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 / ... (283 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sean Schemmel ...
 Goku / ... (259 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (255 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Piccolo / ... (246 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 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 / ... (188 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (177 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (177 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (163 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 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 / ... (122 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)
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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

In anime history freiza and goku fight is one of longest fights in history 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

Vegeta: What's wrong Frieza? Is your brain another one of your weak and under used muscles?
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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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We Gotta Power
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
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Incredible Anime That Deserves Much Attention
23 July 2006 | by (NY, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched all the DBZ episodes on the Cartoon Network when Toonami just started out a few years ago. They were all very entertaining. I think the best part about this anime is that it is very addictive. The plot, the characters, the fight scenes, and the overall feel of the entire series makes a fan out of any child, and even many adults.

I remember at one point I read somewhere that DBZ has around 67 million fans worldwide. I believe they meant viewers. This I read a long while ago, but I think the number holds to current times. This is because the series as a whole, including Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT, all the movies, games, and toy lines, reach out to many nations and are somewhere in the memory of many fans of different age groups.

This is a classic anime that is easily adaptable to American television. Its power lies in its originality and the fact that it is fun to watch. The anime has a strong sense of suspense and a large inclination towards great battles between alien forces. It has a lot of humor and builds on the concept of morality that surrounds its main character, Goku, although the Japanese version is more vulgar than the American, or other international versions.

Altogether I give this entire series a solid 9/10. The reason I hold back 1 point is because its episodes are sometimes empty of any action and the animation in general is slow. The reason I don't hold back more than 1 point is because this thing is a classic and deserves much attention. A live action movie made from DBZ (not just based on DBZ) would be extremely fun and interesting to watch.

9/10


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