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Season 1: 1996-1997

Ep# Title Overview Original Airdate (North America)
1 Mini-Goku is an Overprotected Boy! I Am Gohan. Five years have passed since Goku's victory at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Goku's son, Gohan, is wandering around the woods outside of his house when a tiger steals his hat. While he's looking for the tiger, he accidentally falls into a river. Goku, searching for his son, finds his hat. He suddenly sees Gohan floating down a river, but he can't reach him in time before he goes over a waterfall. Goku looks up and sees Gohan clinging to a branch, having somehow jumped out of the river. With Gohan safe, they head to Master Roshi's house. Meanwhile, a mysterious alien has arrived on Earth looking for a man named Kakarrot. With a special device he wears on his head, he searches for high power levels on Earth. He finds Piccolo, whose attack is completely ineffective. Suddenly, the alien locates another high power level and takes off. September 13, 1996


1 The Mightiest Warrior in All of History is Goku's Older Brother! Goku and Gohan arrive at Master Roshi's island to meet Bulma, Krillin, Master Roshi, and Turtle. Quickly the others notice the difference between Gohan's behavior and that of Goku as a child. Goku informs his friends that Chichi refuses to allow Gohan to fight, instead he studies constantly. The same mysterious alien arrives at the island and reveals himself: he is a Saiyan warrior named Raditz, and he is Goku's older brother. He also reveals that Goku's real Saiyan name is Kakarrot. Goku learns that he was sent to destroy all life on Earth, but his memory loss from a terrible fall as a child prevented this outcome. Raditz came to Earth to get Goku to join him and the other two remaining Saiyans, and he won't accept a refusal. September 13, 1996


2 All Right! This is the Strongest Combo in the World! In order to get Goku to join him, Raditz kidnaps Gohan and orders Goku to kill 100 Earthlings before the next day. Goku tries to stop him, but not even he could stop his brother's power. Even though he's no match for him, Goku will do whatever it takes to save his son. Krillin and Roshi volunteer to join Goku and save Gohan, however Goku refuses. He tells them that once the Eternal Dragon grants a wish, he will not grant it again, hence the two cannot be resurrected again. Suddenly, Piccolo appears and proposes that he and Goku team up in order to stop Raditz. He had seen Raditz's power while the Saiyan was looking for Goku, and he knows that neither of them are a match for this alien. Raditz returns to the location of his landing pod, leaving Gohan in the pod. His eye piece detects a large power level coming from Gohan, but ignores it thinking that it's malfunctioning. Using the radar to find Gohan and Raditz, Goku and Piccolo arrive and shed their equipment, unknowingly raising their power levels. September 20, 1996


3 Piccolo's Trump Card! Gohan, the Crybaby-kun Goku and Piccolo throw everything they've got against Raditz, but it seems that even their combined power stops short of Raditz's own strength. Both get injured and Piccolo even loses an arm. However, Piccolo has an idea that might beat him: the Special Beam Cannon, his newest and most powerful technique. But, he has to power up to make it work. He requires five minutes to gather the strength, and Goku does his best to give him that. Despite the fact that the two drastically raise their power levels with heavy concentration, they do not manage to defeat Raditz using their attacks. Suddenly, Goku does manage to grab Raditz's tail, instantly weakening him. Raditz surrenders, Goku releases his tail, however Raditz quickly attacks Goku again elbowing him in the face and crushing his chest. As Raditz prepares to kill Goku, he suddenly picks up an enormous power level coming from Gohan. September 27, 1996


4 Goku Dies! There's Only One Last Chance As Raditz tortures Goku, Gohan bursts out of Raditz's spaceship and hurls himself into Raditz with incredible power that stuns and injures the Saiyan. However, Gohan's power disappears as quickly as it surfaced, leaving him defenseless against his father's attacker who quickly hits Gohan knocking him out. Raditz intends to kill Gohan, who he views as the only person capable of defeating them. In a last-ditch effort to save his son, Goku gets Raditz in a hold that leaves both of them open to Piccolo's ultimate technique. Goku urges Piccolo to use it, even if it costs his own life. Piccolo then starts to wonder whether or not he should use it. Despite Raditz's pleas for mercy, Piccolo lets loose his attack, which kills both Goku and Raditz. Thinking they've already won, Piccolo tells Raditz (who's slowly dying) about the dragon balls. Once he's heard everything, Raditz tells Piccolo that his eyepiece is also a transmitter and that in one year's time, two more Saiyans, more powerful than Raditz, will arrive on Earth to avenge his murder. Goku lives to see Bulma, Roshi and Krillin arrive and hear that Gohan is alive, but thereafter dies, his body taken by Kami. Far away in another planet, Napa and Vegeta plan to visit Earth and wish for immortality using the Dragon Balls. October 4, 1996


4 Even Yama-sama is Surprised — The Fight Continues in the Next World To prepare for this threat, Kami takes Goku to the Other World for training with the legendary martial arts master, King Kai. But in order to get to King Kai, first he must cross a treacherous path called Snake Way. Only one person has ever successfully crossed it, King Yema. King Yema tells Goku not to fall off Snake Way or he will never return. Goku starts the long journey by flying over the path, until eventually he runs out of energy and must continue on foot. Piccolo decides to take Gohan under his wing, with the hope of tapping into his hidden power. Piccolo awakens the boy and forces him to train using fear. While Bulma studies the circuitry of Raditz's eyepiece and agrees with Master Roshi that Krillin should be the one to tell Chi Chi the recent news of Goku and Gohan. October 4, 1996


5 Survival with Dinosaurs! Gohan's Harsh Training Piccolo leaves Gohan alone in the wilderness for six months so he can learn to take care of himself, just like his father did as a child. Even though there are dangerous animals in the wild, Gohan's hidden powers help him escape, but also get him stuck on a really tall boulder, from which he can't get down. High above, Kami tells Mr. Popo that in a years time, both he and Piccolo will die from unknown causes and that if Piccolo knew this it might have been what caused his slow change of heart towards Gohan. Meanwhile, Krillin tries to break the news about Goku and Gohan to Chi Chi but has much trouble. October 4, 1996


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