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Dragon Ball Z (ɥ饴ܩ` Z, Doragon Bru Z) is the long-running sequel to the popular shnen anime Dragon Ball. Though it is based on the second part of the Dragon Ball manga, it is called "Dragon Ball Z" in the United States to reduce confusion for American audiences. The anime is a close adaptation of the manga, though due to its considerable length it also features characters, situations and backstory which were not present in the original. (This "filler" material is generally considered non-canonical and occasionally contradicts itself.)

Specifically, it follows the adventures of the adult Son Goku who defends the earth against assorted villains. While the original Dragon Ball anime followed Goku through childhood into adulthood, Dragon Ball Z continues his adventures until he is a grandparent. The distinction between the two is significant in that Goku's earlier adventures were largely comedic, while as an adult the series takes on a dramatic and decidedly serious tone.

The anime first premiered in Japan on April 18, 1989 (on Fuji TV) and ended on January 31, 1996. In the U.S., the series ran between 1996 and 2003, though not always on the same networks or with continuity of dubbing. It aired in the UK, albeit with the same dubbing problem, on Cartoon Network between 1999 and 2002, and the final few episodes ran on CNX in 2002, before that channel relaunched as Toonami, on which it is repeated daily.

After Dragon Ball Z, the story of Son Goku and friends continue in the anime-only series Dragon Ball GT. That series was not based on a manga by Akira Toriyama and many fans reject it as an entire series of "filler." Toriyama's humor/parody manga Neko Majin Z features several concepts introduced in Dragon Ball Z (several Dragon Ball Z characters even make various appearances), but that manga is designed as a parody and not a true continuation of the series.

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Premiere September 1, 1996
Network Cartoon
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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Tom Kenny....   Additional Voices (voice) (1996)
Duncan Brannan....   Babidi (voice)
Christopher Bevins....   Bee/Additional Voices (voice) (2002- present)
Mark Britten....   Burter (II)/Ox King (II)/Korin (voice)
Kelly Dale....   Captain Ginyu (II)/Narrator (II) (voice) (1999 - present)
Dameon Clarke....   Cell/Adult Gohan/Killa/South Kai/Bora (1999-2001) (voice)
Monika Antonelli....   Chaiotzu (II)(1999- )/Puar (II) (1999-2001) (voice)
Cynthia Cranz....   Chi-Chi (II) (voice)
Lisa Beley....   Chi-Chi (Vancouver Dub) (voice)
Justin Cook....   Dende (adult)/Super Buu/Raditz (Ultimate Uncut Speical Edition) (voice)
Ryan Brockington....   Dr. Wang
Philippe Ariotti....   Freezer (French version)
Ian Corlett....   Goku (I)/Master Roshi (I) (voice) (1996-1997)
Mike Coleman....   Idasa & Mokki
Andrew Chandler....   Kaveto (season 5) (voice)
Laura Bailey....   Kid Trunks (voice)
Don Brown....   King Kai (voice)
Jessie Cody....   Korin
Jon Allen....   Pink Hat Guy (voice)
John Burgmeier....   Tienshinhan (II)(1999- )/Additional Voices (2001) (voice)
Alistair Abell....   Trunks/Baby Trunks/Sharpner/Additional Voices
Ted Cole....   Yamcha (voice) (1996-1998)

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