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A Complete Filler Guide To Dragon Ball Z Kai

As if Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z weren’t enough, Toei Animation decided to surprise fans with yet another addition to the franchise, that is Dragon Ball Z Kai.

Dragon Ball Z Kai is the recut and the remastered version of Dragon Ball Z released to celebrate the 20th and 25th anniversary of DBZ. 

The term Kai means restoration, and only after seeing DBZ Kai will you realize how well this anime has nailed its essence.

If you had enjoyed the manga but secretly despised the draggy pacing and pointless filler episodes of Dragon Ball Z, this is the version for you.

Since all the filler episodes were scrapped out in this version, DBZ Kai gives us a total of 167 episodes. There are 127 partial fillers and just two actual filler episodes, making up 1 % of the total episodes.

Let’s take a quick tour of the episodes, and you decide whether or not you want to watch them.

Quick List

  • Manga Canon Episodes: 1-6, 9, 12-18, 20-21, 24, 28-30, 35, 39-40, 48-49, 52, 54, 56, 62, 66, 75, 79-80, 99, 108-109, 116, 124, 161
  • Partial Filler Episodes: 7-8, 10-11, 19, 22-23, 25-27, 31-34, 36-38, 41-47, 50-51, 53, 55, 57-61, 63-65, 67-74, 76-78, 81-98, 100, 102-107, 110-115, 117-123, 125-138, 140-160, 162-164, 166-167
  • Filler Episodes: 101, 165

Filler List

  • Filler Episodes (These episodes are normally created to let new manga chapters release so that the anime does not run out of content, but DBZ Kai has very low filler content as it adapts an anime)
Episode No.TitleSaga/ArcAirdateWatch Link
101Videl’s Crisis? Gohan’s Urgent Call-out!Great Saiyaman SagaN/AN/A
165Peace Returns! A Time of Rest for the Warriors!Kid Buu SagaN/AN/A
 A Complete Filler Guide to Dragon Ball Z Kai
Dragon Ball Z Kai | Source: IMDb
  • Partial Filler List (Also known as Mixed Canon/Filler episode, these are fillers but also have some of their content taken from manga)
Episode No.TitleSaga/ArcAirdate Watch Link
7The Battle with Ten-Times Gravity! Goku’s Race Against the ClockVegeta Saga2009-05-17N/A
8Shenron Appears! The Saiyans Arrive Sooner than Expected! Vegeta Saga2009-05-24N/A
10Sit Tight, Chiaotzu! Tien’s Screaming Tri-Beam!Vegeta Saga2009-06-07N/A
11Will Goku Make it in Time?! Three Hours Until the Battle Resumes!Vegeta Saga2009-06-14N/A
19A Powerful New Foe! Frieza, Ruler of the Universe!Namek Saga2009-08-16N/A
22Dodoriya’s Terrifying Chase! A Truth Revealed to Vegeta!Namek Saga2009-09-06N/A
23Vegeta’s Covert Maneuvers! A Tragic Assault on the Namekians!Namek Saga2009-09-13N/A
25Power Up, Krillin! Frieza’s Mounting Apprehension!Namek Saga2009-09-27N/A
27A  Touch-and-Go Situation! Gohan, Protect the Four-Star Ball!Namek Saga2009-10-11N/A
31Goku Arrives At Last! Take Down the Ginyu Force!Namek Saga2009-11-08N/A
34Surprise! Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is Goku?!Captain Ginyu Saga2009-11-29N/A
36Freia Closes In! Mighty Porunga, Grant Our Wish!Frieza Saga2009-12-13N/A
37A Nightmare Transformation! Frieza’s Power Level-One Million?!Frieza Saga2009-12-20N/A
38Frieza Bares His Fangs! Gohan’s Overwhelming Attack!Frieza Saga2009-12-27N/A
41The Moment of Truth Approaches! Goku Back in Action! Frieza Saga2010-01-24N/A
42Defeat Frieza, Goku! The Tears of the Proud Saiyan Prince!Frieza Saga2010-01-31N/A
43Goku vs. Frieza!The Super Showdown Begins!Frieza Saga2010-02-07N/A
44A Boundary-Pushing Brawl! Goku, Frieza, and Ginyu Again?!Frieza Saga2010-02-14N/A
45Kaio-Ken Times Twenty! An All-Or-Nothing Kamehame-Ha!Frieza Saga2010-02-21N/A
46The Final Trump Card! Goku’s Ultimate Spirit Bomb!Frieza Saga2010-02-28N/A
47Awaken, Legendary Warrior! Goku, the Super Saiyan!Frieza Saga2010-04-07N/A
50Full Power Frieza! Shenron, Grant Our Wish!Frieza Saga2010-04-28N/A
51Goku’s Furious Roar! A Last-Minute Wish!Frieza Saga2010-04-04N/A
53Goku’s Final Attack! Countdown to Planet Namek’s Destruction!Frieza Saga2010-04-18N/A
55There Is Planet Earth, Father! Frieza and King Cold Strike Back!Trunks Saga2010-05-02N/A
57Welcome Back, Goku! Confessions of the Mysterious Youth, Trunks!Trunk’s Saga2010-05-16N/A
58Goku’s New Move, Instant Transmission! The Three-Year Training Session Begins!Trunk’s Saga2010-05-23N/A
59Undetectable Monsters! The Androids Appear!Androids Saga2010-05-30N/A
60The Unbeatable Enemy Within! Goku vs. Android 19!Androids Saga2010-06-06N/A
61No Victory for Android 19! Enter Super Vegeta!Androids Saga2010-06-13N/A
63The Hunt for Doctor Gero! Discover the Hidden Laboratory!Androids Saga2010-06-27N/A
64Number 17 and Number 18! The Androids Awaken!Androids Saga2010-07-11N/A
65A Sweet Face and Super Power? Android 18 vs. Vegeta!Androids Saga2010-07-18N/A
67Another Time Machine?! Bulma Uncovers a Mystery!Androids Saga2010-08-08N/A
68The Monster Goes into Motion… Strike of the Super Namekian!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-08-15N/A
69I Am Your Brother! The Monster With Goku’s Energy!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-08-22N/A
70The Dizzying Deception and the Daring Escape! Defeat the Android Cell!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-08-29N/A
71The Hunt for Cell Is On! Goku, Back in Action!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-09-05N/A
72Break the Super Saiyan Barrier! Into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-09-12N/A
73The Super Namekian Powers Up! Piccolo vs. Android 17!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-08-19N/A
74Run Android 17! Piccolo’s All-or-Nothing Struggle!Imperfect Cell Saga2010-09-26N/A
76Tien’s Desperate Attack! Save Your Friends, Goku!Perfect Cell Saga2010-10-10N/A
77Beyond Super Saiyan! Vegeta Confronts the Monster Cell!Perfect Cell Saga2010-10-17N/A
78Cell on the Verge of Defeat! Krillin, Destroy Android 18!Perfect Cell Saga2010-10-24N/A
81Vegeta’s Final Push! Defeat the Invincible Cell!Perfect Cell Saga2010-11-14N/A
82The Strongest Super Saiyan! Trunks’ Power Unleashed!Perfect Cell Saga2010-11-21N/A
83Cell Invades the Airwaves! Announcing, “The Cell Games!Cell Games Saga2010-11-28N/A
84Training Complete! Goku Sizes Up the Competition!Cell Games Saga2010-12-05N/A
85The Truce is Broken! The Defense Force Strikes Back at Cell!Cell Games Saga2010-12-12N/A
86A New Guardian! The Return of the Dragon Balls!Cell Games Saga2010-12-19N/A
87Mr. Satan Takes the Stage! The Curtain Rises on the Cell Games!Cell Games Saga2010-12-26N/A
88Showdown! Cell vs. Goku!Cell Games Saga2011-01-09N/A
89Battle at the Highest Level! Goku Goes All Out!Cell Games Saga2011-01-16N/A
90The Opening Round Is Concluded! Goku’s Moment of Decision!Cell Games Saga2011-01-23N/A
91Get Angry, Gohan! Release Your Hidden Power!Cell Games Saga2011-01-30N/A
92Tears For An Android! Gohan’s Inner Rage Bursts Forth!Cell Games Saga2011-02-06N/A
93Unleash the Warrior Within! Gohan Takes the Offensive!Cell Games Saga2011-02-13N/A
94Perfection’s End! A Fury Beyond Super Saiyan!Cell Games Saga2011-02-20N/A
95A Hero’s Sacrifice! Last Chance to Save the World!Cell Games Saga2011-03-06N/A
96Combine Your Strength! The Final Kamehame-Ha!Cell Games Saga2011-03-20N/A
97A Bittersweet Victory! Until We Meet Again!Cell Games Saga2011-03-27N/A
98Peace For the Future! The Spirit of Goku is Forever!Cell Games Saga2011-08-02N/A
100A New Hero, Great Saiyaman, Is Born!Great Saiyaman Saga2014-04-13N/A
102A Monster is Taken Away! The Culprit is Great Saiyaman?Great Saiyaman SagaN/AN/A
103Entering the World Martial Arts Tournament! Goten Shows Off His Explosive Power During Training!Great Saiyaman SagaN/AN/A
104Gohan the Teacher! Videl’s Flying Technique TutorialGreat Saiyaman Saga2014-04-20N/A
105The Dragon Team Fully Assembled! Goku Has Come Back!Great Saiyaman Saga2014-04-27N/A
106Who Is the World’s Greatest? The Tournament Preliminaries Begin!World Tournament SagaN/AN/A
107Everyone is Surprised! Goten and Trunks’ Super Battle!World Tournament Saga2014-05-04N/A
110What Happened, Piccolo? An Unexpected Outcome in the First RoundWorld Tournament Saga2014-05-18N/A
111An Eerie Entity; Who Exactly Is Spopovich?World Tournament SagaN/AN/A
112Videl Battered! Gohan’s Fury Reaches Its Limit!World Tournament Saga2014-05-25N/A
113A Creeping Conspiracy! The Target is GohanWorld Tournament SagaN/AN/A
114Terrifying Secret of the Majin; The Mastermind Revealed!World Tournament Saga2014-06-01N/A
115The Nefarious Wizard Babidi And Demon King Dabura’s TrapBabidi Saga2014-06-08N/A
117Whither Victory? A Battle Royal Championship Match!Babidi Saga2014-06-22N/A
118Stunning Youngsters! No. 18’s Uphill BattleBabidi Saga2014-06-29N/A
119Enter the Headliner! The Looming Demon King!Babidi Saga2014-07-06N/A
120A Heart of Evil Awakened; Vegeta, Prince of DestructionBabidi Saga2014-07-13N/A
121I am the Strongest! The Clash of Goku vs. VegetaBabidi Saga2014-07-20N/A
122Countdown to Revival: Crush Babidi’s Ambitions!Babidi Saga2014-08-03N/A
123The Seal is Released? Gohan’s Kamehame-Ha of ResistanceMajin Buu Saga2014-8-10N/A
125Turn Into Candy! A Hungry Majin’s Bizarre Power!Majin Buu Saga2014-08-24N/A
126I Will Deal With the Majin! Vegeta’s Final Mortal Combat!Majin Buu Saga2014-08-31N/A
127For His Beloved Ones… The End of the Proud Warrior!Majin Buu Saga2014-09-07N/A
128A Nightmare Revisited: The Immortal Monster Majin Buu!Majin Buu Saga2014-09-14N/A
129A Secret Plan to Defeat Buu! Its Name is FusionMajin Buu Saga2014-09-21N/A
130Found! A Faint Ray of Hope – Awaken, Warriors!Majin Buu Saga2014-09-28N/A
131Find the Nuisances: Babidi’s Retaliation Begins!Majin Buu Saga2014-10-05N/A
132A Time of Trials! Lay Hold of Legendary Powers!Majin Buu Saga2014-10-12N/A
133Hold Majin Buu in Check! Limit — Super Saiyan 3!”Majin Buu Saga2014-10-19N/A
134True Worth Beginning to Show – The Treacherous Buu!Majin Buu Saga2014-10-26N/A
135Silly Looking? Drilling the Fusion Pose!Majin Buu Saga2014-11-02N/A
136Bye-bye, Everyone! Goku Returns to the Next WorldMajin Buu Saga2014-11-09N/A
137Gohan Located! Intensive Training in the World of the Kais!Majin Buu Saga2014-11-16N/A
138Birth of a Merged Superwarrior His Name is Gotenks!Majin Buu Saga2014-11-23N/A
140The Powering Up Continues? Super Gotenks is Achieved!Majin Buu Saga2014-12-07N/A
141What Anger Gives Rise To Another Majin!Fusion Saga2014-12-14N/A
142Buu Gobbles Up Buu! Onslaught of a New Majin!Fusion Saga2014-12-21N/A
143Headlong Rush Into Catastrophe! A One-Hour Time Limit!Fusion Saga2014-12-28N/A
144Training Complete! You’re Finished Now, Majin Buu!Fusion Saga2015-01-11N/A
145Eliminating Buu with Ghosts: A Knockout Kamikaze Attack!Fusion Saga2015-01-18N/A
146Gotenks’ Ace in the Hole! Transformation! Super Gotenks 3!Fusion Saga2014-01-25N/A
147On a Roll! Buu-Buu-Volleyball!Fusion Saga2015-02-01N/A
148Thanks for Waiting, Everyone! A Reborn Gohan Heads for Earth!Fusion Saga2015-02-08N/A
149Buu Overwhelmed! Ultimate Gohan’s Super Power!Fusion Saga2015-02-15N/A
150Buu’s Sinister Scheme: Gotenks is AbsorbedFusion Saga2015-03-01N/A
151The Elder Kai’s Brainstorm! Return to Life, Goku!Fusion Saga2015-03-15N/A
152Miracles Happen Once… Will Goku and He Make the Ultimate Combination?Fusion Saga2015-03-22N/A
153Invincible! The Ultimate Warrior VegitoFusion Saga2015-03-29N/A
154Buu’s Ace in the Hole! The Warriors Are Absorbed!Fusion Saga2015-04-05N/A
155Rescue Gohan and the Others! Goku and Vegeta’s Infiltration Mission!Fusion Saga2015-04-12N/A
156Emergency Escape from the Body! Buu’s Retrogression Into Evil!Kid Buu Saga2015-04-19N/A
157Earth Destroyed! The Initial Buu’s Nefarious StrikeKid Buu Saga2015-04-26N/A
158A Final Showdown at the Summit! Face-Off in the World of the Kais!Kid Buu Saga2015-05-03N/A
159Hang In There, Kakarot! You Are No. 1!Kid Buu Saga2015-05-10N/A
160A One-Minute Match-Up! Vegeta’s Life-Threatening Stall for Time!Kid Buu Saga2015-05-17N/A
162Share Your Spirit Energy with Me! I’m Making a Huge Spirit Bomb!Kid Buu Saga2015-05-31N/A
163You Are the Savior of the World! Everybody’s Spirit Bomb Completed!Kid Buu Saga2015-06-07N/A
164You Really Are the Greatest, Goku!! The Demise of Majin BuuKid Buu Saga2015-06-14N/A
166And So, Ten Years Later… A Long-Awaited World Martial Arts Tournament!Peaceful World Saga2015-06-21N/A
167Even Stronger! Goku’s Dream is Never-Ending!Peaceful World Saga2015-06-28N/A
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Can You Skip The Filler Episodes?

The partial filler episodes are as crucial as the canon ones, even though some scenes are not adapted from the manga. They are equally important in understanding the main story of this anime.

 A Complete Filler Guide to Dragon Ball Z Kai
Gohan in Dragon Ball Z Kai | Source: IMDb

The two filler episodes listed can be skipped as it has no connection to the main plot whatsoever are:

  • Videl’s Crisis? Gohan’s Urgent Call-out! (episode 101)
  • Peace Returns! A Time of Rest for the Warriors! (episode 165)

Although, if you like good animation and need a bit of laughter after all the super roaring battles. These two filler episodes can give you that much-needed dose of laughter.

Conclusion

Dragon Ball Z Kai is the shorter version of Dragon Ball Z. If you have already watched the whole Dragon Ball Z series, then you can skip DBZ Kai in its entirety.

Nonetheless, DBZ Kai has its own moments that were better than DBZ. If you are a hardcore Dragon Ball fan, though, you will probably want to watch this whole series. Trust me, the renewed animation, dubbing, and high-definition battle scenes will make the experience worth it.

About Dragon Ball Z Kai

Dragon Ball Z Kai is an updated and remastered form of Dragon Ball Z. It premiered in 2009 for the 20th anniversary of Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z Kai is also the sequel to the initial Dragon Ball series and focuses on an adult Goku.

It removed a majority of the fillers from Dragon Ball Z and tries to provide a storyline that is faithful to Akira Toriyama’s original plot. The animation was also made more vibrant and the images and sounds were made much clearer.

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