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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #1

Wednesday 4th July 2012

Can’t tell one pointy-haired warrior from another? Don’t worry – here’s your first look at the expansive cast of Dragon Ball Z!

Dragon Ball ZSon Goku. Goku was originally cast as a naive but powerful young boy who was spurred onto the path of adventure following the death of his grandfather. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, Goku’s a full-grown adult, the victor of several martial arts tournaments and a married man. He’s only slightly less naive though, and his strict wife Chichi frequently has to rein in his less socially acceptable habits and wilder impulses. The first arc of the series marks Goku learning of his alien origins for the first time – before meeting other Saiyans, he thought he was just another average monkey-tailed boy!

Dragon Ball ZSon Gohan. Goku and Chichi’s son, only four years old at the start of the series. The unique combination of his Saiyan and Human DNA unlocks the potential for him to be even more powerful than his father – if only his mother would let him train! Instead he’s a shy and retiring lad, more at home in the library than the dojo. The imminent arrival of the Saiyans changes that, and Gohan is forced into a brutal sink-or-swim training regime. Like Goku in his youth, Gohan has a tail and changes into a monstrous, powerful giant ape when he sees the full moon. Such a transformation might be useful against the Saiyans, if only he could control it.

Dragon Ball ZKrillin. Goku’s oldest friend, and the toughest pure-bred human ever! His martial arts training is second only to Goku’s. If he spent a little less time perving over girls with the teacher, Master Roshi, he might be even stronger. Though he’ll fight to the end if need be, Krillin also has a cowardly streak and tends to underestimate his own abilities. He also has something of a complex over his lack of hair.

Dragon Ball ZPiccolo. Once Goku’s greatest enemy, now a grudging ally – even if he is the reincarnation of an alien demon king! In short, Piccolo’s past is a bit complicated. Having lost his final battle against the spiky-haired hero at the end of the original Dragon Ball, he goes off to live in solitude. When his power level is detected by the approaching Raditz, Piccolo almost loses his life to the ferocious alien, forcing him to team up with his old enemy. Taking Gohan into the wilderness and teaching him to fight, he slowly comes to care for the young boy – can the former ‘Great Demon King’ possibly have a softer side?

Dragon Ball ZBulma. The unfortunately named Bulma Briefs is a feisty super-genius – something that runs in the family. Her father founded the scientific organisation Capsule Corp, the crazy inventions of which are peppered throughout the series. Bulma herself created the Dragon Radar, allowing the heroes to track down the seven magical orbs in order to have their wishes granted, though she originally just wanted to wish for the perfect boyfriend. She can also quickly adapt new or unfamiliar technology to give the good guys an edge, Bulma also plays an important role in securing the Earth’s future as the series progresses.

Dragon Ball ZVegeta. Prince and namesake of the Saiyan homeworld, and the most dangerous opponent Goku has ever faced. A prideful and conceited man, Vegeta doesn’t look like much but his short and small frame belies his immense fighting skills, durability and raw power. Having travelled to Earth with his partner Nappa, his goal is to destroy the entire planet. After blowing up at least one other world en route here, he’s already got a track record of global genocide – will our world be next on Vegeta’s hit list?

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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #1

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The Saiyans are coming! The last survivors of a cruel, warrior race, these ruthless villains have carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, an now they have set their sights on Earth! They will stop at nothing until they have the wish-granting powers of the seven magic Dragon Balls for their very own With the fate of his family, friends, and the entire human race hanging in the balance, Goku, the Earths greatest hero, must rise to meet the approaching threat. As he prepares for the fight of his life, Goku embarks on n epic journey that will take him to other worlds, pit him against new and old enemies alike, and force him to confront the dark secrets of his own past. At the end of this path, the most powerful opponent he has ever faced awaits: the evil Saiyan Prince Vegeta!
This set has been digitally re-mastered in High Definition and transferred from the original Japanese film. Features revised English dialogue and the original Japanese music. Contains all of season one (episodes 1-39) on 6 discs.

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