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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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

Prior to Nappa and Vegeta's arrival on earth, both of them are colored wrongly. Vegeta has red hair and lime green armor, and Nappa has generic black Saiyan-style armor. When they arrive on earth, they are the right colors. See more »

Quotes

Nappa: [shouts] You low-class peasant fool! I'm the second strongest Saiyan from the planet Vegeta!
Goku: Well, if your friend over there is stronger than you, I guess you're the third-strongest Saiyan now!
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Crazy Credits

During the Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans "lost movie", there is a scene in the second part in which "fake" closing credits begin rolling, which are quickly cut off and the feature resumes after. See more »

Connections

Version of Songoku: The Road to the West (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Cha-la Head-Chala
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 1 - 4)
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User Reviews

 
Simply one of the best Anime series out there
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This anime cartoon in my opinion, is better than any other cartoon I seen. I still watch it whenever I get the chance to. It's character development and the plots of the whole DBZ story is superb, the animation is full of action, and every ending of an episode leaves you wondering what may happen next. It also contains a bit of humor as well as subplots. When I first seen it in 1996, I was overwhelmed at how much action and comedy was fit into one anime series. I found Goku and Vegeta to be serious but a bit funny in between, and the roles of Gohan and Piccolo weren't shabby either. It has a whole saga inside which makes it worth watching.

Overall, I watched this cartoon more than all the other cartoons put together. I like it even better than Inuyasha, which is also good. My favorite episode is when Goku finally becomes a Super Saiyen, and Frieza later gets cut in half by a flying disk. You may have to watch this series from the beginning to get the full meaning of the story and what is going on, but if you see this on Cartoon Network or any other channel, watch it! Don't miss out! It is definitely worth seeing for the eye.


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