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Dragon Ball Z Kai to Run on Adult Swim's Toonami Block

posted on by Egan Loo
Condensed version of DBZ begins this fall; Cowboy Bebop also returns to Toonami

Adult Swim, the American television network paired with Cartoon Network, announced at MomoCon on Saturday that it will run Dragon Ball Kai in its Toonami programming block. Toonami will begin running the series this fall.

Dragon Ball Z Kai (known as just Dragon Ball Kai in Japan) condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. The series features digital high-definition remastering, a re-recorded soundtrack, and select scenes updated with new effects or re-animated footage. The 2009-2011 run of Dragon Ball Z Kai covered from the Saiyan Saga to the Android Cell Saga.

The "new age of Kai" began on April 6 in Japan, and it is covering the Majin Buu Saga arc with more episodes. Animation studio Toei's Europe branch lists the new Dragon Ball Z Kai run as 69 episodes and the "closing chapter" of the series. Adult Swim did not specify if it will begin running Dragon Ball Z Kai from the very first episodes or the newer episodes in "Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters."

Update: Adult Swim also announced that it is bringing back Cowboy Bebop to Toonami.

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