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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball Kai: Namek arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 02 August 2009 – 01 November 2009 (14 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Kai Episodes 017 – 030 (14 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 241 – 278 (38 chapters; approx. 2.7 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 95% Canon / 5% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 8.2%
Maximum: 9.4% (Episode 029)
Minimum: 6.4% (Episode 018)

Arc Synopsis

Goku and co. barely manage to drive Vegeta from the Earth. However, many of their allies were killed, and the Dragon Balls ceased to be. Thinking that there might be Dragon Balls there, Bulma and co. journey by spaceship to God’s birthplace, Planet Namek. However, at the same time Freeza had also heard of the Dragon Balls, and headed for Planet Namek aiming to find them. Knowing this, Vegeta came following after him, and then Goku came as well. The various warriors from around the galaxy began to gather on Planet Namek, and a new battle for the Dragon Balls begins.

On Planet Namek, Freeza and his men push the limits of inhumanity, killing anyone who gets in their way. Gohan somehow manages to rescue a Namekian child, Dende. Elsewhere, arriving on Planet Namek on his own, Vegeta also begins to slaughter Namekians and gather Dragon Balls. Defeating Freeza’s underlings, he aims to recapture the Dragon Balls Freeza already has. However, being no match for a transformed Zarbon, one of Freeza’s henchmen, Vegeta is captured by Freeza. Meanwhile, Goku continues training in the gravity room of his spaceship on his way to Planet Namek.

Kuririn was able to meet Planet Namek’s Eldest, but his Dragon Ball was stolen by Vegeta, who had escaped from Freeza. Because he was revived from the brink of death, Vegeta powered up even further. Though he had been beaten before, Vegeta easily defeated Zarbon in his transformed state. However, Freeza played his next hand and called on the even more frightfully powerful Ginyu Special-Squad. Before their overwhelming power, Vegeta, Gohan, and Kuririn were completely unable to put up a fight.

With the power of the Ginyu Special-Squad, Freeza was finally able to gather all seven Dragon Balls. However, not knowing the crucial method of getting one’s wish granted, he flies to the location of the surviving Namekian, the Eldest. Vegeta and co. were about to be killed by Recoom, one of the Ginyu Special-Squad, but at the last moment Goku finally arrived.

Episode List (017 — 030)

Dragon Ball Kai Episode 017Air Date: 02 August 2009
激戦の夜明け…希望の星はピッコロの故郷
Gekisen no Yoake… Kibō no Hoshi wa Pikkoro no Furusato
Dawn of the Fierce Battle… The Planet of Hope is Piccolo’s Homeland
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio & Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 018Air Date: 09 August 2009
ユンザビットに眠る宇宙船!ナメック星へいざ発進
Yunzabitto ni Nemuru Uchūsen! Namekkusei he Iza Hasshin
The Spaceship that Sleeps in Yunzabit! Blast Off For Planet Namek
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Jōhei Matsūra & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 019Air Date: 16 August 2009
新たなる強敵!宇宙の帝王フリーザ
Arata Naru Kyōteki! Uchū no Teiō Furīza
A Formidable New Enemy! Emperor of the Universe, Freeza
Script: Takao Koyama, Katsuyuki Sumisawa, Aya Matsui, & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Mitsuo Hashimoto, Jōhei Matsūra, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 020Air Date: 23 August 2009
フリーザへの反逆!野望に燃えるベジータ
Furīza e no Hangyaku! Yabō ni Moeru Bejīta
Rebellion Against Freeza! Vegeta, Burning With Ambition
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa, Hiroshi Toda, & Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi, Mitsuo Hashimoto, & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 021Air Date: 30 August 2009
守れドラゴンボール!ナメック星人総攻撃
Mamore Doragon Bōru! Namekku-seijin Sōkōgeki
Protect the Dragon Balls! The Namekian Offensive
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 022Air Date: 06 September 2009
猛追ドドリアの恐怖!ベジータに明かす真実
Mōtsui Dodoria no Kyōfu! Bejīta ni Akasu Shinjitsu
Dodoria in Terrifying Hot Pursuit! Vegeta Learns the Truth
Script: Keiji Terui & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 023Air Date: 13 September 2009
暗躍のベジータ!ナメック星人を襲う悲劇
Anyaku no Bejīta! Namekku-seijin o Osō Higeki
Vegeta’s Secret Maneuvering! The Namekians are Tragically Attacked
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Aya Matsui
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 024Air Date: 20 September 2009
甦る仲間たち!美戦士ザーボン悪魔の変身
Yomigaeru Nakama-tachi! Bisenshi Zābon Akuma no Henshin
Resurrected Comrades! The Handsome Warrior Zarbon’s Devilish Transformation
Script: Aya Matsui, Katsuyuki Sumisawa, & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda, Mitsuo Hashimoto, & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 025Air Date: 27 September 2009
パワーアップだクリリン!うごめくフリーザの予感
Pawā Appu da Kuririn! Ugomeku Furīza no Yokan
It’s a Power-Up, Kuririn! Freeza’s Nagging Premonition
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi & Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 026Air Date: 04 October 2009
砕け散れ陰謀!逆襲のベジータVSザーボン
Kudake Chire Inbō! Gyakushū no Bejīta Tai Zābon
The Plot is Smashed! The Counterattack, Vegeta vs Zarbon
Script: Keiji Terui, Katsuyuki Sumisawa, & Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 027Air Date: 11 October 2009
一触即発のピンチ!悟飯よ四星球を守れ
Isshokusokuhatsu no Pinchi! Gohan yo Sūshinchū o Mamore
A Hair-Trigger Pinch! Gohan, Protect the Four-Star Ball
Script: Takao Koyama, Hiroshi Toda, Aya Matsui, & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi, Mitsuo Hashimoto, Jōhei Matsūra, & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 028Air Date: 18 October 2009
迫る超決戦!ギニュー特戦隊只今参上ッ!
Semaru Chō-Kessen! Ginyū Tokusentai Tadaima Sanjō!
The Super Decisive Battle Draws Near! The Ginyu Special-Squad Has Arrived!
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 029Air Date: 25 October 2009
特戦隊の一番手!グルドの呪縛を打ち崩せ
Tokusentai no Ichibante! Gurudo no Jubaku o Uchi Kuzuse
The Special-Squad’s Frontline Man! Break Gurd’s Spell
Script: Keiji Terui & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi, Jun’ichi Fujise, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 030Air Date: 01 November 2009
地獄のリクーム!楽しませろよベジータちゃん
Jigoku no Rikūmu! Tanoshimasero yo Bejīta-chan
The Hellish Recoom! Keep Me Entertained, Vegeta-chan
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Yoshihiro Ueda