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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.
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Series cast summary:
Doc Harris Doc Harris ...  Narrator 223 episodes, 1996-2003
Christopher Sabat ...  Piccolo / ... 214 episodes, 1999-2003
Scott McNeil ...  Piccolo / ... 205 episodes, 1996-2003
Sean Schemmel ...  Goku / ... 202 episodes, 1999-2003
Terry Klassen ...  Krillin / ... 199 episodes, 1996-2003
Brian Drummond ...  Vegeta / ... 179 episodes, 1996-2003
Sonny Strait ...  Krillin / ... 171 episodes, 1999-2003
Stephanie Nadolny ...  Gohan / ... 149 episodes, 1997-2003
Don Brown ...  Hercule / ... 136 episodes, 1997-2003
Tiffany Vollmer ...  Bulma / ... 129 episodes, 1999-2003
Dale Kelly Dale Kelly ...  Narrator / ... 127 episodes, 1999-2000
Cathy Weseluck ...  Trunks / ... 126 episodes, 1996-2003
Michael Dobson ...  Supreme Kai / ... 123 episodes, 1996-2003
Jillian Michaels Jillian Michaels ...  Goten / ... 122 episodes, 2000-2003
Kyle Hebert ...  Narrator / ... 121 episodes, 2000-2003
Kirby Morrow ...  Goku / ... 118 episodes, 2000-2003
Ted Cole ...  Yamcha / ... 113 episodes, 1996-2003
Cynthia Cranz ...  Chi-Chi / ... 111 episodes, 1999-2003
Mike McFarland ...  Master Roshi / ... 110 episodes, 1999-2003
Chris Rager ...  Hercule / ... 91 episodes, 2000-2003
Lisa Ann Beley ...  Chi-Chi / ... 91 episodes, 2000-2003
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Storyline

In the version that is shown on YTV in Canada, the story begins mid-way through the Dragon Ball Z series. Raditz, Goku's brother has traveled to Earth to find out why Goku has not yet destroyed the planet as he was supposed to do. But while as a baby, Goku was dropped (down a huge cliff) and forgot his real mission. Kakarot, Goku's real name battles his brother Raditzs along with former enemy Piccolo and friend Krillin. Meanwhile, Gohan; Goku's son reveals his hidden powers against Raditz and nearly kills Raditz. However Goku is killed in the end, but Raditz is eventually defeated by Piccolo. Before he dies, he tells them that two evil Saiyans even more powerful then he is, are on route to Earth. The remaining fighters, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu begin their training to battle the evil Saiyans, while Piccolo takes off with Gohan to train him in using his new found power. Meanwhile, Goku has to make his way back on Snake Way to King Kai's where he trains himself in the secret ... Written by dreamian

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Official Sites:

Official Site (Japanese)

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Japan | USA | Canada

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English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

DBZ See more »

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Mono (Original Japanese)

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Piccolo is only 4 years older than Gohan. See more »

Goofs

English dubbed version: Early in the series, Raditz states that the planet Vegeta was destroyed three years prior to the beginning of the series. Later on, this is changed to twenty years (which is accurate to the original Japanese version). When they went back and did the "uncut dubbed" version that aired on Cartoon Network, they still used the inaccurate "three years" quote. See more »

Quotes

Gohan: I'll do it slowly, so you can watch me better.
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Crazy Credits

While other DBZ movies just used whatever opening went with the show at the time the movie was release, Tree of Might features a specially-made opening, featuring the Z-Fighters gathering the Dragon Balls to restore the destroyed forest. See more »

Alternate Versions

In France, the first half of the series was subjected to major and very inconsistent censorship. Many violent scenes got removed altogether, thus messing up the pacing and leading to plot holes. The death of several characters got cut either partially or entirely, though on numerous occasions, episode recaps and flashbacks still showed these scenes unedited. However, none of Gohan's nudity or any references to Hell, religious figures, and talk of death got removed, because these were still seen as suitable for young children, the target audience of the French version. After the Frieza Saga, the censorship radically decreased, and no material was cut from the entirety of the Buu Saga, including gore, sexual references and character's flipping off others. Instead, the dialogue was rewritten to sound more childish and easy to understand, and in particular, Master Roshi's lines were changed to remove all sexual references (even when the animation clearly showed what he was really talking about). See more »

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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Ultimate Power #3 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

DragonBall Z
(theme song) (English version)
Performed by Faulconer productions
Written and Composed by Faulconer productions
(Broadcast Seasons 4 - 7)
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Animation Of Epic Proportion
15 June 2000 | by Dark EyeSee all my reviews

Dragon Ball Z was, to many, one of the most influential cartoon series ever in the world. When I was younger I grew up watching the whole series from start to finish, read the comic books, and played the video games. The Dragon Ball Z series contain some of the most charismatic characters, great fighting sequences, and strong plots that covered thousands of years. Originally created in the 1980's, it's truly a blessing that western audiences finally gets to see it in english. However I wish the series would start from the very beginning, the story when Son Gokou was a courageous little boy who uses his innate fighting talents to help out others.

It's only a shame though that the western TV version are heavily censored, causing disorientation and lack of flow to some of the original fight scenes. The Japanese version showed no-holds barred violence and the use of strong words (aka swearing), creating emotional tension that is not present in the english-language version. Also, die-hard Dragon Ball fans out there will agree with me that the voice acting is nowhere as good as the Japanese version.

Still, revisiting Dragon Ball in any language still stirs some of the fondest memories in my heart. Kame Hame Ha!!!! See it's still there.

Highly recommended viewing.


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