Dragon Ball Z (1989–2003)

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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (280 episodes, 1996-2003)
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Goku / ... (278 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (267 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sean Schemmel ...
 Goku / ... (252 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (229 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sonny Strait ...
 Krillin / ... (215 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (198 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (193 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (192 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (188 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (181 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (173 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (167 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (165 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Goten / ... (156 episodes, 2000-2003)
...
 Narrator / ... (152 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Goku (134 episodes, 2000-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (133 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (133 episodes, 1996-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (129 episodes, 2000-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Gyuumao / ... (128 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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Storyline

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

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 68 episodes, the American version was cut down to 53 episodes, 15 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 the dubbing and editing) 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

On the hat Krillin wears en route to Namek, Krillin is misspelled as "Kulilin." Kulilin is Krillin's name in the original Japanese Version. This is because l's and r's are commonly confused when translating from Japanese. See more »

Quotes

Vegeta: ~evil laugh~... And then there was one...
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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

Referenced in Birth (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Cha-la Head-Chala
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 1 - 4)
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Animation Of Epic Proportion
15 June 2000 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

Dragon Ball Z was, to many, one of the most influential cartoon series ever in the world. When I was younger I grew up watching the whole series from start to finish, read the comic books, and played the video games. The Dragon Ball Z series contain some of the most charismatic characters, great fighting sequences, and strong plots that covered thousands of years. Originally created in the 1980's, it's truly a blessing that western audiences finally gets to see it in english. However I wish the series would start from the very beginning, the story when Son Gokou was a courageous little boy who uses his innate fighting talents to help out others.

It's only a shame though that the western TV version are heavily censored, causing disorientation and lack of flow to some of the original fight scenes. The Japanese version showed no-holds barred violence and the use of strong words (aka swearing), creating emotional tension that is not present in the english-language version. Also, die-hard Dragon Ball fans out there will agree with me that the voice acting is nowhere as good as the Japanese version.

Still, revisiting Dragon Ball in any language still stirs some of the fondest memories in my heart. Kame Hame Ha!!!! See it's still there.

Highly recommended viewing.


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