How I Discovered Dragon Ball Z – MasakoX

Now that a new series of Dragon Ball is on TV, I thought about when it first appeared on the small screen. 16 years ago, I discovered Dragonball Z on UK television. Cartoon Network and Toonami opened my eyes to the anime sensation and from there…well you know the rest! Today I talk about the impact the show made in the UK, share some commercials from the time as well as how I found out about anime in general from my brother.

About MasakoX

I'm MasakoX, part of TeamfourStar's Dragonball Z Abridged team. When I'm not fighting bad guys or eating muffins, I produce content for Channel Awesome! This ranges from my long-lasting anime reviews to reading bad fan fiction to even messing around with Google Translate for kicks. Either way, it is my pleasure to present my oddments to you in glorious awesomeness!


  1. Never realised the UK was so late to jump on the Anime bandwagon! I first saw DBZ when it premiered in 1990 on French TV two years after Dragon Ball and Dr Slump begun.

    First anime I saw, was probably Ulysse 31 in 1981 (yes, I know it’s a French-Japanese co-production), first real anime was either Capt Harlock or Mazinger Z in the early 80s.

    And no worries about watching 15+ anime when you’re 10: French TV bought anime series in bulk and showed them all in children’s programmes. I fonly remember the first episodes of both Ranma and Urusei Yatsura 😉 It took a few years before the more violent (f.ex. Hokuto no Ken and Saint Seiya) or sexualised ones (Cat’s Eye and City Hunter) were censured.

    Never watched English dubs, but I doubt they can be worse than the original French ones: the scripts were simply made up, the voice directors and actors didn’t care, voices changed from male to female and back, etc…

  2. I remember my mind being blown first discovering DBZ was a thing. I had been an avid fan of the original Dragon Ball as a kid, and assumed the series ended there. But then one day in high school a new show aires in Which Goku is an adult, and an alien apparently. And he’s teamed up with Piccolo to fight his evil brother in an incredibly brutal battle, the likes of which I had never seen before in a cartoon. Needless to say I was hooked after that.

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