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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 ...  Narrator 223 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Piccolo / ... 214 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Piccolo / ... 205 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Goku / ... 202 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Krillin / ... 199 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Vegeta / ... 179 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Krillin / ... 171 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Gohan / ... 149 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Hercule / ... 136 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Goku / ... 132 episodes, 2000-2003
...  Bulma / ... 129 episodes, 1999-2003
Dale Kelly ...  Narrator / ... 127 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Trunks / ... 126 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Supreme Kai / ... 123 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Goten / ... 122 episodes, 2000-2003
...  Narrator / ... 121 episodes, 2000-2003
...  Yamcha / ... 113 episodes, 1996-2003
...  Chi-Chi / ... 111 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Master Roshi / ... 110 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Hercule / ... 91 episodes, 2000-2003
...  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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Trivia

Piccolo is actually only four years older than Gohan. Namekians grow and age much faster than Humans or Saiyans, seeing as how Piccolo was already nearly full-grown by the age of 3. See more »

Goofs

On the hat Krillin wears en route to Namek, Krillin is misspelled as "Kulilin." Kulilin is Krillin's name in the original Japanese Version. This is because l's and r's are commonly confused when translating from Japanese. See more »

Quotes

Vegeta: You thought I was bad with a tail, huh?
[shouts]
Vegeta: Well, strap yourself in!
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Crazy Credits

When FUNimation aired the Buu Saga, their end-credits sequence used footage from the Japanese Buu Saga end credits. Strangely, they show the feather dropping from the sky, but they DO NOT show the Goku with angel wings who dropped it! 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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DAMN GOOD SHOW!!
30 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have been watching DBZ for a while now. Of coarse it has its flaws, but every great show does!! It has action, suspense (if you watched episode by episode on Cartoon Network) love, and character development. When people say FUNimation ruined DBZ, from your point of view they might have. With me, whatever version I see first, that is the one I enjoy the most. I prefer the English version over the original Japanese version, just because I saw the dub before the Japanese version. But, I will watch the original version and keep an open mind. I respect everyones opinion and understand where they are coming from. Although, I can NOT tolerate people who talk shit about a show they probably don't understand. (Dragonball Z is a very complex TV show, if you don't see all, or a lot, of the episodes, your lost!) So, what I'm trying to say is If you don't like a show or movie, keep it to yourself. The whole world doesn't need to know what you don't like.

Just to set the record straight: The first 64 episodes of DBZ were done by a company in Vancouver, Canada. Not the Fort Worth company FUNimation.

It was SABAN who changed the show more than FUNimation. Thats why they sounded like Power Rangers (Somebody said they sounded like them) And, whoever said this show doesn't teach you anything? This show used a very vivid vocabulary. They said lines like "But to no avale" Children could learn more watching DBZ than in a vocab lesson at school.

About the music: You have to remember that the music was conducted during two different time periods. The original music was made in the late 80's to early 90's. The dub's music was made in the very late 90's to the early 2000's. Music changed a lot from the Japanese version to the dub. I personally like both versions.

I like DBZ very much, even though I didn't at first, I thought it was stupid because it was a cartoon, then I watched it... I was hooked after the first episode. If you could sit through it with an opened mind you DBZ haters just might learn to like it.


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