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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball Z: Artificial Human arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 27 November 1991 – 13 May 1992 (25 weeks; spent 3 weeks on break)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Z Episodes 118 – 139 (22 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 330 – 356 (27 chapters; approx. 1.2 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 80% Canon / 20% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 22.7%
Maximum: 25.7% (Episode 131)
Minimum: 18.3% (Episode 139)

Arc Synopsis

Freeza has survived, and along with his father King Cold, he comes to Earth. This was a hopeless situation, but a mysterious boy with a sword appeared and in a single instant defeated them both. He was the Super Saiyan warrior Trunks, son of Vegeta and Bulma, who had come from a tragic future. He spoke of the Artificial Humans, mighty enemies that would appear before Goku and co. in three years.

The Artificial Humans finally appear. Their “ki” is completely insensible, and on top of that they can suck energy. Goku and co. are bewildered by the arrival of these unprecedented powerful enemies. Goku is afflicted by illness, and finally loses to the Artificial Humans. However, a now Super Saiyan Vegeta destroyed No. 19 with extreme ease. A pale No. 20 awakens the remaining two Artificial Humans, No. 17 and No. 18. However, the two of them didn’t listen at all to the orders of No. 20 (Doctor Gero).

Filled with vigor, Vegeta challenges Artificial Humans No. 17, No. 18, and No. 16, who they awakened. However, the unfathomably powerful Artificial Humans defeated everyone in an instant. Seeing the overwhelming gap in their power, Vegeta goes off to train, seeking to become even more powerful. Also, Piccolo fuses with God to become the ultimate Namekian warrior. But down on Earth, a new terrifying monster has emerged…

Episode List (118 — 139)

Dragon Ball Z Episode 118Air Date: 27 November 1991
あれが地球だよパパ…フリーザ親子の逆襲
Are ga Chikyū da yo Papa… Furīza Oyako no Gyakushū
That’s Earth, Papa… Freeza and his Father Strike Back
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Chigusa Yokoyama
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Z Episode 119Air Date: 04 December 1991
フリーザはボクが倒す…悟空を待つ謎の少年
Furīza wa Boku ga Taosu… Gokū o Matsu Nazo no Shōnen
I Will Defeat Freeza… The Mysterious Boy Awaiting Goku
Scenario: Aya Matsui · Art: Kenji Matsumoto
Animation: Kazuya Hisada · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 120Air Date: 11 December 1991
フリーザを一刃両断!!もう一人の超サイヤ人
Furīza o Ittō Ryōdan!! Mō Hitori no Sūpā Saiya-jin
Freeza Halved By a Single Blow!! Another Super Saiyan
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tsutomu Fujita
Animation: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 121Air Date: 18 December 1991
オッス!!ひさしぶり…帰って来た孫悟空
Ossu!! Hisashiburi… Kaette Kita Son Gokū
Heya!! It’s Been a While… Son Goku Returns
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Chigusa Yokoyama · Animation: Yukio Ebisawa
Storyboard: Kazuhisa Takenōchi · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 122Air Date: 08 January 1992
ボクの父はベジータです…謎の少年の告白
Boku no Chichi wa Bejīta Desu… Nazo no Shōnen no Kokuhaku
My Dad is Vegeta… Confessions of the Mysterious Boy
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tomoko Yoshida · Animation: Tadayoshi Yamamuro
Storyboard: Kazuhisa Takenōchi · Director: Jun’ichi Fujise
Dragon Ball Z Episode 123Air Date: 15 January 1992
悟空の新必殺技!?見てくれ、オラの瞬間移動
Gokū no Shinhissatsuwaza!? Mite Kure, Ora no Shunkan-Idō
Goku’s New Finishing Technique?! Watch This, My Instant Movement
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Kenji Matsumoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 124Air Date: 22 January 1992
こえてやる…悟空を!!戦闘民族サイヤ人の王
Koete Yaru… Gokū o!! Sentō Minzoku Saiya-jin no Ō
I Will Overcome… Goku!! The King of the Fighting Saiyan Race
Scenario: Aya Matsui · Art: Tsutomu Fujita
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 125Air Date: 29 January 1992
免許皆伝?悟空の新たなる試練
Menkyo Kaiden? Gokū no Arata naru Shiren
License Mastery? Goku’s Newest Trial
Scenario: Aya Matsui · Art: Chigusa Yokoyama
Animation: Kazuya Hisada · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 126Air Date: 05 February 1992
気配を持たぬ殺人鬼 どいつが人造人間だ!?
Kehai o Motanu Satsujinki Doitsu ga Jinzōningen da!?
Murderers Who Leave No Trace — Which Ones Are the Artificial Humans?!
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tomoko Yoshida
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 127Air Date: 12 February 1992
冷血20号の悪逆非道!!悟空・怒りの超変身
Reiketsu Nijū-Gō no Akugyaku Hidō!! Gokū · Ikari no Chō-Henshin
The Cold-Blooded No. 20’s Hideous Atrocities!! Goku’s Super Transformation of Anger
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Kenji Matsumoto
Animation: Tadayoshi Yamamuro · Director: Jun’ichi Fujise
Dragon Ball Z Episode 128Air Date: 19 February 1992
悟空、ダブルショック!!病と敵のはさみ撃ち
Gokū, Daburu Shokku!! Yamai to Teki no Hasamiuchi
Goku’s Double-Shock!! Caught Between Illness and Adversary
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tsutomu Fujita
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 129Air Date: 26 February 1992
ベジータ強し!!目覚める超サイヤ人の血
Bejīta Tsuyoshi!! Mezameru Sūpā Saiya-jin no Chi
The Might of Vegeta!! The Blood of a Super Saiyan Awakens
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Chigusa Yokoyama
Animation: Takeo Ide · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 130Air Date: 04 March 1992
20号の不敵な笑い…ドクターゲロの秘密
Nijū-Gō no Futeki na Warai… Dokutā Gero no Himitsu
No. 20’s Defiant Smile… The Secret of Doctor Gero
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tomoko Yoshida
Animation: Kazuya Hisada · Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 131Air Date: 11 March 1992
事実は未来より恐ろしい!?トランクスの疑惑
Jijitsu wa Mirai yori Osoroshī!? Torankusu no Giwaku
A Present More Terrifying Than the Future?! Trunks’ Suspicions
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Tsutomu Fujita
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 132Air Date: 18 March 1992
追撃!!ドクターゲロ謎の研究所を探し出せ
Tsuigeki!!! Dokutā Gero Nazo no Kenkyūjo o Sagashidase
Give Chase!! The Search for Doctor Gero’s Mysterious Lab
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Kenji Matsumoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 133Air Date: 25 March 1992
そして恐怖が現実に…目覚める17号と18号!!
Soshite Kyōfu ga Genjitsu ni… Mezameru Jūnana-Gō to Jūhachi-Gō!!
And the Terror Becomes a Reality… No. 17 and No. 18 Awaken!!
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Chigusa Yokoyama
Animation: Tadayoshi Yamamuro · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 134Air Date: 01 April 1992
すべてが手遅れか!?悟空を殺す最終兵器
Subete ga Teokure ka!? Gokū o Korosu Saishū Heiki
Too Late to Do Anything?! The Ultimate Weapons to Kill Goku
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tomoko Yoshida
Animation: Kazuya Hisada · Director: Jun’ichi Fujise
Dragon Ball Z Episode 135Air Date: 15 April 1992
カワイイ顔で超パワー!?18号に死角なし
Kawaī Kao de Chō-Pawā!? Jūhachi-Gō ni Shikaku Nashi
A Cute Face, and Super Power?! No. 18 Has No Blind Spot
Scenario: Aya Matsui · Art: Tsutomu Fujita
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 136Air Date: 22 April 1992
誰にも奴らを止められない…Z戦士全滅か!?
Dare ni mo Yatsura o Tomerarenai… Zetto Senshi Zenmetsu ka!?
Nobody Can Stop Them… Is This the End of the Z Warriors?!
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Yoshito Watanabe
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 137Air Date: 29 April 1992
ピッコロの決意!!とっておきの最後の手段
Pikkoro no Ketsui!! Totte Oki no Saigo no Shudan
Piccolo’s Decision!! The Last Measure in His Reserve
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tsutomu Fujita
Animation: Tadayoshi Yamamuro · Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 138Air Date: 06 May 1992
歩く超破壊兵器!!人造人間が悟空に迫る
Aruku Chō-Hakai Heiki!! Jinzōningen ga Gokū ni Semaru
Walking Weapons of Mass Destruction!! The Artificial Humans Draw Near Goku
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Chigusa Yokoyama
Animation: Takeo Ide · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 139Air Date: 13 May 1992
不吉な予感!ブルマが知らせたミステリー
Fukitsu na Yokan! Buruma ga Shiraseta Misuterī
An Ominous Premonition! Bulma Unveils a Mystery
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Tomoko Yoshida
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto