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Release Date:
13 September 1996 (USA) See more »
The Saiyans have returned...
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. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 24 of 170)

Sean Schemmel ... Goku / ... (258 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ... Piccolo / ... (247 episodes, 1996-2003)
Jôji Yanami ... Narrator / ... (232 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ... Narrator (223 episodes, 1996-2003)

Sonny Strait ... Krillin / ... (198 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ... Vegeta / ... (195 episodes, 1996-2003)

Terry Klassen ... 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)

Stephanie Nadolny ... Gohan / ... (160 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ... Bulma / ... (156 episodes, 1996-2003)

Jillian Michaels ... Goten / ... (145 episodes, 2000-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Bulma / ... (133 episodes, 1996-2003)

Kirby Morrow ... Goku (132 episodes, 2000-2003)

Kyle Hebert ... 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)

Series Directed by
Daisuke Nishio (93 episodes, 1996-1999)
Series Writing credits
Akira Toriyama (278 episodes, 1996-2003)

Jack Phelan (unknown episodes)
Andrew Rye (unknown episodes)
Eric Vale (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Kôzô Morishita .... producer (278 episodes, 1996-2003)
Justin Cook .... producer (20 episodes, 1996-2003)
Gen Fukunaga .... executive producer (20 episodes, 1996-2003)
Carly Hunter .... producer (20 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daniel Cocanougher .... producer (19 episodes, 2002-2003)
Cindy Brennan Fukunaga .... executive producer (19 episodes, 2002-2003)
Barry Watson .... producer (19 episodes, 2002-2003)

Ian James Corlett .... producer: early episodes (unknown episodes)
Terry Klassen .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Bruce Faulconer (225 episodes, 1999-2003)

Shuki Levy (unknown episodes)
Haim Saban (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Sweet (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Daisuke Nishio .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Sound Department
Rusty Dunn .... adr recordist (88 episodes, 2000)
Mike McFarland .... adr director (53 episodes, 1996-1998)
Gina Mueller .... sound mixer (39 episodes, 1996-1997)
Ryan Nowak .... sound effects editor (33 episodes, 2000-2003)
Sonny Strait .... adr director (27 episodes, 1997-1998)
Chris Ove .... adr editor (23 episodes, 2000)
Hennie Britton .... adr recordist (22 episodes, 1996-2000)
Christopher Bevins .... adr looping (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jeremy Butler .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 2000)

Gord Hillier .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tyler Walker .... adr looping engineer (unknown episodes)
Matthew Wilson .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Jeffrey Miller .... digital compositor (3 episodes, 1996-1999)
Series Editorial Department
Leland Miller .... video post-production (154 episodes, 2000-2003)
Series Music Department
Bruce Faulconer .... composer: theme music (215 episodes, 1996-2003)
Julius Dobos .... music editor (126 episodes, 2000-2003)

Drew DeAscentis .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jeremy Carlile .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1996)

David Stewart Cowles II .... web consultant (unknown episodes)
Ward Perry .... adr script: English dub (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Wilson .... assistant to director (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"DBZ" - USA (short title)
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24 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Brazil:12 | Brazil:Livre (cut) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (some episodes) | Canada:G (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Canada:PG (some episodes) (Manitoba) | Chile:TE (original rating) | Denmark:7 | Denmark:7 (DVD) | Germany:12 | Hungary:18 (pre-2002) | Hungary:12 (2012) | Hungary:16 (2002) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:MG6 | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:PG | USA:TV-Y7 (edited version) | USA:TV-PG (uncensored version) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

After his fight with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is the Chinese name for Goku.See more »
Factual errors: On the Space Suit Goku wears at times on his way to Namek, Goku is misspelled as "Gokuh."See more »
Goku:I would rather be a brainless monkey than a heartless monster. (To Frieza)See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Glass House (2001)See more »


Are there any Dragon Ball/Z/GT movies/episodes/etc. that aren't available in uncut Japanese form in America?
Why is the music/voices/etc. different on my season sets from when the show aired?
Why didn't Goku ever wish Grandpa Gohan back to life? Or wish Bardock back to life? Etc.
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77 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
An Amazing Story..., 30 April 2002
Author: lucas-42 from Texas

I'm a late blooming DBZ fan, but I've already seen almost the entire series! LOL! I will tell you the story of how I became a die-hard fan, and why you'll be VERY sorry if you haven't already!

It was around the year 1999 that I first came across DBZ. I think the Namek saga was airing on Cartoon Network. My friend was big on the show (though he had very little knowledge of it's origins) and forced me to watch it myself. I made fun of the show every-time he watched it. I thought it was corny, cheesy and the voice-acting was stupid.

HOWEVER, somewhere along the way in the summer of 2001 he told me they were re-airing the Android saga on CN. Well, I started the old usual comments, making fun of it. But then.. I actually became interested in the story. After a few episodes, I was hooked. You see, the story of Dragonball is more than you think. It covers over 500 episodes in it's entire run over three different animated series.

I began watching with the Android/Cell sagas. I watched them to the end and then watched the Frieza saga. Then I watched the Saiyan and Namek Saga. Now here we are today at the Buu saga. What better time to become a DBZ fan than now! The last 54 episodes of the show will air this fall, and that's something NOT to be missed.

The show never has an ending to a story. It's a continous "to be continued" storyline that grows and grows. Characters have time to develop into interesting relationships among them, making moments where someone dies or is hurt even more emotional.

It tells the story of Goku (son Goku in Japan) who is an incredible man born with an amazing fighting talent. His strength never ceases and he becomes stronger and stronger. He is kind and pure of heart.. a friend to even his enemies at times. He is the central point of DBZ, but not the only point.

Throughout the series, he learns of his Saiyan heritage, finding that he was born of an alien human-like race that has an ability to concentrate energy called Kai (or ki) to create energy blasts, fly, etc. They are born with a natural instinct to fight, and conquer entire planets to sale to the highest bidder.

That is only the beginning of DBZ, there are 200 episodes or so of a previous series called Dragonball that explain Goku's childhood-into-adult hood. DBZ covers him from his early twenties or so all the way until he's over 50 years old.

The show has sparked 13 movies and two specials.. and much more. Some of the movies are dubbed in english, while others are only available in Japanese subtitled versions.

ANYWAY, this show is specatacular, and takes forever to explain every aspect of the storyline. The ORIGINAL Japanese version has much better music and voice acting, I'll admit. And the English versions (at least early episodes) were edited to death, the show still holds what makes it magic.

The beginning of the series will re-air on Cartoon Network as of May 2002. I suggest you begin watching. Do NOT let the animation, or the voice-acting, or bad editing of this first saga shake you away. The show takes time to understand and become interested in, but once your there, you'll be hooked.

There are over 290 episodes of DBZ, and the animation gets much better, as does the storyline. Just keep watching, trust me... your gonna love it!

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