A new wiki preview page is available… and it’s one we’re requesting your early support and community research on!
Beyond all of the common misinformation around “seasons” for the North American broadcast (largely due to FUNimation’s later home video releases which ignored their previously-established cable broadcast “season” delineations), lots of the standard episode guides you see out there online are just flat out wrong.
Perhaps you’ve read one of the latest features on our site — “The Dragon Ball Z American Debut Date” — which covers the fact that local syndication affiliates played the same episode on different dates, meaning there is no real single “debut” date for FUNimation’s English dub of Dragon Ball Z in September 1996.
You would think that once things moved to the Toonami block on Cartoon Network (a single cable network channel), having verifiable/confirmed debut dates would be easier, but that’s not true! Plans changed at the last minute all the time, leading to shifted debut dates. Of particular note, the events of September 11th in 2001 obviously impacted broadcast plans across the board. In this case, Mobile Suit Gundam was removed from its block and replaced with an extra episode of Dragon Ball, which sped up its intended broadcast.
The 2003 timeframe is also notable for seeing the initial wrap-up for both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z on Toonami. This was directly before the current install of our own forum in 2004, which in turn means we’re missing lots of key contemporary confirmations due to other notable fansites and forums of the day long since being lost to time.
It’s important to recognize we don’t know what we don’t know. This is where you come in! Maybe YOU are aware of other ancient, still-online little forums or sites we somehow overlooked that can provide contemporary confirmations for some of these dates.
With all of the aforementioned information in mind, and checking out what we already have established and cited on the “Season” wiki preview page, would love help finding contemporary confirmations (not hearsay/uncited/undated lists!) for:
- Dragon Ball episode 28 on Toonami
- Dragon Ball episode 153 on Toonami
- Dragon Ball Z edited dub episode 276 (JP 291) on Toonami
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