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Writers:
Eric Vale (episodes)
Andrew Rye (episodes)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
13 September 1996 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Saiyans have returned...
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
One word to describe it: OUTRAGEOUS! See more (116 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 169)
Jôji Yanami ... Narrator / ... (260 episodes, 1996-2003)
Masako Nozawa ... Son Goku / ... (259 episodes, 1996-2003)
Christopher Sabat ... Vegeta / ... (251 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sean Schemmel ... Goku / ... (237 episodes, 1996-2003)
Doc Harris ... Narrator (226 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Kuririn / ... (208 episodes, 1996-2003)
Sonny Strait ... Krillin / ... (200 episodes, 1996-2003)
Brian Drummond ... Vegeta / ... (197 episodes, 1996-2003)

Terry Klassen ... Krillin / ... (191 episodes, 1996-2003)
Ryô Horikawa ... Vegeta (181 episodes, 1996-2003)
Toshio Furukawa ... Piccolo (179 episodes, 1996-2003)
Scott McNeil ... Piccolo / ... (166 episodes, 1996-2003)

Stephanie Nadolny ... Gohan / ... (165 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tiffany Vollmer ... Bulma / ... (157 episodes, 1996-2003)

Jillian Michaels ... Goten / ... (156 episodes, 2000-2003)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Bulma / ... (150 episodes, 1996-2003)

Kyle Hebert ... Narrator / ... (136 episodes, 1996-2003)

Kirby Morrow ... Goku (133 episodes, 2000-2003)
Tôru Furuya ... Yamcha (131 episodes, 1996-2003)
Takeshi Kusao ... Trunks (129 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ted Cole ... Yamcha / ... (125 episodes, 1996-2003)
Cynthia Cranz ... Chi-Chi / ... (119 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mike McFarland ... Master Roshi / ... (118 episodes, 1996-2003)
Daisuke Gôri ... Gyuumao / ... (117 episodes, 1996-2003)
Naoko Watanabe ... Puar / ... (116 episodes, 1996-2003)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Tenshinhan / ... (110 episodes, 1996-2003)
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Series Directed by
Daisuke Nishio (96 episodes, 1996-1999)
 
Series Writing credits
Akira Toriyama (281 episodes, 1996-2003)

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

Series Produced by
Kôzô Morishita .... producer (281 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)
Kenji Yamamoto (42 episodes, 1996-1997)

Shunsuke Kikuchi (unknown episodes, 1989-2003)
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 (56 episodes, 1996-1998)
Ryan Nowak .... sound effects editor (33 episodes, 2000-2003)
Sonny Strait .... adr director (30 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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Runtime:
24 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (some episodes) | Denmark:7 | Denmark:7 (DVD) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:MG6 | South Korea:All | USA:PG | USA:TV-Y7 (edited version) | USA:TV-PG (uncensored version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Prior to Nappa and Vegeta's arrival on earth, both of them are colored wrongly. Vegeta has red hair and lime green armor, and Nappa has generic black Saiyan-style armor. When they arrive on earth, they are the right colors.See more »
Quotes:
Android 17:[clapping] A beautiful speech, I can see it now, you truly are a prince with the royal blood of a Saiyan.See more »

FAQ

Yamcha knows the Spirit Bomb?
Is it true that a new version of Dragon Ball Z is airing?
Why didn't Goku ever wish Grandpa Gohan back to life? Wish Bardock back to life? Etc.
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84 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
One word to describe it: OUTRAGEOUS!, 6 November 2002
Author: Ashley (BluEyedChild54@aol.com) from Fairborn, OH

Ok, ok, so I may be biased because DBZ may be one of my favorite shows of all time, and if not my favorite Anime`- EVER! But who cares? I love this show. And I loved Dragon Ball (although I must say that the American dub of Dragon Ball is for more of the 11-under crowd if you ask me) Now, allow me to tell you my testimony of how I came to love the Dragon Ball series....

When I was in Kindergarten-first grade or so, I saw my first episode of Dragon Ball. I was sick and home from school, and it was airing on Fox Kids I believe. It came on after Bannana's in Pajamas. (God save my soul, I hated that show.) Well, I've been one who has followed and practiced Martial Arts my whole life, and since I was a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and since I was sick in bed) I decided to watch Dragon Ball. I laughed, and smiled, and of course enjoyed it. I can't tell you exactly what I remember, Master Roshi and his island come to mind at best. Well, over the years I skipped through the episodes, never exactly becoming "hooked" and die hard. That wouldn't be for another few good years. In 5th grade, my friends were Role Playing Dragon Ball Z during recess (it had just started to air around that time.) Of course, I wanted to role play with them, but didn't know-or remember- any female characters. They had me play as Bulma. All that came to mind was blue hair (and one of my friends complained of me playing Bulma because they had to play Yamucha. Go figure) Years still went by and it wasn't until around the 6th grade did I start watching. Over the summer I'd be wtaching Frieza or Garlic Jr. reruns, and my younger cousin and his friend would make fun of the show. (I tell you now: DBZ isn't just about people screaming at the top of their lugs with beyond steroid possible muscles and beams of light shooting from their bodies.) And when the time came of the Android/Cell saga, I WAS OFFICIALLY HOOKED!!!!!! DBZ is the first show I've come to obsess over, and even though I am a 15 y/o female, I don't care. If fighting and mountains blowing up appeals to me, then too bad!!!!!! DBZ ROCKS!!!

P.S: Like I said in my above comment about screaming and muscles and lights, it is beyond that. The show talks a lot about courage, friendship, and loyalty. Though the American edited version may not be AS good as the Japanese version, I still find it great. And it may take a while to understand the principles of DBZ if you start watching in the middle of a saga, but keep watching- it may take time (like me.)

Akira Toriyama has definitely created a classic.

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