You may think that the whole show is just one, big barrage of fighting and Arc Fatigue
. I think it's much deeper than that. I think that Dragon Ball presents the growth of a true hero, Son Goku. Throughout it all, Goku manages to warm everyone's heart with his child-like naivety and his kind heart and amazed us all with his incredible physical strength and his superior martial arts skills.
Son Goku is a 12 year old boy with superhuman strength and a monkey's tail which grants him the ability to transform into a giant were-ape whenever he looks at the moon. He lives a quiet life in the mountainside, which means he is devoid of anything from the outside world. That is, until he meets Bulma, a bratty teenager who is on a quest to look for seven mystical balls. The balls, when ever they have united, summon a powerful dragon who grant one wish, and it can be anything you want (and I mean anything
) Soon, the two sort-of become friends and they continue on the search for the Dragon Balls and the rest is history.....
Five years later, Goku gets married and has a son named Gohan. Also, Earth has been at peace for a good amount of time. But, an ailen from outer space shows up, meets Goku and tells him that he is part of a dead race of interglactic superpowered people called "saiyans". Oh, and did we forget to mention that Goku was sent to Earth to destroy us all? Yep, and that's only the beginining of Dragon Ball Z
. Now, Goku and his friends Yamcha, Krillin, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu and Piccolo fight all kinds of evil, be it superpowered, monkey tailed arrogant princes (Vegeta, who later becomes one of the good guys), evil space tyrants (Freeza), evil cyborgs (Cell) or evil magical beings (Buu) All the while, Goku's son Gohan grows from a wimpy little crybaby, to a kind-hearted, heroic person who is willing to fight for the sake of his friends in family throughout all the freaking craziness that happens.
Well, I haven't read the original Dragonball fully and I only own the first five volumes of Dragon Ball Z, but I think this is a truely epic series. It gives you some epic fighting scenes and teaches the importance of forgiveness, honor, pride and the will to fight. I also believe that Son Goku may even teach us a few things, which is basically the same things I just mentioned. I would highly suggest reading this manga.