The television broadcast skipped the first 16 episodes of the series. The redubbed episodes began airing on Cartoon Network United States on August 20, 2001. Picking up where the first left off, Dragon Ball Z is adapted from the final twenty-six volumes of the manga series. In 1995, Funimation Entertainment acquired the full license for the series for both broadcast and distribution in North America. Funimation's English dub of the series premiered on Cartoon Network United States on November 7, 2003. In March 2001, Funimation announced the return of Dragon Ball to American television, featuring a new English audio track produced in house and less editing. Three months later, the series began airing on Cartoon Network as part of the channel's new Toonami programming block.
The series completed its run in April 2003, with the editing having reduced the length of the series to 276 episodes. In May 1998, the broadcast was canceled and Funimation stopped production of the dubbed episodes. Each box set, spanning an entire saga of the series, included the English dub track and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles. . In 2003, a new dub, produced by Blue Water Studios, was created and began to air in the United Kingdom and Canada. It premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on April 26, 1989, taking over its predecessor's time slot, and ran for 290 episodes until its conclusion on January 31, 1996.
This version used a dub language track produced by Ocean Group studios, but continued using most of Funimation's English language scripts and titles. Unlike the first two series, it was not based on the original Dragon Ball manga. In the United Kingdom, the Funimation dubs of episodes 168 through the final episode were replaced with a new dubbed version. Watch Dragon Ball Z Episodes. The first, named simply Dragon Ball, premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on February 26, 1986 and ran until April 12, 1989.
Following its licensing of Dragon Ball, Funimation Entertainment licensed Dragon Ball Z for an English language release in North America. It used different episode titles and voice actors versus the Funimation version. Spanning 153 episodes, it covers the first 16 volumes of the 42 volume manga series. For Dragon Ball Z, Ocean Group was contracted to produce an English dub track. The Funimation dubbed episodes also aired in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.
In 1999, Funimation started dubbing the series again, now using their own in-house voice actors and with a new musical score. Later that year, Funimation redubbed the first 67 episodes of the series, restoring the removed content and replacing the Ocean Group dubbing with the same voice cast used in the later episodes. Dragon Ball Information: With the high popularity of the Dragon Ball manga, three lengthy anime television series were produced by Toei Animation to adapt the manga chapters. The skipped episodes were later aired after the remaining episodes of the series had been broadcast. Twenty-six episodes aired in syndication before Funimation canceled it due to low ratings, switching to the sequel anime series Dragon Ball Z. This dub version was ill-received and was quickly canceled. .
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