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Dragon Ball Z 

Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto (original title)
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The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.
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Series cast summary:
Jôji Yanami ...  Narration / ... 291 episodes, 1989-1996
Kyle Hebert ...  Narrator / ... 291 episodes, 1989-1996
Masako Nozawa ...  Son Gohan / ... 291 episodes, 1989-1996
Christopher Sabat ...  Vegeta / ... 279 episodes, 1989-1996
Sean Schemmel ...  Goku / ... 267 episodes, 1989-1996
Mayumi Tanaka ...  Kuririn / ... 230 episodes, 1989-1996
Sonny Strait ...  Krillin / ... 227 episodes, 1989-1996
Stephanie Nadolny ...  Gohan / ... 212 episodes, 1989-1996
Toshio Furukawa ...  Piccolo / ... 194 episodes, 1989-1996
Ryô Horikawa ...  Vegeta / ... 196 episodes, 1989-1996
Hiromi Tsuru ...  Bulma / ... 179 episodes, 1989-1996
Tiffany Vollmer ...  Bulma / ... 179 episodes, 1989-1996
Mike McFarland ...  Master Roshi / ... 148 episodes, 1989-1996
Cynthia Cranz ...  Chi-Chi / ... 141 episodes, 1989-1996
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...  Tenshinhan / ... 132 episodes, 1989-1996
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ...  Mr. Satan / ... 131 episodes, 1989-1996
Takeshi Kusao ...  Trunks / ... 126 episodes, 1989-1996
Tôru Furuya ...  Yamcha / ... 117 episodes, 1989-1996


Five years after the end of "Dragon Ball", Son Gokû reunites with his friends, bringing along his four-year old son, Gohan. Son Gohan is not like his father; he'd rather study than fight. Raditz, a warrior from space lands on earth searching for someone named "Kakarotto". He reveals himself as Raditz of the Saiyajin, the older brother of Kakarotto! And Kakarotto turns out to be Son Gokû! With two other Saiyajin coming to earth, can Gokû and the Z Warriors withstand the onslaught!? Written by Evan Jacobson <mrsatan@geocities.com>

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Freeza and his minions are sent to Hell, where several demons wear t-shirts that have the word "HELL" written on them. In the English USA version, the demons wear "HFIL" t-shirts, and the underworld is referred to as the "Home For Infinite Losers." See more »


One of Gohan's energy attacks knocks out a number of Recoome's teeth. From that point on, the amount of Recoome's teeth in his mouth becomes inconsistent between shots. Sometimes he's shows with a whole mouthful of teeth, other times he only has a few remaining. See more »


Vegeta: [after killing Android 19] Too Bad! I only wish that there was a junkyard, so could give him a proper burial.
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Alternate Versions

The French version, which has been distributed over most of Europe, had name-changes of its own. These include:
  • All of the male Son family members (Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten) have their last and first names combined (Songoku, Songohan, Songoten). "Son-" is sometimes spelled as "San-".
  • The Saiyan race is Guerriers de l'espace ("Space Warriors"). The Super Saiyan stages are called Super Warrior, Hyper Warrior and Mega Warrior.
  • Son Goku's birth-name Kakarot is only mentioned in one episode, translated as "Cachalote". It is never made clear that this name refers to Goku.
  • Kamesennin (Master Roshi in the English version) is called Tortue Géniale ("Turtle Genius" or "Genius Turtle").
  • Piccolo is Satan Petit-Coeur Junior ("Satan's Little Heart Junior" or "Little-Hearted Satan Junior"), but most of the time he's simply called Petit-Coeur ("Little Heart") or sometimes just Satan. This strange name comes from the French name of his father, Great Demon King Piccolo, who was called "Little-Hearted Satan" in French. The title "Great Demon King" got translated as "Satan" and this became his name instead of Piccolo. In the infamous English dub based on this French version, Piccolo was renamed to "Big Green", probably because the name Satan was unsuitable for a children's show and Little Heart sounded too silly.
  • Frieza became Freezer. His father King Cold is called Cord.
  • Tenshinhan is Tenshin Han.
  • Trunks is Trunk.
  • Pikkon is called Paul Kuhan, an erroneous transcription of his original Japanese name Paikuhan.
  • Buu's name is changed to Boubou.
  • Mr. Satan is called Hercule to avoid confusion with Piccolo's French name.
  • Supreme Kai is called Neptune. Interestingly, at one point King Kai also states that his formal name is "King Neptune".
  • Vegeto, the fusion between Vegeta and Goku, is called Vegeku.
  • Gotenks, the fusion of Goten and Trunks, is called Gotrunk.
  • Kibito Kai, the fusion between Kibito and Supreme Kai, is called Shibito, in reference to Supreme Kai's alias name Shin.
  • The Ginyu Force are simple referred to as Special Forces or Secret Army.
  • Shen Long (or Shenron) the Eternal Dragon is called Sheron the Holy Dragon.
  • The titular Dragon Balls are called Crystal Balls
  • The Flying Nimbus, Power Pole and Sensu Beans are called Magic Cloud, Magic Batton/Stick and Magic Beans, respectively.
  • The Kamehameha attack is inconsistently called "Fireball", "Higher Powers", "Lightning", or sometimes "Personality Wave".
  • Numerous other characters were also renamed, but some (like Cui, Recoome, Guldo, Burter and many others) are never named at all. The French version of the series was aimed at very young children, and they probably thought that all the weird names would confuse kids. For this reason, most of the evil characters during the Saiyan and Namek Sagas are only referred to as "the enemy", "the monster" or "the tyrant". Furthermore, most of the attack names were abandoned and replaced with random trash-talk. The French dub is notorious for its careless and error-filled translation work and irritating, childish voice acting, which was sadly carried over to all other dubs that used it as a basis.
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Came in 2002 (Where I live), looked like garbade, but underrated
9 November 2004 | by Gir_is_hereSee all my reviews

Wha-? Are you crazy, Nah...the thing is, I really like this show, and it's NOT because of the fighting. Too many people just dimiss the show as a mindless punch-a-thon, as "that fighting anime that turned me off all fighting anime." The thing is, the characters are all really nicely developed. As we watch the show over the years, we get to see the characters grow, and it happens so gradually that we don't even realize it's happening. Toriyama's Freeza saga was probably the best-told part, despite the fact that the anime completely f-ed it up--the reason for everyone to be there in the first place actually made sense, and the transition from the Vegeta fight to the Freeza fight (and the reason Vegeta eventually joined with the rest of the group) was actually logical. I think the show has a lot more substance than everyone else says, but I realize by now that everyone's already made up their mind about the show and no matter what I say, their opinions will stay the soon.

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Release Date:

26 April 1989 (Japan) See more »

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