Dragon Ball Z Kai

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Remake of popular anime series is still very violent.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 67 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Evil is clearly defined, and benevolent characters fight to protect Earth from domination. Violence is the only means to an end, however, and some well-meaning characters die in the process. Recurring messages about standing up for what’s right and depending on the people you trust.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Goku strives to be a good role model for his son and puts himself in harm's way to protect him. Other characters risk their lives for the protection of Earth from invaders. But still, violence is the primary method characters resolve problems.


Violent exchanges are commonplace, both with weapons (guns, sticks, and the like) and with some characters’ superhuman abilities. Warriors are tortured and many people die (including a main character), but some of the characters’ powers protect them from everything from bullets to explosions of energy balls.


Occasional use of cursing stand-ins like “heck,” and some name-calling like “idiot.” 


The original series spawned a line of books, games, toys, DVDs, and video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this anime cartoon is heavy on violence, and characters wage war on -- and often kill -- each other with weapons and with their own superhuman powers. Although some do perish, many of the characters enjoy an unrealistic tolerance of the violence (they emerge unharmed from explosions or catch bullets in midair), which has its own set of issues for parents of impressionable tweens. Many of the characters will be frightening to kids, and the show favors action and entertainment over any meaningful content, so don’t expect your tweens to glean anything worthwhile from the fast-paced adventures.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymoviemaker201 September 23, 2012


What a series! That's right, Z fans, DBZ is back, and better than ever! Digitally remastered, no filler, (FINALLY XD) more true to the manga, and with a ca... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byKingRighteous April 12, 2018

Very, very nice anime!

This may as well be one of the best anime out there. No filler- give that a checkmark. More appropriate to kids- another checkmark. And a theme song that is so... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2011

#4 on Worst TV Role Models? Are you serious?

I came across an article on this site called "Worst TV Role Models." Most of the time I just ignore the parental junk, but I decide to go in it. Drago... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlanner2003SD May 6, 2021

Its for teenagers not kids

In the buu saga, Goku tells old ki that I'll take pictures of Bulma and Vegeta gets angry.
Some suggestive humor.
Some partial nudity, comical style.
One c... Continue reading

What's the story?

DRAGON BALL Z KAI is an updated version that marks the 20th anniversary of the popular anime series Dragon Ball Z. Goku (voiced by Sean Schemmel) and his young son, Gohan (Colleen Clinkenbeard), join forces with their friends to ward off a barrage of threats to the human population from otherworldly creatures bent on dominating the planet. The father-son team packs a punch of superhuman strengths, but they’re pushed to the limits by their equally powerful enemies, who will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.

Is it any good?

This revamped show aims to draw a new generation of fans into the fold that originally started with Dragon Ball, one of the world’s most popular manga series of all time. Although the modern version streamlines the extremely complicated plot of Dragon Ball Z, it will still take viewers a handful of episodes to fully grasp the story. The constant turnover of characters and story development make it tough to pop in on an episode here and there (which is probably the show’s intent, after all).

Parents should give this series a hard look before handing their tweens over to it since the content is so rooted in violence. Physical clashes between good and evil constitute a good portion of every episode, and it’s the only way the characters are able to resolve their differences. While most of the violence is fantasy-based (laser-shooting fingers and conjuring energy balls, for instance), many characters are injured, tortured, or die in the process, so it’s important to assess your own tween’s ability to handle this kind of content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in this series. Do the characters try to solve their problems without violence? Would the show still be entertaining if there wasn't as much violence? How does watching the kind of fantasy violence this show portrays affect you?

  • Kids: Have you seen toys related to this series in stores? Do you think you're more likely to want to buy these toys now that you've seen the show?

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