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

Some characters have different names in the manga than they did in the anime. For instance, in the anime Babidi has a henchman named Pui Pui, but he's called Pocus in the manga. Likewise, the Potara fusion of Vegeta and Goku is called Vegito in the anime, but Vegerot in the manga.


Quotes

Super Buu: So, hot - shot, you want to fight Majin Buu?
Mystic Gohan: Fight you? No, I want to destroy you.


Goofs

Piccolo claims that a long as his head is intact, he can regenerate from any injury. For example, he can regrow his arm or put himself back together after being broken to pieces. Yet he is gravely injured at several points during the series when his chest is hurt, and his head is intact during his first death, but still dies.


Alternate Versions

In France, the first half of the series was subjected to major and very inconsistent censorship. Many violent scenes got removed altogether, thus messing up the pacing and leading to plot holes. The death of several characters got cut either partially or entirely, though on numerous occasions, episode recaps and flashbacks still showed these scenes unedited. However, none of Gohan's nudity or any references to Hell, religious figures, and talk of death got removed, because these were still seen as suitable for young children, the target audience of the French version. After the Frieza Saga, the censorship radically decreased, and no material was cut from the entirety of the Buu Saga, including gore, sexual references and character's flipping off others. Instead, the dialogue was rewritten to sound more childish and easy to understand, and in particular, Master Roshi's lines were changed to remove all sexual references (even when the animation clearly showed what he was really talking about).


Soundtracks

Bokutachi wa tenshi datta
Ending theme
Lyrics by
Yukinojô Mori
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Osamu Totsuka
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Columbia Records)

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

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