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Cast

Series cast summary:
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Piccolo / ... (213 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Goku / ... (209 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (192 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Vegeta / ... (188 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (174 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (168 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Goku (144 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (133 episodes, 1997-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (133 episodes, 1999-2003)
Dale Kelly ...
 Narrator / ... (127 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Goten / ... (127 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (124 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (120 episodes, 2000-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (119 episodes, 1997-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (114 episodes, 1999-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (113 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Chi-Chi / ... (93 episodes, 2000-2003)
Brad Swaile ...
 Gohan (93 episodes, 2001-2003)
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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, 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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Trivia

Some fans believe that Canada's Ocean Group were responsible for the censorship and inaccurate scripts found in the first two English dub seasons. This is incorrect, as the Ocean Group merely served as a dubbing studio for those 53 episodes. FUNimation Entertainment (the North American rights holders) have always been in charge of the English dub's production. It' s worth noting though that the alternate Euro-Canadian dub of Seasons 4-7 was indeed handled by Ocean to some extent, as it was produced by their sister company Westwood Media (in association with AB Groupe.) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Yarijobe: Think again. There's no way you're leaving the kid here.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Game (2008) See more »

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Rock The Dragon
(theme song) (English version)
Performed by Ron Wasserman and Jeremy Sweet
Written and Composed by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban
(Broadcast Seasons 1 - 3)
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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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