The first anime series I started collecting in a major way. I love the spiky art and the way the characters grow and change (except Goku <g>) during the hundreds of episodes.

Though Dragonball has long stretches where nothing much happens, and though it's often silly and childish, there's a humor and warmth to the series -- and a type of twisted but consistent internal logic -- that few animes can match.

Suffice it to say that Dragonball is perhaps the only series where it seems to make perfect sense to blow up the Moon not once but twice, or for a character to suddenly turn into a giant ape.

If nothing else, Dragonball is the original one-on-one martial-arts-tournament fighting anime. Accept no substitutes!