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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 Goku / ... (250 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Vegeta / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ...
 Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (199 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ...
 Vegeta / ... (195 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Krillin / ... (193 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ...
 Narrator / ... (183 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ...
 Piccolo / ... (169 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
 Bulma / ... (153 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
 Kuririn / ... (151 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goten / ... (145 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Vegeta (134 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Goku (132 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (130 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ...
 Piccolo (125 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ted Cole ...
 Yamcha / ... (122 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ...
 Trunks (121 episodes, 2000-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ...
 Chi-Chi / ... (119 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ...
 Master Roshi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (109 episodes, 1997-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
 Bulma / ... (105 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, 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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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 »

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ENGLISH DUB: The fused form of Kibito and Supreme Kai is called Kibito Kai in some scenes and Kibito Shin in others. See more »

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Pan: Your real strength is your bravery.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

We Gotta Power
(theme song) (Original Japanese version)
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Seasons 5 & 6)
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Greatest cartoon/anime ever created
2 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dragonball z is probably the most entertaining of all anime. I thought it was filled with action, entertainment and different and well thought plots. I loved it as a kid, and still do. I watch it every now and then. Dragonball z is comprised of different 'seasons' known as 'Sagas. There were originally 4, but they were divided into 'sub-sagas'. They are: Saiyan/Vegeta Saga Frieza saga :

Namek saga

Captain Ginyu

Frieza Saga (The main battle)

Garlic Jr. Saga

Trunks Saga

Cell Saga : Android saga

Imperfect Cell saga

Perfect Cell saga

Cell games Buu Saga : Great Saiyaman Saga

World Tournament saga

Majin Buu Saga

Fusion Saga

Kid buu saga

OUt of all the above, i thought that the Frieza Saga was the best by miles. Frieza was and is the greatest villain, not out of his power, but of his appearance and personality. He is in a strange way, polite when killing his victims mercifully. He is in fact a very important character in DBZ (dragonball z) because he is why the saiyans were sent to earth, and why their planet was destroyed etc. Overall i would give dragonball z 99.99% vote. The 0.01% being that it was a little corny at times. But it is and always will be the greatest anime ever! I also thought that Dragonball GT was terrible, it ruined the dragonball name! It was childish, aimed at the lower ages (7-10) when the original DBZ was for 13/14+ But dbz will always live on...


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