How to watch Dragon Ball in order: A complete guide

How to watch Dragon Ball in order A complete guide

The legacy of Dragon Ball is truly one of a kind, its influence within the anime industry and among fans is unparalleled. Akira Toriyama created a world so vast and influential that every anime enthusiast must experience it once in some way or another. While most fans have been exposed to Dragon Ball since childhood, newer fans are bound to stumble upon the question “How to watch Dragon Ball in order?”. 

The universe of Dragon Ball is extremely spread out through different mediums. Besides the anime and the manga, there are sequels, spin-offs, specials, and several movies. So here’s a complete guide to the Dragon Ball watch order along with the movies and specials. 

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Here’s how to watch Dragon Ball in order

Goku defending himself against a kick with his hand
Goku as seen in the Dragon Ball Daima teaser

To watch Dragon Ball in the right order, here’s the best way to go about it: 

  • Dragon Ball 
  • Dragon Ball Z or Dragon Ball Z Kai: Either Z or Kai can be watched after Dragon Ball, as both of them are interchangeable. 
  • Dragon Ball Super 
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly 
  • Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero 

Although not canon, Dragon Ball GT can be watched after Dragon Ball Z or at the end after Dragon Ball Super

An introduction to the Dragon Ball Universe

Goku wearing orange with pink sky in the background in Dragon Ball z movie
Goku in Dragon Ball Z movie | Image Courtesy via IMDb

The canon content and story of Dragon Ball gets mostly covered in the anime. Here’s a brief introduction to the different parts of the anime series: 

  • Dragon Ball is the anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s manga. Dragon Ball adapts the manga upto chapter 194, the Picolo Jr. Saga.
  • Dragon Ball Z is the direct sequel to Dragon Ball. It adapts the manga up until the end. 
  • Dragon Ball GT is an anime original sequel to Dragon Ball Z. It’s written by Aya Matsui and Atsushi Maekawa. The story of GT isn’t canon to the main storyline and can be skipped. Although die hard fans make it a point to watch GT for extra content. 
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai is a remastered version of Dragon Ball Z. Kai has better quality with less filler content. Dragon Ball Z Kai can be watched in the place of Dragon Ball Z. 
  • Dragon Ball Super is the anime adaptation of the manga with the same title. While Akira Toriyama was still involved with the story in the manga, Toyotarou is the illustrator. 

Dragon Ball Complete Watch Order along with the Movies and Specials

Gohan standing in his Super Saiyan form in Dragon Ball Super anime
Gohan in Dragon Ball Super anime | Image Courtesy of Toei Animation

There are several movies, specials and even short films; most of which are filler. While they can be skipped, watching everything can give a more fulfilling experience and a magnified exposure to the universe. If you’re planning to watch the movies and the specials, here’s how they fit with the anime: 

  • Dragon Ball 
  • Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies 
  • Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle 
  • Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure 
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
  • Dragon Ball Z anime or Dragon Ball Z Kai 
  • Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
  • Bardock- The Father of Goku (Special)
Goku's father Bardock stands wounded with torn clothes and scars
Bardock| Image Courtesy via IMDb
  • Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
  • Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge
  • The History of Trunks (Special)
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly
  • Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
  • Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
  • Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return (Short Film)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
  • Dragon Ball Super 
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly 
  • Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero 
  • Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
  • Dragon Ball GT
  • A Hero’s Legacy (Special)
  • Episode of Bardock (Short Film)



With that, you’re now well equipped to watch Dragon Ball in the correct order. So grab some popcorns, dim the lights and become a part of the never-ending ‘can he beat Goku’ debate! Or maybe take your time exploring the vibrant world of Dragon ball, we’ll be right here at Spiel Anime waiting for you to gush over Dragon Ball together. 

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