In celebration of Dragon Ball’s 40th anniversary and the commencement of the lunar year of the dragon, Bilibili, China’s popular video platform, delivered an unforgettable experience at their New Year’s Eve gala with a Dragon Ball musical presentation.

Inspired by the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West, Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime in China.

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The highlight of the evening was an extraordinary Dragon Ball musical performed by the renowned Chinese youth dance troupe, O-DOG.

Dragon Ball characters were brought to life in Bilibili’s musical

Vegeta's arrival at the Dragon Ball musical at the Bilibili New Year's Gala
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The performance featured beloved characters from the iconic Dragon Ball series, including the indomitable Goku, the fierce Chi-Chi, and the entire gang that has captured the hearts of fans for four decades. As the audience eagerly anticipated the spectacle, O-DOG took the stage with top-level choreography that seamlessly blended with a mesmerizing light show.

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The musical extravaganza went beyond expectations, with special appearances by characters such as Master Roshi and Tien Shinhan. Their featured performances added depth and excitement to the overall narrative, captivating the audience with their spectacular dance moves.

Goku vs Vegeta at the Dragon Ball musical at the Bilibili New Year's Gala
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The highlight of the Dragon Ball musical undoubtedly came during epic battle scenes, where Goku faced off against formidable adversaries like Vegeta and the menacing Majin Buu. The choreography, coupled with dynamic lighting effects, brought these iconic battles to life, immersing the audience in the thrilling world of Dragon Ball.

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Legendary Hiroki Takahashi performs the original Dragon ball theme song

Hiroki Takahashi sings the original Dragon Ball theme song
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To elevate the performance even further, the gala welcomed the legendary artist Hiroki Takahashi to the stage. Takahashi, best known as the original performer of the first Dragon Ball anime opening, Makafushigi Adventure, brought an electrifying energy to the event. His live rendition of the iconic song served as a nostalgic nod to the series’ roots and left fans in awe of the Dragon Ball legacy.

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While the Dragon Ball musical stole the spotlight, it was just one part of an impressive lineup that Bilibili curated for its annual New Year’s gala. The platform, known for its diverse content, showcased a range of talent and entertainment, catering to a broad audience with various interests.

You can watch the entire performance here.

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