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Dragon Ball: The Path to Power (ドラゴンボール 最強への道, Doragon Bōru: Saikyō e no Michi), also known as The Way to the Strongest, is the 17th anime movie based on the Dragon Ball franchise, and the 4th film based on the original anime series. Made in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the anime, it premiered in Japan on March 4, 1996. It is a retelling of the initial meetings of Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, Oolong and Master Roshi, as well as Goku's battle against the Red Ribbon Army. This would be the final animated Dragon Ball feature film produced for seventeen years, until Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in 2013.


There is a legend that there are seven magical spheres, known as Dragon Balls, scattered around the ends of the earth, whoever manages to bring them together will have their greatest desire granted by the Sacred Dragon, Shenron. Knowing this, a girl named Bulma builds a radar and is dedicated to gather them to in order to get a handsome boyfriend. One of the Balls is held by Goku, an extremely strong boy who decides to accompany her. However, the journey is fraught with danger because they will face Yamcha, the Desert Bandit, Oolong the transforming pig, and the Red Ribbon Army, who wants to gather the Dragon Balls to dominate the world.


Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
GokuDBM4 Goku Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
BulmaDBM4 Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Brad Jackson
YamchaDBM4 Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher Sabat
PuarDBM4 Puar Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli
RoshiDBM4 Master Roshi Kinya Aikawa Mike McFarland
TurtleDBM4 Turtle Daisuke Gōri Christopher Sabat
EighterDBM4 Android 8 /
Shōzō Iizuka Mike McFarland
ComanderRedDBM4 Commander Red Kenji Utsumi Josh Martin
BlackDBM4 Staff Officer Black Masaharu Satō Christopher Sabat
GeneralWhiteDBM4 General White Hirohiko Kakegawa Kyle Hebert
GeneralBlueDBM4 General Blue Bin Shimada Sonny Strait
MetalicDBM4 Sargent Metallic Hisao Egawa Chris Rager
ShenlongDBM4 Shenron Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat
ColonelVioletDBM4 Colonel Violet Naoko Watanabe Kasey Buckley
InsertDBM4 Narration Jōji Yanami Brice Armstrong


Video Releases[]

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Speedy Video 1998 VCD Speedy PAL Malaysia Malaysia
FUNimation Entertainment 2003 VHS Funimation NTSC United States United States
  • Release was part of 4-pack with the other Dragon Ball movies

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