Anime / Dragon Ball Z
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Dragon Ball Z is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of the Dragon Ball manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title was changed from Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z in 1989, and the focus had changed from a Martial Arts Comedy series (inspired by Journey to the West) to more serious and violent battles (and Akira Toriyama thought it would be ending soon). As such, Dragon Ball Z, is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

At the start, it revealed that Goku was not simply a boy with a tail but one of the last of the alien race, the Saiyans. He was sent into space shortly before the Saiyan planet was destroyed (with shades of Golden Bat, Prince of Gamma, and Superman). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight progressively more powerful villains. Although Goku and his martial arts skills (which let him and his friends fly, throw energy blasts and read minds) dominated the battles, the story focused more on Goku's son Gohan as he grew up. Running seven years and nearly 300 episodes, the series can be broken down into the four primary big bads of the series: Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu. Both Dragon Ball the manga and Dragon Ball Z the anime came to a triumphant conclusion after Gohan is married and his own daughter Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.

Followed by the controversial Dragon Ball GT. There was also a MMORPG continuation known as Dragon Ball Online that existed for a while. A filler-free recut, Dragon Ball Kai, premiered in 2009. This sub-series has also spanned fifteen movies and two special episodes. The first thirteen movies are non-serial movies, but the fourteenth movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, is considered canonical to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. A direct sequel to Battle of Gods was announced- Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, which involves Frieza's troops finding the Dragon Balls and reviving him.

Then, 18 years after the conclusion of Dragon Ball GT, Toei Animation announced Dragon Ball Super, a whole new sequel to Dragon Ball Z, set after the Majin Buu Arc starting in July 2015 on Fuji Television. This series first adapts the events of the two manga-canonical films before getting into its own new story, and is likewise considered canonical to the manga.

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