When did Dragon Ball's popularity become mainstream?

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I am curious because I don't know when this actually happened. I remember watching it growing up and being made fun of in school for it. Now it seems that celebrities, sports players, and generally large groups of people love the franchise and it is no longer thought of a "nerdy" thing to be into. At least not on a larger scale like it once was.

So when did this all change?
 

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Hard to say, really. Probably around the same time gaming did. I remember growing up and being teased for liking db, gaming, computers, the internet...you name it. Now, all of those things are mainstream hobbies. I'm guessing with the dawn of the internet era, nerdy things became...cool...so...yeah.
 
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Hard to say, really. Probably around the same time gaming did. I remember growing up and being teased for liking db, gaming, computers, the internet...you name it. Now, all of those things are mainstream hobbies. I'm guessing with the dawn of the internet era, nerdy things became...cool...so...yeah.
Yeah same but yet there are people in their mid 20's to mid 30's who don't even know how to do stuff on a computer. Thanks to the boom of the smart phone.
 
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That is very true, quite a few younger people have no clue what they're doing with a computer, but could out text damn near anybody on a smartphone. I like a smartphone for some things, but give me a computer and a nice mechanical keyboard and I'm as content as can be.
 
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I wouldn't say Dragon Ball in totally mainstream. It's vastly more popular than it was but there are large amount of people of our generation that could care less about it. Not to say it won't get there where it's ubiquitous.
 

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I wouldn't say Dragon Ball in totally mainstream. It's vastly more popular than it was but there are large amount of people of our generation that could care less about it. Not to say it won't get there where it's ubiquitous.
Not caring about it and being completely put off by it are two different things though.
Like kids in school won't get picked on for enjoying it today like they did back in my day. *shakes walker at the sky*
 
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Not caring about it and being completely put off by it are two different things though.
Like kids in school won't get picked on for enjoying it today like they did back in my day. *shakes walker at the sky*
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I think it got popular around the world once the Saiyan and Freeza Sagas aired in the Anime.
 

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