Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z (partially lost original broadcast audio of anime series; 1986-1996)


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Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z (original broadcast audio)
Title card for Dragon Ball.
Title card for Dragon Ball.
Status Dragon Ball: Partially Lost

Dragon Ball Z: Found

Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール, "Doragon Boru") is a manga that ran from 1984 to 1995. Composed of 519 chapters in 41 volumes, the manga chronicled the adventures of the monkey-tailed boy Son Goku as he searched the world for seven mystical objects known as "Dragon Balls", which would summon a dragon when brought together to grant a single wish. The manga's popularity helped codify many tropes of the newly-emerged fighting genre, and would quickly gain two anime adaptations by Toei Animation: Dragon Ball (which covered the first 194 chapters of the manga and ran from 1986 to 1989) and Dragon Ball Z (which covered the remaining 325 chapters and ran from 1989 to 1996). While the shows proved to be immensely popular with audiences, Toei ran into considerable difficulties when it came to releasing them on home video: they had already junked the audio master tapes for the entire series.

Wipings

Photograph of a Dragon Ball Z film reel; the optical audio is the area surrounded by the red rectangle.

After the initial broadcast of each episode, Toei would wipe its audio master. This procedure was considered standard for the first two decades of the TV anime industry's life, as it was easier to broadcast and store optical audio, which is stored directly on the film reel rather than occupying a separate unit. However, production studios eventually started to retain their master tapes in the late 1970's, when TV stations began broadcasting shows with the master audio. The rise of home media in the 1980's further compounded this, motivating more and more studios to hold on to their masters to ensure the highest quality releases for consumers. Toei, however, was very skeptical about home media, viewing the sale of TV shows to children in a negative light. Adding onto the fact that 16mm film reels and magnetic audiotape reels occupied the same amount of storage space, Toei decided to continue wiping master tapes under the impression that they would be useless and voluminous if they were simply left in storage untouched. However, this attitude changed around the 2000's, when Dragon Ball Z experienced a boom in popularity in the United States, and Toei finally decided to unearth their reels for Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z for DVD releases in Japan. Because Toei no longer possessed the audio they needed, however, all home media releases featuring the shows' Japanese audio utilized the optical audio taken from their film reels, which had undergone noticeable deterioration over the years. As a result, the optical audio is significantly lower in quality than before, featuring higher amounts of white noise & tin and sounding more muted than the master tapes.

Recovery

Because anime studios usually didn't provide distribution copies of their audio masters for foreign regions at the time (as dubbing was the most popular choice back then), Toei has never made any efforts to recover the lost audiotapes. However, numerous individuals from the Kanto region were able to record each episode of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z on their VCRs and upload the audio of each recording online decades later. Because television broadcasts in Kanto were received directly from Tokyo Tower rather than NTT (which cut out high tones to block white noise), their audio was virtually untouched from the original masters, allowing them to be significantly clearer than the audio used for all other broadcasts & releases. Since this audio was taken directly from the original broadcast of the anime, it has appropriately been dubbed the "original broadcast audio."

Initially, it was not known how much of the master audio survived from this method, as all available recordings of it up until mid-2017 only utilized segments of each episode, and the fact that Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z ran for a combined total of 444 episodes (approximately 222 hours of runtime) made a full recovery seem impossible.

Dragon Ball Z

Despite the seeming impossibility of a full recovery of the original broadcast audio, Dragon Ball fans started to work to alleviate these concerns to the best of their ability throughout the 2010's, leading to a handful of single releases of episodes of Z, including episodes 1-3 and episode 95, featuring original broadcast audio recordings on the torrent website nyaa.si. The upload dates for these uploads range from episode 95's audio being released in 2015 to episodes 1-3 having their releases in April of 2017. Finally, on June 21, 2017, a nyaa.si user named sarachikorita uploaded a torrent of the entire original broadcast audio for all 291 episodes of Dragon Ball Z after spending 6 years searching for it, making it once again available in full to the general public.

Dragon Ball

While the full original broadcast audio for Dragon Ball Z has been recovered in its entirety, the same cannot be said of the original Dragon Ball, partially due to the lower popularity of the show compared to Z. However, the series does seem to be on the path to a full recovery: on September 4, 2017, an anonymous user on nyaa.si uploaded a torrent containing the original broadcast audio for episodes 1-7 and episode 153 of the original Dragon Ball anime, making it the first verifiable upload of any full Dragon Ball episodes containing the broadcast audio. Other broadcast audio recordings from Dragon Ball have yet to be released to the public.

Video

The iconic scene of Son Goku's first ascension to a Super Saiyan, utilizing the original broadcast audio; this is just one of many OBA clips that exist online.

External Links

  • [1] A post on the Dragon Ball fan forum Kanzenshuu that discusses the original broadcast audio.
  • [2] The upload containing the original broadcast audio track for all 291 episodes of Dragon Ball Z. Uploaded on June 21, 2017.
  • [3] Episode 95 of DBZ, containing the original broadcast audio track. Uploaded on January 22, 2015.
  • [4] Episode 1 of DBZ, containing the original broadcast audio track. Uploaded on April 15, 2017.
  • [5] Another upload of Episode 1 from DBZ, containing the original broadcast track. Uses a TV recording from Animax HD as a video source. Uploaded on April 22, 2017.
  • [6] Episode 2 of DBZ, containing the original broadcast audio track. Uploaded on April 22, 2017.
  • [7] Episode 3 of DBZ, containing the original broadcast audio track. Uploaded on April 27, 2017.
  • [8] The torrent upload containing the original broadcast audio tracks for "Dragon Ball" episodes 1-7 & episode 153. Audio only. Uploaded on September 4th, 2017

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

19 months ago
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Someone better networked into all this than me needs to find all available recordings of these online and send them to Toei or Funimation for future releases. I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
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Anonymous user #11

15 months ago
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some has toei and funimation won't except them :(
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Anonymous user #14

5 months ago
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All but two episodes of Z are, I believe, intact. (I have the audio in question. I'm given to understand someone else who also got the audio provided it to Funimation, but that's all I know.)
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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The entirety of the original broadcast audio for Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT is known to exist in the hands of certain Japanese fans. Getting this audio from them to official hands is the real issue. Toei have shown no interest, leaving only Funimation. Chris Sabat in particular has been very receptive to the idea of the recovery of this audio. So far, Dragon Ball Z's complete audio has been obtained and sent to Chris Sabat. Toei have always held the original master audio on the D2 tape masters for GT, which was the primary master for GT until 2003, so it is is still kept in Toei's vaults, and its audio is still used in Japanese TV broadcasts to this day. High-quality recordings of TV broadcasts using this audio has also been obtained and sent to Chris Sabat as a fallback.

This just leaves Dragon Ball. Rumours have been floating around, but we have nothing concrete as of yet, aside from episodes 1-7 and 153 surfacing, which have also been sent to Chris Sabat.

Stay tuned, though.
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Anonymous user #2

18 months ago
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Where can I find the original audio mentioned in this article?
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Game4brains

18 months ago
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I just included one video in the article, and you can find more on YouTube by searching up "dragon ball z original broadcast audio" [sic].
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Game4brains

18 months ago
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Just search up "dragon ball z original broadcast audio" on YouTube.
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Anonymous user #3

17 months ago
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I'm SO confused right now! So while Toei was making the series, they ran into some problems with the master audio tapes. Did Toei basically throw the tapes in the trash? Did the voice actors had to re-record their lines again? My brain really hurts at this point...
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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After each episode was broadcast, Toei threw away the high-quality audio masters of it to save space and money.
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Anonymous user #4

17 months ago
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Did you actually read the article?

"Adding onto the fact that 16mm film reels and magnetic audiotape reels occupied the same amount of storage space, Toei decided to continue wiping master tapes under the impression that they would be useless and voluminous if they were simply left in storage untouched."

The audio masters were recorded over.
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Anonymous user #3

17 months ago
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For the first part, both this and the Kanzenshuu post. Anyway, I think I got it down. Thanks.
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Anonymous user #4

17 months ago
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Bottom line: The original audio masters were recorded over and are long gone. The audio recordings used on home video releases, etc. are inferior copies derived from those masters. No one re-recorded anything, the audio itself is not lost, just the highest quality versions of the audio.
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Anonymous user #5

17 months ago
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there will no release with broadcast audio because toei and funi don't care about master quality as long as they make money with what they have.

And the couple of person who have all the complete series audio broadcast on their computer will not share them with other
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Anonymous user #6

17 months ago
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anon 5. are you stupid? they don't even have the original audio on tape
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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Funimation, and Chris Sabat in particular, have shown interest in it, so various people have been working to send what audio exists online to them. So far, all of Dragon Ball Z, aswell as episodes 1-7 and 153 of Dragon Ball have been sent to them.

Even if Funimation don't end up using it, no one loses anything by trying, and if Funimation have these audio masters, it becomes rather silly for them not to use it. If Toei put up resistance, Funimation can simply give this audio to Toei, and everyone can have it.

There is no downside to the audio being gathered and sent to Funimation. If Funimation and Toei end up never using it, the audio will still exist in the hands of fans, and will inevitably leak if the companies involved don't get a proper release together.
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Anonymous user #7

17 months ago
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Anon 6 what the hell are you talking about? Toei nor Funimation have the original broadcasts but there are a few people online who do. One Kanzenshuu user named kei17 literally has the orignal broadcast audio for every Dragon Ball series(DB/Z/GT). Anon 5 was referring to how he has release very little of it, and refuses to release more. He wants to try and see if they can be released officially but Toei has ignored him and he's been talking with Funimation for years. At this point we can only hope...
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Anonymous user #6

17 months ago
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human intelligence is getting lower by the fucking second
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Anonymous user #15

4 months ago
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Why go to Funimation they wouldn't care they'd still use the same shitty audio they use with the orange bricks because they are not re-releasing the Dragon boxes over in the U.s. again so all they'd do is what they do with the aspect ratio not change it .
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Anonymous user #8

16 months ago
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Anon 6 what are you even trying to say? If you're going to say something maybe contribute to the conversation instead of making baseless insults.
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Anonymous user #9

16 months ago
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What's the diff between partially lost and partially found? Is it that in partially lost, it used to survive but now some of it is missing, and found is the other way around?
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SenaUW

16 months ago
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51% or more lost = partially found

51% or more found = partially lost
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Anonymous user #9

16 months ago
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Doesn't exactly help that the page says "partially lost" while at the same time being in the "partially found" category page.
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Anonymous user #10

15 months ago
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Technically it isn't lost at all. We know that it is all out there. It's just that the people who have it refuse to share it.
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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For Dragon Ball, only episodes 1-7 and 153 are in official hands. For Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, the entire run exists in official hands. Aside from Dragon Ball GT, for which Toei have always possessed the original masters of, all of this is thanks to the efforts of various fans around the world, so people have shared it in that way.

Additionally, a low-quality version of Dragon Ball Z's audio was made available via a torrent recently, but that's likely as good as anyone's going to get any time soon unless an official release happens; if enough time passes, it's inevitable the audio will all leak, so if Toei and Funimation are smart, they will take advantage of the fans' willingness to provide them with this audio, and release it. If not, the fans who have given them the audio will obviously then have all of the audio together, so they can easily leak it if odds don't look good.

So, in a way, Dragon Ball Z's isn't lost at all. It's just Dragon Ball episodes 8-152 that are lost at the moment.
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Anonymous user #11

15 months ago
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i don't know why they won't share it's makes me so sad. it's like toei not releasing dragon ball/z dragon ball z's the two specials the 13 movies in 4x3 on blu ray properly done of course
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Anonymous user #12

15 months ago
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Because this Kei17 is just trying to earn money from his recorded collection.
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Anonymous user #13

10 months ago
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Dragonball is only one series. What others are missing their master audio? Every series? That's a lot to find!
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Game4brains

10 months ago
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Knowing how Toei's earliest documented home media releases in Japan were during the anime boom in the 2000's, it can be assumed that the master audio for every one of their shows before then is missing. This article just covers the lost audio for Dragon Ball & DBZ because those cases are the most prolific and thus have the widest amount of verifiable information related to them. Think of it as why Doctor Who and Dad's Army have their lost episodes documented here, but not any of the BBC's other pre-1978 programs.

On a slightly related note, I haven't heard any credible info about the fate of GT's audio (hence why it's not discussed in the article), but I'm under the assumption that it met the same fate.
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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Toei produced Dragon Ball GT differently to Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.

All three shows were produced on cel animation, which was put to film, however Dragon Ball GT had its final output to D2 tape. This tape format then had the master audio directly placed in PCM format onto it, and until 2003, this was Toei's primary master for GT. TV stations, foreign dub companies, and DVD releases were sent these masters for use. When Toei began work on the Dragon Box DVD sets, they scanned all of the film negatives for the three series, and used the optical audio included on those for the shows. Unfortunately, an oversight meant that while they did this for Dragon Ball GT, which is the correct thing to do, they didn't also transfer the audio from the D2 tape masters. So, the Dragon Box version of Dragon Ball GT uses the same type of inferior audio as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, and due to the fact Funimation and many other dubbing companies didn't get around to dubbing the shows until after Toei began work on the Dragon Box DVDs, most official releases also use the inferior audio master.

But, Japanese TV airings of Dragon Ball GT use the correct D2 master audio, synced up to the Dragon Box DVD video masters. Torrents of Dragon Ball GT float around online using broadcast audio, and this is how they got it.

And because Toei still have the D2 master tapes in their vaults, Dragon Ball GT's master audio was never in fact lost, simply overlooked.
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Supersonic25730

8 months ago
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This kinda shit pisses me off to no end. Companies intentionally throwing away original versions of their own creations is the stupidest fucking shit. Like SEGA deleted ALL OF THE SOURCE CODE for Space Channel 5 and it's sequel, making a remaster impossible.
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CCharmanderK

5 months ago
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The ENTIRETY of Dragon Ball Z's original broadcast audio has been FOUND!!

https://nyaa.si/view/932632
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Game4brains

5 months ago
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That's pretty amazing; the only caveat is that the audio for the original Dragon Ball has yet to be fully recovered.

Maybe someday it'll happen...
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Bman78

2 months ago
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Here are also some other releases of the DBZ Broadcast Audio on Nyaa, Episodes 1 - 3 and Episode 95.

Episode 95: https://nyaa.si/view/648061 https://mega...CYONxVaC5urw

Episode 1: https://nyaa.si/view/917794 https://nyaa.si/view/920059

Episode 2: https://nyaa.si/view/919998

Episode 3:

https://nyaa.si/view/921655
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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You say "Found" ... Dragon Ball Z's broadcast audio has been floating around in certain fan circles for upwards of 4 years. Recently, certain individuals obtained this audio, and these individuals took a handful of different routes:

One group of fans banded together, gathered everything they could, and sent it all to Chris Sabat of Funimation, in hopes of an official release. Another group gathered what they could, and released it as a torrent. (Admittedly, a rather poorly-encoded one. Still, in their own way, it paves the way for an official release: It gives fans a taste of the audio, but can still be vastly improved on by Funimation and/or Toei if they decide to use this audio) Yet another group, who basically just consist of one man with a multitude of pseudonyms, have been flaunting their audio, and attempting to sell it for vast sums of money online.

With the way things are going, the audio will take one of two routes: Funimation and/or Toei will use it on an official release, and all the fans will happily have the audio. Or, no one officially uses the audio, the fans get tired of waiting, the audio all leaks online, and all the fans will happily have the audio.

So, it's just a matter of time.
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Game4brains

2 months ago
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To be fair Anon 1, "Found" on this wiki is used less in the literal sense of the term and more as a shorthand way of saying "this media has been made publicly available for the first time ever or for the first time in ages." Many cases of lost media on this wiki refer to works that do exist in some form, but are being withheld from public accessibility for one reason or another.
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Bman78

2 months ago
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Another torrent found:

https://nyaa.si/view/932748
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THGhost

2 months ago
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All of this can be found on nyaa.
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Bman78

2 months ago
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Yes, for Dragon Ball Z, the broadcast audio for the complete "Dragon Ball" original series is still not released to the public for the exception for Episodes 1-7 & Episode 153

https://nyaa.si/view/955956
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Bman78

2 months ago
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New torrent on Nyaa.si containing the broadcast audio for Dragon Ball episodes 1-7 & Episode 153:

https://nyaa.si/view/955956
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Anonymous user #16

14 days ago
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Thanks bro!
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Bman78

26 days ago
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Me and a friend of mine did some mirrors for some of the torrents:

(DBZ Special 1 (v2) with Broadcast Audio) https://nyaa.si/view/932748 https://mega...-hkZAAkdXDYU

(DBZ Episode 1 - Animax HD recording with Broadcast Audio) https://nyaa.si/view/920059 https://mega...HG-66et0Q86E

Complete DBZ Broadcast Audio Torrent (Done by a friend of mine): https://nyaa.si/view/932632 https://arch...oadcastAudio

Dragon Ball (Broadcast Audio) episodes 1-7 & 153: https://nyaa.si/view/955956

https://mega...3KEDE-wDI2rA
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