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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 26 April 1989 – 07 February 1990 (42 weeks; spent 7 weeks on break)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Z Episodes 001 – 035 (35 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 195 – 241 (47 chapters; approx. 1.3 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 65% Canon / 35% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 18.6%
Maximum: 24.8% (Episode 029)
Minimum: 13.7% (Episode 007)

Arc Synopsis

Several years after Goku defeated Piccolo in the 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, the Saiyan Raditz, who claimed to be Goku’s older brother, appeared before Goku and his son Gohan. Raditz’s astounding power was such that not even Goku and Piccolo could defeat him. Goku sacrificed his life to defeat Raditz. Raditz said that in one year, other powerful Saiyans would arrive.

Realizing the hidden power inside Gohan, Piccolo kidnaps him and begins to train him. In the middle of training, Gohan transforms into an Ōzaru. However, Piccolo manages to eliminate this problem by destroying the moon. At the same time, Goku was earnestly training under Kaiō, who stands above Gods.

And then, the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa finally arrived. Piccolo and the others defeat the Saibaiman, but Yamcha doesn’t survive, and the battle with Nappa begins! But the Saiyans’ power was far beyond their imagination. Chiaotzu explodes, and Tenshinhan also uses up all his strength, but despite all this, the Saiyan Nappa does not take any critical damage. Even Piccolo heroically meets his end protecting Gohan. At this absolutely desperate pinch, a large ki drew near. The revived Goku has finally arrived. Goku crushes Nappa with the Kaiō-ken, and commences a grand battle with the Saiyan prince, Vegeta.

The decisive battle with the fate of the Earth at stake begins. Accepting that it would wreck his body, Goku raises his Kaiō-ken to x3 and attacks Vegeta. After beginning to steadily take damage, Vegeta transforms into an Ōzaru and attacks Goku. Goku counters this with a Genki-Dama. The Genki-Dama was temporarily smashed, but Gohan bounced it back to get a direct hit on Vegeta! Nevertheless, the undefeated Vegeta ends up being greatly damaged by Ōzaru Gohan, and flees from Earth.

Episode List (001 — 035)

Dragon Ball Z Episode 001Air Date: 26 April 1989
ミニ悟空はおぼっちゃま!ボク悟飯です
Mini Gokū wa Obotchama! Boku Gohan Desu
Mini Goku is Just Precious! I’m Gohan
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Z Episode 002Air Date: 03 May 1989
史上最強の戦士は悟空の兄だった!
Shijō Saikyō no Senshi wa Gokū no Ani Datta!
The Strongest Warrior in All of History is Goku’s Brother!
Scenario: Takao Koyama & Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Shigenori Takada
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Osamu Kasai
Dragon Ball Z Episode 003Air Date: 10 May 1989
やった!これが地上最強のコンビだ!
Yatta! Kore ga Chijō Saikyō no Konbi da!
Alright! This is the Strongest Combo on Earth!
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 004Air Date: 17 May 1989
ピッコロの切り札!悟飯は泣きむしクン
Pikkoro no Kirifuda! Gohan wa Nakimushi-kun
Piccolo’s Trump Card! Gohan is a Crybaby
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Shigenori Takada
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 005Air Date: 24 May 1989
悟空死す!ラストチャンスは一度だけ
Gokū Shisu! Rasuto Chansu wa Ichido dake
Goku Dies! There’s Only One Chance Left
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 006Air Date: 07 June 1989
エンマ様もびっくり あの世でファイト
Enma-sama mo Bikkuri Ano-yo de Faito
Even Enma-sama is Surprised — A Fight in the Afterlife
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Shigenori Takada
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 007Air Date: 14 June 1989
恐竜とサバイバル!悟飯のツライ修業
Kyōryū to Sabaibaru! Gohan no Tsurai Shugyō
Dinosaur Survival! Gohan’s Difficult Training
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Z Episode 008Air Date: 21 June 1989
月の輝く夜に大変身!悟飯パワーの秘密
Tsuki no Kagayaku Yoru ni Dai-Henshin! Gohan Pawā no Himitsu
The Great Transformation on a Moonlit Night! The Secret of Gohan’s Power
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 009Air Date: 28 June 1989
ゴメンねロボットさん 砂漠に消えた涙
Gomen ne Robotto-san Sabaku ni Kieta Namida
Sorry Robot-san — The Tears that Vanished in the Desert
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Osamu Kasai
Dragon Ball Z Episode 010Air Date: 05 July 1989
泣くな悟飯!はじめての闘い
Naku na Gohan! Hajimete no Tatakai
Don’t Cry Gohan! His First Fight
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 011Air Date: 12 July 1989
宇宙一の強戦士サイヤ人めざめる!
Uchūichi no Kyō-senshi Saiya-jin Mezameru!
The Saiyan, Strongest Warriors in the Universe, Awaken!
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 012Air Date: 19 July 1989
蛇の道でいねむり 悟空が落っこちる
Hebi no Michi de Inemuri Gokū ga Okkochiru
Catnap on the Serpent Road — Goku Takes a Tumble
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Z Episode 013Air Date: 26 July 1989
手を出すな!エンマ様の秘密の果物
Te o Dasu na! Enma-sama no Himitsu no Kudamono
Hands Off! Enma-sama’s Secret Fruit
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 014Air Date: 02 August 1989
あまーい誘惑!蛇姫さまのおもてなし
Amāi Yūwaku! Hebi Himesama no Omotenashi
Such Sweet Temptation! The Snake Princess’s Hospitality
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Z Episode 015Air Date: 09 August 1989
ピッコロからの脱出!嵐を呼ぶ悟飯
Pikkoro kara no Dasshutsu! Arashi o Yobu Gohan
Escape from Piccolo! Gohan Summons a Storm
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 016Air Date: 16 August 1989
走れ悟飯!チチの待つなつかしのパオズ山
Hashire Gohan! Chichi no Matsu Natsukashi no Paozu Yama
Run, Gohan! Longing for Mt. Paozu, Where Chi-Chi is Waiting
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation/Storyboard: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 017Air Date: 30 August 1989
明日なき街!勝利への遠い道のり
Asu Naki Machi! Shōri e no Tōi Michinori
City of No Tomorrow! The Long Road to Victory
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Osamu Kasai
Dragon Ball Z Episode 018Air Date: 06 September 1989
終点~ん蛇の道!おめえ界王様か?
Shūtennn Hebi no Michi! Omē Kaiō-sama ka?
Last Stop on Serpent Road! Are you Kaiō-sama?
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 019Air Date: 13 September 1989
重力との戦い!バブルス君をつかまえろ
Jūryoku to no Tatakai! Baburusu-kun o Tsukamaero
The Battle with Gravity! Catch Bubbles-kun
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 020Air Date: 20 September 1989
よみがえるサイヤ人伝説!悟空のルーツ
Yomigaeru Saiya-jin Densetsu! Gokū no Rūtsu
The Return of the Saiyan Legend! Goku’s Roots
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 021Air Date: 27 September 1989
いでよ神龍!サイヤ人ついに地球到着
Ide yo Shenron! Saiya-jin Tsui ni Chikyū Tōchaku
Come Forth, Shenlong! The Saiyans Finally Arrive on Earth
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Z Episode 022Air Date: 11 October 1989
んなバカな!!土から生まれたサイバイマン
‘nna Baka na!! Tsuchi kara Umareta Saibaiman
Unbelievable!! Saibaimen, Born from the Soil
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Z Episode 023Air Date: 18 October 1989
ヤムチャ死す!おそるべしサイバイマン
Yamucha Shisu! Osoru Beshi Saibaiman
Yamcha Dies! The Terror of the Saibaimen
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 024Air Date: 25 October 1989
さよなら天さん!餃子の捨て身の戦法
Sayonara Ten-san! Chaozu no Sutemi no Senpō
Farewell Ten-san! Chiaotzu’s Suicide Strategy
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Storyboard: Osamu Kasai · Director: Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Z Episode 025Air Date: 01 November 1989
天津飯絶叫!!これが最後の気功砲だ
Tenshinhan Zekkyō!! Kore ga Saigo no Kikōhō da
Tenshinhan Cries Out!! This is My Last Kikōhō
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Z Episode 026Air Date: 08 November 1989
ひたすら待って3時間!弾丸飛行の筋斗雲
Hitasura Matte Sanjikan! Dangan Hikō no Kinto’un
An Intense 3-Hour Delay! The Kinto-Un Bullet-Express
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada · Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama
Storyboard: Kazuhisa Takenōchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 027Air Date: 22 November 1989
ぼくにまかせて!悟飯、怒りの大爆発
Boku ni Makasete! Gohan, Ikari no Daibakuhatsu
Leave it to Me! Gohan’s Great Burst of Anger
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 028Air Date: 29 November 1989
サイヤ人の猛威!神様もピッコロも死んだ
Saiya-jin no Mōi! Kami-sama mo Pikkoro mo Shinda
Ferocity of the Saiyan! God and Piccolo Both Die!
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Z Episode 029Air Date: 06 December 1989
父さんすげえや!究極の必殺技・界王拳
Tōsan Sugē ya! Kyūkyoku no Hissatsuwaza · Kaiō-Ken
Father is Awesome! The Ultimate Finishing Technique: Kaiō-Ken
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 030Air Date: 13 December 1989
限界を超えた熱い戦い!悟空対ベジータ
Genkai o Koeta Atsui Tatakai! Gokū Tai Bejīta
A Hot, Unbounded Battle! Goku vs Vegeta
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Z Episode 031Air Date: 20 December 1989
いまだ悟空!すべてを賭けた最後の大技
Ima da Gokū! Subete o Kaketa Saigo no Ōwaza
Now, Goku! A Final Technique with Everything on the Line
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Z Episode 032Air Date: 17 January 1990
戦闘力10倍!!ベジータ大変身
Sentō-ryoku Jū-Bai!! Bejīta Dai-Henshin
Battle Power Times Ten!! Vegeta’s Great Transformation
Scenario: Katsuyuki Sumisawa · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Z Episode 033Air Date: 24 January 1990
死なないで父さん!!これが悟飯の底力
Shinanaide Tōsan!! Kore ga Gohan no Sokojikara
Don’t Die, Father!! This is Gohan’s Hidden Strength
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Z Episode 034Air Date: 31 January 1990
撃てクリリン!願いをこめた元気玉
Ute Kuririn! Negai o Kometa Genki-Dama
Shoot, Kuririn! The Genki-Dama, Packed with Hope
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Z Episode 035Air Date: 07 February 1990
奇跡を起こせ!スーパーサイヤ人孫悟空
Kiseki o Okose! Sūpā Saiya-jin Son Gohan
Cause a Miracle! The Super Saiyan, Son Gohan
Scenario: Hiroshi Toda · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio