|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)
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)
Son Gokū Tsuini Tōchaku! Kechirase Ginyū Tokusentai
Son Goku Finally Arrives! Knock the Ginyu Special-Squad Around
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime, Daisuke Nishio, & Jun’ichi Fujise
Shin’uchi Tōjō!? Ginyū Taichō tai Son Gokū
The Star Performer Takes the Stage?! Captain Ginyu vs Son Goku
“Z” Director: Jun’ichi Fujise & Minoru Okazaki
Furu Pawā da Son Gokū! Ononoku Ginyū Hisaku Ari!?
Son Goku at Full Power! The Terrified Ginyu Has Something Up His Sleeve?!
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Tatsuya Orime
Bikkuri! Gokū ga Ginyū de Ginyū ga Gokū!?
Surprise! Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is Goku?!
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime, Mitsuo Hashimoto, & Daisuke Nishio
Gokū Dai-Gyakuten!? Ima Koso Ide yo Chō-Shenron!
A Great Turnabout for Goku?! Super Shenlong, Come Out Right Now!
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Gekikō Furīza ga Semaru! Porunga yo… Negai o Kanae Tamae!
An Enraged Freeza Draws Near! Porunga… Grant This Wish!
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Tatsuya Orime, & Minoru Okazaki
Akumu no Chō-Henshin! Sentō-ryoku Hyaku-Man no Furīza
A Nightmarish Super Transformation! Freeza’s Battle Power Reaches One Million
“Z” Director: Minoru Okazaki & Yoshihiro Ueda
Kiba o Muku Furīza! Chōzetsu Pawā ga Gohan o Osō
Freeza Bares His Fangs! Transcendent Power Attacks Gohan
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime & Jun’ichi Fujise
Terebi dorama “Bosu” no tame hōsō wa yasumi desu
Took a break for the TV drama “BOSS”
Shinsei Pikkoro Arawaru! Gekido Furīza Dai-Ni no Henshin
The Reborn Piccolo Arrives! A Furious Freeza’s 2nd Transformation
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Furīza Saigo no Chō-Henshin! Jigoku-ijō no Kyōfu ga Hajimaru
Freeza’s Final Super Transformation! The Terror Greater than Hell Starts Now
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Tatsuya Orime
Machinimatta ze Kono Shunkan! Son Gokū ga Fukkatsu da
The Moment We’ve Waited For! Son Goku is Revived
“Z” Director: Tatsuya Orime & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Furīza o Taose Son Gokū! Hokori-Takaki Bejīta no Namida
Defeat Freeza, Son Goku! The Proud Vegeta’s Tears
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda, Harumi Kosaka, & Akihiko Yamaguchi
Son Gokū tai Furīza! Chō-Kessen no Makuake da!
Son Goku vs Freeza! The Curtain Opens on the Super Decisive Battle!
“Z” Director: Harumi Kosaka, Akihiko Yamaguchi, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Genkai Toppa no Nikudansen! Gokū to Furīza to Ginyū Futatabi!?
A Physical War That Exceeds All Limits! Goku and Freeza and Ginyu, Again?!
“Z” Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi & Yoshihiro Ueda
Nijū-Bai Kaiō-Ken da! Subete o Kaketa Kamehameha
It’s a 20-Fold Kaiō-Ken! A Kamehameha With Everything on the Line
“Z” Director: Daisuke Nishio, Jun’ichi Fujise, & Mitsuo Hashimoto
Kore ga Saigo no Kirifuda da! Gokū no Tokudai Genki-Dama
This is the Last Trump Card! Goku’s Extra-Large Genki-Dama
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Kazuhito Kikuchi, & Yoshihiro Ueda
Mezamero Densetsu no Senshi… Sūpā Saiya-jin, Son Gokū!
Awaken, Legendary Warrior… Son Goku, the Super Saiyan!
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Okoreru Sūpā Saiya-jin! Nanori o Agero Son Gokū!
The Angry Super Saiyan! Throw Your Hat in the Ring, Son Goku!
“Z” Director: Jun’ichi Fujise & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Kataki o Ute Son Gokū! Wakusei Hōkai no Kauntodaun
Exact Vengeance, Son Goku! The Countdown to the Planet’s Collapse
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi & Yoshihiro Ueda
Furīza Kesshi no Furu Pawā! Negai o Todokete Kure Shenron
Freeza’s Do-or-Die Full Power! Shenlong, Heed this Wish
“Z” Director: Yoshihiro Ueda & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Gokū Gekido no Osakebi! Ma ni Ae… Kishi-Kaisei no Negai!
Goku’s Furious Battle Cry! Make it in Time… The Resurrection Wish!
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Jun’ichi Fujise, & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Kieyuku Hoshi ni Nokotta Futari! Kore ga Saishū Kessen da
Two Remain on a Vanishing Planet! This is the Final Showdown
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi, Daisuke Nishio, Yoshihiro Ueda, & Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Son Gokū, Saigo no Ichigeki… Namekku-sei Uchū ni Chiru
Son Goku’s Final Blow… Planet Namek Scatters Throughout Space
“Z” Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto & Kazuhito Kikuchi
Uchū ni Kieta Gokū… Yomigaere! Chō Senshi-tachi
Goku Vanishes in Space… Super Warriors, Return to Life!
“Z” Director: Kazuhito Kikuchi & Daisuke Nishio