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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23 August 2003 | ein2021
Weird, don't you think?
First of all, yes I am a big anime fan and yes Dragonball Z is my hands down favorite anime. And let me tell you I've seen quite a bit. I'm not saying it's the best show out there, it's just "my" favorite. But I didn't write here just to praise the show. Not that at all. Here's why I wrote. I noticed that most of the negative comments written about this series all talk about how the show's sagas are basically the same thing over and over again (and yes I know they basically are). The writers of these comments also, more often than not, talk about how they hated the show so much that they stopped watching it after two or three episodes. Here is the weird part. How could they know all the sagas are pretty much the same thing over and over again if they only watched two or three episodes? More over, if they only watched two or three episodes of a show with well over 150 episodes, they have no right to write any kind of commentary about it at all. Finally, one more point. Lets say yes they did watch more episodes. If they hated it so much, why keep watching? If it was "that" bad, why watch another episode? There must have been something there that cried out for them to keep watching. Something they couldn't ignore no matter how much they tried. Something that had them watching every "crappy" episode in every "crappy" saga. And lets face it, if a show has that, it can't be all bad :)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Majin Buu is over 5 million years old.


Quotes

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


Goofs

At the concession stand just outside the Stadium Yamcha is playing baseball at, "hamburger" is misspelled (as "hanburger.")


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

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