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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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.961 (scored by 62,936 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #5672
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #457
Members: 111,988
Favorites: 1,129
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Episodes: /97

Synopsis

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.

Background

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
Main
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese
Nozawa, Masako
Vegeta
Vegeta
Main
Horikawa, Ryo
Japanese
Horikawa, Ryo
Son, Gohan
Son, Gohan
Main
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese
Nozawa, Masako
Piccolo
Piccolo
Main
Furukawa, Toshio
Japanese
Furukawa, Toshio

Staff

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


Edit Opening Theme

"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

LadyDemigra
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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Rampant
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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Vipey
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.


Story:

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

Art:

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.

Sound:

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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Luquillo
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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