Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

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Earth's defender Goku learns that he is from another planet. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

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Series cast summary:
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (272 episodes, 1996-2003)
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Goku / ... (270 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (263 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sean Schemmel ...
 Goku / ... (249 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (227 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (219 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sonny Strait ...
 Krillin / ... (211 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (197 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (191 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (191 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (185 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (177 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (169 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (166 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (161 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Goten / ... (156 episodes, 2000-2003)
...
 Narrator / ... (148 episodes, 1996-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (133 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (129 episodes, 2000-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (128 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Gyuumao / ... (126 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (125 episodes, 1996-2003)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (121 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Tenshinhan / ... (114 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, Tein, and Chaotsu 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 Anonymous

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Trivia

Like in the previous series Dragonball, Dragon Ball Z has many naming conventions/jokes. Saiyans are all named after vegetables. Vegeta, both the prince, his king father and the Saiyan home planet (originally named Planet Plant), means Vegetable; Raditz is 'radish', and Kakkorotto is 'carrot'. The villain Freeza (originally Friezer) comes obvious, and his brother Cooler and their father King Cold. All Namekians born from the villain in Dragonball were named after instruments (Piccolo, Drum, etc.) The Briefs family were all named after underwear, Bulma meaning panties, Doctor Briefs himself, Trunks, and Bra. And of course, various characters named after foods. Oolong, as in the tea; Videl, like the onion variety; Ginger, obvious; Spice; Blueberry; Raspberry; Raisin; Almond; Apple; and in Dragonball there was an entire family (of about 12) named after desserts. The name Videl is actually an anagram of "Devil" because her dad is Mr. Satan (at least in the Japanese version). See more »

Goofs

In the Majin Buu saga, Shen is well aware that two henchmen joined the martial arts tournament to drain the energy from someone extremely powerful, who ends up being Gohan. Shen allows this to be able to follow the henchmen and find their spaceship, where Majin Buu will be resurrected. However, if he would have impeded Gohan's energy drain in the first place, or in fact just even told the Z Fighters of everything before the henchmen attacked, the whole Majin Buu saga would be non-existent, as Majin Buu would not be able to be resurrected. See more »

Quotes

Nappa: [shouts] You low-class peasant fool! I'm the second strongest Saiyan from the planet Vegeta!
Goku: Well, if your friend over there is stronger than you, I guess you're the third-strongest Saiyan now!
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Crazy Credits

When Dragon Ball Z was first dubbed, the opening credits used a mix of footage from the series, from the first three movies, and the Japanese intro sequences. It was accompanied by an American-only theme song called Rock the Dragon. This intro was unusual in that it had footage from movies that never aired on TV at the time, and in that it showed many things that would not happen until much later in the series, and not as a part of this dubbed version (Future Trunks, short-haired Yamcha, Super Saiyan transformations, etc.) See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Dragonball (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

"Rock The Dragon (theme song) (English version)
Performed by The Mighty RAW
Written and Composed by Ron Wasserman
(Seasons 1 & 2)
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User Reviews

Still a champion, even after all these years...
19 August 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I once read in a DBZ magazine that many people viewed this as an animated soap opera, which is exactly what this is. And like any good soapie, its ADDICTIVE. It may not be as popular as it once was back in the long gone days of old, but it still holds up like a champ even today.

For a series thats more then 10 years old, it still manages to amaze us all with the colorful cast of characters (all three-freakin-hundred of 'em) and stunning battles, along with some captivating plots and decent character development thrown in for good measure.

The voice cast for both versions of the show is mighty impressive, even if Goku's Jap voice is, in a word, crap...Ocean Studios did a fine job with the first 53 eps, and FUNImation deserves good credit..Yes, ill admit it, I'm one of the few people on this whole planet who actually enjoy's FUNI's voice cast.

I will admit that i tend to lose interest when the fights drag ON AND ON AND ON AND ON etc *hints at Frieza Saga* but all in all this show, even if it is more action-oriented than its predecessor (Dragon Ball) and successor (Dragon Ball GT) is mighty addictive and even more enjoyable.

A full 10/10


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