Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z
Voice Directors: Christopher Sabat, Mike McFarland, Sarah-Anne Dafoe, Tyler Walker, Chris Cason (Temporary), Chuck Huber (Temporary), Justin Pate (Temporary), Kent Williams (Temporary), Zach Bolton (Temporary)

US Premiere: Sep 13, 1996
US Conclusion: Apr 07, 2003
US Home Media: Apr 13, 1999
Japan Premiere: Apr 26, 1989
Japan Conclusion: Jan 31, 1996

Seasons: 9
Episodes: 291

Animation Studio: Toei Animation

Popularity: 6th All Time, 31st This Week

Franchise: Dragon Ball
Characters on BTVA: 195
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WakaDub40
said at 6:02 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
That baddest on the block yo! It always hold #1 in my heart.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:17 PM on Wed Mar 9 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
The dubs of Dragonball Z have always been more of a mixed bag with me. It has it's fair share of good performances( namely the performances from Dameon Clarke, Kent Williams & Chuck Huber to name a few)on the FUNimation side. And it had it's fair share of bad ones as well. Ocean's dub falls into the same category as well.

Schemmel took some time getting adjusted to voicing Goku, in the beginning he was imitating the previous Ocean VA's Ian Corlett & Kelamis. While I strongly stand by the opionion that Schemmel's Goku as of now & especially in the Kai dub is leaps & bounds better than his early work, he did get the hang of it in the Cell & Buu arcs. The same thing applies to Chris Sabat as well.
HylianBelmont
said at 4:32 AM on Thu Mar 10 2016
@Shaun Ince While I agree with you that Sean improved around the Cell Saga, Sabat didn't for me.

Because up until the Buu saga he had that weird Drummond impression that always made it hard for me to take his Vegeta seriously. His deeper and raspier voice in the Buu Saga and Remastered dub was a improvement in comparison but IMO he never really nailed Vegeta until Kai.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:24 PM on Fri Mar 11 2016
@HylianBelmont I was referring to the Kai dub as well when it came to Sabat. But overall I agree with you 100%.
Sabat was emulating Drummond throughout all the DBZ's first run when it switched from Ocean to Funimation. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of it either. Sabat's Piccolo back then is arguably worse. It sounds too gruff and he grunts way too much. That first part of Piccolo's sound clip shows this. At least with the Kai dub, he saw to fix the problems from his previous performances. His Vegeta voice, while still the deepest, sounds more regal & refined. And wih Piccolo he removed all the gruffness & made it more sage/teacher like. Sure, Sabat's Piccolo now sounds very similar to his Zoro from One Piece at times, but it fits Picccolo much better when compared to his original take.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:33 PM on Sun Apr 3 2016
@Shaun Ince I actually have strong respect for the way Sabat deals with the series now.

Unlike many of the other FUNimation dubs, the new DBZ dubs have relatively close castings (though they're not manic about timbre-matching like me, looking up all the JP VAs' work, lol).

Beerus is rather appropriate, being a high (or medium)B with much lower extension, & a medium in English.

Ian Sinclair is probably a bit deep, but matches performance & register really well!

Haberkorn is also very accurately wimpy.

Ayres is the best, great performance & also basically Charlie Adler's Starscream, which is what I'd have expected from a well-budgeted dub.

Doc Morgan is ****ing awesome, perfect narration! I understand why we got Hebert for the movies, though.

Sabat HIMSELF attempts to go up several octaves trying to match the extremely light Japanese performances of Yamcha, Vegeta, & Piccolo.

I realize people would HATE it if Piccolo/Vegeta were recast as tenors like the Japanese (& many other dubs), but Sabat does a *very* good job matching their inflections & registers.

His casting for the rest of the show is ****ing awesome as well.

Mucho props.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:18 AM on Mon Apr 4 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah I agree. The casting choices and the way it's handled now is much better.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:16 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
 7 Shout Outs!
I just found out that most of the music in the early Ocean dub was done by an uncredited Ron Wasserman, the guy who composed the early Power Rangers shows. That's actually pretty interesting.
https://marvel.com/news/movies/23721/marvel_75_ron_wasserman_composed_your_90s_childhood
Metabad
said at 11:37 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@Nightmare Crusher "I wasn’t credited, and again, I think Saban stopped doing it after a couple of years and it went to another production company. I tried to contact them and they said, “We’re changing the sound.”"

Dang, that must've been disheartening.
whyofbladez
said at 2:08 PM on Wed Mar 23 2016
@Nightmare Crusher Perhaps I'm crazy, but wwhen listening to the Saban-era Ocean dub score, I feel extremely reminded of Kevin Manthei's score for "Invader Zim".
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:29 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
I know some people don't like the original Japanese music for this, but I love it. Some of the original music is some of my favorite music I've ever heard in a soundtrack. A lot of it is just plain epic, dramatic, and exciting like "The Fearsome Ginyu Special Corps", and it can also be very touching and beautiful like "Goodbye Majin Boo - Theme of Genkidama".

Then there's also ones like "Son Gohan's Theme" which just fits Gohan absolutely perfectly.

Although there are a few tracks off of the Bruce Falconer score I like too, like "Super Buu's Theme". I love Bruce's Super Buu theme, it fits Buu perfectly in all of his forms and it's hard not to think of Buu without that music (the evil version, anyway). It also sounds a lot like a certain System of a Down song. Perfect Cell's theme is pretty good too.
Metabad
said at 7:00 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy I haven't heard much of the original Japanese music, nor much of Funimation's soundtrack, but I LOVE Cha-La-Head-Cha-La (I actually heard a pretty cool English version from a Filipinio dub of all things. It seriously sounds like either Ocean or Funimation themselves could have made it) and Perfect Cell's theme song in the Funi dub sounded awesome.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:02 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@Metabad Cha-La-Head-Cha-La is one of the single most amazing anime openings ever made. It just never gets old. I also have quite a bit of nostalgic love for the Funimation rock styled opening as well.
Metabad
said at 10:16 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yeah, I agree, here's the English version that I was talking about, it might not have as much energy as the Japanese version, but it's still surprisingly good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYYxjLoVbks
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:41 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@Metabad Yeah, that wasn't bad, but Japanese songs translated to English almost always sound incredibly awkward to me.
Metabad
said at 7:19 AM on Tue Sep 2 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Ahh right. If you're more used to the Japanese version then I could definitely see that, I was just really surprised at how good it is, especially for such an obscure dub.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:52 AM on Wed Sep 3 2014
I personally find most of the Falcouner score to be really dull and/or annoying aside from a couple of tracks. I've never understood why people like it so much other than nostalgia. The Japanese score is more interesting and engaging to me and I feel like there's more variety beyond generic kind of techno. The Ocean score doesn't seem that bad either, although I haven't heard much of it.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:56 AM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Metabad Have you ever checked out some of Hironobu Kageyama's other DBZ songs besides Cha-La Head-Cha-La? There are a couple of them that I think are really good.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:44 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Nightmare Crusher For the most part I agree. I hate most of the Bruce Faulconer score. There are just a couple of tracks I think are really cool and fit certain things in a unique way. The Super Buu theme in particular just comes to mind every time I think of the evil versions of Buu, because it just perfectly fits his chaotic, evil, and mischievous nature and it really makes the fight scenes it's used in a lot more exciting and awesome. I also like the Perfect Cell theme, but I do think it's a bit distracting for some reason. It's cool, but it doesn't work as well as the Super Buu theme.

Me personally, I never watched DBZ on Cartoon Network/Toonami except for one or two random episodes. I didn't start watching the series until I got the first season on DVD for my eleventh birthday, and I watched several episodes with the Japanese music before I knew there was an American soundtrack on there. By the time I realized it was there, the Japanese music had really grown on me and I've pretty much loved it ever since. It's so dynamic and emotional and classic that I just can't imagine watching the show any other way (aside from a couple of exceptions).
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:20 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy The thing that bothers me about the Cell theme is that the cool sounding instruments are often drowned out by that constant synth loop. I completely agree that the original score is much more dynamic.
Metabad
said at 2:36 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Nightmare Crusher I haven't yet, but now that you mention it I'll probably look some up soon.

Any specific recommendations?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:41 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Metabad This. It's Gohan's theme.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGnL9Lk_4pk
Metabad
said at 3:29 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Nightmare Crusher Oh wow, that was really good!
Fulgore2005
said at 1:31 AM on Fri Sep 5 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Personally, I love the remix of Cha La by Maria Kawamura.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2-ZvO06lwo
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:43 PM on Fri Dec 12 2014
@Metabad A few months late, but there are a couple of other songs I really wanted to share. It's called We Were Angels and it's the closing song for the Buu Saga episodes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Al_YoWUA0

The other one's an instrumental, but I really love it. It's the Genki Dama theme and it's hauntingly beautiful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPBoESjzhZ4
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:22 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy As it turns out, the Super Buu theme heavily borrows from a System of a Down song called Marmalade. Make of that what you will.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:02 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@Nightmare Crusher I'm already aware of that. ;) Look back on my first comment:

"It also sounds a lot like a certain System of a Down song."

But thanks anyway.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:32 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Blerg. My brain is fried, today has been a weird day for me.
Dr.Who
said at 11:55 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
@Nightmare Crusher

Best theme in the Ocean dub to me was:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJeVdf9OwKM

Either way, I agree they composed better dub music than Faulconer did, or Johnson for that matter.

Kikuchi's my favorite, though.
HylianBelmont
said at 3:04 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
@Nightmare Crusher If you think most of Faulconer's score was dull you should hear Nathan Johnson's score for the Funimation redub of the first two seasons, they might as well have just had silence in the background.
Dr.Who
said at 10:24 AM on Tue Jan 12 2016
@HylianBelmont
Johnson's music was indeed horrid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjTs2IyqBI0
HienFan
said at 11:30 PM on Fri Jun 13 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
One of the few anime I really don't like the Japanese voices(especially helium voice Goku)

Well Trunks is an exception but geez almost every major character sounds too over the top for me

But on the dub I think Ocean is better, Funimation sounds kinda meh on this run, Kai is better.

Can't say Ocean is good on GT though that one sounds rather blah
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:54 AM on Sat Jun 14 2014
@HienFan DBZ is one of the most OTT anime series of all time, so it makes sense that the voice actors would roll with it and have some fun.

Not to mention, Ryo Horikawa as Vegeta, Ryusei Nakao as Frieza (or Freeza, whatever), Norio Wakamoto as Cell, Shigeru Chiba as Raditz, and Toshio Furukawa as Piccolo are some seriously good performances.
BlankSlate
said at 11:47 AM on Fri Jun 20 2014
@NCZ Oh, dear God yes.
HienFan
said at 11:28 PM on Sun Jun 22 2014
@NCZ I know that and I heard some of these characters before, I still don't like the voices, the only voice I like is Trunks
BlankSlate
said at 2:00 PM on Mon Jun 23 2014
@NCZ It is very over the top. The emotions, the action, all extremely exaggerated, but in sort of an awkward way. Not cartoony, but very over the top.

I like Masako Nozawa as Goku. I think she's one of the best voices out there. Never mind that his voice is clearly a woman's. She definitely has that warmth and sincerity which makes him so lovable.
I like Ryo Horikawa's Vegeta as well, although his laugh can be very annoying.
Metabad
said at 6:58 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@HienFan Technically it was Blue Water on GT, that said, I agree. They could probably do much better nowadays with more competent direction. If only that dub was treated the same way as their video game dubs...there are a couple voices in that dub that I like, but they're few and far between.
SombraMan
said at 12:12 PM on Fri Dec 20 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
This anime is okay, but the dub is awful. Sorry.
SmartyBoyboy
said at 12:49 PM on Fri Dec 20 2013
@SombraMan Which dub?
SombraMan
said at 12:07 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
@SmartyBoyboy Funimation dub. It's crap.
SombraMan
said at 12:45 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
I would rather mute the sound and watch this subbed than to watch this dubbed. No offense to people who like this dubbed.
BloodInga
said at 8:50 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
I have the entire series and on occasion I have to sit back and watch it. It wasn't just my favorite childhood anime but it brings back so many childhood memories. Now compared to more recent anime, DBZ is really god-moded, lol.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:41 AM on Tue Apr 16 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Oh, man what can I say about DBZ? This was and still is my favorite anime show ever. I remember watching it religiously on Cartoon Network, bugging my grandma to get me the VHS tapes (which I still have), and it was one of the first shows where I had a great understanding of the complex storyline. No other anime show can even come close to it's epic story, epic action-packed fighting, lovable characters, great villains, and an all around fun show for all 291 episodes!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:02 PM on Fri Mar 29 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I would only watch this series every few years or so now that I have Kai, but I still love the more organic, hand-drawn look of the animation. I have to say though, I loved watching Gohan's growth as a character during his six months alone and the battle against Vegeta just isn't the same without the drawn-out suspense from the original series.

It hasn't aged that well in my opinion, but there are a lot of things to love about this bloated old beast.
jeddikah
said at 8:50 AM on Thu Nov 15 2012
*heart!* DBZ!
Cat_Z
said at 9:11 PM on Fri Sep 28 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
It's a shame that this show is over. And that a lot of the original Funimation voice actors are gone.
Zylphia
said at 1:59 AM on Wed Jul 25 2012
 1 Shout Out!
I've got abridged everything stuck in my head now. lol O.o
BlankSlate
said at 12:46 AM on Wed Mar 12 2014
@Zylphia I quote it when I watch the actual show!
Zylphia
said at 6:46 PM on Thu Mar 13 2014
@BlankSlate lol me too!
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