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"Warriors of the Dead" (だいかんげき!!いたぞ!あののスゲエやつ Dai-Kangeki!! Ita zo! Ano-yo no Sugē Yatsu, lit. "A Deep Impression!! There They Are! The Next World's Awesome Dudes") is the first episode of the Other World Saga and the one hundred ninety-fifth overall episode of the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on July 28, 1993. Its original American airdate was September 10, 2001.



The Other World Airport to Heaven

This episode starts out with Goku, Bubbles, Gregory, and King Kai on the Snake Way. Goku wants to go to Grand Kai's Planet to meet the fighters there, and rushes off to get there, and in a comical routine of rushing off and then running backwards to King Kai (complete with music playing backwards whenever Goku runs backwards), Goku figures out from King Kai that they need to catch a plane to get to Grand Kai's planet, and they need to return to King Yemma's palace to get to that plane. Eventually, Goku uses Instant Transmission to bring all four of them there. In King Yemma's judging place, Goku and King Kai get permission to board the plane and they leave Bubbles and Gregory with King Yemma. While the plane is bringing them to the planet of Grand Kai, the duo see a lot of the Other World.


A warrior from the Northern Quadrant

They soon arrive on Grand Kai's planet and see West Kai, a green alien, and some warriors waiting for the master Grand Kai for some message. After West Kai makes fun of King Kai for being dead (and all the goofiness has ended, which included King Kai and West Kai trying to bring Goku and Pikkon to fight to prove who is stronger), Grand Kai arrives. All bow to him except a confused Goku, who eventually does so after being comically harassed by King Kai. After Grand Kai lands, he begins dancing to rock music playing from his boom box, but eventually stops to inform everyone of problems in Hell. Grand Kai explains (through a flashback) how Cell had arrived at King Yemma's for judgment and is cast into Hell, through a trapdoor where he and Frieza team up and begin causing terror.


Cell, the Ginyu Force, Frieza, and King Cold in Hell

Grand Kai assigns the green alien called Pikkon to go to Hell and face the evil duo, but Goku goes to join him, thinking he can not fight them by himself. Goku and Pikkon go to Hell where they meet Goz and Mez. Then they see Cell and Frieza beating on two other ogres as Cell demands to know a way out of Hell, with King Cold and the Ginyu Force also there. Cell flings the ogre he was beating into the mountain of needles as the ogre doesn't know a way out of Hell, but Goku saves the ogre. Frieza is surprised to see Goku and sends Burter, Jeice, Recoome and Guldo out to fight Goku. Goku hits them once each, and they fall into the bloody pond. When Cell attacks Goku, Pikkon uses the Burning Shoot to knock him into the bloody pond, frightening Frieza. Pikkon easily beats up Frieza and King Cold. He then performs the Hyper Tornado to impact Cell and the Ginyu Force out of the bloody pond and throw them to the mountain of needles. Next Frieza, Cell, the Ginyu Force, and King Cold are shown beat up in a jail cell. After seeing Pikkon in action, Goku admits that Pikkon wouldn't have needed his help to stop the villains, but Pikkon smiles and thanks him anyway.

Major Events[]

  • Goku visits the Grand Kai's planet with King Kai and meets the Grand Kai.
  • Goku and Pikkon go to Hell where they confront the Ginyu Force, Frieza, King Cold and Cell.


  • Shamoian vs. Shamoian
  • Goku (Super Saiyan Power!) vs. Guldo, Burter, Jeice, and Recoome
  • Pikkon vs. Cell (Perfect Form), Frieza (Final Form), and King Cold






Bruce Faulconer tracks[]

Differences from the manga[]

  • The entire events of this episode were exclusive to the anime.


DBZ-195 Black-Haired Super Saiyan

Before & after

  • In the original Japanese promotional clip for this episode (as seen in the last episode), Goku turns Super Saiyan as he fights his past enemies. However, for whatever reason, Toei Animation decided that Goku would hide this ability to go Super Saiyan from Pikkon until the two actually fought. Since the animation for the episode had already been completed and there was no time to change Goku's appearance completely, Toei went in and digitally altered Goku's hair and eyes back to black, giving him a look similar to a Pseudo Super Saiyan (see right). This form was later retroactively identified as Super Saiyan Power!.
  • The Shamoians from Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, or rather two look-alike species, make a cameo appearance as two alien creatures play-fighting.
  • When King Kai lectures Goku about how they can never make bad time when they are dead, his halo disappears until Goku says that he can not wait to meet "the master of other world".
  • A Kanassan look-alike also appears, albeit with a different skin color.
  • This is the first and only time Goku meets King Cold and Guldo, let alone fights them.
  • It is very odd that Goku has to power up at all to fight the Ginyu Force, as on Namek, he was easily able to crush them without even using the Kaio-ken. This is possibly due to them getting stronger while being in Hell for so long.
  • The events of the second part of the episode are altered in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, where instead of Goku being helped by Pikkon, he goes to fight Frieza and Cell with Bardock, who was a participant in the Other World Tournament.
  • Guldo's larger outer eyes are colored black when he's shown alongside the other villains while Cell is interrogating an ogre on how to escape Hell.
  • When Burter is writhing in pain after getting hit in the stomach, his eyes are white for a brief moment.
  • The Ginyu Force is missing their insignia when they're shown in prison with Cell, Frieza, and Cold.
  • The Ginyu Force's defeat mirrors their earlier defeat in the 95th episode of Dragon Ball Z, "Transformed at Last": they are all overwhelmed and end up getting knocked into the Bloody Pond.
  • When King Kai and Goku arrive on Grand Kai's planet, they are greeted by two of King Kai's former pupils. One of them wears a white gi and bears a striking resemblance to Ryu, the main protagonist of the Street Fighter video game series. Goku and Ryu are known to be similar in many ways, given that they are both martial arts masters always seeking new challengers in order to become as strong as possible, they both have control over ki and perform their signature moves in a very similar fashion (Goku's Kamehameha and Ryu's Hadouken), and they both have a very large appetite (although Ryu's appetite is only shown in Street Fighter II V).
  • There is an apparent contradiction in this episode, as those who are sent to hell should be mere souls, yet Frieza and the rest of the villains are still in their bodies. The Ginyu Force retaining their bodies may have been due to them being knocked into Hell in "Trump Card” by Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha without that privilege being granted by King Yemma (as King Kai revealed after the fact) being revoked. Cell, by contrast, is shown with his body just as Yemma condemns him to Hell.
  • Frieza's appearance in this episode (as well as the later episode "Vegeta's Respect") is contested with the events of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super. In this episode, Frieza, in addition to having his fully organic body in Hell, is trapped in Hell, although free to wander about. In the aforementioned later productions, however, Frieza is still presented as being in his cyborg body, and is shown to be existing in a personal Hell where he is cocooned to a tree and forced to endure pleasantries by happy creatures.
  • Despite Daisuke Gōri reprising his role of King Yemma here in Japanese, he does not do the same for King Cold whose two lines are provided by Masaharu Satō instead. Sato also replaces Hirotaka Suzuoki as Mez while Hisao Egawa replaces Ryōichi Tanaka as Goz. Weirdly, Sato was Goz's original voice during the ogres' first appearance in "Goz and Mez".
  • In the FUNimation dub, King Yemma is voiced by Dameon Clarke (Cell's actor) before Chris Rager would inherit the role in "Return to Other World" and would make the part his own going forward. Rager himself voiced Goz here, replacing Mark Britten in the role during "Transformed at Last", while Justin Cook replaces Mike McFarland as Mez for this outing. Guldo's groan when he is hit by Goku is voiced by Britten as well since his previous actor Dylan Thompson had left FUNimation not long after Season 3 had wrapped production (Britten was already voicing Burter at the time). None of them were redubbed for the remastered release.
  • King Yemma is voiced in the Westwood/Canadian dub of the episode by Dale Wilson, also the voice of Cell and Kami, replacing Ward Perry who had no involvement in the dub's production. Wilson would continue on as Yemma for the remainder of the dub except in "The Old Kai's Weapon" where Michael Dobson filled in.
  • Goz and Mez are recast in the Westwood/Canadian dub; the former going from Ward Perry to Dale Wilson (as with King Yemma) and the latter changing from Doug Parker to Scott McNeil.


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