Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

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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 / ... (272 episodes, 1996-2003)
Masako Nozawa ...
 Son Goku / ... (270 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (263 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sean Schemmel ...
 Goku / ... (249 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (227 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (219 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sonny Strait ...
 Krillin / ... (211 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (197 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (191 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (191 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (185 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (177 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (169 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (166 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (161 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goten / ... (156 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (148 episodes, 1996-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (133 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (129 episodes, 2000-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (128 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Gyuumao / ... (126 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

On the hat Krillin wears en route to Namek, Krillin is misspelled as "Kulilin." Kulilin is Krillin's name in the original Japanese Version. This is because l's and r's are commonly confused when translating from Japanese. See more »

Quotes

Goku: It looks like they only want me, and that's exactly who they'll get.
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Crazy Credits

The show has three openings. The first opening (Saiyan and Frieza Saga) is a montage of the characters and battles, and it features a scene of Nappa and Vegeta walking through fire, and ends with the Z-Fighters assembled, joined by Goku who falls from above wielding his Power Pole (unusual considering he never uses it in Z.) The second intro (Cell Saga) is basically the same, however it eliminates the "Nappa and Vegeta in fire" sequence, and shows a more modern group shot of the Z-Fighters at the end, including Goku becoming a Super Saiyan. The third intro (Buu Saga) is completely different and features a new opening song, with footage of the Z-Fighters as they appear later in the series. The first two intros are accompanied by an end credits scene of Gohan running on a globe, intercut with other footage of Z-Fighters and allies. The third intro has an end credits scene featuring Gohan walking down a sidewalk, looking up to see Goku with angel wings, who drops a feather from them. See more »


Soundtracks

Boku-tachi wa Tenchi Datta
(ending song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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One word to describe it: OUTRAGEOUS!
6 November 2002 | by (Fairborn, OH) – See all my reviews

Ok, ok, so I may be biased because DBZ may be one of my favorite shows of all time, and if not my favorite Anime`- EVER! But who cares? I love this show. And I loved Dragon Ball (although I must say that the American dub of Dragon Ball is for more of the 11-under crowd if you ask me) Now, allow me to tell you my testimony of how I came to love the Dragon Ball series....

When I was in Kindergarten-first grade or so, I saw my first episode of Dragon Ball. I was sick and home from school, and it was airing on Fox Kids I believe. It came on after Bannana's in Pajamas. (God save my soul, I hated that show.) Well, I've been one who has followed and practiced Martial Arts my whole life, and since I was a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and since I was sick in bed) I decided to watch Dragon Ball. I laughed, and smiled, and of course enjoyed it. I can't tell you exactly what I remember, Master Roshi and his island come to mind at best. Well, over the years I skipped through the episodes, never exactly becoming "hooked" and die hard. That wouldn't be for another few good years. In 5th grade, my friends were Role Playing Dragon Ball Z during recess (it had just started to air around that time.) Of course, I wanted to role play with them, but didn't know-or remember- any female characters. They had me play as Bulma. All that came to mind was blue hair (and one of my friends complained of me playing Bulma because they had to play Yamucha. Go figure) Years still went by and it wasn't until around the 6th grade did I start watching. Over the summer I'd be wtaching Frieza or Garlic Jr. reruns, and my younger cousin and his friend would make fun of the show. (I tell you now: DBZ isn't just about people screaming at the top of their lugs with beyond steroid possible muscles and beams of light shooting from their bodies.) And when the time came of the Android/Cell saga, I WAS OFFICIALLY HOOKED!!!!!! DBZ is the first show I've come to obsess over, and even though I am a 15 y/o female, I don't care. If fighting and mountains blowing up appeals to me, then too bad!!!!!! DBZ ROCKS!!!

P.S: Like I said in my above comment about screaming and muscles and lights, it is beyond that. The show talks a lot about courage, friendship, and loyalty. Though the American edited version may not be AS good as the Japanese version, I still find it great. And it may take a while to understand the principles of DBZ if you start watching in the middle of a saga, but keep watching- it may take time (like me.)

Akira Toriyama has definitely created a classic.


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