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.
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In Latin America, the show was a rating failure, mainly because it wasn't dubbed by the original Mexican voice actors, and because unlike Dragon Ball
(1986) , Dragon Ball Z
(1989) and Dragon Ball GT
(1996), the show was dubbed from the English USA version, and not the original Japanese. The only channel that aired the show in most of Latin American countries was Cartoon Network Latin America. Most spanish-speaking countries still runs original Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z rather than Dragon Ball Kai. See more
Lunch appears in the opening/closing credits despite not appearing in the latter half of Toriyama's manga at all (though it's possible she'll appear in flashback scenes). See more
New commercial bumpers/eyecatchers were animated for this incarnation of the series as well. See more
Originally, the background music was composed by Kenji Yamamoto. However, on March 9, 2011, following the airing of episode 95, Yamamoto was fired by Toei for accusations of plagiarism in his music. In subsequent reruns of the first 95 episodes, his score was replaced with Shunsuke Kikuchi's from "Dragon Ball Z", and the last three episodes of the Cell Arc, which were supposed to have the Yamamoto BGM, were replaced at the last minute with the Kikuchi score before they could have aired. See more
Follows Dragon Ball
Kokoro no hane
("Wings of the Heart")
Performed by Team Dragon
Second ending theme See more