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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30 April 2002 | lucas-42
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| An Amazing Story...
I'm a late blooming DBZ fan, but I've already seen almost the entire series! LOL! I will tell you the story of how I became a die-hard fan, and why you'll be VERY sorry if you haven't already!

It was around the year 1999 that I first came across DBZ. I think the Namek saga was airing on Cartoon Network. My friend was big on the show (though he had very little knowledge of it's origins) and forced me to watch it myself. I made fun of the show every-time he watched it. I thought it was corny, cheesy and the voice-acting was stupid.

HOWEVER, somewhere along the way in the summer of 2001 he told me they were re-airing the Android saga on CN. Well, I started the old usual comments, making fun of it. But then.. I actually became interested in the story. After a few episodes, I was hooked. You see, the story of Dragonball is more than you think. It covers over 500 episodes in it's entire run over three different animated series.

I began watching with the Android/Cell sagas. I watched them to the end and then watched the Frieza saga. Then I watched the Saiyan and Namek Saga. Now here we are today at the Buu saga. What better time to become a DBZ fan than now! The last 54 episodes of the show will air this fall, and that's something NOT to be missed.

The show never has an ending to a story. It's a continous "to be continued" storyline that grows and grows. Characters have time to develop into interesting relationships among them, making moments where someone dies or is hurt even more emotional.

It tells the story of Goku (son Goku in Japan) who is an incredible man born with an amazing fighting talent. His strength never ceases and he becomes stronger and stronger. He is kind and pure of heart.. a friend to even his enemies at times. He is the central point of DBZ, but not the only point.

Throughout the series, he learns of his Saiyan heritage, finding that he was born of an alien human-like race that has an ability to concentrate energy called Kai (or ki) to create energy blasts, fly, etc. They are born with a natural instinct to fight, and conquer entire planets to sale to the highest bidder.

That is only the beginning of DBZ, there are 200 episodes or so of a previous series called Dragonball that explain Goku's childhood-into-adult hood. DBZ covers him from his early twenties or so all the way until he's over 50 years old.

The show has sparked 13 movies and two specials.. and much more. Some of the movies are dubbed in english, while others are only available in Japanese subtitled versions.

ANYWAY, this show is specatacular, and takes forever to explain every aspect of the storyline. The ORIGINAL Japanese version has much better music and voice acting, I'll admit. And the English versions (at least early episodes) were edited to death, the show still holds what makes it magic.

The beginning of the series will re-air on Cartoon Network as of May 2002. I suggest you begin watching. Do NOT let the animation, or the voice-acting, or bad editing of this first saga shake you away. The show takes time to understand and become interested in, but once your there, you'll be hooked.

There are over 290 episodes of DBZ, and the animation gets much better, as does the storyline. Just keep watching, trust me... your gonna love it!

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Trivia

In the Latin American dub, Chi Chi's name is changed to Milk, due to the fact that in Mexico and some other Spanish speaking countries the word "chichi" means "boob".


Quotes

Master Roshi: Has he seen... Oh, I don't know the full moon?
Goku: No we go to bed pretty early, why?
Bulma, Krillin, Master Roshi: No reason.


Goofs

On the hat Krillin wears en route to Namek, Krillin is misspelled as "Kulilin." Kulilin is Krillin's name in the original Japanese Version. This is because l's and r's are commonly confused when translating from Japanese.


Crazy Credits

When FUNimation aired the Buu Saga, their end-credits sequence used footage from the Japanese Buu Saga end credits. Strangely, they show the feather dropping from the sky, but they DO NOT show the Goku with angel wings who dropped it!


Alternate Versions

In the censored American version, all audio and visual references to the name of character known as "Mr. Satan" have been changed to "Hercule". The name originated from the French dub, however the reasons for the name change were different in the two countries: in America, the name had to be changed due to religious reasons, but in France, it was changed because another character (Piccolo) has already been renamed to Satan. In the French version, the name was only changed in the dialogue, not in the animation.


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)

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

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