Kamehameha! One of the most popular Japanese anime series of all time, Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of spiky-haired Goku and his companions as they defend the Earth against a slew of super crazy villains, including intergalactic space fighters, androids, evil conquerors, nearly indestructible creatures, and more.
The anime was based on the original Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama, which was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1988 to 1995. Produced by Toei Animation, Dragon Ball Z was a follow-up to the original Dragon Ball TV series. The sequel took place five years following the conclusion of the first series (which then followed Goku as he grew from a kid into a young adult) and featured a grown-up Goku who now had two sons of his own, named Gohan and Goten.
Dragon Ball Z continued to follow Goku's story as an adult as well as that of his two kids as they, too, grew up. It also followed the transformation of his former enemies Piccolo and Vegeta into allies.
The show ran for 291 episodes and spawned more than 15 movies, a whole bunch of video games, board games, a wide variety of merchandise, and two more animated sequels, titled Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. Phewww.
SYFY WIRE's Jackie Jennings walks us through everything you (maybe) didn't know about Dragon Ball Z, and whether you're a newbie or a hardcore fan, there's a ton of exciting information about the anime series to be found below.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.