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.
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.
The 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🥭.
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
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.
Saga of Frieza
Saga of Garlic Jr.
Four Galaxies Tournament Saga
Majin Buu Saga
Movies, TV Specials, OAVs and Spin-offs
Dragon Ball Z: Divine Vengeance (1989)
Dragon Ball Z: World's Strongest (1990)
Dragon Ball Z: The Great Battle for the Fate of the World (1990)
Dragon Ball Z: Challenge of the Invincible Warriors (1991)
Dragon Ball Z: Destiny of the Saiyans (1991)
Dragon Ball Z: Invasion of Neo Nameck (1992)
Dragon Ball Z: The Three Super Saiyans (1992)
Dragon Ball Z: The Super Saiyan of Legend (1993)
Dragon Ball Z: The Threat of the Evil Demon (1993)
Dragon Ball Z: Challenge to the Legend (1994)
Dragon Ball Z: The Unbreakable Bio-Fighter (1994)
Dragon Ball Z: The Diabolical Warrior of the Underworld (1995)
Dragon Ball Z: The Hero of Planet Conuts (1995)
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods (2013)
Dragon Ball Z: The Resurrection of 'F' (2015)
🐉Dragon Ball Z: Origins of the Myth
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).
Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock is the anime adaptation of the manga of the same name, planned as part of the Dragon Ball SSSS project, which premiered at the 2011 Jump Festa and subsequently streamed for a limited time online.