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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyan arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 05 April 2009 – 26 July 2009 (17 weeks; spent 1 week on break)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Kai Episodes 001 – 016 (16 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 195 – 241 (47 chapters; approx. 2.9 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 95% Canon / 5% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 9.8%
Maximum: 11.3% (Episode 001)
Minimum: 8.5% (Episode 010)

Arc Synopsis

Several years after Son 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 God.

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 — 016)

Dragon Ball Kai Episode 001Air Date: 05 April 2009
闘いの幕開け!帰ってきたぞ孫悟空
Tatakai no Makuake! Kaette Kita zo Son Gokū
The Curtain Opens on the Battle! Son Goku Returns
Script: Takao Koyama & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio & Osamu Kasai
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 002Air Date: 12 April 2009
敵は悟空の兄!?最強戦士サイヤ人の秘密
Teki wa Gokū no Ani!? Saikyō Senshi Saiya-jin no Himitsu
The Enemy is Goku’s Older Brother?! The Secret of the Saiyan, Strongest of Warriors
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Osamu Kasai & Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 003Air Date: 19 April 2009
命をかけた闘い!悟空とピッコロ捨て身の猛攻
Inochi wo Kaketa Tatakai! Gokū to Pikkoro Sutemi no Mōkō
A Battle with Their Lives on the Line! Goku and Piccolo’s Fierce Suicidal Attack
Script: Toshiki Inoue & Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 004Air Date: 26 April 2009
あの世で走れ孫梧空!100万キロの蛇の道
Anoyo de Hashire Son Gokū! Hyaku-man Kiro no Hebi no Michi
Son Goku Runs in the Afterlife! The Million Kilometer Serpent Road
Script: Takao Koyama & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi, Mitsuo Hashimoto, & Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 005Air Date: 03 May 2009
荒野のサバイバル!月夜が悟飯を呼び覚ます
Kōya no Sabaibaru! Tsukiyo ga Gohan o Yobisamasu
Wilderness Survival! The Moon Awakens Gohan
Script: Keiji Terui & Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 006Air Date: 10 May 2009
辿り着いた終点!界王様のおちゃめな試練
Tadori Tsuita Shūten! Kaiō-sama no Ochame na Shiren
Finally Arriving at the End! Kaiō-sama’s Playful Test
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa, Toshiki Inoue, & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Osamu Kasai, Yoshihiro Ueda, Minoru Okazaki, & Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 007Air Date: 17 May 2009
10倍重力と闘え!悟空よ修行はかけっこだ
Jū-Bai Jūryoku to Tatakae! Gokū yo Shugyō wa Kakekko da
Battle with 10-Fold Gravity! Goku, Your Training is a Footrace
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 008Air Date: 24 May 2009
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 Saiyan Finally Arrive on Earth
Script: Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 009Air Date: 31 May 2009
ヤムチャ奮闘!おそるべし栽培マン
Yamucha Funtō! Osoru Beshi Saibaiman
Yamcha’s Hard Struggle! The Terrifying Saibaimen
Script: Takao Koyama
“Z” Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 010Air Date: 07 June 2009
待ってろ餃子!天津飯絶叫の気功砲
Matte ro Chaozu! Tenshinhan Zekkyō no Kikōhō
Wait, Chiaotzu! Tenshinhan’s Screaming Kikōhō
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Osamu Kasai, Tatsuya Orime, & Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 011Air Date: 14 June 2009
間に合うか孫悟空!?戦闘再開まで3時間
Maniau ka Son Gokū!? Sentō Saikai Made Sanjikan
Will Son Goku Make It?! The Battle Resumes in 3 Hours
Script: Takao Koyama & Toshiki Inoue
“Z” Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 012Air Date: 21 June 2009
ピッコロが流した涙…孫悟空怒りの大反撃!
Pikkoro ga Nagashita Namida… Son Gokū Ikari no Dai-Hangeki!
The Tears Piccolo Shed… Son Goku’s Furious Counterattack!
Script: Hiroshi Toda & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 013Air Date: 28 June 2009
これが界王拳だ!!限界バトルの悟空VSべジータ
Kore ga Kaiō-Ken da!! Genkai Batoru no Gokū tai Bejīta
This is the Kaiō-Ken!! A Battle to the Limit: Goku vs Vegeta
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Tatsuya Orime
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 014Air Date: 05 July 2009
激突かめはめ波!ベジータ執念の大変身
Gekitotsu Kamehameha! Bejīta Shūnen no Dai-Henshin
Kamehameha Clash! Vegeta’s Tenacious Grand Transformation
Script: Toshiki Inoue & Katsuyuki Sumisawa
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio & Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 015Air Date: 12 July 2009
絶体絶命の悟空!元気玉に願いを託せ
Zettai Zetsumei no Gokū! Genki-Dama ni Negai o Takuse
Goku in Absolute Peril! Entrust Your Wishes to the Genki-Dama
Script: Katsuyuki Sumisawa & Keiji Terui
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Kai Episode 016Air Date: 19 July 2009
打倒不死身のベジータ!奇跡を起こせ孫悟飯
Datō Fujimi no Bejīta! Kiseki o Okose Son Gohan
The Invincible Vegeta Defeated! Son Gohan Summons a Miracle
Script: Takao Koyama & Hiroshi Toda
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Kai — No Episode AiredDate: 26 July 2009
FNSの日26時間テレビ 2009
超笑顔パレード ~爆笑!お台場合宿!!~
Fuji Network’s 26-Hour Day of Television 2009
Super Smiling Faces Parade: Roaring Laughter! Camping in Odaiba!!