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Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴン ボール ゼット, Doragon Boru Zetto), commonly abbreviated as DBZ, is the long-running sequel to the Dragon Ball anime. The series is a close adaptation of the second (and far longer) portion of the Dragon Ball manga written and drawn by Akira Toriyama. In the United States, the manga's second portion is also titled Dragon Ball Z to prevent confusion.

The series begins five years after the end of the Dragon Ball anime and follows the adventures of the adult version of Goku who, along with his companions, defends the Earth against an assortment of villains ranging from intergalactic space fighters and conquerers to unnaturally powerful androids and nearly indestructible magical creatures. While the original Dragon Ball anime followed Goku through childhood into adulthood, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adulthood, but at the same time parallels the maturation of his son, Gohan, as well as other characters from Dragon Ball and more. The separation between the series is also significant as the latter series takes on a more dramatic and serious tone. The anime also features characters, situations and back-stories not present in the original manga.

After Dragon Ball Z, the story of Goku and friends continues in the anime-only series Dragon Ball GT. This series is not based on a manga by Akira Toriyama.

Toriyama's humor/parody manga Neko Majin Z features several concepts introduced in Dragon Ball Z (several Dragon Ball Z characters even make various appearances), but that manga is designed as a parody and not a true continuation of the series.

More than a decade after the end of Dragon Ball Z in Japan, a new re-version of the series began airing on Japanese television as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for the series. This re-version is titled Dragon Ball Kai (Dragon Ball Z Kai in the U.S.).

Production history[edit]

Most of the main characters of Dragon Ball Z.

The anime first premiered in Japan on April 26, 1989 (on Fuji TV) at 7:30 p.m. and ended on January 31, 1996. In the U.S., the series initially aired in first-run syndication from September 13, 1996 to May 23, 1998, and then aired on Cartoon Network from August 31, 1998 to April 7, 2003, though not always with the same continuity of dubbing. For details on the dubbing problems, see Ocean Group dub and FUNimation dub.

Censorship issues[edit]

Dragon Ball Z was marketed to appeal to a wide range of viewers from all ages, and contains crude humor and occasional excesses of violence which are commonly seen as inappropriate for younger audiences by American standards. When it was marketed in the US, the distribution company FUNimation alongside with Saban decided to initially focus exclusively on the young children's market, because the anime market was still small compared to the much larger children's cartoon market. This censorship often had unintentionally humorous results, such as changing all references to death so the dead characters were merely going to "another dimension", and digitally altering two ogres' shirts to read "HFIL" instead of "HELL".

Starting with the Captain Ginyu Saga on Cartoon Network, censorship was reduced due to fewer restrictions on cable programming. FUNimation did the dubbing on their own this time around with their own in-house voice actors instead of the Ocean Group's cast from their collaboration with Saban. FUNimation later re-dubbbed the first two seasons of Dragon Ball Z with their in-house cast, to remove the problems that were caused from their previous partnership with Saban.

However, the show still retained some level of censorship, not out of FCC laws, but out of choice by Funimation, so as to cater to the possible sensitivity of western audiences. For example, Mister Satan was renamed Hercule to avoid any religious slurs; his daughter, Videl, was a play on the word Devil, but FUNimation felt that the connection was obscure enough to not worry about.

Filler and differences from the manga[edit]

Main article: Filler

Some of the main heroes and villains of Dragon Ball Z.

Filler is used to pad out the series for many reasons; in the case of Dragon Ball Z, more often than not, it was because the anime was running alongside the manga, and there was no way for the anime to run ahead of the manga (since Toriyama was still writing it, at the same time).

The company behind the anime, Toei Animation, would occasionally make up their own side stories to either further explain things, or simply to extend the series. Filler doesn't come only in the form of side stories, though; sometimes it's as simple as adding some extra attacks into a fight. One of the more infamous examples of filler is the Frieza Saga. After Frieza had set the Planet Namek to blow up in five minutes, the final fight with Frieza still lasted well over five episodes, much less five minutes.

As the anime series was forced to expand 12 pages of manga text into 25 minutes of animation footage, these changes were introduced to kill time or to allow the (anime) writers to explore some other aspect of the series' universe. The Garlic Junior Saga (Garlic Jr.'s return from the Dead Zone movie) between the Frieza Saga and Trunks Saga, and the Other World Tournament-segment of the Great Saiyaman Saga are both good examples of this. They have also been known to contradict the manga and often create new plot holes.

Besides having filler scenes and episodes, there are many changes from the original manga. Among them are the following:

  • In the manga, Piccolo is seen hiding behind Master Roshi's house when Raditz kidnaps Gohan. In the anime, however, Piccolo is never shown hiding behind the house, and instead appears before Goku and the others from the sky after Raditz leaves.
  • When Tien loses his arm while fighting Nappa in the anime, his arm becomes a stump with only a small amount of blood seen. In the manga the scene is much more gory.
  • In the manga, Frieza kills Cargo, but in the anime Dodoria kills him. (In the Ocean dub, Gohan and Krillin say that Cargo escapes)
  • In the manga, Appule discovers the Namekian village that Vegeta had attacked earlier and informs Frieza, who then simply orders him to call the Ginyu Force. In the anime, an unnamed orange soldier [referred to as "Orlen" in the closed captioning for the Ocean dub VHS tapes - it is unclear if this is canonical however] discovers this village, and is later killed by Frieza when he informs him that he had killed the only survivor.
  • In the manga, after Frieza survives Goku's Large Spirit Bomb, he immediately strikes down Piccolo with his Death Beam technique, but in the anime, he fires his beam at Goku, only for Piccolo to jump in the way and get struck down by the beam anyway.
  • In the manga, Frieza's full power was still never a match for Goku's Super Saiyan form, but in the anime, Frieza appears to have the upper hand for a short time before he begins to tire.
  • In the anime, Frieza knocks Goku into a lava pit and Gohan later returns to avenge his supposedly-dead father, until Goku re-emerges. However, in the manga, Goku crashes into the root of a mountain beneath the Namekian sea instead, and re-emerges soon after.
  • In the anime, when Vegeta is brought back to life on Planet Namek, he manages to witness some of the battle between Goku and Frieza, as well as Goku's Super Saiyan form, before being teleported to Earth by the Namekian Dragon Balls. In the manga, he is teleported to Earth almost immediately after being revived and does not get a chance to see Goku as a Super Saiyan for the first time until Goku returns to Earth himself later on.
  • When Dr. Gero first appears in the anime (as Android 20), he grabs a man by the neck and tears him through the roof of a car. In the manga, he crushes the man's neck afterwards, tearing his head off.
  • In the manga, when Goku fully recovers from the heart virus, Chi-Chi finds him simply looking out the window of the bedroom he was resting in at Master Roshi's house. In the anime, however, Chi-Chi finds him outside the house, firing several Kamehameha blasts across the ocean.
  • Though the flashback of Future Trunks and Future Gohan fighting Androids 17 and 18 is present in both the anime and the manga, there are notable discrepancies between the flashback and the scene depicted in the TV special, The History of Trunks. In the special, Gohan had lost his arm, Trunks had not yet achieved his Super Saiyan form, and there was no rain in the scene in question.
  • During Gohan and Cell's energy wave struggle in the anime, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien, and Yamcha unsuccessfully try to distract Cell before Vegeta succeeds in doing so, whereas in the manga, they all simply observe the struggle and Vegeta is the only one to attack Cell from behind. Another difference in this scene is that in the anime Goku is shown in his Super Saiyan form when performing the Father-Son Kamehameha with Gohan, while in the manga he remains in his base form during this.
  • In the manga, when Goku returns from the Other World and reunites with his friends and family at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goten acts very shy and nervous upon meeting his father for the first time. In the anime, however, Goten acts shy only for a moment and then runs up and embraces Goku.
  • When Vegito fights Super Buu (with Gohan absorbed) in the manga, Vegito immediately fights in his Super Saiyan form. In the anime, Vegito fought (rather successfully) in his base form for a while before becoming a Super Saiyan.
  • When Goku begins his battle against Kid Buu in the manga, he transforms immediately into his Super Saiyan 3 form. In the anime, however, Goku starts the battle as a Super Saiyan 2, and manages to hold his own against Kid Buu for a while before ascending to Super Saiyan 3.
  • In the manga, many of the characters have a different number of fingers on their hands; such as Piccolo (3 fingers and a thumb), Dodoria (3 thumb-like fingers), and Imperfect Cell (two long fingers and a long thumb). In the anime, everybody has human-like hands with 4 fingers and a thumb.

Reception and impact[edit]

The impact of Dragon Ball Z is enormous. For more than 20 years, the series has stood the test of time and has reached out to many children and adults alike across the globe. This is mainly due to the series' very clear representations of good overpowering evil, love overpowering hate, the importance of family and friends, and an unyielding passion toward achieving goals. The series also featured heavy sci-fi overtones, and a greater emphasis on fighting - making it extremely popular among adolescent boys who had grown up alongside the original series.

Dragon Ball Z has also played a large part in contributing to the popularity of anime in western culture. Though the series initially aired on various broadcast networks in the U.S. in 1996, it would not become immensely popular until 1998, when Cartoon Network began to feature the show in its action-oriented Toonami lineup. Toonami heralded the show as "The Greatest Action Cartoon Ever Made," and it greatly boosted the popularity of Toonami, but unknowingly did so much more. Dragon Ball Z's newfound popularity helped to bring about a greater interest in Japanese cartoons in the eyes of western youth, which in turn fueled the western anime industry to new heights. Because of its success on Toonami, Dragon Ball Z was the first anime that made its way to the Wall Street Journal, who declared it, "A Huge Cartoon Hit."

Many items such as apparel, backpacks, lunch boxes, writing utensils, candies, drinks, foods and more feature Dragon Ball Z, in both Japan and North America. Action figures, collectible figurines, plush toys, bobble heads, and character model kits were also made. The fast food chain Burger King featured Dragon Ball Z toys twice in the early 2000's. Despite the TV series officially ending in Japan in 1996, and the U.S. in 2003 (2005 if the re-dub of the first two seasons is included), Dragon Ball Z video games are created nearly every year for almost every console on the market, helping to introduce the Dragon Ball Z series to younger generations that never got a chance to see it air on television. These games usually do very well in the market. Popular sites such as YouTube have attracted large Dragon Ball Z fan communities over the course of the last few years, and Dragon Ball related videos receive many views. All of these examples showcase the incredible popularity of Dragon Ball Z in many countries of the world.

Sagas[edit]

Toei sagas[edit]

  1. Saiyan (Episodes 1~35); 1989 - 1990
  2. Freeza (Episodes 36~107); 1990 - 1991
  3. Cell (Episodes 108~194); 1991 - 1993
  4. Boo (Episodes 195~291); 1993 - 1996

FUNimation sagas[edit]

  1. Vegeta Saga (originally The Saiyan Conflict) (Episodes 1~35)
  2. Namek Saga (Episodes 36~67)
  3. Captain Ginyu Saga (Episodes 68~74)
  4. Frieza Saga (Episodes 75~107)
  5. Garlic Jr. Saga (Episodes 108~117)
  6. Trunks Saga (Episodes 118~125)
  7. Androids Saga (Episodes 126~139)
  8. Imperfect Cell Saga (Episodes 140~152)
  9. Perfect Cell Saga (Episodes 153~165)
  10. Cell Games Saga (Episodes 166~194)
  11. Great Saiyaman Saga (Episodes 195~209)
  12. World Tournament Saga (Episodes 210~219)
  13. Babidi Saga (Episodes 220~231)
  14. Majin Buu Saga (Episodes 232~253)
  15. Fusion Saga (Episodes 254~275)
  16. Kid Buu Saga (Episodes 276~291)

Movies, TV Specials, and OVAs[edit]

Movies[edit]

Toei titles[edit]

  1. Return my Gohan!! (1989)
  2. The World's Strongest Guy (1990)
  3. Super Deciding Battle for the Entire Planet Earth (1990)
  4. Super Saiyan Son Goku (1991)
  5. The Incredible Mightiest vs. Mightiest (1991)
  6. Clash!! 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors (1992)
  7. Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans (1992)
  8. Burn Up!! A Close, Intense, Super-Fierce Battle (1993)
  9. The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy (1993)
  10. The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can't Rest (1994)
  11. Super-Warrior Defeat!! I'm the One who'll Win (1994)
  12. Fusion Reborn!! Goku and Vegeta (1995)
  13. Dragon Fist Explosion! If Goku Can't Do It, Who Will? (1995)

FUNimation titles[edit]

  1. Dead Zone (1997) (Remastered/Re-released on May 27, 2008)
  2. The World's Strongest (1998) (Remastered/Re-released on May 27, 2008)
  3. The Tree of Might (1998) (Remastered/Re-released on September 16, 2008)
  4. Lord Slug (2001) (Remastered/Re-released on September 16, 2008)
  5. Cooler's Revenge (2001) (Remastered/Re-released on November 11, 2008)
  6. Return of Cooler (2002) (Remastered/Re-released on November 11, 2008)
  7. Super Android 13! (2003) (Remastered/Re-released on February 18, 2009)
  8. Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan (2003) (Remastered/Re-released on March 31, 2009)
  9. Bojack Unbound (2004) (Remastered/Re-released on February 18, 2009)
  10. Broly: Second Coming (2005) (Remastered/Re-released on March 31, 2009)
  11. Bio-Broly (2005) (Remastered/Re-released on March 31, 2009)
  12. Fusion Reborn (2006) (Remastered/Re-released on May 19, 2009)
  13. Wrath of the Dragon (2006) (Remastered/Re-released on May 19, 2009)

TV Specials[edit]

Toei titles[edit]

  1. A Lonesome, Final Battle: The Father of Z-Warrior Kakarrot, who Challenged Freeza (1990)
  2. Movie Overview Special (1992)
  3. Resistance to Despair!! The Remaining Super-Warriors, Gohan and Trunks (1993)
  4. Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show! (1993)

FUNimation titles[edit]

  1. Bardock: The Father of Goku (2001) (Remastered/Re-released on February 19, 2008)
  2. The History of Trunks (2000) (Remastered/Re-released on February 19, 2008)

OVAs[edit]

  1. Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans (1993)
  2. Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! (2008)
  3. Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans (2010)

Releases[edit]

Japanese releases[edit]

Originally, only the Dragon Ball Z movies, and the Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans OVA were available for home viewing in Japan. The movies were released on both VHS and Laserdisc format. The Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans OVA was released both on VHS and on the PlayDia, as an interactive FMV.

Dragon Box releases[edit]

Main article: Dragon Box

In 2003, all of the Dragon Ball Z TV series was finally released by distributor Pony Canyon under the "Dragon Box" label for home viewing in Japan, on two large DVD boxed sets. Originally released as limited edition collections, these two Dragon Box Z sets were distributed based on online pre-orders in 2003, and were then followed by three similar box sets for Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT and the DB and DBZ theatrical movies. Each Dragon Box Z set had a large amount of DVD extras, including remastered versions of the two TV specials, commercials and international dub clips. Each set included a limited edition Kaiyodo action figure, with Goku for the first box and Piccolo for the second. Both boxes contained a full-color Dragon Book which contained episode summaries, trivia, character profiles and staff and cast interviews.

The video and audio transfers of the show used on these DVDs came from a full restoration of the original 16mm footage masters, which had previously been held in cold storage by Fuji TV. This allowed Toei to put out a far superior and completely accurate version of the show on DVD. This allowed all episodes to have their original openings, endings, eyecatches, and next episode previews in comparison to what was available in the US.

In late 2005 the Dragon Box Z DVDs were re-released in single volumes with six episodes per disc. While the packaging and DVD menus are different from the 2003 release, and so far no plans have been announced for the two TV specials and the Playdia footage released with the 2003 versions, the Audio and Visual quality is the exact same as those discs found in the 2003 Dragon Box release.

In April 14, 2006, a "Dragon Box: The Movies" DVD box was released. This release contained all 17 Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z theatrical features, containing 8 DVDs in total, along with a book, and two scouters in the form of walkie-talkies. The video and audio are remastered; however, the video is cropped to 16:9 (widescreen) and contains less picture than the full-screen versions. This is a common occurrence for films from Toei based on long-running and popular TV series (See Saint Seiya, Fist of the North Star, and One Piece).

All Dragon Box releases contain Japanese language audio only (with exceptions to foreign-language bonus clips), and no subtitles.

Pioneer DVDs[edit]

During the late 90's/early 00's, the first 53 (Saban/FUNimation version numbers, originally uncut as 67) TV episodes were released on to DVD by Pioneer Entertainment (now Geneon Entertainment USA). These contained only the edited, US-TV broadcast versions (dubbed by the Ocean Group), and totaled 17 volumes, comprising the 'Saiyan Saga' and the 'Namek Saga'.

Along with these episodes, Pioneer also produced bilingual, uncut DVDs of the first three Dragon Ball Z theatrical features. These DVDs retained the original Ocean cast for the English track, as well as being one of the first uncut and bilingual releases in the U.S. The English versions of these films were also subject to a different treatment than the series; rather than replacing the original music, the original OP and ED themes, as well as background music, were retained. The only noticeable differences besides languages are the inclusion of a few different sound effects which are not present on the original Japanese version. These films were released as a three-disc boxset by Pioneer.

As of August the 31st, 2004, Pioneer's license for video distribution of the first 53 episodes ended, allowing FUNimation to re-release them. At the moment, the rights for these episodes and for the first three Dragon Ball Z movies belong to FUNimation.

FUNimation DVDs[edit]

As of 2000, FUNimation had released uncut versions of their Texas-based English dub on to DVD, with Japanese language track, and English-translation subtitles. This release doesn't include the first two sagas, as the rights for the distribution of that episodes were still held by Pioneer Entertainment. These DVDs begin with the Captain Ginyu saga, and contain every episode covering (Japanese numbers) 68 till 291. Boxsets were release for the Garlic Jr., Androids, Imperfect Cell, Perfect Cell, World Tournament, Majin Buu, Fusion, and Kid Buu U.S. sagas. However, in order to maximize profits, the DVDs were released out of continuity (certain amounts of one section of the series were released, and then FUNimation would go back and release others). With no noticeable numbering visible, this caused frustration to those trying to follow the series from start to finish.

FUNimation also released Dragon Ball Z movies 4-13, finishing the release of the movies with 'Wrath of the Dragon', the 13th movie. These are all bilingual and subtitled, but do not follow the trend set by Ocean's first three movies. Music has been changed and altered, including the insertion of songs from rock bands such as Deftones, Disturbed, Breaking Point, and American Pearl. The movies utilize FUNimation's TV series Texas cast, though they also include the original Japanese version with subtitling by Steve Simmons.

FUNimation Uncut Special Edition DVDs[edit]

Main article: Ultimate Uncut Special Edition

After acquiring the video rights to the first 53 (67 uncut) episodes from Pioneer in 2004, FUNimation announced that they would release these episodes uncut, with a new 5.1 English language track and uncut footage. The Ultimate Uncut Special Edition line was born. The release would be 22 volumes, bilingual, and with extras. The Saiyan Saga was renamed the 'Vegeta' Saga (Parts I and II, covering 12 DVDs), probably to avoid confusion with the Pioneer volumes. However, after DVD volume 9, FUNimation canceled these box sets and planned to re-release them in the DVD season boxsets. This upset fans who had purchased the expensive Ultimate Uncut DVDs, as the Vegeta Saga Part II will never be completed, and the Ultimate Uncut Namek Saga DVDs will not be created.

FUNimation had also acquired the rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004, and re-released them. Even though the three had same cover style, only the first movie was released under the Ultimate Uncut line. All of these movies had a 5.1 English track, new subtitles, different DVD extras and come in a boxset titled 'First Strike'. However, they do not retain the original Ocean dub, and contain a new English dub produced by FUNimation's Texas cast. This version contains different music than the original dub and than the Japanese version.

FUNimation Remastered Box Sets[edit]

Main article: FUNimation Remastered Box Sets

In November 2005, FUNimation announced they would release a remastered form of Dragon Ball Z on DVD beginning in 2007. All DBZ episodes were to be digitally remastered and released in boxset form.

The first season set (the entire Vegeta Saga) was re-released on February 6, 2007. The first 39 episodes of this season are spread across 6 discs, and cost $30-$50 USD (the original intention was for 5 discs, but there was a risk of quality reduction). FUNimation released a trailer for the new set on the Dragon Ball Z official website.

FUNimation released the second season set, containing both the Namek and Captain Ginyu sagas, on May 22, 2007. Beginning with this release, several of the in-house voice actors re-dubbed their characters' lines to keep consistency with the remainder of the dub. The third season set, containing the Frieza Saga, was released on September 18, 2007. The fourth season, containing both the Garlic Jr., Trunks and Android sagas, was released on February 11, 2008. Season five, containing both the Imperfect and Perfect Cell sagas, was released May 27, 2008. Season six, containing the Cell Games Saga, was released September 16, 2008. Season seven, containing both the Great Saiyaman and World Tournament sagas, was released November 11, 2008. Season eight, containing both the Babidi and Majin Buu sagas, was released February 10, 2009. Season nine, containing both the Fusion and Kid Buu sagas, was released May 19, 2009.

The series has been re-transferred at 1080p resolution with digital restoration technology removing all grain and scratches from FUNimation's original prints of the series. It is important to note however, that like many late 80's-early 90's Toei productions (for example, Saint Seiya, Sailor Moon, Marmalade Boy, Ghost Sweeper Mikami and Slam Dunk), the series was produced on 16 millimeter film which tends to be fairly grainy and soft. The new restoration was supervised by colorist Steve Franko.

The series is presented in widescreen format (1.78:1, cropped from the original full frame) for the first time. Comparison images from the new set show that while there is missing footage on the top and bottom, there is at least additional footage on the right and left that has not appeared in any prior release, having been taken straight from the original Japanese film master recording.

This format change was highly controversial among fans, as this is not how the T.V. episodes were intended to be seen and this substantially alters them. Many fans launched a letter-writing campaign against the release. In response to the negative fan outcry regarding the release's apparent cropping of the source video, a FUNimation representative has released a document from the team remastering the video, which explains the logistics of the new release. This document details how certain areas of the original film are damaged, and admits that though the video is cropped, this release will eliminate the grain that would be present on prior 4:3 releases. It has also been theorized that it is ultimately more inexpensive to transfer the series in 16:9 and thereby remove the damaged portions of the frame than to repair 291 episodes' worth of damaged film.

The boxset contains a revised English track in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (it contains the original Japanese score by Shunsuke Kikuchi, although it is unknown just how the English dialogue is revised). For the first time ever, there is a choice between having the Japanese dialogue with Toei's original Japanese music, or English dialogue with either FUNimation's dub music or Toei's original Japanese music. It should be noted, however, that the English audio lacks many of the vocal songs by Hironobu Kageyama, as a result of legal issues.

Special features include a featurette on the remastering of the original Japanese print and a 24-page booklet with episode summaries, character descriptions and a DBZ timeline.

FUNimation Dragon Box Sets[edit]

Main article: FUNimation Dragon Box Sets

FUNimation Dragon Box sets were confirmed for release by FUNimation Entertainment on July 19, 2009. The Dragon Box will be produced from the original Dragon Box masters after a frame by frame restoration and will span the entire 291 episode television series and all 13 of its movies.

This definitive DVD box release begins with Dragon Box One which includes the first 42 episodes, uncut, on 6 discs.

The Dragon Box releases will feature an aspect ratio of 4:3, the original Japanese audio (with options for an English track or English subtitles), the original episode previews, complete opening and closing credits and a collector’s booklet.

Dragon Box One was released on November 10th, 2009 with an SRP of $79.98, while Dragon Box Two was released on February 16th, 2010, Dragon Box Three was released on May 4th, 2010, Dragon Box Four was released on September 21, 2010, Dragon Box Five was released on May 3, 2011, Dragon Box Six was released on July 5, 2011, and Dragon Box Seven was released on October 11, 2011.

FUNimation Blu-Rays[edit]

Press Release:

Flower Mound, TX (July 21, 2011) – FUNimation Entertainment is announcing that it is bringing the first installment of the anime phenomenon Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray disc for the first time this fall. Among the most prized in the FUNimation catalog, the studio has used the newest technology available to remaster in high-definition and digitally restore the 291 episode series. FUNimation worked with Dallas-based ANDTRANSFER for the digital film transfer. FUNimation previously worked with the post-production house to remaster the series for the season set releases on DVD. The transfer was performed by nationally-recognized colorist Steve Franko and supervised by FUNimation, which then finished the rest of the restoration process.[1]

Two sets were released,Level 1.1 and 1.2 respectivley but in January 2012 Funimation issued a press release stating that "Due to the cost of the restoration process we are suspending production of the Blu-Ray's while looking into more cost effective ways to restore the footage"[2]

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese dub Ocean Group dub) FUNimation dub)
Son Goku Masako Nozawa

Sean Schemmel

Son Gohan Masako Nozawa
Son Goten Masako Nozawa
Son Chichi Cynthia Cranz
Bulma Brief Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Brian Drummond Christopher Sabat
Trunks Brief Takeshi Kusao
Future Trunks Brief Takeshi Kusao Allistair Abell Eric Vale
Piccolo Junior Toshio Furukawa

Scott McNeil

Christopher Sabat
Kuririn Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Sonny Strait
Yamucha Tōru Furuya Ted Cole Christopher Sabat
Tenshinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki Matt Smith
Chaozu Hiroko Emori Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Brian Drummond Mike McFarland
Turtle Hermit Mike McFarland
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta
Puar Naoko Watanabe Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Mister Satan Daisuke Gōri Don Brown Chris Rager
Son Videl Yūko Minaguchi Moneca Stori Kara Edwards
Artificial Human No. 18 Miki Itō Enuka Okuma Meredith McCoy
Uranai Baba Linda Young
Dende
Gyumao Daisuke Gōri
Mister Popo Toku Nishio
Karin
Kami Takeshi Aono Christopher Sabat
North Kaio Jōji Yanami Don Brown Sean Schemmel
East Kaioshin Yūji Mitsuya Michael Dobson Kent Williams
Old Kaioshin Reizō Nomoto Scott McNeil Kent Williams
Freeza Ryūsei Nakao Pauline Newstone Linda Young
Cell Norio Wakamoto Dale Wilson Dameon Clarke
Fat Boo Kōzō Shioya
Shen Long Don Brown Christopher Sabat
Narrator Jōji Yanami Doc Harris

Music[edit]

  • Openings:
    1. "Cha-La Head-Cha-La"
      • Lyrics: Yukinojō Mori, Music: Chiho Kiyooka, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama
        • Version 1: episodes 1~21 (Not on FUNimation's DVDs, except for the remastered version of Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone)
        • Version 2: episodes 22~117
        • Version 3: episodes 118~194
    2. "WE GOTTA POWER"
      • Lyrics: Yukinojō Mori, Music: Keiju Ishikawa, Arrangement: Keiju Ishikawa, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama
        • Episodes 195~291
  • Closings:
    1. "Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Pawā!", でてこいとびきりZENKAIパワー!; (Come Out, Incredible ZENKAI Power!)
      • Lyrics: Toshihisa Arakawa, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: MANNA
        • Episodes 1~194
    2. "Boku-tachi wa Tenshi Datta", 僕達は天使� った; (We Were Angels)
      • Lyrics: Yukinojō Mori, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Osamu Tozuka, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama
        • Episodes 195~291

See also[edit]

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