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The German dub of the Dragon Ball anime started airing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Biography

Dragon Ball

The RTL II television station acquired German and Austrian broadcasting rights and began broadcasting the series based on the French version from August 30, 1999. Episodes 1 and 4-7 were censored even more. The broadcast ended on August 23, 2000. The German dub was also broadcast on Animax from June 2007, until episode 109.

The German version of the series was produced by Splendid Synchron GmbH under the direction of Cay-Michael Wolf and Charlotte Luise Brings.

Both versions of Makafushigi Adobenchā! were replaced with the title The Secret of the Dragon Balls (sung by Renate Haßlberger). A three-minute music video with the singer for the German-language title song was also produced.

A remixed and dubbed version of Makafushigi Adobenchā was used in the German dubs of the movies, but that was it.

In episodes 1 to 53, numerous terms were Germanized. At the beginning of the anime series, the Kamehameha fighting technique was called the "shock wave of old ancestors", Jindujun was called "Supersonic Cloud". Only from episode 54, it returned to the original Japanese terms and less respected the French names.

In the German version, the turtle has a voice actress, while in the Japanese and English versions a man. There are some interesting name changes in this dub. For example, Goku is always referred to as his full name Son Goku, and Yamcha is named "Yamchu".

Voice Actors

Censorship

A Wish to the Eternal Dragon
  • Oolong says that he wishes for "a hat with 2 holes for my ears" in the German dub, but in the Japanese version he says that he wishes for some hot chick's panties.

Dragon Ball Z

The basis for the German-language adaptation was a pre-edited French version, the dialogue translation, however, was based on the German manga series, or the original Japanese dub. The German dialogue book comes from Thomas Maria Lehmann, the dialogue director was Wolfgang Nummer.

The German dubbing was implemented by the dubbing studio of the Berlin MME Studios and took place in consultation with the French license holders. Among other things, Santiago Ziesmer was initially cast as voice actor for the role of Vegeta, since he sounded most similar to the French speaker. Due to protests from fan circles, the role was newly cast with Oliver Siebeck episodes later.

Unlike the Dragon Ball series (excluding the movies), Cha-La Head-Cha-La and We Gotta Power were translated into German and produced under the direction of Andy Knote. The ending song, We Were Angels was translated as well.

Dragon Ball Z was broadcast from August 27, 2001 on RTL II. During the first airings of the series, the shooting in Erfurt took place. As a result, the station's management decided not to air two episodes (in the Buu saga), because in these episodes there was an attempted assassination of Mr. Satan. Instead, the following episodes were broadcast directly.

From March 5, 2005 to July 18, 2006, the series was repeated by Tele 5 in the cut version.

Voice Actors
  • Son Goku - Tommy Morgenstern
  • Vegeta - Santiago Ziesmer (episodes 5-35), Oliver Siebeck (rest of the series)
  • Vegetto (Vegito) - Viktor Neumann
  • Chi-Chi - Julia ZIffer
  • Bulma - Claudia Urbschat-Mingues
  • Son Gohan - Sandro Blümel (kid), Robin Kahnmeyer (teen/adult)
  • Son Goten - Ricardo Richter (kid), Marcel Clarén (teen)
  • Trunks - Sebastian Schulz (Future, EoZ), Arda Vural (kid)
  • Gotenks - Tobias Müller
  • Piccolo - David Nathan
  • Krillin - Wanja Gerick
  • Yamchu (Yamcha) - Karlo Hackenberger
  • Tenshinhan (Tien Shinhan) - Julien Haggége
  • Frieza - Thomas-Nero Wolff
  • Cell - Stefan Gossler
  • Boo - Uwe Büschken
  • Meister Kaio (King Kai) - Rüdiger Evers
  • Dende - Raúl Richter
  • C17 (Android 17) - Timm Neu
  • C18 (Android 18) - Diana Borgwardt
  • Videl - Anna Carlsson
  • Mr. Satan - Elmar Gutmann
  • Muten-Roshi (Master Roshi) - Karl Schulz
  • Shenlong - Wolfgang Ziffer
  • Polunga (Porunga) -Raimund Krone

Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball GT was broadcast in double episodes on RTL II from October 30 to December 5, 2006. RTL II significantly shortened episodes with German dubbing and omitted episodes 29, 38, 46, 47, 54 to 57 and 59 to 63, which means that only 51 of 64 episodes exist in the German dubbed version. Animax repeated the series from August 28, 2012, but also in the heavily RTL II censored version. The recordings were carried out in the Berlin dubbing studio of MME Studios GmbH.

Kazé announced the release of the German Dragon Ball GT on DVD in spring 2013. The missing episodes are only included in the original version with German subtitles, and the other episodes are only included in the heavily censored German version.

Dragon Ball Z Kai

Unfortunately, little is known about Dragon Ball Z Kai dub in Germany except that it existed, not to even mention that the first 98 episodes were only dubbed.

Dragon Ball Super

In Germany, the first 52 episodes of the series were broadcast on ProSieben Maxx between September 4, 2017 and November 16, 2017. From June 11, 2019, the first broadcast from episode 53 will continue after the 2-year hiatus. The German dubbed version was created by TV + Synchron and directed by Sabine Winterfeldt, Felix Spieß and Fabian Kluckert. The dialog was written by Michael Herrmann. The dubbed version was commissioned by Toei Animation Europe for the broadcaster ProSieben Maxx.

Movies

The German dub for the movies were based off the French dub or the original Japanese dub. In Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, the French intro is used, but with the shortended remix of Cha-la-head-cha-la instrumental were used instead.

The two films Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn and Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon were released together under the title Dragon Ball Z - The Film on February 13, 2003 in German cinemas, before they were also released in this version on DVD.

The first three Dragon Ball films were released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on Polyband with German dubbing. On September 30, 2011, anime label Kazé Deutschland released the first three films with German dubbing and the previously unpublished fourth film as an original version with German subtitles in a complete box on DVD.

The first 13 Dragon Ball Z films were released in Germany by Polyband on DVD. The films were released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Polyband. Kazé has renewed the movie license and released it in three complete DVD boxes since October 2011.

The Dragon Ball Z specials were released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Kazé in early 2012 in a complete box on DVD.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly were dubbed in German and released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in January 29, 2019. KAZÉ Anime released the film's DVD and Blu-ray in Germany on December 5, 2019.[1][2]

Trivia

  • The scenes with The Dictator were completely removed in the German dub of Fusion Reborn due to strict laws in Germany about references to the Nazi regime.
  • Some European dubs were based off the German dub. However, there were a exception: the Croatian dub uses the German dub, but with translated American English script instead.

References

  1. https://www.kaze-online.de/Programm/Anime/Dragonball-Super-Broly-DVD.html
  2. https://www.kaze-online.de/Programm/Anime/Dragonball-Super-Broly-Blu-ray.html
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