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Dragon Ball Z Kai 

Dragon Ball Kai: Doragon bôru kai (original title)
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An HD and enhanced remaster of Dragon Ball Z.
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Series cast summary:
Masako Nozawa ...  Son Gohan / ... 167 episodes, 2009-2015
Jôji Yanami ...  Narration / ... 167 episodes, 2009-2015
Sean Schemmel ...  Goku / ... 167 episodes, 2009-2015
Richard Ian Cox ...  Goku (Ocean Group dub) 164 episodes, 2009-2015
Scott McNeil ...  Piccolo (Ocean Group dub) 164 episodes, 2009-2015
Mayumi Tanaka ...  Kuririn / ... 135 episodes, 2009-2015
Ryô Horikawa ...  Vegeta / ... 121 episodes, 2009-2015
Doc Morgan ...  Narrator / ... 116 episodes, 2009-2015
Christopher Sabat ...  Vegeta / ... 112 episodes, 2009-2015
Toshio Furukawa ...  Piccolo 111 episodes, 2009-2015
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Gohan / ... 107 episodes, 2009-2015
Sonny Strait ...  Krillin / ... 107 episodes, 2009-2015
Hiromi Tsuru ...  Bulma / ... 97 episodes, 2009-2015
Takeshi Kusao ...  Trunks / ... 85 episodes, 2010-2015
Monica Rial ...  Bulma / ... 82 episodes, 2009-2015
Naoko Watanabe ...  Chichi / ... 70 episodes, 2009-2015
Tôru Furuya ...  Yamcha / ... 68 episodes, 2009-2015
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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. Written by dreamian

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

New commercial bumpers/eyecatchers were animated for this incarnation of the series as well. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Follows Dragon Ball (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Kokoro no hane
("Wings of the Heart")
Performed by Team Dragon
Second ending theme
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The DBZ series as they should have been from the start!
27 April 2015 | by gabkoostSee all my reviews

I am what you may call a Dragon Ball person.

I started to watch the original series back in the late 80's when they were being aired in France before most other countries besides Japan itself.

I was done with the all thing when it wasn't even being aired in the US.

I watched it again and again and again along the years as well as all the movies and specials that exist.

In fact, Dragonball was part of my youth and the benchmark for all animations afterwards.

So, when i learned about Kai and the fact that they were cutting stuff off and leaving a lot of the fillers in th trash can i had a "purist" reaction and refused to watch it as i considered that the original work should be preserved intact in my mind.

Nevertheless, with the appearance of the new movie Revival of F, i decided to give it a try as it was the only Dragonball material i had never seen.

Well, i must say that this is a lot better than the original.

Even if some fillers were fun and interesting, i agree that the pace of the Manga was much more proper for a Shounen anime of this kind. This Kai version shows this perfectly.

This new version is action packed like it should have been and settles many stuff like plot holes and other inconsistencies created by the original Z series by the fillers.

These fillers were being made up out of the manga because at the time, Akira Toriyama was actually late in the manga comparing to the anime. This show was so popular that the animation was ahead of the ink and they had to invent stuff and exaggerate the time of power ups and stare contests between fighters.

The Kai version is so much better, I recommend everyone to see it and forget about the original because, well, a good 1/4 of it is made up material without story validity.

Dragonball seems to be more alive than never with Kai reaching the end of the series and new movies of legit material being produced by Toriyama.

It's staggering to see myself, 25 years after the first Dragonball episodes i saw as a kid, still trembling of joy at the sight of new Dragonball material.

To me, this is undeniably the greatest anime franchise that ever existed.


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Release Date:

5 April 2009 (Japan) See more »

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