Dragon Ball Z, commonly abbreviated as DBZ, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the latter 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama, that were published from 1988 to 1995 in Weekly Shonen Jump. Dragon Ball Z first aired in Japan on Fuji TB from April 25. 1989 to January 31, 1996, before being dubbed in serveral terrirories around the world, including the U.S, Australia, Europe, India, and Latin America.
Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of the protagonist Goku who, along with his companions, defends the Earth against an assortment of villians ranging from intergalactic space figthers and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids and nearly indestructible magical creatures. While the original Dragon Ball anime followed Goku from his childhood into adulhood, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adult life, but at the same time parallels the maturation of his sons, Gohan and Goten, as well as the evolution of his rivals Piccolo and Vegeta from enemies into allies. Due to the success of the anime in the United States, the manga chapters comprising its story were initialy released by Viz Media under the title Dragon Ball Z. Additional works called animanga were released, which adapt the animation to manga form.