Dragon Ball Z (season 1)

The first season of the Dragon Ball Z anime series contains the Raditz and Vegeta arcs, which comprises the Part 1 of the Frieza Saga, which adapts the 17th through the 21st volumes of the Dragon Ball manga series by Akira Toriyama. The series follows the adventures of Goku. The episodes deal with Goku as he learns about his Saiyan heritage and battles Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta, three other Saiyans who want Goku to join them and help them destroy life on Earth.

Dragon Ball Z
Season 1
Dragon Ball Z season 1 poster.jpg
DVD release poster
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes39
Original networkFuji Television
Original releaseApril 26, 1989 (1989-04-26) –
March 7, 1990 (1990-03-07)
Season chronology
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Season 2
List of Dragon Ball Z episodes

The season initially ran from April 1989 until March 1990 in Japan on Fuji Television. The season was then licensed for a heavily edited dubbed broadcast by Funimation Entertainment. Their adaptation first ran in September 1996 through September 1997, primarily on FOX,[1] UPN and WB affiliate stations in the United States and Canada. The 39 episodes were cut down to a mere 28. Their edited adaptation was syndicated to television by Saban Entertainment, and was released by Geneon Entertainment (then known as Pioneer) on VHS and DVD in 1999. Eventually, Geneon Entertainment lost the distribution license to the first 67 episodes and Funimation began redubbing the series for an uncut broadcast. The unedited version was released on DVD in 2005, but later cancelled and Funimation eventually began releasing season box sets of Dragon Ball Z and they re-released their first season on February 6, 2007. In late 2013, the company released the first season box set on the Blu-ray Disc format. In June 2009, Funimation announced that they would be releasing Dragon Ball Z in a new seven volume set called the "Dragon Box". Based on the original series masters with frame-by-frame restoration, the first set was released November 10, 2009.[2]

Two pieces of theme music were used throughout the season. The opening theme, "Cha-La Head-Cha-La", is performed by Hironobu Kageyama and the ending theme, "Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Power!" (でてこいとびきりZENKAIパワー!, Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Pawā!, "Come out, incredible full-force power!") is performed by Manna. The theme for the original 1996–1997 English dub is "Rock the Dragon", performed by Jeremy Sweet. The uncut English redub from 2005 uses "Dragon Ball Z Movie theme" by Mark Menza.


English dub productionEdit

In 1996, Funimation began working on their first season of an English dub for Dragon Ball Z. The company had previously produced a dub of Dragon Ball's first 13 episodes and first movie during 1995, but when plans for a second season were cancelled due to lower than expected ratings,[3] they partnered with Saban Entertainment (known at the time for shows such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and X-Men) to distribute their adaptation to Fox, UPN and The WB affiliate stations.[4][5][6][3] While Saban had a history of acquiring the rights to various anime series to be dubbed, Funimation still controlled the American license to the property during this period.[7]

The program would air during early morning time slots in most markets. It was part of the "Saban Network for Kids", a 1996–97 syndicated programming block[8] which included other Saban anime dubs, such as Eagle Riders and Samurai Pizza Cats,[6][9][10] as well as Masked Rider, Saban's Adventures of Oliver Twist and The Why Why Family.[1][6] Heightened exposure from Saban helped ensure a larger audience for the series, which led to Funimation creating a second syndicated dub season in 1997, intended to air in its own hour long block.[3]

Like the prior Dragon Ball dub from 1995, this production used Canadian voice actors from Vancouver, British Columbia. However, this time ADR work was handled by The Ocean Group (now known as Ocean Productions), leading to fans referring to this dub as "the Ocean dub".[3][11] Funimation also outsourced the role of music to ex-Saban musician Ron Wasserman, who was allowed to compose the background score from his home in Los Angeles, California.[12][13] The theme song "Main Title" (known by fans as "Rock the Dragon") was created by Saban Entertainment,[3] with the vocals performed by Jeremy Sweet.[11][13]

In 2004–2005, Funimation redubbed these episodes, now with their then-current American voice actors from Dallas, Texas. Unlike the 1996–1997 Ocean/Saban co-production, this dub had no episodes or scenes cut out, and no visual censorship; and while the script was still not based on a translation, they did rewrite it, and even threw in curse words. It featured a new background score by Dallas-based composer Nathan M. Johnson.


Initial dub no.Translated title/Funimation's dub title
Original Japanese title
Original air dateEnglish airdate
11"Mini-Goku is an Overprotected Boy! I Am Gohan." / "The Arrival of Raditz" [The New Threat]
Transcription: "Mini Gokū wa Obotchama! Boku Gohan Desu." (Japanese: ミニ悟空はおぼっちゃま!ボク悟飯です。)
April 26, 1989 (1989-04-26)September 13, 1996
June 14, 2005 (re-dub)
Five years have passed since Goku's victory at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Goku's son, Gohan, is wandering around the woods outside of his house when a tiger steals his hat. While he's looking for the tiger, he accidentally falls into a river. Goku, searching for his son, finds his hat. He suddenly sees Gohan floating down a river, but he can't reach him in time before he goes over a waterfall. Goku looks up and sees Gohan clinging to a branch, having somehow jumped out of the river. With Gohan safe, they head to Master Roshi's house. Meanwhile, a mysterious alien has arrived on Earth looking for a man named Kakarrot. With a special device: the Scouter he wears on his head, he searches for high power levels on Earth. He finds Piccolo, whose attack is completely ineffective. The alien is about to devastate Piccolo when he finds a higher power level and flies off.
21"The Mightiest Warrior in All of History is Goku's Older Brother!" / "The Arrival of Raditz" [Reunions]
Transcription: "Shijō Saikyō no Senshi wa Gokū no Ani Datta!" (Japanese: 史上最強の戦士は悟空の兄だった!)
May 3, 1989 (1989-05-03)September 13, 1996
June 15, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku and Gohan arrive at Master Roshi's island to meet Bulma, Krillin, Master Roshi, and Turtle. Quickly the others notice the difference between Gohan's behavior and that of Goku as a child. Goku informs his friends that Chi Chi refuses to allow Gohan to fight, instead he studies constantly. The same mysterious alien arrives at the island and reveals himself: he is a Saiyan warrior named Raditz, and he is Goku's older brother. He also reveals that Goku's real Saiyan name is Kakarrot. Goku learns that he was sent to destroy all life on Earth, but his memory loss from a terrible fall as a child prevented this outcome. Raditz came to Earth to get Goku to join him and the other two remaining Saiyans, and he won't accept a refusal.
32"All Right! This is the Strongest Combo in the World!" / "The World's Strongest Team" [Unlikely Alliance]
Transcription: "Yatta! Kore ga Chijō Saikyō no Konbi Da!" (Japanese: やった!これが地上最強のコンビだ!)
May 10, 1989 (1989-05-10)September 20, 1996
June 16, 2005 (re-dub)
In order to get Goku to join him, Raditz kidnaps Gohan and orders Goku to kill 100 Earthlings before the next day. Goku tries to stop him, but not even he could stop his brother's power. Even though he's no match for him, Goku will do whatever it takes to save his son. Krillin and Roshi volunteer to join Goku and save Gohan, however Goku refuses. He tells them that once the Eternal Dragon grants a wish, he will not grant it again, hence the two cannot be resurrected again. Suddenly, Piccolo appears and proposes that he and Goku team up in order to stop Raditz. He had seen Raditz's power while the Saiyan was looking for Goku, and he knows that neither of them are a match for this alien. Raditz returns to the location of his landing pod, leaving Gohan imprisoned in it. His Scouter detects a large power level coming from Gohan, but ignores it thinking that it's malfunctioning. Using the Dragon Radar to find Gohan (with a Dragon Ball on his hat) and Raditz, Goku and Piccolo arrive and remove their weighted clothing, boosting their power levels.
43"Piccolo's Trump Card! Gohan, the Crybaby-kun" / "Gohan's Hidden Powers" [Piccolo's Plan]
Transcription: "Pikkoro no Kirifuda! Gohan wa Nakimushikun" (Japanese: ピッコロの切り札!悟飯は泣きむしクン)
May 17, 1989 (1989-05-17)September 27, 1996
June 20, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku and Piccolo throw everything they've got against Raditz, but it seems that even their combined power stops short of Raditz's own strength. Both get injured and Piccolo even loses an arm. However, Piccolo has an idea that might beat him: the Special Beam Cannon, his newest and most powerful technique. But, he has to power up to make it work. He requires five minutes to gather the strength, and Goku does his best to give him that. Despite the fact that the two drastically raise their power levels with heavy concentration, they do not manage to defeat Raditz using their attacks. Suddenly, Goku does manage to grab Raditz's tail, instantly weakening him. Raditz surrenders and Goku releases his tail. However, Raditz quickly attacks Goku again elbowing him in the face and crushing his chest. As Raditz prepares to kill Goku, he suddenly picks up an enormous power level coming from Gohan.
54"Goku Dies! There's Only One Last Chance" / "Goku's Unusual Journey" [Gohan's Rage]
Transcription: "Gokū Shisu! Rasuto Chansu wa Ichido dake" (Japanese: 悟空死す!ラストチャンスは一度だけ)
May 24, 1989 (1989-05-24)October 4, 1996
June 21, 2005 (re-dub)
As Raditz tortures Goku, Gohan bursts out of Raditz's spaceship and hurls himself into Raditz with incredible power that stuns and injures the Saiyan. However, Gohan's power disappears as quickly as it surfaced, leaving him defenseless against his father's attacker who quickly hits Gohan, knocking him out. Raditz intends to kill Gohan, who he views as the only person capable of defeating him. In a last-ditch effort to save his son, Goku gets Raditz in a hold that leaves both of them open to Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. Goku urges Piccolo to use it, even if it costs his own life. Piccolo then starts to wonder whether or not he should use it. Despite Raditz's pleas for mercy, Piccolo lets loose his attack, which hits both Goku and Raditz, killing the latter. Thinking they've already won, Piccolo tells Raditz (who's slowly dying) about the Dragon Balls. Once he's heard everything, Raditz tells Piccolo that his Scouter is also a transmitter and that in one year's time, two more Saiyans, more powerful than Raditz, will arrive on Earth to avenge his murder. Goku lives to see Bulma, Roshi and Krillin arrive and hear that the unconscious Gohan is alive, but thereafter dies, leaving his body taken by Kami. Far away on another planet, Nappa and Vegeta plan to visit Earth and wish for immortality using the Dragon Balls.
64"Even Yama-sama is Surprised — The Fight Continues in the Next World" / "Goku's Unusual Journey" [No Time Like the Present]
Transcription: "Enmasama mo Bikkuri — Ano Yo de Faito" (Japanese: エンマ様もビックリあの世でファイト)
June 7, 1989 (1989-06-07)October 4, 1996
June 22, 2005 (re-dub)
To prepare for this threat, Kami takes Goku to the Other World for training with the legendary martial arts master, King Kai. But in order to get to King Kai, first he must cross a treacherous path called Snake Way. Only one person has ever successfully crossed it, King Yemma. King Yemma tells Goku not to fall off Snake Way or he will never return. Goku starts the long journey by flying over the path, until eventually he runs out of energy and must continue on foot. Back on Planet Earth, Piccolo regnerates his arm and decides to take Gohan (who's still unconscious) under his wing, with the hope of tapping into his hidden power. Piccolo awakens the boy and forces him to train using fear. Bulma studies the circuitry of Raditz's Scouter, and agrees with Master Roshi that Krillin should be the one to tell Chi Chi the recent news of Goku and Gohan.
75"Survival with Dinosaurs! Gohan's Harsh Training" / "Gohan's Metamorphosis" [Day 1]
Transcription: "Kyōryū to Sabaibaru! Gohan no Tsurai Shugyō" (Japanese: 恐竜とサバイバル!悟飯のツライ修行)
June 14, 1989 (1989-06-14)October 11, 1996
June 23, 2005 (re-dub)
Piccolo leaves Gohan alone in the wilderness for six months so he can learn to take care of himself, just like his father did as a child. Even though there are dangerous animals in the wild, Gohan's hidden powers help him escape, but also get him stuck on a really tall boulder, from which he can't get down. High above, Kami tells Mr. Popo that in a years time, both he and Piccolo will die from unknown causes and that if Piccolo knew this it might have been what caused his slow change of heart towards Gohan. Meanwhile, Krillin tries to break the news about Goku and Gohan to Chi Chi, but is too scared.
85"A Great Transformation on a Moonlit Night! The Secret of Gohan's Power" / "Gohan's Metamorphosis" [Gohan Goes Bananas!]
Transcription: "Tsuki no Kagayaku Yoru ni Daihenshin! Gohan Pawā no Himitsu" (Japanese: 月の輝く夜に大変身!悟飯パワーの秘密)
June 21, 1989 (1989-06-21)October 11, 1996
June 27, 2005 (re-dub)
As Krillin and the others try to find the Dragon Balls after Bulma adjusts the eyepiece for their use. Chi Chi arrives with her father to search for Goku and Gohan, there Master Roshi is forced to tell Chi Chi the truth himself, to which she faints. Yajirobe appears with a task for Krillin: he must bring Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu to Korin Tower in preparation for the Saiyans' arrival, before he leaves he also tells them that Baba is coming to tell them that Goku wishes to be brought back just before the Saiyans' arrival. That night, back at the wilderness, Gohan sees the full moon for the first time and goes through the same transformation as his father once did, becoming a giant ape-like creature, known as a Great Ape. Gohan then proceeds to destroy the Earth, unable to control his new monstrous form and power. With no other way to stop the rampaging Gohan, Piccolo is forced to destroy the moon. Gohan reverts to his normal, naked form, and with no moon, the chance of the transformation ever happening again is gone. Just to be safe, Piccolo pulls Gohan's tail off before giving him new clothes with his symbol on it and a sword. Finally, Piccolo again leaves Gohan by himself.
96"Sorry, Robot-san — The Desert of Vanishing Tears" / "Gohan Makes a Friend" [The Strangest Robot]
Transcription: "Gomen ne Robottosan Sabaku ni Kieta Namida." (Japanese: ゴメンねロボットさん砂漠に消えた涙。)
June 28, 1989 (1989-06-28)October 18, 1996
June 28, 2005 (re-dub)
After waking up from his transformation, Gohan finds his tail gone and a new set of clothes that resemble his father's gi. But he has no time to figure out what happened, as hungry animals descend upon him. Gohan escapes, but falls into a cave where he finds an ancient Capsule Corp. robot that's been trapped for over 30 years, and it's not too pleased about having company. Wanting to escape the cave, he seeks the robot for help, but it's not interested. However, the robot lets out his soft side and helps Gohan get some mushrooms to eat. Later when Gohan tries to help the robot escape, the cave starts collapsing and the robot helps him, throwing him to safety.
106"Don't Cry, Gohan! His First Fight" / "Gohan Makes a Friend" [A New Friend]
Transcription: "Naku na Gohan! Hajimete no Tatakai." (Japanese: 泣くな悟飯!はじめての闘い)
July 5, 1989 (1989-07-05)October 18, 1996
June 29, 2005 (re-dub)
Krillin and Bulma find Yamcha and Puar. Krillin tells Yamcha of the important news, and start heading to Korin Tower on the Capsule Corp. ship with the others. As Gohan becomes more like his father in bravery, power, and benevolence, he finds a wounded dinosaur, and aids it in recovering. He then tries to defend it from a hungry predator.
117"The Saiyans, Mightiest Warriors in the Universe, Awaken!" / "Trouble on Arlia" [Terror on Arlia]
Transcription: "Uchūichi no Kyōsenshi Saiyajin Mezameru!" (Japanese: 宇宙一の強戦士サイヤ人めざめる!)
July 12, 1989 (1989-07-12)October 25, 1996
June 30, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku continues his seemingly endless journey on Snake Way. Deep in space, the Saiyan warriors, Vegeta and Nappa, make a stop on a planet called Arlia and "become prisoners" to their tyrant king. When they are called before the king, they break their bonds and kill the guards. The king summons his giant monster on them, but they easily take care of them both. The other Arlians are grateful of the Saiyans for killing their tyrant king. They proclaim that Vegeta and Nappa will always receive a hero's welcome on Arlia. Despite all of this, Vegeta destroys the entire planet.
128"Catnap on the Serpentine Road Goku Takes a Tumble" / "Home For Infinite Losers" [Global Training]
Transcription: "Hebi no Michi de Inemuri Gokū ga Okkochiru" (Japanese: 蛇の道でいねむり悟空が落っこちる)
July 19, 1989 (1989-07-19)November 1, 1996
July 4, 2005 (re-dub)
Gohan trains hard in the wilderness, while Piccolo trains himself. Meanwhile, Krillin and Bulma are still trying to find Tien and Chiaotzu so they can begin training with Kami. Unfortunately for Tien and Chiaotzu, Launch isn't very willing to part with her company.
138"Hands Off! Yama-sama's Secret Fruit" / "Home For Infinite Losers" [Goz and Mez]
Transcription: "Te o Dasu na! Enmasama no Himitsu no Kudamono" (Japanese: 手を出すな!エンマ様の秘密の果実)
July 26, 1989 (1989-07-26)November 1, 1996
July 5, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku accidentally falls from Snake Way into Hell, where he finds a fruit tree. Goku is famished, so he tries to take a piece. However, the tree belongs to King Yemma, and the two oni there, Goz and Mez, will do anything it takes to stop Goku from acquiring the fruit. They explain that it is a special fruit that will keep whoever eats it full for a long time. Goz and Mez have their own tests to give. The first wasn't very successful (even though he won), but the second was. To their great surprise, Goku wins the race. Frustrated, they direct Goku to a "shortcut" back to Snake Way. Goku reveals that he has stolen a piece of fruit from the tree. Unfortunately, this leads back to King Yemma, and Goku must start all over. However, after eating the fruit he is much faster and will not get as tired.
149"Such Sweet Temptation! The Snake Princess-sama's Hospitality" / "Princess Snake's Hospitality" [Princess Snake]"
Transcription: "Ama〜i Yūwaku! Hebihimesama no Omotenashi" (Japanese: あま~い誘惑!蛇姫さまのおもてなし)
August 2, 1989 (1989-08-02)November 8, 1996
July 6, 2005 (re-dub)
Even though Goku has to start all over on Snake Way, he quickly catches up to where he was last thanks to King Yemma's fruit. He sees a castle in up ahead, and assumes it must belong to King Kai. He enters the castle, only to find out that it belongs to Princess Snake. The Princess finds Goku very attractive, so she does everything she can to keep him there. Goku tries several times to leave, but finally, she is forced to show her true form. In her new, horrible form, she captures Goku, but he is able to break free and continue down Snake Way.
1510"Escape from Piccolo! Gohan Summons a Storm" / "Escape from Piccolo" [Dueling Piccolos]
Transcription: "Pikkoro kara no Dasshutsu! Arashi o Yobu Gohan" (Japanese: ピッコロからの脱出!嵐を呼ぶ悟飯)
August 9, 1989 (1989-08-09)October 28, 1997 (video premiere)
September 14, 1998[14]
July 7, 2005 (re-dub)
Piccolo splits himself in half, and the two forms fight each other. Piccolo uses this method to train by himself at a high intensity. Meanwhile, Gohan sleds down a sandy hill. After he crashes, he tries to find a way out of wherever he is to his mother (he thinks his home is close by). After coming to the same spot he originally was at first, he realizes, he must be on an island. Brainstorming, he builds a boat, so he can pay a quick visit to his mother, whom he misses. As he drifts on the sea at night, a huge storm is heading Gohan's way, and he can't swim.
1610"Run, Gohan! Longing for Mount Paozu, Where Chichi is Waiting" / "Escape from Piccolo" [Plight of the Children]
Transcription: "Hashire Gohan! Chichi no Matsu Natsukashi no Paozu Yama" (Japanese: 走れ悟飯!チチの待つなつかしのパオズ山)
August 16, 1989 (1989-08-16)October 28, 1997 (video premiere)
September 14, 1998
July 11, 2005 (re-dub)
Gohan was able to survive the storm, and he washes up on the shore. There he finds a group of orphans living on their own. The adults in the area are trying to capture them and take them to an orphanage. After telling them his goal, Pigero, their leader, designs a plan to get Gohan home, and get all of the orphans to a safe location. The adults come, and Pigero and Gohan are able to defend themselves against the adults, but Pigero suddenly realizes something: the children will be better off at the orphanage. Knowing this, he lets the adults capture the other orphans. He takes Gohan to the woods near his house, and then drives off. Gohan gets within sight of his home, but decides not to go in. He knows how important it is that he train for the Saiyans. Piccolo, hovering above him, sees all of this, and takes Gohan back.
1711"City of No Tomorrow! The Long Road to Victory" / "Showdown in the Past" [Pendulum Room Peril]
Transcription: "Asu Naki Machi! Shōri e no Tōi Michinori" (Japanese: 明日なき街!勝利への遠い道のり)
August 30, 1989 (1989-08-30)November 15, 1996
July 12, 2005 (re-dub)
Gohan's real training is about to begin, as Piccolo trains him in the martial arts. On Kami's Lookout, Yamcha, Tien, Krillin and Chiaotzu want to get the same training as Goku did. So, Mr. Popo takes them to the Pendulum Room where the past, present, and future intertwine. Krillin and the others use the room and are sent to Planet Vegeta in the past, facing two powerful Saiyan warriors. After a horrifying battle, the Z Fighters continue their training with more motivation.
1812"Last Stop on the Serpentine Road! Are You Kaio-sama?" / "The End of Snake Way" [The End of Snake Way]
Transcription: "Shūte〜n Hebi no Michi! Omē Kaiōsama ka?" (Japanese: 終点~ん蛇の道!おめえ界王様か?)
September 6, 1989 (1989-09-06)January 3, 1997
July 13, 2005 (re-dub)
After a rough day of training with Piccolo, Gohan rests for the next day. Gohan has a bad dream involving Raditz beating his father, and he suddenly wakes up. Gohan looks up at the moon which has mysteriously reappeared, and overcome by his nightmares of Goku's death, he losts control of himself and attacks Piccolo, who has arrived to see what's going on. Piccolo does his best to stop him, but once Gohan grows his tail back and changes into a Great Ape with another gaze at the moon, he was powerless to stop him. Piccolo tries to destroy the moon, but finds that it is a projection from Goku's old spaceship. Piccolo destroys the ship, reversing the transformation. Meanwhile, after a long trip, Goku finally makes it to King Kai's planet, and finds a friendly little monkey, whom he believes to be King Kai.
1913"The Battle with Gravity! Catch Bubbles-kun" / "A Fight Against Gravity... Catch Bubbles!" [Defying Gravity]
Transcription: "Jūryoku to no Tatakai! Baburusukun o Tsukamaero" (Japanese: 重力との戦い!バブルス君をつかまえろ)
September 13, 1989 (1989-09-13)January 10, 1997
July 14, 2005 (re-dub)
As Gohan's training gets harder every day, Goku's training with King Kai has just begun. He has about 88 days to prepare for the Saiyans. It turns out that the monkey is not King Kai, but it is his pet. His first task is to catch the monkey, whose name is Bubbles, but it's not going to be easy. The gravity on this tiny planet is 10 times that of Earth, making it hard for Goku to even stand up. Just when Goku is losing hope, he gets inspired after learning that his people withstand different fighting conditions. After three weeks, Goku conquers the gravity and catches Bubbles.
2014"The Saiyan Legend Reborn! Goku's Roots" / "The Legend of the Saiyans" [Goku's Ancestors]
Transcription: "Yomigaeru Saiyajin Densetsu! Gokū no Rūtsu" (Japanese: よみがえるサイヤ人伝説!悟空のルーツ)
September 20, 1989 (1989-09-20)January 17, 1997
July 18, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku's next task in King Kai's training is to hit the grasshopper, Gregory, with a heavy mallet. After a long chase, it seems that Goku can't hit Gregory yet. While taking a break, King Kai tells Goku about the Saiyan people. They were a warrior race who shared a planet with the smarter, though weaker, Tuffles. Eventually, the Saiyans overpowered the Tuffles and stole their technology. Willing to stop the Saiyans from destroying Earth, Goku continues his training and manages to hit Gregory. Now King Kai will train Goku himself in the ways of the Kaio-Ken.
2115"Come Forth, Shen Long! The Saiyans Finally Arrive on Earth" / "A Black Day for Planet Earth" [Counting Down]
Transcription: "Ide yo Shenron! Saiyajin Tsui ni Chikyū Tōchaku" (Japanese: いでよ神龍!サイヤ人ついに地球到着)
September 27, 1989 (1989-09-27)January 24, 1997
July 19, 2005 (re-dub)
After 70 days of hard training with King Kai, Goku has gotten much stronger and faster. But, the Saiyans are going to arrive the next day, so Goku speaks to Master Roshi telepathically through King Kai. He asks him to use the Dragon Balls to wish him back. Suddenly, King Kai realizes that he forgot to account for the time it will take Goku to go back down Snake Way. With no time to waste, Goku leaves King Kai's planet and races down Snake Way.
2216"Unbelievable! Saibaimen, Born of the Soil" / "The Battle Begins... Goku Where Are You?" [The Darkest Day]
(Japanese: んなバカな!土から生まれたサイバイマン)
October 11, 1989 (1989-10-11)February 1, 1997
July 20, 2005 (re-dub)
After a year of space travel, the two Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa, arrive on Earth. To celebrate their arrival, Nappa completely destroys East City with ease by creating an energy blast. Sensing their power, the Z Fighters mobilize for an attack. The Saiyans search for any large power levels with their scouters, and they head toward Piccolo and Gohan. Just when Krillin shows up to help, the Saiyans also arrive. Piccolo learns that he is a Namekian, because Vegeta recognizes the green skin that is typical of Namekians. Yajirobe knows the threat as well, but instead of stopping them, he is posing as the leader of the earth's Special Forces to get food.
2317"Yamucha Dies! The Terror of the Saibaimen" / "The Saibamen Strike" [Saibamen Attack!]
Transcription: "Yamucha Shisu! Osoru Beshi Saibaiman" (Japanese: ヤムチャ死す!おそるべしサイバイマン)
October 18, 1989 (1989-10-18)February 8, 1997
July 21, 2005 (re-dub)
Just to have some fun, Vegeta and Nappa grow some weird creatures, called Saibamen, to test their opponents' strength. Suddenly, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha arrive to join the battle. Tien is the first to go up against one of the Saibamen. Thanks to his training, Tien easily beats one of them. Angry at his failure, Vegeta destroys the losing Saibaman. Yamcha is up against the next Saibaman, and it seems he, too, is stronger, but his opponent grabs Yamcha and self-destructs, killing them both.
2418"Farewell Ten-san! Chaozu's Suicide Strategy" / "Nappa... The Invincible?" [The Power of Nappa]
Transcription: "Sayonara Tensan! Chaozu no Sutemi no Senpō" (Japanese: さよなら天さん!餃子の捨て身の戦法)
October 25, 1989 (1989-10-25)February 15, 1997
July 25, 2005 (re-dub)
Yamcha has been killed by the Saibaman's surprise explosion. Back at the Kame House, everyone mourns his death, especially Bulma and Puar. Angered by losing him, Krillin fights the remaining Saibamen. He fires a powerful energy attack that completely destroys the remaining Saibamen. However, the real battle is about to begin, because the Saiyan Nappa steps up to fight. Nappa is clearly much stronger than any of them.
2519"Tenshinhan Cries Out!! This is My Final Kikoho" / "Tien Goes All Out!!" [Sacrifice]
Transcription: "Tenshinhan Zekkyō!! Kore ga Saigo no Kikōhō Da" (Japanese: 天津飯絶叫!!これが最後の気功砲だ)
November 1, 1989 (1989-11-01)February 22, 1997
July 26, 2005 (re-dub)
As Tien gets beaten up by Nappa, Chiaotzu latches on to Nappa's back and explodes after a telepathic goodbye to Tien. As the smoke clears, it is discovered Nappa has only been slightly wounded by Chiaotzu's attack. Piccolo and Krillin do their best against Nappa, but the Saiyan is much too strong for them. Using all the power he has, Tien fires an attack to avenge his fallen friend, but it is still not enough to stop the rampaging Nappa. Even though the attack had no effect, Tien dies of exhaustion claiming that he has failed.
2619"An Intense Three-Hour Delay! The Kinto Un Bullet-Express" / "Tien Goes All Out!!" [Nappa's Rampage]
Transcription: "Hitasura Matte Sanjikan! Dangan Hikō no Kintoun" (Japanese: ひたすら待って3時間!弾丸飛行の筋斗雲)
November 8, 1989 (1989-11-08)February 22, 1997
July 27, 2005 (re-dub)
With Tien gone, only Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan are left to fight, and they begin to wonder when Goku will show up. They tell Vegeta that Goku is far more powerful than any of them, and the Saiyan Prince can't resist the thought of a better fight, as he has grown bored of the relatively weak Earthlings. He tells Nappa that they will wait three hours for Goku. But instead of standing around for three hours, Nappa flies around the world destroying everything in his path to kill some time. Goku arrives on Earth, but he is far away from the battlefield. The three hours are up, so Vegeta tells Nappa to continue the fight.
2720"Leave it to Me! Gohan's Great Burst of Anger" / "Time's Up!" [Nimbus Speed]
Transcription: "Boku ni Makasete! Gohan - Ikari no Daibakuhatsu" (Japanese: ぼくにまかせて!悟飯・怒りの大爆発)
November 22, 1989 (1989-11-22)April 12, 1997
July 28, 2005 (re-dub)
As Goku heads toward the battlefield, Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan devise a plan to stop Nappa: they plan to pull his tail, which will weaken him enough to take him out. As Piccolo grabs Nappa's tail, Gohan rushes to finish the fight. However, it seems that Nappa and Vegeta have evolved past their weaknesses, and they are no longer crippled when their tail is pulled. With their plan a failure, Nappa begins to pound on Piccolo and Krillin. Only Gohan is left to fight, and the young Saiyan is holding his own against Nappa. Enraged by Gohan's attack, Nappa fires a blast at Gohan that could finish him off.
2821"Ferocity of the Saiyans! Kami-sama and Piccolo Both Die" / "The Return of Goku" [Goku's Arrival]
Transcription: "Saiyajin no Mōi! Kamisama mo Pikkoro mo Shinda" (Japanese: サイヤ人の猛威!神様もピッコロも死んだ)
November 29, 1989 (1989-11-29)April 19, 1997
August 1, 2005 (re-dub)
To save his only friend, Piccolo makes the ultimate sacrifice, and dives in front of Gohan to block Nappa's attack. As Piccolo dies, he tells Gohan that he is his only friend and how sorry he was about going so hard on him during training. With Piccolo dead, Kami and the Dragon Balls are also gone, meaning that no one can be wished back. When all hope seems lost for Earth, Goku finally arrives. After giving Gohan and Krillin a Senzu bean, Goku learns what happened to his friends. Angered, Goku takes out his frustration on the hulking Nappa.
2922"Father is Awesome! Kaio-ken, the Ultimate Finishing Technique" / "Goku Strikes Back" [Lesson Number One]
Transcription: "Tōsan Sugē ya! Kyūkyoku no Hissatsuwaza - Kaiōken" (Japanese: 父さんすげぇや!究極の必殺技・界王拳)
December 6, 1989 (1989-12-06)April 26, 1997
August 2, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku is able to easily beat Nappa, thanks to King Kai's training. With a measured power level in the thousands, he is vastly superior to the man who so easily defeated his friends. Goku avenges all of his friends. Having seen enough of the fight, Vegeta orders Nappa to stop and let him fight Goku. To have some more fun, Nappa decides to attack Gohan and Krillin, only to be stopped by Goku's Kaio-ken attack. Unable to move, Nappa asks Vegeta for help, but the cruel prince does not tolerate weakness. He kills his partner with a sadistic display of power.
3023"A Hot, Unbounded Battle! Goku vs. Vegeta" / "Goku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel!" [Goku vs. Vegeta]
Transcription: "Genkai o Koeta Atsui Tatakai! Gokū Tai Bejīta" (Japanese: 限界を超えた熱い戦い!悟空対ベジータ)
December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13)May 3, 1997
August 3, 2005 (re-dub)
Goku instructs Krillin and Gohan to leave the battlefield, because he doesn't want them to get hurt. With no one in their way, Goku and Vegeta begin their fight for the fate of the Earth. Even with Goku using his Kaio-ken technique, Vegeta is still more powerful. Goku has no choice but to try a Kaio-ken x2, but even with this increase in power, he still can't overpower Vegeta. His only choice is to try a Kaio-ken x3, but the incredible surge in power could destroy his body.
3123"Now, Goku! A Final Technique with Everything on the Line" / "Goku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel!" [Saiyan Sized Secret]
Transcription: "Ima da Gokū! Subete o Kaketa Saigo no Ōwaza" (Japanese: いまだ悟空!すべてを賭けた最後の大技)
December 20, 1989 (1989-12-20)May 3, 1997
August 4, 2005 (re-dub)
Thanks to the Kaio-ken x3 technique, Goku has the upper hand against Vegeta, but the Saiyan Prince will not give up so easily. He decides that if he can't beat Goku, he will destroy the Earth. He flies high up in the air and fires his Galick Gun attack. Goku unleashes the Kamehameha wave, and the two energy blasts meet in midair. Goku and Vegeta pour all of their energy into this attack, and after a long struggle, Vegeta's blast is pushing Goku's back, even with Goku using the Kaio-ken x3 attack. With no choice left, Goku uses a Kaio-ken x4 attack, and with the extra power, he is able to blast Vegeta into space. However, Vegeta is able to recover, and he decides to become a Great Ape for his rematch with Goku. The evil Saiyan Prince starts searching for the full moon, but couldn't find it (it's because the moon was destroyed by Piccolo before Vegeta and Nappa's arrival). Thinking Goku must have blown up the moon just to prevent him from transforming, Vegeta returns to Earth where Goku is completely spent and claims to have a trick up his sleeve. After telling Goku the origin of how Saiyans transform into Great Apes through Blutz Waves: the power of the moon that reaches 17 million zenos, he creates and launches an artificial moon into the sky. Absorbing the Blutz Waves reflecting from the artificial moon, Vegeta begins to transform into a Great Ape as Goku looked on in horror. Meanwhile, Krillin and Gohan feel the tremendous surge in energy coming from the battlefield, and decide to head back.
3224"Battle Power Times Ten!! Vegeta's Great Metamorphosis" / "Vegeta... Saiyan Style!" [Spirit Bomb Away!]
Transcription: "Sentōryoku Jūbai!! Bejīta Daihenshin" (Japanese: 戦闘力10倍!!ベジータ大変身)
January 17, 1990 (1990-01-17)May 10, 1997
August 8, 2005 (re-dub)
By creating an artificial moon with a specialized ball of energy completed with Blutz Waves, Vegeta transforms into a Great Ape. But unlike most other Saiyans, he has complete control of himself while in this transformed state. Luckily, Goku has one last attack that could finish Vegeta: the Spirit Bomb. As Gohan and Krillin return to the battlefield, Goku is able to create the bomb. Vegeta, however, is able to prevent Goku from using it. With no energy left, Goku is now at the mercy of Vegeta.
3325"Don't Die, Father!! This is the Depth of Gohan's Power" / "Stop Vegeta Now!" [Hero in the Shadows]
Transcription: "Shinanaide Tōsan!! Kore ga Gohan no Sokojikara" (Japanese: 死なないで父さん!!これが悟飯の底力)
January 24, 1990 (1990-01-24)May 17, 1997
August 9, 2005 (re-dub)
Gohan and Krillin arrive at the battlefield, but have to be quick to save Goku, who is being pounded mercilessly. Krillin devises a plan to stop Vegeta: cut off the Saiyan Prince's tail. As Krillin prepares to fire the Destructo Disk and Gohan distracts Vegeta. But, the Saiyan Prince is too smart for their tricks, and foils their plot. Suddenly, Yajirobe appears out of nowhere and cuts Vegeta's tail off. Vegeta reverts to his normal form, but he is still too powerful to be stopped by the remaining Z Fighters.
3425"Shoot, Kuririn! The Genki Dama, Packed with Hope" / "Stop Vegeta Now!" [Krillin's Offensive]
Transcription: "Ute Kuririn! Negai o Kometa Genkidama" (Japanese: 撃てクリリン!願いをこめた元気玉)
January 31, 1990 (1990-01-31)May 17, 1997
August 10, 2005 (re-dub)
As Gohan fights against Vegeta, Goku gives Krillin the part of the Spirit Bomb that he was able to save. As Krillin prepares to unleash the ball, King Kai says not to use his eyes to throw it, but to feel it out. Sensing the right moment, Krillin fires the bomb, but Vegeta is able to dodge it. Goku telepathically communicates with Gohan, telling his son to redirect the blast at Vegeta, who has jumped into the air. Gohan is able to aim it directly at Vegeta, and lands a direct hit. However, Vegeta falls back down to Earth, and recovers from the blast. He blew away the Z Fighters with a giant explosion of energy, but finds that they withstood the blast, separated from each other. Vegeta is about to destroy them one by one starting with Gohan, when he notices in horror that Gohan's tail has grown back.
3526"Cause a Miracle! Son Gohan, the Super Saiyan" / "The Battle Ends" [Mercy]
Transcription: "Kiseki o Okose! Sūpā Saiyajin Son Gohan" (Japanese: 奇跡を起こせ!スーパーサイヤ人孫悟飯)
February 7, 1990 (1990-02-07)May 24, 1997
August 11, 2005 (re-dub)
Vegeta attempted to rip off Gohan's tail to prevent him from looking at his artificial moon and transforming, when Yajirobe jumps in and stops him by cutting through his armor with his sword, resulting in a heroic distraction. Gohan recovers, and then on Goku's telepathic commands, he looks at Vegeta's moon and transforms into a Great Ape. However, unlike Vegeta, Gohan can't control himself in this state. But quickly stopped by Goku and Krillin's cries for him to defeat Vegeta, Gohan quickly regains some of his consciousness and resumes the fight, pounding on Vegeta. Vegeta is able to cut off Gohan's tail in midair, but as Gohan falls to Earth, he lands on Vegeta and crushes him before finally reverting to his normal form. Vegeta pulls out his remote and summons his spaceship. As he crawls toward it, Krillin attempts to kill him with Yajirobe's sword. Goku tells him to stop, and let Vegeta go. His life spared, Vegeta promises the Z Fighters revenge when he will return as he leaves the Earth in his spaceship for good. The battle with Vegeta is over.
3627"We're Off Into Space! The Star of Hope is Piccolo's Homeland" / "A New Goal... Namek" [Picking Up the Pieces]
Transcription: "Tobidase Uchū e! Kibō no Hoshi wa Pikkoro no Furusato" (Japanese: 飛び出せ宇宙へ!希望の星はピッコロの故郷)
February 14, 1990 (1990-02-14)September 13, 1997
August 15, 2005 (re-dub)
The exhausted Goku, Krillin, and Gohan won their battle, and Bulma, Chi Chi, and the others arrive to help their friends. Learning of the death of Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien, Piccolo, and Kami, the Z Fighters were upset because without the Dragon Balls the others can't be wished back to life again, but Krillin has an idea. He overheard Vegeta saying that it was the Nameks who created the Dragon Balls, so they decide to go to the planet Namek. The only problem is that it will take 4339.2516 years to reach Namek. They decide to use Nappa's spaceship, because Saiyan spaceships travel much faster.
3727"Mysterious Yunzabit! The Search for Kami-sama's Spaceship" / "A New Goal... Namek" [Plans for Departure]
Transcription: "Nazo no Yunzabitto! Kamisama no Uchūsen o Sagase" (Japanese: 謎のユンザビット!神様の宇宙船を探せ)
February 21, 1990 (1990-02-21)September 13, 1997
August 16, 2005 (re-dub)
Bulma destroys the Saiyan ship by accidentally pressing the self-destruct button on its remote. Mr. Popo arrives, and tells them that he knows of another spaceship. It's the Namekian ship that Kami used to come to Earth when he was a boy. Hesitant, but willing, Bulma goes with Mr. Popo despite her fear over him.
3828"Blast-off for Planet Namek! The Terror Awaiting Gohan & Co." / "Journey to Namek" [Nursing Wounds]
Transcription: "Namekkusei Iki Hasshin! Gohantachi o Matsu Kyōfu" (Japanese: ナメック星行き発進!悟飯たちを待つ恐怖)
February 28, 1990 (1990-02-28)September 20, 1997
August 17, 2005 (re-dub)
Because the ship works on voice commands given in the Namekian language, Mr. Popo teaches Bulma a little of the language so she can operate the spaceship. Meanwhile, Goku, Krillin, and Gohan recover from their wounds. Because Goku's injuries are worse, he has to stay in the hospital after Gohan and Krillin are completely recovered. Gohan and Krillin decide to accompany Bulma on her journey to planet Namek.
3928"Friends or Foes? Children of the Mysterious Giant Spaceship" / "Journey to Namek" [Friends or Foes?]
Transcription: "Teki ka Mikata ka? Nazo no Kyodai Uchūsen no Kodomotachi" (Japanese: 敵か味方か?謎の巨大宇宙船の子供たち)
March 7, 1990 (1990-03-07)September 20, 1997
August 18, 2005 (re-dub)
Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma blast off to Namek. On the way, they run into what appears to be an invisible spaceship. They enter the ship, only to discover that it's full of traps. After getting through what seemed to be all the traps, Bulma, Gohan, and Krillin feast on a table - full of food. They soon figured out that was a mistake after the children with guns holding Bulma hostage came into the picture.


  • The episode "Escape from Piccolo" was scheduled to premiere in syndication on November 9, 1996, but was pulled by Saban, due to questionable content. The dub of this episode instead debuted on VHS ten months later in October 1997, when the second season was airing in syndication. It later premiered on television in September 1998 via Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
  • The 1997 dub episodes "A New Goal... Namek" and "Journey to Namek" were produced as part of Funimation and Saban's second broadcast season of the show, and premiered in the fall of 1997, four months after the previous episode "The Battle Ends."


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