I'm sure everybody has taken some sort of literature class in the past, where the main objective is finding themes and interpreting the author's work, or to find the meaning if you will. I'm sure plenty of anime does this as well, so I want to use this to think back to the previous anime I've watched and interpret them myself.
Pure action/comedy entertainment you say? I do not think so. The theme I see here is the fulfillment of dreams. The dreams being the wishes given by Shenlong when all the Dragonballs are collected. Dreams cannot be realized by one person alone, but by many indivduals working as one as it takes a collective effort to gather all the dragonballs. And even when the dragonballs are collected, everyone must share the same wish as only a single can be granted.
So there you go, Dragonball - an archetype for realizing your dreams.
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