Dragon Ball and Naruto are two of the most popular franchises out there. Dragon Ball started a craze, helping to popularize anime and manga in the West as well as inspiring several other series. In fact, Naruto itself is inspired by the work of Akira Toriyama and his tale of Goku.
But, for all the good that Dragon Ball introduced into the world, there are always those who wish to knock it off of its pedestal. It is a great series, but there are other series that tell tales which are just as epic. And, to some, they are actually better. This is an argument that gets brought up quite often with Naruto and Dragon Ball. Did the newcomer manage to outshine its inspiration?
Some will say it’s not even close. But, if you break it down and look at specific components of each franchise, things may be a lot closer than you think.