Ranked #492

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: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.011 (scored by 49,813 users)
Ranked: #4922
Popularity: #420
Members: 91,000
Favorites: 886
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A remastered version of Dragon Ball Z that adheres more to the manga's story. This version includes newly recorded dialog by the original voice actors, new sound effects, new OP/ED sequences, and a brand new HD video transfer.


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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

Opening Theme

"Dragon Soul" by Tanimoto Takeyoshi

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)

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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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Nov 1, 2015
I should have trusted my instincts when I decided to give Dragonball Kai a watch. It does sound quite intriguing to watch Dragonball Z again, only this time minus the filler episodes that really didn't add much or anything to the storyline; but with one change though, must come many, because for some reason writers always must omit something else that can feel almost equally important as the thing they wanted changed originally. I guess this is just one of those cases where you simply can't satisfy everyone, because DB Kai left me with a very bitter taste, and I actually prefer the original series 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 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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