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Dragon Ball Kai, (ドラゴンボール改「カイ」, Doragon Boru Kai, lit. Dragon Ball Revised), retitled Dragon Ball Z Kai for international audiences, is a high-definition remastered recut of Dragon Ball Z; done for its 20th Anniversary. It features remastered as well as re-traced footage adjusted for 16:9 widescreen television, re-recorded vocal performances from the surviving/available members of the original cast, re-edited sound effects and a new opening and closing. Produced by Toei Animation, the series was broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV from April 5, 2009 to March 27, 2011, and later continued with the final story arc from April 6, 2014 to June 28, 2015 as Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters.

Kai attempts to stick closer to Akira Toriyama's original manga, cutting most of the filler scenes and episodes from the original TV series, making the story flow somewhat faster and cutting down the 291 episodes of the original down to 167.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

Dragon Ball Z Kai was dubbed by FUNimation Entertainment at Christopher Sabat's OkraTron 5000 Dubbing Studio. In contrast with the original Dragon Ball Z dub, their dub of Kai was largely faithful with less alterations to the script than their adaptation of Z. Less liberty was taken with the script, and episode titles were mostly literal translations of their original Japanese versions. Terminology such as "Kamehameha" and "Kaio-ken" were pronounced correctly while certain character attacks retained their untranslated titles (i.e. "Makankōsappō" instead of Special Beam Cannon, "Kienzan" instead of Destructo Disc, etc.). The cast for Kai was mostly the same as Z except for a few re-casts for various reasons. For example, cast members such as Stephanie Nadolny (Gohan) and Tiffany Vollmer (Bulma) had just recently left FUNimation, thus necessitating recasts.

The dub retained Kenji Yamamoto's musical score, however it was later changed to Shunsuke Kikkuichi's cues (following Japan's example) after it was revealed scores by Yamamoto were plagiarized. Censorship for the show was done when aired on Nicktoons to fit the intended audience; such as digitally editing out blood and replacing profanity with milder phrases. The Toonzai/Vortexx kids block on The CW also aired Funimation's English dub of Kai. Their broadcast contained most of the edits of the Nicktoons version, as well as extra editing to fit the stricter broadcast standards. This broadcast has been notorious for it's questionable editing practices; such as erasing Shenron from the opening credits in some episodes, colorizing Mr. Popo blue, changing halos into shining spheres, adding sparkles to Chiaotzu's fatal explosion, drawing an eye over Gohan's swollen face, renaming Goku's Spirit Bomb attack as "Spirit Blast", and replacing dialogue considered objectionable with sound-a-like voices. The uncut version of the series would later air on Adult Swim's Toonami block, which has been the only version released to home video.

Another Ocean Dub?Edit

On Episode 26 of radio show and podcast "Voice Print with Trevor Devall", Kirby Morrow (Ocean Studios' Goku from episodes 175-291 of Z) revealed that a Canadian dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai was in the works. He did not mention the name of the company behind the production, however, he stated that casting had already begun with him having already been ruled out for the role of Goku. According to Morrow, the television version of the FUNimation dub for Kai was only slated to be distributed in America, therefore, the new dub being produced in Canada was being created to serve the Canadian and European markets in a fashion similar to the Westwood dub of Dragon Ball Z episodes 123-291 (though FUNimation's dub of Kai would end up airing in Europe instead). On Episode 28 of the same show, Paul Dobson confirmed that Ocean Studios was, in fact, the company behind the Canadian production of Kai. Dobson also stated that "there's been word of re-casting and there's been word of holding onto members of the cast as the way that they were." In addition, FUNimation's Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel had previously hinted at a Canadian re-versioning of the series.

As of 2017, the current official status of this dub is unknown. Since 2013, several actors from Ocean have suggested that the entire Cell and Saiyan/Frieza arcs have already been dubbed, and a theme song for the dub has leaked online. As such, some have speculated that legal issues or lack of interest from broadcasters may be preventing the dub from being released to the public.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Goku saga saiyajin Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Kid gohan render by luishatakeuchiha-d68wcwc Gohan Colleen Clinkenbeard
Vegeta Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Christopher Sabat
Piccolo Trans Piccolo Toshio Furukawa
Chichi by maffo1989-d6pkj5n Chi-Chi Naoko Watanabe Cynthia Cranz
Bulma on namek Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Monica Rial
Baby-Trunks-0 Trunks (baby) Colleen Clinkenbeard
Future Trunks Future Trunks Takeshi Kusao Eric Vale
Krillin Trans Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Final Yamcha Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher Sabat
Ten Trans Tien Shinhan Hikaru Midorikawa John Burgmeier
Chiaotzu Namek Saga Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Brina Palencia
Roshi DBZ Master Roshi Masaharu Satō Mike McFarland
Final oolong mbs Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bryan Massey
Puar Puar Naoko Watanabe Brina Palencia
Dr Brief Dr. Brief Jōji Yanami Mark Stoddard
Mrs Brief Mrs. Brief Yoko Kawanami Cynthia Cranz
Uranai Baba Trans Fortuneteller Baba Mayumi Tanaka Linda Young
OxKingCP Ox-King Daisuke Gōri
(eps. 4-18)
Kyle Hebert
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
Kami Trans Kami Takeshi Aono
(eps. 4-50)
Christopher Sabat
Bin Shimada
(eps. 66-68)
Mr. Popo Trans Mr. Popo Yasuhiko Kawazu Chris Cason
Karin DB Korin Ichirō Nagai Christopher Sabat
Yajirobe render Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland
Kaiosamanorte King Kai Jōji Yanami Sean Schemmel
Turtle render Turtle Takahiro Fujimoto Chris Cason
Final Form Frieza - DBZ Frieza Saga Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young (ep 1)
Christopher Ayres
Imperfect Cell Trans
Cell Semi Perfecto by cdzdbzgoku-d5kia1i2
Cell perfecto2
Cell Norio Wakamoto Dameon Clarke
Bardock Bardock Masako Nozawa Sonny Strait
Raditz completo2 Raditz Shigeru Chiba Justin Cook
Nappa Nappa Tetsu Inada Phil Parsons
Emma daioh sama dbz by changopepe-d3e8iys King Yemma Daisuke Gōri Chris Rager
Bubbles render Bubbles Takahiro Fujimoto Christopher Sabat
Gregory render Gregory Yūsuke Numata John Burgmeier
Grandpa Son Gohan - DB Uranai Baba Saga Grandpa Gohan
(flashbacks)
Shigeru Chiba Christopher Sabat
Zarbon Zarbon Hiroaki Miura J. Michael Tatum
Dodoria Dodoria Takashi Nagasako John Swasey
Appule Appule Takahiro Yoshimizu Kyle Hebert
Moori Moori Ryōichi Tanaka Barry Yandell
Dende Trans Dende Aya Hirano Maxey Whitehead
Nail 4 DBZ Nail Taiten Kusunoki Sean Schemmel
GrandElder Grand Elder Junpei Takiguchi Bill Jenkins
Cui Cui Eiji Takemoto Bill Townsley
Ginyu Captain Ginyu Katsuyuki Konishi R. Bruce Elliott
Jeice Jeice Daisuke Kishio Jason Liebrecht
Recoome Trans Recoome Seiji Sasaki Christopher Sabat
Burter Burter Masaya Onosaka Vic Mignogna
Guldo Guldo Yasuhiro Takato Greg Ayres
Porunga4 Porunga Daisuke Gōri
(ep. 36)
Christopher Sabat
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
King Cold King Cold Jason Douglas
Dr. Gero Dr. Gero (Android 20) Kōji Yada Kent Williams
Android 19 Android 19 Yukitoshi Hori Todd Haberkorn
216px-Androide18 Trans Android 18 Miki Itō Colleen Clinkenbeard
Android17 Android 17 Shigeru Nakahara Chuck Huber
Android 16 Android 16 Hikaru Midorikawa Jeremy Inman
King Furry King Furry Jōji Yanami Kyle Hebert
Mr Satan Mr. Satan Unshō Ishizuka Chris Rager
Jimmy-Firecracker ZTV Reporter Tamotsu Nishiwaki John Swasey
Pizza Miss Piiza Kumiko Nishihara Linda Young
Caroni2 Caroni Kazunari Tanaka John Burgmeier
Piroshki Pirohzki Hisao Egawa Kyle Hebert
Shenlong Shenron Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat
Narration Jōji Yanami Doc Morgan

Additional VoicesEdit

OceanEdit

The only voices confirmed so far for the long-awaited Ocean Dub.

Character Voice Actor
Goku Richard Ian Cox
Gohan Saffron Henderson
Vegeta Brian Drummond[1]
Piccolo Scott McNeil
Tien Shinhan Brendan Hunter
Dr. Brief Scott McNeil
Frieza Lee Tockar
Nappa Michael Dobson
Jeice Scott McNeil
Android 17 Cole Howard

Other VoicesEdit

Music Edit

  • Opening: "Dragon Soul"
Musical Direction: Brina Palencia
Vocals: Sean Schemmel, Justin Cook, Vic Mignogna, Greg Ayres, Sonny Strait, Brina Palencia
  • Ending 1: "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!"
Musical Direction: Brina Palencia
Vocals: Jerry Jewell

NotesEdit

  • Some various reasons behind certain recasts.
  • Cell was originally expected to be voiced by Travis Willingham, who has acted as a replacement for Dameon Clarke in video games due to Clarke leaving FUNimation for his live-action career. However, Clarke agreed to reprise his role.

TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
2010-2013 Nicktoons Network United States Flag United States
2014-2017 Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim/Toonami)

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2010-2012 DVD
+
Bluray fontlogo 3
Parts 1-8 1
NTSC
A
DVB-T
United States Flag United States
8 Volumes
2012-2013 Seasons 1-4*
4 Volumes

*This new release is for revisions to the soundtrack due to the aforementioned plagiarism incident with the original score.

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