English: Dragon Ball Z
Synonyms: DBZ, Dragonball Z
Apr 26, 1989 to Jan 31, 1996
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe Saiyans are coming! The last survivors of a cruel, warrior race, these ruthless villains have carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they have set their sights on Earth! They will stop at nothing until they have the wish-granting powers of the seven magic Dragon Balls for their very own.
Gokuu along with old and new allies defends the earth against an assortment of villains ranging from intergalactic space fighters and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids and near indestructible magical creatures.
While the original Dragon Ball anime followed Gokuu through childhood into adulthood, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adulthood life, but at the same time parallels the maturation of his son, Gohan, as well as other characters from Dragon Ball and more.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama (eps 1-199)
#2: "We Gotta Power" by Hironobu Kageyama (eps 200-291)
Ending Theme#1: "Dete Koi Tobikiri ZENKAI Power!" by MANNA (eps 1-199)
#2: "Boku-tachi wa Tenshi datta" by Hironobu Kageyama (eps 200-291)
Dont get me wrong. The story is repetetive, the art is outdated and honestly ugly, the sound is in bad quality and it doesnt have much music. The quality of this anime doesnt stand a chance to amazing animes like FMA, Code Geass and many others. But this anime is still legendary.
This was the father of anime, it was one of the first animes that really got popular in the western culture. Its maybe the most popular anime ever. And without it, we might not have all the amazing animes we have today. I mean, its from the 80s! many people remember DBZ from their childhoods, with the memorable characters and awesome villains. Thats why you shouldnt compare this anime to todays amazing animes, this doesnt stand a chance! But the enjoyment is real, and the impact it did on the anime culture is legendary. And to me, this is the anime that is the nearest to my heart. So please, dont hate on this anime, it doesnt deserve that. And lets be honest here, which aniem fan doesnt remember Goku?
Thx fore reading my review, this is my first review ive done so tell me what i can improve. read more
If anyone knows of Shounen anime Then there is No doubt
anyone would of course heard of Dragon ball Z which I'm obviously sure
most people who are reading this review have and are not hopefully sleeping under a rock.
Its One of the earliest shounen animes along side others. The show itself has probably had
one of the Biggest impact of a shounen anime I've seen in my lifetime growing up besides the likes of attack on titan, Fullmetal Alchemist and Death note and yet till this day
it has many viewers still checking it out. some have finish seeing it, some re watch it, some if not Loads of people own it or they don't, but they sure as hell know about it already.
This series has its fair share of flaws upon viewing but it also makes up for some of these many moments in the series that are so awesome and unforgettable that in its own right has become an Iconic series in its story along with akira toriyama's art style alone in the world of anime which is why its easily one of my favorite animes and NO, I don't mean that in a Nostalgia kind of way,
Here is my review..
Story - 9
In most Shounen animes the stories tend to have similar concepts of the whole Heroes (Underdogs) Overcomes the powerful Villain scenarios where seeing to do the impossible is very typical of course, but that has always been the trait in many cases whether the protagonist of a show is surrounded by friends or enemies.
DBZ is an Old anime that started off in this trend. It was also influence by a lot of movies,
shounen animes such as saint seiya, other mythological stories and a blend of eastern and
western cultural references from the past.
The world of Dragon ball has a lot of these and so much more to its own universe
even though a lot of its focus is on the fighting since it is a battle shounen anime.
The story mainly centers around our main protagonist Goku and his son Gohan
for some years after the previous series Dragon Ball.
Goku for the remainder of the time has trained to become the strongest warrior he
possibly can be, enough to defeat his enemies and of course to look out for his family however what is unknown to him at this point is his brother that is unknown to him Radditz an evil alien warrior who comes to earth seeking goku out which for the
most part changes the many fate of the characters for the entire series to come.
From the point Radditz meets Goku, He is told about his past and his heritage about being part of a powerful alien tribe known as the Saiyans or Saiya-jins If you prefer
It includes the reason why he is here on earth especially from the original Dragon ball series where goku's own origin at the time was hardly known about and was almost a mystery until now. (pretty much the anime superman's origin story with some differences mainly with goku who actually was sent to destroy everyone on earth not to save it.)
and long story short,
Goku decides to put aside of what he is and from the rest of the series he, his son gohan, along with his friends and new allies in Piccolo, Vegeta, trunks and other characters continue on fighting against those that pose a threat to the earth along with the rest of other civilizations which becomes a Huge order with some ridiculously over the top relentless training that the characters have to take to ascend pass their limits in order to protect their loved ones and the of course the universe.
Basically Its quite a simple story yet some events can change drastically making it to be an overwhelming struggle at an alarming scale even with the exception of the dragonballs.
The story itself is split into different arcs known as sagas each with a different story scenario and different antagonists who have their own agendas.
The villains play a big key role in the development of certain main characters
as well as the story and fights.
Within the setting of this series there are features similar to the original series for starters the fighters can create Chi / Ki to gain incredible surge of immense power and abilities.
Also from a world setting stand point you have Prehistoric Giant creatures, Futuristic technology, the afterlife, Supernatural elements, Different animal species, wishing the dead back to the living, and of course many memorable moments that the characters do in the series that can range from simply epic, to funny, to sad, to stupid, to strange, to Downright bad ass or Just plain evil which can be seen in every arc.
However there are of course minor issues that I do have about the story and that is mainly with the incredibly slow pacing and lack of progression with certain characters of the original series dragon ball.
Not to mention missed opportunities for other story developments and a little inconsistency with the writing within the arcs sometimes where some might get quite slow and repetitive or might have fillers to drag on some episodes here and there,
Frieza not being able to know what 5 minutes of time is also laughable in this case as well.
The Ki powering up which will also leave viewers having to endure these pacing issues unless they have to skip some seconds or minutes ahead,
But then again those were the 80s and 90s with certain animes.
But that being said these are mainly the issues in my opinion that I feel take a long time for any specific build up with this series only because the anime at the time I know was trying to catch up with the manga from time to time when it was broadcasting on TV channels like toonami and other channels back then which is understandable since its also the case for other
shounen animes of late as well.
I've also notice some people tend to think the titled dragon ball referring to obviously the 7 orange magical orbs to grant wishes, tend to hurt and devalue the series mainly because of the insignificance of death most of the time. (which there are)
Now To simply address those who say Death always makes a convincing plot twist for a show to be good, I've notice viewers complaining that in ordered to feel something for characters they need to die in order to give yourself some sense of attachment of feelings towards that specific character or moments if you will? but I'm sorry, Is it just me or as a viewer does that seem kinda strange??
let me explain.
If that is the case then most anime should have their main characters dying left and right to make the story better, to feel some sense of pity to the characters along their path in the story (WRONG.)
The fact is, it doesn't prove anything what so ever yes it can be somewhat important and I can understand if its meant to give some shock value but honestly that sounds very cheap for character development and Plot progression if you ask me, Its already overused nowadays
in a lot of animes without any significance of knowing and enjoying these characters for the most part and yes I haven't forgotten about that little popular quote itself stating
(PEOPLE DIE WHEN THEY ARE KILLED) or even (YOLO) blah blah blah.
But interestingly enough when you think about it the dragon balls is what made that unique prospect within its own series stand out.
Because It gives the characters that much more of an objective to strive in finding the dragon balls when events could go so horribly wrong which a lot of times is the premise and sometimes seems to be the case throughout the series, its also the same for some villains too like for example when vegeta and nappa arrived on earth vegeta told his saiyan compatriot nappa when you destroyed the city that can also ruin our chances of locating the dragon balls
this is true in a sense if they become reckless in finding them.
You see, That is what the original Dragon ball did within its own series,
If all you cared about was seeing how characters die than there is no sense of this series to begin with here. It would only make the journey seem non-existent to a point since these sagas of the series is mainly about the journey and the battle shounen experience.
So think to yourself, is death necessary in all things always?
That is what makes DB/DBZ unique and different in a good way and If that is not your thing well than I'm sure there are plenty of other animes that take up a lot of serious death tolls for the most part and only guarantee you very little insight about the characters before they are pretty much one foot in the grave.
With all that being said, the story is a mix of intense fights, light hearted comedy and
serious moments too along with a sense of sci fi and supernatural elements to it.
From each arc there are some of the most memorable arcs I've seen in shounen animes in general, they may not be as thought provoking as other shows I've seen but it still has these enjoyable merits that for a 1989 -1994 series, it can still hold its ground today in terms of that entertainment.
Characters - 10
Like I said about the main issue I had from before with its story was just the lack of some of the character progression from the original series dragon ball who are mainly on the sideline for the most part and ironically at the same time other characters are really amazingly well written including Vegeta, Gohan, krillin, Trunks, and Piccolo not to mention goku and vegeta who have one of the best rivalries in the shounen genre. even some of the villains like Radditz, Cell, and Frieza etc are done amazingly well.
Sure most of the characters are stereotypes here and there but they are of course shonen characters at the end of the day so what do you expect, it is a battle shounen is it not?
The Characters are easily the main driving force of the show and can easily get the blood boiling and muscles pumped up when it goes to the extreme almost bringing out an inner fighter in you especially when watching it. The characters have some really good interactions with one another and can easily make you have a personal attachment to 1 of them in some way in terms of their personality.
Art - 6
Old series tend to have an outdated look for examples the original Dragon ball, Berserk, Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya, Shadow Skills, Fist of the north star, Yu Yu Hakusho, Slayers etc,
DBZ is no different in that regard.
Its funny because for its generation the art and animation style in its action was actually ahead of its time of the late 80s and are still till this day entertaining to watch since its a mixtures of very long and short fights and are sometimes done sometimes in an excessively dragged out fashion but with a very Fast pace rate where you see characters having hand to hand combats in this sky with a mixture of projectiles, powerful impacts and explosions along with gut wrenching body blows that always seem to intensify the more you watch.
If I had to describe the action it would be like an over the top street fighter meets the Justice league with some supernatural elements here and there.
And yes Of course, the animation is re-used often which is obviously noticeable and sometimes it can be lacking which is a real shame but thanks to Akira toriyama's art it actually has a great distinct look to it like for example some of the features in the environment would start to feel the intensity of the battles including where the locations are, especially details to the characters like the look of cell for example to me is one of the most unique looking design for a villain that I've seen in anime as he undergoes different transformations not to mention Super Saiyan transformations like Super Saiyan 3 Goku which looks freakin BadAss!! and that is saying a lot for the depiction of the other characters in Toriyama's art.
No doubt the animation is the weakest aspect of the show which might turn of some people who are looking into animes with great animation But to be fair for others who are open minded this isn't that much of a big deal though I wouldn't mind for a newly updated animation for this series as much as anyone would for example like what other animes have started to do like Hellsing Ultimate, evangelion rebuilds and the new sailor moon crystal series reboot etc,
If DBZ had new animation such as that chances are this section could easily be a 10!
but for now its only just passable, animation wise speaking it doesn't quite
contend too well with others from other battle shounen series unfortunately but its art is
still pretty decent enough regardless.
Sound - 8
Now Sorry if I'm going on a little rant here, but by chance Have you ever heard anyone debating over what sounds better in the series?
Funimation?, Ocean?, Dub Vs Sub Vs DBZ Kai vs Bruce Faulconer vs other dubs, This that yady Yadda, But For me I'm in the group of I've seen them all and don't really care mainly because
at the end of the day its THE SAME FREAKIN SERIES!!!!!
And possibly most, if not, a Hell of a lot of people know the popular story now
OVER 9000 Times Already!!!!!!!!!
Back on topic, seriously besides that for the record both dub or sub were kinda rough around the edges, its obvious that it could clearly be better however a lot people still like to debate over this which i can understand but I don't see the point as I don't have anything against any voice actors or Voice actresses after all Nobody is perfect and I have already stated that this is an old school anime not to mention at the end of the day It is a matter of preference.
Ether way, if you do watch this anime and you want a more clearer translation i would also recommend watching DBZ Kai for its Translation its not perfect by any means but its a lot more accurate to the manga still.
So the dubs and subs in some areas can be quite debatable I hear, but i feel both do suit
a lot more in a different kind of way, and for the music the openings and closings is ok, a little cheezy at times and can sometimes leave much to be desired. The music for the dub and sub seems to fit well for some of the overall tone of the series as the music blends in well with the action, supernatural themes, sci-fi themes and comedic themes unfolding in this show, at times again it can sound a little repetitive after a while for a series that is 291 episodes long and so i feel the music is fair no matter which version of the show your watching So to me for this category of sound I'd say its pretty decent still, but it could be lot more better.
Enjoyment - 10
I have re watched this anime series more times than any other anime in general and for a series that finished Decades ago and I'm still in my early 20s I still enjoy the build up with its characters, interactions, morals and a Crazy fun story that is very inspirational like its predecessor dragon ball.
It simply feels like family to me and that is more than enough of an enjoyable series with some of the most iconic and memorable moments and fights that I have grown to love about anime in general to date, simple as that.
If you really need to see an old epic action shounen fighting show its definitely worth giving this a shot.
Overall - 8.5
Now I've already stated the positives and negatives towards this without blinding my inner
fan boy to this particular anime. While People might say its overrated like other animes they honestly would have a point, But to others This anime became a gateway to anime in general for a lot of people out there as well as myself back then. Its also a significant template used in other shows to build off on and I couldn't be any more thankful for this as this is one of my personal favorite animes of all time that pave the way for shounen animes and a lot of others in general to take notes and to get out there in the big pond themselves and do justice like many others. I'm not saying Dbz is the best but it has succeeded globally for what its done and its that simple.
Dragon ball / Dragon ball Z has had its influence for so long now and yet still
continues to pass it down for the next generation.
Without a doubt its just like that saiyan goes
''Legends never die''
It is what it is and for the most part if you're still skeptical about this anime do not worry because i know its not meant for everyone. But there is a little something for everyone
as it has different forms of entertainment making it a revolutionary Shounen anime
in its own right.
Other shounen anime Reccomendations -
I'll point you to Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Death note, Fullmetal Alchemist (old and new), Fist of the north star, Saint Seiya, Hajime no Ippo and the Hunter x Hunter series read more
If you're like me, the name Dragon Ball Z gets your blood boiling, your erection throbbing, and your bicep muscles pulsating. Contrary to popular belief, this is not because of some terrible medical condition or permanent damage from anabolic steroids. This is because the amount of manliness contained in just one episode of DBZ is enough to cause penis growth, beard hair, and possibly cancer. Make no mistake, this is not an anime for children or people on high blood pressure medication. Like Hank McCoy's premature big-foot vaccine, watching Dragon Ball Z is guaranteed to turn you into a badass gorilla with the strength of 10 men and the swag of Carlos Santana. Yes, ladies and gentleman, this is a show for men and men only. If you don't have the balls to handle the sheer Nagasaki imploding intensity, the tear wrenching drama, or the mindblowing plot twists Dragon Ball Z has up its sleeve, you need not apply, lest you're prepared to have your face literally melted off in a fit of testosterone-fueled rage. For those that are confident that they're prepared, slide the car seat back and hold onto your testicles because this show is no fucking joke.
You've no doubt heard others poke and make fun at this show's various idiosyncrasies. Next time someone tells you that the plot of the show is "stupid and cliche", or that the "fight scenes drag on forever", get them into an armbar and make them beg for mercy because they just told you a goddamn lie straight to your face. Dragon Ball Z is, in reality, the beautifully paced, glorious tale of a group of proud men defending their universe from a rotating cast of bombastic douchebags. I don't even think its physically possible to not shed manly tears sometime during this show; the sheer passion of our heroes is magnificent enough to inspire Kim Jong Il to build a refuge camp with his bare hands. Did I mention that DBZ is probably one of the most engrossing anime ever written? From Goku beating the unintimidating, girl-like cackling out of Frieza and his loser henchmen, to the inspirational choreography and edge-of-your-seat action of the Cell vs. Hercule Satan battle, to the powerful and emotionally enveloping transformation of Gohan from boy to man, you might as well just cut your fucking legs off now because you're not going anywhere for the next 200 episodes. Sure, there are dull moments, but they're few and far between the literal hours of pulsating shin muscles, constant character revivals, hyperbolic time chamber training montages, explosive physical transformations, special beam cannons, and more. Those who are trained in martial arts, like myself, will appreciate the painstaking accuracy put into every move of every fighting style these characters make. Watching DBZ is like watching a real life martial arts tournament---it's that realistic. Childhood obesity? What the fuck is that? Plop their little asses in front of the TV, pop this into the DVD player and watch those pounds literally melt away. Total Gym? Fuck your Total Gym.
The artwork is VIP as fuck. Okay, let's be honest here, the backgrounds and environments are pretty consistently reused, and still shots and other cheap, corner cutting animation tricks are abound and noticeable, but the beauty in DBZ's art is in its action sequences and its character designs. The fight scenes (and there are plenty of them) are absolutely astonishing. We're not just talking fists here either---guns, swords, energy balls the size of pluto, it's all here and its all glorious through and through. Unlike shows that blow their budget upfront and are left with a crayon and two sharpies to finish out the series, DBZ's art actually gets better as time goes on. This is especially present in the aforementioned character models, who start off as beefy, badly proportioned messes and end up even beefier as the show progresses. However, this beefiness is what makes the character designs so goddamn cool. Everyone in this show has muscles---no exceptions. Women, children, even the fucking plants will flex a bicep here and there. Despite this, there aren't really any generic looking characters among the bunch. They have that signature Toriyama look which is always a plus, especially when compared to character models nowadays that all look like they were drawn to please yaoi fangirls, and everyone has their own distinct style even when they're wearing the same clothes. The hairdos? Holy shit, I think they brought actual salon stylists into the studio and told them to draw the stupidest fucking hair styles they could think of, because on real people this would look absolutely godawful. Luckily for us, what looks dumb on real people fits anime characters perfectly because without the signature outrageous hair this show would probably be boring as hell.
The music? I'm not going to lie to you. It's fucking terrible. I've never heard a worse mix of shitty techno rock in my life. It never stops playing either, even in scenes where there's absolutely no reason for it to be on. From what I understand the Japanese dub and the English dub actually have separate soundtracks, so I'm guessing this has more to do with Funimation being a bunch of faggots than anything else. But seriously, who the hell did you bring in to perform this trash? Trent Reznor? It sounds like someone recorded me taking a shit and then put it to a drum loop they made in 3 minutes in FL Studio 10. I mean, they do an okay job actually pairing the music together with the animation but the music itself just doesn't fit the show. Maybe if this was like, Texhnolyze, or a German porn flick or something then yeah I could see the thought process. But why would you put it in DBZ? It perplexes the shit out of me. Now, as for the OP, that's a whole different beast. Anyone who's heard Rock the Dragon, even just once, will never be able to forget it. This would be great if the song didn't suck complete balls. Now, the in-show music may be outrageously bad, but Rock the Dragon takes "shitty" to another level. Even when I was a kid I thought this song blew. I'm not one to spit on a genuine effort, but I'm sorry, when you played that back to yourselves in the studio after recording it, how could you possibly look at yourselves and go, "that sounds acceptable enough to be released to the public"? How could you listen to DRAGON DRAGON HUMP THE DRAGON DRAGON BALL ZZZZZZZ, even once, and think to yourself, "this is good"? I don't get it. Sure, the ED isn't much to write home about either, but this eclipses everything else in some sort of disgusting tidal wave of mullets and trashy rock music. When I hear this song, my mind doesn't start pumping me up for DBZ, it starts conjuring images of meth labs and trailer parks because that's probably where this song was recorded. Usually when I bring up the OP to guys who saw the show as a kid, they go "aww yeah that song makes me wanna fight somebody." Well, if that happened, not only would you lose, but the guy who mopped your shit would take your wallet and perform some hardcore identity theft on your ass just to spite you for making him listen to such a terrible song.
On a more positive note, the English dub is phenomenal, especially in comparison to the vastly inferior Japanese dub. The English dub makes our heroes sound like a band of courageous warriors fighting gloriously for the good of all man-kind. It's excellent in every way possible. The Japanese dub makes them sound like a bunch of losers going through puberty. It's atrocious and offensive and just thinking about it sends me into a fit of rage, so let's move on.
Now, we all know that DBZ has some of the most classic characters ever seen in anime history, and anyone who disagrees with this scientifically proven fact is a lunatic and a hater. Sure, some DBZ characters are leagues better than others, but you can't legitimately expect every character to be as mindblowingly badass as Hercule Satan or Vegeta or Piccolo. Still, what's great about DBZ is that despite this there's really no outright bad characters in the bunch, even amongst the villains who are kind of assumed to be somewhat shitty. Sure, Frieza was a little pretentious, but it only served to make his inevitable asswhipping that much sweeter. Cell was pompous but he was a menacing motherfucker and that's why he was able to stick around for so long without getting boring. It never got to the point during his saga where you felt like the writers were just keeping him around to fill up airtime (this shit happened all the time in the second season of Gantz), and that's precisely because of his constant transformations. It felt like you were fighting a different enemy each time. Buu is sort of the same way although he wasn't really menacing, he was just creepy. Raditz was just a snaky, slimy motherfucker, and I mean, that doesn't really make him a good character but it makes him a good villain, which is what counts. Good guy-wise, you have Goku who is just, your typical Greek hero. Not only is he the toughest man on Earth, but he's an uncorruptable, pure, genuinely good person who FIGHTS FOR JUSTICE and HATES EVIL. A little boring but it comes with the territory. Then you have Vegeta who is just, the fucking baddest dude ever even though he constantly gets his ass handed to him by everyone. The fact that he turns into a family man by the end of the show but still has the same bombastic attitude, with the same bombastic rivalry with KAKAROT just makes him that much better. By far DBZ's best character. Piccolo is ice-cold and takes absolutely no shit from any man, but he's also a good and righteous person at heart. Gohan is a little whiny, but he develops from this little kid into a full fledged, asskicking machine, and he's only a half saiyan at that. Same goes for Trunks, and being related to Vegeta only makes him that much better. Krillin is somehow a monk and a player at the same time which makes him awesome as fuck. Master Roshi loves porn and just generally does not give a fuck. He is what every man should strive to be in his old age. Hercule is a side-side character but he still deserves special mention for being the most hilarious Ron Jeremy look-a-like ever, and for being the PROUDEST and TOUGHEST fighter Earth has ever seen. Personally, I think he deserves his own series. It would be the most manly shounen anime ever made. Anyway, I think you get the point I'm trying to make by now. DBZ's characters are one of a kind and you'd probably be hard pressed to find one that isn't at least redeemable in some way or another. Sometimes they can be a little inconsistently written (Trunks conquers the shit out of Frieza in like 3 minutes, despite the fact that it took Goku AN ENTIRE SAGA to beat him. What the hell is that about?), but for the most part, this is the reason you will continue to come back to this story.
Still, I can't, in all good conscience, give DBZ a 10. As much as I would like to, a 10 implies that the show in question is practically flawless. Cowboy Bebop deserves a 10. FLCL deserves a 10. Bokurano, Baccano!, NGE, and Outlaw Star all deserve 10s. Big O deserves a 10 but I gave it a 9 for ripping off Flash Gordon in the OP (other than that it's excellent). These are all pinnacles of anime achievement, and each one of them is in some way or another the best at what they try to do. DBZ certainly has elements that deserve 10s. In fact, in retrospect, an 8 is probably too low. Still, I can't ignore some of the gaping flaws this show has, and combine that with an astoundingly bad soundtrack that literally makes my ears cry, and you start losing points pretty fast. This is not to say I don't recommend DBZ. In fact, it's just the opposite. If you don't watch DBZ you might as well just stay in bed all day and start buying products from infomercials because you're already robbing yourself of a beautiful experience---a journey that every man should embark on at least once in his life. However, if you're coming into this show with unrealistic expectations you are going to be disappointed and will probably end up right back here, writing a hate review about how "the story is cliche" and "the fight scenes drag on" instead of enjoying it for what it is, like you should.
Overall? Watch it if you're one of the 3 people on Earth that haven't already. Otherwise, watch it again for that glorious nostalgia. read more
Dragon Ball Z is epic. No doubt this is one of the most popular series that helped spread the art of anime in the world.
The original Dragon Ball was fun, but in DBZ the characters have grown and the maturity is felt throughout the whole series. From the incredible Sayian Saga, an important Frieza Saga and the entertaining Cell Saga to the Grand Finale - Buu Saga, DBZ does not disappoint. It's not all about the fighting, although the series have probably 4-5 battles that should be written in the anime history books. I was always astonished by the character development which is amazing and to emphasize this, I like the example of Vegeta. He was one of the greatest villains at first and one of the greatest heroes in the end. The way Akira Toriyama changed his perspective throughout the storyline and how he did not rush Vegeta's judgement of his surroundings is astounding. Goku's naive greatness and Vegeta's indestructible pride completes, arguably, the single greatest friendship in anime history.
Still not impressed? Just watch the final DBZ battle. It is grand, it is electric, it is emotional and atmospheric. When two of the most beloved fighters, Goku and Vegeta, stand against the mightiest villain in an empty planet, when the last hope is on their shoulders, when the price of failure will erase everything that is worth living for, they look at the situation and smile: this is how life is supposed to be. A man without a challenge is a man who does not live. read more
Both are shônen with really strong characters, spiritual powers and vast increments of power.
If DBZ is the king of fighting anime, then YYH is the prince. Both have incredible characters, faster than the speed of light movement, more energy attacks then you can shake a stick of Pocky at, and more insane battles than you'll know what to do with.
Now, that said, I recommend checking out the anime before you read the manga, especially if you're new to otakudom. The YYH has been known to turn off some readers, but the anime is very crisp considering it was animated over ten years ago.
Totally Similar!! I watch Yuu Yuu Hakusho first and then watched DBZ.. I said YYH is copy of DBZ.. another friend of mine watched DBZ first and then YYH.. He said DBZ is copy of YYH..
Martial Arts, Shounen, Fighting Tounaments.. Totally similar actually..
Yu Yu Hakusho is like a twisted version of Dragon Ball Z. They have plenty of things in common, from fighting to save the planet to a splash of romance to lighten things up.
Both were pretty much kings of anime in the 90s and pretty much both have awesome villains and heroes
Basically both animes start out as the person not knowing who he is, what he is, and what he can do. Centered around fighting and friends. Both excellent... if you liked one you will 100% like the other.
main character + comrades all get stronger & learn more about their abilities & self by joining in various fights against stronger opponents. big action scenes & powerful inner spiritual powers makes them a must see...
Uber Energy, After Lifes, Alternate Realms/Worlds, Enemies that reveal themselves conveinently in order of accending power levels, Chris Sabat, Why the hell not?
Similar over the top action sequences, and they're both animes where the fighting outshines the limited storylines.
Basically if you liked superpower type with a little bit of comedy, then you'll also like Yu Yu Hakusho because they have similarities in many ways from humor and also fighting scene
fighting x super powers x awesome characters x humour x original story line
Many of the same voice actors, lots of special fighting moves, battles that keep getting bigger and bigger, if you loved one you'll love the other.
Both Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball Z are good and well respected TV series. They share similar aspects such as those of the dealings with the spirit world, and fighting strange yet powerful opponents.
Both Series have extremely powerful characters that fight in tournaments.
DBZ fans will surely love Yu Yu Hakusho. Although YYH is less fictional than DBZ, it still has that deadly competition and intense aura. The caracters in YYH are slightly darker, wich gives you a certain curiosity. I really recommand YYH, it as one of my favorites Anime's as well as DBZ. They both are great and jaw dropping.
Fighting tournaments. Spirit world and King Yama. Energy techniques. Yusuke even kinda goes super saiyan at one point. Also, Hiei and Vegeta are twins. They're both arrogant and awesome short fellows that aren't from earth and have spiky black hair. Difference is: YYH is a bit darker and the battles go by quicker than in DBZ. I liked YYH more.
A lot of great fights and power ups, although with more of a story! Has a slow start though.
Both amazing action oriented shonen. the story arcs flow well with little to no filler
These are the best of the best when it comes to shounen. Best fights, best characters. Yu Yu Hakusho just may be the winner when it comes to character development and plot though. These 2 anime have the most bad ass of all fights known to mankind and Yu Yu Hakusho is the BEST comedy out there. The only anime I have ever found truly funny is YYH. Check it out, it's very similar to DBZ but very special
Both are shonen anime containing high intensity action.Both main characters focus on protecting the people close to them.
Both shows combine action and comedy, and have a heavy shounen influence. The combat is similar in both of them, using lots of energy attacks, and both series feature a spirit world.
The major differences between the two are the art style and the characters.
Tournaments, inner energy Ki - Spirit Energy and the main protagonist constantly powering up through the mentoring of a sensei such as Genkai for Yusuke and Roshi, Korin, Kami and a few others for Goku other characters share similarities such as Hiei and Vegeta
Translated as Ghost Fighter or Poltergeist Report in some countries, this 90’s classic revolves around the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a 14-year old delinquent who surprises the spirit world by sacrificing his life while committing a completely altruistic act – saving an innocent boy from certain death. Faced with the reality that it was not really his time to die, Yusuke gets another chance at life working as a Spirit Detective, a person tasked to protect the Earth from the onslaught of demons from the spirit world.
Capturing much of the humor and intensity of Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho will immerse you in its fascinating world of spirits, demons, and humans who are courageous enough to take the mantle of mankind’s protector in order to keep the world safe. Just like Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho is also endowed with a cast of colorful characters and epic battles, all revolving around the theme of strength and the human heart’s desire to protect those it holds dear.
Main characters are similar, lots of action, fighting and comedy. Both series place importance on teamwork and friendship. Interesting character designs, same animation studio.
Echiro Oda was inspired by the great work of the db author. so i highly suggest watching dbz if your a one piece fan.
increases in strength friends and challenges, with lots of action and comedy
Well, not only do the authors keep making the story more interesting as it goes a long, they also keep adding seemingly impossible things into the plot. Also both series have a funny goofy main character who always wants to protect his friends and family.
Monkey D. Luffy (Main) and Zorro Roronoa are very similar to Goku and Piccolo in their personalities. One is nice, the other appears bad but eventually they become allies. So Have fun! ^ ^
This is the Anime that inspired One Piece. One Piece took the mantle from DBZ.
there a lot of similarities between main characters, such as sense of humor, feeling friendship, some fighting techniques
Main characters are similar, lots of action, fighting and comedy. Both series place importance on teamwork and friendship. Interesting character designs, same animation studio.
It's epic like Dragon Ball Z,have epic fights like Dragon Ball Z,epic characters like Dragon Ball Z and Super Epic Protagonist like Dragon Ball Z
Both the main characters of the shows, Goku and Luffy, are very alike. They both love food, both are insanely strong and they both love their family/friends.
Fighting and overcoming foes are a big part of both shows. And they both have some humour in them.
They both have the same anticipation, nice action, fighting, and love for the characters. Also, both main characters can and love to eat a lot.
If you like Dragon Ball Z you'll love Naruto Shippuden. These are both the second part of amazing series. There both more high action to their original and go into further depth with the characters and story. The one part I like about Naruto Shippuden over DBZ is that the main character, even though may not get as much screen time, has a tremendously better backround and character development.
The tailed beasts remind you a lot like the great apes from dragon ball z
Both are classic animes any anime fan should know and has the same action filled sequences with somewhat repetitive storytelling and the main character uses that 'one' attack in every major battle
Both anime are sequels of other anime ( dragon ball and naruto ) in which the characters were children and now they have grown up. Moreover are action anime and have amazing action scenes and clever plot.
First of all if you enjoy the Shonen genre in general you'll most likely be compatible with the Naruto Shippuden series.
Aside from that here's the similarities of the protagonist in both shows:
1.) Work hard for their goals e.g: becoming stronger
2.) Eat food, and I mean a lot of food.
3.) They both have there long running rival shown early on in the series. I'll let you notice the similarities yourself.
To understand "Naruto Shippuden" I'll advise you to watch "Naruto" the original series, much like "Dragonball" is to "Dragonball Z."
So to quickly conclude if you want to relive you childhood's adrenaline, edge of seat, fist pumping action then run down to your nearest DVD store and pick up a copy.
*Side note: My opinion the series just gets better the more you watch it, don't be an "Impatient Percy."
well its a shounen action type anime with awesome, very funny and unique characters it has a good storyline and awesome art and animation .If you liked DBZ you should like Fairy Tail
Both are completely absurd, over the top, pointless, silly, and a lot of fun. Obviously they are both shounen action series and neither one takes itself seriously.
If you're looking for a anime you can get attached to, with characters to love, don't look any further. The worlds of Fairy Tail and Dragonball (Z) will take you on a journey where you will find yourself laughing, crying, or maybe both at the same time. Goku and Natsu have the same mentality and will do anything to protect the ones they love. Let them take you to their worlds, where struggles are there to overcome and where the words 'giving up' don't exist. You'll most likely come to love -or already love- both anime and their interesting characters.
These two shounen anime are quite similar. Both are shown to rely heavily on teamwork and friendship, powering through and always coming together as one,and not allowing yourself to get taken down so easily. The main characters are quite similar in a few minor aspects, and the characters from each series are likable to a certain extent. If you like Dragon Ball Z, you should try Fairy Tail, and vice versa.
Both are long-running Shounen series each with over 150 episodes.
Both share action and adventure, and are filled with lots of battles.
Both have similar art styles and humor.
Many of the characters share similar traits and personalities.
If you’ve watched and enjoyed one of these series, I’d highly recommend you watch the other.
If you enjoy animes with 15% plot and 85% Fights & blood & Overpowered characters this anime may appeal to you.
both DBZ and Saint seiya are the best and most popular shounen anime of the 90's.
If you haven't seen it yet, you can't miss this jewel.
Both Train the Chi/ki/cosmos (spiritual energy) and the battles are epic, Saint seiya is a little more balanced and emotional/passionate so you'll find it similar to the great Gohan SS2/Cell battles :)
Dragn Ball Z and Saint Seiya, both true legendary anime series. Both series involves fights, special skills and techniques, and based in an specific culture (Dragon Ball was originally based in chinese culture, Saint Seiya was based in greek culture). Both series talks about an orphan boy who trains himself and fights to become in the strongest warrior (Goku and Seiya). In both series, the main character becomes friends with his opponents (Goku becomes friends with Piccolo and Vegeta, Seiya becomes friends with Shiryu and Ikki). In both series we can see an special kind of heroes (Saiyans and Saints). These Warriors can become in a higher class of warriors (Super Saiyans and Gold Saints). Both unmissable anime legends.
- Both are shonens from the same decade (80's-90's) that have a close style of fights and a lot of characters.
- The plot gravitates around the fights.
- The soundtrack is somewhat similar.
Both animes are telling the story of young warriors that never give up and they´re always ready to face any enemy that threatens to destroy the Earth
A lot of humour, great battles, many many techniques, characters, etc. All these are features from both Animes.
The Protagonist - A smiling guy, dressed on orange/red and blue. Naruto in blond. Goku can be blond.
Both are great Anime with great batlles and many funny moments.
If you enjoyed the vibrant and colorful characters in dbz as well over the top action,Naruto is right up your ally
A lot of humour, great battles, many many techniques, characters, etc. All these are features from both anime. The protagonist—a smiling guy, dressed in orange/red and blue. Naruto is blond. Goku can be blond. Both are great anime with great battles and many funny moments.
Being Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball Z creator) a main inspiration for Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto marks the starting point of many anime viewers. In the 90's Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z was the Shonen anime that made a lot of people fan to the anime. In this time, Naruto is the Shonen anime that had made a lot of people fan to the anime being Naruto their first anime. Packed with a lot of action, martial arts fight (Ninjutsu) and the road to be the strongest, Naruto is an action anime that any DBZ fan would love and plus has a more thriller drama.
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