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Dragon Ball Z

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Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.311 (scored by 292,391 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2222
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #63
Members: 419,802
Favorites: 17,536
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Episodes: /291
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Synopsis

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]

Background

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. The proper episode count was later restored on the uncut "Orange Brick" Season Set releases by FUNimation Entertainment released from 2006 to 2009. Additionally, the North American "Orange Brick" Season Sets as well as the Season Set Blu-rays crop the show from its original 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9. The only complete 4:3 release ever released in English were the Dragon Boxes which have long since gone out of print.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Itou, Miki
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Son, Goten
Supporting
Nozawa, Masako
Japanese
Bulma
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Tsuru, Hiromi
Japanese
Muten-Roshi
Supporting
Masuoka, Hiroshi
Japanese

Staff

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


Edit Opening Theme

#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)




More reviewsReviews

Dec 8, 2007
ChrisVarick (All reviews)
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
Jun 29, 2014
Soul_Punisher (All reviews)
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
Aug 20, 2008
Masaaki (All reviews)
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!

Story
Dragonball Z is a story about a naive man named Goku trying to be come stronger read more
Mar 19, 2011
DBZAOTA482 (All reviews)
Ah yes, Dragon Ball Z, this really takes me back. This series used to be everywhere, there were DBZ lunchboxes, DBZ toys, DBZ VHS sets,& DBZ video games. Well nowadays, it feeds off mostly on video games now, some good(like the Budokai and Tenkaichi series, Burst Limit,& dbz legends), many bad(like Final Bout, Sagas,& Raging Blast). It is widely considered a milestone in anime fandom as it is one of the backthroughs in spreading the art form, along with Pokemon, Akira,& Sailor Moon. It is also(along with the original) inspired many to become artists(including me).

I'll try my best to make this review seem as unbiased read more

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