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:
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (255 episodes, 1996-2003)
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Goku / ... (254 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Piccolo / ... (246 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sean Schemmel ...
 Goku / ... (232 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (226 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (203 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (197 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sonny Strait ...
 Krillin / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (191 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (177 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (177 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (166 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Goten / ... (156 episodes, 2000-2003)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (154 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (147 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Goku (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
...
 Narrator / ... (131 episodes, 1996-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (129 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (125 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Gyuumao / ... (117 episodes, 1996-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (116 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (116 episodes, 1996-2003)
Naoko Watanabe ...
 Puar / ... (116 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Tenshinhan / ... (109 episodes, 1996-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (105 episodes, 1997-2003)
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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

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

English dubbed version: Early in the series, Raditz states that the planet Vegeta was destroyed three years prior to the beginning of the series. Later on, this is changed to twenty years (which is accurate to the original Japanese version). When they went back and did the "uncut dubbed" version that aired on Cartoon Network, they still used the inaccurate "three years" quote. See more »

Quotes

Goku: Why don't you come to Other World with me?
Krillin: What? No way! I'm married now bro! This is the good wife! Right babe?
Android 18: [blushing] Goon.
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Crazy Credits

When FUNimation aired the Buu Saga, their end-credits sequence used footage from the Japanese Buu Saga end credits. Strangely, they show the feather dropping from the sky, but they DO NOT show the Goku with angel wings who dropped it! See more »

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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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