Dragon Ball started it all... well I don't know, but everyone knows what it is. Dragon Ball is great and keeps my interest through every episode. Humor, action, character developement, and it is the start of a dynasty.
Story: Goku (our main protagonist) is a pure hearted kid who loves martial arts. He lives only to get stronger and help others. Goku makes friends, conquers enemies, and revives the dead by collecting the dragon balls. Goku is crazy strong possessing super human strength (mostly because he is not human), but the fights are not as crazy and outlandish as in Dragon Ball Z and GT.
Animation: I got nothing against the animation. It is bright and colorful and does the job well. It is clear that the show is old, but that does not hold it back in anyway. I really like how Dragon Ball looks, but there is nothing spectacular about it.
Sound: I like the music and character voices. I can't say what the sub is like... I don't even know if there is a sub. I like the music, hell my old Goku alarm clock woke me up with the music every morning. The voices are great in my opinion.
Characters: The characters are great and diverse. There are tons of characters and each one is unique and adds something to the story. I love almost all of the characters in this show.
Overall: The show is great and captivating and funny and action packed. I would recommend this to anyone. I love this show.