Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure


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The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.


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10 June 2001 | lucas-42
A really cool show.
It may have been years since this ORIGINALLY came out, but to most of us Americans, the show is brand new material. Sometimes people may say the shows tend to "drag on," but this is a clever way to keep you begging for more and tuning in again and again. Also, the characters actually develop and change throughout the series, unlike some other shows. The american translated versions may lose something in the translation, but the show is still a very cool show, and I hope Cartoon Network picks up the entire seven year run of the series. The adjusted script makes some previously "possibly offensive" terms absent, replacing them with less intimidating terms like "bully." But this show IS for kids, and if they didn't take away some terms, it wouldn't air. Then we would be stuck buying the videos for $15.00 a piece instead of taping entire sagas for free. ;) The voice actors aren't spectacular, but they get the point across and tell a good story. The storylines are intriguing and make you want to watch every last episode to see what happens next. The show, despite it's older animation techniques, is still a good looking animated piece. I watch the series everyday on Cartoon Network when they air two episodes side-by-side (which makes since seeing as how the show moves along so slow). The show is divided into "sagas" or series of episodes telling a certain story. My favorite sagas are the Saya-jin Saga, Frieza Saga, Garlic Jr. Saga, Android Saga, and the Cell Saga. I hope this show keeps airing again and again. It's truly remarkable.

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Trivia

There are over twenty five variants of the Kamehameha.


Quotes

Vegeta: Too Bad! I only wish that there was a junkyard, so could give him a proper burial.


Goofs

French dubbed version: When first achieving the Super Saiyan stage, instead of saying "I am the Legendary Super Saiyan", Goku says "By the power of King Kaio, transformation!" It seems that the translator has confused the Super Saiyan stage with the Kaioken technique. This error was carried over into other foreign dubs based on the French dub.


Alternate Versions

The French dub avoided naming characters for several episodes. Some examples are:

  • Nappa, who is first named during his clash with the Z fighters
  • Vegeta, who is named only when fighting Goku. He never announces his name, yet Goku somehow knows what he is called
  • Yajirobe, who was a major recurring character during the early episodes, only gets named in the Android Saga, more than 120 episodes into the series. Up until then, he was only referred to as "him", "you", "the Tower's guard", "the savage" and the narrator only called him "someone"
  • Cui: never gets named
  • Recoome: never gets named. Instead of announcing his name, he shouts "Absolute Force!" On King Kai's planet, his shout changes to "Brutal Force!"
  • Guldo: never gets named. Instead of announcing his name, he shouts "Feral Force!"
  • Burter: never gets named. Instead of announcing his name, he shouts "Infernal Force!"
  • Ginyu, despite being a major villain for several episodes, is first named by the narrator after his clash with Goku, although his name is changed to "Gineour", pronounced with a soft "G". Until that point, he was only known as "the captain" or "the leader". Instead of announcing his name, he shouts "Evil Force!"
  • Jeice is also first named by the narrator at the same time as Ginyu. Even though none of the other characters have ever heard their names, Krillin somehow knows what they are called. Instead of announcing his name, Jeice normally shouts "Pure Force!"
  • None of Garlic Jr.'s henchmen are named


Soundtracks

Detekoi tobikiri ZENKAI pawâ!
[Ending theme]
Lyrics by
Toshihisa Arakawa
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kenji Yamamoto
Performed by MANNA
(Columbia Records)

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Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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