Dragon Ball Z

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The follow-up TV series to Dragon Ball which was produced by Toei Animation and originally aired from April 26th, 1989 to January 31st, 1996 on Fuji TV (in its country of origin; Japan) is vastly different than its more comical predecessor. DragonBall Z is hard to define as being part of a single genre, as it contains elements from almost every one. The majority of the show, however, is focused on action and adventure with comedy thrown in for good measure. The plot is typically about the main hero Goku, an alien “Saiyan” warrior, and his family and friends fighting off evil doers, human or otherwise, bent on ruling (or destroying) the earth or even the universe and saving the earth or universe in the process. Dragonball Z is an incredibly long 291-episode series with many different story arcs (or sagas), ideas, and characters. There’s an enormous amount of content within the show and it’d be impossible to summarize everything about it. All you really need to know is that DBZ is worth watching if you’re a fan of over-the-top anime-style action and fun.

The complete Dragonball Z series is available to buy in stores right now as part of the [North American publisher] FUNimation’s “remastered” season box sets (1), or as part of their “Dragon Box” DVD sets (2). The total of nine season sets display each episode in faux-widescreen (with some of the film at the top cropped) and have been remastered digitally (some would say poorly), while the total of seven Dragon Box sets have the episodes re-mastered by hand by the original Japanese crew and are available to watch only in their intended 4:3 format. Only the Japanese music is included on the Dragon Box sets, however, whereas the season sets have both the English and Japanese musical scores as options.

Anime Movies
In addition to the TV series, Dragonball Z has had many movies based on the anime (that were shown in theaters in Japan and released on DVD in other parts of the world). These movies are stand-alone side-stories that don’t usually connect to the TV series in any meaningful way. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama wasn’t heavily involved in the production of these products (similar in situation to Dragonball GT). Below is the full list of DBZ movies, which have all been released in North America on DVD (and some on Blu-Ray too) at some point. A quick search on Amazon should tell you everything you need to know about the flicks.

1. Dead Zone (1989)
2. The World’s Strongest (1990)
3. The Tree of Might (1990)
4. Lord Slug (1991)
5. Cooler’s Revenge (1991)
6. The Return of Cooler (1992)
7. Super Android 13 (1992)
8. Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)
9. Bojac Unbound (1993)
10. Broly: Second Coming (1994)
11. Bio-Broly (1994)
12. Fusion Reborn (1995)
13. Wrath Of The Dragon (1995)

Television Specials
Dragon Ball Z has also had two television specials that originally aired only on TV in Japan and have since been released on DVD (and Blu-Ray) in North America and other parts of the world multiple times. Although these specials aren’t adaptations of any of the manga, they do fill in and explain parts of the story that the manga and TV series left out, such as Goku’s and his father’s back story.

1. Bardock: The Father of Goku (1990)
2. The History of Trunks (1993)

FUNimation Dub Episode List
The following are FUNimation’s translations of the Japanese episode titles. Enjoy.

Saiyan Saga:
01. The Arrival of Radditz
02. The Worlds Strongest Team
03. Gohan’s Hidden Powers
04. Goku’s Unusual Journey
05. Gohan’s Metamorphosis
06. Gohan makes a Friend
07. Trouble on Arlia
08. Home for Infinite Losers
09. Princess Snake’s Hospitality
10. Escape from Piccolo
11. Showdown in the Past
12. The End of Snake Way
13. A Fight Against Gravity… Catch Bubbles!
14. The Legend of the Saiyans
15. A Black Day for the Planet Earth
16. The Battle Begins… Goku where are you?
17. The Siabamen Attack
18. Nappa… The Invincible?
19. Tien goes all out!
20. Time’s Up!
21. The Return of Goku
22. Goku Strikes Back!
23. Goku vs. Vegeta… A Saiyan Duel
24. Vegeta… Saiyan Style
25. Stop Vegeta Now!!
26. Battle’s End

Namek Saga:
27. A New Goal Namek!
28. Journey to Namek
29. Friends or Foes?
30. Hunt for a Dragon Ball
31. Who’s Who?
32. Touchdown on Namek
33. Face Off on Namek
34. The Ruthless Frieza
35. The Nameks vs. Frieza
36. Escape from Dodoria
37. Secrets Revealed
38. A Collision Course
39. Stay Away from Frieza
40. Zarbon Transformed
41. The Eldest Namek
42. Get Vegeta!!
43. Vegeta Revived
44. A Heavy Burden
45. Immortality Denied
46. Big Trouble for Bulma
47. Scramble for the Dragon Balls
48. Arrival of The Ginyu Force
49. Elite Fighters of The Universe..
50. Time Tricks and Body Binds
51. No Refuge from Recoome
52. Enter Goku
53. Goku… Super Saiyan?

Ginyu Saga:
54. Ginyu Assualt
55. Incredible Force!
56. Frieza Approaches
57. Goku is Ginyu & Ginyu is Goku
58. Calling the Eternal Dragon
59. Gohan defeat your Dad!!
60. Captin Ginyu the Frog?

Freeza Saga:
61. Password is Porunga
62. Piccolo’s Return
63. The Fusion
64. Fighting Power: One Million??
65. Piccolo the Super-Namek
66. Déjà Vu
67. Frieza’s Second Transformation
68. Another Transformation?
69. Dende’s Demise
70. The Renewed Goku
71. The End of Vegeta
72. The Ultimate Battle
73. Clash of the Super Powers
74. Frieza’s Boast
75. Bold and Fearless
76. Embodiment of Fire
77. Trump Card
78. Keep the Chance Alive
79. Power of the Spirit
80. Transformed at Last
81. Explosion of Anger
82. Namek’s Destruction
83. A final Attack
84. Approaching Destruction
85. Gohan Returns
86. The Last Wish
87. Dual on a Vanishing Planet
88. Pathos of Frieza
89. Frieza Defeated!!
90. Mighty Blast of Rage
91. Namek’s Explosion: Goku’s End?
92. Goku’s Alive!!

Garlic Jr. Saga (Filler):
93. The Heavens
94. Black Fog of Terror
95. Battle in Kami’s Lookout
96. Fight with Piccolo
97. Call for Restoration
98. Suidical Course
99. Extreme Measures
100. The World Awakens
101. Brief Chance for Victory
102. Krillin’s Proposal

Trunks Saga:
103. Frieza’s Counterattack
104. The Mysterious Youth
105. Another Super Saiyan
106. Welcome Back Goku
107. Mystery Revealed
108. Goku’s Special Technique
109. Z Warriors Prepare
110. Goku’s Ordeal

Android Saga:
111. The Androids Appear
112. A Handy Trick
113. Double Trouble for Goku
114. Upgrade to Super Saiyan
115. The Secret of Dr. Gero
116. More Androids?!
117. Follow Dr. Gero
118. Nightmare Comes True
119. Goku’s Assassin
120. Deadly Beauty
121. No Match for The Androids
122. Last Ditch Effort
123. Closing In
124. Unwelcomed Discovery

Imperfect Cell Saga:
125. Seized with Fear
126. The Reunion
127. Borrowed Powers
128. His Name is Cell
129. Piccolo’s Folly
130. Laboratory Basement
131. Our Hero Awakens
132. Time Chamber
133. The Monster is Coming
134. He’s Here
135. Up to Piccolo
136. Silent Warrior
137. Say Goodbye, 17

Perfect Cell Saga:
138. Sacrifice
139. Saiyans Emerge
140. Super Vegeta
141. Bow To The Prince
142. Hour of Temptation
143. Krillin’s Decision
144. Last Defense
145. Cell is Complete
146. Vegeta Must Pay
147. Trunks Ascends
148. Saving Throw
149. Ghosts From Tomorrow
150. The Cell Games

Cell Games Saga:
151. What is the Tournament?
152. The Doomsday Broadcast
153. Meet Me In The Ring
154. No Worries Here
155. A Girl Named Lime
156. Memories of Gohan
157. A New Guardian
158. Dende’s Dragon
159. The Puzzle of General Tao
160. The Games Begin
161. Losers Fight First
162. Goku vs. Cell
163. Cell’s Bag of Tricks
164. No More Rules
165. The Fight is Over
166. Faith in a Boy
167. Gohan’s Desperate Plea
168. Android Explosion
169. Children of Cell Attack
170. The Unleashing
171. The Unstoppable Gohan
172. Cell’s Mighty Break Down
173. Hero Farewell
174. Cell Returns!
175. The horror won’t end
176. Saving The Earth
177. Goku’s Noble Decision
178. One more Wish
179. Free the Future

Great Saiyaman Saga:
180. Warriors of the dead
181. Tournament begins!
182. Water Fight!
183. Final Round
184. Goku V.S. Pikkon
185. Gohan goes to High School
186. I am Saiyaman!
187. Gohan’s First Date
188. Rescue Videl
189. Blackmail
190. I’ll fight too
191. The newest Super Saiyan
192. Take flight Videl
193. Gather For The Tournament
194. Camera Shy

World Tournament Saga:
195. The World Tournament
196. Trunks VS Goten
197. Best Of The Boys
198. Big Trouble, Little Trunks
199. Who Will Fight Who
200. Forfeit Of Piccolo
201. A Dark And Secret Power
202. Videl Is Crushed
203. Identities Revealed
204. Energy Drain

Babidi Saga:
205. The Wizard’s Curse
206. King Of The Demons
207. Vegeta Attacks
208. Next Up, Goku
209. Battle Supreme
210. Eighteen Unmasks
211. Pay To Win
212. Heart Of A Villain
213. The Dark Prince Returns
214. Vegeta’s Pride
215. The Long Awaited Fight
216. Magic Ball Of Buu

Majin Buu Saga:
217. Majin Buu Appears
218. The Losses Begin
219. The Terror Of Majin Buu
220. Meal Time
221. The Warrior’s Decision
222. Final Atonement
223. Evil Lives On
224. Find The Dragonballs
225. Revival
226. Global Announcement
227. Learn To Fuse
228. The Z Sword
229. Race To Capsule Corp
230. Super Saiyan 3
231. Buu’s Mutiny
232. The Fusion Dance
233. Goku’s Time is Up
234. Return to Other World
235. Out From The Broken Sword
236. Gotenks Is Born
237. Unlikely Friendship
238. I’ll Kill No More

Fusion Saga:
239. The Evil Of Men
240. Buu Against Buu
241. Empty Planet
242. Time Struggle
243. Super Moves of Gotenks
244. Trapped in Forever
245. Feeding Frenzy
246. Gotenks is Awesome
247. Unlucky Break
248. A Whole New Gohan
249. Search for Survivors
250. Majin Buu Transforms
251. The Old Kai’s Weapon
252. Ready to Fuse?
253. Union of Rivals
254. Meet Vegito
255. Rip in the Universe
256. Vegito… Downsized
257. The Incredible Fighting Candy
258. The Innards of Buu
259. Mind Trap
260. Visions of Deadly

Kid Buu Saga:
261. Evil Kid Buu!
262. End of Earth
263. True Saiyans Fight Alone
264. Battle for the Universe Begins
265. Vegeta’s Respect
266. Minute of Desperation
267. Old Buu Emerges
268. Earth Reborn
269. Call to Action
270. People of Earth Unite
271. Spirit Bomb Triumphant
272. Celebrations with Majin Buu
273. He’s Always Late
274. Granddaughter Pan
275. Buu’s Reincarnation
276. Goku’s Next Journey

Also Known As…
Dragon Ball Z is also sometimes referred to as DBZ, Dragonball Z, DragonBall Z or Zero.

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