Dragon Ball Z Kai is the revised version of Dragon Ball Z, the original anime series it is based on. The series was produced by Toei animation in an attempt to help introduce Dragon Ball to the next generation. The producers tried their best to keep the anime as close as possible to the original but several notable changes had to be made in the end. Here is a list of five major differences that make Dragon Ball Z Kai stand out.
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5. There are no Fillers
Filler episodes are necessary when the anime has run out of source material. Majority of long-running anime series feature entire filler arcs with separate storylines, as is the case with the original Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Z Kai doesn’t include these filler episodes, which reduced its number of episodes from 291 in the original to 167 in DBZ Kai.
4. It doesn’t include Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is a direct predecessor of Dragon Ball Z, which follows the adventures of Goku when he is a child. The series explores Goku’s journey as he meets various characters such as Krillin, Bulma, Yamcha, Master Roshi, etc. Dragon Ball Z Kai skipped Dragon Ball altogether as the series producers wanted to complete the anime as fast as possible without any detours.
3. Some of the footage is different
Essentially Dragon Ball Z Kai is a revision and not a remaster, therefore it uses most of the same scenes from Dragon Ball Z with some slight changes here and there. Most of the scenes are digitally restored to meet modern standards and fixes a lot of the problems that DBZ faced when it first premiered. Some scenes had to be redrawn by hand but most of these ended up making things worst.
2. Certain voice actors are different
The original episodes of Dragon Ball Z first aired in 1989, some 20 years before the Dragon Ball Z Kai premiered its first episode. By that time many voice actors had either retired or had sadly passed away, resulting in several characters receiving new voice actors. Characters with different voice actors include Frieza, Trunks, Gohan and Android 19.
1. Kai is more global
When Dragon Ball Z first aired, it wasn’t much of an international phenomenon as it is today. Different countries had different opinions regarding the anime. Western countries, especially the USA fell in love with the show, but China and Japan didn’t even consider the show. DBZ Kai has a much more global impact and presence. Fans might have different opinions regarding the two shows, but they are both equally loved and respected.