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''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (as for why it's called ''Dragon Ball Z'' instead of a more traditional title like ''[[NumberedSequels Dragon Ball 2]]'', Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]], with the last letter of the Latin alphabet being meant to indicate this). As such, ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

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''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. manga, originally broadcast from 1989 to 1996. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' Z'', concurrently with a shift in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (as battles]]; as for why it's called ''Dragon Ball Z'' instead of a more traditional title like ''[[NumberedSequels Dragon Ball 2]]'', Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]], with the last letter of the Latin alphabet being meant to indicate this).this. As such, ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.



Creator/{{Funimation}} produces the English dub, which started in 1996, though the dub was outsourced to the Canadian production, Creator/TheOceanGroup, at the time and TV distribution was handled by Creator/SabanEntertainment for syndication. After the success of the series, Funimation managed to claim full ownership of distribution rights, set up their own offices in Texas and started dub work in-house (primarily from the ''Ginyu Force'' arc which is where the original dub stopped), selling the dub to ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' where it would remain for the reminder of the original run of the series. To say the least, the dub is a cornerstone that allowed the company to flourish to this day.

The enduring popularity of the series eventually led to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.

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Creator/{{Funimation}} produces produced the English dub, which started in 1996, though 1996 and finished airing in 2003, covering roughly the same length of time as the Japanese broadcast. Initially, the dub was outsourced to the Canadian production, Creator/TheOceanGroup, at the time Creator/TheOceanGroup in Canada, and TV distribution was handled by Creator/SabanEntertainment for syndication. syndication on Kids' WB. It didn't take the world by storm at first, and in fact was a ratings flop on the network, leading it to be cancelled partway through. After the [[VindicatedByCable belated success of the series, in reruns]] on Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/{{Toonami}} block, however, Funimation managed to claim full ownership of distribution rights, set up their own offices in Texas Texas, and started dub work picked up with an in-house (primarily from the ''Ginyu Force'' arc which is dub where Ocean left off, with the original dub stopped), selling show continuing the dub to ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' where it remainder of its English broadcast run on Toonami; reruns would remain for also continue on the reminder block all the way until its initial termination in 2008. Funimation would later go back and redub the portions covered by Ocean as well as the first portions of the original run of in-house dub, which were a major OldShame due to their poor quality compared to later episodes. As such, fans tend to differentiate between the series. Ocean and Funimation-produced portions as the "Ocean/Saban dub" and the "Funimation dub." To say the least, the dub latter is a cornerstone that allowed the company Funimation to flourish to this day.

day, quickly climbing up to the position of the biggest figure in the anime dubbing industry.

The enduring popularity of the series eventually led to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.
{{filler}}. Following in the footsteps of the original ''Z'', the English dub and broadcast of ''Kai'' quickly became a cornerstone of the revived Toonami, and airings of Funimation's dub of both it and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' would continue on the network up to the present day.


''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

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''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and (as for why it's called ''Dragon Ball Z'' instead of a more traditional title like ''[[NumberedSequels Dragon Ball 2]]'', Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]).soon]], with the last letter of the Latin alphabet being meant to indicate this). As such, ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.


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(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFl6ydm7O-w here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFKroyqq8eE here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vjJrGeh1c here,]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcV-73d_0YA here]] (or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFd5a_XLhc here,]] if you're [[DarkerAndEdgier really hardcore]]) while reading this page.'')

''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

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(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFl6ydm7O-w com/watch?v=qCEdKLchk6A here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFKroyqq8eE here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vjJrGeh1c here,]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcV-73d_0YA here]] (or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFd5a_XLhc here,]] if you're [[DarkerAndEdgier really hardcore]]) while reading this page.'')

''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{Comedy}} {{comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.


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(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFl6ydm7O-w here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSOjj8Q_9b4 here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vjJrGeh1c here,]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcV-73d_0YA here]] (or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFd5a_XLhc here,]] if you're [[DarkerAndEdgier really hardcore]]) while reading this page.'')

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(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFl6ydm7O-w here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSOjj8Q_9b4 com/watch?v=dFKroyqq8eE here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vjJrGeh1c here,]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcV-73d_0YA here]] (or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFd5a_XLhc here,]] if you're [[DarkerAndEdgier really hardcore]]) while reading this page.'')


The series was bought by Creator/{{Funimation}} for an English dub, which started in 1996. The enduring popularity of the series eventually led to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.

to:

The series was bought by Creator/{{Funimation}} for an produces the English dub, which started in 1996.1996, though the dub was outsourced to the Canadian production, Creator/TheOceanGroup, at the time and TV distribution was handled by Creator/SabanEntertainment for syndication. After the success of the series, Funimation managed to claim full ownership of distribution rights, set up their own offices in Texas and started dub work in-house (primarily from the ''Ginyu Force'' arc which is where the original dub stopped), selling the dub to ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' where it would remain for the reminder of the original run of the series. To say the least, the dub is a cornerstone that allowed the company to flourish to this day.

The enduring popularity of the series eventually led to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.


''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'', is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

At the start, it's 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 ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130627154545/http://www.animevice.com:80/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma,]]'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil 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 bad}}s 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 marries a woman named Videl and their daughter, Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.

Easily one of, if not ''the'' most popular anime of all time, ''Dragon Ball Z'' has, for better or worse, [[PublicMediumIgnorance come to define just about every anime stereotype in the west]] - [[ScreamingWarrior absurd levels of screaming]], constant SerialEscalation, BeamOWar battles and [[InactionSequence a whole lot of standing around doing nothing]] are all prominent tropes in this series that have practically become synonymous with anime as a whole. (At least, when they're not referencing ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' or {{Hentai}}.)

The anime is also notorious for [[OvertookTheManga running up against the manga at essentially all times]]. This forced Creator/ToeiAnimation to create loads and loads of {{Filler}} in an effort to allow time for the manga to catch up. At best, this allowed for [[BreatherEpisode zany, ridiculous episodes]] like Goku and Piccolo trying to learn how to drive - at worst, it led to some of the most dragged out fights in anime history. The absolute low point being when a supposed five-minute countdown for a planet to explode [[MagicCountdown took over ten episodes]]. (The original ''Dragon Ball'' anime had this problem, too, but any sort of buffer that was present during that series had been fully run dry by the time ''Z'' rolled around.)

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''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a SupernaturalMartialArts {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'', ''Z'' is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

At the start, it's revealed that Goku was not simply a boy with a tail but one of [[LastOfHisKind the last of the an alien race, race called the Saiyans.Saiyans]]. He was sent into space shortly before the Saiyan planet was destroyed (with shades of ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130627154545/http://www.animevice.com:80/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma,]]'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil 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 bad}}s 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 marries a woman named Videl and their daughter, Pan Pan, enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.

Easily one of, if not ''the'' most popular anime of all time, ''Dragon Ball Z'' has, for better or worse, [[PublicMediumIgnorance come to define just about every anime stereotype in the west]] - [[ScreamingWarrior absurd levels of screaming]], constant SerialEscalation, BeamOWar battles and [[InactionSequence a whole lot of standing around doing nothing]] are all prominent tropes in this series that have practically become synonymous with anime as a whole. (At whole (at least, when they're not referencing ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' or {{Hentai}}.)

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The anime is also notorious for [[OvertookTheManga running up against the manga at essentially all times]]. This forced Creator/ToeiAnimation to create loads and loads of {{Filler}} in an effort to allow time for the manga to catch up. At best, this allowed for [[BreatherEpisode zany, ridiculous episodes]] like Goku and Piccolo trying to learn how to drive - at worst, it led to some of the most dragged out fights in anime history. The absolute low point being when a supposed five-minute countdown for a planet to explode [[MagicCountdown took over ten episodes]]. (The The original ''Dragon Ball'' anime had this problem, too, but any sort of buffer that was present during that series had been fully run dry by the time ''Z'' rolled around.)
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This sub-series spawned a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' for a time, but also spanned fifteen theatrical movies and two special tv episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]] that primarily reflected the concurrent story of the show. The fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', made ''years'' later under the direct involvement of Toriyama, is a canonical continuation to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' was a direct sequel, and the wild success of both films led to ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new series set between the Buu arc and ''Z's'' DistantFinale.

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This sub-series spawned a an [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' for a time, but also spanned fifteen theatrical movies and two special tv episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]] NonSerialMovie[=s=] that primarily reflected the concurrent story of the show. The fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', made ''years'' later under the direct involvement of Toriyama, is a canonical continuation to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' was a direct sequel, and the wild success of both films led to ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new series set between the Buu arc and ''Z's'' DistantFinale.


''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'', is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

to:

''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] SupernaturalMartialArts {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious serious]] [[DarkerAndEdgier and violent battles]] (and Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''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 ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130627154545/http://www.animevice.com:80/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma,]]'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil 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 bad}}s 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 marries a woman named Videl and their daughter, Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.

to:

At the start, it it's 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 ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130627154545/http://www.animevice.com:80/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma,]]'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil 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 bad}}s 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 marries a woman named Videl and their daughter, Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.



The anime is also notorious for [[OvertookTheManga running up against the manga at essentially all times]]. This forced Creator/ToeiAnimation to create loads and loads of {{Filler}} in an effort to allow time for the manga to catch up. At best, this allowed for [[BreatherEpisode zany, ridiculous episodes]] like Goku and Piccolo trying to learn how to drive - at worst, it lead to some of the most dragged out fights in anime history. The absolute low point being when a supposed five-minute countdown for a planet to explode [[MagicCountdown took over ten episodes]]. (The original ''Dragon Ball'' anime had this problem, too, but any sort of buffer that was present during that series had been fully run dry by the time ''Z'' rolled around.)

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The anime is also notorious for [[OvertookTheManga running up against the manga at essentially all times]]. This forced Creator/ToeiAnimation to create loads and loads of {{Filler}} in an effort to allow time for the manga to catch up. At best, this allowed for [[BreatherEpisode zany, ridiculous episodes]] like Goku and Piccolo trying to learn how to drive - at worst, it lead led to some of the most dragged out fights in anime history. The absolute low point being when a supposed five-minute countdown for a planet to explode [[MagicCountdown took over ten episodes]]. (The original ''Dragon Ball'' anime had this problem, too, but any sort of buffer that was present during that series had been fully run dry by the time ''Z'' rolled around.)



The series was bought by Creator/{{Funimation}} for an English dub, which started in 1996. The enduring popularity of the series eventually lead to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.

This sub-series spawned a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' for a time, but also spanned fifteen theatrical movies and two special tv episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]] that primarily reflected the concurrent story of the show. The fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', made ''years'' later under the direct involvement of Toriyama, is a canonical continuation to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' was a direct sequel, and the wild success of both films lead to ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new series set between the Buu arc and ''Z's'' DistantFinale.

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The series was bought by Creator/{{Funimation}} for an English dub, which started in 1996. The enduring popularity of the series eventually lead led to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.

This sub-series spawned a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' for a time, but also spanned fifteen theatrical movies and two special tv episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]] that primarily reflected the concurrent story of the show. The fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', made ''years'' later under the direct involvement of Toriyama, is a canonical continuation to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' was a direct sequel, and the wild success of both films lead led to ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new series set between the Buu arc and ''Z's'' DistantFinale.


This sub-series spawned a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' for a time, but also spanned fifteen theatrical movies and two special tv episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]] that primarily reflected the concurrent story of the show. The fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', made ''years'' later under the direct involvement of Toriyama, is a canonical continuation to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' was a direct sequel, and the wild success of both films lead to ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new SequelSeries to ''Z'', overwriting ''GT'' from the canon.

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This sub-series spawned a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' for a time, but also spanned fifteen theatrical movies and two special tv episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]] that primarily reflected the concurrent story of the show. The fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', made ''years'' later under the direct involvement of Toriyama, is a canonical continuation to the manga and set some time after the Buu Saga. ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' was a direct sequel, and the wild success of both films lead to ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new SequelSeries to ''Z'', overwriting ''GT'' from series set between the canon.
Buu arc and ''Z's'' DistantFinale.


(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHnfX1RmZX8 here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSOjj8Q_9b4 here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vjJrGeh1c here,]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcV-73d_0YA here]] (or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFd5a_XLhc here,]] if you're [[DarkerAndEdgier really hardcore]]) while reading this page.'')

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(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHnfX1RmZX8 com/watch?v=aFl6ydm7O-w here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSOjj8Q_9b4 here,]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vjJrGeh1c here,]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcV-73d_0YA here]] (or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuFd5a_XLhc here,]] if you're [[DarkerAndEdgier really hardcore]]) while reading this page.'')


''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and violent battles]] (and Creator/AkiraToriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'', is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

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''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of the Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and violent battles]] (and Creator/AkiraToriyama Toriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Z'', is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.



The anime is also notorious for [[OvertookTheManga running up against the manga at essentially all times]]. This forced Creator/ToeiAnimation to create loads and loads of {{Filler}} in an effort to allow time for the manga to catch up. At best, this allowed for [[BreatherEpisode zany, ridiculous episodes]] like Goku and Piccolo trying to learn how to drive - at worst, it lead to some of the most dragged out fights in anime history. The absolute low point being when a supposed five-minute countdown for a planet to explode [[MagicCountdown took over ten episodes]]. (The original ''Dragon Ball'' anime had this problem, too, but any sort of buffer that was present during that series had been fully run dry by the time ''Z'' rolled around.)



The series was bought by Creator/{{Funimation}} for an English dub, which started in 1996. The enduring popularity of the series eventually lead to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the {{filler}}.

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The series was bought by Creator/{{Funimation}} for an English dub, which started in 1996. The enduring popularity of the series eventually lead to ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' in 2009, a more streamlined edit that removed most of the aforementioned {{filler}}.


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 ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130627154545/http://www.animevice.com:80/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma,]]'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil 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 bad}}s 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.

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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 ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20130627154545/http://www.animevice.com:80/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma,]]'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil 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 bad}}s 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 marries a woman named Videl and his own daughter their daughter, Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.
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Easily one of, if not ''the'' most popular anime of all time, ''Dragon Ball Z'' has, for better or worse, [[PublicMediumIgnorance come to define just about every anime stereotype in the west]] - [[ScreamingWarrior absurd levels of screaming]], constant SerialEscalation, BeamOWar battles and [[InactionSequence a whole lot of standing around doing nothing]] are all prominent tropes in this series that have practically become synonymous with anime as a whole. (At least, when they're not referencing ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' or {{Hentai}}.)


''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and violent battles]] (and Creator/AkiraToriyama [[WordOfGod 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.

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''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the last two-thirds of the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and violent battles]] (and Creator/AkiraToriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Dragon Ball Z'', ''Z'', is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

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