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Dragon Ball: Hey! Son Goku and Friends Return!! (2008)
"Doragon bôru: Ossu! Kaette kita Son Gokû to nakama-tachi!!" (original title)

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Goku and his family and friends encounter Vegeta's brother, and a threat from Vegeta's past shows up up and causes trouble.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Nozawa ...
Ryô Horikawa ...
Vegeta (voice)
Tôru Furuya ...
Yamcha (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
Kuririn / Yajirobe (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Piccolo (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Bulma (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
Oolong / Bubbles (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ...
Puar / Chi-Chi (voice)
Takeshi Kusao ...
Trunks (voice)
Hiroshi Masuoka ...
Yûko Minaguchi ...
Videl (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
Mr. Satan / Gyuumao / Umigame (voice)
Miki Itô ...
Android 18 (voice)
Masakazu Morita ...
Tarble (voice)
Kumiko Nishihara ...
Gure (voice)


It is two years after the defeat of Majin Buu, and Earth is enjoying a time of peace. Mr. Satan invites all of the Z Fighters to a banquet celebrating the opening of his hotel, but while they are enjoying themselves, they are interrupted by the arrival of Tarble, brother of Vegeta, and Tarble's wife. Tarble tells them how two fighters, formerly henchmen of Frieza, are terrorizing the planet that he now lives on, and he asks for their help in vanquishing these new foes. Written by page8701

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Release Date:

21 September 2008 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dragon Ball Special - Son Goku és barátai visszatérnek  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gure's name is a pun on the word "gureepu" ("grape"). See more »


Gotenks is able to de-fuse instantly after the failed "fat" fusion. But in the series when fighting Buu, and in the movie with Janemba, fusing, successful or not, lasts half an hour. There's no way to end a fusion early, nor is there a way to extend the effects. See more »


[in the aftermath of the feast]
Son Goku: [sees a piece of sushi] Vegeta, don't you want this?
[without waiting for an answer, he eats it]
Vegeta: YOU IDIOT! I was saving that sushi for last!
Son Goku: Oh, my mistake. Sorry.
[Vegeta grabs Goku's pork roast and chews it]
Son Goku: VEGETA! That... that was my char-siu pork!
Vegeta: Well, you had it coming!
Son Goku: I was saving that for the end!
Vegeta: Don't incur my wrath, now!
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Crazy Credits

The intro sequence to the movie is an update of the opening credits of Dragon Ball Z: Son Goku Super Star (1989), with updated animation and slight modifications:
  • at the beginning, Goten pulls out from behind Goku's leg instead of Gohan

  • when Goku and Goten ride the Nimbus, Vegeta is seen flying around them with kid Trunks riding on his back

  • Goten and Trunks run on Shenron's back instead of kid Gohan, and instead of Yajirobe running in the background alone, he is seen with Korin, Kibito Kai, and Old Kai

  • when the other Z Fighters pass the kids, Gohan is seen flying and holding Chi-Chi (in place of Tien and Chiaotzu flying) ; this scene also only features Yamcha, Krillin (with hair), Gohan and Chi-Chi.

  • scenes of the characters with their families are shown

  • instead of Gohan being chased by a dinosaur, Goten and Trunks are the ones seen running away from the dinosaur; later when other characters (Master Roshi with Turtle on his back, Bulma, Oolong, and Puar riding on Bulma's bike, and Kid Gohan) all run from the same dinosaur, it's instead Bulma accompanied by Chi-Chi and Videl

  • when Tien, Yamcha, and Krillin are firing energy blasts, Krillin can be seen with hair; also Yamcha fires a Kamehameha rather than "charging" a Spirit Ball

  • Goten and Trunks run along plains with Shenron in the background, instead of Gohan

  • Gohan falling through the sky and being caught by Goku is replaced with Goten falling through the sky and being caught by Gohan

  • and the final shot of the heroes shows them as they are at this point of the series (post-Buu). Master Roshi is absent, and while Tien and Chiaotzu are seen they do not appear in the feature.

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Follows Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 (1992) See more »


Opening theme
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
Lyrics by Yukinojô Mori
Music by Chiho Kiyôka
Arrangement by Kenji Yamamoto
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A great way to revive an excellent anime
23 November 2008 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

I had been looking forward for watching this since it was announced,i was amused and surprised when i heard that a new ova was going to go out after 11 years of dragon ball lack,well i can say after watching this that this special didn't disappointed me.It was interesting watching the great old dragon ball with new animation techniques,brighter colors and higher detailed scenarios.

The plot isn't too deep or original,but dragon ball had never been too deep,so i had no problem with that.A bunch of characters from the series appear and there are new ones,that i liked a lot.

The only complaint i have is the duration,i felt it was too short,but i hope this isn't the last dragon ball material we see.

in conclusion if you're a dragon ball fan you should watch this,you won't be disappointed.

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