buu Saga, the Fusion Saga, and the Kid Buu Saga. This very arc introduces Majin Buu and his birth due to Wizard Babidi. Vegeta fights off Majin Buu, which kills both him and Gohan. The news was an emotional moment for the characters. However, they refuse to believe that they are dead. Later on, Goku turns into Super Saiyan 3 and performs the Fusion Dance with Piccolo.
Gods Of The Universe Saga
Following the Kid Buu Saga falls Gods of the Universe. This arc is depicted in two movies titled Dragon Ball Z Battle Of Gods and Dragon Ball Z Resurrection ‘F’, respectively. In the year 778, Goku fights off the God of Destruction, Beerus, for the sake of Earth. A year passes, and worse comes along. Frieza is brought back with the help of his subjects. Thus, he decides to battle it out with Goku once again. However, our heroes have surpassed to a form beyond the Super Saiyan God. The fight is one of the most iconic in the entire series.
Right after the battle with Frieza comes the Zeno Saga. It has four parts of it that focus on four different stories. Starting from Universe 6, then Copy-Vegeta and “Future Trunks,” and lastly Universe Survival. Once again, Goku is seen fighting one of the greatest battles. The arc also features Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue form. The fights in this era are beyond time and space. And a sensational fight with Goku Black and Goku is also seen.
Universe 7 Saga
Universe 7 has three parts under its name: the Broly Saga, Galactic Patrol Prisoner, and Granolah the Survivor. The Broly Saga is adapted into a trilogy of Dragon Ball Z films called Dragon Ball Z Broly Triple Threat. The film features our heroes up against the legendary Super Saiyan Broly. The Saga is one of the longest in the series. It highlights Goku’s fight with Granolah. Later, Vegeta also gets a chance to fight the survivor of the Cerealian race, ultimately defeating him.
With this, we conclude the Dragon Ball Saga Watch Order. The series has had a long run and is still ongoing. Thus, it is safe to say that the series has one of the most loyal fans in the anime industry. Dragon Ball features a lot of characters with significant stories of their own. Super Dragon Ball Heroes also has a movie under its way to reach the fans. The series keeps on gaining new fans as it continues to air.