How to Watch Dragon Ball

First produced in Japan in the mid-’80s, the Dragon Ball saga spans five series, three of which had a corresponding manga comic book. If you’re new to the series, or just a big fan looking to reignite that Super Saiyan spark of wonder it instilled in you as a child, there are many ways to watch all five Dragon Ball series online.

The series we will be discussing are Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super. All five are available online, in the original Japanese and with English dubs. Some viewing options are paid subscription services and some are free (though less than legal).

Let’s take a look at how you can catch every power up, transformation and Kame Hame Ha of the Dragon Ball series online.

Watch Dragon Ball Z Online

There are four paid services that allow you to watch the five Dragon Ball series online with a subscription. Everything listed here is included in U.S. offerings. The services geoblock content, though, so in order to access some shows from countries outside the U.S., you need to use a virtual private network. Learn more in our geoblocking guide and our best VPN for streaming list.

Hulu streams Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT, but they are only available in the original Japanese with English subtitles. The service used to include limited seasons of Dragon Ball Z in English and Japanese, but has since removed the series from its list of options. Hulu Plus offers a live TV service in conjunction with its online streaming. With that feature, you can watch Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z Kai, which are still airing on Cartoon Network in the U.S.

Funimation is the company responsible for distributing all the Dragon Ball series in the U.S. At one time, it even carried the landmark Japanese anime Evangelion, but sadly it no longer does (if you’re looking for that, check out our guide on how to watch Evangelion). Funimation includes all five Dragon Ball series. It offers up to 10 episodes of each for free, but anything beyond that requires a paid subscription.

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If you’re outside the U.S., Funimation will only work if you use a VPN; on our attempt ExpressVPN got through easily, as it always does. Read our ExpressVPN review for more on this fantastic provider.

Crunchyroll and VRV are two other anime streaming services with paid subscriptions. Both are more expensive than Funimation, however, and feature the original Japanese and English dub of Dragon Ball Super.

Stream Dragon Ball for Free

There are many unofficial streaming websites that allow you to watch the Dragon Ball series for free on your computer or mobile device. When dealing with such websites, you have to be careful and do your research.

Many of them will load your computer with adware, malware and spyware, which are harmful viruses that can open you up to identity theft. If you’re planning to use a free streaming website, we recommend that you use a powerful antivirus program, many of which are free. Check out our guide to the best free antivirus software for more.

GoGoAnime is one of the few free streaming websites with a positive reputation and one of the only ones we would recommend using. It has all five Dragon Ball series in their entirety. The content is in the original Japanese and English dubs.

While GoGoAnime is a safe website, it does have a major issue with pop-up advertisements. We suggest using a strong pop-up blocker. Read our list of the best pop-up blockers for recommendations.

Another well-known free anime streaming website is AnimeFreak.tv. It has all five series, but the number of porn advertisements that frame each video should make you think twice about accessing it in mixed company.

Dragon Ball Torrents

Of course, you could go the torrenting route: last we checked all five Dragon ball series can be found on several alternative torrent sites. We’re not able to vouch for every single one, of course, but at least two gave us decent video and audio.

As usual, of course, make sure to play it safe and use one of our best VPN for torrenting or you may find yourself on the receiving end of one of those nasty DMCA notices and the resulting fines.

Watch Dragon Ball Super on Kodi

Kodi is a multi-platform home theater application that has been around for over 15 years. It doesn’t carry content, but you can load it with add-ons that have free or paid music, movies and TV shows. For more on how to use Kodi, read our Kodi guide.

You can find all five Dragon Ball series on Kodi through its add-ons. Funimation has an official paid Kodi add-on called Funimation Now, but there are many free add-ons that feature the same content.

Some of the most popular add-ons for Dragon Ball are 9Anime, Exodus, Covenant, AnimeGo and more. For more on Kodi add-ons, see our guide to the best Kodi add-ons.

The legality of Kodi is often called into question because a lot of content you can access with it is pirated. Read our is Kodi legal article for more on that. Because it allows you to access illegal content, it’s best to protect yourself by anonymizing your browsing session with a VPN.

VPNs tunnel your IP address to a server located in another region, allowing you to not only subvert geoblocking efforts, but also to hide your browsing from law enforcement agencies. For recommendations, read our best VPN for Kodi guide.

Final Thoughts

The Dragon Ball franchise first debuted in 1986. Since then, it has amassed 700 episodes. That’s a lot of content to digest, but it is possible to do so with the right streaming service. These platforms represent ample opportunity to catch up on the adventures of Son Goku, detailing every epic battle, crude joke and senzu bean that the franchise has to offer.

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Are you a Dragon Ball fan? Which platform do you use to take in every kaioken and spirit bomb the series has featured over the last three decades? Do you know of a reliable free service that we missed? Sound off in the comments below and let us know. As always, thanks for reading.

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