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Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ(ゼット) Doragon Bōru
Zetto?, commonly abbreviated as DBZ) is the long-running anime sequel
to the Dragon Ball TV series, adapted from the final twenty-six
volumes of the original Dragon Ball manga written by Akira Toriyama.
The manga portion of the series debuted in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1988
and lasted until 1995; the anime adaptation premiered in Japan on Fuji
Television on April 26, 1989, taking over its predecessor's time slot,
and ran for 291 episodes until its conclusion on January 31, 1996.

In 1995, Funimation Entertainment licensed Dragon Ball Z for an
English language release in North America. They contracted Saban
Entertainment to help finance and distribute the series to television,
Geneon Universal Entertainment to handle home video distribution,
Ocean Productions to dub the anime, and Shuki Levy to compose an
alternate musical score. This dub of Dragon Ball Z was heavily edited
for content, as well as length, reducing the first 67 episodes into
53.[1] The series premiered in the United States on September 13,
1996, in first-run syndication to television networks, but was
cancelled after two seasons due to low ratings. On August 31, 1998,
however, the same 53 dubbed episodes began airing on Cartoon Network
as part of the channel's Toonami programming block, where the series
received much more popularity. Soon after, Funimation, having
dissolved their partnership with Saban and Geneon, continued dubbing
and distributing the series by themselves, now using their own
in-house voice cast, a new musical score composed by Bruce Faulconer,
and less editing due to fewer restrictions on cable programming.[2]
Dragon Ball Z was now in full production in the United States and the
new dub of the series was broadcast on Cartoon Network from September
13, 1999 to April 7, 2003.

The Funimation dubbed episodes also aired in Canada, Ireland, the
United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. However,
beginning with episode 108, Westwood Media (in association with Ocean
Productions) produced an alternate English dub. The alternate dub was
broadcast in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada,
while Funimation's in-house dub continued to air in the United States,
Australia, and New Zealand. In the countries that received the
Westwood dub, the broadcasting companies would sometimes switch back
and forth between the two dubs. In 2004, Geneon lost its distribution
rights to the first 53/67 episodes of Dragon Ball Z, allowing
Funimation to re-dub them with their in-house voice cast and restore
the removed content. These re-dubbed episodes aired on Cartoon Network
during the summer of 2005.[3][4] In 2006, Funimation remastered the
episodes, and then began re-releasing the series to DVD in nine
individual season box sets. The first set was released on February 6,
2007; the final set on May 19, 2009.

In 2009, Funimation announced that they would be re-releasing Dragon
Ball Z in a new seven-volume DVD set called "Dragon Box Z," which was
previously released in Japan as a two-volume set. Based on the
original series masters with frame-by-frame restoration, the episodes
are uncut. The first set was released on November 10, 2009, the second
set on February 16, 2010, the third set on May 4, 2010, and the fourth
set on September 21, 2010.[5]



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