America's Nicktoons television channel has announced that it will run the Dragon Ball Z Kai action anime series starting in
May 2010. Nicktoons, a spinoff of Nickelodeon, will also launch Voltron Panthera Force from World Events Productions, Ltd.
in conjunction with Kick Start Productions. (The channel did not specify if Voltron Panthera Force is Japanese-animated or
not.) Nicktoons made the announcements during its 2010 Upfront Presentation for advertisers on Thursday morning in New
The Dragon Ball Kai television series condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira
Toriyama's original Dragon Ball manga. In addition to a digital high-definition remastering and a re-recorded soundtrack,
Dragon Ball Kai also enhances selected scenes with new effects or re-animated footage. The series premiered under the
name Dragon Ball Kai in Japan last April, and it has consistently ranked among the top 10 anime in viewer ratings every
Funimation had licensed the series for North America, and it plans to ship the first part of the series on DVD and Blu-ray
Disc on May 18. The distributor already licensed both the Dragon Ball Z television series and the earlier Dragon Ball
television series for North America. Funimation reassembled most of its original Dragon Ball Z cast for the English dubbing of
Dragon Ball Z Kai, except for four new cast members. Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America.
Nickelodeon has run a number of anime titles in the past, although neither Nicktoons nor Nickelodeon has a Japanese
animated program in the current season.
Official "Nick Press" Press Release from 3/11/2010 Page 3
Now, the most important question:
Will be Nicktoons airing DBZ Kai in 4:3 ???