Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle

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Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, released in Japan as Dragon Ball 魔神城 の ねむり 姫 (ドラゴン ボール 魔神城 の ねむり 姫, Doragon Bōru: Majin-jō no Nemuri Hime), was released in Japan on July 18, 1987 between "We Are the Five Warriors" and "Deadly Battle". As with the last film, it features mostly new animation, but does tend to reuse bits and pieces from various episodes of Dragon Ball.

This film marks the very first appearance of FUNimation's new cast of voice actors even before the Ginyu Saga has been broadcast on TV or released on VHS, however, Stephanie Nadolny (Son Goku), Tiffany Vollmer (Bulma Brief), Meredith McCoy (Lunch), and Brice Armstrong (Narrator) are not yet cast and different actors are used.

This is also part of Dragon Box: Movie Box.


Twelve year old Son Goku sought Turtle Hermit to ask to be accepted as a student just before Kuririn, a monk from a far off village, arrived for the same reason (and used a dirty magazine as a bribe). Turtle Hermit sent them on a quest far to the west, where "five mountains stand, called the 'Devil's Hand'." In a castle there, there lies the legendary, and beautiful, "Sleeping Princess." Whoever brought back the Sleeping Princess would become the old pervert's student. The two boys set out, and Krillin used all the standard tricks to trip Goku up.

A little later, Bulma Brief, Oolong, Yamucha, and Pu-erh – who were on summer vacation – arrived at the Kame House to find Goku. Turtle Hermit told them that the two boys had gone far to the east for training, therefore the friends flew in Bulma's Capsule Jet to the Devil's Hand. When they neared the castle, the jet was attacked by Demons and Bulma was taken to the castle. The owner of the castle, Lucifer, pretended to treat her as a guest until it was time to awaken the Sleeping Princess. In the meantime, Goku and Krillin fight monsters, and they drop in on Bulma just before the Butler can drain Bulma of her blood through a giant syringe (Bulma's blood is to be used to toast the awakening of the Sleeping Princess). Lunch (in her bad, blonde personality) then arrives to steal the Sleeping Princess – which is really a giant jewel. Everyone is captured and encased in a wall of rock.

It is the night of a full moon, and the moonlight is used to power the jewel. The moonlight also turns Goku into a Great Ape, and everyone escapes. They fight Lucifer and Goku uses a Kamehameha to destroy Lucifer's Sleeping Princess-powered laser cannon (the full moonlight is to be used to destroy the Sun, and begin the Reign of Darkness), and kills Lucifer. The heroes escape, and Krillin acts contrite, but doesn't actually apologize to Goku for his behavior. The two boys return to Kame House with Launch, and Master Roshi takes them both on as students,only to get chased out by Launch as she takes out her macine-gun and opens fire on the others before returning to normal, saying that this happens a lot. Roshi, clearly terrified, replies: "You don't say..." as he and the others jump into the sea and start swimming away as the credits start.

Current release

Australian DVD cover

FUNimation released this on DVD in Australia and New Zealand on July 26, 2006 with the Texas-based English dub and optional Japanese audio.

Voice cast

Character Japanese dub FUNimation dub
Son Goku Masako Nozawa Ceyli Delgadillo
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Leslie Alexander
Kuririn Mayumi Tanaka Laurie Steele
Yamucha Tōru Furuya Christopher Sabat
Lunch Mami Koyama Christine Marten
Turtle Hermit Kōhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bradford Jackson
Pu-erh Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli
Igor Shōzō Iizuka Mike McFarland
Lucifer Nachi Nozawa Mike McFarland
Ghastel Daisuke Gōri Mike McFarland
Kame Daisuke Gōri Christopher Sabat
Narrator Jōji Yanami Christopher Sabat


OP (Opening theme)

"Makafushigi Adventure!"
Lyrics: Yuriko Mori, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kōhei Tanaka, Performance: Hiroki Takahashi
Song lyrics

ED (Ending theme)

"Romantic Ageru Yo"
Lyrics: Takemi Yoshida, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kōhei Tanaka, Performance: Ushio Hashimoto
Song lyrics


  • This is the only one of the original Dragon Ball movies in which the Dragon Balls are not a part of the plot.
  • The scene where Goku turns into a Great Ape and holds Launch with his hand is a homage to the film King Kong. The same situation also happened previously during the Emperor Pilaf Saga with Bulma.


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