Dragon Ball Z Kai
Dragon Ball Z Kai (known in Japan as Dragon Ball Kai) is a revised version of the anime series Dragon Ball Z produced in commemoration of the original's 20th anniversary. It was broadcast in Japan on Fuji Television from April 5, 2009 to March 27, 2011. It features remastered high definition picture, sound, and special effects as well as a re-recorded voice track by most of the original cast. As most of the series' sketches and animation cels had been discarded since the final episode of Dragon Ball Z in 1996, new frames were produced by digitally tracing over still frames from existing footage and filling them with softer colors; thus reducing visible damage to the original animation. Some frames were selectively cropped, while other frames feature new portions added to scenes that were hand drawn to conform to the designated picture ratio. Much of the material from the Dragon Ball Z anime that was not featured in the Dragon Ball manga has been left out in Kai, as well as the final story arc of the series; significantly reducing the total episode count. Thus, Kai is more of a streamlined re-telling of the series focusing more on the material that was in the manga and taking out the extra content of the original anime that was used to pad out the series.
The series uses three pieces of theme music. The opening theme, titled "Dragon Soul," is performed by Takayoshi Tanimoto, who also performed the first ending theme, titled "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!". Both pieces are part of a unit called Dragon Soul with guitarist and composer Takafumi Iwasaki. The second ending theme, used from episode 55 onwards, is titled "Kokoro no Hane" (心の羽根 "Wings of the Heart"?) performed by Team Dragon from AKB48, an all-female group composed of members from AKB48. The background music for the series was composed by Kenji Yamamoto, whose music was used for most of the series; however, Yamamoto's music was later replaced with music cues originally composed for Dragon Ball Z by Shunsuke Kikuchi, after Yamamoto was accused of infringement. Although the story footage is taken from existing material, the opening and closing sequences were made from scratch using updated animation methods. The first Blu-ray and DVD compilation was released in Japan on September 18, 2009, with individual volumes releasing monthly as well as Blu-ray box sets.
In 2010, Funimation Entertainment licensed Kai for an English-language release in the U.S. The series aired on Nicktoons from May 24, 2010 to January 1, 2012. Funimation's dub of Kai features most of the voice actors from their in-house dub of Dragon Ball Z (though also several re-casts), as well as a more faithful adaptation of the Japanese dialogue than their previous dub. Kai was also shown on The CW's Toonzai programming, and continues to air on Toonzai's successor, Vortexx. Furthermore, Funimation is also releasing bilingual uncut Blu-ray and DVD volume and season box sets of the series in North America.
Ending on Nicktoons
Due to many complaints from fans, Dragon Ball Z Kai was discontinued on Nicktoons at the end of the Cell Saga, but will pick back up sometime in August 2013 at the beginning of part nine. Most likely 8:00-9:00 A.M Reruns 7:30-8:30 P.M Monday-Friday. Saturday 6:30-7:00 A.M Reruns 12:00-1:00 P.M. And Sunday 6:00-7:00 A.M Reruns 12:30-1:30
Majin Buu SagaCartoon Network will pick up where Nicktoons left of staring back from Part Nine Of Dragon Ball Z Kai (World Tournament and Great Saiyaman Saga + Babidi + Majin Buu Saga) to the end of Part 10 (Fusion and Kid Buu saga). No information on DVD Releases except that there will be only Two more DVD's (Part Nine&Part Ten) The first episode of part nine is to be aired some time in August 2013 and opening Video is apparently being produced right now as a teaser trailer. As of now there is no more information for any fans. In November 2012, continuation of the series was confirmed. In 2014 Funimation Entertainment will dub it into English