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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 / ... (123 episodes, 1996-2003)
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 Narrator / ... (120 episodes, 2000-2003)
Don Brown ...
 Hercule / ... (118 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

Earth was destroyed twice within a 15 year period during events of the series. Majin Buu destroyed it during Dragon Ball Z, and use of the Black Star Dragon Balls destroyed it again during Dragon Ball GT. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Gohan: [gets into a fighting stance] Now I'll show you why my little brother looks up to me.
Majin Buu: [gets into his own stance, having absorbed Piccolo and Gotenks earlier] He doesn't. In fact, he wonders why you let me absorb him.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in War of the Worlds (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

DragonBall Z
(theme song) (Euro-Canadian English version)
Performed by Tom Keenlyside, John Mitchell & David Iris
Written and Composed by Tom Keenlyside, John Mitchell & David Iris
(Euro-Canadian Seasons 4 - 7)
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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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