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 / ... (276 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku / ... (260 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (248 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Piccolo / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (196 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (188 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (170 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (170 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (163 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (155 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goten / ... (149 episodes, 2000-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (141 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 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 / ... (117 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)
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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

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

Goofs

The popular line where Nappa asks what Goku's power level is and Vegeta screams "Its over 9000!" and crushes his scouter in the English Dub is actually incorrect. In the Japanese Manga he screams that it is over 8000, not 9000. See more »

Quotes

Gohan: Well sometimes Piccolo... uh... a little on the paranoid side.
Videl: I guess you were right. He does seem a little bit high strung.
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Crazy Credits

While other DBZ movies just used whatever opening went with the show at the time the movie was release, Tree of Might features a specially-made opening, featuring the Z-Fighters gathering the Dragon Balls to restore the destroyed forest. 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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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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