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Dragon Ball Z Episode 54



Dragon Ball Z is the second series in the Dragon Ball anime franchise. In Japan it ran from 1989-1996, and was an extremely popular show, spanning a total of 291 episodes. In the original Toei Animation production of the series in Japan, the series was divided into four major plot arcs known as sagas: Saiyan Saga, Frieza Saga, Cell Saga, and Buu Saga.




Dragon Ball Z Episode 54



When Dragon Ball Z was first produced in the US, Funimation collaborated with Saban Entertainment to finance and distribute the series to television, sub-licensed home video distribution to Pioneer Entertainment (later known as Geneon Universal Entertainment), contracted Ocean Productions to dub the anime into English, and hired Shuki Levy to compose an alternate musical score. This dub of Dragon Ball Z was heavily edited for content, as well as length; reducing the first 67 episodes into 53, and is often referred to as the Ocean dub or Saban dub. It aired early in the morning in 1996 for two seasons on WB and UPN affiliate networks, but was canceled in 1998.


A year later after gaining newly found popularity on Toonami, the series was reconsidered for continuation. FUNimation began dubbing episodes 54 through 276 (the series finale) on their own, with their own in-house voice actors and studio equipment from September 13, 1999 to April 7, 2003. This re-dub is often referred to as the Funimation dub.


In 2004, Geneon/Pioneer Entertainment's (which owned the rights to Dragon Ball Z's home video distribution) license expired, and the rights to home video distribution of the series was acquired by FUNimation, which included the video rights to the first 53 (67 originally) episodes of the series.


After acquiring the license for the first two seasons of the show, FUNimation began re-dubbing it with their cast in order to keep the series's dubbing consistent, and re-dubbed the original uncut 67 episodes of the series. FUNimation then announced that they would release these 67 uncut episodes in the Ultimate Uncut Special Edition DVD line, releasing the first DVD on April 12, 2005. However this DVD set was canceled before every episode was released, in favor of the then-upcoming Funimation Remastered Box Sets.


Following Season 2, FUNimation replaced the Canadian Ocean cast with their own non-union Texas-based cast. FUNimation's in-house cast began voicing the episodes beginning at episode 54 (the beginning of season 3, the Captain Ginyu Saga) where the Ocean Group left off. While the first two Ocean-voiced seasons were heavily censored by FUNimation, the in-house dub was not, this was because the series had shifted from syndication to the less strict cable channel Cartoon Network. FUNimation's in-house talent continued to dub the series from episode 54 until the series finale at episode 276 (episode 291 uncut, as explained below). In the UK, AB Groupe hired the Ocean talent to create an alternate English dub for episodes 108-276 (123-292 uncut). This concurrent dub used the same scripts and episode titles as FUNimation's in-house dub.


Because the independent FUNimation dub began at episode 54, it was not until several years later that FUNimation acquired the rights to seasons 1 and 2 from their former distributor Geneon. After receiving the rights to the first two seasons, FUNimation re-dubbed the original shortened 53 episodes with their own voice actors for TV Broadcast. They planned to release these uncut episodes in the Ultimate Uncut series of DVDs with the first volume available in April 2005. However, this DVD set was never completed, and the 67 uncut episodes (along with the other 224 episodes of the series) were instead later released in the Funimation Remastered Box Sets. However, all 67 uncut episodes were also aired on Cartoon Network in the summer of 2005 beginning in June, two years after the finale of the series on Toonami.


The episodes were so heavily edited that while the first two seasons were comprised of 67 episodes in the Japanese dub, Funimation shortened the first two seasons to 53 episodes (or 56 episodes if the Tree of Might three parter is counted). These 53 episodes were also later redubbed by Funimation for TV broadcast, in addition to their DVD-only uncut dubs of the original 67 episodes.


After the Ocean Group dubbing of the first two-season, the series was then immediately dubbed by Funimation's in house voice actors, starting from episode 54. See the Funimation Uncut Episode Listings further below for more information on the Funimation dub.


In Japan, Dragon Ball Z was aired year-round continuously, with regular off-days for sporting events and television specials taking place about once every six weeks on average. The English broadcast was divided into eight separate near-continuous blocks with breaks varying between four months to over a year between each block. Only in one instance, between episodes 194 and 195, was there actually parity between the DVD release and the actual broadcast sequence in terms of the end of one "season" and the beginning of the next.


"Dragonball Z Abridged Ep 54: The #CellGames are on their way. Trunks struggles to come to terms with Cell's power level and the Gang gathers to hear what Cell has in store. Will Goku and Gohan ever make it out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber? Find out in Dragonball Z Abridged"


Meanwhile, Dr. Briefs finds out that Android 16 is missing a lot of data, and with Dr. Gero's servers destroyed, there's no way to recover them. 16 doesn't mind this though, as he can become his own android, and plays with Dr. Briefs cat. Outside, Chi-Chi refuses to let Gohan fight against Cell, even though the Z-Fighters point out they would need him in their next fight and that he's the third strongest in their group, though Vegeta asks who the fourth strongest is. Chi-Chi admits that she can be harsh, but that's only because she doesn't want Gohan to live off tournament money or welfare checks anymore. She also knows that she can't stop Gohan from fighting but threatens that no dragon in the universe can save them from her wrath if Gohan gets hurt or (God forbid) dies.


Over the period of time that Bulma has been working on the time machine, Dragon Ball Super has taken this opportunity to do plenty of character introspection, especially with Future Trunks. The final piece of this character work transpires in this episode when Future Trunks and Vegeta share a father-son training session together before everyone gets ready to face off against Goku Black for the second time.


In September 2003, Spacetoon began airing Dragon Ball Z alongside Sunrise's Gundam Wings and Nippon Animation's 1999 anime adaptaion of Shonen Jump's Hunter X Hunter. However, only the Saiyan Saga and later the Frieza Saga (with the excluding of Garlic Jr. Saga) were dubbed, initially concluding with 53 episodes similarly to the Korean dub and Saban's syndicated run of the FUNimation/Ocean English dub on American television.


After fan-outcry over the dub's sudden cancellation, Spacetoon's now-defunct sister channel (now late-night programming-block) Space Power that targeted an older demographic renewed the dub for a second season in February 2010 from where it last capped off back in 2003. It also briefly air on Spacetoon around the tail-end of Ramadan and the start of Eid of the same year. But unfortunately, the show abruptly ended yet again the following year, leaving out 187 of the 291 episodes undubbed.


The series received several censorships, including its plot itself, in its Arabic dub. The titular artifacts, the Dragon Balls, lost all connections to any dragons. Scenes of Shenron being summoned with the balls to grant wishes were removed, and it was explained that that the balls themselves had the power to bring characters back to life, and etc. All references towards evolutionary concepts have also been removed, thus it was explained that Goku's monkey-tail and the Saiyans were artificial machine-like. Instead of the Saiyans transforming into giant apes under the moonlight, the giant apes were regarded as separate entities who were merely summoned to the scene by the Saiyans, as any form of transformation or evolution conflicts with Muslim religion. In Dragon Ball Z, Raditz was rewritten from Goku's evil brother to his nemesis friend. (Despite the dub retaining the implication of it being the first time that they met canonically, yet the plot (such as Gohan's kidnapping) was rewritten to fit this change).


A relevant detail to note is that the title card of each episode with his name, were always cut in the first stage of dubbing, in 2003. Already in 2010, in the second stage of dub, the titles of each episode were read by the narrator.


The previous episode of "Dragon Ball Super" has something to make the God of Destruction very much surprised. To recall, the recent episodes of Akira Toriyama's anime series tried to resolve the mystery surrounding Black Goku, who suddenly emerged out of the blue in the future to threaten all life in the universe. The quest of Goku, Beerus and Whis to know who Black Goku really is brought them to Universe 10 to confront Zamasu, a kaioshin apprentice whom they suspected to be related to Black Goku.


As reported by Yibada, Beerus and Whis are aware that Black Goku and Zamasu share the same ki, but they also noted that Black Goku's ki is more sinister. Goku agreed that Zamasu's ki is good-natured as he sparred with him in the last episode. Also, they confirmed that Zamasu does not know Goku or anyone from Universe 6, where the Z fighters and Planet Earth belong. Black Goku recognizes the Saiyans, therefore, it appears that Zamasu and Black are not the same person. Little do they know that Zamasu is starting to feel negative about the mortal beings who are residing in every planet, and that is the link between the two shady characters.


In the last scene of Episode 54, Beerus and Whis received a mysterious call. They were shocked when they learned that the Omni King of all 12 universe, Zeno, was the one calling them. The Omni King wanted to meet Goku, but the reason behind this is still not clear. It is possible that the Omni King has already learned about the threat of Black Goku, that is why he wanted to see Goku face to face next episode. 041b061a72


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