After the Dragon GT series ended in 1997, it wasn’t until recently, with the Dragon Ball Super series that the franchise returned.

With that said, there’s been a lot of evolution over the years, so that’s where Youtube channel Cosmoneer comes in. Here, we get a visual history behind the franchise… from the original Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z!

In it, we learn that following the success of Dr. Slump, Akira Toriyama was encouraged to create a more action focussed manga. Drawing from his love of Jackie Chan and martial arts films, he creating a one shot manga titled, Dragon Boy. Following its success, he reworked the series into the Dragon Ball we know today.

Learn more about the franchise’s history above.