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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:
 Goku / ... (259 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Piccolo / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (232 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Krillin / ... (198 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (195 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Krillin / ... (193 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (189 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (169 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (163 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (161 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (156 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Goten / ... (145 episodes, 2000-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (133 episodes, 1996-2003)
 Goku (132 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Narrator / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (122 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (121 episodes, 2000-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha (115 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ...
 Enma Daiou / ... (110 episodes, 1996-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (109 episodes, 1997-2003)


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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Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the only dragon ball series to ever have more than 4 movies. See more »


In the Saiyan Saga, when Tien, Chiaotzu, Krillin, Yamcha, and Yajirobe first arrive at Kami's lookout, they have "flashbacks" of themselves in combat as Kami speaks to them. However, the events in these flashbacks have not happened yet (they would happen right after they started their training.) See more »


Frieza: There're three things I refuse to tolerate: cowardice, bad haircuts, and millitary insurrection.
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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 »


Follows Dragon Ball (1995) See more »


Boku-tachi wa Tenchi Datta
(ending song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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User Reviews

7 July 2000 | by (Eagle Idaho) – See all my reviews

Frankly I demand that the animation industries crown DragonBallZ "THE GREATEST ACTION CARTOON OF ALL TIME!!!" A 10, a perfect 10 is what I give this BEYOND AWESOME TV SHOW! There is nothing like it in the world! No one else has thought up the kind of animation stunts they put on here before! If HollyWood tried to make this a live action film, the Special Effects company's would have a run for their money! This is red hot stuff from Japan, and it's steaming! The trick is, you must see the right episode. If you see a dull episode, then it's no good. But if you catch an episode with TONS of action, I promise you, "You're in for a real treat!" This show is very addictive, why? Because EVERY SINGLE EPISODE IS A "TO BE CONTINUED". There is no end! You pick up where you left off, just like a Soap Opera. Except this is not boring like Soap Opera's are. (No offense to Soap Opera lovers) I suggest this to the family groups. This is great for both kids and adults alike. (Though it can get too violent for the little kids. However it's a "PG" rating show) I highly suggest that you see the "Frieza Saga" since those are the best episodes. See it on "Cartoon Network" or rent them at your local video store. I'm not allowed to say too much more about this except for my good critisizm. As you can see, I am a true fan. And I wouldn't lie to you if I didn't think you wouldn't enjoy this a little. Just make sure you see the right episodes.

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