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I read the manga 13 years ago. This Dragon Ball kai is the what in TV
was called Dragon Ball Z, from when Goku appears with his son Gohan.
I've always disliked DBZ for the very frequent and boring fillers it
contains (DBZ is more than 200 eps in total) and I wondered how a
"serious" adaptation from the manga would be since I've enjoyed the
manga very much. Now this surprise, I'm much older but it is fun to see
Goku&Co adventures again. I've seen about 30 episodes so far and I
think a good cut and paste of the original DBZ is being done, even if
there are occasions when some little fillers are still present and
maybe others when they cut too much (not real fillers) but it was
So this is a very rare possibility to see a popular long anime without boring and useless fillers and anyway it is a still very good fast paced action-fighting anime with energy blast and flying characters even if it has obviously outdated animation (about 15-20 years).
dragon ball Kai is the same as dragon ball z, but its uncut and remastered and HD all together there's only 100 episodes in total when dragon ball z had around 200 episodes the story is all the same but all the fillers are all cut out so there will hardly be any wasted talking and mostly fighting I'm a really big fan of dragon ball I've seen all the episodes and the movies. So I'm a big fan i recommend this to everyone if you want to start watching dragon ball z start on dragon ball Kai Dragonball Kai is the best anime ever made and always will be you should also watch dragon ball and dragon ball gt there are all 10 out of 10
There are many famous anime out there and among the most dominant is
none other than the Dragonball saga. While the first series simply
titled "Dragonball" went for a somewhat more comedic route, this second
series went all-out with the action and drama. Even though the
franchise was not intended for kids, even the edited versions of this
show were a ton of fun. get ready to power up because this is
Dragonball Z Kai.
What's unique about the second series is that you get to learn much more about the vague origins of characters like Goku and Piccolo. The storyline is more intricate and the action scenes are a lot more intense (and I mean literally planet-shaking intense). Things get really brutal and everything in sight gets blown away. I love that crap! It makes us all look forward to the next action scenes. Some of the characters are a load of fun too, like the ever awesome Piccolo and the delightfully despicable Vegeta, their personalities and interactions with other characters stealing the show. The villains are pretty cool as well like the sadistic Frieza and the menacing Cell, who instill terror into even the bravest of warriors.
What I really like about this series is how dark it gets. In the original manga and the Japanese uncut versions of the show, things get really violent. Even edited, it gets dark with the serious dilemmas and numerous deaths that go around, which makes it more appealing to adults. I guess shows that go this route tend to be pretty successful like that.
My only real problems (and they're not really a big deal) is some odd/exaggerated moments and a lot of the screaming. Other than that, this is one of the best action/adventure series and anime I have ever seen. This show is sure to give you one hell of a punch and it's guaranteed to bring out the super saiyan in you. Check it out. KAMEHAME-HA!!!
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From a personal point of view, "Dragon Ball Z Kai" is one of the most
entertaining shows on television. I will admit that I am not a fan of
Japanese animation, nor have I, until recently, been an avid fan of the
"Dragon Ball" franchise. I had a friend in high school who loved
"Dragon Ball Z," and I saw a part of one episode when it aired on
Saturday morning on KTLA back in 1997. My local cable provider did not
provide Cartoon Network until about 2002, so I missed most of what
American fans saw of "Dragon Ball Z." I had mixed feelings about "Z"
when I started seeing full episodes. I found the serialized form in
which episodes were shown---in the style of a soap opera---difficult to
follow and to enjoy. You have to commit to watching the show for weeks
for it to make sense. The villain could take fifty episodes to
vanquish. Only serious fans could watch "Z" on a regular basis; all
others would find the series tedious and boring. I liked some of what
the show had to offer for a while, but found the long storyline hard to
enjoy after several weeks.
"Dragon Ball Z Kai," which is an abridged version of the original "Z", is far more enjoyable simply because it has less episodes than the original show to follow. The fights against the foes seem to conclude more quickly and the plot flows much more smoothly. Much of what I like about "Kai" has to do with the voice over artists who voice the main characters. My favorite is Christopher Sabat's rendition of the villain Vegeta; this actor portrays the extraordinarily powerful super-villain with a confident, worldly, and cocky attitude, expressed with a raspy voice that emanates the sneering arrogance that defines the character. Goku's sweet-sounding voice is a stark contrast to Vegeta, embodying the former's nobility and innocence. Since the fights are more concise than the show's previous incarnation, they feel quicker-paced and are therefore more intense.
While some parental groups may object to the violence of this program, it does have important themes and lessons to teach children. The heroes, in particular the main protagonist, Goku, do not win against their foes easily, and are therefore encouraged to persevere and work their hardest to win again against their enemies (the Wikipedia page on "Dragon Ball" enumerates the moral lessons one is intended to draw from the comic book in which "Dragon Ball" was published). When Goku is vanquished by his first enemy early in the series, he is undeterred, and, rather than giving up, decides to train harder than before to fight even more challenging enemies. The heroes' love for family and friends, as well as feelings of compassion for enemies, seem to overcome the lust for power the enemies have. Parent's ought to give "Dragon Ball Z Kai" a chance, and determine if there is merit for their children based on the themes stated above.
Grown-ups may find this show rather unsophisticated plot-wise, and will find the fact that characters provide frequent exposition about plot developments to be annoying; in other words, the show tells you what is going on rather than showing it through action. I think adults will be drawn to "Kai's" action sequences, and these might make up for the forced exposition provided by characters. In spite of the "telling" rather than "showing", I dug "Kai's" storyline, action scenes and basic themes. This latest incarnation of "Dragon Ball" is better than what I saw on Cartoon Network. I'm hooked, and I'll watch it when I have a chance.
I've enjoyed Dragon Ball Z for over a decade, along with everything
else Dragon Ball and this is no exception. Dragon Ball Z Kai is
enjoyable, and even though I enjoy (and dislike) some of the filler in
DBZ, Kai is in no way to be classed as terrible for taking most of it
out - some minor bits have been left in.
The dialogue has improved, I like Frieza's new voice actor and the original voice actors have improved slightly. Gohan's new voice actress I was fine with it at first, but it did start to annoy at times, now after a while, I have sort of got used to it again.
When it comes to the music, I prefer the Japanese version of: "Dragon Soul", "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!" and "Wings of the Heart" I really enjoy "Saiyan Blood" and "Only A Chilling Elegy." I enjoy all of the music in Kai even if Kenji Yamamoto "borrowed" it, I also enjoy Shunsuke Kikuchi and Bruce Faulconer's music so I don't really have an argument over music.
DBZ is there when I want to hide away for days - DBZK is there when I want to watch it quicker. Then I also have the option of Dragon Ball and Team Four Star ;3 It's Dragon Ball, I like it all, even GT.
It's not just for young children. The DVD's are uncut (there is blood, a little less blood than Z but added "swearing"), the television version is censored for a reason.
The Buu Saga, is on the way! I hope they keep the worms in, I guess they won't though :(
One thing I am annoyed about is that the UK will have to wait or may never get the Dragon Boxes of any of the series' or the movies. Unless bought from overseas at high cost.
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I honestly despised DBZ Kai when I first tried to watch it on TV. The
music and voice changes were unbearable; however, after spending the
last few days watching the initial episodes, I realized that this
remake is actually phenomenal. Once you get used to the changes in the
music and voices, DBZ Kai is quite entertaining.
I am actually glad that the fillers are gone. I remember watching DBZ reruns and couldn't help but get bored when Goku was travelling to King Kai's planet. DBZ Kai has done a good job with sticking to the most important pieces of the plot. I am still in the Frieza saga of DBZ Kai, but I am very impressed with the overall content.
I have seen the Funimation, Ocean, and now the Kai dub of DBZ, and I must say that I find the overall script of Kai to be superior to the other two dubs. I find the content to be more insightful in the Kai dub.
One of my main deterrents from watching this show was the fact that they stopped it at the Cell saga. I am more ecstatic than ever now since I just read that the Majin Buu saga, which in my opinion is the best saga, is being released sometime in August. As a result, I feel that DBZ Kai is worth the watch.
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Becoming a fan rather late into the game (After the original Toonami
was dead and Gone), I thought I'd never have a chance to get to watch
it. I started watching Z online, but the slow pace and constant filler
breaks caused me to initially lose interest. Kai was the perfect remedy
for that. After removing the filler, the end of the Cell arc of Kai was
placed at 98 episodes. Literally HALF of the original's near 200. There
still is filler (Gregory, the Frog Ginyu, and Mr. Satan's (Hercule in
the Televised version) pupils) but far more condensed and only left in
when the characters introduced could not be removed from the Animation.
This made Dragon Ball Z Kai the extraordinary lightning-paced battle
anime that you'd expect Z to have been. The majority of the English
cast returned, with few exceptions where more fitting actors were
found, or, in the case of Frieza, the old actors couldn't meet the
Demand. The few changed actors are Incredible. Kai kept Frieza as the
Chilling, Sadistic Villain he was in the Japanese version, and Chris
Ayers provides the voice Talents to match.
From what little I'd seen of Z, i knew the TV version was Censored, cutting out blood and, from the start of the Frieza arc, direct references to Death. But that was also solved with Funimation's release of Uncut DVDs. I was presently surprised to find that, along with mostly uncut footage (Some edits were made in Japan to fit new laws in place since it's original 1989 run), there was an uncut Dialogue track as well, reinstating all references to Death as well as introducing mild swears (Let this double as a warning to parents. If your seven-year-old son wants a copy of this Anime on DVD, you need to know this). This dispelled all rumors I'd hear that Kai was a just little kids show.
All this was backed by an astounding new soundtrack, which I was saddened to hear was removed due to copyright infringement. (If you want as much of Kai with the removed score as possible, find the "Part" sets. the first four contain the Original Kai score)
And those of you disappointed this version does not extend to the final arc, you will be pleased to know that it has been confirmed that it is in production, and is speculated to be released later this year
All in all, I have to say that Kai is the best version of Dragon Ball Z yet. Aiming for new fans with a child-safe television dub, and catering to the old fans with its uncut DVD version. I was very pleased with it, and I think that if Old fans could take off their nostalgia goggles, they'd definitely agree.
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DBZ is considered one of the best shows created by man, and it is no lie. They decided to remaster it with different voices and no fillers, and i am NOT disappointed. First off, let's talk about the voices. Every single one was improved. Even Gohan, even though he sounds like a little girl, its a lot more fitting for a toddler than a tween voice...And Frieza's voice doesn't sound like a chick anymore, he sounds like a creepy chilling villain now. But, this show hasn't been getting good responses by original DBZ fans. They say that they completely ruined the show by cutting some scenes and changing voices around. THIS IS A MESSAGE TO THOSE PEOPLE: GET OVER IT. YOU CANT STOP IT SO JUST GET OVER IT AND WATCH YOUR ORIGINAL DBZ INSTEAD OF BEING CRYBABIES ABOUT IT. So overall, this show is worthy to join the DBZ family in my book.
I've been a lover of Dragon Ball Z for most of my life. Z was my
obsession through childhood and I remained an avid fan even as an
adult. I've been there through the quirky Ocean Dub, the
poorly-translated VHS fansubs, the garish orange bricks...
Dragon Ball Kai isn't just the best version of Dragon Ball Z, it's the only version of Dragon Ball Z anyone should ever watch, for anything other than purely nostalgic reasons. DBZ was bogged down by a nearly unwatchable amount of filler. And I'm not even talking about filler story lines like Garlic Jr. or Goku fighting a star. What dragged Z down was the constant stalling: scenes of people powering up for two episodes straight, replaying the same scene of people staring at each other three times. Entire episodes pass with absolutely no progress on the primary storyline.
But Dragon Ball Kai fixes all of this. The great fighting and exciting story of Dragon Ball Z is finally, for the first time ever as an anime, brought to its due glory. This is the Dragon Ball Z that should have existed from the very start, the definitive, superior version.
Thankfully, the terrible new music turned out to be plagiarized, and Z's original soundtrack was restored. So truly the only thing that's better about Dragon Ball Z over Kai, are the opening and ending themes. Kai's new themes are cheesy and cliché', while Cha La and Zenkai Power were pretty cool.
Admittedly, it's not 100% without flaws. The Saiyan Saga cuts out a smidge too much, and feels ever so slightly rushed, while the Cell Saga kept a smidge too much filler, and it's noticeable. But the Freeza Saga is perfect down to the very frame.
To say that Dragon Ball Kai is better than Dragon Ball Z doesn't even do it justice. It's the only version of Dragon Ball Z that should exist. It makes me embarrassed to have held the original Z in such high regard. I used to take a blind eye to Z's innumerable flaws because I had such a history with it. But now that Kai has come out, and it is such a genuinely spectacular show, I'm proud to be a fan again.
Years ago before dragon ball z Kai I watched a bit of Some Poorly
dubbed Dragon ball and Dragon Ball GT and the laughable ocean dub
version of DBZ (with Some of the worst Acting known to man)
I think dragon ball z Kai is the best of the series Much better than the 1999 Funimation dub
The Voice Acting was a bit mediocre compare to the Japanese voice acting
Gohan's new Voice is cute but childish (a lot of funimation dub fans hate Gohan's new Voice but i like it)
Even Freiza's new Voice was epic and much better than his Funimation dub Voice
The musics from DBZKai are great
and the animation was superior to dragon ball z
The theme song(dragon soul) was great
this series is not as bad as what the Funimation 1999 Fans say
If you miss dragon ball z than dragon ball z Kai is all you need Because it was the best version of DBZ
For those who never watched the funimation version of DBZ as a kid: 10/10 For those who watched the funimation version of DBZ as a kid: 1/10
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