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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9 November 2004 | Gir_is_here
Came in 2002 (Where I live), looked like garbade, but underrated
Wha-? Are you crazy, Nah...the thing is, I really like this show, and it's NOT because of the fighting. Too many people just dimiss the show as a mindless punch-a-thon, as "that fighting anime that turned me off all fighting anime." The thing is, the characters are all really nicely developed. As we watch the show over the years, we get to see the characters grow, and it happens so gradually that we don't even realize it's happening. Toriyama's Freeza saga was probably the best-told part, despite the fact that the anime completely f-ed it up--the reason for everyone to be there in the first place actually made sense, and the transition from the Vegeta fight to the Freeza fight (and the reason Vegeta eventually joined with the rest of the group) was actually logical. I think the show has a lot more substance than everyone else says, but I realize by now that everyone's already made up their mind about the show and no matter what I say, their opinions will stay the soon.

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Trivia

In Mexico the show was given a "AA" rating (an equivalent to a "G"rating in USA) on its release and it remained like that until 2015, when it was changed into a "B" rating (PG-13).


Quotes

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


Goofs

French dubbed version: About half the time, the attack names are all wrong. The Solar Fist and Neo Tri-Beam are almost always confused, the Destructo Disk is called differently every time it's used, and nearly every attack is called Kamehameha at one point. Also, a lot of times the attack names are never even used, and are replaced with random trash-talk.


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

CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA (Chara-hetchara)
Opening theme
Lyrics by
Yukinojô Mori
Music by Chiho Kiyooka
Arranged by Kenji Yamamoto
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Columbia Records)

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Genres

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

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