Dragon Ball Z, a tv show review

A tv show review by: Lee Sonogan

(1996-2003) 24min/ Fantasy, action, animation


Vegeta: Are you ready now to witness a power not seen for thousands of years?

Do you like Super Saiyans? Dragon Ball Z is about after learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies. This show has 277 episodes in total. It is one of the best anime animated shows of all time in English dub. Even then there are seasons out there with different music and then there’s Dragon Ball Z Kai.

Season chapters:

  • Raditz saga
  • Vegeta saga
  • Namek saga
  • Garlic Jr saga
  • Androids saga
  • Cell saga
  • Majin Buu saga

Like in the previous series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z has many naming conventions/jokes. Saiyans are all named after vegetables. Vegeta, both the prince, his king father and the Saiyan home planet means Vegetable; Raditz is ‘radish’, and Kakkorotto is ‘carrot’. The villain Frieza comes obvious, and his brother Cooler and their father King Cold. All Namekians born from the villain in Dragonball were named after instruments. The Briefs family were all named after underwear, Bulma meaning panties, Doctor Briefs himself, Trunks, and Bra. And of course, various characters are named after foods.

Originally airing in the United States in 1996, its initial run was heavily edited from the Japanese version, so much that out of the first 67 episodes, the American version was cut down to 53 episodes, 14 episodes worth of content. This was mostly due to the partnership between FUNimation productions which owned the rights and Saban Entertainment which was responsible for distribution. When the show gained a following on Cartoon Network, it was renewed and FUNimation had sole control. As a result, the episodes were not as clipped as before, following the Japanese episode number precisely from then on.

In Dragon Ball Z, not counting movies or specials, Goku only killed two villains, Yakon and Kid Buu. Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, and Krillin are the only characters in the series to fight with the main villain of each saga. Earth was destroyed twice within a 15 year period during events of the series. Majin Buu destroyed it during Dragon Ball Z, and the use of the Black Star Dragon Balls destroyed it again during Dragon Ball GT.

Fun facts:

  • There are over twenty-five variants of the Kamehameha.
  • Majin Buu is over 5 million years old.
  • Goku is terribly afraid of needles.
  • Goku has only won one World Martial Arts Tournament despite participating in six of them.
  • Vegeta almost always addresses Goku by his Saiyan birth name, “Kakarot”, but has on rare occasions addressed him as “Goku”. Vegeta says the name “Goku” only eight times.
  • This is the only dragon ball series to ever have more than 4 movies.
  • Piccolo is only 4 years older than Gohan.
  • DBZ is in the 6th universe in the DB franchise
  • Dragon ball super, a sequel to this show is set directly right after it

Without a doubt, this show is epic. The only bad bit about it is the Gohan episodes after he first stops training with Piccolo. Namek, androids, Cell and then Majin Buu saga is the best of everything. The first and second seasons are slower but build into so much more. The ending in the last season is worth the watch. I recommend this show to everyone who loves anime


Goku: That’s what you think, Captain Cocky!

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