Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

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


Episode Guide
Dragon Ball Z (1996) Poster

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.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

8.7/10
100,008

Videos


Photos

  • Dragon Ball Z (1996)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1996)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1996)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1996)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1996)
  • Dragon Ball Z (1996)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


1 October 2004 | SuperVegitoLover
Why I like DBZ!
The Characters - There are many characters in the world of Dragon Ball. Some powerful, some average, some good, some bad, some silly... some plain weird, but they're all colorful and full of personality (ALL 250 of them.)

The Story - Definitely one of the most gripping, dramatic, and intricate stories of all time. So very dramatic to get to the end of one episode and to ponder "what is going to happen next? Is Tien gonna kill himself trying to kill Cell? Is Goku gonna make it to King Kai's planet? Can Evil King Piccolo be stopped?" so many cliff hangers over the years.... so many episodes battles... which brings us to

The Action - GREATEST FIGHTING EVER! The fighting in DBZ isn't your every day martial arts. We see super warriors who have trained in over 100X gravity performing incredible feats of power, speed and energy, and yet they still seem like real people to us because the characters are so well thought up.

The Morals - Yes, DBZ teaches us life lessons. It teaches us to overcome our fears and to have confidence (Gohan). It teaches us to be strong but gentle (Goku/Mirai Trunks) and to be determined and never give up (Vegeta) and that brains are as important as brawn (Piccolo/Bulma) and that , yes, it's okay to be silly (Gotenks/Mr. Satan). We learn so much from the characters on DBZ.

The Relationships - So many wonderful relationships since the beginning of DB. Many friendships and even romantic attachments. Goku and Krillin, lifelong friends forever, both students of Kame Sennin. Bulma and Vegeta, an unlikely romance between a space warrior and a mere human.... yes, Piccolo and Gohan, perhaps the most touching and unlikely friendship of all..the story of how a boy taught a demon to love. So very nice. It adds a lot to the story.

All in all, as far out as it is, DBZ isn't that different from real life. It's definitely character driven for me. People get stronger, grow older, die... learn important lessons about life, love and happiness. It's really just a great anime that anyone could enjoy if they'd just watch it.

Critic Reviews



More Like This

  • Dragon Ball Z

    Dragon Ball Z

  • Dragon Ball

    Dragon Ball

  • Dragon Ball

    Dragon Ball

  • Dragon Ball GT

    Dragon Ball GT

  • Dragon Ball Z Kai

    Dragon Ball Z Kai

  • Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

    Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

  • Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

    Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

  • Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

    Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

  • Naruto: Shippûden

    Naruto: Shippûden

  • Naruto

    Naruto

  • Super Dragon Ball Heroes

    Super Dragon Ball Heroes

  • Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan

Did You Know?

Trivia

Goku never met Android 17. However for a rare reason he does know Goku.


Quotes

King Kai: I'm the King. When you get to be King, you're not supposed to have to do all the work.


Goofs

Vegeta's height. In early episodes, he is not much taller than Krillin. In the latter half of the series, he is almost as tall as Goku.


Crazy Credits

While other DBZ movies just used whatever opening went with the show at the time the movie was release, Tree of Might features a specially-made opening, featuring the Z-Fighters gathering the Dragon Balls to restore the destroyed forest.


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

Rock The Dragon
(theme song) (English version)
Performed by Ron Wasserman and Jeremy Sweet
Written and Composed by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban
(Broadcast Seasons 1 - 3)

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

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

How Ricky Whittle Brings Shadow Moon to Life

Ricky Whittle, the star at the center of "American Gods," credits amazing co-stars and killer special effects for his mind-bending performance.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com