English: Dragon Ball Z Kai
Synonyms: Dragonball Kai, DBK, DB Kai, DBZ Kai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Mar 27, 2011
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.031 (scored by 25125 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Jan 21, 2012
I'll just focus on Kai and the changes it has
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 chapters. Yeah there are some fun filler missing, like when goku and picolo go to the driving school, but in the end what is gained with the exclusion of the filler is far more than what is lost.
I've read here that the story got cut out, that's not true, they just cut out all the filler that made the original Dragonball anime a pain to whatch for the poeple that have read the original manga.
The art in dragonball has allways been decent considering the times when it was released. But just as the new opening makes you believe at first, this could have been a real remake but the only thing we get here are the exact same animation but on a higher resolution, that's all.
The audio has been remade and sounds great. After finishing KAI I watched some episodes of the original anime and the difference was clear.
I also liked some of the aditions to the soundtrack, though not all of them.
At least to this date, this is the best way to watch dragonball.
If you are a newcomer to the world of dragonball you will be able to see the story and fights just as Toriyama made them in the original manga.
If you already saw the original anime or manga you will be able to go throught this all time classic once again without having to be tortured by the neverending fillers.
It's good, but it could have been so much more.
I really would have loved to see a real remake with the kind of animation that we get in the opening of kai. read more
Jun 15, 2009
I hope no one minds the spoilers, as I am assuming that most people have seen Dragon Ball Z that are watching this series, and anyone who is not cannot be spoiled very much about what is not there.
First of all, some extraordinarily gratuitous events that needed to be cut, such as Krillin gathering up the gang again to train, have been left out and improved the series. Some cuts, however, have changed the story in an irrevocable manner. None of these are exactly necessary to the plot's core, which is fighting anyway, but they are all central to the development of the story and how the characters call out to us.
- Vegeta and Nappa's apparent saving of and then ruthless destruction of Arlia is left out entirely.
- Goku being captured by and tormented by Princess Snake is entirely left out (a hilarious episode before, I think).
- Goku battling the red and blue demons and taking their fruit, gaining massive strength, are completely left out, so Goku has no apparent power jump just from reaching Kai's planet, changing how important Kai is to him.
Again, none of these episodes being cut is necessarily awful nor great, but they all matter to how we felt about the characters and the story in the original, I think.
Furthermore, I think that what we have seen from the Nappa versus everyone fighting so far shows us that the fighting will feel enjoyable, and probably not be condensed quite as much (although I could be wrong). The pacing of that felt really proper to me, so I think we can really look forward to future fights being fleshed out better than in the original.
In talking about the art, there is not that much that needs to be pointed out, but there are definitely a few big problems. I think that they have done a great job of making it into a widescreen series from what was not widescreen. There are three big types of errors that I have noticed, sadly.
1) There are moment's like Nappa after he stopped flying above Piccolo in episode 10 (19:53 for me) where he looks incredibly blurred for a few seconds. This is not a one time occurrence, and it is really ugly when it happens. Sometimes this is due to original art, but this instance did not seem to be there in the original DVD to me (maybe the bold lines sometimes make it happen). Sometimes blurriness from the old version is cut out though, so this is not always badly done!
2) They somehow really ramped up the brightness for this show, but occasionally something comes out darker than it should be and jars the senses when it switches back to brightness.
3) The bold border lines of each character gets really thick then bulges to being thinner rather at random. This is the one that actually constantly bothers me and merited a 6 for an art rating. I almost hesitate to point this out because it seems to be one of those trends one cannot unnotice after noticing.
All in all, the devotion built up for the characters (or dislike of characters like Chi Chi) is still rather consistent with the original, and many of us watched Dragon Ball or the original Dragon Ball Z and already have our feelings set about each character anyway. Whatever may be, this is a good effort, and will make it at least slightly easier to share this show with casual fans, which is a major win for the franchise.
If anyone wants a final ruling or something, then I guess that my feeling is this: I would honestly prefer the original by a bit to this point because the original plot never particularly loses steam until the Ginyu Force saga is wrapping up. I am very excited to have Goku versus Freiza and beyond condensed, as there was so much unnecessary (Trunks powering up for a full episode, as good of a joke as it may have provided). I also think that the original art (or previous digitally remastered, less bright, less bold version) is fun in its own right, and probably actually more fun than this to look at when one considers it enough.
If I got anything drastically wrong, then please let me know and I will attempt to deal with it. read more
Aug 14, 2013
Secondly, without a doubt, anyone that has this on their Plan to Watch list or already started a few episodes should just go ahead and replace it with Dragon Ball Z. Don't worry..it's not too late! Trust me, Dragon Ball Kai is just a remastered version of Dragon Ball Z with a bunch of the best arcs (in my opinion) cut out. I'm not saying it was a waste, though. I personally enjoyed the series because i watched Dragon Ball Z about 3 times so I knew all the parts they cut out without having to look it up, but I didn't really care. My brain kind of filled in the blanks so that didn't stop me from enjoying this remake of such a fantastic series. With that said..
Like I already said, it's a remake with a bunch of arcs cut out. Example- Garlic jr. arc, ENTIRE BUU SAGA (my favorite), and a bunch of episodes in between. However, with what little episodes this poor series was left with, I still felt it deserved a 6.
Art, Sound, Character: all 10
Not much to say. With how much this series was stripped, they at least left the same artwork (except HD), sound, and characters I grew up to love.
Like I said episodes were cut off but I, only because I had already watched DBZ, was able to enjoy it to a certain extent.
The moral of the story is that you should watch Dragon Ball if your interested in getting the full feel when you watch Dragon Ball Z. You can consider it a 153 episode pre-game before the real deal. Then, watch Dragon Ball Z. After that, you should probably let it sink in (wait for the goosebumps to go away). Then, and only then, are you ready to watch Dragon Ball Kai.
Hope you enjoy! read more
Apr 25, 2013
The art in the dragonball series was also special. Over hundreds of characters with such detail to boot, no one character is the exact same. The different environment and animals is also great art that the series has going for it. The wind moves the characters clothing and picks up dirt, such detail! If not a ten I don't know what is! The shear number of characters also earns a ten for character. Although, if I were to rate character development, it would be around a eight or seven since the development is only for few main characters.
The sound is given a great score because although it is awesome and it feels like that your hearing what it would sound like, it could be given a few improvements. Then again, sound is only one thing that makes up an anime and in my opinion that's not even a big part of it.
The enjoyment anyone will have by finishing and re-watching this series is outstanding to say the least! I will give it an ten!
Overall this particular version of the series earns a 6, since it doesn't last as long as the original by taking away filler. However, for fans of the series I have to say that if you want to watch dragonball z without the filler you have to watch this! read more
Jun 10, 2009
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 crap.
10/10 because who doesn't think Goku is an awesome guy, (sorry being cliche and typical here, everyone who grew up watching Dragonball and liked it, loved Goku, and wanted to be just like him).
9/10 because I liked Dragonball Z and GT(Yea I did sorry). If you don't like the Dragonball series, read the review and move on. If you like it, you probably share my sentiments that even though the animation is not new you're enjoying it, and if not enjoying it a lot like I am, then slightly, more or less.
Because. read more
Nov 3, 2013
Granted, the fights can and do drag on still for some time, but the amount of filler that's reduced the first six seasons to only 98 episodes is astounding! By episode 13, Goku and Vegeta have already begun their first battle, while in the original dub, that didn't commence until episode 30! For someone who's also read the DBZ manga, Kai is practically a live-saver with its fast-pacing and dialogue that's closer to the manga.
The voice cast Funimation provides for Kai is, like most of their projects, top-notch. With more then 100 voice actors at their disposal unlike the late 80s and 90s, the voice actors have much more experience not just with voice acting alone, but with these characters, and it practically feels like a whole new experience. (Especially now that there aren't ten characters all voiced by Chris Sabat.)
The art for the show wasn't what I had expected, I had figured that the show would be done from scratch like other anime reboots. Unfortunately, the only thing really noticeable about Kai's art from the original's is that the colors have been heightened and sharpened.
Also, for those willing to give Kai a chance, make sure you find it uncut. I see too many people turn Kai away purely for the fact that they viewed the Nicktoons edit which removes the blood and most of the action. Go out and buy Part 1, experience Kai in uncut-glory! In my opinion, it's defiantly worth it! read more
May 25, 2010
It's great to see that the original DBZ is back in action. Though I have a minor problem, the edits they put in is kinda annoying but it was really expected to be quite frank ^^
When this was first aired, you didn't really see all the blood from the characters, so this edit is very similar to the old version. Either way though, Everyone loves this series ^^ because of the amazing plots, characters and action!
Apr 3, 2011
ART SECTION: DBZ: 6/10, DBKai: 6/10 (same as before)
I was really disappointed when I saw the so-called new version of the show. The hype was about Kai being with super new awesome visuals and yet it was the same old stuff with better resolution. So ok, they also fixed some colors; big deal. It is the same old animation from the 90’s with its occasionally lazy drawings and cheesy visual effects. I mean, just look at the new intro. This is how good it COULD have been but all we were offered is the exact same picnic basket but with a ribbon. I refuse to consider the animation better than the original and I don’t care if it looks better on home cinema or if the colors are brighter. I never had home cinema and even if I had I wouldn’t be watching such a show on it. I care more about the artwork than the brightness and to its core it is still the same thing.
SOUND SECTION: DBZ: 6/10, DBKai: 7/10 (more variety)
The sound part is slightly better in overall for the simple reason there is more variety in the BGM. I can’t say if the new songs or the new dub were better than the original; I personally had no problem with the originals. My only concern is if they take out all the new songs and sell Kai with the old soundtrack. There was a scandal around plagiarism and this is left open to speculate.
STORY SECTION: DBZ: 5/10, DBKai: 4/10 (less than before and not better enjoyed)
This is the part that gets most of the attention from me. As we all know, Kai was supposed to be a “better” version because it wouldn’t have filler scenes in it. In theory that is indeed positive but in practice it ain’t. You see, there are good fillers and there are bad fillers and Kai took out both, thus it is not really more enjoyable. I mean if you take out 30 nice scenes along with 30 bad ones, it is still the same thing and it just takes less time to happen.
Some say just because it takes less time automatically means it’s better but I disagree. Some things take time to work and to be completely honest with you, the stretched battles and the constant pausing was what was making the original show so exciting. Your frustration was so high that when the outcome came along after so many episodes, you were finally feeling like it all mattered. Oh sure, that feeling only worked the first time and during the rerun of the show the slow pace would actually work against you because you already knew the outcome. I too was using the fast forward button to get over the boring parts. That doesn’t mean the dragging didn’t have its purpose the FIRST time.
The thing that is in effect the MOST disappointing is none other than the actual cover per cent of the story. In the beginning they claimed that Kai would cover the entire show in just a 100 episodes. And guess what, it lasted 97 and left out almost a fourth of the story, which is the entire Buu saga. I don’t care if some claim the Buu saga is bad and that the original should have stopped at Cell and thus Kai is better. Going by this logic, I say the show would be better if it ended in Namek. And it’s not like the manga ends in Cell and Buu is something extra in the anime version only. It is part of the original story as well. Kai was supposed to cover ALL the Z series in a 100 episodes and it didn’t; meaning, they lied to us. Ok, that doesn’t sound like too much of a bad thing but they did prepare us to see the WHOLE story. What are the old fans supposed to do now? Finish Kai and switch back to the old Z? Is that really an answer?
Thus I say the Kai version has LESS story and deserves a lower score. It is that simple.
CHARACTER SECTION: DBZ: 5/10, DBKai: 4/10 (the same but less colorful)
This section would seem like it should get the same score since the characters are the exact same as before. But it’s not true; they are less interesting here. Not because of the new voice over; I don’t care about that at all. It is exactly because they took out all those so-called “useless filler scenes”. Believe it or not, those very boring scenes were the thing that made the characters so likable and colorful. For example, the Kai version took out all the episodes where Gohan trains with Piccolo and Goku runs in the Snake Road. Sure, they were boring and they weren’t in the manga version so why not take them out? Well I’m sorry, in this version Goku crossed the incredibly long road and Gohan turned from a wimp to a warrior in less than an episode. Where is the fun in that? Where is the challenge if the super-long road is crossed in 10 minutes or the poor little kid turns into a macho warrior in 10 minutes? They also took out the Arlia episode where the Saiyans destroy that planet. Where is the lampshade of their cruelty if we don’t see that? See what I mean?
That is the major mistake Kai did. It treated its characters as blunt fighting brutes by taking out those scenes. And I am not saying they are not; I am saying the Z version made them far more humane and likable by exactly adding those scenes. So what if we already have seen the original and probably skip those very scenes in the rerun? They served their purpose, didn’t they?
Thus once more, the characters are dryer in this version and get a lower score.
VALUE SECTION: DBZ: 8/10, DBKai:1/10 (none of its own; it appeals to the old version)
Oh there is value in this show all right. The milking kind. They created a slightly different version and expected from the fans to buy it. It is otherwise dryer and just a rehash of an older famous title. It doesn’t get any value today because it isn’t even a different show or a remake. I am sure it means a lot less to the old fans, since they grew up with the Z version and Kai is just trying to appeal to their Z memories and NOT on its own. As for any new fans who didn’t watch the original and Kai is their first, chances are they won’t like it as much as any current shonen anime because of the visuals. And even if they do like it, they will still have seen only a part of the true joy that is Z. So no value; it is nothing but a crude cashcow.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: DBZ: 5/10, DBKai: 2/10 (watch the original instead)
I would gladly enjoy it if it was a remake, like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, if it was the exact same story but with REALLY remade visuals, or if they had left all the scenes intact and just made them last less time. But this? This is a chicken I liked as a kid, they took it, they plucked it, they painted it red and then gave it back to me. Plus, they chopped off the head because they ran out of red paint before they get to the head. And they dare claim it is the same chicken I liked as a kid… but better???
No it ain’t. It is a beheaded plucked chicken painted red. I liked it when it was … just a chicken.
VERDICT: DBZ: 6/10, DBKai: 4/10 read more
Dec 2, 2012
The only complaint people have that I have talk to is that "oh no they took out the Rock music that FUNimation put in the original, which I could care less about because they kept the Japanese music this time which never would piss me off.
The story follows manga much better than the original with less AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, but with more fighting and no filler episodes. Now you can watch the story quicker than you did before, 194EPs to 98EPs.
It was very enjoyable and characters are as great as they were in the original.
The only thing I could give to the Kai haters is the lack of new animation (there are some redone scenes for a variety of reasons, but not the whole show), but I like that because the animation reminds me of the older anime like Yu Yu Hakusho, Original Series of Pokemon, and early One Piece and Case Closed/Detective Conan.
Voice acting is better, but that's only an opinion on both sides. read more
May 27, 2011
Story is pretty much a copy of Bleach and that one ninja show if you put super man in there. Big aliens from his past keep coming along to put him in his place, but he gets new powers just like Itchygo did. If you have narcolepsy dont watch this show because theres so many lights you never stop shaking.
Art in show isnt very good and colors are really weird like they feel all floral which makes me think theres gay agenda in this show. They always fight men and become shirtless and theres no women characters at all really who get naked.
Sound is better off muted because it could cure a deaf person with no ears. Seriously they scream like crazy so on mute.
Characters are cool but no development and theyre all good guys who just want to kill the bad guy. Sometimes you feel they might be kind of gay for each other and one guy's name starts with a V and ends in an A and I can't say it here. I was like, really!?
Overall this show is crazy but its really fun to watch even though its pretty dumb and sometimes seems gay. I wish they had made it longer, then it would be perfect.
Sep 20, 2009
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Feb 11, 2011
Sorry, but I honestly hoped they improved something.
Same interchangeable character drawn style. Incert Monocle and you suddenly have another dude. Shave him bald, another toon.... Add dots to that same forhead... suddenly again another toon.... How about something distinctive other then these simplistic art styles.
Another problem is EVERYONE is on steroids....
The plots again are overly simplistic compared to other thought filled Anime.
I am sorry if its the art style that really ruins it for me and others.
But for those who are attentive to having a more thought filled anime story to follow I suggest passing on this and anything DBZ related....
Doing this to help save people's sanity and intellect. read more
Sep 9, 2011
It has it's good parts and not so good parts. Most stories do.
But what was done to the orig. to make this one went way too far cutting it up and I guess it would be ok for people who never saw the first one. I hated it because of this. In some area's I do concede that they shortened area's that it didn't hurt to shorten but they went about it with reckless abandon cutting the depth out of the series. Most of the times I watched it I left mad, not happy. This seems to be counter to why anyone would want to watch it. read more
May 14, 2013
Violence was somewhat restricted, minimizing blood on some scenes and the animation was smoother, but nothing too special or different from the original work.
I give 9 for the efforts and hope this work could help on bringing a new DB series someday in the future.
Feb 4, 2012