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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 from April 5, 2009 to March 27, 2011 on Fuji TV, 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 History

Dragon Ball Z Kai was dubbed in the U.S. 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 more faithful to the Japanese 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 Kikuchi'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, blacking-out certain violent blows, 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?

On Episode 26 of radio show and podcast "Voice Print with Trevor Devall", Kirby Morrow (Ocean Productions' 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 Productions was, in fact, the company behind the Canadian dub 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 Productions 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.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Goku DBZK.png Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Goku SSJ DBZK.png
Baby Goku DBZK.png Colleen Clinkenbeard
(baby & child)
Child Goku DBZK.png
Vegeta DBZK.png Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Christopher Sabat
Vegeta SSJ DBZK.png
Child Vegeta DBZK ep45.png Laura Bailey
(child)
Piccolo DBZK.png Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat
Gohan DBZK.png Gohan Masako Nozawa Colleen Clinkenbeard
Gohan SSJ2 DBZK.png
Future Trunks DBZK.png Future Trunks Takeshi Kusao Eric Vale
Future Trunks SSJ DBZK.png
Krilin DBZK.png Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Bulma DBZK.png Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Monica Rial
Future Bulma DBZK.png Future Bulma
Baby Trunks DBZK.png Trunks
(baby)
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Chi-Chi DBZK.png Chi-Chi Naoko Watanabe Cynthia Cranz
Master Roshi DBZK.png Master Roshi Masaharu Satō Mike McFarland
King Kai DBZK.png King Kai Jōji Yanami Sean Schemmel
Kami DBZK.png Kami Takeshi Aono
(eps. 4-50)
Christopher Sabat
Bin Shimada
(eps. 66-68)
Dende DBZK.png Dende Aya Hirano Maxey Whitehead
Mr Popo DBZK.png Mr. Popo Yasuhiko Kawazu Chris Cason
Tien Shinhan DBZK.png Tien Shinhan Hikaru Midorikawa John Burgmeier
Chiaotzu DBZK.png Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Brina Palencia
Yamcha DBZK.png Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher Sabat
Puar DBZK.png Puar Naoko Watanabe Brina Palencia
Korin DBZK.png Korin Ichirō Nagai Christopher Sabat
Yajirobe DBZK.png Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland
Ox King DBZK.png Ox-King Daisuke Gōri
(eps. 4-18)
Kyle Hebert
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
(rest)
Oolong DBZK.png Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bryan Massey
Shenron DBZK.png Shenron Kenji Utsumi Christopher Sabat
King Yemma DBZK.png King Yemma Daisuke Gōri Chris Rager
Dr Brief DBZK.png Dr. Brief Jōji Yanami Mark Stoddard
Ms Brief DBZK.png Mrs. Brief Yōko Kawanami Cynthia Cranz
Fortuneteller Baba DBZK.jpg Fortuneteller Baba Mayumi Tanaka Linda Young
Gregory DBZK.png Gregory Yūsuke Numata John Burgmeier
Bubbles DBZK.png Bubbles Takahiro Fujimoto Christopher Sabat
Turtle DBZK.png Turtle Chris Cason
Grandpa Gohan DBZK.png Grandpa Gohan
(flashbacks)
Shigeru Chiba Christopher Sabat
King Furry DBZK.png King Furry Jōji Yanami Kyle Hebert
Saiyan Saga
Bardock DBZK.png Bardock Masako Nozawa Sonny Strait
Raditz DBZK.png Raditz Shigeru Chiba Justin Cook
Nappa DBZK.png Nappa Tetsu Inada Phil Parsons
Frieza Saga
Freezer 1 DBZK.png Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young
(ep. 1)
Freezer 2 DBZK.png Christopher Ayres
Freezer 3 DBZK.png
Zarbon DBZK.png Zarbon Hiroaki Miura J. Michael Tatum
Dodoria DBZK.png Dodoria Takashi Nagasako John Swasey
Ginyu DBZK.png Captain Ginyu Katsuyuki Konishi R. Bruce Elliott
Jeice DBZK.png Jeice Daisuke Kishio Jason Liebrecht
Burter DBZK.png Burter Masaya Onosaka Vic Mignogna
Recoome DBZK.png Recoome Seiji Sasaki Christopher Sabat
Guldo DBZK.png Guldo Yasuhiro Takato Greg Ayres
Cui DBZK.png Cui Eiji Takemoto Bill Townsley
Grand Elder DBZK.png Grand Elder Junpei Takiguchi Bill Jenkins
Moori DBZK.png Moori Ryōichi Tanaka Barry Yandell
Nail DBZK.png Nail Taiten Kusunoki Sean Schemmel
Porunga DBZK.png Porunga Daisuke Gōri
(ep. 36)
Christopher Sabat
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
(rest)
King Cold DBZK.png King Cold Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Jason Douglas
Cell Saga
Cell 1 DBZK.png Cell Norio Wakamoto Dameon Clarke
Cell 2 DBZK.png
Cell 3 DBZK.png
Android 16 DBZK.png Android 16 Hikaru Midorikawa Jeremy Inman
Android 17 DBZK.png Android 17 Shigeru Nakahara Chuck Huber
Android 18 DBZK.png Android 18 Miki Itō Colleen Clinkenbeard
Android 19 DBZK.png Android 19 Yukitoshi Hori Todd Haberkorn
Android 20 DBZK.png Dr. Gero /
Android 20
Kōji Yada Kent Williams
Mr Satan DBZK.png Mr. Satan Unshō Ishizuka Chris Rager
ZTV Reporter DBZK.png ZTV Reporter Tamotsu Nishiwaki John Swasey
Cameraman DBZK.png Cameraman ¿? ¿?
Caroni DBZK.png Caroni Kazunari Tanaka John Burgmeier
Piiza DBZK.png Miss Piiza Kumiko Nishihara Linda Young
Pirozhki DBZK.png Pirohzki Hisao Egawa Kyle Hebert
Others
DBZKAI.png Narration Jōji Yanami Doc Morgan

Additional Voices

Ocean

The only voices confirmed so far for the currently-unreleased Ocean Dub.

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Goku DBZK.png Goku Masako Nozawa Richard Ian Cox
Vegeta DBZK.png Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Brian Drummond[1]
Piccolo DBZK.png Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil
Gohan DBZK.png Gohan Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson
Tien Shinhan DBZK.png Tien Shinhan Hikaru Midorikawa Brendan Hunter
Dr Brief DBZK.png Dr. Brief Jōji Yanami Scott McNeil
Nappa DBZK.png Nappa Tetsu Inada Michael Dobson
Freezer 1 DBZK.png Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Lee Tockar
Freezer 2 DBZK.png
Freezer 3 DBZK.png
Jeice DBZK.png Jeice Daisuke Kishio Scott McNeil
Android 17 DBZK.png Android 17 Shigeru Nakahara Cole Howard

Other Voices

Music

  • 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

Notes

  • Some various reasons behind certain English dub recasts.
    • Monica Rial replaces Tiffany Vollmer as Bulma due to Vollmer moving to New Orleans in 2010.
    • Christopher Ayres replaces Linda Young as Frieza due to Young finding difficulty in keeping up with the faster pace of Kai's dialogue. Young is still heard providing Frieza's laugh in the first episode.
    • Brina Palencia replaces Monika Antonelli as Chiaotzu and Puar due to Antonelli moving to Minnesota.
    • Bryan Massey replaces Brad Jackson as Oolong due to Jackson moving to Denver, Colorado. However, Jackson would eventually return to voice acting, reprising Oolong in the Battle of Gods movie, Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters, and Dragon Ball Super (though Massey would replace Jackson again towards the end of Super).
    • Colleen Clinkenbeard replaces Meredith McCoy as Android 18 due to McCoy going into retirement. However, she would later come out of it and return to the role starting with Battle of Gods.
    • R. Bruce Elliott replaces Brice Armstrong as Captain Ginyu due to Armstrong's retirement the previous year.
    • Todd Haberkorn replaces Phillip Wilburn as Android 19 due to Wilburn's retirement from voice acting.
    • Many recasts were simply to reduce the number of characters voiced by the same voice actor. The biggest example of this was many of the characters previously voiced by Christopher Sabat being recasted (i.e. Mr. Popo, Moori, Grand Elder, Turtle, Jeice, Burter, and Zarbon).
  • 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.

Transmission

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

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2010-2012 DVD.jpg
+
BD
Parts 1-8 1
NTSC
A
DVB-T
United States 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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