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Nicktoons Streams 5 Dragon Ball Z Kai Clips

posted on 2010-04-11 07:09 EDT
Condensed version of Dragon Ball Z to premiere on U.S. channel in May

The official website of America's Nicktoons television channel is hosting five English-dubbed video clips from the Dragon Ball Z Kai anime series. Dragon Ball Z Kai will premiere on Nicktoons next month. Nicktoons is a spinoff of Nickelodeon, which announced Nicktoons' acquisitions of Dragon Ball Z Kai and Voltron Force in a press release last month.

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 updates 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 week since. Nicktoons' video clips have some differences from the version that is airing on Japanese television.

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.

[Via Daizenshuu EX, Nebs]

Image © Bird Studio/Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation


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