Dragon Ball Z

Cartoon Network (ended 2003)



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Dragon Ball Z
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Show Summary

Many years have passed since Goku first searched for the Dragon Balls. He is a grown man, with a wife and son. He and his friends have settled into their own lives and, for the most part, things are rather peaceful. Then one day, Goku learns he is really a Saiyan and comes from another planet. Now begins new adventures for Goku and his friends as they defend their home against new, more powerful threats.
Akira Kamiya

Akira Kamiya

Garlic Jr.(Japanese version)

Alec Willows

Alec Willows


Alistair Abell

Alistair Abell

Trunks, Baby Trunks, Sharpner, Additional Voices

Bill Townsley

Bill Townsley

Guldo/Kuwi (Redub)

Brice Armstrong

Brice Armstrong

Captain Ginyu (Redub)

Chris Rager

Chris Rager

Hercule (2000-)

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Fan Reviews (558)

  • Grew up loving this show... thank you Akira Toriyama

    honestly this is the best anime ever !
  • The most overrated show ever

    Honestly, I hate this series. I find it to be really boring and repetitive. Usually when there is a popular show or movie that I don't like, I can understand why people like it and why I don't like it. For Dragon Ball Z, I can't see why anyone would find it entertaining. I used to think it was because of nostalgia, but even nostalgia can't blind people this much, can it? I still think nostalgia plays a big role in why people love it, but there has to be something else. Another reason maybe because Dragon Ball Z influenced future anime like Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach (I find all 3 of those shows to be vastly superior to DBZ by the way). That's true, DBZ was influential. But Astro Boy influenced DBZ. The Flintstones influenced The Simpsons. But no one thinks Astro Boy is the best anime ever nor does anyone think the Flintstones is better than The Simpsons. Maybe it's because both of those shows are older? So maybe years from now people will look back at DBZ and not like it as much? Putting that aside, I guess I should get into why I don't this series. As said earlier, I think DBZ is very repetitive and boring. I'll start with the best aspect of DBZ which are the fights. For a show that's so driven by action, Dragon Ball Z's fight choreography isn't very good. It's a lot of characters dodging flurries of punches that only inflict damage when the screenwriter needs them to. None of the fight choreography is clever. In addition to that, once you've seen one DBZ fight, you've seen them all. Every fight is pretty much the same, just different "power levels" each time. You can compare DBZ to a show like Naruto in which a lot of the fight choreography is precise because the characters' movements have value, stakes, and wit assigned to them in the service of winning a battle. All the fights in Naruto are different. Everyone has their own fighting style. DBZ is the same shit over and over again. I don't see the need of me continuing to say why I don't like DBZ seeing how I just explained why the BEST part of it is boring. And this review would get too lengthy.moreless
  • The best anime ever made

    Ah.. the good old days racing home after school to watch this on Toonami will forever be some of my best memories growing up as a child. This masterpiece completely revolutionized anime in Japan as well as America for a reason. I'm 22 now and this show is still a part of my life. 10/10
  • Greatest. Action. Animated Show. EVER!!

    Alright, breaking tradition here. Usually I just review animated shows from North America and not Japanese animes. Mainly because, I don't watch many of them anymore. But a few of the ones I do watch, are among my favorite shows of all time. And the best one is without a doubt, Dragon Ball Z. This may just be my favorite animated show off all time, even more than the Looney Tunes or Avatar. I never missed an opportunity to watch it as a kid, and today, I have all nine seasons on DVD. That's how much I love DBZ.

    The characters are awesome. Goku is one of the most likable characters ever put into animation, he's kind, naive, competitive, and he's always trying to see the good in people, even if the people are the most evil villains you could ever meet. His son Gohan, is just as likable. I loved how he developed from a spoiled brat in the beginning to a complete badass in the Cell Games. Other Z Warriors like Piccolo, Krillin and Tien are cool in their own different ways. Future Trunks was awesome, one of my personal favs. Vegeta, while he's an egotistic bastard for most of the series, his development during the Buu saga was awesome, actually learning some humility while still retaining that tough, proud, princely attitude.

    The show itself was incredible. I have to admit though, I didn't like it in Japanese. I grew up with the Funimation dub on Toonami, and personally, it was much better than the Japanese version. I love the voice acting better, and the music by Bruce Faulcner was freakin' EPIC! The fighting, in both dubs of course, is spectacular, and I really loved the story. While I do think the Frieza saga dragged on a little too long, it was still great, and I loved the Androids/Cell and Buu stroy arcs. Also, I didn't mind DBZ's filler at all. They all fit in the canon storyline pretty well and they didn't drag on for a long time like they do in Naruto and Bleach.

    Honestly, I have no real problems with this show, it's just one of those perfect shows in my opinion. Dragon Ball Z had awesome characters, storylines, action, music, and it's hilarious in many situations. It's the action show that inspired some of the greatest animes to ever come out of Japan for a reason, and it just might be the greatest animated show (American or Japanese) to ever exist.moreless
  • Great anime

    IT's a great anime with great plot and characters.

    My favorite 10 moments are:

    Everything featuring Goten and Trunks (and Gotenks) in the Buu Saga!

    Two simple words; Garlic Jr.

    Goku and Piccolo getting their drivers license (God, was that stupid!)

    Gohan going to highschool and fighting crime as the Great Saiyaman

    The announcer guy and Hercule's team at the Cell Games

    The Androids who take a frickin' van to search for Goku

    Everyone just turning Super Saiyan after they learned how to walk. Wow, what a legend ...

    The unspectacular way both keycharacters Vegeta and Gohan turn Super Saiyan for the first time

    All the stuff where Gohan trains and becomes friends (with dinosaurs or poor girls or whatever)

    How both Frieza and Cell were legends in DBZ and sad pushovers in DBGT. So much for your legend.

    And by the way if there are any lithuanians then please help expand dragon ball Wiki:

    *lt dragonball wikia com * (dots between spaces)

    Help is much needed here!

    This anime is really good!moreless

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    becoming a father, beings from another world, epic adventure, epic battles, foreign worlds