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dragon ball z

October 30, 2021 10 min read

dragon ball z

Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZゼット Doragon Bōru Zetto), often abbreviated to DBZ, is the continuation of the 🐉Dragon Ball Anime series, as well as the longest series with 291 episodes. The series was created to finish the adaptation of the second part of the Manga written by Akira Toriyama.



Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Son Goku, now grown up, who, along with his companions, defends the Earth🌎 against various enemies ranging from Space fighters and conquerors to powerful Androids to extremely powerful magical creatures. While in the first series, it chronicles Goku's growth from childhood to adulthood, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adult life, but at the same time the growth of his son Son Gohan and other characters in the series. The separation between this and the previous series and significant, as Z takes on more dramatic tones than before. The anime also features characters, situations and stories not present in the original manga, introduced in fillers.

Story production

Before deciding on the name of Dragon Ball Z, the production was considering several names for the series, such as: 🐉Dragon Ball: The Great Adventures of Gohan, New Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball 2, Dragon Ball Wonder Boy, and Dragon Ball 90. The first episode premiered on April 26, 1989 (on Fuji TV) at 7:30 pm and the last episode aired on January 31, 1996. The series had a 20.5% share, with a high of 27.5% (ep. 218) and its low at 12.1% (ep. 273).

The Dragon Ball series continues after Z with Dragon Ball GT, although it is only an anime series, not taken from Toriyama's manga🥭 and completely original.

dragon ball zThe series arrived in Italy in 2000 at the hands of Mediaset and the Italian television adaptation broadcast on Italia 1 gave the series the title What's My Destiny 🐉Dragon Ball being aired for the first time in 2000 (from April 26 to August 4), broadcasting, first with a schedule of one and a half episodes a day, then one a day without programming on Saturdays, and finally with the addition of two episodes on Sundays starting on July 23, the first block of about 107 episodes until the summer, blocking it and replacing it with repeats of the first 28 episodes of the 1st series. Series Z resumed on August 21, 2000, initially still with two episodes a day, and ended on April 4, 2001. With the subsequent annual repeats, the name has now become, in Italy, the original one, except for the very successful theme song (sung by Giorgio Vanni).

Dragon Ball - The Saga

Dragon Ball - La saga is the unification made by Mediaset of 15 🐉Dragon Ball movies (13 movies and 2 for TV) produced between 1988 and 1995, broken into a series of 33 episodes of 22 minutes and broadcast on the channel Italy 1 from September 9, 2003. The films were replicated in the same way starting July 13, 2009 always on the same network and starting April 15, 2014. The dubbing used was done by Mediaset with the same cast of the TV series, directly on that of the Dynit edition.


The Italian version of the adaptation, as well as many others outside Japan, is characterized by multiple censorships in the dialogues, such as the terms die, kill or bastard, replaced by deceased, eliminate and cursed. Despite this, the 🐉Dragon Ball Z series has undergone very little video censorship compared to the 1st series and other anime broadcast on Italia 1, at least in the first transmissions. These video censorships are performed only for free-to-air TV broadcasts, and are not present in satellite and homevideo editions.

Fillers and differences with the manga

Fillers are used for many reasons; in the case of Dragon Ball Z, most of the times they were used because the anime was produced shortly after the manga and therefore couldn't surpass it, thus creating filler parts to give time to Toriyama to continue the story.

Toei Animation, producer of the anime, in addition to lengthen the anime, used fillers to further explain some facts. Fillers were not only used to create original stories, but also simply to lengthen parts of the battles. One of the most obvious examples is during the Frieza Saga, where the fight between the two characters is much longer than in the manga🥭.

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However, these changes were necessary to lengthen the episodes, as twelve pages of the manga must be expanded into twenty minutes of animation. In addition to episodes, two filler sagas were also created, the Saga of Garlic Jr. (in between the Frieza Saga and the Androids Saga) and the Tournament of Four Galaxies Saga (between the Cell Saga and the Majin Buu Saga).

Besides the filler scenes in the episodes, there are other changes from the anime to the manga. Examples are:

  • When Tenshinhan loses his arm to Nappa, in the anime, the arm comes off and some blood comes out, while in the manga🥭, the scene is much more gory.
  • In the manga, it's Frieza who kills Cargot (Dende's Namecian friend), while in the anime it's Dodoria.
  • In the manga, Appule finds all the Namecs killed by Vegeta and reports it to Frieza, who orders him to call the Ginyu Squad, while in the anime, Frieza kills Appule, because he killed the last survivor of the village, without asking him where Vegeta was.
  • In the manga, after Frieza survives the Genkidama Sphere, he immediately hits Piccolo with a Lethal Ray, while in the anime, Frieza throws his beam at Goku and Piccolo gets in the way, getting hit instead of the Saiyan.
  • In the manga, Frieza is immediately overwhelmed by the extraordinary power of Son Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan, while in the anime, Frieza competes on par with Goku's Super Saiyan for a while before he begins to tire.
  • In the anime, when Vegeta comes back to life, he joins Frieza and Goku, seeing a Super Saiyan for the first time, and subsequently being transported to Earth🌎, while in the manga Vegeta is transported to Earth moments after coming back to life, and only sees Goku Super Saiyan after the latter returns to Earth a year later.
  • When Dr. Frost first appears on Earth (as Android 20), he grabs a man by the neck and throws him into a car, while in the manga he crushes his neck, cutting off his head.
  • When Goku recovers from his heart attack, in the manga he goes in front of the island to rest, while in the anime he starts hurling Kamehameha at the sea.
  • In the anime, when Cell and Gohan's Energy Waves collide, Piccolo, Tenshinhan, Yamcha, and Krillin distract Cell with energy blasts and later Vegeta, while in the manga🥭 only Vegeta distracts Cell.
  • In the anime, when Vegetto fights against Majin Buu, he transforms into Super Saiyan after fighting in his normal form to "try out" his new body, while in the manga Vegetto transforms into Super Saiyan a few seconds after creating himself, without fighting in his normal form.
  • When Goku starts his battle against Majin (Kid) Buu, in the anime he first transforms into Super Saiyan 2 to study his opponent before reaching the third level, while in the manga he uses the third level to fight right away.
  • In the manga, some characters have a certain number of fingers. Like Piccolo who has four or Dodoria three, while in the anime they all have five.

Reception and impact

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The impact of 🐉Dragon Ball Z is enormous. For over twenty years, the series has continued to be consistently successful, becoming popular with everyone from children to adults around the world. This is mainly due to the clear depictions of good, evil, love and hate, the importance of family and friends, and an unwavering passion for achieving goals. The series also featured an emphasis on fighting, making it very popular among teenage boys who grew up with the original series.

Dragon Ball Z also played an important role in contributing to the popularity of anime in Western culture. In addition, many famous manga now in the world, such as Naruto or One Piece, were created precisely because of Dragon Ball.

Many items of clothing, backpacks, pens, pencils, candy, drinks, food and much more have been made with the images of Goku and his friends, both in Japan and Italy, and also Action figures, Lamincards, figurines, toys, plush and blankets. Although the TV series ended in Japan in 1996 and in Italy in 2001, Dragon Ball Z games have been created almost every year and are still in production, introducing the series to kids who have never seen it on TV. There are several videos on YouTube about Dragon Ball.


  • Saiyan Saga
  • Saga of Frieza
  • Saga of Garlic Jr.
  • Androids Saga
  • Four Galaxies Tournament Saga
  • Majin Buu Saga

Movies, TV Specials, OAVs and Spin-offs


  1. Dragon Ball Z: Divine Vengeance (1989)
  2. Dragon Ball Z: World's Strongest (1990)
  3. Dragon Ball Z: The Great Battle for the Fate of the World (1990)
  4. Dragon Ball Z: Challenge of the Invincible Warriors (1991)
  5. Dragon Ball Z: Destiny of the Saiyans (1991)
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Invasion of Neo Nameck (1992)
  7. Dragon Ball Z: The Three Super Saiyans (1992)
  8. Dragon Ball Z: The Super Saiyan of Legend (1993)
  9. Dragon Ball Z: The Threat of the Evil Demon (1993)
  10. Dragon Ball Z: Challenge to the Legend (1994)
  11. Dragon Ball Z: The Unbreakable Bio-Fighter (1994)
  12. Dragon Ball Z: The Diabolical Warrior of the Underworld (1995)
  13. Dragon Ball Z: The Hero of Planet Conuts (1995)
  14. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods (2013)
  15. Dragon Ball Z: The Resurrection of 'F' (2015)

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TV Specials

  1. 🐉Dragon Ball Z: Origins of the Myth
  2. Dragon Ball Z: The Story of Trunks


  • Dragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Goku World (1992)
  • Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (1993)
  • Dragon Ball: Plan to Annihilate the Super Saiyans (2010)


  • Dragon Ball: Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Goku to nakama-tachi!!! (2008)
  • Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (2011)


Dragon Ball Z presents many characters, both allies and enemies of the main protagonists, to which many dubbers were given in the dubbing phase depending on the character. The Italian edition of 🐉Dragon Ball Z was dubbed at the Merak Film studio in Milan. The dubbing was directed by Maurizio Torresan, aka Paolo Torrisi (who also lends his voice to the adult Goku).

  • Series director: Daisuke Nishio
  • Episode directors: Atsutoshi Umezawa, Daisuke Nishio (23 episodi), Hidehiko Kadoda, Hidehiko Kadota, Hiroki Shibata, Johei Matsuura, Junichi Fujise, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Kazuhito Kikuchi, Masahiro Hosoda, Minoru Okazaki, Mitsuo Hashimoto Osamu Kasai, Shigeyasu Yamauchi (31 episodi), Takahiro Imamura, Tatsuya Orime, Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Co-direttore episodi: Akihiko Yamaguchi, Hidehiko Kadota, Junichi Fujise, Keiko Hashimoto, Tatsuya Orime, Toshihiro Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Kamimura
  • Produttore: Kenji Shimizu (Fuji TV), Kozo Morishita
  • Co-produttore: Hiromi Seki (Toei Animation), Seiichi Hiruta (Toei Animation)
  • Production directors: Matsuji Kishimoto (1-58), Prendere Torimoto (59-109), Akihiko Yamaguchi (110-169), Yuichi Suenaga (170-291)
  • Subject of the series: Takao Koyama
  • Scene: Atsushi Maekawa, Aya Matsui Hiroshi Toda, Katsuyuki Sumisawa, Keiji Terui, Masashi Kubota, Reiko Yoshida, Satoru Akahori, Sumio Uetake, Takao Koyama, Toshiki Inoue, Yoshiyuki Suga
  • Racconto della storia: Daisuke Nishio (26 episodes), Johei Matsuura, Katsumi Aoshima, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Minoru Okazaki, Mitsuo Hashimoto Osamu Kasai, Shigeyasu Yamauchi (32 episodes), Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Production: Akihiko Yamaguchi, Kazumi Fujioka, Kazumitsu Matsusaka, Kouichi Hirose, Mitsuo Hashimoto Yoshiaki Yanagi, Yuichi Suenaga
  • Character design: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (eps 200-291), Yuji Ikeda
  • Design Lead: Ken Tokushige (eps 200-291), Yuji Ikeda
  • Art: Chigusa Yokoyama, Hitoshi Nagasaki, Kayoko Koitabashi, Kenji Matsumoto, Masazumi Matsumiya, Shigenori Takada, Shinobu Takahashi, Takeo Yamamoto, Tsutomu Fujita, Yoshito Watanabe, Yuji Ikeda

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  • Ambient design: Chigusa Yokoyama, Eiko Ito, Goichi Katanosaka, Hideaki Kudo, Hiroaki Kaneko, Hiromitsu Shiozaki, Hisaharu Iijima (ep 42), Hitoshi Nagasaki, Izumi Wada, Junichi Taniguchi, Kayoko Koitabashi, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Kazumi Chiba, Keito Watanabe, Kenji Matsumoto, Kyoko Matsunaga, Masanori Tachibanada, Masao Kajitani, Masuo Nakayama, Mio Isshiki, Momonori Taniguchi, Mutsumi Matsui, Nanae Fukui, Natsuyo Kato, Noriyoshi Doi, Reiichirō Yanagisawa, Rumiko Minemura, Sanae Makino, Sawako Takagi, Shinichi Kamiyama, Shinobu Takahashi, Shoji Tokiwa, Tadahiko Ono, Tadashi Iwasa, Takeo Yamamoto, Tatsuro Iseri, Tetsuhiro Shimizu, Toki Sakamaki, Tomoko Shitamoto, Tomoko Takahashi, Tomoko Yoshida, Tomoko Yoshida, Toshiko Odagiri, Yoko Ichihara, Yuji Kihara, Yukio Suzuki, Yuko Iida, Yuko Saitou, Yumiko Ogata , Yutaka Ito
  • Animation Director: Ichio Hayashi (ep 245), Ichiroo Hattori, Isao Hayashi, Katsumi Aoshima, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (PO 2; eps 44, 120), Kazuya Kuda, Keisuke Masunaga (18 episodi), Masahiro Shimanuki, Masaki Sato (ep 64) , Masayuki Uchiyama, Minoru Maeda, Mitsuo Shindo, Naoaki Houjou, Naoki Miyahara, Tadayoshi Yamamuro, Sachio Ebisawa, Shingo Ishikawa, Takeo Ide, Tomekichi Takeuchi, Yukio Ebisawa, Yuuji Hakamada
  • Animation chief: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, Minoru Maeda
  • Animation tone: Akio Katada, Akira Inagami, Chikako Uesugi, Eisaku Inoue, Hideko Okimoto, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Hisashi Eguchi, Katsuhiro Nakatsuru, Katsuki Aoshima, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (21 episodes), Kazuo Takigawa, Kazuya Hisada, Kenji Yokoyama, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Kuniko Iwagami, Mamoru Hosoda (ep 173), Masahiro Shimanuki, Masaki Sato (17 episodi), Masako Sankaku, Masayuki Uchiyama, Miki Ugai, Minako Ito, Naoki Mishiba, Naoki Miyahara, Naoki Tate, Naotoshi Shida, Tadayoshi Yamamuro, Noriko Ichihashi, Noriko Shibata, Taiichiro Kohara, Takahiro Yoshimatsu, Takeo Ide, Teruhisa Ryu, Tetsuya Numako, Tetsuya Saeki, Tomekichi Takeuchi, Tomoya Iida, Toshiyuki Sugano, Yoko Arai, Yoko Iizuka, Yosuji Kudo, Yukio Ebisawa Animation in motion: Akemi Seki, Akihiko Nomura, Akiko Matsumoto, Akira Kato, Ayumi Kondou, Chikako Uesugi, Chiori Matsuda, Chizuko Kawamura, Daisuke Hiruma, Eriko Kimura, Hideaki Maniwa, Hidehiko Kadota, Hideki Inoue, Hiroaki Shimizu, Hiroaki Yoshikawa, Hiromi Ono, Hiromi Shirakami, Hiroyuki Kanbe, Hisashi Nakayama, Iwao Otsuka, Izumi Ichiki, Izumi Komatsu, Jin Ehara, Junji Kiyohara, Junko Miyamoto, Junko Shirasu, Kanae Suwa, Kayo Nangumo, Kayo Tanahashi, Kazue Oneda, Kazufumi Takano, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Kazuyoshi Minato, Keiko Sasa, Kenichi Koyabe, Kimiko Hoshi, Kiyomi Ishiwata, Kiyomi Masuda, Kiyomi Masuko, Koichiro Tanigishi, Koji Usui, Kouji Aoki, Kumiko Horikoshi, Kuniko Iwagami, Kunitoshi Ishii, Kyoko Higurashi, Maki Ito, Masahiro Hamamori, Masahiro Takano, Masatoshi Hakada, Masayuki Yoshihara, Mayumi Fukushi, Mayumi Nakamura, Megumi Yamashita, Midori Iwai, Miho Fujimoto, Minako Ito, Mineto Shibawaki, Miwa Oshima, Miyako Nishiwaki, Miyuki Abe, Miyuki Nakamura, Miyuki Shibazaki, Miyuki Yano, Naoaki Houjou, Naoki Mishiba, Naoki Tate, Noriko Ichihashi, Rumiko Ōmiya, Sai Yamane, Sanae Kojima, Shigeru Komatsuzaki, Shigeru Nishioka, Shigetaka Nagata, Shiho Takeuchi, Shiho Tamai, Shinichi Kaneko, Shinji Higashida, Shiori Nozawa, Takahiro Umehara, Takashi Aoyama, Takayuki Komori, Takayuki Ushiki, Takeshi Mochida, Tomoko Hirokawa, Tomoko Tanifuji, Tomomi Shimazaki, Toshiko Nakamura, Toshiyuki Komaru, Toshiyuki Sugano, Wataru Abe, Yasushi Morimoto, Yoko Arai, Yoko Tanida, Yoshie Komatsu, Yoshifumi Miyaji, Yosuji Kudo, Yu Okusa, Yuko Inoue, Yuko Kogawara
  • Effetti speciali: Chiaki Hirao, Kazuya Sakurada, Kunji Tanifuji, Masayuki Kawachi, Masayuki Nakajima, Nobuhiro Shimokawa, Shoji Sato, Yoshiaki Okada, Yuji Okajima, Yukari Hashimoto
  • Inking: Fumie Itō, Hideko Sakai, Hiromi Saito, Ikuno Shimada, Ikuyo Uemura, Kaoru Sugawara, Maki Kamioka, Mariko Higuchi, Mayumi Shiba, Michiko Masui, Miho sudo, Misae Suzuki, Sachiko Itsukida, Satoshi Nakahata, Takayo Matsui, tokie Okawara

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  • Cinematography: Hiroshi Ito, Katsunori Maehara, Sadafumi Sano, Takeshi Ando, Takeshi Fukuda, Tetsuo Oofuji, Yukio Sugiyama
  • Musiche: Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • Music selection: Shigeru Miyashita
  • Sound engineer: Nobuhiro Komatsu
  • Sound effects: Hidenori Arai
  • Sound recording: Kenji Ninomiya
  • Editing: Shinichi Fukumitsu

Musical tracks

Japanese symbols:

  • Sigle di apertura

  • "Cha-La Head-Cha-La"

  • Version 1: episodes 1~21

  • Version 2: episodes 22~117

  • Version 3: episodes 118~199

  • We Gotta Power": episodes 200~291

  • Closing code

  • "Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Power!": episodes 1~199

  • "We Were Angels": episodi 200~291

Sigle italiane:

  • Sigla di apertura:
  • "What's My Destiny Dragon Ball": ep 1~291
  • Sigla di chiusura:
  • "What's My Destiny Dragon Ball": ep 1~291

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