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Dragon Ball Z Movie 01: Ora no Gohan wo Kaese!!

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English: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ オラの悟飯をかえせッ!!


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1989
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Duration: 41 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.841 (scored by 50,622 users)
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Kami-sama's old nemesis's son has come to exact revenge on Kami-sama for winning the title of Earth's Guardian. After kidnapping Son Gohan and using the dragon balls to gain immortality, he has a final showdown with Goku.

(Source: ANN)


Note: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, originally released theatrically in Japan as simply Dragon Ball Z and later as Dragon Ball Z: Return My Gohan!! for its Japanese VHS and Laserdisc release.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Tanaka, Mayumi
Miyauchi, Kouhei
Watanabe, Naoko
Shen Long
Utsumi, Kenji
Aono, Takeshi


Edit Opening Theme

"Cha-La Head Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama

Edit Ending Theme

"Dete Koi Tobikiri ZENKAI Power" by MANNA

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Oct 5, 2008
erwinmm89 (All reviews)
The first Dragon Ball Z movie.

Each character follows the same personality they have in the series, holding every grudge, knowledge, technique, etc., they had up to the release date of this movie. It develops the pre-existing characters very well. However, most of the characters that were introduced exclusively for this movie are not developed.

The story revolves around the Dragon Balls, just like everything else related to this series; some evil character appears and tries to grab a hold on the Dragon Balls in order to rule/destroy the world. It's not unique or original, but it at least entertains.

The art remains the same as the one read more
May 27, 2010
lolicontim666 (All reviews)
This movie takes place before the start of Dragonball z, and after the events of Dragonball. This movie was alrigth, but like all of the DBZ movie it has some plot holes. Like krillin not being suprised that Goku has a son, While he seems suprised in the first episode of DBZ. Overall it was pretty short and the battle was not that great. In my opinon only watch this if your a fan of DBZ if not than just watch the series.
Nov 7, 2015
Luquillo (All reviews)
When I look back on the very first DBZ movie, I always find it ironic how it's actually among the best in the line up. Each of the following movies venture the exact same path, which is to provide the viewer with low brow entertainment through lots of action and comedy. I have no beef with this. The problem is, once you get pass the first batch of movies, you start to sense the lack of innovation and even creativity. They become unbelievably gimmicky and that feel of a cash in is all over the place. Dragon Ball Z is definitely an anime series you read more
Dec 28, 2018
Lemmy7003 (All reviews)
So, on a whim, I decided to begin working my way through all the Dragon Ball Z movies, as I've never seen any of them, outside of seeing pieces of Broly a decade ago. The first film in the series, Dead Zone, despite some minor inaccuracies, is essentially a forty minute prequel to the major Dragon Ball Z series. If I had to sum this movie up, it's the perfect union of the original Dragon Ball, beginning to integrate with the more modern Dragon Ball Z. It's fun, it's gorgeous (especially for a film from 1989!), and it's in a package that's essentially an extended read more


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