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Dragon Ball Z

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 291
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 26, 1989 to Jan 31, 1996
Premiered: Spring 1989
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.321 (scored by 228,490 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1982
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #56
Members: 322,184
Favorites: 14,534
Ranked #198Popularity #56Members 322,184
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Episodes: /291


Five years after winning the World Martial Arts tournament, Gokuu is now living a peaceful life with his wife and son. This changes, however, with the arrival of a mysterious enemy named Raditz who presents himself as Gokuu's long-lost brother. He reveals that Gokuu is a warrior from the once powerful but now virtually extinct Saiyan race, whose homeworld was completely annihilated. When he was sent to Earth as a baby, Gokuu's sole purpose was to conquer and destroy the planet; but after suffering amnesia from a head injury, his violent and savage nature changed, and instead was raised as a kind and well-mannered boy, now fighting to protect others.

With his failed attempt at forcibly recruiting Gokuu as an ally, Raditz warns Gokuu's friends of a new threat that's rapidly approaching Earth—one that could plunge Earth into an intergalactic conflict and cause the heavens themselves to shake. A war will be fought over the seven mystical dragon balls, and only the strongest will survive in Dragon Ball Z.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The U.S. version is a dubbed alternative version of the Original japanese anime. For example, blood has been taken out, beer is called root-beer, dead is called "Another Universe" and people emigrate before the destroying of cities. (Source: Youtube movie - Anime History Day)

The U.S. version edited and compiled the original for a reduced episode count of 276, instead of the original 291.

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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


Seki, Hiromi
Seki, Hiromi
Assistant Producer
Yamamuro, Tadayoshi
Yamamuro, Tadayoshi
Director, Character Design
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Nishio, Daisuke
Nishio, Daisuke
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(291/291)

Episode Title Aired
1 Mini-Goku is an Overprotected Boy! I Am Gohan
Mini Gokuu wa Obotchama! Boku Gohan Desu. (ミニ悟空はおぼっちゃま!ボク悟飯です。)
Apr 26, 1989
2 The Mightiest Warrior in All of History is Goku's Older Brother!
Shijou Saikyou no Senshi wa Gokuu no Ani Datta! (史上最強の戦士は悟空の兄だった!)
May 3, 1989
3 All Right! This is the Strongest Combo in the World!
Yatta! Kore ga Chijou Saikyou no Combo Da! (やった!これが地上最強のコンビだ!)
May 10, 1989
4 Piccolo's Trump Card! Gohan, the Crybaby-kun 
Pikkolo no Kirifuda! Gohan wa Nakimushikun (ピッコロの切り札!悟飯は泣きむしクン)
May 17, 1989
5 Goku Dies! There's Only One Last Chance 
Gokuu Shisu! Last Chance wa Ichido Dake (悟空死す!ラストチャンスは一度だけ)
May 24, 1989

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#1: "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama (eps 1-199)
#2: "We Gotta Power" by Hironobu Kageyama (eps 200-291)

Edit 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)

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Dec 8, 2007
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 read more
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Jun 26, 2011
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 read more
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Jun 29, 2014
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 read more
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Aug 20, 2008
I started watching Dragonball Z at a very young age and even when I was young I loved it although I didn't know what was going on. I grew up watching the English dub on Cartoon Network and Fell in Love with the Show. Dragonball Z is an Epic Anime with Brilliant Fight scene's and Great Characters.
If you are Looking for a Great Fighting Anime look no further.
I can safely say that Dragonball Z is the King of Fighting Anime.
Dragonball Z is a Fun Anime and also my Favorite!

Dragonball Z is a story about a naive man named Goku trying to be come stronger read more
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