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Dragon Ball Z Kai, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Kai (ドラゴンボール,Doragon Bōru Kai, lit. Dragon Ball Revised), is an anime series that is a high-definition remastered and recut of Dragon Ball Z, done for its 20th Anniversary. It premiered on Fuji TV on April 5, 2009, at 9:00 am just before One Piece and ended initially on March 27, 2011, with 97 episodes (a 98th episode was later released straight-to-video), and the two shows were marketed together as "Dream 9", which refers to the hour in which they both aired. The series average rating was 9.4%, with its maximum being 12.3% (Episode 47) and its minimum being 6.4% (Episode 18). Dragon Ball Kai returned to Japanese TV on April 6, 2014, with the Majin Buu Saga, and ended its run for the second and last time on June 28, 2015, with 61 episodes while the original uncut international version would go on to have 69 episodes (bringing the total episode count of the series to 159 for the original Japanese broadcast and 167 for the extended International broadcast).[1]

On December 6, 2016, Funimation announced that Dragon Ball Z Kai would return on Toonami January 7th, 2017. It became known as Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters, consisting of the Buu Saga.


The "Kai" (改「かい」) in the series' name means "updated," "modified," or "altered," reflecting it being an abridging of the original anime that removes a majority of its filler.[2] Two issues of Shonen JUMP have included some primary information about the series.[3] Interestingly, despite the series being only a director's cut of Dragon Ball Z, the Z has been completely removed from the title (at least in the original Japanese version).

Funimation has dubbed Dragon Ball Kai into English for a North American release, under the release title of Dragon Ball Z Kai (more information can be viewed below). The series premiered on the Nicktoons Network on May 24, 2010.[4] This was quite a change, as all the Dragon Ball series have almost always appeared on Cartoon Network in the United States. On August 14, 2010, the series premiered on The CW's Toonzai block.[5] The uncut version of the series began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block on November 8, 2014.[6] It was shown on Kix in the United Kingdom.

After episode 97, there were initially no plans for Dragon Ball Kai to reach the Majin Buu Saga. A new anime series based on the Toriko manga debuted in April 2011, taking over the Dragon Ball Kai time slot at 9 AM on Sunday mornings before the One Piece anime series. The 97th episode of the series was broadcast on March 27, 2011 in Japan, and January 1, 2012 in America. The series was in syndication in Japan for exactly two years. Despite this, the series has been one of the top 10 rated anime series every week since syndication began in April 2009. The 98th episode of the series, which recapped the entire series and provided some closure, was released to DVD/Blu-ray on August 2, 2011, in Japan and was aired on Nicktoons in the U.S. on February 8, 2013.[7][8] In November 2012, it was confirmed that the production of Dragon Ball Z Kai would continue and air outside of Japan.[9]Mayumi Tanaka (the Japanese voice of Krillin in the series) posted the news on her blog confirming that Dragon Ball Kai would be continuing, as voice work was already underway for the early stages of the Majin Buu story arc. Her post went on to specify that the series revival is for the overseas market, and as of the time of her post there are no plans to air the new episodes in Dragon Ball's home country of Japan.[9] In April 2013, Sean Schemmel and Kyle Hebert (the Funimation dub voice actors for Goku and Gohan) confirmed they were recording their lines for the Funimation dub of the Buu Saga. In November 2013, when questioned about it on their Facebook page, it was stated by Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment that the Buu Saga of Dragon Ball Z Kai should be released on November 8, 2014 on Cartoon Network, as they were just waiting on dubs to be finished.[10]

Dragon Ball Kai returned with the Majin Buu arc to Japanese TV on April 6, 2014, taking over the time slot previously occupied by Toriko.[1] This story arc was comprised of 61 episodes for the Japanese version, and 69 episodes for the International version, raising the total episode count for the entire Kai series to 159 episodes for the Japanese version and 167 episodes for the International version.

Series information

The series was extensively "refreshed" for Japanese television. This is not a new animation, but rather a remastered edit that runs through Dragon Ball Z to provide a presentation that is as faithful to the original manga as possible, removing a majority of DBZ's padding and filler. Part of this is reformatting and extending the picture to 16:9 Widescreen. However, for episodes 1-98, this only exists with the footage used for the Japanese and Nicktoons broadcasts; the footage used for the home media release and Toonami broadcasts are in the original 4:3 ratio. Through digital processing, the image was made vibrant. All the music, damage and noise remaining on the Dragon Ball Z film is removed, making the image much clearer in high-definition.

A comparison with the original video side-by-side shows considerable cropping to achieve the 16:9 aspect ratio. However, it seems carefully done to avoid missing anything important. The original image is not stretched, just cut where it would be more appropriate, being a "tilt and scan" or "reverse pan and scan" of the original Dragon Ball Z footage.

Dragon Ball Kai includes a complete re-recording of the dialog by most of the original Japanese voice cast (in part due to the master audio for Z being permanently lost), as well as completely new sound design with updated sound effects. The opening and ending themes are completely new. Takayoshi Tanimoto performs the series' opening themes "Dragon Soul" and "Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go", and the closing theme "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!" These new opening and closing credits have newly animated appearances by most of the main cast, as well as for the villains, such as Raditz, Nappa, Vegeta, Frieza, Zarbon, Dodoria, and the Ginyu Force. There's also a new artwork clip after every intermission, such as one of Cui and Vegeta in episode 19. Unlike the original Dragon Ball Z, which only had two sets of eyecatches for the entire series, in Dragon Ball Kai, it changes every few episodes to feature an appropriate character ensemble/situation.

As with most filler sequences in Dragon Ball Z, the Garlic Jr. Saga does not air in Dragon Ball Kai. Originally lasting from episodes 108 to 117, the saga featured the return of Garlic Jr., the main villain from the first DBZ movie. The saga was completely filler and Garlic Jr. or any of his henchmen did not appear in the original manga. Because Kai stays truer to the manga, this saga has been completely cut out.

The first 98 episodes of Kai feature new digital animation, often used to rectify continuity errors in the source print. Among other things, Vegeta's red palette while on an unnamed planet in the beginning of the series has been altered to the color scheme used from his arrival on Earth-onwards; however, Nappa's armor still uses a different palette, bearing brown pauldrons and banding instead of the standard marigold. Shots of Piccolo bleeding red blood are also altered to recolor his blood purple, such as in the Dragon Ball recap of episode one or during his fight with Raditz. However, when Raditz is explaining to Goku about the Saiyans, Vegeta has his red color scheme.

For the Androids Saga, the animation in the opening scene and closing credits have been altered a bit to fit the current storyline. New animations of Dr. Gero, Android 19, Android 17, Android 18, Android 16, and Cell appear, as well as the Super Saiyan appearances of Goku, Vegeta, Future Trunks, and Gohan. The new intro also showcases battles taking place within the saga, such as Vegeta vs. #18, Piccolo vs. #17, #16 vs. Cell, Goku vs. Cell, and ends showing a sequence of the Dragon Team standing together with their Cell Saga appearances. The ending credits are also different, showcasing Goku flying with Shenron as the faces of the main cast appear. He proceeds to transform into a Super Saiyan and the cast joins him in flight. The sequence ends with the Z Fighters standing in front of the Earth, with Shenron and Porunga in the backdrop.

For the Majin Buu Saga, the show uses a different remaster done in-house at Toei Animation. This version is shot in cropped 16:9 rather than the original 4:3 ratio, even for the American release, and features a noticeable greenish tint compared to the Dragon Ball Z Blu-rays. Additionally, the neo-classic animation by Q-TEC that appeared throughout the previous 98 episodes is gone (due to Toei now re-mastering the footage in-house), and a new animated intro sequence for the series is used with fights and events corresponding with the Majin Buu Saga, such as Goku vs Majin Vegeta, Super Buu uses his Human Extinction Attack, Goku, Vegeta, Goten, and Trunks fusing into Vegito and Gotenks, respectively, then moves to Potential Unleashed Gohan and Gotenks vs Super Buu, and finally, Goku transforming into Super Saiyan 3 and then fighting Kid Buu, with the former launching a massive energy blast and the latter firing his Kamehameha, the sequence ends with the heroes in assembly as Super Saiyan 3 Goku drops by and powers up. This arc had five different newly animated endings, with each ending that corresponds to the arc's sagas or situations (like "Oh Yeah!!!!!!!" for the Fusion Saga or "Don't Let Me Down" for the Kid Buu and the Peaceful World Sagas.)

Toei released the first set on DVD and Blu-ray in September 2009 in a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is said that is how it was originally created and was only 16:9 ratio before because it was cropped for HD TV.[citation needed] The refreshed series also spawned a stage play named Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage.


Dragon Ball Kai used a new background musical score by Kenji Yamamoto, composer of the Dragon Ball video games. His score was used regularly for all releases of episodes 1-95, however, he was given a layoff notice from Toei Animation after it was discovered that he had spent nearly his entire career at Toei infringing off of works from various western artists (such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Pink Floyd, Stratovarius, Propaganda, James Horner and Danny Elfman) and eventually resigned. The last few episodes of Dragon Ball Kai, as well as Japanese reruns of past episodes, made use of music recycled from Dragon Ball Z by Shunsuke Kikuchi (although the Dragon Ball Kai theme songs remained intact), however, the placing of the music differed from the original series. It is unconfirmed if the original matching of the tracks with the scenes as the original series will ever be released.

The American broadcast of Dragon Ball Z Kai was affected as well. The 5th American DVD/Blu-ray volume was delayed twice, due to Funimation replacing Yamamoto's score with the original Dragon Ball Z background score for the remainder of the English release of Dragon Ball Z Kai, for the DVDs/Blu-rays (all episodes) and the TV Version (all episodes). The re-released Dragon Ball Kai collections including episodes 1-26 and episodes 27-52 have included the random placement of the original tracks. It is possible, though, that Funimation has not disposed of the original masters as Toonami mistakenly aired the Yamamoto score for the first episode. Norihito Sumitomo, who composed music for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, would succeed Yamamoto for the series' music, and composed new background music for the series' Majin Buu Saga, and some of this arc's music was reused for the new series Dragon Ball Super, in which Sumitomo also composed the scores.



"The phenomenon that defined a generation... is back for more."
— Funimation's tagline in the season one release trailer

Navarre revealed during its Q3 2010 earnings conference call, on February 2, 2010, that its North American anime distributor Funimation had licensed the Dragon Ball Kai series for release in the "latter part of the upcoming fiscal year." However, it was re-titled Dragon Ball Z Kai. Funimation later confirmed the license with AnimeNewsNetwork.com. Dragon Ball Z Kai Part One was released to DVD and Blu-ray on May 18, 2010. The cast for Kai was mostly the same as DBZ except for a few re-casts for various reasons. The English dub for the series was produced by Okatron 5000 in Dallas, TX, US at the same recording studio used for the video games of the Dragon Ball franchise, with Christopher Sabat as one of the primary voice directors. Cartoon Network, broadcaster of all previous Dragon Ball media, passed on the rights to show Dragon Ball Z Kai (though the series would eventually air on the channel as part of Adult Swim). Instead, Kai premiered on Nicktoons in the U.S. on May 24, 2010.[4]

The series was edited on Nicktoons to fit the intended audience, and occasionally contains different verbiage than the home release, which is entirely unedited. Some character attacks regained their correct and untranslated-proper-noun announcements in the unedited dub (i.e. "Makankōsappō" instead of Special Beam Cannon, "Kienzan" instead of Destructo Disc, etc.), although some of the official English names for the attacks are retained for the broadcast version. Most other names used in the English dub remain the same (i.e. Krillin and Tien Shinhan instead of "Kuririn" and "Tenshinhan"). Less liberty is taken with the script, and episode titles are mostly literal translations of their original Japanese versions. Nicktoons' broadcast originally used Kenji Yamamoto's musical score, however it changed to Shunsuke Kikkuichi's cues after the music plagiarism incident (see "Music" above). The opening theme was retained, although shortened to allow time for more commercials. The broadcast used Vic Mignogna's version of the theme song for the full run, even though his complete version was only used for Episodes 27 - 39 on the official home video release. The ending theme was usually cut, and the credits were shown in split screen, although a shorter version of the ending was used on occasion.

The CW also aired Funimation's English dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai in their Toonzai block (later named Vortexx). Their broadcast contained most of the edits of the Nicktoons version, as well as extra editing to fit the stricter broadcast standards (see "English adaptations" below). Like Nicktoons' broadcast, the Toonzai broadcast featured the Kenji Yamamoto score before being replaced with the Shunsuke Kikuchi score.

English Recasts


Main article: List of Dragon Ball Z Kai episodes

Toei Animation stated that the Dragon Ball Kai episodes would be edited to more closely follow Akira Toriyama's original story in the manga, resulting in a faster moving story, and to remove any damaged frames.[11]Dragon Ball Kai minimizes the filler material produced for Dragon Ball Z's original production run. On the broadcast episodes, only a few minutes of filler material with no impact to the story have been left in (like Gregory's appearance at King Kai's Planet, who wasn't present in the manga), probably to help the episode reach its full 20 min.

Happinet (the Japanese company releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray) announced the Japanese DVD and Blu-ray release would have an end point of "98 Episodes (tentative)" meaning the planned and announced episode count would end at 99.[12] Actually, Dragon Ball Kai was supposed to last for 98 episodes, but everything had originally been thrown off an entire week due to the horrific tsunami that struck Japan the prior week. The series temporarily ended with 97 episodes aired, and the 98th episode was released direct-to-video. A few years later, the series returned with 61 Majin Buu Saga episodes in Japan.[1]

English adaptations

The title screen translations are far more similar this time around, but are changed to fit properly into English. Edits were been made to the version appearing on Nicktoons; these include the removal of blood (which sometimes is replaced with black grayish liquid where the blood is supposed to be), overly violent moments, profanity and others. The CW's Toonzai airings, however, were edited even more so than the Nicktoons version, due to tighter restrictions on broadcast programming. These edits include recoloring Mr. Popo's skin from black to blue, replacing dead characters' halos with glowing orbs, removing virtually all references to death in both dialogue and episode titles, and renaming certain special techniques (i.e. Goku's Spirit Bomb renamed as the "Spirit Blast" and Vegeta's Galick Gun as the "Galick Blast"). Also in the beginning of the intro song, Toonzai edited out Shenron and replaced him with a green colored sky. On Nicktoons, the series aired from May 24, 2010 to February 8, 2013.

The series returned with the 69 Majin Buu Saga episodes in 2014 in Europe, carrying the sub-title "The Final Chapters". This remastered and reedited series was broadcasted in the UK on Kix, in Portugal on Sic Radical, in Poland on AXN Spin, and in France on Game One. On May 25, 2014, Funimation and Adult Swim announced that the English dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai would air uncut on Adult Swim's Toonami block starting in fall 2014.[6] The show began airing at 12:00 AM on November 8, 2014, replacing Bleach. Starting on February 21, 2015, a rerun of the previous weeks episode began airing at 8:00 PM on Saturdays outside of the Toonami block, with a new episode at its 12:00 AM time slot as part of Toonami.

On December 7, 2016, it was announced via multiple media outlets that the English dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters would make its U.S. debut on Toonami on January 7, 2017 at midnight, after Dragon Ball Super.[13] The series fully completed its U.S. run on June 23, 2018.


All the Japanese and Funimation DVD and Blu-ray releases are presented in an original 4:3 aspect ratio, although there is an option to zoom the picture to a 16:9 aspect ratio using the television remote to make it appear identical to the original Japanese broadcast.

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List of Dragon Ball Z Kai episodes

No. Translated English title / Dub title
Japanese title Original air date[14]American air date[15]19"A Formidable New Enemy! Emperor of the Universe, Freeza" / "A Powerful New Foe! Frieza, Ruler of the Universe!"[16]
Transcription: "Arata Naru Kyōteki! Uchū no Teiō Furīza" (Japanese: 新たなる強敵! 宇宙の帝王フリーザ)August 16, 2009 (2009-08-16)June 17, 2010 While on their month-long journey to Namek, Gohan and Krillin practice image training. Meanwhile, Vegeta has landed on Planet Frieza No. 79, and after being healed from the injuries sustained on Earth, Kui tells him Frieza is currently on Namek attempting to retrieve the Dragon Balls. Vegeta is incensed and decides to chase Frieza to Namek to try to use the Dragon Balls for himself. After 30 days aboard Kami's old spaceship, Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan arrive on Namek. Bulma uses her radar and notices that four of the seven Dragon Balls are together already. Gohan senses an evil presence, but Bulma is more optimistic and believes that the Namekians probably are the ones who have them. They notice Vegeta's space pod fly overhead and land in the distance, along with a second space pod shortly thereafter. Vegeta is not too thrilled to find out that Frieza's henchmen Zarbon and Dodoria are accompanying Frieza.20"Rebellion Against Freeza! Vegeta, Burning with Ambition" / "The Rebellion Against Frieza! Vegeta's Burning Ambition!"[16]
Transcription: "Furīza e no Hangyaku! Yabō ni Moeru Bejīta" (Japanese: フリーザへの反逆! 野望に燃えるベジータ)August 23, 2009 (2009-08-23)June 21, 2010 Frieza continues to collect the Namekian Dragon Balls, while Vegeta goes to Frieza's ship and slaughters Kui. Meanwhile, Krillin and Gohan battle more of Frieza's minions, but not before they destroy the spaceship they used to reach the planet. Back on Earth, Yajirobe delivers Korin's new batch of Senzu beans to Goku at the hospital. After eating one of the beans, making a complete recovery from his injuries in the process, Goku immediately prepares to journey towards Planet Namek himself.21"Protect the Dragon Balls! The Namekian Offensive" / "Protect the Dragon Balls! The Namekians' All-Out Attack!"[16]
Transcription: "Mamore Doragon Bōru! Namekkuseijin Sōkōgeki" (Japanese: 守れドラゴンボール!ナメック星人総攻撃)August 30, 2009 (2009-08-30)June 22, 2010 Goku arrives at the Capsule Corporation, where Bulma's father Dr. Briefs has prepared a spaceship for him to travel to Namek in six days, and which also contains sophisticated battle training equipment, the most important of which is an artificial gravity device which allows for increasing the gravity in the ship up to 100-times Earth gravity. Goku begins to train at 20-times Earth's gravity as he takes off for Namek. Meanwhile, the Namekians begin to fight back against Frieza's men, however Zarbon and Dodoria prove too powerful. Discovering that their people are being located via their scouters, the Namekians destroy the scouters. Dodoria, filled with rage, vows to make the locals regret the day they ever crossed Frieza.22"Dodoria in Terrifying Hot Pursuit! Vegeta Learns the Truth" / "Dodoria's Terrifying Chase! A Truth Revealed to Vegeta!"[15]
Transcription: "Mōtsui Dodoria no Kyōfu! Bejīta ni Akasu Shinjitsu" (Japanese: 猛追ドドリアの恐怖! ベジータに明かす真実)September 6, 2009 (2009-09-06)June 23, 2010 Krillin and Gohan save a young Namekian boy named Dende from Dodoria's attack. The three fly away and manage to hide from the pursuing Dodoria; shortly after this he is attacked by Vegeta. The two fight briefly. Dodoria begs for his life, offering to tell Vegeta the true story of his home planet's destruction. Vegeta releases Dodoria from his grip, and Dodoria reveals that it was Frieza who destroyed Planet Vegeta out of fear for the Saiyan race's potential. Vegeta is furious at being lied to and being used by Frieza, and kills a fleeing Dodoria.23"Vegeta's Secret Plan! Tragic Attack Upon the Namekians" / "Vegeta's Covert Maneuvers! A Tragic Assault on the Namekians!"[15]
Transcription: "Anyaku no Bejīta! Namekkuseijin wo Osō Higeki" (Japanese: 暗躍のベジータ! ナメック星人を襲う悲劇)September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13)June 24, 2010 During his time on Earth, Vegeta has learned to sense energy without needing a scouter; he senses Gohan, Krillin, and Dende in the distance. Gohan and Krillin lower their ki enough to avoid being detected further, but Dende doesn't know how to. Before Vegeta can home in on Dende's power, though, a giant Namekian fish appears, giving Vegeta the thought that it was the source of ki he detected - he has not yet completely mastered all of the subtlties of sensing energy without a scouter. He later comes across a village of 20 or so Namekians, and demands to be given the Dragon Ball. When the elder Namekian of the village denies him the Dragon Ball, Vegeta slays all the Namekians and finds the Dragon Ball in one of the huts. He then proceeds to throw it in a nearby lake so that Frieza and his men cannot find it. Meanwhile, Dende takes Krillin with him to see the Grand Elder of Namek.24"Resurrected Companions! The Beauty Soldier Zarbon's Demon Transformation" / "Friends Reborn! Zarbon's Hideous Transformation!"[15]
Transcription: "Yomigaeru Nakama-tachi! Bisenshi Zābon Akuma no Henshin" (Japanese: 甦る仲間たち! 美戦士ザーボン悪魔の変身)September 20, 2009 (2009-09-20)June 28, 2010 Krillin and Dende continue their trek toward the Grand Elder's home, while Vegeta begins battling Frieza's right-hand man Zarbon. Vegeta appears to be winning when Zarbon reveals a transformation that powers him up immensely, shifting the battle in his favor. Meanwhile, King Kai informs Goku via telepathy that Yamcha, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Piccolo have arrived at his planet in the Other World to receive training, much as Goku did when he died. After learning that Frieza is the tyrant terrorizing Planet Namek, King Kai warns Goku to stay away at all costs as he fears that no one is powerful enough to defeat the mighty Frieza.25"Kuririn's Power-Up! The Foreboding Squirming of Freeza" / "Power Up, Krillin! Frieza's Mounting Apprehension!"[15]
Transcription: "Pawā Appu da Kuririn! Ugomeku Furīza no Yokan" (Japanese: パワーアップだクリリン! うごめくフリーザの予感)September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)June 29, 2010 Krillin and Dende arrive at the Grand Elder's location - a conspicuous tower out in the open - and are greeted by Nail, one of the strongest Namekian warriors and a bodyguard to the Elder. The Elder speaks with them about the dragon balls, his ailing health, and the need for someone to help his Namekian children. He telepathically reads Krillin's past and learns of the history of Kami, including how Piccolo is the evil portion of Kami which Kami shed in order to become the Guardian of Earth. The Elder also learns that Krillin's intentions are pure, and that he has dormant power, which the Elder awakens. Krillin's power increases dramatically and he asks the Elder if Gohan can also have his dormant power awakened, to which the Elder replies yes. Meanwhile, Zarbon reports to Frieza that he has defeated Vegeta, even though Vegeta's corpse was not found. Frieza condemns Zarbon for destroying Vegeta as he thinks Vegeta has a Dragon Ball hidden and needs Vegeta to reveal its location, so he sends Zarbon to retrieve Vegeta and bring him back to the ship to heal. Zarbon finds Vegeta still alive and places him in a rejuvenation chamber inside Frieza's spaceship.26"The Conspiracy Completely Shatters! Vegeta's Counterattack vs. Zarbon" / "The Scheme Is Shattered! Vegeta Strikes Back at Zarbon!"[15]
Transcription: "Kudake Chire Inbō! Gyakushū no Bejīta tai Zābon" (Japanese: 砕け散れ陰謀! 逆襲のベジータVSザーボン)October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04)June 30, 2010 Vegeta is fully rejuvenated and conceives a plan to steal the five Dragon Balls where Frieza has been keeping them. He severely damages the ship with a single blast and throws all five dragon balls out of the ship. Meanwhile, Krillin arrives back at the Capsule House with a Dragon Ball that the Grand Elder had given him. Both Vegeta and Zarbon have followed him; the two quickly begin battling over possession of the dragon ball. Meanwhile, Gohan heads toward the village Vegeta attacked, discovering that there is still a Dragon Ball there. Eventually, Zarbon is killed by Vegeta, and Gohan retrieves the Dragon Ball which Vegeta had hidden in the lake and begins heading back to Bulma and the camp.27"A Hair-Trigger Pinch! Gohan, Protect the Four Star Ball" / "A Touch-and-Go Situation! Gohan, Protect the Four-Star Ball!"[15]
Transcription: "Isshokusokuhatsu no Pinchi! Gohan yo Sūshinchū o Mamore" (Japanese: 一触即発のピンチ! 悟飯よ四星球を守れ)October 11, 2009 (2009-10-11)July 1, 2010 Krillin surrenders his Dragon Ball to Vegeta after Zarbon is killed, knowing he doesn't stand a chance against Vegeta. While returning to his stashed Dragon Balls, Vegeta senses Gohan. Gohan also senses Vegeta, so he masks his ki and hides his newly found Dragon Ball. Vegeta eventually coaxes Gohan out but doesn't see the hidden Dragon Ball. Thinking he has all seven Dragon Balls, Vegeta lets Gohan live and takes off, after delivering a knee to his stomach. After returning to the nearby Namekian lake, Vegeta realizes Gohan had taken his hidden Dragon Ball and goes berserk. Meanwhile, Frieza is informed that the Ginyu Force, an elite fighting team, will be arriving shortly, bringing much needed state-of-the art scouters as well as extensive fighting strength. Goku continues his training at intense gravity levels within his spaceship.28"The Super Decisive Battle Draws Near! The Ginyu Special-Squad Has Arrived!" / "The Countdown to Battle Begins! Enter, The Ginyu Force!"[15]
Transcription: "Semaru Chōkessen! Ginyū Tokusentai Tadaima Sanjō!" (Japanese: 迫る超決戦! ギニュー特戦隊只今参上ッ!)October 18, 2009 (2009-10-18)July 7, 2010 Krillin takes Gohan to see the Grand Elder to have his inner power released. However, Vegeta senses them while they are flying toward the tower, and confronts them. Nail informs the trio of a powerful evil force approaching the planet. Vegeta knows it is the Ginyu Force, Frieza's five most elite henchmen. Reluctantly, Gohan and Krillin agree to ally with Vegeta to use the Dragon Balls to make Vegeta immortal so that he can defeat the Ginyu Force, and Frieza, more easily. Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta rush to retrieve the Dragon Ball which Gohan had left with Bulma (who wonders why Vegeta stole the Dragon Ball) and meanwhile, the Ginyu Force lands on the planet and meets up with Frieza. Goku completes his training at 100-times Earth's gravity on the way to Namek and discovers his results are much more impressive than he anticipated.29"The Special-Squad's Frontline Man! Break Gurudo's Spell" / "First Up for the Ginyu Force! Guldo’s Time Freeze!"[15]
Transcription: "Tokusentai no Ichibante! Gurudo no Jubaku o Uchi Kuzuse" (Japanese: 特戦隊の一番手! グルドの呪縛を打ち崩せ)October 25, 2009 (2009-10-25)July 8, 2010 Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan race to the remaining five Dragon Balls that Vegeta had hidden, in an attempt to grant Vegeta the wish of eternal life in order to stand a chance against the Ginyu Force. The Ginyu Force beats them there, and with speed and a time freeze, swipe the two remaining Dragon Balls. Captain Ginyu takes the seven Dragon Balls to Frieza, and allows the other members to play Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who gets to fight who. Recoome wins a fight with Vegeta and Guldo wins a fight with Krillin and Gohan. Krillin and Gohan fight Guldo first. After realizing that they are no easy match for him, Guldo paralyzes the two with his ESP-based "time freeze" technique. Vegeta, however, kills Guldo before any harm is done to the Earthlings, so Recoome decides he's next to fight. Meanwhile, Goku is ten minutes away from landing on Namek.30"The Hellish Recoome! Keep Me Entertained, Vegeta-chan" / "The Nightmare Recoome! Come Out and Play, Vegeta!"[15]
Transcription: "Jigoku no Rikūmu! Tanoshimasero yo Bejīta-chan" (Japanese: 地獄のリクーム! 楽しませろよベジータちゃん)November 1, 2009 (2009-11-01)July 14, 2010 Vegeta begins battling Recoome, the big brute of the Ginyu Force. While the Saiyan prince manages to get in a few good blows, ultimately Recoome doesn't seem to be suffering any damage. Gohan and Krillin enter battle after Vegeta becomes too badly injured to continue fighting, but quickly find themselves similarly beaten and outclassed by the hulking Ginyu Force member. Elsewhere, Frieza attempts to use the Dragon Balls but nothing happens, prompting him to leave Ginyu to guard the balls while he himself goes to look for Namekians to tell him how to activate the Dragon Balls so he can use a wish to become immortal. Just when all seems lost in Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan's fight with Recoome, Goku's Capsule Corporation ship finally touches down on Planet Namek.31"Son Goku Finally Arrives! Knock the Ginyu Special-Squad Around" / "Goku Arrives At Last! Take Down the Ginyu Force!"[15]
Transcription: "Son Gokū Tsuini Tōchaku! Kechirase Ginyū Tokusentai" (Japanese: 孫悟空ついに到着! 蹴散らせギニュー特戦隊)November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08)July 15, 2010 Goku enters the battle after giving Senzu beans to Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta, and things quickly take a turn for the better. Recoome, charging up a deadly attack, is defeated by a single blow from Goku. Jeice and Burter leap into battle trying a variety of techniques - none of which have the least bit of effect on Goku. Burter is knocked out by a few swift attacks from Goku, as Jeice stares in awe at his latest opponent - having never faced someone so powerful. Vegeta comes to suspect that Goku has become the first "Super Saiyan" in over 1,000 years, but has difficulty accepting the idea that a "low-class" Saiyan like Goku could become a Super Saiyan more easily than an "elite-class" warrior like himself.32"Star Performer Entry!? Commander Ginyu vs. Son Goku" / "The Star Player Appears! Ginyu vs. Goku!"[15]
Transcription: "Shin'uchi Tōjō!? Ginyū Taichō VS Son Gokū" (Japanese: 真打ち登場!? ギニュー隊長VS孫悟空)November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15)July 21, 2010 Goku tells Jeice to take the beaten Recoome and Burter and leave the planet forever. Jeice flees to Captain Ginyu and tells him what has happened. Ginyu has Frieza's men bury the Dragon Balls then sets out with Jeice towards Goku. Meanwhile, Vegeta kills Burter and then Recoome. Also, Krillin and Gohan realize that Frieza is heading towards the Grand Elder in order to obtain the password to summon the Namekian Dragon. Shortly after this, Ginyu and Jeice arrive to battle Goku. Goku tells Krillin and Gohan to leave. Vegeta tricks Goku and flies away, leaving Goku to fight alone. Goku and Captain Ginyu fight, and after a while Ginyu asks Goku to release his true power. Goku abides and begins to power up via the Kaio-ken.33"Son Goku at Full Power! There's a Secret Plan in the Shaking Ginyu!?" / "Full Power, Goku! Captain Ginyu’s Desperate Attack!"[15]
Transcription: "Furu Pawā da Son Gokū! Ononoku Ginyū ni Hisaku Ari!?" (Japanese: フルパワーだ孫悟空! おののくギニューに秘策あり!?)November 22, 2009 (2009-11-22)July 22, 2010 Using the mighty Kaio-ken technique, Goku powers up to his maximum level, at a power level of 180,000 - which is far greater than Ginyu had expected it to be. The captain can do nothing but tremble in fear at his more powerful opponent. The Grand Elder unlocks Dende's hidden powers and sends him off to meet the Earthlings - the Elder has realized the Earth warriors do not know how to use the Namekian Dragon Balls - and Nail begins battling Frieza to stall for time while Dende travels. Frieza is shocked that Nail has a power level of 42,000, though he states that his power level in his current form is 530,000. Frieza decides to use only one-tenth of his power and only one arm to fight Nail. While Frieza is clearly the stronger of the two, he is surprised at Nail's ability to regenerate lost limbs, though this comes at a cost of some his own power. Gohan and Krillin rescue Bulma from a dinosaur attack, and take the dragon radar to find where Frieza stashed the Dragon Balls. As the episode ends, Ginyu makes the strange move of wounding himself, and firing a strange beam at Goku.34"Surprise! Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is Goku?!"[15]
Transcription: "Bikkuri! Gokū ga Ginyū de Ginyū ga Gokū!?" (Japanese: ビックリ! 悟空がギニューでギニューが悟空!?)November 29, 2009 (2009-11-29)July 28, 2010 The beam Ginyu fires at Goku causes the two of them to switch bodies. Goku is now trapped in Ginyu's wounded body. Krillin and Gohan arrive at Frieza's ship and dig up the Dragon Balls. Ginyu, in Goku's body, and Jeice arrive back at the ship as well, but when Ginyu tries to power up his level is only 23,000, far less than the 180,000 level Goku had before the body switch. Realizing that great strength requires unity of mind and body, Goku (in Ginyu's body) arrives and shouts to Krillin and Gohan that they can easily defeat Ginyu. Vegeta boasts that he is close to becoming a Super Saiyan, before killing Jeice.35"A Great Turnabout for Goku?! Super Shenlong, Come Out Right Now!" / "Goku’s Comeback! Call Forth Porunga!"[15]
Transcription: "Gokū Dai-Gyakuten!? Ima Koso Ide yo Chō-Shenron!" (Japanese: 悟空大逆転!? 今こそいでよ超神龍!)December 6, 2009 (2009-12-06)July 29, 2010 After killing Jeice, Vegeta sets his sights on Ginyu (still in Goku's body), who has now begun to master Goku's power and gained the upper hand. Vegeta effortlessly pummels Ginyu, and an attempt by Ginyu to switch into Vegeta's body is thwarted by Goku, who intercepts the beam, sending Ginyu and Goku back to their respective original bodies. Ginyu tries again to switch with Vegeta, but Vegeta simple teleports away each time, while continuing to injure Ginyu even further. Eventually, when Vegata flies in for a final attack, Ginyu manages to lock his beam onto Vegeta, but Goku, although wounded by Krillin and Gohan attacking his body when it was taken over by Ginyu, throws a Namekian frog into the path, resulting in Ginyu switching into the frog's body. Goku convinces Vegeta to let Ginyu go, and Vegeta does so, enjoying Ginyu's humiliation. With the Ginyu Force completely defeated, Vegeta places Goku in a rejuvenation chamber inside Frieza's spaceship, and gives battle armor to Krillin and Gohan. Krillin leaves to find the Grand Elder to learn the appropriate summoning ritual for the Namekian Dragon Balls. Krillin meets up with Dende on the way over, as Dende had been heading for the Earth team already. It is revealed that the summoning has to be done in the Namekian language, so Dende will act as the translator to summon the dragon and request the wishes. Meanwhile, Nail continues to fight Frieza to stall for the time needed for Dende to reach Krillin and Gohan. Nail eventually reveals this to Frieza after realizing he will never any longer last if he continues; the enraged tyrant immediately charges back towards his spaceship to try to regain possession of the Dragon Balls. Krillin, Gohan, and Dende take advantage of the fact that Vegeta is napping, and take the Dragon Balls away from the ship and successfully summon Porunga, the Eternal Dragon of Namek.36"An Enraged Freeza Approaches! Porunga... Please Grant Our Wish!" / "Frieza Closes In! Mighty Porunga, Grant Our Wish!"[15]
Transcription: "Gekikō Furīza ga Semaru! Porunga yo... Negai o Kanae Tamae!" (Japanese: 激昂フリーザが迫る! ポルンガよ...願いを叶えたまえ!)December 13, 2009 (2009-12-13)September 6, 2010 Krillin and Gohan discover that although the Namekian Dragon Balls can grant three wishes, they can resurrect only one person per wish, unlike the Earth's Dragon Balls. After consulting with their dead friends via King Kai's telepathic abilities, they use the first wish to revive Piccolo, which also brings Kami and the Earth's Dragon Balls back. They then use the second wish to teleport Piccolo to Namek so he can assist them in their fight with Frieza, but they are not specific enough in their wish; as a result, Piccolo is indeed transported to Namek, but ends up quite a distance away from his friends and the imminent battle with Frieza. At this point, Vegeta awakens and learns he's been duped, and speeds angrily to where Porunga is hovering over Namek. He is about to attack Krillin and Gohan until they tell him there is still one wish left; after some debate, they decide to let Vegeta use the wish to become immortal, as it seems to be the only possible way to defeat Frieza. Dende speaks the wish, but just before it can be granted, the Grand Elder dies and the Namekian Dragon Balls become useless; Porunga disintegrates and the balls turn into plain stone. Just as Vegeta thinks his luck couldn't get any worse, Frieza finally arrives, and is not happy at all that his own plans for immortality have been thwarted.37"A Tormenting Super Transformation! Freeza's One Million Fighting Power" / "A Nightmare Transformation! Frieza's Power Level-One Million?!"[15]
Transcription: "Akumu no Chō Henshin! Sentōryoku Hyaku-man no Furīza" (Japanese: 悪夢の超変身! 戦闘力100万のフリーザ)December 20, 2009 (2009-12-20)October 20, 2010 Enraged, Frieza begins unleashing his power. Piccolo arrives on Planet Namek, following being resurrected and wished there. He begins rushing towards the battlefield, and along the way encounters an ailing Nail, on the brink of death. Piccolo reluctantly performs a Namekian fusion with Nail, which increases his power substantially, and begins rushing back to the battlefield. Meanwhile, Frieza attacks the Earthlings with energy blasts, before charging towards Vegeta, after he mocks Frieza. Both Frieza and Vegeta struggle against each other while powering up, though it turns out that they are both evenly matched, much to Frieza's shock. Following this battle, Frieza transforms to his second form, following some goading from Vegeta - and this increases the tyrant's power level to over a million. With his increased power, Frieza easily destroys most of the island they are standing on, before charging at Krillin in the air, impaling him on one of his horns.38"Freeza Bares His Fangs! Gohan's Transcendent Power Attacks" / "Frieza Bares His Fangs! Gohan's Overwhelming Attack!"[15]
Transcription: "Kiba o Muku Furīza! Chōzetsu Pawā ga Gohan o Osō" (Japanese: 牙をむくフリーザ! 超絶パワーが悟飯を襲う)December 27, 2009 (2009-12-27)October 21, 2010 After impaling Krillin, Frieza slings him into the water. Gohan rushes to rescue his friend, but his path is blocked by the tyrant. Gohan's rage from seeing a friend in pain gets the better of him, and he immediately starts attacking Frieza and overpowers him, much to Vegeta's surprise; Vegeta had never seen how strong emotion dramatically increases Gohan's power levels. As Gohan knocks Frieza out of the air and attacks him with energy blasts, Dende saves Krillin from drowning and heals him - this was one of his hidden powers that the Grand Elder had unlocked. Frieza charges towards Gohan to get his revenge, only to be blasted in the back by Vegeta - which, to the Saiyan prince's disappointment, does absolutely nothing. Frieza begins thrashing Gohan, but he is rescued by the healed Krillin, who cuts off Frieza's tail and distracts the tyrant with numerous attacks and escapades - buying just enough time for Dende to heal Gohan. It becomes clear that Frieza outclasses them all, so the three warriors begin blasting him with everything they've got. Once again, it has no effect, but as they are about to charge him in their moment of desperation, Piccolo finally arrives on the battlefield, announcing that he will be the one to win the battle.39"The Reborn Piccolo Shows Himself! An Enraged Freeza's Second Transformation" / "Piccolo Reborn! Frieza's Second Transformation!"[15]
Transcription: "Shinsei Pikkoro Arawaru! Gekido Furīza Dai Ni no Henshin" (Japanese: 新生ピッコロあらわる! 激怒フリーザ第2の変身)January 10, 2010 (2010-01-10)October 27, 2010 Fortified by his combining with Nail, Piccolo begins battling Frieza - and surprisingly manages to hold his own. The two exchange blows pretty evenly for a good portion of the fight. Piccolo eventually realizes Frieza slightly holds the upper hand, so Piccolo removes his weighted training clothing and begins winning against the tyrant. Frieza finds himself backed into a corner, so he decides it is best to transform again to fight Piccolo. Becoming his grotesque, ugly third form, Frieza once again gains the upper hand and begins obliterating Piccolo with a rapid finger beam blast. Gohan rushes to rescue his mentor, and when Krillin tries to follow suit, Vegeta stops him - revealing to Krillin that he may have a strategy that will allow him to defeat the tyrant.40"Freeza's Final Transformation! The Ultimate Nightmare Begins!" / "Frieza's Final Transformation! The Ultimate Nightmare Begins!"[15]
Transcription: "Furīza Saigo no Chō Henshin! Jigoku Ijō no Kyōfu ga Hajimaru" (Japanese: フリーザ最後の超変身! 地獄以上の恐怖がはじまる)January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17)October 28, 2010 Frieza dodges Gohan's attack but quickly finds himself on the receiving end once again - the young half Saiyan unleashes a massive ki blast that even the tyrant himself has immense difficulty deflecting. Frieza then decides to transform to his fourth form - the final and most powerful, and also his true form. Vegeta's plan to defeat Frieza involves having himself mortally wounded and then being healed by Dende - which the Saiyan prince achieves by having Krillin shoot a ki blast through his chest. Vegeta has concluded that each time a Saiyan is badly injured, his power level will increase substantially after he is healed, and he predicts that recovering from another fatal attack should make him powerful enough to defeat Frieza. Vegeta lowers his defenses to allow Krillin's attack to succeed, and Krillin proceeds to deliver a devastating blow to Vegeta. What nobody realizes is that Dende has no interest in healing Vegeta; Dende runs from Vegeta and instead heals Piccolo, who eventually convinces him to heal Vegeta as well. Frieza eventually reaches his final form, and immediately kills Dende with his Death Beam technique - having witnessed his healing abilities while transforming; Frieza has realized that this may be the key to defeating the others. Krillin, Gohan, and Piccolo go on the attack but the tyrant easily dodges every single attack they throw his way. Vegeta watches them fight from a hill, preparing to charge up to his newfound power level as Gohan finds himself on a direct collision course with another one of Frieza's blasts.41"The Moment We've Waited For! Son Goku is Revived" / "The Moment of Truth Approaches! Goku Back in Action!"[15]
Transcription: "Machinimatta ze Kono Shunkan! Son Gokū ga Fukkatsu da" (Japanese: 待ちに待ったぜこの瞬間! 孫悟空が復活だ)January 24, 2010 (2010-01-24)November 3, 2010 Vegeta intervenes, using his newfound power and speed to rescue Gohan from Frieza's blast. While Gohan is grateful, Vegeta tells him he doesn't care about him as a person and only did it as a demonstration of his abilities - now that he has declared himself a Super Saiyan. The Saiyan prince powers up to unbelievable levels of strength, which leave Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo in awe - but no matter how much he powers up, and how many deadly attacks he dishes out, Frieza dodges and deflects everything, using only 1% of his full power. When Vegeta unleashes another powerful blast at Frieza in desperation, which could destroy Planet Namek as well, Frieza powers up a little bit further and easily deflects the blast with his foot, which then destroys another planet. Vegeta quickly finds himself on the receiving end of the tyrant's attacks, and is quickly beaten after he realizes he has not actually achieved Super Saiyan status. Frieza pounds Vegeta while berating him for his "ungratefulness" towards Frieza for his "special treatment", back when he was in service of Frieza. Gohan attempts to help but is stopped by Piccolo, who says Gohan would not be able to do anything anyway. However, just as all hope seems lost, Goku emerges from the rejuvenation chamber inside Frieza's spaceship - fully recovered and with his power once again increased beyond his expectations.42"Defeat Freeza, Son Goku! The Proud Vegeta's Tears" / "Defeat Frieza, Goku! The Tears of the Proud Saiyan Prince!"[15]
Transcription: "Furīza o Taose Son Gokū! Hokori-Takaki Bejīta no Namida" (Japanese: フリーザを倒せ孫悟空! 誇り高きベジータの涙)January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31)November 4, 2010 Vegeta is no match for Frieza and is quickly incapacitated. Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin are forced to stand idly by while Frieza continues to thrash the Saiyan prince. However, Goku finally arrives at the battlefield and confronts the tyrant, delivering a powerful kick to Frieza's face when he tries to attack Goku. Frieza then tries to kill Goku with a barrage of Death Beams, though Goku is able to easily deflect them all. Frieza finds Goku's appearance very surprisingly familiar, disturbing him. When Vegeta mocks Frieza, saying that Goku is the "real" Super Saiyan, the tyrant fires his Death Beam through Vegeta's heart, giving him just seconds to live. Before his death, Vegeta informs Goku that Frieza was responsible for the destruction of the Planet Vegeta and the entire Saiyan race; Vegeta begs Goku to defeat the tyrant and avenge their people, and even sheds true tears, which greatly moves Goku. Goku then makes a grave and buries Vegeta, before setting his sights on Frieza himself - vowing that he will defeat the merciless tyrant.43"Son Goku vs. Freeza! The Curtain Opens on the Super Decisive Battle!" / "Goku vs. Frieza! The Super Showdown Begins![15]
Transcription: "Son Gokū tai Furīza! Chō-Kessen no Makuake da!" (Japanese: 孫悟空VSフリーザ! 超決戦の幕開けだ!)February 7, 2010 (2010-02-07)November 10, 2010 Goku jumps into battle against Frieza, and quickly proves to be more of a challenge than Frieza thought. The two exchange powerful blows and discover that their levels of strength are nearly equal. As Goku and Frieza attempt to one-up each other, Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo back away to watch the battle from a safe distance, while Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu watch from King Kai's planet in the Other World. At one point during the battle, Goku is able to take advantage of Frieza's inability to sense another's ki, but Frieza counters this by trapping Goku in an exploding ball of energy that nearly kills him, with Goku managing to break free at the last possible moment. However, Piccolo states that even after all this, neither Goku nor Frieza are fighting at full power just yet.44"A Physical War That Exceeds All Limits! Goku and Freeza and Ginyu, Again?!" / "A Boundary-Pushing Brawl! Goku, Frieza, and Ginyu Again?!"[15]
Transcription: "Genkai Toppa no Nikudansen! Gokū to Furīza to Ginyū Futatabi!?" (Japanese: 限界突破の肉弾戦! 悟空とフリーザとギニュー再び!?)February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14)November 11, 2010 Goku and Frieza's battle continues, with Frieza offering to refrain from using his arms in the fight. Frieza decides to use a little more of his power, and he fights Goku on the ground using only his feet. However, when Goku manages to land solid blows, Frieza becomes enraged and strikes back with his arm. Goku is in for a shock when he discovers the tyrant has only been using a small amount of his total power. Frieza then boosts his power up to 50%, and Goku is quickly overwhelmed, even with the use of the 10-times Kaio-ken. Meanwhile, Bulma meets the frog Ginyu, and Ginyu steals her body, leaving Bulma in the frog form. Ginyu heads for the battlefield; Bulma has managed to accompany him and both soon arrive at the battlefield where Goku and Frieza are continuing to duke it out - with Goku quickly being outclassed by the powered-up tyrant.45"It's a 20-Fold Kaioken! A Kamehameha with Everything on the Line" / "Kaio-Ken Times Twenty! An All-Or-Nothing Kamehame-Ha!"[15]
Transcription: "Nijū-bai Kaiōken da! Subete o Kaketa Kamehameha" (Japanese: 20倍界王拳だ! すべてを賭けたかめはめ波)February 21, 2010 (2010-02-21)November 17, 2010 Ginyu tries to steal Piccolo's body, but is foiled by Gohan, who throws the frog body containing Bulma's spirit back in the way, putting Bulma back in her own body and once again trapping Ginyu in the frog body. Meanwhile, Goku continues to be thrashed by Frieza. However, when Frieza attempts to drown him, he sees a vision of Frieza destroying everyone he loves - and as a result, he breaks out and uses the 20-times Kaio-ken alongside a massive Kamehameha against Frieza, who retaliates with his own blast, which leads to their energy beams being cancelled out. However, even this is not enough to defeat the tyrant, as Frieza barely suffered any injuries from their energy clash, and the use of the 20-times Kaio-ken severely weakened Goku. After taking another beating from Frieza, Goku then has another vision, this time of Vegeta and other Saiyans of the past, reminding him that should he fail, Frieza will finally succeed in exterminating the entire Saiyan race. Motivated once again, Goku stands his ground as an enraged Frieza lunges at him.46"This Is the Last Trump Card! Goku's Extra-Large Genki Dama" / "The Final Trump Card! Goku's Ultimate Spirit Bomb!"[15]
Transcription: "Kore ga Saigo no Kirifuda da! Gokū no Tokudai Genki Dama" (Japanese: これが最後の切り札だ! 悟空の特大元気玉)February 28, 2010 (2010-02-28)November 18, 2010 When an enraged Frieza charges at Goku, Goku powers up once again, and manages to fight Frieza evenly, until the enraged tyrant beats him down again. Despite his renewed confidence, Goku realizes he still has no chance of victory using direct physical attacks against Frieza, who is still using only 50% of his full power. At this point, Goku decides to use his ultimate technique - the Spirit Bomb. With so little ki from living things left to absorb on Namek, Goku absorbs ki from neighboring worlds as well. Creating a Spirit Bomb of this size takes extensive time and concentration, and after a while, an impatient Frieza resumes pummeling him. Piccolo decides to intervene, taking what energy Gohan and Krillin have left, deciding to attack Frieza to draw attention away from Goku and the Spirit Bomb he is creating. While gloating, Frieza notices the light from the Spirit Bomb reflected on the surface of a lake, shocking him. Though frightened by the size of the energy ball, Frieza decides to eliminate Goku before he can complete the attack. Before Frieza can finish off Goku with a beam to the forehead, Piccolo stops him with a full-force kick to the head. The now-distracted Frieza goes after Piccolo, whose attacks do nothing to faze him. The Namekian is quickly floored by Frieza, who decides to eliminate Piccolo, while Goku continues charging the Spirit Bomb.47"Awaken Warrior of Legend... Super Saiyan, Son Goku!" / "Awaken, Legendary Warrior! Goku the Super Saiyan!"[15]
Transcription: "Mezamero Densetsu no Senshi... Sūpā Saiyajin, Son Gokū!" (Japanese: 目覚めろ伝説の戦士... 超サイヤ人、孫悟空!)March 7, 2010 (2010-03-07)November 27, 2010 Gohan and Krillin attack Frieza, saving Piccolo from death. Then, an enraged Frieza decides to destroy the entire planet and begins charging a Death Ball. Goku completes the Spirit Bomb and hurls it down upon Frieza, which also absorbs Frieza's charging Death Ball. The tyrant manages to catch the Spirit Bomb, but is unable to stop it from pushing him into the ocean, before exploding on him. The Z Fighters celebrate their apparent victory and start making plans to return to Earth. However, Frieza reappears and, though badly injured by the Spirit Bomb, he is still powerful enough to take them all out. Frieza fires his Death Beam straight at Goku, but Piccolo jumps in the way and takes the beam to the chest, which knocks him unconscious. Frieza next sets his sights on Krillin and causes Krillin's body to explode from the inside, killing him. Enraged by these sacrifices, Goku undergoes a radical transformation in which his eyes turn from black to green, his black hair turns blonde, and his body is surrounded by an aura of golden light, becoming a Super Saiyan. With his powers now greatly enhanced, Goku orders Gohan to take Piccolo to his spaceship, find Bulma, and leave Namek, while he stays behind to handle Frieza.48"The Angry Super Saiyan! Throw Your Hat in the Ring Son Goku!" / "The Angry Super Saiyan! Goku Throws Down the Gauntlet!"[15]
Transcription: "Okoreru Sūpā Saiyajin! Nanori o Agero Son Gokū!" (Japanese: 怒れる超サイヤ人! 名乗りを上げろ孫悟空!)March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14)November 27, 2010 The transformed Goku renews his battle with Frieza and proves now to be far superior to Frieza's power. Frieza launches several counterattacks at Goku, but they have no effect at all. As the tyrant stares in awe at his more-powerful opponent, he realizes that his worst nightmare has come true - a Super Saiyan, which Frieza had long secretly feared, has finally been born. In a desperate attempt to defeat Goku, Frieza hurls an attack down upon Namek itself, in an effort to destroy the planet and everyone on it.49"Exact Vengeance Son Goku! The Countdown to the Planet's Collapse" / "Avenge the Fallen, Goku! Countdown to the Planet's Destruction!"[15]
Transcription: "Ada o Ute Son Gokū! Wakusei Hōkai no Kauntodaun" (Japanese: 仇を討て孫悟空! 惑星崩壊のカウントダウン)March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21)December 16, 2010 Frieza's attack on Namek detonates the planet's core, and he says that Namek will explode in five minutes. Super Saiyan Goku is confident that he can defeat Frieza within that time; however, Frieza then decides to power up to 100% of his full power. As their fight continues, Goku yells at Frieza to stop stalling while beating him, and Frieza begins powering up, first to 60% and then 70% of his maximum power. At 70% power, Frieza manages to blast Goku deep into the planet's surface, giving him pause. When Frieza finally begins powering up to 100%, King Kai urges Goku to strike at Frieza and take him down before he can reach full power, which Goku refuses to do. Much to King Kai's amazement, Goku allows Frieza to reach his full power rather than attacking while Frieza powers up, wishing to defeat the tyrant at his best and also avenge his friend Krillin.50"Do-or-Die Full Power of Freeza! Shenlong, Heed This Wish" / "Full Power Frieza! Shenron, Grant Our Wish!"[15]
Transcription: "Furīza Kesshi no Furu Pawā! Negai o Todokete Kure Shenron" (Japanese: フリーザ決死のフルパワー! 願いを届けてくれ神龍)March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28)December 16, 2010 With his full power, Frieza is able to gain the upper hand, surpassing Goku in speed. When Frieza claims that he was just warming up, Goku reveals that he hasn't even begun to use his full power yet. As the epic battle between Goku and Frieza continues on the dying Planet Namek, King Kai is informed by Kami on Earth that Mr. Popo has gathered all seven of Earth's Dragon Balls. Upon learning of the Earth's Dragon Balls' ability to resurrect multiple people despite being limited to one wish per use, King Kai asks that they be used to bring back to life all those on Namek who were killed by Frieza and his minions, thus also bringing back the Grand Elder, as well as the Namekian Dragon Balls, which still have one more wish to be used. King Kai plans to use this final wish to teleport everyone on Namek to Earth except for Frieza, leaving the tyrant to be the only one present when Namek explodes. Mr. Popo then summons Shenron to fulfill King Kai's first wish. Failing to defeat Goku, an enraged Frieza gathers all of his energy and charges at Goku, with Goku firing a Kamehameha at Frieza in response.51"Furious Battle Cry of Goku! Make It in Time... The Resurrection Wish!" / "Goku's Furious Roar! A Last-Minute Wish!"[15]
Transcription: "Gokū Gekido no Osakebi! Ma ni Ae... Kishi-Kaisei no Negai!" (Japanese: 悟空激怒の雄叫び! 間に合え…起死回生の願い!)April 4, 2010 (2010-04-04)February 5, 2011 Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza engage in an beam struggle, but when Frieza continues to push forward, Goku decides to power up even further. Meanwhile, King Kai informs Kami of his plan to resurrect the Namekians and then to remove everyone from Namek except for Frieza. On Namek, Goku finally unleashes his full power against Frieza. Seeing that he is unable to overpower Goku directly, Frieza disengages from the beam clash and slams Goku from the side, driving him deep into the planet, which generates a volcanic eruption in the process. Believing that he had finally defeated Goku, Frieza gloats over Goku's apparent fall. After sensing the disappearance of Goku's energy signature, Gohan decides to fight Frieza to stall him until the planet's destruction. Meanwhile, Shenron succeeds in resurrecting everyone killed by Frieza and his henchmen on Namek (minus Krillin), and the Grand Elder and the Namekian Dragon Balls are also brought back. When Frieza spots Gohan, he decides to power down to 50% of his full power to give him more of a fair advantage. Although Frieza initially has the upper hand, pounding the Saiyan, Gohan's rage powers him up even further, and he is able to overwhelm Frieza. Frieza powers up to 100% full power once again, but at that moment, Goku emerges from the ocean. Goku resumes his fight with Frieza, while Gohan flees back to Goku's spaceship. King Kai immediately contacts the Grand Elder and quickly informs him of the situation. The Grand Elder then sends Dende to Porunga in order to use the final wish to teleport everyone on Namek to Earth, except for Frieza. However, Goku requests that he remain on Namek as well, so he can finish Frieza once and for all. Porunga fulfills this wish and teleports everyone to Earth except Goku and Frieza. The two combatants then prepare themselves for the final round before Namek's explosion.52"Two Remain on a Vanishing Planet! This Is the Final Showdown" / "Duel on a Vanishing Planet! The Final Showdown!"[15]
Transcription: "Kieyuku Hoshi ni Nokotta Futari! Kore ga Saishū Kessen da" (Japanese: 消えゆく星に残った2人! これが最終決戦だ)April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11)February 9, 2011 As the battle continues, it seems neither warrior is going to win before Namek's explosion. Although Frieza is able to land some blows, it turns out that Goku is still stronger, and eventually gains the upper hand in the fight. Goku soon notices that Frieza's power is quickly decreasing, due to his 100% full power taking its toll on his body, and also due to the injuries that Frieza had suffered earlier. Satisfied that he has won, Goku decides to call it quits and begins to depart. Unable to accept this, Frieza launches a pair of heat-seeking ki disks at Goku. The Super Saiyan manages to avoid the disks, though Frieza tethers the disks' to Goku's heat signature, using them to chase him down. Eventually, however, Frieza is sliced in half by his own attack.53"The Final Blow, Son Goku... Planet Namek Scatters Throughout Space" / "Goku's Final Attack! Countdown to Planet Namek's Destruction!"[15]
Transcription: "Son Gokū, Saigo no Ichigeki... Namekku-sei Uchū ni Chiru" (Japanese: 孫悟空、最後の一撃... ナメック星宇宙に散る)April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)February 10, 2011 On Earth, the Grand Elder dies a second time, but before his death, he gives his power to Moori, one of his eldest sons. This makes him the new Grand Elder, thereby preserving the power of the Namekian Dragon Balls. Meanwhile, on Namek, the dying Frieza begs for mercy from Goku. Despite his better judgement, Goku cannot ignore Frieza's pleas for help and gives the tyrant some of his own ki before departing. However, Frieza lets his pride get the better of him and unleashes one final ki blast at Goku, attempting to kill him, but the angered Super Saiyan easily repels the blast right back at the tyrant and seemingly destroys Frieza in the process. Goku then attempts to escape in Frieza's spaceship, but is unable to make it take off, due to the damage from Vegeta's earlier attack when he was stealing the Namekian Dragon Balls from Frieza. Namek finally explodes and it appears that Goku perished along with the planet.54"Goku Vanishes in Space... Return to Life! Super Warriors" / "Goku Vanishes Into Space! Welcome Home, Super Warriors!"[15]
Transcription: "Uchū ni Kieta Gokū... Yomigaere! Chō Senshi-tachi" (Japanese: 宇宙に消えた悟空... 甦れ! 超戦士たち)April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25)February 16, 2011 Following Namek's destruction, King Kai informs Bulma and the others on Earth of Goku's apparent death, and that even though the Namekian Dragon Balls can resurrect Goku and Krillin, they will be brought back to where Namek used to be and die again in the vacuum of space. However, Vegeta comes up with the idea of using the Dragon Balls to first bring Goku and Krillin's souls to the Earth's check-in station in the Other World, from where they can be resurrected on Earth. 130 days after their use on Namek, the Namekian Dragon Balls become re-active, and the first two wishes are used to successfully revive Krillin; it is revealed that Goku is actually still alive and that he will return to Earth on his own later. Yamcha is then brought back to life with the third wish. Another 130 days later, the Namekian Dragon Balls are used to revive both Tien and Chiaotzu, and are then used to teleport all of the native Namekians to a new planet. The Z Fighters then return to their peaceful lives, waiting patiently for Goku to return.
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Where to Watch Every 'Dragon Ball' Series Right Now

The Dragon Ball franchise is having a big year, thanks in large part to the breakthrough success of Dragon Ball Super. While that series will end in a few months, the release of a new Dragon Ball prequel movie and the highly anticipated Dragon Ball FighterZvideo game are keeping the franchise relevant on a lot of fronts.

Dragon Ball FighterZ has resonated particularly strong with fans as it chronicles a story that serves as a non-canon epilogue to Dragon Ball Z's "Cell Saga" and incorporates characters and story elements from all over the Dragon Ball mythos. That connection to the series' past has sent a lot of fans back down memory lane, binge watching Dragon Ball content to be reminded of all the details. However, finding that content can be challenging, so we've put together a helpful guide to help anyone interested in viewingDragon Ball-- and its various incarnations -- in its entirety.

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Dragon Ball

The original Dragon Ball series isn't the most popular part of the franchise, as it looks rather old and dated by today's animation standards. Still, if you want to see how the saga of Goku first began, and how he formed bonds with the likes of Bulma, Master Roshi, and Krillin -- or first battled The Red Ribbon Army that eventually created Cell -- this is where you need to start.

Where to watchDragon Ball:

  • US - Funimation (Sub and Dub); Hulu (Sub); Yahoo (Sub)
  • Canada - Funimation (Sub and Dub)
  • Australia / New Zealand - Anime Lab (Sub and Dub)

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z Where to Watch

Dragon Ball Z remains the most popular entry of the franchise, having been responsible for bringing Dragon Ball stateside in the late '90 through early '00s, and pushing it into the mainstream. As the longest-running series in the franchise (277 episodes), rewatching the whole thing can be a challenge.

Where to Watch Dragon Ball Z:

  • US - Funimation (Sub and Dub)
  • Canada - Funimation (Sub and Dub)
  • Australia / New Zealand - Anime Lab (Sub and Dub)

Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball GT is that middle child everyone kind of likes to forget. It began in the late '90s as a sequel to Dragon Ball Z, but since it wasn't based on Akira Toriyama's manga, and took on a kind of lackluster story (Goku being reverted back to childhood), it isn't considered canon. This is probably the easiest entry of the franchise to skip, but if you want to complete the whole marathon...

Where to Watch Dragon Ball GT:

  • US - Funimation (Sub and Dub); Hulu (Sub); Yahoo (Sub)
  • Canada - Funimation (Sub and Dub)
  • Australia / New Zealand - Anime Lab (Sub and Dub)

Dragon Ball Z Kai

Dragon Ball Z Kai is Dragon Ball Z recut for the digital HD era. The originalDragon Ball Z was remastered into an HD format, new dub voices were recorded, and epiosde "fillers" were edited down,to make the Dragon Ball Z Kai plotline more aligned with Toriyama's original manga series. If you are going to watch Dragon Ball Z, this is the preferred version -- only problem is, it's hard to find the whole series laid out for binging purposes.

Where to Watch Dragon Ball Z Kai:

  • US - Adult Swim On Demand (via Cable Provider)

Dragon Ball Super Movies

Where to Watch Dragon Ball Super

If you're just looking to jump into Dragon Ball Super, then the easiest way to start is by watching the two popular Dragon Ball Z movies that were later adapted into the first two seasons of Super: Battle of the Gods and Resurrection F. Both are available on DVD/Blu-ray, but if you were hoping to stream them, you'll have limited options.

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Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super is the series that has catapulted Dragon Ball to a new level of mainstream exposure. The simulcast airings have been bringing together fans from both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, while the twists, turns, new character reveals and power-ups in the show's that have kept fans buzzing throughout the series' nearly three-year run. Now that it's coming to an end (for now), more and more new fans have ironically been looking to jump on board!

Where to Watch Dragon Ball Super:

  • US - Crunchyroll (Sub); Funimation (Sub and Dub)
  • Canada -Crunchyroll (Sub); Funimation (Sub and Dub)
  • Australia / New Zealand - Anime Lab (Sub and Dub); Crunchyroll (Sub)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ Where to Buy Play

Granted, Dragon Ball FighterZ isn't an installment of the franchise TV series, but since it's a pretty big deal right now, we had to shout it out.


The game follows a (non-canon) storyline where a new Android antagonist (the mysterious Android 21) emerges from the aftermath of the Cell Saga. No. 21 resurrects the noble Android 16, and launches a plan to replace Goku and the Z-Fighters with "Super Android" versions of themselves. It's as heavy on story as it is on fight gameplay, so for fans of the franchise, it's definitely a must-play.

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Dragon Ball Kai

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English: Dragon Ball Z Kai

Synonyms: Dragonball Kai, DBK, DB Kai, DBZ Kai

Japanese: ドラゴンボール改



Episodes: 97

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Mar 27, 2011

Premiered:Spring 2009

Broadcast: Sundays at 09:00 (JST)

Producers: None found, add some


Studios:Toei Animation

Source: Manga

Genres:ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy

Themes:Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power


Duration: 23 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score:7.711(scored by 187236187,236 users)

1 indicates a weighted score.


2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Popularity: #540

Members: 313,468

Favorites: 2,510

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Five years after the events of Dragon Ball, martial arts expert Gokuu is now a grown man married to his wife Chi-Chi, with a four-year old son named Gohan. While attending a reunion on Turtle Island with his old friends Master Roshi, Krillin, Bulma and others, the festivities are interrupted when a humanoid alien named Raditz not only reveals the truth behind Gokuu's past, but kidnaps Gohan as well.

With Raditz displaying power beyond anything Gokuu has seen before, he is forced to team up with his old nemesis, Piccolo, in order to rescue his son. But when Gokuu and Piccolo reveal the secret of the seven mystical wish-granting Dragon Balls to Raditz, he informs the duo that there is more of his race, the Saiyans, and they won’t pass up an opportunity to seize the power of the Dragon Balls for themselves.

These events begin the saga of Dragon Ball Kai, a story that finds Gokuu and his friends and family constantly defending the galaxy from increasingly more powerful threats. Bizarre, comical, heartwarming and threatening characters come together in a series of battles that push the powers and abilities of Gokuu and his friends beyond anything they have ever experienced.

Dragon Ball Kai is an edited and condensed version of Dragon Ball Z produced and released in 2009 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original series. In addition to its new music tracks and re-recorded voice acting, Toei Animation updated the series' visuals to take advantage of high-definition televisions. The series concluded after 98 episodes, whereas the original Dragon Ball Z took 194 episodes to reach the same point. Kai was continued in 2014 with what is considered its own series, Dragon Ball Kai (2014).

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Next Time On Dragon ball Z...Oops I mean Kai.

Many like me who have seen the original and yet have seen this and thought well Kai is obviously the same isn't it?
Well Yeah thats because it is But there are differences here and there to mention but it isn't as major as a lot of people like to assume so I will be making some comparisons here that you'll expect to see in this review since this is based on my analysis of this show from watching it twice alongside Dragon ball Z.

Story - 9
The story is sped up much more better compared to the original for obvious reasons of course, It sticks to major characters along with the main plot, less over the top screaming (Though there is that occasionally at times) and less deviating to different locations with little going on in them. better direction of how the pacing is handled within the story to how it is in the manga though I would argue that some certain moments in this version like the original happened quite differently in the manga.

The short prologue to the beginning of what happened to Goku's father Bardock was a nice touch compared to how the original started off. It sets the story very nicely by showing bardock's assault on frieza's army and also the major difference was a removal of the fillers from the original which I like a lot about this.

Now for me I enjoyed some of the fillers from the original anime such as Gohan surviving out in the wilderness as part of his training or Goku and Piccolo amusing test driving episode or even seeing some of the characters trying to find the dragon balls or just randomly seeing some of the supporting characters in their own segments like Tien, Krillin, Yamcha, Chichi etc.

The fillers were also placed in some of the right spots in the story to give some fun easy going highlights towards characters and even progression for example gohan on his adventure out in the wilderness by piccolo to adapt to his surroundings and to not be afraid had a nice throwback to the original dragonball that in a way keeps it connected.

To me, Some of the Fillers like these are still a joy to watch personally unlike some certain animes that just shoehorn filler episodes to disrupt the flow of their story and action badly
(cough cough Bleach and Naruto)

The Filler from the original offered a nice casual distraction away from the main plot but also kept up in the right places as well as still offering the action, drama and humour to the show as a whole, I mean sure the negative to that is filler episode could tend to drag but they were also placed in convenient places that to me made sense and I wish a lot of shonen animes would do this. (I could go, But moving on)

But to note I also know from the original anime you have fillers that are just too slow and time wasting, For the love of god I totally did not like the whole fake Planet Namek filler and Goku when he fell off snake way when he met those 2 annoying Orges, including the fillers that stretch the length of certain episodes or just random added silly moments which I also wasn't a fan of.

Now with Kai most of these fillers are pretty much gone which really helps viewers to stick with the main plot which in term keeps it more direct and maintains that balance of content and at least help it to not completely drag on for very long which is a major improvement.

Art/Animation - 6
Honestly I am however disappointed with Toei animation.
A series that finished a long time ago, that was beloved by loads of fans all round the world gets this reboot in 2009 and did they improve on art and animation? honestly.. Not that much at all.

This very much annoys me to say this but Dbz kai in terms of its animation capturing the same dated 4:3 ratio like the original did with certain colour correction and contrast but with the very same style of animation which in today standards of art and animation is undeniably lazy from Toei Animation standards considering this reboot came out in 2009!! Just unacceptable.

I have no problem with the art/animation with the original series since it came out in the late 80s/Early 90s, but Come On Now!.. this is practically the same with little certain things that they kinda enhanced which look like anybody could do on PowerPoint!

What seems very good from the very opening of truly great animation that would of suited the series as whole for it in this era of animation only comes to slap people in the face when they see this and say where is the improvement on the animation?? (No way only in the opening!?....Really? Surely they had a lot more time right?)

The original recycled animation has been limited but still not showing enough of that change that should of been implemented with better quality in the first place and some of the uncut blood and violence is replace by bruises which looks silly and yes even though the manga isn't too violent it still looses some of its believability at times when something violent occurs
which does make me sympathies with those that did not warm up towards this series but again another thing is at least its not bad compared with the original in terms of missing features to the characters and what not.

As a really good example look at original JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders reboot. It got an updated look of the animation as well as other features in their new series to bring its source material of the manga to life so why not Dragon ball kai??

I get that the studio works on other different shows in Japan now and then but Is it really that much of a chore for them to do so for their most profitable franchise besides just animating the opening? They might as well just get Madhouse to work on it like they did for Hunter X Hunter 2011 if they aren't really up to the task.

Music - 6
Right Okay..I honestly feel pretty mixed about this one.
While Kenji Yamamoto was originally the music composer behind The music of this series but had to be replace because of some corporate music scandal he had done.

before this show was release on DVD/bluray to the public they had the music to be replace with the former composer from the original series in 2009 which yet again is a problem, like the animation the music score sounds too dated like I'm watching an old detective show that sounds like 1966 The Green Hornet, The Hell!? seriously its Dragon ball Z!!!

So Understand that the mixes of genres of this show falls under Battle Shounen, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts,
Sci Fi, Super Power which adds a lot of variety for this show so It should feel and sound like it has its own uniqueness here especially to other music soundtracks nowadays but it unfortunately doesn't since this anime has more of an out of date feel to it now which does not make me feel invested towards the episodes as much at times.

I LOVE the music composer Kikuchi Shunsuke from the original series I've nothing against him, but his soundtracks for a reboot version/ Remastering of this series up to this point just doesn't really make me feel excited or engage to whats happening on scene especially since certain Iconic soundtracks are not present there like the original show and with this issue I feel, It just doesn't really resonate with me when something is taking place.

Of course I am aware that Kai added a few new music scores in place of the show and they sound good but are only once during different characters moments which makes it pretty pointless honestly.
It was more better in the original because it was more authentic and done so well for particularly in that time period of anime back then.

The Opening Is okay, not really topping the original in anyway since the original Opening sounded so Iconic and with this opening I just felt it was played too much that but could've added more instead of hearing the same opening song throughout 97 episodes and again In no way competes with the opening of Dragon ball Z CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA since its so Iconic from the previous installment.

Voice Acting - 9
The dub and sub on the other hand are probably the highlight of Kai itself especially the dub as it is well handled by funimation.
It adds a lot more verbal curses than the original from previous works of there own, Good thing about this show its that it sticks closer to the Japanese dialogue of its source material.

For me the stand out performance from the dub easily was Chris Ayres as Frieza, Sean Schemmel as Goku, Dameon Clarke as Cell and Chris Sabat as Vegeta and Piccolo. I was also very happy that I heard other different voices for a change too, Though I do however miss Kyle Hebert as the narrator for his charismatic energy for the intro but doc Morgan does do a good job also.

Other voices like Colleen Clinkenbeard as Gohan in english is sort of okay but not that good, It can sometimes sound a little jarring and irritating at times especially when she forces her vocals too hard along with the screaming and I preferred her less as gohan as the show went on and I'm not a fan of when she has to voice Kid Goku since its basically the same as another character that she voices such as Luffy and to me it just does not fit for kid goku or gohan since all I'm hearing from her is her performance as luffy.

Not to mention she voices 18 who doesn't even sound like she's related to 17 as his twin sister who I felt the original sounded more close to it even in the Japanese, though her little kid version of gohan isn't too bad. There was also a few annoying script changes as well in certain scenes too. But overall a great dub.

Now also, to be fair In comparison to Nozawa's performance as Goku and Gohan I do think it would be unfair to compare voice performance here as some of the Japanese voice actors i feel don't always sound as right in their roles regardless if Akira had a hand in picking certain individuals, but that isn't my place to say because I do at times like their performance.

(P.s I'm Not trying to start a Dub Vs Sub debate here folks)

Also I like to mention the opening and closings is quite upbeat and laughably offer the best animation of the show by leaps and bounds.

but yet again, only having 1 opening can be repetitive for 97 episodes, honestly it would of been nice if they had done a few more openings each with a different song but Alas! Its only a minor nitpick.

As for the characters - 8
As Similar to the original, Cool heroes, Wicked villains, Memorable action, Plot as well as a great build up that follows through different stages of the narrative just like the manga counterpart now that the dialogue in this series expresses the show more better. Its demonstrates pretty much the same cast of colourful characters that still represents themselves in their colourful own way the more you watch you start to feel some sort of connection to one of these characters that define a lot of fun traits within the shonen genre and it's easy to see why.

The characters have their own drive about them that strive to be the best of themselves despite their flaws which will resonate sharply with the viewer but it also gives interesting context to prior events that happens within each Arc which becomes clearer even through my 2nd rewatch.

Personal Enjoyment - 8
I have to admit the first half I really enjoyed a lot but I felt by the second half it felt like it got a little bit tedious going into Cell's Arc even towards the final third of the show, it weirdly enough ends at Trunks going back to his own timeline to end the chaos without finishing off the rest of the series but It was pretty much a simple yet a decent conclusion until Dragon ball Kai 2014 pretty much wraps up the original series.

Final Verdict - 8
Now there could of been a much more improved version of this no doubt about that, but I feel Dbz kai did a decent job on its reboot to the original despite falling short in places where its production was very lazy which earns this series this rating

Its still a great series for anyone who want an introduction to watching battle shounen anime or just want to check out what the original series of Dragon Ball Z is.

It sticks close at hand to its source material even if you don't want to fully watch the original at least this is a more condense way to get through with ease and not too long to feel drawn out. Sorry if my review came off being serious but that is how I properly critic and say what I say with honesty.

Also PLEASE watch Dragon ball if you can, Its basically The prequel of Both Dragon ball Kai & Z since that doesn't get as much love as the sequel does in general. Or if it's not your thing than the Manga would likely be a better option. Until then Thanks for reading. ; )


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I won't waste time reviewing Dragonball because it think that by now most people know it and already have their own opinion about it.
I'll just focus on Kai and the changes it has

Story 10/10.
Ok, so the story in dragonball has never been really complex or deep, but it's still fun to watch.
In my opinion, the biggest improovement Kai has over DBZ is that all the anoying fillers are gone and now the story goes, mostly, acording to the manga. No more eternal power charging, no more eternal "he is so strong" internal monologues a no more feeling that nothing really happened in the last 10 chapters. Yeah there are some fun filler missing, like when goku and picolo go to the driving school, but in the end what is gained with the exclusion of the filler is far more than what is lost.
I've read here that the story got cut out, that's not true, they just cut out all the filler that made the original Dragonball anime a pain to whatch for the poeple that have read the original manga.

Art 5/10.
The art in dragonball has allways been decent considering the times when it was released. But just as the new opening makes you believe at first, this could have been a real remake but the only thing we get here are the exact same animation but on a higher resolution, that's all.

Sound 9/10.
The audio has been remade and sounds great. After finishing KAI I watched some episodes of the original anime and the difference was clear.
I also liked some of the aditions to the soundtrack, though not all of them.

Enjoyment 10/10.
At least to this date, this is the best way to watch dragonball.
If you are a newcomer to the world of dragonball you will be able to see the story and fights just as Toriyama made them in the original manga.
If you already saw the original anime or manga you will be able to go throught this all time classic once again without having to be tortured by the neverending fillers.

Overall 8/10.

It's good, but it could have been so much more.
I really would have loved to see a real remake with the kind of animation that we get in the opening of kai.


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I should have trusted my instincts when I decided to give Dragonball Kai a watch. It does sound quite intriguing to watch Dragonball Z again, only this time minus the filler episodes that really didn't add much or anything to the storyline; but with one change though, must come many, because for some reason writers always must omit something else that can feel almost equally important as the thing they wanted changed originally. I guess this is just one of those cases where you simply can't satisfy everyone, because DB Kai left me with a very bitter taste, and I actually prefer the original series by Funimation than this.

The story to DB Kai is no different from the original series. The Earth is paid a visit by a being named Raditz whom claims to be Goku's brother; Raditz reveals to him that he's not even of Earth, instead he comes from a different race called the Saiyians whom lived on Planet Vegeta. They eventually battle, and Goku as well as his allies learn that Raditz isn't the only one out there from that race, nor is he even close to the strongest. They then prepare themselves to battle against the last two warriors of the Saiyan race.

I will mention now that the removal of various filler such as Snake Way, Garlic Jr., and various other things was definitely a plus. The show moves quite better without the constant distractions; but the truth is, even without the filler, DB Kai can still be a chore at times with situations dragging along for too much time, and the outcome simply not being a good enough pay off for some of the waiting. In any case, the overall story is fun, and DB Kai works its way up to the final battle against Cell.

DB Kai manages to keep the action well paced enough, and character personalities are fleshed out. However, things could have been so much better had the only change to the show been the various filler. One thing DBZ did well was its voice acting for the English dub and character interactions. Some serious fans will catch the removal of some dialog and it may bother them, it sure as hell bothered me because Vegeta especially had some good lines, like his threat to beat on Yamcha for practically no reason. The changing of voice actors got on my nerves as well; Colleen Clinkenbeard is annoying as hell as Gohan, and had I never seen this before I would have been wishing for his brutal death at the hands of Frieza. Now speaking of Frieza, they have Chris Ayres playing him. I hate everyone Ayres, Chris and Greg Ayres have a very annoying, whining, saccharine feel that gets on my nerves quick. Colleen Clinkenbeard also voices Android 18, and she just feels all types of wrong here. Meredith McCoy is by far the best to play her; she brought a sinister yet sexy appeal to 18 that carried over to her facial expressions and even fighting.

Another thing DBZ always did amazingly well was introduce intense music scores. Funimation's BGM is probably this anime's best quality and they know it, yet for some reason they use boring elevator music, with no variation or anything new through out the entire duration of the show. Vegeta and Piccolo's addictive themes that described their characters so well? Gone. The terrifying BGM of death when Frieza goes off to kill Vegeta while King Kai narrates this is the evil Prince's last stand? Jettisoned... for some irritating trash that doesn't enhance the scene at all. I can list plenty more examples, but this proves to me that not everyone understands the effect music can have during some scenes.

The animation and artwork appears to be remastered, but the only thing actually new is the opening. I don't have much of a problem with this, still this could have been better updated. At least DB Kai delivers the action well enough and there's plenty going on that can turn a new comer into a fan. There's loads of fisticuffs and brutal beatings to go around.

As I look around there are plenty of people that really enjoyed Kai more than DBZ. I can honestly say that I understand that because it does trim a lot of the fat and focuses more on character and story development, along with action which is the main selling point. Unfortunately for me, I look for other things in my anime and music means a lot to me; a great soundtrack can actually mask flaws in a work, and DBZ was full of them yet the BGM smoothed things out making it more tolerable. In addition, there are things that seems changed for the sake of it. None of the voice actors from the original died while this was in production, so I see no reason for the change in cast, nor the removal of some lines.

Despite my dislike for this remake, if that's what it is, I still recommend it to fans so they can see it for themselves; but I highly advise to be prepared for these various changes. I already know plenty of individuals who had the same issues with this as I did.

Highs: Some of the removal of filler does work, enjoyable action

Lows: Altering of cast and BGM is a huge blow for me


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I mentioned in my review of DBZ that the series had some serious flaws and wasn't a perfect adaptation of Toriyama's original manga. Today I look at Dragon Ball Kai, which actually tries to be much closer to the source material. Does it do well or did DBZ classic do it better? Let's analyze further.

Story and Characters: 8/10

I already reviewed the story of DBZ, so this will largely focus on the differences between Kai and the original DBZ. A massive improvement is the removal of the obnoxious filler that bogged down DBZ. How much filler was in DBZ? An illustrative example would be that 7 of the first 16 episodes were entirely filler and not part of the official canon. In Kai it no longer takes 20 episodes for a planet to explode in supposedly 5 minutes. There are no episodes where characters power up pointlessly for nearly the entire episode. The use of recycled animation simply to take up time is also mercifully decreased. Kai cut out the fat while leaving in all the action, character development, and everything that made the story great in the first place! Other than that, no substantial changes were made to story and characters.

Art and animation: 5/10

Unfortunately the entire series didn't look like the opening theme animation like many fans hoped it would. The art is slightly improved from DBZ in terms of definition and quality, but the animation is still that classic, cheap and sloppy animation that we saw in the early 1990s. The art obviously looks much worse relative to other popular series in the 2010s than it did in the early 1990s when it was being compared against Yu Yu Hakusho and Sailor Moon. One major complaint from some fans was Kai's removal of much of the grit and gore from the original series. Although I also feel it is missing in some scenes, the original manga was NOT a bloodbath and this was in fact more faithful to the original.

Sound: 9/10

The original OST from DBZ (Japanese version anyways) was great and didn't really need much improvement. Having said that, Kai added some nice tracks of its own and did a good job in the music department.

Overall: 7/10

Dragonall Kai is indeed more faithful to Toriyama's manga and is in my opinion an improvement. Why it is rated an 8.0 on MAL compared to DBZ's 8.3 is honestly a bit confusing to me. Maybe hours of filler is acceptable as long as a tiny bit more blood is added? I have no idea what our voters were thinking. Obviously this new generation of kids didn't embrace Dragonball to the degree that my generation did, but I don't blame Kai for that. Anime is no longer an oddity and something that kids will watch just because it looks different. Very little anime is currently on American TV and young anime fans watch entirely online, which wasn't an option when I was growing up. If the internet existed in 1998 with the speed to stream videos rather than take 15 minutes of loud dial up sounds just to get on the internet, my 10 year old self probably would have watched something darker and more violent to make myself feel like a badass. I watched DBZ and enjoyed it at least partially because it was the best thing available at that timeslot for a 10 year old boy. Everyone got out of school and rushed home to watch DBZ, because honestly there was nothing better on. I didn't have the option of watching Black Lagoon on my laptop. If I did, than I likely would have made the same choice that the 10 year old punks of 2014 are making.


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