Some anime have reached monumental success Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama’s work continues to inspire many people around the world. Toriyama tells the story of Goku, one of the last remaining Saiyans from Planet Vegeta who crash-landed on Earth. Over the years, he goes on to fight many enemies, constantly increasing his power level whenever he defeats someone.
Due to its success, Toei Animation decided to expand the Dragon Ball universe by releasing movies. So far, the studio has made more than 20 Dragon Ball movies that tell many new stories about the Z fighters. However, the development and nature of these films call their canonical status into question.
For most of the films, Akira Toryama had no involvement with the production. This allowed Toei Animation to create their own original stories with Dragon Ball characters, regardless of the original continuity. Therefore, the timeline placement of the Dragon Ball movies can be somewhat confusing, or they just don’t fit.
If you want to watch relevant movies, here is the complete list of canon and non-canon Dragon Ball movies.
Dragon Ball Canon Movies
– Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013)
– Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015)
– Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
– Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroes (2022)
Dragon Ball Non-Canon Movies
– Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986)
– Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle (1987)
– Dragon Ball: Mysterious Adventure (1988)
– Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (1989)
– Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (1990)
– Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1990)
– Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (1991)
– Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (1991)
– Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (1992)
– Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! (1992)
– Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)
– Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (1993)
– Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming (1994)
– Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broley (1994)
– Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995)
– Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995)
– Dragon Ball: Path to Power (1996)
Only a few Dragon Ball movies are canon to the original story. The first official canon movie where Akira Toriyama was directly involved in development was Battle of Gods. It was finally followed by a sequel in 2015 titled Revival ‘F’. Eventually, the two movies were adapted into a story arc in Dragon Ball Super. After the Tournament of Power in Dragon Ball Super, the story continues in Broly and the superhero movies.
Aside from those movies, others are considered non-canon. However, people argue that some movies can easily fit into the original timeline. For example, the Dead Zone movie takes place between the end of Dragon Ball and the beginning of Dragon Ball Z. Meanwhile, Cooler’s Revenge could take place between the return of Goku and the arrival of the Androids. And finally, Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan can happen while waiting for the cell games to start, while Bojack Unbound happens after the cell games. Although these movies do not contradict any of the events, they are not canon because they have no bearing on the overall story.
The Dragon Ball movies may be mostly non-canon, but they’re fun to watch. With Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero releasing in theaters, now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the world of Dragon Ball. If you want more Dragon Ball content, watching the movies is a great way to satisfy those cravings.
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