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Dragon Ball Kai

Alternative Titles

English: Dragon Ball Z Kai
Synonyms: Dragonball Kai, DBK, DB Kai, DBZ Kai
Japanese: ドラゴンボール改


Type: TV
Episodes: 97
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Mar 27, 2011
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 09:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.981 (scored by 56,690 users)
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Ranked: #5352
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Popularity: #438
Members: 101,740
Favorites: 1,024
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Episodes: /97


Five years after the events of Dragon Ball, martial arts expert Gokuu is now a grown man married to his wife Chi-Chi, with a four-year old son named Gohan. While attending a reunion on Turtle Island with his old friends Master Roshi, Krillin, Bulma and others, the festivities are interrupted when a humanoid alien named Raditz not only reveals the truth behind Gokuu's past, but kidnaps Gohan as well.

With Raditz displaying power beyond anything Gokuu has seen before, he is forced to team up with his old nemesis, Piccolo, in order to rescue his son. But when Gokuu and Piccolo reveal the secret of the seven mystical wish-granting Dragon Balls to Raditz, he informs the duo that there is more of his race, the Saiyans, and they won’t pass up an opportunity to seize the power of the Dragon Balls for themselves.

These events begin the saga of Dragon Ball Kai, a story that finds Gokuu and his friends and family constantly defending the galaxy from increasingly more powerful threats. Bizarre, comical, heartwarming and threatening characters come together in a series of battles that push the powers and abilities of Gokuu and his friends beyond anything they have ever experienced.


Dragon Ball Kai is an edited and condensed version of Dragon Ball Z produced and released in 2009 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original series. In addition to its new music tracks and re-recorded voice acting, Toei Animation updated the series' visuals to take advantage of high-definition televisions. The series concluded after 98 episodes, whereas the original Dragon Ball Z took 194 episodes to reach the same point. Kai was continued in 2014 with what is considered its own series, Dragon Ball Kai (2014).

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Characters & Voice Actors

Son, Gokuu
Son, Gokuu
Nozawa, Masako
Nozawa, Masako
Horikawa, Ryo
Horikawa, Ryo
Son, Gohan
Son, Gohan
Nozawa, Masako
Nozawa, Masako
Furukawa, Toshio
Furukawa, Toshio


Sabat, Christopher
Sabat, Christopher
Producer, ADR Director
Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Producer, Theme Song Performance
Jouno, Masato
Jouno, Masato
Kimura, Kyotaro
Kimura, Kyotaro

More episodes Episodes(97/97)

Episode Title Aired
1 Prologue to Battle! The Return of Son Goku 
Tatakai no Makuake! Kaette Kita zo Son Gokuu (闘いの幕開け! 帰ってきたぞ孫悟空)
Apr 5, 2009
2 The Enemy is Goku's Brother?! The Secret of the Mighty Saiyan Warriors
Teki wa Gokuu no Ani!? Saikyou Senshi Saiyajin no Himitsu (敵は悟空の兄!? 最強戦士サイヤ人の秘密 )
Apr 12, 2009
3 A Life-or-Death Battle! Goku and Piccolo's Ferocious Suicide Attack 
Inochi wo Kaketa Tatakai! Gokuu to Pikkolo Sutemi no Moukou (命をかけた闘い! 悟空とピッコロ捨て身の猛攻 )
Apr 19, 2009
4 Run in the Afterlife, Son Goku! The One Million Snake Way! 
Anoyo de Hashire Son Gokuu! Hyaku-man Kiro no Hebi no Michi (あの世で走れ孫梧空! 100万キロの蛇の道 )
Apr 26, 2009
5 Wilderness Survival! A Moonlit Night Awakens Gohan
Kouya no Survival! Tsukiyo ga Gohan wo Yobisamasu (荒野のサバイバル! 月夜が悟飯を呼び覚ます )
May 3, 2009

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"Dragon Soul" by Tanimoto Takeyoshi

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!" by Tanimoto Takayoshi (eps 1-54)
#2: "Kokoro no Hane (心の羽根)" by AKB48 (eps 55-97)

More reviewsReviews

May 25, 2015
Next Time On Dragon ball Z...oops I mean Kai

Many like me who have seen the original and yet have seen this and thought
well Kai is obviously the same, Yeah because OBVIOUSLY it is!

There are differences here and there to mention so I will be making a lot of comparisons that you'll expect to see. This review is based on my truthful analysis of this show from watching it twice.

Story - 9
The story is sped up much more better compared to the original for obvious reasons of course, It sticks to the major characters along with the main plot, less over the top screaming and less read more
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Jun 15, 2009
I am writing this review with mostly one intent in mind: to get across the point of how much is being cut. I know that we were all excited to have the story condensed, but I think that this has gone a bit further than anyone expected. That does not make me upset, as we can all go back and watch the original againl if the original is what we want, but I think that it should be addressed fairly openly. I will also address art, since that is the other big change.

I hope no one minds the spoilers, as I am assuming that most read more
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Jan 21, 2012
I won't waste time reviewing Dragonball because it think that by now most people know it and already have their own opinion about it.
I'll just focus on Kai and the changes it has

Story 10/10.
Ok, so the story in dragonball has never been really complex or deep, but it's still fun to watch.
In my opinion, the biggest improovement Kai has over DBZ is that all the anoying fillers are gone and now the story goes, mostly, acording to the manga. No more eternal power charging, no more eternal "he is so strong" internal monologues a no more feeling that nothing really happened in the last 10 read more
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Jun 10, 2009
Normally I'm not one for reviewing shit so damned early, however since this is Dragonball, it deserves a fairly decent, semi-thought out review.


10/10 because it's Dragonball Z, minus fillers.


6/10 because of the fact the art is not new(it's completely remastered into an HD 1080p format), the OP and EN is misleading and proves they could have re-animated it. You can easily tell you're watching an old over-animated remake of a series.


7/10 because the sound is crisp, new and better than the Dub sound, however it gets no more because eveyone fucking knows Dragonball Z would have been great with an entire Rock/Metal soundtrack, not this read more
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