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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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 Goku / ... (250 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (199 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (195 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (193 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (183 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (169 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (153 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (151 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goten / ... (145 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (134 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku (132 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (125 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (122 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (121 episodes, 2000-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (119 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (109 episodes, 1997-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (105 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, Tien, and Chiaotzu 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 dreamian

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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 »

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In the Majin Buu saga, Shen is well aware that two henchmen joined the martial arts tournament to drain the energy from someone extremely powerful, who ends up being Gohan. Shen allows this to be able to follow the henchmen and find their spaceship, where Majin Buu will be resurrected. However, if he would have impeded Gohan's energy drain in the first place, or in fact just even told the Z Fighters of everything before the henchmen attacked, the whole Majin Buu saga would be non-existent, as Majin Buu would not be able to be resurrected. See more »

Quotes

Kid Trunks: SO, what are you going to buy with your winnings?
Goten: I dont know. Toys, I guess.
Kid Trunks: Your such a toddler.
Goten: What about you?
Kid Trunks: I'm not sure what I'm going to buy.
Goten: Yea, I guess when your family is the richest in the world, there arnt many toys that you dont have.
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Crazy Credits

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Version of Saiyûki (1960) See more »

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We Gotta Power
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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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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