Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

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


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After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.


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6 November 2002 | SpideyJedi
One word to describe it: OUTRAGEOUS!
Ok, ok, so I may be biased because DBZ may be one of my favorite shows of all time, and if not my favorite Anime`- EVER! But who cares? I love this show. And I loved Dragon Ball (although I must say that the American dub of Dragon Ball is for more of the 11-under crowd if you ask me) Now, allow me to tell you my testimony of how I came to love the Dragon Ball series....

When I was in Kindergarten-first grade or so, I saw my first episode of Dragon Ball. I was sick and home from school, and it was airing on Fox Kids I believe. It came on after Bannana's in Pajamas. (God save my soul, I hated that show.) Well, I've been one who has followed and practiced Martial Arts my whole life, and since I was a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and since I was sick in bed) I decided to watch Dragon Ball. I laughed, and smiled, and of course enjoyed it. I can't tell you exactly what I remember, Master Roshi and his island come to mind at best. Well, over the years I skipped through the episodes, never exactly becoming "hooked" and die hard. That wouldn't be for another few good years. In 5th grade, my friends were Role Playing Dragon Ball Z during recess (it had just started to air around that time.) Of course, I wanted to role play with them, but didn't know-or remember- any female characters. They had me play as Bulma. All that came to mind was blue hair (and one of my friends complained of me playing Bulma because they had to play Yamucha. Go figure) Years still went by and it wasn't until around the 6th grade did I start watching. Over the summer I'd be wtaching Frieza or Garlic Jr. reruns, and my younger cousin and his friend would make fun of the show. (I tell you now: DBZ isn't just about people screaming at the top of their lugs with beyond steroid possible muscles and beams of light shooting from their bodies.) And when the time came of the Android/Cell saga, I WAS OFFICIALLY HOOKED!!!!!! DBZ is the first show I've come to obsess over, and even though I am a 15 y/o female, I don't care. If fighting and mountains blowing up appeals to me, then too bad!!!!!! DBZ ROCKS!!!

P.S: Like I said in my above comment about screaming and muscles and lights, it is beyond that. The show talks a lot about courage, friendship, and loyalty. Though the American edited version may not be AS good as the Japanese version, I still find it great. And it may take a while to understand the principles of DBZ if you start watching in the middle of a saga, but keep watching- it may take time (like me.)

Akira Toriyama has definitely created a classic.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

There are over twenty five variants of the Kamehameha.


Quotes

Vegeta: Kakarot! Stop poking me in the eye you idiot!
Goku: It's not my fault, you keep poking me in the mouth!
Vegeta: Shut up Kakarot!


Goofs

Prior to Nappa and Vegeta's arrival on earth, both of them are colored wrongly. Vegeta has red hair and lime green armor, and Nappa has generic black Saiyan-style armor. When they arrive on earth, they are the right colors.


Crazy Credits

During the Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans "lost movie", there is a scene in the second part in which "fake" closing credits begin rolling, which are quickly cut off and the feature resumes after.


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

Dragon Ball Z movie theme
(theme song) (English version)
Performed by Mark Menza
Written and Composed by Mark Menza
(Remastered Seasons 1 - 2)

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

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

Details

Release Date:

13 September 1996

Language

English


Country of Origin

Japan, USA, Canada

Filming Locations

Los Angeles, California, USA

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