After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.
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 Goku / ... (250 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (199 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (195 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (193 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (183 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (169 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (153 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (151 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goten / ... (145 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (134 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku (132 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (125 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (122 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (121 episodes, 2000-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (119 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (109 episodes, 1997-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (105 episodes, 1996-2003)
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In the version that is shown on YTV in Canada, the story begins mid-way through the Dragon Ball Z series. Raditz, Goku's brother has traveled to Earth to find out why Goku has not yet destroyed the planet as he was supposed to do. But while as a baby, Goku was dropped (down a huge cliff) and forgot his real mission. Kakarot, Goku's real name battles his brother Raditzs along with former enemy Piccolo and friend Krillin. Meanwhile, Gohan; Goku's son reveals his hidden powers against Raditz and nearly kills Raditz. However Goku is killed in the end, but Raditz is eventually defeated by Piccolo. Before he dies, he tells them that two evil Saiyans even more powerful then he is, are on route to Earth. The remaining fighters, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu begin their training to battle the evil Saiyans, while Piccolo takes off with Gohan to train him in using his new found power. Meanwhile, Goku has to make his way back on Snake Way to King Kai's where he trains himself in the secret ... Written by dreamian

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Originally airing in the United States in 1996, its initial run was heavily edited from the Japanese version, so much that out of the first 67 episodes, the American version was cut down to 53 episodes, 14 episodes worth of content. This was mostly due to the partnership between FUNimation productions (Who owned the rights) and Saban Entertainment (Who was responsible for distribution) When the show gained a following on Cartoon Network, it was renewed and FUNimation had sole control. As a result, the episodes were not as clipped as before, following the Japanese episode number precisely from then on. See more »

Goofs

Vegeta's height. In early episodes, he is not much taller than Krillin. In the latter half of the series, he is almost as tall as Goku. See more »

Quotes

Android 17: [clapping] A beautiful speech, I can see it now, you truly are a prince with the royal blood of a Saiyan.
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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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Referenced in Balas & Bolinhos: O Último Capítulo (2012) See more »

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We Gotta Power
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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Why I like DBZ!
1 October 2004 | by (You all suck) – See all my reviews

The Characters - There are many characters in the world of Dragon Ball. Some powerful, some average, some good, some bad, some silly... some plain weird, but they're all colorful and full of personality (ALL 250 of them.)

The Story - Definitely one of the most gripping, dramatic, and intricate stories of all time. So very dramatic to get to the end of one episode and to ponder "what is going to happen next? Is Tien gonna kill himself trying to kill Cell? Is Goku gonna make it to King Kai's planet? Can Evil King Piccolo be stopped?" so many cliff hangers over the years.... so many episodes battles... which brings us to

The Action - GREATEST FIGHTING EVER! The fighting in DBZ isn't your every day martial arts. We see super warriors who have trained in over 100X gravity performing incredible feats of power, speed and energy, and yet they still seem like real people to us because the characters are so well thought up.

The Morals - Yes, DBZ teaches us life lessons. It teaches us to overcome our fears and to have confidence (Gohan). It teaches us to be strong but gentle (Goku/Mirai Trunks) and to be determined and never give up (Vegeta) and that brains are as important as brawn (Piccolo/Bulma) and that , yes, it's okay to be silly (Gotenks/Mr. Satan). We learn so much from the characters on DBZ.

The Relationships - So many wonderful relationships since the beginning of DB. Many friendships and even romantic attachments. Goku and Krillin, lifelong friends forever, both students of Kame Sennin. Bulma and Vegeta, an unlikely romance between a space warrior and a mere human.... yes, Piccolo and Gohan, perhaps the most touching and unlikely friendship of all..the story of how a boy taught a demon to love. So very nice. It adds a lot to the story.

All in all, as far out as it is, DBZ isn't that different from real life. It's definitely character driven for me. People get stronger, grow older, die... learn important lessons about life, love and happiness. It's really just a great anime that anyone could enjoy if they'd just watch it.


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