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Dragon Ball Z Kai

Remake of popular anime series is still very violent.
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What parents need to know

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

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.

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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
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:April 5, 2009
Cast:Colleen Clinkenbeard, Cynthia Cranz, Sean Schemmel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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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. Dragon Ball Z Kai, Goku and Gohan?! Bad role models?! FOR TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD?! This show is perfectly appropriate and cool too!
Teen, 13 years old Written byToonamiFan13 July 5, 2013

Kai Uncut Version

There is an uncut version of Dragonball Z Kai avalible only on DVD and Blu-Ray (clips can be found on Funimation's website). In the uncut version, there is a lot more blood (in one case it had to be censored in Japan) and swearing than the CW and Nicktoons version. So if you have a pre-teen who wants to see the show in it's unedited format, be cautious of the adult content in the show.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byChronoTrigger July 3, 2011

Pretty good...

I watch this every Saturday on Nicktoons. It's a good anime. I don't think anyone under 8 years old should watch it. There are a few very small, subtle adult themes. If you're not watching the Nicktoons edit, then don't let your kids watch the other edit; just let them watch the Nicktoons one. Since this comes from Japan, it does have some strong themes that Americans are not comfortable with, but, it's typical anime- you'll get used to it sooner or later.