Japan’s Remastered DBZ to Be Called Dragon Ball Kai

This year’s 13th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that this April’s remastered rebroadcasts of the Dragon Ball Z anime series will be called Dragon Ball Kai. (Among other things, “Kai” can mean “updated,” “modified,” or “altered.”)

The high-definition Dragon Ball Kai run will start on April 5 and take over Gegege no Kitarō’s current timeslot. Akira Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball manga ran in this same magazine from 1984 to 1995.

Viz Media published the original manga in North America. James Wong and 20th Century Fox’s live-action film adaptation of Akira Toriyama ‘s original Dragon Ball manga will open in Japan on March 13, and will then open in America on April 8. Funimation had commissioned a remastering of the Dragon Ball Z anime series for its recent DVD box set releases.

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