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Dragon Ball: The Great Mystical Adventure
Kanji ドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険
Rōmaji Doragon Bōru: Makafushigi Dai-Bōken
FUNimation Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Movie Info
Previous Movie 2
Next Movie 4
Japanese July 9, 1988
English February 27, 2001
Character debut(s)
None in this movie
Technique debut(s)
None in this movie
Tool debut(s)
None in this movie

Dragon Ball: The Great Mystical Adventure (ドラゴンボール 魔訶不思議大冒険, Doragon Bōru: Makafushigi Dai-Bōken), known as Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure in the English release, is the third overall Dragon Ball movie, originally released in Japan on July 9, 1988 at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival.


Another retelling of the Dragon Ball story. This time, young Gokū and young Kuririn are training with the Kame-Sennin for a Tenkaichi Budōkai to be held in the country of Mifan. The Emperor of Mifan, Chaoz, is trying to find his lost "Ran Ran." "Minister" Master Shen has Pilaf work on a Dragon Radar, takes it from him, and is using it to locate the Dragon Balls. Shen and his brother, Taopaipai claim that they'll use the wish from Shenron to locate Ran Ran, but are actually planning, with Tenshinhan's help, to kill Chaozu 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 Karin Tower.

Bora is tricked into entering the Tournament (the winner of the Tournament will be granted one wish by Chaozu), and is then killed by Tao. Bulma, Oolong, Lunch and Pu'ar 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 Chaozu castle. Tenshinhan realizes that he likes Chaozu too much, and doesn't kill his friend; instead, he blows away Shen. Then he gives Chaozu back Ran Ran (actually a porcelain doll, not a real girl) telling him he had hidden her because of Shen and Tao Pai Pai. The story of Blue and Gokū entering Penguin village is included, but this time it is Tao and Gokū that meet Arale and Gokū kills Tao with Arale's help.

Gokū throws the final ball into the moat, and asks Shenron to resurrect Bora.


See also: Music

Original Score[]

Like the first movie, the opening theme for the movie was Makafushigi Adventure! (魔訶不思議アドベンチャー!, Makafushigi Adobenchā; "Mystical Adventure!"), while the ending was Dragon Ball Legend (ドラゴンボール伝説, Doragon Bōru Densetsu). They ware both performed by Hiroki Takahashi.

FUNimation Soundtrack[]


The film holds a 7.2 on IMDb, based on 712 votes.[1] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 97% based on 368 votes, with an average rating of 3.7/5.[2] The film was an immense success, generating a total of ¥650 million at the box office.


  • This movie takes place in an alternate timeline of Dragon Ball original series.[3] during Gokū and Krillin's training under Muten Rōshi.
  • This movie is the final film of the Shōwa era of Japan's history; every major Dragon Ball film past this point would be aired during the Heisei era.



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