Dragon Ball Kai

Dragon Ball Z Kai

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Synonyms: Dragonball Kai, DBK, DB Kai, DBZ Kai
Japanese: ドラゴンボール改
English: Dragon Ball Z Kai
German: Dragon Ball Z Kai
French: Dragon Ball Z Kai
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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: Fuji TV
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.751 (scored by 245684245,684 users)
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Ranked: #11172
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #593
Members: 396,886
Favorites: 3,475

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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).

Characters & Voice Actors

Future Trunks

Kusao, Takeshi


Nakao, Ryusei


Tsuru, Hiromi


Tsuru, Hiromi


Satou, Masaharu


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


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Dragon Soul" by Tanimoto Takeyoshi

Ending Theme

1: "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!" by Tanimoto Takeyoshi (eps 1-54)
2: "Kokoro no Hane (心の羽根)" by AKB48 (eps 55-97)


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 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 ...
May 27, 2011
Mixed Feelings
This show needed some filler like Bleach, but this is still one of the best crazy shows I have ever seen. I only gave 9 and not 10 because this show was too much dude on dude and NO FILLER to get to know the dudes. Let me tell you all about this crazy show.

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 ...
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 ...

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If this is the original dragon ball Z but without the filler, then what kind of logic has made it score lower?
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