The BEST Episodes of Dragon Ball Kai
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Network: Fuji TV
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?
#1 - And So the Situation Takes a Turn for the Worst... Cell Attacks #18!
Season 1 - Episode 79 - Aired Oct 31, 2010
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?
#2 - Fighting Spirit Free from Hesitation! Gohan, Pulverizes the Cell Juniors
Season 1 - Episode 93 - Aired Feb 13, 2011
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.
#3 - Peace in the Future! Goku's Soul in Eternity
Season 1 - Episode 98 - Aired Aug 2, 2011
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.
#4 - Seven Years Later! Starting Today, Gohan is a High School Student
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 6, 2014
Seven years after the battle with Cell, Gohan is now a high school student attending Orange Star High School.
#5 - A New Hero, Great Siyaman, is Born!
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2014
As Videl is called in to stop a bus hijacking, Gohan, using the alias "Great Saiyaman", pitches in to help the passengers while Videl handles the criminals. The next day, Gohan learns that Chobi, the child of Toto the pterodactyl, has been captured by a circus and put on display. In his attempt to rescue Chobi, Gohan is portrayed as a criminal and is pursued by Videl. However, when Chobi's parents attack the city in search of their child, Gohan manages to handle the situation and return Chobi to his parents. Later, Videl, who discovers the truth that Gohan is Great Saiyaman, blackmails him into participating in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. As some of the other Z Fighters express interest in the tournament, Goku calls out from the Other World, saying he will return to Earth for a single day to particpate.
#6 - Gohan is the Teacher! Videl's Introduction to Flight
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 20, 2014
After Gohan spreads word of the tournament to the others, as well as managing to convince Chi-Chi to let him participate himself, Gohan takes a leave of absence from school and begins training with Goten. Gohan is surprised to find that Goten not only possesses great strength, but is also already capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan, although he has yet to learn how to fly. Later, Videl comes around to have Gohan make good on his promise to teach her how to fly using bukū-jutsu, with Gohan starting her off with the basics of learning how to control her energy. Within a day, Videl has managed to learn how to float while Goten has managed to learn how to fly. Following a remark from Gohan, Videl comes back the next day with her hair cut, determined to learn more from Gohan. Meanwhile, Vegeta is also surprised to find that Trunks is also capable of becoming a Super Saiyan, whose strength is slightly higher than Goten's, while Goku trains fiercely in anticipation for the tournament.
#7 - The Dragon Team, All Assembled! Son Gokuu has Returned!!
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 27, 2014
After ten days of training, Videl manages to master flight, finally giving Gohan and Goten the opportunity to resume their training for the tournament. On the day of the tournament, Gohan suggests to Vegeta, Goten, and Trunks that they don't use their Super Saiyan forms during the tournament to avoid hassle from the press. Arriving at the island where the tournament will take place, Gohan and the others are greeted by Goku, who the fortune teller Baba has granted 24 hours to stay on Earth, allowing him to meet Goten for the first time, while Piccolo destroys all the cameras in the area to keep Gohan's identity a secret. After the participating fighters register for the tournament, with Goten and Trunks forced to participate in the junior division, the preliminary rounds begin, where the fighters must hit a punching machine to rank their strength, with the Dragon Team effortlessly qualifying.
#8 - Everyone is Shocked! Goten and Trunks' Super Battle!!
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 4, 2014
While Gohan and Videl wait to take their preliminaries, Goku, Vegeta, and the others go to spectate the junior division, where Goten and Trunks effortlessly progress through each round until they face each other in the final round. The battle gets more and more intense, with Goten and Trunks surprising the audience with advanced techniques and even turning Super Saiyan. The match eventually comes to an end where a sneak attack by Trunks causing Goten to lose by ring-out. Satan, who had spectated the fight and had been reminded of the battle with Cell, now faces a pinch as he now has to fight against Trunks.
#9 - A Troubling Premonition... A Mysterious Warrior Appears!!
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 11, 2014
After various attempts to try and get out of the fight, Satan decides to pretend to lose and have Trunks hold back his attack in order to keep up his appearance, though even Trunks' weakest punch manages to send Satan flying. During an intermission, Trunks and Goten decide to take out one of the participants and steal his clothes in order take his place in the adult division. Meanwhile, as Goku and the others get something to eat, they encounter a pair of mysterious participants, Shin and Kibito, who Piccolo determine as not being from Earth. As the sixteen qualifying participants gather together to decide the drawings for the first round, Gohan is paired up against Kibito while Goku gets paired up against Vegeta.
#10 - What's Wrong, Piccolo!! An Unexpected Conclusion to the First Round
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2014
As the drawings come to a close, Piccolo is put up against Shin while #18 is up against Satan. After Krillin wins his first match against his opponent, Piccolo and Shin face against each other, but as Piccolo senses an overwhelming power coming from Shin, he decides to forfeit the match before it even begins, feeling Shin's power is far beyond his own. As Videl prepares to go up against a man named Spopovitch, Piccolo learns from Kibito that Shin is actually the Supreme Kai, believed to be even more powerful than the Grand Kai. Videl appears to get the upper hand in her match, but Spopovitch keeps getting up no matter how many times he is knocked down and eventually fights back. Goku suspects something amiss about Spopovitch, which proves true when he continues fighting even after Videl breaks his neck. Videl attempts to use her flight to regain her strength, but Spopovitch follows her into the air and uses energy blasts against her. As Videl refuses to give up despite the beating she is taking, Goku wonders where Spopovitch got his power from.
#11 - Videl is Worn Out, Gohan's Anger is at its Limit!!
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 25, 2014
With Spopovich nearly beating Videl to death, Gohan loses his temper and prepares to storm onto the field, but Spopovich's partner, Yamu, convinces Spopovich to end the fight by pushing Videl out of the ring. With Videl heavily injured, Goku uses his instant transmission to receive some senzu beans from Korin, which Gohan gives to Videl to restore her to full health. Gohan, whose identity is revealed to his classmates after his bandana was blown off during his outburst, steps up to face against Kibito, who requests to see Gohan's Super Saiyan transformation. After Piccolo informs the other Z-Fighters of Shin's identity as the Supreme Kai, he orders Gohan to transform. Right after Gohan transforms, Spopovich and Yamu appear and use a device to drain his Super Saiyan energy, leaving him weakened. As Kibito offers to tend to Gohan, the Supreme Kai asks Goku and the others to join him in pursuing the culprits.
#12 - Secrets of the Terrible Majin, A Black Curtain Appears!!
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 1, 2014
As Goku and the others set off to join the Supreme Kai, Kibito uses his unique ability to restore Gohan's energy, before the two of them, along with Videl, set off after the others. Along the way, Supreme Kai and Kibito explain to the others about how an evil mage named Babidi is seeking to revive an evil being known as Majin Buu, who was responsible for the death of four Supreme Kais long ago. To accomplish this, he manipulated Spopovich and Yamu to join the tournament and steal Super Saiyan energy needed to break the seal placed on Buu. Unable to push her flight any further, Videl, coming to understand that Gohan was the one who defeated Cell back then, places her faith in him and returns to the tournament grounds, while Gohan and Kibito catch up to Goku's group. Arriving at the site of a buried spaceship, the Z-Fighters lay in watch as Spopovich and Yamu deliver Gohan's energy to Babidi and his partner, Dabura, the Demon King.
#13 - The Heinous Mage Babidi and King of the Dark Underworld Dabura's Trap
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 8, 2014
Supreme Kai and Kibito warn Goku and the others about the malicious pair, with Dabura being the strongest being of the underworld and Babidi possessing magic powerful enough to sway him to become his henchman. Having obtained the energy from them and deeming them of no further use, Babidi kills Spopovich with his magic while having his other henchman, Pui Pui, kill Yamu. Having detected the presence of the Z-Fighters, Babidi and Pui Pui head inside of the ship while Dabura attacks the group, immediately killing Kibito and firing his spit at Krillin and Piccolo, turning them into stone. Learning that they can only unpetrify them by killing Dabura, the remaining fighters chase after him into the ship, despite Supreme Kai's warnings. Upon reaching the first floor, they are confronted by Pui Pui, who informs them they must face several floors before they can reach Babidi at the bottom. The Saiyans, however, don't think much of their opponent and play a game of rock-paper-scissors to decide who should fight him, with Vegeta stepping up against him.
#14 - Don't Underestimate a Super Saiyan! Vegeta and Goku's Full Throttle Power!
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 15, 2014
As Vegeta easily outmatches Pui Pui in terms of fighting skill, Babidi changes the stage to match that of the high gravity planet, Zun, where Pui Pui is at his top fighting form. However, this makes no difference to Vegeta, who obliterates his opponent and opens the way to the next floor. Believing the Saiyans to not be underestimated, Babidi sends in his next warrior, Yakon, and changes the stage to that of Planet Ankoku, but even with the aid of pitch black darkness, Yakon is no match for Goku's keen senses. When Goku turns Super Saiyan, however, Yakon uses his ability to consume light and sucks in Goku's energy, turning him back into normal. Rather than finding an alternative way to fight, Goku instead feeds him even more Saiyan energy until he explodes from being overloaded, allowing Goku and the others to move onto the next stage.
#15 - Who is the World's Greatest?! A Battle Royal Deciding Match!!
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 22, 2014
As Babidi fears the power of the Saiyans, Dabura decides to face them himself, going inside a meditation chamber to raise his power before his battle. Meanwhile, back at the tournament, Goten and Trunks take a break from their Mighty Mask disguise to get some drinks, barely avoiding having their cover blown. With Goku and the other members still missing, Satan suggests that a battle royale be held between the remaining contestants; #18, "Mighty Mask", Killa, Jewel, and himself. As the match begins, Killa and Jewel are quickly dispatched by #18 and the Trunks/Goten combo, who proceed to ignore Satan and go after each other.
#16 - The Fearsome Children!! #18's Great Struggle
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 29, 2014
As the battle between #18 and "Mighty Mask" continues to escalate, #18 struggles to keep up with her opponent's unpredictable moves, but manages to land a critical hit against the pair, knocking them into the center of the stage. Goten and Trunks decide to switch places with Goten now on top, pushing #18 to the point where she starts using energy blasts against them, but she manages to hit back with support from her child. The pair decide to go Super Saiyan and launch a powerful blast at #18, but she manages to dodge it and reveal their true identity, resulting in the pair becoming disqualified, leaving #18 and Satan as the only remaining fighters. As Goten and Trunks come across Videl upon her return, Dabura emerges from his meditation chamber, ready to face off against Gohan.
#17 - The Star Performer Takes the Stage! Take Down the Demon King!!
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 6, 2014
Noticing his complete lack of fighting skill, #18 makes a deal with Satan to let him win the match and maintain his dignity in exchange for twice the price money. Meanwhile, Goten and Trunks, having heard about the current situation from Videl, become interested and head towards the action. Back at the spaceship, Dabura appears before Gohan, deciding to give him a handicap by choosing an arena similar to Earth's environment. As the fight gets underway, both Gohan and Dabura bring out their full power against each other. Despite being hit by some of Dabura's powerful attacks, Gohan refuses to lose against him.
#18 - An Evil Heart Revived: The Prince of Destruction, Vegeta!
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 13, 2014
As the battle between Gohan and Dabura continues, Vegeta's impatience to settle things with Goku catches the attention of Dabura, who decides to abandon the fight and report to Babidi. Learning that Vegeta still retains a lot of evil in his heart, Babidi uses his magic to target Vegeta's mind and sway him over to his side. To make matters worse, Babidi transports everyone to the tournament grounds, where Vegeta, still focused on his desire to defeat Goku, prepares to face off against him even with innocent bystanders watching.
#19 - I'm the Strongest! The Clash: Goku vs Vegeta
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 20, 2014
Vegeta begins his attack on Goku, killing several innocent people in the crowd without any remorse. Realising Vegeta had fallen under Babidi's spell on purpose purely for the sake of his grudge, Goku is left with no choice but to fight against him, despite Supreme Kai's attempt to stop him, and has Babidi warp them to somewhere they can fight alone. As Supreme Kai and Gohan decide to go on ahead and leave the two Saiyans to their fight, Babidi attempts to command Vegeta to kill them, but his pride defies even his master's demands.
#20 - The Countdown to Revival, Crush Babidi's Ambitions!
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 3, 2014
While Goku and Vegeta's fight gets underway, building energy for Majin Buu each time Goku takes damage, Gohan and Supreme Kai arrive at Majin Buu's egg, where they are confronted by Babidi and Dabura. Before the fight between them can begin, Majin Buu's egg reaches full power as a result of Goku and Vegeta's battle.
#21 - The Seal Is Broken!? Gohan's Last-Ditch Kame Hame Ha
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 10, 2014
Goku and Vegeta's fight continues to escalate, with Vegeta revealing he chose to go under Babidi's control in order to gain the strength to face against Goku, feeling he needed to get rid of his gentle side. Meanwhile, as the seal containing Majin Buu starts to be break, Gohan attempts to stop him reaching full power by shooting multiple Kamehameha Waves at the egg. The egg splits apart with seemingly nothing more than pink smoke coming out of it, leading Supreme Kai to presume Majin Buu had been destroyed. However, Gohan senses a powerful energy from the smoke, which forms together to make Majin Buu, who appears to be nothing more than a mere child.
#22 - A Straight Line to Despair!? Terror of Majin Buu
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 17, 2014
Everyone seems to be bewildered by Buu's childlike behavior, curious as to whether his rebirth was actually unsuccessful. However, Buu soon shows off his frightening strength when he effortlessly beats Dabura, the rise in his power level even catching the attention of the other Saiyans. Although Goku tries to convince Vegeta to postpone the fight in order to stop Buu, Vegeta knocks out Goku when he drops his guard, taking a senzu bean and setting off to fight Buu himself. Gohan and Supreme Kai attempt to flee from Buu, but he easily catches up to them, proving himself immune to Supreme Kai's attacks.
#23 - Turn Into Sweets! The Hungry Majin's Weird Power
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 24, 2014
Buu completely overwhelms Supreme Kai and Gohan, with Supreme Kai using the last of his strength to make sure Gohan survives Buu's attack. Before Buu can finish Supreme Kai, he is attacked by Dabura, who believes he cannot be made to obey anyone. Meanwhile, Goten and Trunks arrive nearby, inadvertently breaking the petrified Piccolo. Unfazed by Dabura's attacks, Buu uses his unique ability to turn Dabura into a cookie and eats him, undoing the petrification on Krillin and Piccolo, the latter of whom survived being broken thanks to his regenerative abilities. Before Buu can do the same to Supreme Kai, Vegeta arrives on the scene.
#24 - I'll Take Care of the Majin, Vegeta's Final Desperate Battle
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 31, 2014
Vegeta, willing to put his life on the line, begins his assault on Buu, managing to blast a hole through him. However, Buu manages to regenerate himself and builds up his anger to create a giant explosion, dealing heavy damage to Vegeta.
#25 - For Those Whom He Loves... The Last Moment of the Proud Warrior
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 7, 2014
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.