The Best Episodes of Dragon Ball Kai

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2018

Rejoin Goku and his friends in a series of cosmic battles! Toei has redubbed, recut, and cleaned up the animation of the original 1989 animated series. The show's story arc has been refined to better follow the comic book series on which it is based. The show also features a new opening and ending. In the series, martial artist Goku, and his various friends, battle increasingly powerful enemies to defend the world against evil. Can Earth's defender defeat demons, aliens, and other villains?

Fighting Spirit Free from Hesitation! Gohan, Pulverizes the Cell Juniors

#1 - Fighting Spirit Free from Hesitation! Gohan, Pulverizes the Cell Juniors

Season 1 - Episode 93

After witnessing the death of Android 16 at the hands of Cell, Gohan's anger is ignited and causes him ascend to the level of Super Saiyan 2. Cell is excited that the fight will be more interesting, but Gohan is unamused and snatches the stolen Senzu beans from Cell. Gohan then proceeds to take on all of the Cell Juniors, proving himself impervious to their attacks and effortlessly destroying them. He then throws the Senzu beans to Trunks, who distributes them to his injured comrades. Gohan now focuses his attention on Cell, and from the onset of the battle, it is clear that Gohan holds the advantage.

star 8.86
57 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
The Tears that Disappeared into the Sky! The Angry Super Awakening of Gohan

#2 - The Tears that Disappeared into the Sky! The Angry Super Awakening of Gohan

Season 1 - Episode 92

Gohan's reluctance reaches it's limit, and #16 asks Mr Satan to carry him over to Gohan to talk to him. #16 explains to Gohan what to fight for, and that it is okay to unleash his anger to save those that he loves. After hearing his words of encouragement, Cell takes his foot and crushes #16's head. Seeing this is ultimately the last straw for Gohan, who finally releases his rage and ascends to the Super Saiyan 2 level. Gohan then turns his attention to the Cell Jr.s, taking them out one-by-one.

star 8.84
62 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Conclusion to the Death Match! Time for Goku's Decision

#3 - Conclusion to the Death Match! Time for Goku's Decision

Season 1 - Episode 90

With the battle going nowhere, Goku willfully conceeds. In his place he selects his son - Gohan. However Gohan does not seem too willing to participate.

star 8.66
50 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
A Battle of the Highest Level! Defeat Cell, Son Goku

#4 - A Battle of the Highest Level! Defeat Cell, Son Goku

Season 1 - Episode 89

The battle between Goku and Cell continues, with the two fighters reaching a pace that is barely visible to most of the onlookers. Cell then decides to destroy the tournament ring, ensuring that their battle isn't ended by a ring out and can continue until one of them either dies or surrenders. The battle becomes even more intense, culminating with Goku flying high into the sky building up a powerful Kamehameha. Cell and everyone else states that Goku is bluffing, since from his position in the sky, such an attack would easily destroy the Earth. Goku then unexpectedly uses Instant Transmission to teleport in front of Cell and executes the attack point-blank. While the rest of the world celebrates what they believe to be Cell's ultimate defeat, Goku and company watch as Cell's remaining lower half rises and regenerates his missing parts. While the ki of both fighters has depleted considerably, the battle continues on.

star 8.62
56 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Combine Our Power! The Mightiest Final Kamehameha

#5 - Combine Our Power! The Mightiest Final Kamehameha

Season 1 - Episode 96

Cell continues to charge his Kamehameha, and reveals that not only has he gathered enough energy to destroy the Earth, but he also now has the potential to destroy the entire solar system with this blast. Meanwhile, Vegeta apologises to Gohan for his recklessness. As Gohan and the others watch on in hopelessness, Goku contacts his son from the afterlife and tells him that even in his injured state he has the potential to defeat Cell. Reinvigorated, Gohan prepares a final, one-handed Kamehameha to repel Cell's blast. As the two warriors struggle to overpower each other, Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha and Krillin bombard Cell with ki blasts in a knowingly futile attempt to help, but are easily repelled. As Goku coaxes Gohan to release his full power against Cell, Vegeta returns to the battlefield and launches one final Big Bang Attack, which temporarily distracts Cell. Seeing the opportunity, Gohan finally releases his full strength and overpowers Cell's wave, obliterating Cell's body and and saving the Earth from destruction. Gohan has won and the Cell Games are finally over.

star 8.61
70 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
The Perfect Form Breaks Down! Explosion, the Super Iron Fist of Rage

#6 - The Perfect Form Breaks Down! Explosion, the Super Iron Fist of Rage

Season 1 - Episode 94

Cell finally unleashes his full power against Gohan, but even at maximum strength his attacks have no effect on the Super Saiyan 2. After being easily bested in battle, Cell attempts to destroy Gohan and the Earth with a giant Kamehameha, but Gohan produces an even larger wave and deflects the attack with ease. As the rest of the fighters predict an easy victory, Goku recalls that even in the Room of Spirit and Time, Gohan displayed strength far beyond that of a normal Super Saiyan. He then tells Gohan to deliver the finishing blow to Cell, but Gohan insists that Cell must suffer first. Cell then utilises his bulked-up transformation, but the increase in muscle mass lowers his speed greatly and as a result none of his attacks connect with Gohan - who counters with a single blow to the stomach, causing Cell to regurgitate Android 18 and revert back to his semi-perfect form. As the fighters assume that this means victory for Gohan, Cell's body begins to expand to a gigantic size.

star 8.51
69 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Bye-Bye Everyone! This is the Only Way to Save the Earth

#7 - Bye-Bye Everyone! This is the Only Way to Save the Earth

Season 1 - Episode 95

Powered down and out of other options, Cell actives his self destruct mechanism causing him expand to balloon like proportions. With mere seconds left, Goku see the threat and heads out to the field. Goku says goodbye to his son and teleports himself and Cell to King Kai's planet, the only safe place he could think of, and Cell explodes destroying the planet and killing everyone there. While back on Earth Gohan is left to grieve, but his sorrow is short lived. As Cell is revealed to still be alive and beyond perfect.

star 8.45
62 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
For Those Whom He Loves... The Last Moment of the Proud Warrior

#8 - For Those Whom He Loves... The Last Moment of the Proud Warrior

Season 2 - Episode 22

As Vegeta is ensnared by Buu, Trunks and Goten can no longer stand by, and rush to the scene to rescue him, while Piccolo attacks the defenseless Babidi and rips him to pieces. Feeling he cannot defeat Buu with conventional means, Vegeta says his farewells to Trunks before knocking both children out, instructing Piccolo to take them far away. Once everyone is clear from the scene, Vegeta uses his last resort, overloading his Super Saiyan for and sacrificing himself in a massive self-destructive explosion in order to obliterate Buu.

star 8.43
46 votes
Awaken, Legendary Warrior... Son Goku, the Super Saiyan!

#9 - Awaken, Legendary Warrior... Son Goku, the Super Saiyan!

Season 1 - Episode 47

The death of a long-time comrade triggers a mysterious transformation in Goku.

star 8.40
73 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
I will defeat Freeza! Another Super Saiyan appears

#10 - I will defeat Freeza! Another Super Saiyan appears

Season 1 - Episode 56

The mysterious teenager easily takes out Frieza's foot soldiers, then surprises Frieza by transforming into a Super Saiyan. The evil tyrant attempts to destroy this second Super Saiyan, but has no success. Eventually, the teenager slices Frieza into pieces with his sword, before blasting him away. King Cold tries to defeat the Super Saiyan himself, but is also easily destroyed. After reverting to his normal state, the teenager spots the Z Fighters and claims that Goku will be arriving nearby soon. He then invites them to join him in awaiting Goku's arrival.

star 8.35
69 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
And So the Situation Takes a Turn for the Worst... Cell Attacks #18!

#11 - And So the Situation Takes a Turn for the Worst... Cell Attacks #18!

Season 1 - Episode 79

Cell convinces Vegeta to allow him to absorb Android 18 leaving Trunks to try to stop Cell. While fighting Trunks Cell finally finds Android 18 and results in asking for Vegeta's help. Vegeta attacks Trunks so that Cell may get to Android 18, this leaves Krillin and Android 16 helplessly trying to stop Cell. Will Cell get to Android 18?

star 8.34
47 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
The Decisive Battle! Cell vs Son Goku

#12 - The Decisive Battle! Cell vs Son Goku

Season 1 - Episode 88

Goku and Cell begin to fight and, despite putting on an impressive performance, Gohan and Vegeta both realise that neither is using his full power yet. Both fighters then raise their ki to their maximum. After a brief battle, Cell begins to attack using techniques 'inherited' from other characters--first Tien's Multi-Form technique, then Piccolo's Makankosappo, and finally Frieza's homing Destructo Disc. When Goku overcomes each of these techniques, Cell prepares a full-power Kamehameha capable of destroying the Earth. Goku diverts the attack away from the planet by taking to the sky, and then uses Instant Transmission to return to escape back to the ring.

star 8.33
60 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Delay Majin Buu, The Limit! Super Saiyan 3!!

#13 - Delay Majin Buu, The Limit! Super Saiyan 3!!

Season 2 - Episode 28

Realizing that Majin Buu is headed for Capsule Corp., Trunks breaks off from his Fusion training, and heads home to retrieve the Dragon Radar. To buy him the time he needs, Goku engages Majin Buu, and showcases a new level of power. Far away from the fighting, Mr. Satan pledges to save the people of Earth from Majin Buu.

star 8.33
39 votes
Piccolo's Assault! The Missing #20 and the Future Gone Eschew

#14 - Piccolo's Assault! The Missing #20 and the Future Gone Eschew

Season 1 - Episode 62

The Z Fighters split up to search the area for Android #20. Frustrated at his enemy's deceptiveness, Vegeta fires a large ki blast at the cliffs, planning to level the area. Seeing this opportunity, Android #20 emerges from his hiding place, only to absorb Vegeta's blast and run away before Vegeta can catch up. He then attacks Piccolo from behind and begins to drain his energy, although this is thwarted by Gohan, who senses Piccolo's fading ki and attacks the android. After receiving a sensu bean, Piccolo then faces off against his attacker, and proves to be more than a match for the android. Meanwhile, Trunks finally returns from the future, and is disturbed to find that the remains of Android #19 are different from the androids that he faced in his own timeline. He then arrives at the current battlefield, and also seems not to recognise Android #20. Realising that he has no chance of victory, Android #20 decides to retreat to his laboratory, but not before launching a huge blast that engulfs most of the area - including Bulma's ship, which plummets towards the ground.

star 8.29
58 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Tenshinhan's Do-or-Die Shin Kikoho! Save Your Brother-in-Arms, Son Goku

#15 - Tenshinhan's Do-or-Die Shin Kikoho! Save Your Brother-in-Arms, Son Goku

Season 1 - Episode 76

Tien uses his Tri-Beam technique on Cell continuously, allowing Android #18 and Android #16 to escape. When Tien has reached his limit and unable to move, Goku appears and rescues both him and Piccolo back to Kami's temple where Vegeta and Trunks step out of the Room of Spirit and Time finishing their training. Trunks tells Goku how Vegeta already surpassed the limits on a Super Saiyan in the first two months but he was not satisfied so they carried on training. Krillin bumps into Bulma who delivers him the remote to switch off the Android and then Krillin instructs Bulma to go to Kami's temple to go and deliver them battle clothes. Vegeta and Trunks make their way towards Cell after wearing the gear while Goku and Gohan prepare to go inside for their turn to train. Meanwhile, Cell is destroying islands in a bid to make Android #18 show herself.

star 8.26
54 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Furious Battle Cry of Goku! Make it in Time... The Resurrection Wish!

#16 - Furious Battle Cry of Goku! Make it in Time... The Resurrection Wish!

Season 1 - Episode 51

Shenron succeeds in resurrecting everyone killed by Frieza and his henchmen on Namek, including Vegeta and Dende, and Guru and the Namekian Dragon Balls are also brought back. Frieza seems to have defeated Goku, but Gohan returns to the battlefield to avenge his father. Frieza nearly kills Gohan, however, Goku re-emerges and orders Gohan to leave once again. Meanwhile, Guru sends Dende to Porunga and use the final wish to teleport everyone on Namek to Earth except Frieza. However, Goku requests that he remain on Namek as well, so he can finish Frieza off. Porunga fulfills this wish and teleports everyone to Earth execpt Goku and Frieza. The two combatants then prepare themselves for the final round before Namek's explosion.

star 8.26
62 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Freeza Bares His Fangs! A Transcendent Power Attacks Gohan

#17 - Freeza Bares His Fangs! A Transcendent Power Attacks Gohan

Season 1 - Episode 38

With Goku still healing from the previous battle and Piccolo still on the way to their location, Gohan takes it upon himself to hold up against the might that is Freeza's transformed self.

star 8.25
61 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
The Super Saiyan Who Can Get Angry! Announce Your Name Son Goku!

#18 - The Super Saiyan Who Can Get Angry! Announce Your Name Son Goku!

Season 1 - Episode 48

The transformed Goku renews his battle with Frieza and proves to now be far superior to Frieza's power. Frieza launches several counter-attacks at Goku, but they have no effect at all. As the tyrant stares in awe at his more-powerful opponent, he realizes that his worst nightmare has finally come true - the legendary Super Saiyan has been born! In a desperate attempt to defeat Goku, Frieza hurls an attack down upon Namek itself, in an effort to destroy the planet and everyone on it.

star 8.24
73 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Peace in the Future! Goku's Soul in Eternity

#19 - Peace in the Future! Goku's Soul in Eternity

Season 1 - Episode 98

Trunks returns to the future and is reunited with Bulma. As tranquility seems to return, the androids are attacking again. Trunks saves an elderly man from being killed by Androids #17 and #18. Thanks to his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Trunks easily destroys the two androids. Three years later, Trunks prepares to head back into the past to tell everyone of his victory. However, there is still one more android to stop: Cell, in his Imperfect Form. After a brief fight, Trunks launches Cell into the air and destroys him with ease as well. Peace is finally restored to the future timeline. Back in the present, Goku begins his "life" in the Other World.

star 8.21
14 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Farewell with a Smile! Heading for New Days...

#20 - Farewell with a Smile! Heading for New Days...

Season 1 - Episode 97

Gohan has defeated Cell and the world is now safe. The heroes call upon Shenron to revive those who lost their lives, except Goku doesn’t want to return. In his place, Android 17 and 18 are revived, as humans.

star 8.21
57 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Super Power Awakening! Trunks Surpasses his Father

#21 - Super Power Awakening! Trunks Surpasses his Father

Season 1 - Episode 82

Trunks unleashes his awesome power and proves stronger than Cell, but it is still not enough to beat Cell. The increased strength is slowing trunks down. Meanwhile Goku and Gohan start training to truely surpass Super Saiyan.

star 8.21
57 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
The Tables Have Turned! Perfect Form Cell Finally Goes into Action

#22 - The Tables Have Turned! Perfect Form Cell Finally Goes into Action

Season 1 - Episode 80

Cell has finally achieved his perfect form! In what Cell calls a warm up, Cell matches Vegeta move for move without effort and quickly overpowers Vegeta. Krillin tells Trunks that he knows his secret. A secret Trunks is keeping for his father's pride. Meanwhile, has Gohan attained Super Saiyan?

star 8.20
54 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Super Saiyan Surpassed! The Daring Vegeta Strikes Cell

#23 - Super Saiyan Surpassed! The Daring Vegeta Strikes Cell

Season 1 - Episode 77

Cell continues to destroy islands until he reaches the final one containing Android #16 and Android #18. Just when Cell was charging up his attack, Vegeta arrives along with Trunks. Cell presumes that he will be fighting both Vegeta and Trunks but Vegeta states that Trunks is only a spectator and transforms into Super Vegeta. Meanwhile Goku and Gohan enter the Room of Spirit and Time to start their own training.

star 8.19
57 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Will Son Goku Make It?! The Battle Resumes in 3 Hours

#24 - Will Son Goku Make It?! The Battle Resumes in 3 Hours

Season 1 - Episode 11

Goku has finally reached the start of the Serpentine Road and continues his way towards the battle field. But will he be able to reach his comrades in time within Vegeta's three hours of allotted time?

star 8.19
83 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama
Piccolo Lets His Tears Flow... Furious Counterattack of Son Goku!

#25 - Piccolo Lets His Tears Flow... Furious Counterattack of Son Goku!

Season 1 - Episode 12

Goku has finally reached the battle grounds, ready to fight Nappa in revenge for his fallen comrades.

star 8.19
84 votes
Writers: Takao Koyama