Dragon Ball Z ( ド ラ ゴ ン ボ ー ル Z Doragon Bōru Zetto ? ) (Usually abbreviated as DBZ ) was an animated series produced by Toei Animation. Based on the Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z corresponds to volumes 17 to 42 of the manga that was published in the magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, from 1988 to 1995, and premiered in Japan on Fuji TV on 26 April. 1989, and ended January 31, 1996with a total of 291 episodes, before being dubbed in various territories around the globe, including the United States, Australia, Europe, India, and Latin America. The series has been shown in more than 80 countries around the world.
The success of the Dragon Ball series led to the creation of the sequel, Dragon Ball Z, being one of the best-known anime of all time. This series appears packed with long action fights. In Dragon Ball Z, the stories have a more serious mood than those of their predecessors. They replaced comedy, but humor still exists in many parts of the series. It has several episodes in which suspense is intertwined with events that at first do not seem to have much relevance, or of unnoticed facts revealed in greater detail at the height of such an event.
The first Dragon Ball Z BOX with 4 DVDs was released in August 2012, is the first time the anime is officially distributed in home video in Brazil by the PlayArte Group. It is currently in the 3rd box with 52 episodes already released.
The popularity of Dragon Ball Z has spawned numerous releases that accounted for most of the content in the Dragon Ball universe; including 17 movies and 148 video games, many of them being released in Japan alone, and a number of soundtracks from that material. Dragon Ball Z remains a cultural icon through numerous adaptations, including a newer remastered broadcast titled Dragon Ball Kai.
Dragon Ball Z was succeeded by Dragon Ball GT (1996-1997) and Dragon Ball Super (2015-2018).