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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Cast

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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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 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 DUB: The fused form of Kibito and Supreme Kai is called Kibito Kai in some scenes and Kibito Shin in others. 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 »

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Referenced in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

We Gotta Power
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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Greatest cartoon/anime ever created
2 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dragonball z is probably the most entertaining of all anime. I thought it was filled with action, entertainment and different and well thought plots. I loved it as a kid, and still do. I watch it every now and then. Dragonball z is comprised of different 'seasons' known as 'Sagas. There were originally 4, but they were divided into 'sub-sagas'. They are: Saiyan/Vegeta Saga Frieza saga :

Namek saga

Captain Ginyu

Frieza Saga (The main battle)

Garlic Jr. Saga

Trunks Saga

Cell Saga : Android saga

Imperfect Cell saga

Perfect Cell saga

Cell games Buu Saga : Great Saiyaman Saga

World Tournament saga

Majin Buu Saga

Fusion Saga

Kid buu saga

OUt of all the above, i thought that the Frieza Saga was the best by miles. Frieza was and is the greatest villain, not out of his power, but of his appearance and personality. He is in a strange way, polite when killing his victims mercifully. He is in fact a very important character in DBZ (dragonball z) because he is why the saiyans were sent to earth, and why their planet was destroyed etc. Overall i would give dragonball z 99.99% vote. The 0.01% being that it was a little corny at times. But it is and always will be the greatest anime ever! I also thought that Dragonball GT was terrible, it ruined the dragonball name! It was childish, aimed at the lower ages (7-10) when the original DBZ was for 13/14+ But dbz will always live on...


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