Dragon Ball Z

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Dragon Ball Z
Genre: Adventure
Martial Arts
Comedy (mild)
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: April 26, 1989 – January 31, 1996
Network(s): Fuji TV
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 291
Previous show: Dragon Ball (anime)
Next show: Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball Z (Japanese: ドラゴンボールゼット Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto) is a 1989-1996 Japanese anime television series created by Akira Toriyama and produced by Toei Animation. It serves as the sequel to the original Dragon Ball anime.


Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku and his son, Gohan. Teaming with some of the galaxy's greatest warriors, including enemies-turned-friends Piccolo and Vegeta, they defend the Earth from an assortment of bloodthirsty villains hellbent on conquering or destroying the entire universe.

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing animation that's a step-up from the original anime.
  2. Tons of memorable moments, such as Goku becoming a Super Saiyan for the first time.
  3. Memorable heroes, such as Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo and Future Trunks.
  4. Awesome and threatening villains, such as Nappa, the Ginyu Force, Frieza and Cell.
  5. Epic and action-packed battles, such as Super Saiyan Goku vs. Frieza and Super Saiyan 2 Gohan vs. Perfect Cell.
  6. The voice acting in both the original Japanese version and Funimation's English dub is superb.
  7. Great music by Shunsuke Kikuchi (for the original Japanese version). The Funimation dub's score by Bruce Faulconer is also pretty good, too.
  8. It spawned a ton of movies and TV specials, including Fusion Reborn, Cooler's Revenge, Bojack Unbound and Bardock: The Father of Goku.
  9. While it has some action-packed moments, there are also some humorous moments at times, like the episode where Goku and Piccolo try to get their driver's licenses.
  10. The final battles are very well-done, and they have many iconic moments.
  11. It also features some emotional moments, such as Android 16's dying speech to Gohan.
  12. It introduced fusion techniques, with the first being Gotenks (a fusion of Goten and Trunks).
  13. Many of the characters are really likable, such as Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, Tien Shinhan, Krillin and Android 18.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Majin Buu Saga (Seasons 7-9) was not well-received by some fans (although it introduced many popular concepts such as fusion techniques and Super Saiyan 3, along with characters such as Videl, Dabura and Vegetto).
  2. While it had some memorable moments, it also has some incredibly dumb moments such as Goku giving Perfect Cell a senzu bean before the latter fights Gohan.
  3. The power-scaling became irrelevant during the Majin Buu Saga and has been a recurring problem with the franchise since.
  4. Some unlikable characters, such as Chi-Chi, Babidi, Kid Trunks, Good Buu and Gotenks.
  5. Though enjoyable, the filler episodes can be a very redundant watch.
  6. It has some bad episodes, such as the infamous "five-minute countdown" in the climax of the Frieza Saga and the entire "Garlic Jr. Returns" Saga.
  7. The Bruce Faulconer soundtrack can be pretty redundant or out-of-place at times, like that it keeps playing on dramatic scenes that require total silence.
  8. Some of the dubs can feel inconsistent:
    • The Funimation dub has some corny dialogue, like when Yamcha randomly sings about cat food during the Trunks Saga.
    • The Ocean and Westwood dubs are easily the worst English dubs of DBZ, due to their bad voice acting and unoriginal soundtrack.
    • Linda Young's voice as Frieza is not really fitting, as he is supposed to be male (at least DBZ Kai and DBZ Abridged' have Frieza voiced by a man).
    • Krillin's voice can get annoying in some of the dubs.
    • These dubs attempt to insert Western references but ends up looking cringy and out of place, such as Goku's referring of Einstein.
  9. Masako Nozawa's voice as Adult Goku can come across as annoying to some.
  10. Some of the memorable characters are downgraded over time:
    • Gohan, the boy who saved the world by defeating Cell, becomes a complete joke by the time the Majin Buu Saga rolls around due to him having neglected his training in order to become a scholar. To add insult to injury, he starts masquerading as the costumed superhero "Great Saiyaman", which, at best, makes him more of a butt-monkey than a real hero. Even though he finally manages to regain his strength through the Elder Supreme Kai's ritual, he is ultimately defeated and killed by Buu, with Goku finishing the job with a Spirit Bomb and reclaiming his position as main protagonist
      • This was reportedly due to heavy fan backlash that forced Toriyama to bring Goku back to life after his planned "final" death in the Cell Games Saga.
    • The newer characters are completely wasted:
      • Videl is killed by Majin Buu in a horrifying fashion and ultimately gives up on fighting completely to become a stay-at-home mom.
      • Goten and Trunks are shuffled off to the sidelines after failing to defeat Buu.
      • The Supreme Kai, despite being built up as a "god-amongst-gods", turns out to be utterly incompetent at his job.
    • Later in the series, the older supporting characters barely ever do anything significant at all, with even the likes of Master Roshi and Tien Shinhan being demoted to support roles.
      • The character who gets hit worst of all is Launch, who is almost completely forgotten about after the Saiyan Saga.
      • Bulma is the only exception to this rule, as she remains the Z-Fighters' primary gadget builder.
  11. The series suffers from inconsistent art-styles, due to both time constraints and animators creating their own rendition of the characters rather than following the drawing board.
  12. The series also contains holes in its official universe storyline. For example, according to series lore, villains such as Frieza are sent to Earth's hell when they die on the planet itself, whereas in this series, he is shown with the other villains in a rather different rendition of Hell. This is due to the fact Toriyama did not come up with such concepts beforehand, and the fact that this Hell is filler material, and has been declared non-canon.


The show was well-received by critics, viewers and Dragon Ball fans in general. It is also considered to be the best anime based on the Dragon Ball manga, though the Majin Buu Saga was not as well-received.

It was also Toei Animation's most successful anime series at the time, along with Sailor Moon.


  • The famous "IT'S OVER 9000!!!" and Shoop Da Whoop memes originated from two episodes of Dragon Ball Z.



Tony Li

12 months ago
Score 5
I love that show! It is my number one favorite show of all time!

Mr. Dready

11 months ago
Score 3

Vegeta what does the scouter say about this anime's awesomeness?-Nappa

It's over 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Vegeta.

Mr. Dready

7 months ago
Score 4

Picollo is now a pickle:



7 months ago
Score 4

IT'S OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT 9000?!


2 months ago
Score 0
Unpopular Opinion: Dragon Ball Z is bad

Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 0
This and Sailor Moon are my favourite animes, both being on the top in my opinion.

Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 0

If you ask me who are my favourite characters from both animes.

In Dragon Ball my favourite characters are Goku and Vegeta.

In Sailor Moon my favourite characters are Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) and Minako Aino (Sailor Venus).


one month ago
Score 0
One Punch Man is my favorite anime.

No bias

20 days ago
Score 0


7 days ago
Score 0
Dragon Ball Zenkai?

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