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

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

EDITED ENGLISH VERSION: In the original Japanese version, Dr. Briefs (Bulma's dad) ALWAYS had a cigarette in his mouth. It was digitally removed for the edited dub, but the editing is often unconvincing. Watch his mouth and you can see "glitches" on the screen in that area. See more »

Quotes

Pan: [Pan's ice cream cone fell to the ground. Pan begins to cry] Waaaahhhh! He killed my ice cream cone!
[crying continues]
Goku: Whew! Goodness gracioius!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (2013) 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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Absolutely brilliant and awe inspiring
7 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In my mind dragonball z has to be one of the greatest crossovers of comic to cartoon, for this simple reason its not real and its a break from reality and thus it had no boundaries in what it could do with its characters.

I admit that the basic story was already there but what Funimation did was to make the dialog less wooden although due to limitations with strength of vocabulary and the inability to use words of a stronger nature that would have given the characters more of an edge, but the key thing in my mind is the music which in the original series from Japan was basic and frankly old fashioned so with the music created by Bruce faulconer the series went from being good to brilliant and thus gave it the ability to appeal to people today, but due to it being taken off air people don't have the chance now to enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger.


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