Anime Soundtrack Review: Dragon Ball Music Collection

Dragon Ball Music Collection is a soundtrack CD that was released for the Dragon Ball television anime series in Japan in 2003. There are a total of 17 tracks on this CD.

Dragon Ball Music Collection
Publisher: Columbia
Release Date: October 6, 2003

The disc opens with “Mystical Adventure!,” which is the opening theme song for Dragon Ball; however, it should be noted that this is the full-length version of the song instead of the edit used in the television series. While the edited version of this song is enjoyable, I think the song is a little stronger in the full-length version.

Next is “Hunt for Mr. Dream,” which seems to be a song sung from the point of view from Bulma; however, this is not her voice actress singing this song. This song really fits in with Bulma’s character at the beginning of Dragon Ball, since she initially sets out to search for the Dragon Balls in order to wish for a boyfriend. The song itself is catchy and enjoyable, even if it doesn’t actually appear in the series.

This is followed by “The Blue Travelers,” which is a slower song. I don’t know enough Japanese to truly understand what’s being said in the song, so I have to guess it has to do with Goku and Bulma on their journey. This is a good song, but musically, you can blatantly hear that it was recorded back in the 1980s.

“Mystery Wonderland” picks the tempo of the soundtrack back up. It’s another song that you can easily tell was a product of its time. “Teachings of Muten Roshi” is a song sung by Kohei Miyauchi, the voice actor for Master Roshi. I can pick up some words in this one, such as “kamehameha” and “pichi-pichi,” so I think I have some idea of what Roshi is talking about in this one, which would fit in with this character.

“Son Goku Song” is sung by Masako Nozawa, the voice actress for Goku. It’s a cute song, since it’s being sung from the point of view of the young Goku that appears for most of the first Dragon Ball anime series. I can pick out “kamehameha,” “fushigi” and “Kinto-Un” in this song. While that doesn’t entirely tell me what it’s about, I can tell it’s supposed to be upbeat and happy.

“Wolf Hurricane” is sung by Toru Furuya, the voice actor for Yamucha. This is definitely a song about Yamucha, since it includes references to Yamucha’s signature technique, Rogafufuken, as well as hearing Yamucha’s name appearing during the song. It’s an upbeat song, but it has a bit more of a “rock” feel to it. To me, the sonic sound of this song fits with the character.

The next song is “Feel The Wind,” which is another upbeat song. I like this song, but as far as I can remember, it never actually appeared anywhere in the Dragon Ball anime series. “Aim to Be the Greatest on Earth” did appear in the show, during one of the Tenkaichi Tournaments. This song makes references to Tenkaichi, Jackie Chun, Yamucha, Goku, and kamehameha. I believe this song is basically recapping what had happened in that particular Tenkaichi Tournament up to that point. It’s a very catchy song, and a very memorable one from the series.

This is followed by “Tell Me Your Dreams”; musically, it sounds like it was inspired by pop music of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This is sung by the same singer who performed “Hunt for Mr. Dream.” Next is “Red Ribbon Army,” which picks the tempo of the soundtrack back up a little. As far as I can tell, this is another song that never actually appeared in the series.

“Riding on a Cloud Is My First Love” is another song that’s not from the show; it’s got a sweet and lilting feel to it. From the title of the song, I’m wondering if this is supposed to be a song from the point of view of Chi-Chi. “With a Burning Heart: Defeat the Red Ribbon Army” is next on the disc, and I think this one may have actually appeared during the Dragon Ball anime series. It’s sung by the same singer that performed “Aim to Be the Greatest on Earth,” so it’s entirely possible.

“Happy Journey of Goku” is sung by Masako Nozawa, the voice actress for Goku. This is another upbeat, happy and cute song, like “Son Goku Song.” This is followed by “Dragon Ball Legend,” which is a song that I remember appearing in the Dragon Ball anime series. This song was also the ending theme for the third Dragon Ball film, Mystical Adventure. This is an upbeat and memorable song.

“I’ll Give You a Romantic Night” is the ending theme for the Dragon Ball anime series, so it’s one I know well from watching the anime. The final track on the disc is a remix of “Mystical Adventure!” The track has a slightly different sound to it, and the opening instrumental has definitely been extended. It’s a pretty decent remix.

Overall, Dragon Ball Music Collection is a decent collection of songs from and inspired by the first Dragon Ball television anime series. Unfortunately, this CD wasn’t released outside of Japan, so you’ll need to import a copy if you’re interested in adding it to your anime music collection. Be sure to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and try to find the best deal.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Dragon Ball Music Collection that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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