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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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

ENGLISH DUB: The fused form of Kibito and Supreme Kai is called Kibito Kai in some scenes and Kibito Shin in others. See more »

Quotes

Sorcerer: I wish for you to unlock this oracle and release Tapion the brave from it.
Shenron: That will be a piece of cake!
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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

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Soundtracks

Boku-tachi wa Tenchi Datta
(ending song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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THE GREATEST ACTION CARTOON ON ALL TIME!!!
7 July 2000 | by (Eagle Idaho) – See all my reviews

Frankly I demand that the animation industries crown DragonBallZ "THE GREATEST ACTION CARTOON OF ALL TIME!!!" A 10, a perfect 10 is what I give this BEYOND AWESOME TV SHOW! There is nothing like it in the world! No one else has thought up the kind of animation stunts they put on here before! If HollyWood tried to make this a live action film, the Special Effects company's would have a run for their money! This is red hot stuff from Japan, and it's steaming! The trick is, you must see the right episode. If you see a dull episode, then it's no good. But if you catch an episode with TONS of action, I promise you, "You're in for a real treat!" This show is very addictive, why? Because EVERY SINGLE EPISODE IS A "TO BE CONTINUED". There is no end! You pick up where you left off, just like a Soap Opera. Except this is not boring like Soap Opera's are. (No offense to Soap Opera lovers) I suggest this to the family groups. This is great for both kids and adults alike. (Though it can get too violent for the little kids. However it's a "PG" rating show) I highly suggest that you see the "Frieza Saga" since those are the best episodes. See it on "Cartoon Network" or rent them at your local video store. I'm not allowed to say too much more about this except for my good critisizm. As you can see, I am a true fan. And I wouldn't lie to you if I didn't think you wouldn't enjoy this a little. Just make sure you see the right episodes.


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