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Dragon Ball Z Kai 

Dragon Ball Kai: Doragon bôru kai (original title)
In February of 2009, Toei Animation announced that as an honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z, they will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named Dragon Ball Kai. This new anime ... See full summary »
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 Chichi / ... 70 episodes, 2009-2015
Tôru Furuya ...
 Yamcha / ... 68 episodes, 2009-2015
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In February of 2009, Toei Animation announced that as an honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z, they will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named Dragon Ball Kai. This new anime chronicles the plot of DBZ and consists of parts from the original anime which are edited to a better quality and with new voices. Toei Animation also confirmed that the plot of DBK will be closer to manga style. Written by dreamian

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The series went on Incomplete for about two years, being canceled after the Cell saga. Recent leaks by Mayumi Tanaka (Krillin/Yajirobe), Sean Schemmel (Goku/King Kai), and Kyle Herbert (Adult Gohan/Former Narrator) have confirmed that Foreign Demand lead to the series being picked back up for an overseas release of the Majin Buu arc, completing the series. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Satan's punch at the World Tournament is shown to have a power of "137." Yet later, in the dub, someone comments on him having a punch power of "139." (Master Roshi's power level is 139, which probably created this confusion.) See more »

Crazy Credits

All-new opening and closing credits sequences were animated for the series, instead of the series just reusing the ones from Z. See more »

Connections

Follows Doragon bôru: Saikyô e no michi (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Kokoro no hane
("Wings of the Heart")
Performed by Team Dragon
Second ending theme
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An Improvement, but Not By Much
15 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Dragon Ball Z Kai took what was already an overly-long, awkwardly- paced, zero-stakes anime that, admittedly, was a highly influential show and redid it better. The show was more sleek and at least watchable, but it still has major flaws.

In short, I don't think Dragon Ball Z was great, but it was definitely important. It exposed a new generation of adults and children to a medium that was pretty fringe in the United States up until that point. However, no amount of cultural importance could really change the quality of that show. The show was plagued by unbearably long charging scenes, transformation scenes, reaction shots, and filler, not to mention stilted dialogue, bad dubbing, and unfunny jokes that are just really dated. Characters that were pretty paper-thin, a contrived plot that was sometimes compelling but moved along at a snail's pace, and the only saving grace (the action) was mostly interrupted by all these other terrible things that I mentioned.

Dragon Ball Z Kai took an already flawed anime and made it a lot more enjoyable. Pull out all the filler, update the animation, and get some new voice-actors (most of which were superior, a few being inferior). It took out a lot of the choppiness and the show ended up an above- average show that's not a classic. But, you couldn't help but feel when watching it that they were just milking the cash cow to try to squeeze more money out of it, just like another show I can think of . . . it's on the tip of my tongue . . . GP? CT? No, that's not it, never mind.

In conclusion, the show's fine, better than the original, but definitely not one of the 250 best television shows of all time.


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