Dragon Ball Z Kai

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Dragon Ball Z Kai
Genre: Adventure
Martial Arts
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: April 5, 2009 - June 28, 2015
Network(s): Fuji TV (Japan)
Adult Swim
Spacetoon TV (2015-2020) (Action Planet)
Cartoon Network (Latin America, including Brazil)
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 167

Dragon Ball Z Kai, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Kai (ドラゴンボール改「カイ」Doragon Boru Kai, lit. Dragon Ball Revised), is an anime series that is a high-definition remastered recut of Dragon Ball Z, done for its 20th anniversary. It premiered on Fuji TV on April 5, 2009 and officially ended at June 28, 2015.

Why It Rocks

  1. Unlike the original Dragon Ball Z, there is very little filler. As a result, the pacing is much quicker and comparable to that of the original Dragon Ball anime.
  2. It is much more faithful to the manga.
  3. The English dub by Funimation is really good and more mature than the English dub of Dragon Ball Z.
  4. Great intros and outros such as Dragon Soul.
  5. Memorable music, with theme songs for some characters like "Saiyan Blood", Vegeta's theme.
  6. Unlike the original show, it has no filler arcs.
  7. Smooth animation.
  8. Literally all the reasons of Dragon Ball Z.

Bad Qualities

  1. Although the English dub aired on Adult Swim and was uncut, it also aired censored on Nicktoons, CW4Kids Toonzai and CW Vortexx. While the Nicktoons version only had mild censorship, the latter two versions' censorship was heavier.
  2. A lot of the music was removed after evidence of Kenji Yamamoto plagiarizing other works surfaced.
  3. The Canadian dub, while interesting, was left unreleased after failed attempts at selling it to other Canadian channels for airing. To add insult to injury, the dub itself is completely lost. Thankfully, fans of the Canadian dubs of the Dragon Ball franchise are trying to help out in getting this dub aired on Canadian television.
  4. The remastered Majin Buu Saga episodes were done on a lower budget than the Saiyan Saga/Frieza Saga/Cell Saga episodes - and it shows.
  5. The infamous "Cell Games Reenactment" incident that got Team Four Star (the creators of the Dragon Ball Z Abridged web series) blackballed from working with Funimation.
  6. While the voice acting is good, Stephanie Nadolny didn't reprise her role as Gohan. The only character she's voiced since then is the titular character from OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Even then, she only voiced him in the pilot and a selection of episodes.
    • Chris Sabat also didn't reprise his roles as Jeice and Burter.
    • Linda Young only voiced Frieza in his debut episode before being replaced by Chris Ayres for the rest of the series.
  7. The Latin American dub was heavily criticized due to rampant censorship and the voice actors from the original show not reprising their roles.
    • It should be noted that the Majin Buu Saga (The Final Chapters) saw most of the original actors return to reprise their roles (most notably Mario Castañeda as Goku and René Garcia as Vegeta).




Mr. Dready

7 months ago
Score 0


3 months ago
Score 2
Ironically, the Nicktoons version of this show actually introduced me to the Dragon Ball franchise. When I first saw a promo of the show on Nicktoons, I thought that it was a new franchise that was made to compete with the Pokemon anime, which made me interested. The first episode I watched was the "Goku and Piccolo vs. Radiz" episode. After just getting into the show, my older sister stopped me from watching it due to it being "too violent", even though it was the cut version (Ironically though, my mom let me and one of my brothers watch and own an edited version of the fourth movie on VHS, and I still own it to this day). I haven't become a full-time Dragon Ball fan until I saw clips of the Westwood dub of DBZ from YTV airings and saw promos for the BLT dub of Dragon Ball, and the rest is history.

Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 1
Despite this and Sailor Moon Crystal being more faithful to the mangas, i think i will still preefer the original Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon even if i still like this and Crystal.

Mr. Dready

9 days ago
Score 0
The reason why i preefer the original DBZ and SM is because they have so much more iconic and memorable moments, and i think the art style in the originals are better, (Though here it looks mostly the same as the original), Speaing of which in the original Sailor Moon i preefer the character designs there than i do in Crystal, i’m not saying they’re ugly they’re still cute (Mainly in Season 3) but in the original they looked so much better.


2 months ago
Score 0
This brought me to the Dragon Ball franchise!

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