Dragon Ball Z Kai

Dragon Ball Z Kai

Initial Run


Adult Swim (Toonami)

Broadcast Run

Nov. 8, 2014[1] - June 23, 2018


167 (List of Episodes)

Second Run


Adult Swim (Toonami)

Broadcast Run

Sep. 29, 2018[2] - Dec. 15, 2018

Dragon Ball Z Kai, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Kai (lit. "Dragon Ball Revised"), is a Japanese anime series that is a high-definition remastered and recut version of Dragon Ball Z, created for its 20th Anniversary. The series premiered on Fuji TV on April 5, 2009 and ended on March 27, 2011 with 97 episodes aired (with a 98th released direct-to-video). There were initially no plans for Dragon Ball Kai to reach the Majin Buu Saga, but the series returned to Japanese TV from April 6, 2014 to June 28, 2015 with the Majin Buu Saga; bringing the total episode count to 159 (167 for the international versions).

Funimation licensed the series for an English dub release with most of the same cast as their in-house dub of Dragon Ball Z, except for a few re-casts for various reasons. The series aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block from November 8, 2014 to June 23, 2018.[1] The series returned to Toonami for a second run from September 29, 2018[2] to December 15, 2018.


Five years after the events of Dragon Ball, now a young adult and father to son Gohan, Goku meets his older brother Raditz, who reveals to him that they are members of a nearly extinct extraterrestrial race called the Saiyans. The Saiyans had sent Goku (originally named "Kakarot") to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for them, but he suffered a head injury soon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission, as well as his blood-thirsty Saiyan nature. Goku refuses to help Raditz continue the mission and has to team up with Piccolo, and sacrifice his life, in order to defeat him. However, Goku is revived a year later by the Dragon Balls, after training in the Other World with King Kai, in order to save the Earth from the Saiyan prince Vegeta. However, in the battle Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien and Piccolo are killed. Due to Piccolo being one with Kami, the Dragon Balls no longer exist, resulting in Gohan, Krillin and Bulma traveling to Piccolo and Kami's home planet, Namek, in order to use the balls there to revive their friends. However, the galactic tyrant Frieza is already there doing the same, leading to several battles with his minions and Vegeta, the latter of which teams up with Gohan and Krillin to fight the Ginyu Force. After Goku arrives on Namek, the final epic battle with Frieza himself comes to a close after Goku transforms into a legendary Super Saiyan and avenges the lives of billions across the galaxy.

Later story arcs of the series involve Goku and his allies defending Earth from the threats of newer enemies that include the bio-android Cell and the magical creature Majin Buu.


Differences from the originalEdit

Dragon Ball Z Kai features remastered high definition picture, sound, and special effects as well as a re-recorded voice track by most of the original cast (from both the Japanese and English dub casts). The English dub by Funimation also features a more faithful adaptation of the Japanese dialogue than their previous dub of Dragon Ball Z.

As most of the series' sketches and animation cels had been discarded after the final episode of Dragon Ball Z in 1996, new frames were produced by digitally tracing over still frames from existing footage and filling them with softer colors; thus reducing visible damage to the original animation. Some frames were selectively cropped, while other frames feature new portions added to scenes that were hand drawn to conform to the designated picture ratio.

Much of the filler material from the Dragon Ball Z anime that was not featured in the Dragon Ball manga has been left out in Kai; significantly reducing the total episode count.

English dub re-castsEdit

Previous Voice Actor Character(s) New Voice Actor
Kyle Hebert Narrator Doc Morgan
Stephanie Nadolny Kid Gohan
Baby Trunks
Baby/Kid Goku (flashbacks)
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Tiffany Vollmer Bulma Monica Rial
Christopher R. Sabat Mr. Popo
Chris Cason
Zarbon J. Michael Tatum
Moori Barry Yandell
Grand Elder Guru Bill Jenkins
Burter Vic Mignogna
Jeice Jason Liebrecht
Monika Antonelli Chiaotzu
Brina Palencia
Brad Jackson Oolong (pre-Majin Buu Saga only) Bryan Massey
King Cold Jason Douglas
Linda Young Frieza (barring episode 1) Chris Ayres
Chris Forbis Dodoria John Swasey
Dr. Brief Mark Stoddard
Laura Bailey Kid Dende Maxey Whitehead
Bill Townsley Guldo Greg Ayres
Brice Armstrong Captain Ginyu R. Bruce Elliott
Phillip Wilburn Android 19 Todd Haberkorn
Meredith McCoy Android 18 Colleen Clinkenbeard
Melodee Lenz Marron Tia Ballard
Susan Huber Pan Elise Baughman
Megan Woodall Bulla Lauren Landa

  • Several minor characters' voices have also been re-cast by Funimation.



Color Saga Episodes U.S. Season Premiere U.S. Season Finale
Saiyan Saga 18 May 24, 2010 June 16, 2010
Frieza Saga 36 June 17, 2010 February 16, 2011
Android Saga 25 February 17, 2011 August 4, 2011
Cell Saga 19 October 10, 2011 February 8, 2013
Majin Buu Saga 42 January 7, 2017 November 18, 2017
Evil Buu Saga 27 December 2, 2017 June 23, 2018

Broadcast HistoryEdit

The series premiered in Japan on Fuji TV on April 5, 2009 and initially ended with the Cell Saga on March 27, 2011, with the final episode unaired and later released direct-to-video due to the Tōhoku offshore earthquake and tsunami. The Majin Buu Saga premiered on Fuji TV from April 6, 2014 to June 28, 2015. The series originally aired in the U.S. on Nicktoons from May 24, 2010 to January 1, 2012, in an edited format.[3] The series also aired on The CW's Toonzai block (later renamed Vortexx) in an even more edited format.[4]

DBZ Kai began airing uncut on Adult Swim's Toonami block on November 8, 2014.[1] From February 21, 2015 to June 25, 2016, a rerun of the previous week's episode could also be seen each Saturday at 8:00 PM on the regular Adult Swim block. On Nicktoons and The CW, the series was rated TV-Y7 FV. However, on Adult Swim it is rated TV-PG-DLSV and TV-14-DLV.

The Majin Buu Saga of DBZ Kai made its U.S. debut on Adult Swim's Toonami, airing from January 7, 2017 to June 23, 2018 under the title Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (airing concurrent with Funimation's dub of Dragon Ball Super).[5]

Reruns of the series returned to Toonami from September 29, 2018 to December 15, 2018 at 9:00 PM,[2] and continued to air on Saturday nights at 8:00 PM on the regular Adult Swim block until September 28, 2019. It returned to Adult Swim once again on January 4, 2020, airing at 8:00 PM.

  • Japan (Fuji TV) — April 5, 2009[6] - March 27, 2011; April 6, 2014[7] - June 28, 2015
  • United States (Nicktoons) — May 24, 2010[3] - April 13, 2013[8]
  • United States (The CW) — August 14, 2010[4] - September 27, 2014[9]
  • United States (Adult Swim) — November 8, 2014[1] - June 23, 2018; September 29, 2018[2] - September 28, 2019; January 4, 2020 - Present
  • United Kingdom (Kix!) — December 26-28, 2012[10]; January 5, 2013[11] - 2014
  • Asia (Toonami) — December 1, 2012[12] - March 31, 2018[13]

Toonami Broadcast HistoryEdit

  • Toonami (United States) — November 8, 2014[1] - June 23, 2018; September 29, 2018[2] - December 15, 2018
  • Toonami (Asia) — December 1, 2012[14] - March 31, 2018[15]

Toonami MarathonsEdit

The following is a list of Toonami marathons in which at least one episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai appeared.

External LinksEdit

See AlsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "11/8 TOONAMI LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT ". October 24, 2014. Retrieved on October 25, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Toonami’s starting earlier and giving you even more! ". September 11, 2018. Retrieved on September 11, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 ""Top-Ranked Nickelodeon Announces Its 2010-11 Season Programming Slate at Annual Upfront Presentation" ". March 11, 2010. Retrieved on May 24, 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 ""Dragon Ball Z Kai to Air on TheCW4Kids on Saturdays" ". April 26, 2010. Retrieved on May 24, 2014. 
  5. "Dragon Ball Z Kai's Buu Saga to Air on Toonami ". . December 7, 2016. Retrieved on December 8, 2016. 
  6. "Japan's Remastered DBZ to Be Called Dragon Ball Kai ". February 19, 2009. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  7. "New Dragon Ball Z Kai Anime Series to Premiere on April 6 ". February 17, 2014. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  8. "Dragon Ball Z Kai, GT Removed from Nicktoons Schedule ". April 17, 2013. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  9. Sullivan, Gail (September 30, 2014). "Saturday morning cartoons are no more ". Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  10. "Dragon Ball Z Kai TV Screenings on Kix! December 26 to 28 ". December 24, 2012. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  11. "Dragon Ball Z Kai Begins on Kix! on Saturday ". January 2, 2013. Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  12. Dickson, Jeremy (November 27, 2012). "Toonami and Cartoonist to bow in Asia December 1 ". Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  13. "Toonami Asia shutting down notice ". ToonamiAsia Twitter. March 12, 2018. Retrieved on March 12, 2018. 
  14. Dickson, Jeremy (November 27, 2012). "Toonami and Cartoonist to bow in Asia December 1 ". Retrieved on May 6, 2016. 
  15. "Toonami Asia shutting down notice ". ToonamiAsia Twitter. March 12, 2018. Retrieved on March 12, 2018. 
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