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Dragon Ball Z Kai

Dragon Ball Z Kai

Initial Run

Network

Adult Swim (Toonami)

Broadcast Run

Nov. 8, 2014[1] - June 23, 2018

Episodes

167 (List of Episodes)

Second Run

Network

Adult Swim (Toonami)

Broadcast Run

September 29, 2018[2]

Dragon Ball Z Kai, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Kai (lit. "Dragon Ball Revised"), is a Japanese anime series that is a high-definition remastered and recut version of Dragon Ball Z, created for its 20th Anniversary. The series premiered on Fuji TV on April 5, 2009 and ended on August 25, 2011 with 98 episodes produced. There were initially no plans for Dragon Ball Kai to reach the Majin Buu Saga, but Dragon Ball Kai returned to Japanese TV from April 6, 2014 to June 28, 2015 with the Buu Saga; bringing the total episode count to 159 (167 for the international versions).

In North America, Funimation licensed the series and created the English dub using their in-house voice actors. The cast for Dragon Ball Z Kai was mostly the same as Dragon Ball Z except for a few re-casts for various reasons. The series originally aired in the U.S. on Nicktoons from May 24, 2010 to January 1, 2012, in an edited format.[3] The series also aired on The CW's Toonzai block (later renamed Vortexx) in an even more edited format.[4]

The series began airing uncut on Adult Swim's Toonami block on November 8, 2014.[1] From February 21, 2015 to June 25, 2016, a rerun of the previous week's episode could also be seen each Saturday at 8:00 PM on the regular Adult Swim block. On Nicktoons and The CW, the show was rated TV-Y7 FV. However, on Adult Swim it is rated TV-PG-DLSV and TV-14-DLV.

The Majin Buu Saga of DBZ Kai made its U.S. debut on Adult Swim's Toonami; airing from January 7, 2017 to June 23, 2018 under the title Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (airing concurrent with Funimation's dub of Dragon Ball Super).[5]

Reruns of the series will return to Toonami on September 29, 2018 at 9:00 PM.[2]

PlotEdit

Five years after the events of Dragon Ball, now a young adult and father to son Gohan, Goku meets his older brother Raditz, who reveals to him that they are members of a nearly extinct extraterrestrial race called the Saiyans. The Saiyans had sent Goku (originally named "Kakarot") to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for them, but he suffered a head injury soon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission, as well as his blood-thirsty Saiyan nature. Goku refuses to help Raditz continue the mission and has to team up with Piccolo, and sacrifice his life, in order to defeat him. However, Goku is revived a year later by the Dragon Balls, after training in the Other World with King Kai, in order to save the Earth from the Saiyan prince Vegeta. However, in the battle Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien and Piccolo are killed. Due to Piccolo being one with Kami, the Dragon Balls no longer exist, resulting in Gohan, Krillin and Bulma traveling to Piccolo and Kami's home planet, Namek, in order to use the balls there to revive their friends. However, the galactic tyrant Frieza is already there doing the same, leading to several battles with his minions and Vegeta, the latter of which teams up with Gohan and Krillin to fight the Ginyu Force. After Goku arrives on Namek, the final epic battle with Frieza himself comes to a close after Goku transforms into a legendary Super Saiyan and avenges the lives of billions across the galaxy.

CharactersEdit

Differences from the originalEdit

Dragon Ball Z Kai features remastered high definition picture, sound, and special effects as well as a re-recorded voice track by most of the original cast (from both the Japanese and English dub casts). The English dub by Funimation also features a more faithful adaptation of the Japanese dialogue than their previous dub of Dragon Ball Z.

As most of the series' sketches and animation cels had been discarded after the final episode of Dragon Ball Z in 1996, new frames were produced by digitally tracing over still frames from existing footage and filling them with softer colors; thus reducing visible damage to the original animation. Some frames were selectively cropped, while other frames feature new portions added to scenes that were hand drawn to conform to the designated picture ratio.

Much of the filler material from the Dragon Ball Z anime that was not featured in the Dragon Ball manga has been left out in Kai; significantly reducing the total episode count.

English dub re-castsEdit

Previous Voice Actor Character(s) New Voice Actor
Kyle Hebert Narrator Doc Morgan
Stephanie Nadolny Kid Gohan
Baby Trunks
Baby/Kid Goku (flashbacks)
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Tiffany Vollmer Bulma Monica Rial
Christopher R. Sabat Mr. Popo
Turtle
Chris Cason
Zarbon J. Michael Tatum
Moori Barry Yandell
Grand Elder Guru Bill Jenkins
Burter Vic Mignogna
Jeice Jason Liebrecht
Monika Antonelli Chiaotzu
Puar
Brina Palencia
Brad Jackson Oolong (pre-Majin Buu Saga only) Bryan Massey
King Cold Jason Douglas
Linda Young Frieza (barring episode 1) Chris Ayres
Chris Forbis Dodoria John Swasey
Dr. Briefs Mark Stoddard
Laura Bailey Kid Dende Maxey Whitehead
Bill Townsley Guldo Greg Ayres
Brice Armstrong Captain Ginyu R. Bruce Elliott
Phillip Wilburn Android 19 Todd Haberkorn
Meredith McCoy Android 18 Colleen Clinkenbeard


  • Several minor characters' voices have also been re-cast by Funimation.

GalleryEdit

EpisodesEdit

Color Saga Episodes U.S. Season Premiere U.S. Season Finale
Saiyan Saga 18 May 24, 2010 June 16, 2010
Frieza Saga 36 June 17, 2010 February 16, 2011
Android Saga 25 February 17, 2011 August 4, 2011
Cell Saga 19 October 10, 2011 February 8, 2013
Majin Buu Saga 42 January 7, 2017 November 18, 2017
Evil Buu Saga 27 December 2, 2017 June 23, 2018

Broadcast HistoryEdit

  • Japan (Fuji TV) — April 5, 2009[6] - March 27, 2011; April 6, 2014[7] - June 28, 2015
  • United States (Nicktoons) — May 24, 2010[3] - April 13, 2013[8]
  • United States (The CW) — August 14, 2010[4] - September 27, 2014[9]
  • United States (Adult Swim) — November 8, 2014[1] - June 23, 2018; September 29, 2018[2]
  • United Kingdom (Kix!) — December 26-28, 2012[10]; January 5, 2013[11] - 2014
  • Asia (Toonami) — December 1, 2012[12] - March 31, 2018[13]

Toonami MarathonsEdit

The following is a list of Toonami marathons in which at least one episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai appeared.

External LinksEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "11/8 TOONAMI LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT ". toonami.tumblr.com. October 24, 2014. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/100836673118/11-8-toonami-line-up-announcement. Retrieved on October 25, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Toonami’s starting earlier and giving you even more! ". facebook.com/Toonami. September 11, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2003721813251989/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on September 11, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 ""Top-Ranked Nickelodeon Announces Its 2010-11 Season Programming Slate at Annual Upfront Presentation" ". animenewsnetwork.com. March 11, 2010. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2010-03-11/top-ranked-nickelodeon-announces-its-2010-11-season-programming-slate-at-annual-upfront-presentation. Retrieved on May 24, 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 ""Dragon Ball Z Kai to Air on TheCW4Kids on Saturdays" ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 26, 2010. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-04-26/dragon-ball-z-kai-to-air-on-thecw4kids-on-saturdays. Retrieved on May 24, 2014. 
  5. "Dragon Ball Z Kai's Buu Saga to Air on Toonami ". . December 7, 2016. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-12-07/dragon-ball-z-kai-buu-saga-to-air-on-toonami/.109619. Retrieved on December 8, 2016. 
  6. "Japan's Remastered DBZ to Be Called Dragon Ball Kai ". animenewsnetwork.com. February 19, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-02-19/japan-remastered-dbz-to-be-called-dragon-ball-kai. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  7. "New Dragon Ball Z Kai Anime Series to Premiere on April 6 ". animenewsnetwork.com. February 17, 2014. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-02-17/new-dragon-ball-kai-anime-to-premiere-on-april-6. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  8. "Dragon Ball Z Kai, GT Removed from Nicktoons Schedule ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 17, 2013. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-04-17/dragon-ball-z-kai-gt-removed-from-nicktoons-schedule. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  9. Sullivan, Gail (September 30, 2014). "Saturday morning cartoons are no more ". washingtonpost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/30/saturday-morning-cartoons-are-no-more/. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  10. "Dragon Ball Z Kai TV Screenings on Kix! December 26 to 28 ". animenewsnetwork.com. December 24, 2012. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-12-24/dragon-ball-z-kai-tv-screenings-on-kix-december-26-to-28. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  11. "Dragon Ball Z Kai Begins on Kix! on Saturday ". animenewsnetwork.com. January 2, 2013. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-01-02/dragon-ball-z-kai-begins-on-kix-on-saturday. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  12. Dickson, Jeremy (November 27, 2012). "Toonami and Cartoonist to bow in Asia December 1 ". kidscreen.com. http://kidscreen.com/2012/11/27/toonami-and-cartoonito-to-bow-in-asia-december-1/. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  13. "Toonami Asia shutting down notice ". ToonamiAsia Twitter. March 12, 2018. https://twitter.com/ToonamiAsia/status/973099478201716736. Retrieved on March 12, 2018. 
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