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Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ, Doragon Bōru Zetto) is a Japanese anime series based on Akira Toriyama's manga of the same name, and a direct continuation of Dragon Ball. Produced by Toei Animation, the series aired from April 26, 1989 to January 31, 1996 on Fuji TV in Japan.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

After failing to find an audience with Dragon Ball in 1995, FUNimation Entertainment opted to focus on dubbing Z in hopes that the more action-oriented series would draw in more views. For this project, FUNimation partnered with Saban Entertainment to bring the series to America. Saban utilized Ocean Productions in Vancouver, Canada which drew from the same cast as the BLT dub of Dragon Ball and had most of the cast reprise their roles. The dub featured an original musical score by famed television composer Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi (an alias for Haim Saban, founder of Saban Entertainment) along with an uncredited Ron Wasserman. The decision was mainly so FUNimation could earn royalties anytime the music was used.

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An example of censorship in the Ocean/Saban dub. Like many censorship edits in the Ocean/Saban dub, this edit utilized digital paint techniques.

Saban's dub of Dragon Ball Z was heavily censored and edited due to Saban's particularly draconian censorship guidelines. They forbid any explicit references to death, alcohol, or cigarettes, and even prohibited showing "children in distress", which meant that scenes of young Gohan crying had to be digitally altered to remove his tears. Their dub is infamous for their constant attempts to sidestep character deaths as them being sent to "the next dimension". Other times, death is written away via character exposition (An example being Tien being given the additional dialogue "Look! I can see their parachutes! They're okay..." in reference to a plane being blown up in one episode). In one episode, Goku visits Hell (in the show, simply a place in the afterlife) and meets two body-building demons wearing shirts that read "HELL" in block letters; Saban edited the shirts to read "HFIL" and referred to the location as the "Home For Infinite Losers".

Under Saban, 67 episodes were dubbed. However, they were edited down to 53 episodes as well as dubbing the movie The Tree of Might and editing it as a three-part episode, bringing the total count to 56. Their dub first aired on September 13, 1996, airing in first-run syndication on local WB and UPN affiliate networks. Though Saban managed to secure a better morning time-slot than Seagull Entertainment did for Dragon Ball and managed to give it a 2-season run, the dub was still cancelled due to poor ratings.

Without the financial support of Saban, the future of the dub seemed unclear. However, when reruns of the dub were picked up to air on Cartoon Network's Toonami block just a few months after the dub was cancelled, Dragon Ball Z finally found the audience it was looking for in the U.S. As a result of its new success, FUNimation resumed production on the series' English dub by themselves, but could no longer afford the services of the Ocean voice actors due to financial constraints, though Ocean Productions still assisted with the scripting. This led to FUNimation forming its own in-house cast at their Texas-based studio. Bruce Faulconer and his team of musicians were hired as the new composers, with their soundtrack continuing the synth/rock style of music heard in the Saban score. The strict censorship guidelines of Saban were no longer an issue, allowing the renewed dub to feature less drastic censorship thanks to relaxed censorship guidelines on cable television. FUNimation would dub the episodes uncut for home media releases, while the edited versions would appear on TV.

FUNimation's dub premiered on Toonami on September 13, 1999. Though fans reacted warmly to the series' English dub continuing, it received some harsh criticism regarding the sudden change of voices and background music. In order to maintain continuity between the two dubs, several FUNimation voice actors made an effort to imitate the previous Ocean voice actors, though they would slowly develop their own performances as the series went on. FUNimation dubbed the series to completion, finishing the dub at 276 episodes on April 7, 2003.

However, that wasn't the end of Ocean Productions' involvement in dubbing the series. As a result of Canadian broadcasting standards mandating that stations are required to air a certain amount of "Canadian content" (dubs of Japanese anime dubbed in Canada apply), the AB Groupe would partner with Westwood Media to produce an alternate English dub, produced using mostly the same Vancouver actors previously utilized in Saban's dub. Continuing to distribute the FUNimation dub would have been the more expensive option for Toonami UK and Canada's YTV.

Rather than dubbing where the Ocean cast left off, they opted to start where FUNimation's dub was currently at, at Episode 108 (123 uncut). This left Episodes 54-107 (68-122 uncut) undubbed by the Vancouver cast, thus the FUNimation Dub of those episodes would just be aired instead. The soundtrack of this dub was recycled music from other Ocean dubbed titles, such as Mega Man and Monster Rancher, as well as a new intro composed by Tom Keenlyside. Because Ocean Productions was still helping with scripting and digital editing of the FUNimation dub, the same script was used only with light revisions. The Westwood dub of Z is also notable for being very rushed in production, which resulted in many of the key voice actors leaving the show midway through the run, the voice director not being consistent, and the voiceover performances themselves showing a noticeable decline in quality from the original Saban/FUNimation co-production.

With Pioneer's home video license for the Saban/FUNimation dub of Episodes 1-53 (1-67 uncut) expiring in 2004, this allowed FUNimation to redub those episodes with their in-house voice cast and restore the censored content. With the inability to get Bruce Falcouner to return, the music was composed by Nathan Johnson instead. Their new uncut dub first began airing on Cartoon Network in the summer of 2005 at a late night time-slot (in order to air unedited content). In April 2005, Funimation released the first DVD of the "Ultimate Uncut Special Edition" line which would have contained all 67 of the Saiyan and Namek sagas upon completion. However, this DVD line would later be canceled after 9 Volumes (containing Episodes 1-27) in favor of Remastered Box Sets which would feature all 291 uncut episodes of the series.

FUNimation began to go back to their earlier dubbed episodes and began making revisions to their dub for quality and consistency. An example of the kind of changes done would be Dale Kelly's narration for Episodes 68-194 being redubbed by Kyle Hebert, who narrated Episodes 195-291 as well as the new dub of Episodes 1-67. Another example, Christopher Sabat would redub most of his earlier performances as Vegeta as he originally voiced him in a similar manner to his previous voice actor, Brian Drummond. As time went on, Sabat's performance changed drastically in comparison, necessitating a redub for consistency. Other revisions included revising and redubbing lines that originally included awkward or immature-sounding lines. Most of these changes effected the initial Captain Ginyu, Frieza and Garlic Jr. sagas since the cast was just starting out during that point.

The Remastered dub was first released on their Remastered Box Set ("Orange Brick") releases from 2007-2009 and their later Blu-Ray releases from 2013-2014. In addition to the polishing to the dub performances, the new set also included the dub with the original Japanese soundtrack by Shunsuke Kikuchi in addition to the Johnson/Falcouner score.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Ocean Dub
(Eps 1-67 / 123-291)
FUNimation Dub
(Eps 68-291)
Remastered
(complete series)
Goku new outfit Goku Masako Nozawa Ian James Corlett
(eps 1-49)
Sean Schemmel
Peter Kelamis
(eps 50-67 / 123-174)
Kirby Morrow
(eps 175-291)
Gohan child render Gohan Saffron Henderson
(eps 1-67 / 123-165)
Stephanie Nadolny
Jillian Michaels
(eps 166-194)
Son Gohan Adult render Brad Swaile Kyle Hebert
Goten kid render Goten Jillian Michaels Kara Edwards
Goten teen Gabe Khouth Robert McCollum
Vegeta Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Brian Drummond Christopher Sabat
Piccolo Trans Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil
Chichi by maffo1989-d6pkj5n Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō
(eps 1-66)
Laara Sadiq Cynthia Cranz
Naoko Watanabe
(eps 88-291)
Lisa Ann Beley
(some episodes)
Baby-Trunks-0 Trunks Hiromi Tsuru Cathy Weseluck Stephanie Nadolny
Trunks Takeshi Kusao Laura Bailey
Trunks fin dbz Alistair Abell Eric Vale
Future Trunks Future Trunks
Bulma on namek Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg
(eps 1-67)
Tiffany Vollmer
Maggie Blue O'Hara
(eps 123-219)
France Perras
(eps 220-291)
130316060729273720 Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Sonny Strait
Final Yamcha Yamcha Tōru Furuya Ted Cole Christopher Sabat
Ten Trans Tien Shinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki Matt Smith Chris Cason
(eps 68-107)
John Burgmeier
Kōichi Yamadera
(eps 82-84)
John Burgmeier
(eps 108-291)
Chiaotzu Namek Saga Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Roshi DBZ Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi
(eps 1-260)
Ian James Corlett
(eps 1-46)
Mike McFarland
Richard Newman
(ep 53)
Hiroshi Masuoka
(eps 288-291)
Terry Klassen
(eps 123-291)
Final oolong mbs Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows
(eps 18-57)
Mark Britten
(eps 88-169)
Brad Jackson
Richard Newman
(eps 127-291)
Brad Jackson
(eps 208-291)
Puar Puar Naoko Watanabe Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
216px-Androide18 Trans Android 18 Miki Itō Enuka Okuma Meredith McCoy
Marron Marron Tomiko Suzuki Cathy Weseluck Melodee Lenz
Meredith McCoy (eps. 283-291)
Mr Satan Mr. Satan (Hercule) Daisuke Gōri Don Brown Chris Rager
Videl DBZ Videl Yūko Minaguchi Moneca Stori Kara Edwards
Dr Brief Dr. Brief Jōji Yanami Paul Dobson
(eps 39-66)
Chris Forbis
Scott McNeil
(eps 124-246)
Mrs Brief Mrs. Brief Mariko Mukai
(eps 46-124)
Jane Perry
(eps 46-193)
Cynthia Cranz
Yōko Kawanami
(eps 125-246)
Hiroko Emori
(ep. 140)
Willow Johnson
(eps 240-246)
Uranai Baba Trans Fortuneteller Baba Junpei Takiguchi
(eps 7-34)
Elan Ross Gibson
(eps 20-34)
Laurie Steele Linda Young
(eps 7-34)
Mayumi Tanaka
(eps 190-287)
Brian Drummond
(eps 190-287)
Laurie Steele
(eps 190-287)
Dende Trans Dende Tomiko Suzuki
(eps 46-288)
Andrew Francis Ceyli Delgadillo Laura Bailey
Teen dende Hiro Yūki
(eps 290-291)
Justin Cook
OxKingCP Ox-King Daisuke Gōri Dave Ward Mark Britten
(eps 88-193)
Kyle Hebert
Kyle Hebert
(eps 208-291)
Kami Trans Kami Takeshi Aono Dale Wilson Chris Forbis
(ep 76)
Christopher Sabat
Ward Perry
(eps 25-37)
Christopher Sabat
Mr. Popo Trans Mr. Popo Toku Nishio Alvin Sanders Chris Cason
(eps 76-100)
Christopher Sabat
(eps 108-288)
Karin DB Korin Ichirō Nagai
(eps 26-192)
Paul Dobson
(eps 26-38)
Mark Britten
(eps 109-192)
Christopher Sabat
(eps 26-36 / 217-285)
Naoki Tatsuta
(eps 217-285)
Ted Cole
(eps 137-285)
Christopher Sabat
(eps 217-285)
Mark Britten
(eps 109-192)
Yajirobe DBZ Saiyan Saga Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Brian Drummond Mike McFarland
Kaiosamanorte King Kai Jōji Yanami Don Brown Sean Schemmel
Scott McNeil
(ep. 246)
Kaioshin Supreme Kai Yūji Mitsuya Michael Dobson Kent Williams
Kibitoshin Trans2 Kibito Kai
Elder Kai2 Old Kai Reizō Nomoto Scott McNeil
Kibito 08 Kibito Shin Aomori Don Brown Chuck Huber
Final Form Frieza - DBZ Frieza Saga Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Pauline Newstone Linda Young
Imperfect Cell Trans
Cell Semi Perfecto by cdzdbzgoku-d5kia1i2
Cell perfecto2
Cell Norio Wakamoto Dale Wilson Dameon Clarke
Majin buu by anjoicaros-d6fa6o8 Majin Buu Kōzō Shioya Scott McNeil Josh Martin
Render Dragon Ball z evil buu Evil Buu Brian Dobson Justin Cook
Super Buu Trans Super Buu
Dragon Ball Kid Buu Kid Buu Josh Martin
Turtle render Turtle Daisuke Gōri Scott McNeil Christopher Sabat
Raditz completo2 Raditz Shigeru Chiba Jason Gray-Stanford Christopher Sabat Justin Cook
Nappa Nappa Shōzō Iizuka Michael Dobson Sean Schemmel
(ep. 104)
Phil Parsons
Christopher Sabat
Emma daioh sama dbz by changopepe-d3e8iys King Yemma Daisuke Gōri Ward Perry
(eps. 6-20)
Chris Rager
Dale Wilson
(eps. 195-287)
Bubbles render Bubbles Naoki Tatsuta Doug Parker Christopher Sabat
Gregory render Gregory Yūji Mitsuya Alvin Sanders John Burgmeier
Zarbon Zarbon Shō Hayami Paul Dobson Christopher Sabat
Zarbon2 trans
Dodoria Dodoria Yukitoshi Hori Chris Forbis
Appule Appule Yūji Machi Terry Klassen Bill Townsley
Moori Moori Kinpei Azusa Don Brown
(eps. 46-48)
Mark Britten
(eps. 100-173)
Christopher Sabat
Lee Tockar
(eps. 173-287)
Christopher Sabat
(eps. 203-287)
Nail 4 DBZ Nail Katsuji Mori Michael Dobson Sean Schemmel
GrandElder Grand Elder Guru Junpei Takiguchi
(eps 53-75)
Robert O. Smith Christopher Sabat
Masaharu Satō
(eps 100-105)
Cui Cui Kōji Totani Ian James Corlett Bill Townsley
Ginyu Captain Ginyu Hideyuki Hori Richard Newman Dale D. Kelly Brice Armstrong
Jeice Jeice Kazumi Tanaka Scott McNeil Christopher Sabat
Recoome Trans Recoome Kenji Utsumi David Kaye
Burter Burter Yukimasa Kishino Don Brown Mark Britten Christopher Sabat
Guldo Guldo Kōzō Shioya Terry Klassen Dylan Thompson Bill Townsley
Porunga4 Porunga Junpei Takiguchi
(eps. 75-76)
Richard Newman Christopher Sabat
Daisuke Gōri
(eps. 100-286)
King Vegeta King Vegeta Banjō Ginga Terry Klassen
(ep. 124)
Yukimasa Kishino
(ep. 124)
Brian Drummond
(ep. 230)
Garlick Jr Garlic Jr. Shigeru Chiba Chuck Huber
Super garlic jr by luigicuau10-d7drxvg
Spice Spice Hikaru Midorikawa Bart Myer J. Michael Tatum
Mustard Render Mustard Masaharu Satō Mark Britten Brandon Potter
Vinegar Render Vinegar Daisuke Gōri John Freeman
Salt Render Salt Tetsuo Mizutori Dylan Thompson
MaronDBZ Maron Yuko Kobayashi Cathy Weseluck Daphne Gere Leah Clark
King Cold King Cold Daisuke Gōri Brad Jackson
Masaharu Satō
(ep. 195)
Michael Dobson
Dr. Gero Dr. Gero
(Android 20)
Kōji Yada Brian Dobson Kent Williams
Android 19 Android 19 Yukitoshi Hori Cathy Weseluck Phillip Wilburn
Android17 Android 17 Shigeru Nakahara Ted Cole Chuck Huber
Android 16 Android 16 Hikaru Midorikawa Scott McNeil Jeremy Inman
TaoPaiPaiCyborg Mercenary Tao Yukimasa Kishino Kent Williams
Jimmy-Firecracker Jimmy Firecracker Michael Dobson James T. Fields
Pizza Miss Piiza Miyoko Aoba Erin Fitzgerald Linda Young
Caroni2 Caroni Hirotaka Suzuoki Scott McNeil John Burgmeier
PiroshkiDBZ Pirozhki Hisao Egawa Brian Dobson Kyle Hebert
King Furry King Furry Jōji Yanami Richard Newman
West Kai West Kai Bin Shimada Terry Klassen
Dragon Ball Z South Kai by tekilazo South Kai Toku Nishio Scott McNeil Dameon Clarke
East Kai East Kai Keiko Yamamoto Cathy Weseluck Stephanie Nadolny
Grand kaio sama12 Grand Kai Ryūji Saikachi Paul Dobson Mark Britten
Olibu Trans Olibu Masaharu Satō
(eps 196-199)
Dale Wilson Rick Robertson
Hisao Egawa
(ep 270)
Yasuhiko Kawazu
(ep 278)
Paikuhan Pikkon Hikaru Midorikawa Brian Drummond Kyle Hebert
Sharpner Sharpner Hiro Yūki Alistair Abell Duncan Brannan
Erasa Erasa Megumi Urawa Kelly Sheridan Laura Bailey
Dbz210-04 Tournament Announcer Hirotaka Suzuoki Michael Dobson Eric Vale
Killa Artwork Killa Hiro Yūki Scott McNeil Dameon Clarke
Jewel Trans Jewel Yūsuke Numata Ted Cole Sean Whitley
Yamu Trans Yamu Naoki Tatsuta Brian Drummond John Burgmeier
Spopovich Spopovich Hisao Egawa Michael Dobson Andrew Chandler
Babidi Babidi Jōji Yanami Terry Klassen Duncan Brannan
Dabura Dabura Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Scott McNeil Rick Robertson
Pui pui Pui-Pui Tomohisa Asō Ted Cole Mike McFarland
Yakon Trans Yakon Yoshiyuki Kono Dave Ward Paul LeBlanc
Gotenks Base Gotenks Masako Nozawa
Takeshi Kusao
Tabitha St. Germain Kara Edwards
Laura Bailey
Vegetto by raykugen-d38gt0f Vegito Masako Nozawa
Ryō Horikawa
Brian Drummond Sean Schemmel
Christopher Sabat
Kid pan Pan Yūko Minaguchi Brenna O'Brien Susan Huber
Bra Bulla Hiromi Tsuru Cathy Weseluck Megan Woodall
Uub Uub Megumi Urawa Aidan Drummond Sean Michael Teague
Shenlong Shenron Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Christopher Sabat
Masaharu Satō
(ep 193)
Narration Jōji Yanami Doc Harris Dale D. Kelly
(eps 68-194)
Kyle Hebert
Kyle Hebert
(eps 195-291)

Episodic CharactersEdit

Image Character Seiyū Ocean Dub FUNimation Dub Episodes
Farmer EP1 DBZ Farmer Ginzō Matsuo Scott McNeil Chris Forbis 1
OniTheGuide Oni Guide Hirohiko Kakegawa Christopher Bevins 6-7
C-6 Mr. Robot (C-6) Kōzō Shioya Chuck Huber 9
AtlaDBZ Atla Ryō Horikawa Paul Dobson Brad Jackson 11
Lemlia Lemlia Mami Koyama Cathy Weseluck Amber Cotton 11
King Moai2 King Moai Banjō Ginga French Tickner Kent Williams 11
OniHardWorker Sweeper Driver Yūki Satō Terry Klassen Sonny Strait 12
Goz render Goz Masaharu Satō Matt Smith Christopher Sabat 13
Ryōichi Tanaka 95
Hisao Egawa Dale Wilson Chris Rager 195
Ryō Horikawa 280
Mez Mez Kōji Totani Doug Parker Christopher Sabat 13
Hirotaka Suzuoki 95
Masaharu Satō Scott McNeil Mike McFarland 195
Daisuke Gōri 280
Lunch
Lunch Bad
Launch Mami Koyama Meredith McCoy 13
Leah Clark 285
UpaDBZep13 Upa Masaaki Ōkura Dameon Clarke 13
Upa - Saga Majin Buu Takeshi Kusao Alistair Abell 285
Dragon Ball Bora by tekilazo Bora Banjō Ginga 13
Hisao Egawa Terry Klassen 285
Princess Snake Princess Snake Mariko Mukai Ellen Kennedy Colleen Clinkenbeard 14
Chico2 Chico Aya Hisakawa Janyse Jaud Monika Antonelli 16
Ron3 Rom Yumi Tōma Cathy Weseluck Meredith McCoy 16
Pigero Pigero Takeshi Kusao Tony Sampson Dameon Clarke 16
Hacchi Hacchi Tomoko Maruo Cathy Weseluck Sonny Strait 16
Ena Ena Yuka Ōno Lalainia Lindbjerg Meredith McCoy 16
Orphanage Social Worker Social Worker Laara Sadiq Cynthia Cranz 16
Shorty Shorty Daisuke Gōri Paul Dobson Phil Parsons 17
Scarface2 Scarface Yukimasa Kishino Gerard Plunkett Mike McFarland 17
Grandpa Son Gohan - DB Uranai Baba Saga Grandpa Gohan
(flashback)
Osamu Saka Terry Klassen Christopher Sabat 32
Zeshin Zeshin Keiichi Nanba Mark Hildreth Dameon Clarke 40
Bun2 Bun Daiki Nakamura Brian Drummond Robert McCollum 40
Emi Emi Junko Shimakata Lalainia Lindbjerg Alison Viktorin 40
Ritoian Subordinate Ritoian Boy Michiyo Yanagisawa Paul Dobson Jamie Marchi 40
Buns Father Bun's Father ?¿ Dameon Clarke 40
Raiti Namek Raiti Isamu Tanonaka Paul Dobson R. Bruce Elliott 41
Raiti real form
Zacro Namek Zaacros Yasuo Tanaka Alvin Sanders Bob Carter 41
Zacro real form
Cargo DBZ Cargo Tomiko Suzuki Cathy Weseluck Stephanie Nadolny 46-48
Tsuno Tsuno Naoki Tatsuta Alvin Sanders Christopher Sabat 50
Orlen Render Orlen Kazumi Tanaka Paul Dobson Michael Sinterniklaas 54
Blueberry Blueberry Masaharu Satō Doug Parker Kyle Hebert 59
Markus Lloyd 60
Raspberry render Raspberry Ken Yamaguchi Scott McNeil Chris Cason 59
Doug Burks 60
Bardock by cruzazul-d5h7z39 Bardock Masako Nozawa Sonny Strait 86
Mr. Shu the strict tutor 0001 Mr. Shu Hirotaka Suzuoki Chuck Huber 118
Cynthia Render Cynthia Yōko Kawanami Kelly Sheridan Lydia Mackay 125
Future Gohan trans Future Gohan Masako Nozawa Brian Dobson Dameon Clarke 164
Lime Lime Yuka Koyama Cathy Weseluck Kara Edwards 170
Lao2 Mr. Lao Masaharu Satō Dale Wilson Kent Williams 170
Vodka Vodka Kōzō Shioya Brian Dobson Sonny Strait 174
Alien Announcer Alien Announcer Hirotaka Suzuoki Terry Klassen Mark Britten
(original)
196-199
Brandon Potter
(remaster)
Mijorin Mijorin Hisao Egawa Michael Dobson Kent Williams 196
Caterpy Caterpy Yasuhiko Kawazu Terry Klassen Sonny Strait 196
Chapu Chai Chapuchai Kazunari Tanaka Eric Vale 196
Torbie Trans Torbie Hisao Egawa Alistair Abell Dameon Clarke 197
Froug Trans Froug Yasuhiko Kawazu Scott McNeil Justin Cook 197
Arqua2 Arqua Hisao Egawa Don Brown Dameon Clarke 197
Maraikoh Maraikoh Kazunari Tanaka Paul Dobson Andrew Chandler 197-198
Tapkar Tapkar Don Brown Brian Thomas 197
English Teacher Miss Hamilton Miyako Endō Cathy Weseluck Stephanie Nadolny 200-203
AngelaSaiyamanSaga Angela Kumiko Nishihara 202
Mayor DBZ Mayor of Satan City Naoki Tatsuta Dale Wilson Kyle Hebert 203
Rock Rock Masaharu Satō Lee Tockar Chuck Huber 203
Mr. Musaka Mr. Musuka Scott McNeil Sean Schemmel 204
Idasa Idasa Yūsuke Numata Michael Coleman Sonny Strait 210, 212, 244
Ikose3 Ikose Terry Klassen Meredith McCoy 211-212
Idasa & Ikoses Mom Idasam Hiroko Emori Cathy Weseluck Stephanie Nadolny 210-212, 244
Imamu Imamu
(Mooki)
?¿ Michael Coleman Christopher Sabat 210
Dragon Ball Z Punter by tekilazo Pintar Yoshiyuki Kono Lee Tockar Chris Cason 214-215
Blind Child Blind Child Megumi Hayashibara Gabe Khouth Meredith McCoy 249
Criminal Van Zant Nobuhiko Kazama Michael Dobson Mark Orvik 253-254
Smitty Smitty Yasuhiko Kawazu Ted Cole Duncan Brannan 253-255
Witch Old Witch Reiko Yamada Cathy Weseluck Kent Williams 267
Bibidi Bibidi Isamu Tanonaka Terry Klassen Duncan Brannan 277
Kaio Sagrado Grand Supreme Kai Mahito Tsujimura Scott McNeil Phil Parsons 277
West Supreme Kaiosama West Supreme Kai Hiromi Tsuru Kelly Sheridan Stephanie Nadolny 277
North Supreme Kai2 North Supreme Kai Yukitoshi Hori Terry Klassen Jeff Munsterman 277
South Supreme Kai South Supreme Kai Kazuyuki Sogabe Scott McNeil Chris Rager 277
Android8 Trans Android 8 Shōzō Iizuka Dale Wilson Mike McFarland 285
Suno adult Suno Mayumi Tanaka France Perras Susan Huber 285
WildTiger Wild Tiger Yoshiyuki Kono Scott McNeil Sonny Strait 289
DBZ Otokosuki Otokosuki Kōzō Shioya Don Brown Bob Carter 290
Knock2 dbz final by changopepe-d3e8dgi Nok Hiro Yūki Alistair Abell Kyle Hebert 290-291

Additional VoicesEdit

FUNimation Dub

NotesEdit

  • The FUNimation dub heavily referenced footage from the Spanish dubbed version due to the lengthy delay in getting the official masters from Toei Animation.
  • Ian James Corlett left the role of Goku due to him feeling he was being underpaid for his role. Peter Kelamis would later leave due to the confusing scheduling and the long delays of the dub.
  • Saffron Henderson left the role of Gohan due to her allotted work schedule conflicting with her wedding plans.
  • Mr. Satan is renamed "Hercule" for the broadcast edits of the dub to avoid controversy. He retains the original name in the uncut dub, in addition to also being referred to as Mr. 'Hercule' Satan.
    • On that note, Mr. Satan being named Hercule originates from the French dub of the series.
  • Various times in the Remastered FUNimation dub, things are often still inconsistent in areas.
    • Mark Britten's minor dialogue as Oolong is left intact during the Garlic Jr. Saga.
    • Mark Britten's role as the Ox-King in the episodes "Memories of Gohan", "Save the World", "Goku's Decision", and "One More Wish" are left untouched for some reason.
    • Linda Young doesn't redub Laurie Steele's dialogue as Fortuneteller Baba from later in the series, giving her two drastically different voices.
    • Christopher Sabat does not redub Mark Britten's dialogue as Korin from Episodes 109-192.
    • Dale Kelly's battle screams and grunts as Captain Ginyu are often left intact. This can be attributed to Brice Armstrong's age and difficulty in performing louder vocal performances.
    • Mercenary Tao is still erroneously referred to as "General Tao".
    • The original broadcast edits included "next episode" sequences, but the remastered DVD's do not. The narrator still often states "stay tunes for scenes from the next episode of Dragon Ball Z" instead of being redubbed to reflect the lack of teasers.
  • On an interesting note, Laura Bailey's dialogue as Dende in the Remastered dub of the Cell Games Saga wasn't a redub. FUNimation initially lost all contact with Ceyli Delgadillo, thus forcing them to cast Bailey as a stand-in for the Cell Games Saga. However, Delgadillo finally got back to them, and she redubbed Bailey's work before the dub was aired. Bailey would replace her yet again once Delgadillo moved to Los Angeles.
  • Dameon Clarke and Dale Wilson voice Cell in the FUNimation and Ocean/Westwood Dubs respectively. This is notable in that Clarke had previously received voice-over training from Wilson and are good friends.
  • Due to censorship, Launch never appears in the Saban Ocean Dub.
  • In the remastered version, instead of doing a cover of the Japanese theme "Cha-La Head-Cha-La", the music composed by Mark Menza for the Dragon Ball Z Movie themes was used in its place.
    • The theme has been dubbed into English on other occasions, being dubbed for the Philippines English dub, as well as one sung by original singer Hironobu Kageyama himself.
  • Shigeru Chiba, who voiced Garlic Jr. (though Akira Kamiya voiced Garlic Jr. in Dead Zone) also voiced Emperor Pilaf in the previous series. Garlic Jr.'s English voice Chuck Huber would end up also voicing Pilaf.
  • Justin Cook's voice for Super Buu was originally digitally altered to be deeper and more threatening. In the remastered version, his voice is left unaltered.

TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
1996-1998 Syndication United States Flag United States
1998-2003
2005-2008
Cartoon Network (Toonami)

Video ReleasesEdit

Note that no dub without FUNimation's involvement has been released on home video, meaning the AB Groupe produced part of the Ocean Dub (Episodes 123-291) hasn't been released on home media.

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Pioneer Entertainment 1997-1998 VHS Episodes 1-53 Ocean NTSC United States Flag United States
17 Volumes
1999 DVD Episodes 1-53 1
NTSC
17 Volumes
FUNimation Entertainment 1999-2003 Episodes 68-291 FUNimation
70 Volumes
2005-2006 Episodes 1-27
9 Volumes
2007-2009 The Complete Series
9 Volumes
2013-2014 Bluray fontlogo 3 The Complete Series A
DVB-T
9 Volumes

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