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Dragon Ball Kai

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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: Sundays at 09:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.881 (scored by 107,895 users)
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Ranked: #7422
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Popularity: #525
Members: 189,133
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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.


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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Producer, ADR Director
Cook, Justin
Producer, Theme Song Performance

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"Dragon Soul" by Tanimoto Takeyoshi

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#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

May 25, 2015
LadyDemigra (All reviews)
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 isn't it?
Well Yeah thats because it is But there are differences here and there to mention but it isn't as major as a lot of people like to assume so I will be making some comparisons here that you'll expect to see in this review since this is based on my analysis of this show from watching it twice alongside Dragon ball Z.

Story - 9
The story is sped up much more better compared to the original read more
Jan 21, 2012
fbh (All reviews)
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
Nov 1, 2015
Luquillo (All reviews)
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
Nov 12, 2014
literaturenerd (All reviews)

I mentioned in my review of DBZ that the series had some serious flaws and wasn't a perfect adaptation of Toriyama's original manga. Today I look at Dragon Ball Kai, which actually tries to be much closer to the source material. Does it do well or did DBZ classic do it better? Let's analyze further.

Story and Characters: 8/10

I already reviewed the story of DBZ, so this will largely focus on the differences between Kai and the original DBZ. A massive improvement is the removal of the obnoxious filler that bogged down DBZ. How much filler was in DBZ? An illustrative example would be that 7 read more


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