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Dragon Ball Kai: Freeza arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 08 November 2009 – 25 April 2010 (25 weeks; spent 1 week on break)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Kai Episodes 031 – 054 (24 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 279 – 329 (51 chapters; approx. 2.1 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 85% Canon / 15% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 10.1%
Maximum: 12.3% (Episode 047)
Minimum: 8.0% (Episode 039)

Arc Synopsis

Showing the results of his training in his spaceship, Goku defeated one Ginyu Special-Squad member after another with super power. But through Captain Ginyu’s “Body Change” technique, Goku and Ginyu switched bodies. However, Ginyu couldn’t properly fight with Goku’s body, and was soon defeated. Goku had somehow managed to return to his own body during the battle, but was grievously injured in the process. With Vegeta’s guidance, he is put into a medical machine to heal his wounds.

Kuririn leaves to talk to the Eldest, but instead comes into contact with the surviving Namekian Dende, who knows the password for the Dragon Balls. Calling forth Porunga, they revive the dead Piccolo on Kaiō’s planet and bring him to Planet Namek. However, in the middle of their wishing, the Eldest dies. And then, learning that his wish would not be granted, Freeza explodes in anger.

Thinking that he couldn’t lose against Freeza, the reborn Piccolo displays his power. However, Freeza finally transformed into his third-form and then his final-form. Even Vegeta, who had become even stronger after once again coming back from the brink of death, was no match. In the midst of the hopeless situation, Goku was finally completely revived. Taking the pride of the fallen Saiyan Vegeta, Goku challenges Freeza. However, even fighting at full power his attacks were of no effect. And even then Freeza was only putting out 50% of his power. A fading Goku raised the bar to Kaiō-Ken x10, but even that still didn’t faze Freeza. Even a Kaiō-Ken x20 powered Kamehameha fired with all of his strength couldn’t defeat Freeza.

Goku decided to use his final trump card, the Genki-Dama. In order to bring down the powerful enemy Freeza, Goku had to make it especially large. Suffering through Freeza’s fierce attacks, he at last succeeds with the Genki-Dama attack. However, it wasn’t enough to defeat Freeza. On top of that, Freeza killed Kuririn with his psychic powers. Goku quivered with rage, and finally became the legendary warrior, the Super Saiyan. Through Kaiō’s tactics, the Namekians are revived and sent to Earth. The final battle to determine the strongest in the universe had now begun between Goku and Freeza.

Freeza is quickly beaten by the Super Saiyan Son Goku, who has overwhelming speed and power. Still, Goku is caught up in the explosion of Planet Namek, and is thought to be dead. But the others learn that he somehow managed to survive when they try to revive him with the Namekian Dragon Balls. Porunga announces Goku wants to return to Earth on his own, and so they use the wishes to revive everyone else.

Episode List (031 — 054)

Dragon Ball Kai Episode 031Air Date: 08 November 2009
孫悟空ついに到着!蹴散らせギニュー特戦隊
Son Gokū Tsuini Tōchaku! Kechirase Ginyū Tokusentai
Son Goku Finally Arrives! Knock the Ginyu Special-Squad Around
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa, Aya Matsui, & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime, Daisuke Nishio, & Jun’ichi Fujise
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 032Air Date: 15 November 2009
真打ち登場!?ギニュー隊長VS孫悟空
Shin’uchi Tōjō!? Ginyū Taichō tai Son Gokū
The Star Performer Takes the Stage?! Captain Ginyu vs Son Goku
Script: Keiji Terui & Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Jun’ichi Fujise & Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 033Air Date: 22 November 2009
フルパワーだ孫悟空!おののくギニュー秘策あり!?
Furu Pawā da Son Gokū! Ononoku Ginyū Hisaku Ari!?
Son Goku at Full Power! The Terrified Ginyu Has Something Up His Sleeve?!
Script: Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 034Air Date: 29 November 2009
ビックリ!悟空がギニューでギニューが悟空!?
Bikkuri! Gokū ga Ginyū de Ginyū ga Gokū!?
Surprise! Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is Goku?!
Script: Aya Matsui & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime, Mitsuo Hashimoto, & Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 035Air Date: 06 December 2009
悟空大逆転!?今こそいでよ超神龍!
Gokū Dai-Gyakuten!? Ima Koso Ide yo Chō-Shenron!
A Great Turnabout for Goku?! Super Shenlong, Come Out Right Now!
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 036Air Date: 13 December 2009
激昂フリーザが迫る!ポルンガよ…願いを叶えたまえ!
Gekikō Furīza ga Semaru! Porunga yo… Negai o Kanae Tamae!
An Enraged Freeza Draws Near! Porunga… Grant This Wish!
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Tatsuya Orime, & Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 037Air Date: 20 December 2009
悪夢の超変身!戦闘力100万のフリーザ
Akumu no Chō-Henshin! Sentō-ryoku Hyaku-Man no Furīza
A Nightmarish Super Transformation! Freeza’s Battle Power Reaches One Million
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 038Air Date: 27 December 2009
牙をむくフリーザ!超絶パワーが悟飯を襲う
Kiba o Muku Furīza! Chōzetsu Pawā ga Gohan o Osō
Freeza Bares His Fangs! Transcendent Power Attacks Gohan
Script: Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime & Jun’ichi Fujise
Dragon Ball Kai — No Episode AiredDate: 03 January 2010
テレビドラマ『BOSS』のため放送は休みです
Terebi dorama “Bosu” no tame hōsō wa yasumi desu
Took a break for the TV drama “BOSS”
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 039Air Date: 10 January 2010
新生ピッコロあらわる!激怒フリーザ第2の変身
Shinsei Pikkoro Arawaru! Gekido Furīza Dai-Ni no Henshin
The Reborn Piccolo Arrives! A Furious Freeza’s 2nd Transformation
Script: Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 040Air Date: 17 January 2010
フリーザ最後の超変身!地獄以上の恐怖がはじまる
Furīza Saigo no Chō-Henshin! Jigoku-ijō no Kyōfu ga Hajimaru
Freeza’s Final Super Transformation! The Terror Greater than Hell Starts Now
Script: Takao Koyama & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 041Air Date: 24 January 2010
待ちに待ったぜこの瞬間!孫悟空が復活だ
Machinimatta ze Kono Shunkan! Son Gokū ga Fukkatsu da
The Moment We’ve Waited For! Son Goku is Revived
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 042Air Date: 31 January 2010
フリーザを倒せ孫悟空!誇り高きベジータの涙
Furīza o Taose Son Gokū! Hokori-Takaki Bejīta no Namida
Defeat Freeza, Son Goku! The Proud Vegeta’s Tears
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda, Harumi Kosaka, & Akihiko Yamaguchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 043Air Date: 07 February 2010
孫悟空VSフリーザ!超決戦の幕開けだ!
Son Gokū tai Furīza! Chō-Kessen no Makuake da!
Son Goku vs Freeza! The Curtain Opens on the Super Decisive Battle!
Script: Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Harumi Kosaka, Akihiko Yamaguchi, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 044Air Date: 14 February 2010
限界突破の肉弾戦!悟空とフリーザとギニュー再び!?
Genkai Toppa no Nikudansen! Gokū to Furīza to Ginyū Futatabi!?
A Physical War That Exceeds All Limits! Goku and Freeza and Ginyu, Again?!
Script: Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 045Air Date: 21 February 2010
20倍界王拳だ!すべてを賭けたかめはめ波
Nijū-Bai Kaiō-Ken da! Subete o Kaketa Kamehameha
It’s a 20-Fold Kaiō-Ken! A Kamehameha With Everything on the Line
Script: Aya Matsui & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Jun’ichi Fujise, & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 046Air Date: 28 February 2010
これが最後の切り札だ!悟空の特大元気玉
Kore ga Saigo no Kirifuda da! Gokū no Tokudai Genki-Dama
This is the Last Trump Card! Goku’s Extra-Large Genki-Dama
Script: Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Kazuhito Kikuchi, & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 047Air Date: 07 March 2010
目覚めろ伝説の戦士…超サイヤ人、孫悟空!
Mezamero Densetsu no Senshi… Sūpā Saiya-jin, Son Gokū!
Awaken, Legendary Warrior… Son Goku, the Super Saiyan!
Script: Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 048Air Date: 14 March 2010
怒れる超サイヤ人!名乗りを上げろ孫悟空!
Okoreru Sūpā Saiya-jin! Nanori o Agero Son Gokū!
The Angry Super Saiyan! Throw Your Hat in the Ring, Son Goku!
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Jun’ichi Fujise & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 049Air Date: 21 March 2010
仇を討て孫悟空!惑星崩壊のカウントダウン
Kataki o Ute Son Gokū! Wakusei Hōkai no Kauntodaun
Exact Vengeance, Son Goku! The Countdown to the Planet’s Collapse
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 050Air Date: 28 March 2010
フリーザ決死のフルパワー!願いを届けてくれ神龍
Furīza Kesshi no Furu Pawā! Negai o Todokete Kure Shenron
Freeza’s Do-or-Die Full Power! Shenlong, Heed this Wish
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 051Air Date: 04 April 2010
悟空激怒の雄叫び!間に合え…起死回生の願い!
Gokū Gekido no Osakebi! Ma ni Ae… Kishi-Kaisei no Negai!
Goku’s Furious Battle Cry! Make it in Time… The Resurrection Wish!
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Jun’ichi Fujise, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 052Air Date: 11 April 2010
消えゆく星に残った2人!これが最終決戦だ
Kieyuku Hoshi ni Nokotta Futari! Kore ga Saishū Kessen da
Two Remain on a Vanishing Planet! This is the Final Showdown
Script: Takao Koyama & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi, Daisuke Nishio, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 053Air Date: 18 April 2010
孫悟空、最後の一撃…ナメック星宇宙に散る
Son Gokū, Saigo no Ichigeki… Namekku-sei Uchū ni Chiru
Son Goku’s Final Blow… Planet Namek Scatters Throughout Space
Script: Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 054Air Date: 25 April 2010
宇宙に消えた悟空…甦れ!超戦士たち
Uchū ni Kieta Gokū… Yomigaere! Chō Senshi-tachi
Goku Vanishes in Space… Super Warriors, Return to Life!
Script: Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi & Daisuke Nishio