Dragon Ball Logo

Dragon Ball Logo
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The multimedia franchise Dragon Ball is named after the Japanese manga series of the same name published during 1984-1995. The illustrated story became the basis for two anime series. And already around them, a media franchise has formed, represented by computer games, theatrical films, collectible figurines, and other popular products. Additionally, Dragon Ball has inspired artists to create non-original manga: Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece.

Meaning and History

Dragon Ball Logo History
Evolution of the Dragon Ball Logo

What is Dragon Ball?

Dragon Ball is a Japanese media franchise based on manga of the same name. It was used for filming anime series, cartoons, and full-length cinematographic works. The manga plot also became the inspiration for the video game series.

Each Dragon Ball adaptation and video game has its logo, and the developers managed to make them unique. A common feature of all images is their striking design. The design is playful because it expresses a light and relaxed atmosphere of entertainment content.

1986 – 1989

Dragon Ball Logo 1986-1989

One of the first video game logos based on the original manga story features a two-line “DRAGON BALL” inscription. The letters overlap one another and cast black shadows. The blue word “DRAGON” is located at the top. At the bottom, left-aligned, is the second part of the title. The designers made it red and added seven yellow circles with hieroglyphs.

1996 – 1998

Dragon Ball Logo 1996-1998

Among the many logos associated with the Japanese media, the franchise is the Chinese dragon’s image. In this version, the moon-snake wraps around the orange inscription “DRAGON BALL” and bites “O” with a red star in the middle.

1996 – today

Dragon Ball Logo 1996-present

One of the most popular emblems belongs to the video game Dragon Ball Z. In this version, the series’s title is presented on a white background. The first two words are written together and separated using a color palette: the yellow half is on the left, and the red half is right. The height of the letters is also uneven.

2012 – today

Dragon Ball Logo 2012-present

What does Dragon Ball logo mean?

The Dragon Ball logo represents the media franchise itself because it contains its name. The inscription looks bright and unusual as if hinting at the dynamism of the plot.

In 2012, another Dragon Ball Z logo appeared. It differs from the previous one in a black background and ten yellow circles with hieroglyphs lined up under the inscription.

Dragon Ball games, films, and other media products can be recognized by their distinctive emblems. Most of the designers followed a playful style to attract a potential audience. And they succeeded, given the enormous popularity of the multimedia franchise not only in their homeland, in Japan, but throughout the world.

Font and Colors of the Emblem

Dragon Ball Emblem

What do Goku’s symbols mean?

The Japanese character for Goku’s is the kanji for Son Goku’s. It has a double meaning. On the one hand, it is the root of the word Satori, which translates as enlightenment. On the other hand, kanji has a connection with the term Satoru (know, understand).

What is the message of Dragon Ball?

Dragon Ball’s story is tied to the Chinese folk tale Journey to the West. The plot of this legend symbolizes the pilgrims’ journey to enlightenment.

Why was Dragon Ball banned?

Dragon Ball manga is banned in Wicomico County, MD, due to violent scenes. Anime is also banned in the Spanish region of Valencia due to sexism and on Indian television due to adult content. For the same reason, Dragon Ball cannot be discussed on Reddit.

Typically, Dragon Ball logo makers opted for custom typefaces with sharp or right angles. The letters in many of the inscriptions jumped and varied in height. This design added dynamics to the images that embody the fictional world’s atmosphere and correspond to the actively developing plot.

Dragon Ball Symbol

Colors are always bright and colorful: they can be different shades of red, yellow, orange. At the very beginning (on the 1986 emblem), the word “DRAGON” was light blue. Black is used for outlines or backgrounds, and white is used for backgrounds only. The latest versions have a gradient. It makes the letters look three-dimensional and creates the effect of depth.