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Dragon Ball Z

The Dragon Ball Z logo.

Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZゼット, Doragon Bōru Zetto) is the second anime adaptation of the manga, set five years after Gokū defeats Piccolo at the Tenka-Ichi Budōkai and his marriage to Chi-Chi. The series aired on Japan's Fuji TV from April 25, 1989 until January 31, 1996 and was produced by Toei Animation. In 2009, Dragon Ball Z was re-released in a remastered format called Dragon Ball Kai (ドラゴンボール かい, Doragon Bōru Kai; Literally meaning "Dragon Ball Revised"). It aired from 2009 until 2011 and again from 2014 until the present. The Anime can be streamed on Prime Video.


In 1995, FUNimation licensed Dragon Ball Z for an English-language release in North America. This dub of Dragon Ball Z had mandated cuts to content and length, which reduced the first 67 episodes to 53.[1][2] The series premiered in the U.S. on September 13, 1996 in first-run syndication, but was cancelled after two seasons due to a lack of interest from syndication companies.[1]

On August 31, 1998, re-runs of the cancelled dub began airing on Cartoon Network as part of the channel's weekday afternoon programming block Toonami. Due to the success of these re-runs on Toonami, Funimation resumed production on Dragon Ball Z's English dub by themselves, but could no longer afford the services of Ocean Studios without Saban's financial assistance. This led to Funimation creating its own in-house voice cast at their Texas-based studio, as well as a new background score composed by Bruce Faulconer. This new dub featured less censorship (due to fewer restrictions on cable programming) and premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami from September 13, 1999 to April 7, 2003; continuing in re-runs through 2008.


The anime sagas served as the names for each individual season of the Dragon Ball Z anime. They were named during the DVD release for the series. The anime sagas are as follows:


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Pioneer announces last Dragonball Z release November 14, 1998
  2. Dragon Ball Z Funimation/Saban dub, episodes 1-53 (1-67 uncut)