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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z
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US First Aired Release Date: September 13, 1996
US Last Aired: 2003
US Home Media Release Date: April 13, 1999
Japan First Aired Release Date: April 26, 1989
Japan Last Aired: 1996

Seasons: 9
Episodes: 291

Animation Studio: Toei Animation
Franchise: Dragon Ball
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Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:16 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
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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.
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.
said at 1:29 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
said at 3:29 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Nightmare Crusher Oh wow, that was really good!
said at 1:31 AM on Fri Sep 5 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Personally, I love the remix of Cha La by Maria Kawamura.

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.

The other one's an instrumental, but I really love it. It's the Genki Dama theme and it's hauntingly beautiful.
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.
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.
said at 11:30 PM on Fri Jun 13 2014
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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.
said at 11:47 AM on Fri Jun 20 2014
@NCZ Oh, dear God yes.
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
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.
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.
said at 12:12 PM on Fri Dec 20 2013
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This anime is okay, but the dub is awful. Sorry.
said at 12:49 PM on Fri Dec 20 2013
@SombraMan Which dub?
said at 12:07 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
@SmartyBoyboy Funimation dub. It's crap.
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.
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.
said at 2:41 AM on Tue Apr 16 2013
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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!
said at 1:02 PM on Fri Mar 29 2013
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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.
said at 8:50 AM on Thu Nov 15 2012
*heart!* DBZ!
said at 9:11 PM on Fri Sep 28 2012
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It's a shame that this show is over. And that a lot of the original Funimation voice actors are gone.
said at 1:59 AM on Wed Jul 25 2012
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I've got abridged everything stuck in my head now. lol O.o
said at 12:46 AM on Wed Mar 12 2014
@Zylphia I quote it when I watch the actual show!
said at 6:46 PM on Thu Mar 13 2014
@BlankSlate lol me too!

#1 favorite TV Show
for 39 members.

A favorite TV Show
for 219 members.
Latest Reason:

"It's my favourite Japanese anime of all time."

- Digifan
Who's your favorite character?
Goku Son / Kakarot
24.6% (16 votes)
21.5% (14 votes)
Future Trunks
10.8% (7 votes)
Gohan Son
9.2% (6 votes)
9.2% (6 votes)
6.2% (4 votes)
3.1% (2 votes)
Android 18
3.1% (2 votes)
Perfect Cell
3.1% (2 votes)
1.5% (1 votes)
1.5% (1 votes)
Goten Son
1.5% (1 votes)
Android 17
1.5% (1 votes)
1.5% (1 votes)
Mr. Shu
1.5% (1 votes)
65 Total Votes
Listen to all the actors who have voiced the following Dragon Ball Z characters.
Mr. Satan / Hercule
Dr. Gero / Android 20
West Kai
Android 17
Kid Trunks
Kid Goten
Older Gohan
Perfect Cell
Kid Goku
Android 16
King Kai / North Kai
Princess Snake
Captain Ginyu
Imperfect Cell
Semi-Perfect Cell
Older Dende
Farmer with Shotgun
Supreme Kai
Kibito Kai
Old Supreme Kai
South Kai
East Kai
Android 18
Pui Pui
Master Roshi
Super Buu
Older Goten
Tien Shinhan
Demon King Piccolo
Majin Buu
Mercenary Tao
King Cold