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Trivia / Dragonball Kai

The following are Trivial facts relating to Dragon Ball Kai.
  • Actor Existence Failure:
    • Daisuke Gori, who was the Japanese voice actor of Ox King, Enma Daiou and Porunga, died partway through the run and his ongoing roles were recast with Ryuzaburo Otomo. Mr. Satan (whom he voiced in the original) was voiced by Unshou Ishizuka.
    • Similarly, the role of Tenshinhan, whose voice actor (Hirotaka Suzuoki) died in the intervening years between Z and Kai, and was replaced in Kai by Hikaru Midorikawa.
    • Likewise with Dende's voice actress (Tomiko Suzuki), who passed away in 2003; she was replaced by Aya Hirano.
    • Takeshi Aono, Kami-Sama's Japanese voice actor, suffered a stroke in between the Freiza and Cell sagas, so Bin Shimada took over for his final few appearances. Aono subsequently passed away in 2012.
    • Bittersweetly subverted in the case of Ichirō Nagai. Despite passing away months before the Buu Saga episodes even started airing, he'd recorded his lines a good many months in advance and still voiced Karin for his final few appearances during the arc.
  • Channel Hop:
    • The show was initially licensed by Nickelodeon and aired on Nicktoons with edits for content. After the show was taken off the air, due to Nickelodeon presumably losing the license, Kai moved to [adult swim] and currently airs uncut on the revived Toonami.
    • A minor example for the show's run on broadcast networks. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the show for airing on Toonzai. When Toonzai ended and was replaced by the Saban Brands-run Vortexx, Kai remained as one of the holdovers from Toonzai (and was notably one of the few shows that continued to air on Vortexx until that block was replaced).
  • Fandom Nod:
    • The show included a little Shout-Out to Dragon Ball Z Abridged by having Nappa note that he hates the media.
    • Another nod in one episode Vegeta shoots one of Freiza's men and the Wilhelm Scream is used, in Dragon Ball Z Abridged the scream was used in the same scene right after two of Freiza's henchmen were discussing it.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 95 episodes of Dragon Ball Kai with the Kenji Yamamoto score aired from April 5, 2009 to March 6, 2011, before he was fired by Toei Company for plagiarism, mainly the scores for Avatar and Terminator: Salvation. Reruns of these particular episodes have since replaced it with cues from the Shunsuke Kikuchi score from the Z series. On the respective Japanese Blu-ray, Japanese DVD, American television airings, and American DVD/Blu-raysnote , the Yamamoto score was intact on episodes #001-#076, #001-#072, #001-#063, and #001-#052. So your best bet to getting ALL 95 Kai episodes with the Yamamoto score would be to trade with someone who recorded the show off of Fuji Television during the aforementioned period in the run. Episodes #096-#098 were never released with the Yamamoto score, so you would be completely out of luck finding those with the music intact.
  • The Other Darrin: Used for quite a few characters whose original voice actors were either dead or unavailable. Several characters were replaced in the dub as well like Gohan and Bulma (the narrator was also replaced), among others.
    • Most notable is Frieza's English voice. In the original Ocean dub and the early FUNimation dubs, female voice actress (Pauline Newstone and Linda Chambers-Young respectively) played the role. This, along with Frieza's character design and effeminate personality, led to viewer gender confusion amongst Western viewers. In Dragon Ball Z Kai, a male voice actor (Chris Ayres) was selected to portray Frieza.
      • Linda was actually commissioned initially, you can clearly hear her in Frieza's laugh at the beginning of the first episode. Supposedly, though, she wasn't able to keep up with the faster pace of dialogue which is why (Chris Ayres) filled in for the role.
    • Invoked midway due to the death of Daisuke Gori; his roles have been filled by Ryuzaburo Ohtomo. Mr. Satan was replaced with Unshou Ishizuka when he appeared. Likewise, Ohtomo took over for Shenron due to Kenji Utsumi passing away in between the 3-year-gap that took place between the Cell and Buu sagas airing.
    • Bin Shimada later replaced Takeshi Aono as Kami during his last appearances in the Android saga following Aono's hospitalization for a stroke (he subsequently passed away in 2012).
    • Yuko Minaguchi was replaced by Shino Kakinuma as Videl, due to Minaguchi living abroad now.
    • Todd Haberkorn, the voice of Allen Walker in D.Gray-Man, took over duties as Android 19, sounding even more robotic than the original dub voice. Similarly, Colleen Clinkenbeard now voices Android 18. Although her original voice actress, Meredith McCoy, was supposedly contacted, Clinkenbeard was brought in anyway as a last minute substitute (since she had filled in for a video game before, and was voicing Gohan anyway).
    • The broadcast dub also switched Sean Schemmel for Vic Mignogna as the singer for the shortened opening, while the second DVD boxset switched him for Justin Cook.
    • Subverted in the case of Cell. Many thought that Travis Willingham would play the role (as in the previous video games), but Dameon Clarke (Cell's original English voice actor) confirmed that he would reprise his role instead.
    • The Mexican Spanish dub is heavily criticized for not bringing back half the cast, including the voices for Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and Frieza. This was apparently because of the smaller budget, and the original voice actors asking for more money. However, Laura Torres (the original Spanish voice of Gohan) was brought back to voice Kid Goku in a few flashbacks.
      • The Mexican Spanish dub has another interesting case: Yajirobe is voiced by the daughter of the original Mexican voice actress, since her mother died in a house accident years ago between the original DBZ and Kai.
  • Stunt Casting: Arguably Aya Hirano as Dende.
    • His recast English voice actress Maxey Whitehead could count given her recent breakout role of Alphonse Elric, but she'd already developed a niche for voicing young boys by then.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Sean Schemmel as Goku and King Kai; Christopher Sabat as Yamcha, Piccolo and Vegeta; in Japanese, Masako Nozawa as Goku and Gohan.
    • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Gohan and Android 18.
  • Un-Canceled: The show was cancelled in Japan after the end of the Cell arc, presumably due to low merchandise sales. Due to the show's overseas popularity, more episodes are being produced for the international market. However, despite initial word being that it was specifically for the international market, Kai actually returned to Japanese TV on April 6th 2014 following the cancellation of Toriko.