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  • Starring: Michael Dobson, Richard Newman, Ward Perry
  • Summary: Many years have passed since Goku first searched for the Dragon Balls. He is a grown man, with a wife and son. He and his friends have settled into their own lives and, for the most part, things are rather peaceful. Then one day, Goku learns he is really a Saiyan and comes from another planet. Now begins new adventures for Goku and his friends as they defend their home against new, more powerful threats. Expand
  • Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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  1. Jan 13, 2012
    This is the Greatest Anime of all Time! The countless cartoons and animes that are inspired by Dragonball Z is not even near the epicness the Anime series contains.Everyone's already said it but if you havent seen it then what are you waiting for? Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Only anime I've ever watched regularly. Great array of characters, great humour, beautiful animation, compelling stories (particularly Saiyan/Frieza sagas), brutal violence, and moral messages that don't beat around the bush. Pacing is the only problem... kids may find the original episodes frustrating. But there are new shortened versions available. I remember going nuts as a kid when they would stare at each other for 20 minutes and then the episode would end after a single energy wave. But it did keep me in suspense I guess. My favourite moment from series one is when the bad guy Nappa gets a massive spinal injury from our protagonist, and is lying on the ground unable to feel his legs. Vegeta, Nappa's more powerful ally, decides he is not useful anymore and has shamed his ancestry by losing to weak humans... so he incinerates his lifelong friend with an energy wave. Awesome. Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    Definitely the greatest show of all times.
  4. Feb 9, 2012
    Even though im an anime hater, this is my favorite series of all times. So i guess it speaks for itself how good it is. 20 years later and still nothing falls even close, and all nowaday top animes are all rip-offs of this one (im talking about naruto, bleach, 1 piece etc). So it proves DBZ is the ultimate best anime of all time. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    This show was my entire childhood. The adventures of Goku and his friends/partners/brothers kept me entirely in love with it through every Kamehameha, every Android, and every Super Saiyan. Nothing can ever come close to my love for the manga or the anime that was Dragon Ball Z.

  6. Apr 29, 2014
    Grew up with this show, it will forever be in my heart as the best show of my childhood. That being said its awesome and worth watching the whole series!!!!! Expand
  7. Jul 14, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In my opinion, DragonBallZ is not the greatest anime of all time. It feels strange to say this because DBZ was my childhood. It was the very first anime I ever saw, and I've been a hard-core DBZ fan for years. I watched every single movie, collected the action figures, owned just about every DBZ video game and watched every episode. As I grew older, my tastes changed and I decided to re-watch the series from a new perspective. I began at DragonBall, the prequel to this series. Goku is a little kid with rapidly developing martial art skills, and he journeys to find the dragonballs and to grow stronger. In my opinion, DragonBall is the anime that deserves all of the recognition because it's a show that teaches lessons and has role models for kids, like the eternally humble Goku ,and the benevolent (but perverted) Master Roshi. But it was the little things that made the show special, the stuff that wasn't in the manga. The sequence that stands out to me the most was when General Tao came into town to get a new outfit. Two guys wanted to take Tao down for a huge reward so they tried shooting him from behind. Tao flipped his slipper behind his back, which caused the bullet to bounce back towards the assailants, and the slipper rotated above Tao's head before cozying back onto his foot. He didn't lose a step or turn around the entire time! The greatest part of Dragon Ball was the epic showdown between Goku and Piccolo Jr. They were at each other's throat from the start and kept going even when both were losing tons of blood. In the end, Goku barely won by ramming his head into Piccolo's chest. Goku's hard-fought victories culminated to make the entire series into a true triumph of the human spirit. I noticed a huge difference between DragonBallZ and its predecessor. For one, as the series progresses, DBZ worsens in multiple aspects, especially in the amount of character involvement. In the beginning of DBZ, everybody had some kind of importance but, later on, most of them aren't even there and the ones that are present take a backseat to the almighty Goku and his gang of Super Saiyans. The other issues I have with DragonBallZ is that there's way too much screaming (lowlighted in the moment where Goku shows his friends the Super Saiyan 3 transformation and yells for at least 4 solid minutes), too much movement when the characters are fighting (we can barely even see them) and an overall lack of a deep story. The early sagas had their moments, like Piccolo saving Gohan from destruction in Saiyan Saga because that was his only friend, and the emotional speech Vegeta gave to Goku before he died. But, as DBZ progresses, there's a lot less of those moments. There's some semblance of a plot in Cell Saga, when a bitter Vegeta selfishly allows Cell to do what he wants in order to defeat him later and get his pride back...or something. The same elements that made DragonBall special are absent in DBZ. For one, you already know the good guys are going to win because the Z Gang is way too overpowered to worry about anybody. For such an amazing fighter, Goku has a habit of giving up easily ( didn't do this in DragonBall). Remember his fight against Cell or that one he had with Bills in Battle of the Gods? The main character of DBZ doesn't seem like role model material to me. The fights in DBZ are way too drawn out( I think Goku vs Frieza took up the majority of Season 3 and the worst part was you already knew the fight was over a long while before Frieza exploded.) and I'm getting really tired of the 'falling over backwards' routine the characters always do. Perhaps the worst thing about DBZ is how the producers insert scenes that weren't in the manga to get more money from the series. At least the added scenes in DragonBall (like Goku's training around the world and the Goku vs Master Shen fight before the tournament) was worth it. The extras in DBZ was trash (multiple scenes of Super Buu eating sweets at empty stores and Dabura talking to Videl, Bulma and Chi-Chi about love) and an absolute eye- sore. When I finished watching DragonBall, I felt like something special left my life. When I finished watching DragonBallZ, I felt like I endured a twenty-five mile race and I never wanted to run again. I used to love DBZ as a child and I don't feel the same way now. I think that the show is more appropriate for children who don't really have high standards for shows in the first place. In order for DragonBallZ to be the greatest anime of all time, it requires a little more than 'Kamehameha' to make it worth anybody's time. Expand

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