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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z (Japanese: ドラゴンボール Z romaji:Dragon Ball Z - Doragon Booru Z)is the long-running sequel to the popular Anime, Dragon Ball. Specifically, it follows the adventures of the adult Goku (a Saiyan) and company as they defend the Earth against assorted villains. The distinction here is that while the Dragon Ball Manga follows Goku through childhood into adulthood, Dragon Ball Z is the designation given to the animation series to distinguish his adult adventures from the adventures he had as a child, which holds the original name Dragon Ball. The distinction is significant in that Goku's earlier adventures were much more comedy oriented, while as an adult the series took on a more dramatic and decidedly serious tone.

Dragon Ball Z was adapted from the Dragon Ball Manga created by Akira Toriyama. The main character is Goku, an extremely powerful, yet simpleminded and kindly character. After a visit from his previously unknown brother Raditz, he discovers that he is an alien that was sent to Earth to destroy it. When he informs Raditz that he has no intention of doing this, Goku and his friends become the erstwhile defenders of the Earth from the oncoming invasion by more of his kind.

It was first premiered on April 18, 1989 (channel?) and ended on January 31, 1996 with the last episode on the Buu Saga.

As the series progresses, Goku, his son Gohan and their companions age, get immensely stronger, and fight increasingly powerful and sinister villains. Many of the main characters die, are resurrected, get married and/or have children. The series has had a dramatic progression throughout its entire run.

Many important facts were introduced into the series that add a different story arc to Dragon Ball Z from its predecessor:

Goku is an alien from Planet Vegeta. This is the source of his previously unexplained abilities, and why he has a tail.

Goku's enemy from the first series, Piccolo, is an alien from Planet Namek. He is the product of Kami (guardian of Earth) splitting himself in half to purge the evil from himself.



The Dragon Ball Z series can be logically broken into sagas based on the current enemy:
The characters' story continues after these sagas with the series Dragon Ball GT.