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Favorite manga/anime franchise: 'Dragon Ball' or 'Naruto'?
WatchMojo once went there—facing-off the "Dragon Ball" and "Naruto" franchises in multiple categories from the supporting casts to each franchise's range of superpower abilities.
Both series are rightfully beloved for portraying some of the most coolest and most iconic characters ever created within manga and anime. But if you had to pick one, which would it be? Check out the rest of Tylt Entertainment's supporting evidence and let us know what you think by voting.
DragonBall's origins are inspired by the Chinese epic "Journey to the West." But moving deeper into the origins and background of the long-running "Dragon Ball" franchise can be tough and extensive for newcomers. No worries, because Comic Book broke down the incredible history of "Dragon Ball."
Akira wrote the series shortly after he gained success with the manga Dr. Slump in 1980. The comedy gave him the clout to pursue Dragon Ball, and the artist jumped at the chance to publish his new story. While Dragon Ball is known for its over-the-top action, the series did not always focus on that. The manga was less about Super Saiyans and more about mythical hijinks when it debuted. Loosely inspired by the Chinese tale Journey to the West, Dragon Ball began as a playful mix between comedy and slapstick action before later chapters delved into more intense action sequences.
Below is the synopsis of the iconic anime series "Dragon Ball Z," per Rotten Tomatoes.
An intrepid team called the Saiyan protects Earth from various invaders as team members search for seven magical spheres, which together grant the owner one wish.
The "Dragon Ball" manga and anime franchise has given us iconic, powerhouse characters like Broly, Goku, and Veretta. Not only that, but what '90s kid did not grow up on a steady diet of "Dragon Ball Z" and its many spin-off anime series and movies?
Naruto also drew inspiration from mythology: the myths of the Kitsune to be exact, a type of magical fox that shows up commonly in Japanese folklore. The franchise chronicles the ADHD blond ninja of the same name as he searches for recognition and dreams of being the leader of his village. Pop Culture Uncovered broke down the impact of the "Shippûden" series.
In later episodes, Naruto is mostly about an awkward kid who works his way up to being an amazing ninja. But in the beginning, it is much more about the concept of perception. When the village looks at Naruto, they see this piece of crap kid who will never become anything. However, Naruto is so much more then that. He very much wants to become something and prove himself. The entire first season really focuses on the fact that Naruto has a demon soul in him.
Many people talk about how this makes him evil by default. However, there are those who think this makes him a hero because he, as a baby, took in this demon spirit. Naruto had never actually done anything wrong, but the world still had a terrible perception of him. Let’s specifically talk about the first two episodes. Not a single person believe in him in the first two episodes. However, his sensei did. When his sensei proved to him that he believed in him, Naruto’s powers automatically flourished, and he became a better ninja automatically. Simply having people believing him made him better.
Below is the synopsis of the iconic anime series "Naruto: Shippûden," per IMDb.
Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.
The "Naruto" manga series began in 1999, and quickly transitioned to a popular anime series in 2002. "Naruto: Shippûden" followed in 2007 and lasted for a decade, proving that the franchise is a force of nature to be reckoned with.