The BEST episodes directed by Daisuke Nishio

The Return
star
9.88
5 votes

#1 - The Return

3x3 Eyes - Season 2 - Episode 3

Yakumo and Pai's quest coming towards a conclusion as they embark on the most dangerous part of their journey. They arrive at the Sacred Gate of Lost Time where they must journey into the dark past of the Sanjigan people. The final battle fast approaches, and the forces of darkness continue to build their power, so it is down to Pai's powers to make sure good triumphs over evil.

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Sacrifice
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9.75
5 votes

#2 - Sacrifice

3x3 Eyes - Season 1 - Episode 3

Yakumo and Pai return to Hong Kong when the Statue of Humanity turns up in the possession of Steve Long, another Monster Buster, Inc colleague. Before they can reach it, Steve and the statue are kidnapped. Yakumo, Pai, Ling Ling, and Steve's sister Meixing attempt a rescue. But it's all a trap to catch Pai, the statue, and Meixing in a human sacrifice to release the dark spirit of Kaiyan Wang!

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Lesson Number One
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9.11
243 votes

#3 - Lesson Number One

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 29

Locked in the final battle with Earth's Saiyan attackers, Goku begins to demonstrate the skills and training he received from King Kai beginning with a devastating attack on Nappa. But when Nappa concedes defeat under the command of Vegeta, he turns on Gohan and Krillin only to be stopped by Goku's Kaio-Ken attack. Broken and defeated, Nappa is finally vanquished by Vegeta leaving Goku to face him alone.

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A New Friend
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9.00
216 votes

#4 - A New Friend

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 10

Krillin pulls Yamcha away from a rowdy baseball game to begin training at Korin Tower. Meanwhile, Gohan's adventures in the wilderness continue, as he makes a new dinosaur friend! Gohan is happy to finally have some company. That is, until he gets a harsh reminder - not all dinosaurs are friendly!

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Nimbus Speed
star
9.00
162 votes

#5 - Nimbus Speed

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 27

Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin do their best to stop the Saiyan invaders, Vegeta and Nappa, from finding the Dragon Balls and taking over the planet. Meanwhile, Goku is flying back to Earth on the Flying Nimbus with more power than he has ever had before. Will it be enough? And will he arrive in time?

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Yakumo
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9.00
6 votes

#6 - Yakumo

3x3 Eyes - Season 1 - Episode 2

Yakumo and Pai return to Japan from Hong Kong after the Statue of Humanity disappears from the mysterious Mrs. Huang's mansion. Yakumo returns to school and his friends in the hopes of resuming a normal life. But nothing is normal when you're an undead zombie bound to a magical being and demons start attacking your schoolmates on the playground!

Goku vs. Vegeta
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8.90
270 votes

#7 - Goku vs. Vegeta

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 30

After sending Gohan and Krillin away, Goku decides to take on the mighty Vegeta all by himself. As his family and friends wait and wonder, Goku and the powerful Saiyan face off in a destructive battle. Both warriors seem evenly matched, but both are hiding their true strength. Will Goku's hidden abilities be enough to put an end to this once and for all?

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Reunions
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8.89
216 votes

#8 - Reunions

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 2

Goku and Gohan attend a reunion on Master Roshi's island, where Goku introduces his son to all of his old friends. The smiles quickly fade, however, as an unexpected visitor lands on the island, and for Goku the day becomes a reunion of a different kind. A powerful alien has arrived. It's Raditz: Goku's evil older brother!

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Goku's Arrival
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8.84
270 votes

#9 - Goku's Arrival

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 28

Piccolo makes the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to save Gohan from the Saiyan's ruthless rampage. Just when all seems hopeless, Goku finally returns to Earth with an incredible new level of power and confronts the Saiyans. But, will this new power be enough to defeat Nappa and Vegeta?

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Saibamen Attack!
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8.83
270 votes

#10 - Saibamen Attack!

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 23

Having completed their year-long journey to Earth, the two snister Saiyans made their presence known with explosive style! Now Krillin, Piccolo, and Gohan stand face to face with these saiyan monsters, and the diabolical henchmen they've brought with them. Can they hold out until Goku arrives?

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Global Training
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8.80
216 votes

#11 - Global Training

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 12

Gohan is busy with his survival training and spends his day tormenting a clumsy but delicious T-Rex. Tien and Chiaotzu are training across the planet, but their workout is interrupted by a very demanding Launch. Goku tries to find King Kai on Snake Way while Piccolo's power gets out of control with disastrous results.

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Gohan's Rage
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8.74
162 votes

#12 - Gohan's Rage

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 5

As Goku takes blow after punishing blow from the evil Raditz, Gohan is able to watch no longer! The young boy's rage unlocks an awesome power sleeping within him, and he unleashes a mighty attack that not even Radtiz can resist! But as quickly as Gohan's power appears, it vanishes. And when Raditz prepares to strike back, Goku must make the ultimate sacrifice to save his son! This all only leads to the revelation that two more Saiyans are on their way to Earth.

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The Power of Nappa
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8.69
243 votes

#13 - The Power of Nappa

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 24

Enraged over the loss of his friend, Yamcha, Krillin unleashes a powerful attack that destroys the maniacal Saibamen once and for all. But the victory is only temporary. Now the Earth's defenders must battle the Saiyans themselves - and the terrifying Nappa is ready for a fight!

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Pendulum Room Peril
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8.67
243 votes

#14 - Pendulum Room Peril

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 17

Mr. Popo leads Earth's top warriors to Kami's Pendulum Room where the past, present and future exist at the same time. After an eventful trip back in time they all realize they have to train a lot harder if they are going to stand a chance against the two Saiyans who are speeding ever closer to Earth.

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Plans for Departure
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8.66
162 votes

#15 - Plans for Departure

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 37

As the weak and weary warriors of Planet Earth are bandaged and cared for, Bulma accidentally destroys the Siayan spaceship, leaving no way to get to Planet Namek! But, Mr. Popo reveals that there might be another spacecraft they can use. Can they get to it in time, and will the old and forgotten ship even work if they do?

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Sacrifice
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8.65
189 votes

#16 - Sacrifice

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 25

In a desperate attempt to save his friends, Chiaotzu sacrifices himself to stop the evil Nappa. But when the smoke clears, Nappa is left standing. Now Tien and the others must carry on without their friend as Nappa launches another devastating attack. And though his body is broken, Tien has one trick left that could put the diabolical Saiayn down, once and for all!

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Unlikely Alliance
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8.60
216 votes

#17 - Unlikely Alliance

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 3

Raditz has kidnapped Gohan! And unless Goku agrees to forsake his friends and the people of Earth by joining the sinister Saiyan, he may never see his son again! All hope is not lost, however, as a second uninvited guest arrives on the island - and Goku forges an unlikely alliance!

The Darkest Day
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8.60
243 votes

#18 - The Darkest Day

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 22

The Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa defiantly announce their arrival on Earth with the complete destruction of East City. Sensing their power, Goku, Gohan and Krillin prepare for the worst and meet the Saiyans face to face where Piccolo learns of his origins on the planet Namek. Yajirobe also learns of the Saiyans arrival but uses it merely as an occasion for profit. Our heroes are left facing on onslaught of sprouted Saibamen under the grinning command of Vegetta and Nappa

Goz and Mez
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8.50
216 votes

#19 - Goz and Mez

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 13

After waking up dazed and disoriented, Goku sees a fruit tree. Not one to deny his appetite, Goku helps himself. But watching him are two giant ogres who want nothing more than to use the hero as a play toy! If Goku can defeat their challenges, the ogres vow to show him the way back to Snake Way. But can these two beasts be trusted?

Krillin's Offensive
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8.50
162 votes

#20 - Krillin's Offensive

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 34

While Gohan fights for his life against Vegeta, Goku passes the power of the Spirit Bomb to Krillin. With King Kai's guidance, Krillin launches the bomb at Vegeta in an attack that sends the evil Saiyan sky-high. Now that he's been sent hurtling toward the outer-reaches of the Earth's atmosphere, this is surely the last our heroes have seen of Vegeta - or is it?

Mercy
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8.50
135 votes

#21 - Mercy

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 35

Gohan transforms into the giant ape, much to the dismay of the angry Vegeta. After a grueling battle, Vegeta managed to cut off Gohan's tail, taking away his ability to transform. But, the giant ape fell and crushed Vegeta, leaving him beaten and defeated. Krillin decides to finish the Saiyan, once and for all, but Goku has other plans...

Plight of the Children
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8.46
162 votes

#22 - Plight of the Children

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 16

After surviving a rough night on a stormy sea, Gohan washes up onshore and is nursed back to health by two orphans named Rom and Chiko. It turns out that they are part of a larger gang of orphans who live on their own and are constantly on the run from meddling adults. Pigero, the orphans' leader, hatches a plan to take the orphaned children to a safer hiding place but when the police show up everything goes wrong!

The End of Snake Way
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8.41
189 votes

#23 - The End of Snake Way

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 18

Gohan continues his martial arts training under the watchful eye of Piccolo, but a strange transformation takes him over. A full moon causes the young Saiyan to rampage out of control! Meanwhile Goku finally makes it to the end of Snake Way and mistakes a friendly ape named Bubbles for the mythical King Kai. With two of our heroes going bananas it looks like the two sinister Saiyans will have an easy time invading Earth!

The New Threat
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8.40
296 votes

#24 - The New Threat

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 1

With no new battles to fight, Goku has been living a quiet life in the countryside with his wife Chi-Chi...and their son Gohan! While Goku makes plans to spend a happy day with friends on Master Roshi's island, a powerful new threat is on its way to Earth. And the arrival of this sinister alien could spell disaster for Goku and his friends!

No Time Like the Present
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8.40
135 votes

#25 - No Time Like the Present

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 6

With Raditz defeated and Goku gone from this world, the surviving Z Warriors must begin preparing for the arrival of two more Saiyans who will reach Earth in one year's time. Piccolo takes Gohan into the wild for a severe training program, in the hope that his hidden power will be revealed. Meanwhile, Goku embarks on a new adventure in the next world, as he must travel the endless miles of Snake Way to receive training from the legendary King Kai!

Goku's Ancestors
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8.40
135 votes

#26 - Goku's Ancestors

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 20

After Goku completes the first phase of his special martial arts training King Kai instructs him to bash Gregory with a hammer. Easier said than done. After an exhaustive chase, King Kai tells the story of the Saiyan race. Inspired, Goku resumes his training and eventually manages to put the hammer to Gregory. Impressed, King Kai agrees to train Goku personally. But will it be enough to stop the incoming Saiyan invasion of Earth?

Piccolo's Plan
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8.31
162 votes

#27 - Piccolo's Plan

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 4

The situation looks bleak for Goku and Piccolo, as Raditz easily deflects every attack they send his way. But Piccolo may have a way to stop the sinister Saiyan. He's perfected a powerful new attack, the Special Beam Cannon!There's only one problem: Piccolo needs time to gather the energy for the blast, which means Goku will have to last for five minutes against Raditz alone!

Hero in the Shadows
star
8.30
162 votes

#28 - Hero in the Shadows

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 33

With Goku caught in the clutches of the giant ape Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan launch a desperate attempt to save him! All is for naught, however, as Krillin's Destructo Disk fails to sever the Saiyan's tail. But a single hope remains for reversing Vegeta's monstrous transformation, when an unlikely hero steps out of the shadows - Yajirobe!

Picking Up the Pieces
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8.30
161 votes

#29 - Picking Up the Pieces

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 36

The battle with the Saiyans finally won, Goku, Krillin, and the others mourn the loss of Yamcha, Tien, Chiatzu, and Piccolo. With Kami also gone, the Earth's Dragon Balls have disappeared. There is no hope for wishing any of the fallen heroes back to life... Or is there?

Defying Gravity
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8.30
108 votes

#30 - Defying Gravity

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 19

Gohan's training with Piccolo continues to intensify, but it's Goku who faces the biggest challenge. Goku begins his training, but it is unlike anything he's ever experienced before. The intense gravity of King Kai's planet makes training difficult, but when he learns that the Saiyans are used to extreme fighting conditions, Goku is inspired to give it his all. But will it be enough?

Saiyan Sized Secret
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8.20
135 votes

#31 - Saiyan Sized Secret

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 31

Vegeta and Goku continue their one-one one battle of strength, will, and determination. Blow by blow, the two warriors seem evenly matched, until Vegeta reveals the secret power of the Saiyans...the ability to transform into a giant ape, whose rage is capable of destroying entire civilizations and planets! Can Goku find a way to stop this monstrous assault?

Spirit Bomb Away!
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8.20
135 votes

#32 - Spirit Bomb Away!

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 32

The battle continues between Goku and Vegeta, who is now a completely transformed Saiyan Warrior. When Gohan senses the danger his dad is facing, he convinces Krillin that they must return and fight. Goku is left with no choice except to use the Spirit Bomb. But when that fails, he is left in the clutches of Vegeta with no help in sight!

Nursing Wounds
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8.20
161 votes

#33 - Nursing Wounds

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 38

Goku, Krillin, and Gohan nurse their wounds and prepare for the return of the Siayan attackers while Bulma follows Mr. Popo to find a spaceship to take her to Planet Namek. There, she plans to find the Dragon Balls in attempt to bring back Piccolo. Can Goku recover before it's too late? Can Bulma get to Planet Namek, and once there, what obstacles await her?

Held Captive
star
8.20
242 votes

#34 - Held Captive

Dragon Ball Z - Season 2 - Episode 1

Bulma, Gohan, and Krillin have been taken captive by an army of children! These young soliders believe that Gohan and his friends are allies of Frieza, the evil warlord who destroyed their hoe planet. Now, with time running out, the Z-gang must find a way to convince the kids of their innocence.

Defying Orders
star
8.20
269 votes

#35 - Defying Orders

Dragon Ball Z - Season 2 - Episode 7

Back on Earth, Gokus is sufferning from an illness, but a magic Senzu bean offers a full recover. When Goku hears about the trouble on Namek, he jumps into his old spaceship, rebuilt by Bulma's father Dr. Briefs. On Namek, Krillin and Gohan witness Frieza's power and learn that he has collected four Dragon Balls!

Gohan Goes Bananas!
star
8.08
189 votes

#36 - Gohan Goes Bananas!

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 8

Krillin receives a startling message, sent by Yajirobe. Korin wants him to gather Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu and report for special training! And if that weren't enough, he and Roshi still have to find a way to tell Chi-Chi what's happened to Goku and her son. Meanwhile, Gohan's training causes him to undergo a shocking transformation!

Namek's Defense
star
8.08
269 votes

#37 - Namek's Defense

Dragon Ball Z - Season 2 - Episode 8

Namekian warriors fall under attack from Frieza's forces as the evil villain continues his earch for the fifth Dragon Ball. Dodoria, Frieza's red-faced henchman, leads the assault. Meanwhile, Goku continues his voyage to Namek in his space pod, where he finds plento of time to train for the coming battle.

Transmigration
star
8.00
11 votes

#38 - Transmigration

3x3 Eyes - Season 1 - Episode 1

Yakumo Fugii, an ordinary Japanese student, inherits the care of Pai, a young girl from Nepal, from his dying archaeologist father. But Pai is more than she innocently appears to be. She is the last of a vanished magical race known as the Sanjiyan Unkara, or Triclops, and is in a desperate hunt against the forces of darkness to find the Ningen no Zou (Statue of Humanity) to turn her human. Yakumo nearly dies in a fight against a demon and to save him, Pai turns him into a Wu, a zombie bound to her service who cannot die. Yakumo and Pai travel to Hong Hong to meet with Ling Ling Lee, a colleague of his father's, to track down the statue. But, the demons of the dark lord Kaiyan Wang are already there to retrieve it...whatever the cost.

Friends or Foes?
star
7.90
215 votes

#39 - Friends or Foes?

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 39

Gohan joins Bulma and Krillin as they head to Planet Namek in search of the Dragon Balls. What begins as a mundane trip becomes chaotic when they encounter a bizarre situation in the emptiness of space. Finding themselves on some type of space station, they set out on foot to find their escape.

Frieza Strikes!
star
7.90
269 votes

#40 - Frieza Strikes!

Dragon Ball Z - Season 2 - Episode 6

While Bulma, Krillin and Gohan discuss what to do next, Frieza sends two soldiers to inflitrate their ship. But Krillin and Gohan's combined might is too much for them to handle, and they are easily defeated. Meanwhile, on another part of the planet, Vegeta defeats his longtime enemy, Cui.

Straying
star
7.88
5 votes

#41 - Straying

3x3 Eyes - Season 1 - Episode 4

Yakumo, Pai, and the crew of Monster Buster, Inc celebrate their recapture of the statue at Madame Huang's estate, but the party is spoiled by a gruesome challenge delivered by a powerful Wu of Kaiyan Wang's. Pai meets the Wu for a showdown at Aberdeen Harbor and half the harbor is destroyed in the aftermath. How will Yakumo continue on without the anchor of his life?

Counting Down
star
7.80
162 votes

#42 - Counting Down

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 21

Goku's training with King Kai complete, Master Roshi and the gang summon the Eternal Dragon to wish him back to life! And they're not a moment too soon. There's only one day left before the Saiyans arrive! The problem is - it's going to take Goku two days to return on Snake Way!

Descent
star
7.71
4 votes

#43 - Descent

3x3 Eyes - Season 2 - Episode 1

The time for the resurrection of the dark lord Kuei-Yan-Wang draws near, as does the end of the world. Yakuma Fuji searches for the holder of his soul so he can become human again, but first must take part in an epic battle full of ancient mysticism and blood and thunder.

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Princess Snake
star
7.50
216 votes

#44 - Princess Snake

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 14

Finally back on Snake Way, Goku comes across a house. Thinking it belongs to the legendary King Kai, Goku believes his amazing journey has ended. But he soon finds himself begin deceived by Princess Snake, who will do anything to keep Goku her prisoner forever!

The Strangest Robot
star
7.40
189 votes

#45 - The Strangest Robot

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 9

Gohan awakes in the wilderness to find his tail gone and a new set of clothes on his back. But the puzzled boy has little time to figure out what happened before a group of wild animals try to have him for breakfast! The chase leads Gohan into the depths of an ancient cave, where he meets an old Capsule Corp robot. The robot has lived alone in the cave for over 30 years, and he's not happy to have visitors!

Day 1
star
7.27
162 votes

#46 - Day 1

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 7

Gohan begins his first day of Piccolo's training. Alone in the wilderness, he must quickly learn to take care of himself. But that isn't easy when he's tired, hungry - and being chased by hungry dinosaurs! If Gohan's first day is this dangerous, how will he ever survive for the second? Piccolo secretly watches these events.

Nappa's Rampage
star
6.68
162 votes

#47 - Nappa's Rampage

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 26

Vegeta has called a halt to the fighting, and Nappa uses the time to go on a rampage! Meanwhile, Goku reaches the end of Snake Way and races to rejoin his friends, But is he already too late to save them from the deadly Saiyans?

Dueling Piccolos
star
6.60
189 votes

#48 - Dueling Piccolos

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 15

Still in shock that Raditz was able to dodge his strongest attack, Piccolo flies off the handle causing him to split in two! Gohan takes a break from training and begins to dream of his mother and father. The next day he decides to visit his mother by traversing the sea on a makeshift raft. He soon gets caught in a storm and remembers he can't swim! Could this be the end of poor Gohan?

Terror on Arlia
star
5.78
216 votes

#49 - Terror on Arlia

Dragon Ball Z - Season 1 - Episode 11

While Goku runs down Snake Way for a meeting with King Kai, Gohan gets a very important survival lesson from a T-Rex. Meanwhile Vegeta and Nappa head towards Earth but make a quick stop on planet Arlia and become prisoners of the tyrant king who rules the planet. After a brief scuffle with the monster Yeddy, the Arlians realize that the two Saiyans are more for then they can handle as Vegeta and Nappa leave their terrible mark on the planet.

The Key
star
5.43
4 votes

#50 - The Key

3x3 Eyes - Season 2 - Episode 2

As Yakumo and Pai embark on a quest to unlock Pai's hidden memories they unleash the full extent of her power. They team up with a magical monk and a disreputable treasure hunter as they try to find the Lost City of the Sanjiyan - before the ultimate battle begins.

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