Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
"Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto" (original title)

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The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

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Jôji Yanami ...
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Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Gohan / ... (295 episodes, 1989-1996)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (237 episodes, 1989-1996)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (202 episodes, 1989-1996)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (201 episodes, 1989-1996)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (191 episodes, 1989-1996)
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 Narrator / ... (171 episodes, 1989-1996)
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 Gohan / ... (168 episodes, 1989-1996)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (167 episodes, 1989-1996)
Sean Schemmel ...
 Goku / ... (155 episodes, 1989-1996)
Sonny Strait ...
 Krillin / ... (150 episodes, 1989-1996)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks / ... (134 episodes, 1989-1996)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Mister Satan / ... (133 episodes, 1989-1996)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Tenshinhan / ... (131 episodes, 1989-1996)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (123 episodes, 1989-1996)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (122 episodes, 1989-1996)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (121 episodes, 1989-1996)
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Five years after the end of "Dragonball", Son Gokû reunites with his friends, bringing along his four-year old son Gohan. Gohan is not like his father; he'd rather study than fight. Raditz, a warrior from space lands on earth searching for someone named "Kakarot". He reveals himself as Raditz of the Sayans, the older brother of Kakarot! And Kakarot turns out to be Gokû! With two other Sayans coming to earth, can Gokû and the Z Warriors withstand the onslaught!? Written by Evan Jacobson <mrsatan@geocities.com>

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Trivia

There is a widespread urban legend that claims the series has been banned in Hungary because an 8 year-old got himself killed by jumping out of a window, thinking that a Nimbus cloud would catch him. Other versions say that a kid tried to stop a car with a Kamehameha attack. However, there are no known reports to confirm this. In reality, the show was not banned but canceled because the former Hungarian media authorities forced the TV station it had aired on to give it an 18+ rating and push it to a post-midnight time-slot. The TV station decided to cancel the series because no one watched it. It only lasted for 120 episodes and wasn't shown in the country again until 2012. The show's cancellation caused a great uproar, and one young boy infamously threatened the channel with suicide if they didn't put it back onto screens. This might have been where the rumor originated from. A very similar rumor replaces Hungary with Turkey and Dragon Ball Z with Pokémon (1998). See more »

Goofs

When Goku's ship lifts off en route for Namek, the word "Capsule" on the side of the ship is misspelled (as "cpsule"). (Unlike many other animation errors, this was not corrected in Dragon Ball Kai.) See more »

Quotes

Raditz: [to a wounded Piccolo] Why so blue, green man? Is it because you're powerless to help your friend, or 'cause you're just plain ugly?
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Crazy Credits

While other DBZ movies just used whatever opening went with the show at the time the movie was release, Tree of Might features a specially-made opening, featuring the Z-Fighters gathering the Dragon Balls to restore the destroyed forest. See more »

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Soundtracks

Cha-La Head-Cha-La
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
Music by Chiho Kiyôka
Lyrics by Yukinojô Mori
Arrangement by Kenji Yamamoto
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Probably the greatest animated series of alltime.
16 January 1999 | by (bogota, colombia) – See all my reviews

Probably the greatest animated series of alltime.The drawings are simply superb, the characters and the whole story is so complex and thrilling you simply can't miss it. It's great the way they involve humor features in an epic story. 9,9/10


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