Does Dragon Ball Z Have Any Upcoming Films?

The long-running sequel to the anime Dragon Ball is Dragon Ball Z (Z Doragon Bru Zetto, commonly abbreviated as DBZ). The series is a close adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s second (and much longer) Dragon Ball manga. To avoid confusion among younger readers, the manga’s second section is also titled Dragon Ball Z in the United States.

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Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of adult Goku as he defends the earth with his friends against a variety of villains including intergalactic space fighters and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids, and nearly indestructible magical creatures. While the original Dragon Ball anime followed Goku from childhood to adulthood, Dragon Ball Z follows his adult life while also paralleling the maturation of his son, Gohan, as well as other Dragon Ball and other characters. The difference in tone between the two series is also significant, with the latter taking on a more dramatic and serious tone. Characters, situations, and backstories not seen in the manga are included in the anime.

Is Dragon Ball Z Still Going?

Dragon Ball Z is based on the manga series’ final 324 chapters, which were published in Weekly Shnen Jump between 1988 and 1995. It premiered on Fuji Television on April 26, 1989, taking over the time slot of its predecessor, and ran for 291 episodes until January 31, 1996.According to Dragon Ball Enthusiast at Shonen Road Dragon Ball Z added original material not adapted from the manga, such as lengthening or adding new scenes, and adding new attacks and characters not present in the manga, because Toriyama was writing the manga during the anime’s production. For example, Toriyama was asked to create a new character for Goku’s training with King Kai, and he came up with Gregory, the cricket.

From Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball Z Kai!

Toei Animation announced in February 2009 that as part of the series’ 20th anniversary celebrations, it would begin broadcasting a revised version of Dragon Ball Z. On April 5, 2009, the series debuted in Japan on Fuji TV under the title Dragon Ball Kai. The name’s ending suffix Kai (改「かい」) means “updated” or “altered,” and it reflects the original work’s improvements and corrections. The original footage was remastered for HDTV, with new opening and ending sequences, new music, and vocal tracks that were re-recorded. To more closely follow the manga, the original material and any damaged frames were removed, as well as the majority of the filler episodes, resulting in a faster-moving story.

Bandai was having trouble increasing sales and asked if a new Dragon Ball anime could be made, but Toriyama refused to create a new story. Torishima realized that the anime-exclusive scenes added to widen the gap between the original anime and the manga were detracting from the series’ pacing, so he decided to cut them to make it more faithful to the manga. “It all worked out,” he said, referring to Kai’s positive reception.In Japan, the series came to an end with the Cell arc finale on the 97th episode, which aired on March 27, 2011. The final episode was not aired due to the Thoku offshore earthquake and tsunami, and it was subsequently released direct-to-video in Japan on August 2, 2011.

Mayumi Tanaka, Krillin’s Japanese voice actress, announced in November 2012 that she and the rest of the cast would be recording more episodes of Dragon Ball Kai. The Kai adaptation of the Majin Buu arc was officially confirmed in February 2014. The new season of the show, dubbed Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters in the United States, premiered on Fuji TV in Japan on April 6, 2014, and ended on June 28, 2015.  The final arc of Kai was originally planned to last 69 episodes (as most international versions do, but it was cut down to 61 episodes for the Japanese broadcast.

Dragon Ball Z Continues As a Film…

According to Shonen Road, there are a total of 15 Dragon Ball Z movies, as of 2015. The first 13 films were released every March and July during the series’ original run, which coincided with Japanese school vacations. They were usually double features with other anime films, and as a result, they were usually only an hour or less long. These films have chronology and design inconsistencies that make them incompatible with a single continuity. Funimation licensed all 15 films in North America, and the company produced in-house dubs for each.

Prior to Funimation, the third film was split into three episodes for the short-lived Saban syndication, and the first three films received uncut English dubs in 1998, produced by Funimation in collaboration with Ocean Studios and released by Pioneer. Several of the films have aired on Cartoon Network and Nicktoons in the United States, Toonami UK in the United Kingdom (with an alternate English dub by AB Groupe), and Cartoon Network in Australia.

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