Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

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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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Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Goku / ... (275 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Goku / ... (260 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Piccolo / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Krillin / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Krillin / ... (189 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (170 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (170 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (164 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (155 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Goten / ... (149 episodes, 2000-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (141 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Goku (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Narrator / ... (131 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (126 episodes, 2000-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (123 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (122 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (117 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Gyuumao / ... (116 episodes, 1996-2003)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (114 episodes, 1996-2003)


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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Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After his fight with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is the Chinese name for Goku. See more »


In the Frieza saga, Vegeta has flashbacks both of himself with Guldo, and with Nappa and Raditz. In both of these flashbacks he is missing his tail, even though he didn't lose it until his battles on Earth. See more »


[Jeice and Burter fly around Goku, who dodges so fast it isn't noticeable]
Jeice: I've had enough of this game of cat and mouse! Let's show him what the Ginyu Force is really about!
[They land]
Jeice: We've had enough of this, ya coward. Now make a move!
[Goku punches him, his nose starts bleeding]
Burter: Jeice, are you all right? Is it bleeding? Jeice, be careful or you'll stain your gloves.
Jeice: Burter, just shut up!
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Crazy Credits

During the Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans "lost movie", there is a scene in the second part in which "fake" closing credits begin rolling, which are quickly cut off and the feature resumes after. See more »


Follows Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986) See more »


"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

Simply one of the best Anime series out there
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This anime cartoon in my opinion, is better than any other cartoon I seen. I still watch it whenever I get the chance to. It's character development and the plots of the whole DBZ story is superb, the animation is full of action, and every ending of an episode leaves you wondering what may happen next. It also contains a bit of humor as well as subplots. When I first seen it in 1996, I was overwhelmed at how much action and comedy was fit into one anime series. I found Goku and Vegeta to be serious but a bit funny in between, and the roles of Gohan and Piccolo weren't shabby either. It has a whole saga inside which makes it worth watching.

Overall, I watched this cartoon more than all the other cartoons put together. I like it even better than Inuyasha, which is also good. My favorite episode is when Goku finally becomes a Super Saiyen, and Frieza later gets cut in half by a flying disk. You may have to watch this series from the beginning to get the full meaning of the story and what is going on, but if you see this on Cartoon Network or any other channel, watch it! Don't miss out! It is definitely worth seeing for the eye.

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