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 June 2003 | MrLister
I love it.
I was going to write a huge long comment on this, but a lot of people really seem to hate this show so I just can't be bothered preaching to the unconvertable. I will say, however, I am a big fan of anime and this is one of my favourites. It's certainly my favourite anime TV series. People don't seem to realise that this is for kids, so screw the voice acting (which is better than many other kids shows) and animation (which is also better than many other kids shows). Comparing this to serious anime like Akira is like comparing He-Man to Gladiator. DBZ is light on the brain and heavy on the adrenal gland. Once you get into it it becomes very addictive, and your imagination covers over any bad acting or animation. Unless you have no imagination... Watch it from the beginning and just let yourself get sucked in to the amazing fights and ever increasing displays of power.

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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

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


Goofs

It is a rule that only people who have performed great deeds and are deemed worthy retain their bodies in afterlife, while the rest are turned into cloud-like ghosts. Yet evildoers who appear in Hell all retain their bodies. However, this mostly only happens in pointless filler episodes or scenes that were exclusive to the animated series (and thus not part of the original storyline presented in the manga).


Alternate Versions

The Hungarian dub, based on the infamous French version, renamed some characters even further. The Saiyans came to be called "Starfighters". Piccolo was called "Young Satan". King Kai was called "Kaito" and his Kaio-Ken technique became "Kaito, empower me!" or "Come forward, Kaito!". Frieza was originally called Dermesztina (Freeze-Tina), but was rechristened Dermesztö (Freezer) later when the translator found out that he's male. Dabura was called "Devla", after the God of the Romani people. Pui-Pui and Yacon were simplified to "Pipi" and "Yaco". The Kamehameha attack was always spoken as "Kamehame". Most of these changes were then carried over into the dub of Dragon Ball GT, which was based on the original Japanese version.


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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