Goku and his fellow DBZ fighters are some of the most recognizable figures in animated television; their story has influenced just about every shonen anime that came after it.While DBZ is unarguably beloved, not every arc – here called a saga – is created equal.
Is it important to prioritize gradually-paced character development, or does bombastic action encapsulate everything mesmerizing about Dragon Ball Z? Some sagas feature terrifying villains, badass fight scenes, and moving instances of personal growth, but others are a little lackluster.
As the title suggests, the Frieza Saga depicts the battle with one of DBZ's most notorious villains. One of the things that makes Frieza so memorable is his personal connection to both Goku and Vegeta—he's the one who blew up their planet, and this saga deals with their response to that destruction.
The Cell Games Saga is where Cell really shows off his powers. He does this by hosting a fighting tournament where he gives participants the opportunity to defeat him.
This plan backfires when Gohan actually does successfully take him down—though Mr. Satan ends up taking the credit.
Even if you didn't grow up watching DBZ, you're still probably somewhat familiar with the contents of this legendary saga.
Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, leading to an epic battle between Goku and Vegeta. During this battle, Vegeta is nearly killed, but Goku decides to spare his life because he's never fought someone so strong, and he wants to have a lifetime rival.
It's the start of a beautiful friendship. This saga also introduces Goku's brother Raditz, although it's more remembered for the fight with Nappa and Vegeta.
The Perfect Cell Saga is all about power-ups. Cell attempts to transform into Perfect Cell while the Saiyans undergo intense training to become Super Saiyans. It's an intense arc with action that will make viewers' hearts pound in their chests.