The Frieza Saga is the third season of Dragon Ball Z anime series. The episodes are produced by Toei Animation, and are based on the final 26 volumes of the Dragon Ball manga series by Akira Toriyama.

The 33-episode season originally ran from January to September 1991 in Japan on Fuji Television. The first English airing of the series was on Cartoon Network where Funimation Entertainment's dub of the series ran from September to November 1999. The episodes also aired in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.[citation needed]

Funimation released the season in a box set, and in June 2009, announced that they would be re-releasing Dragon Ball Z in a new seven volume set called the "Dragon Boxes". Based on the original series masters with frame-by-frame restoration, the first set was released November 10, 2009.[1]

Episode list

Ep# Dub ep# Literal English title / Dub title
Japanese title
Japanese airdate English airdate
75 Thou Who Hast Gathered the Seven Balls... Now Speak Forth the Password!
"Nanā no Tama o Soroeshi Mono yo... Sā Aikotoba o Ie!" (七ッの玉を揃えし者よ... さあ合言葉を言え!)
January 30, 1991 September 21, 1999
While Goku is recovering, Krillin heads to Guru's to get the password. Gohan is left behind to guard the Dragon Balls while Vegeta is taking a nap. On his way to Guru's, Krillin sees Dende flying in the opposite direction. He meets up with him, and Dende tells him that he has been sent to deliver the password. Krillin and Dende head back to Frieza's ship. Once they arrive, they decide to make the wish now, so Vegeta won't get his wish of immortality. They bring the Dragon Balls to a nearby island, and Dende summons Porunga. Frieza, meanwhile, realizes that Nail is purposely stalling him, he makes a move to finish him off. Nail, however, says that killing him wont do any good because the others probably already have summoned the dragon balls. As the sky suddenly turns black, Frieza realizes that someone must be summoning the dragon, and frantically flies back to his ship.
76 Kami-sama Also Returns to Life! Piccolo is Resurrected by Super Shen Long
"Kamisama mo Ikikaetta! Sūpā Shen Long de Pikkoro ga Fukkatsu" (神様も生き返った! 超神龍でピッコロが復活)
February 6, 1991 September 22, 1999
Thanks to Dende, the Eternal Dragon, Porunga, has been summoned. Unlike Shenron, the earth's dragon, Porunga has the power to grant three wishes. Through King Kai, Piccolo tells Gohan to use the first wish to bring him back to life, then use the second to bring him to Namek. The dragon grants these two wishes. While they are thinking of their third wish, Vegeta wakes up. Furious, he flies over to Gohan, Krillin, and Dende, demanding that they wish for his immortality. Before they can decide what to do, Porunga suddenly disappears. Guru has died, so the Dragon Balls die with him.
77 Birth of the Mightiest Warrior!? Nail and Piccolo Merge
"Saikyō Senshi no Tanjō ka!? Neiru to Pikkoro ga Gattai" (最強戦士の誕生か!? ネイルとピッコロが合体)
February 13, 1991 September 23, 1999
Guru is gone, along with Porunga and Vegeta's wish. Frieza arrives, furious at being denied his wish. He begins to fight with them. Vegeta is confident in his new strength. Meanwhile, Piccolo comes upon Nail's wounded body. Nail tells him to fuse with him, because this transformation might give him enough power to defeat Frieza. Though he is reluctant, Piccolo agrees. He and Nail become one, though it is in Piccolo's body. With his newfound strength, Piccolo continues towards Frieza's ship.
78 A Nightmare Super-Transformation!! Freeze's Battle Power of One Million
"Akumu no Chōhenshin!! Sentōryoku Hyakuman no Furīza" (悪夢の超変身!! 戦闘力100万のフリーザ)
February 20, 1991 September 24, 1999
As the battle continues, Frieza decides to tell Vegeta that it was actually he who destroyed planet Vegeta, wiping out the Saiyan race. Vegeta claims that he knew all along, which was why he hated Frieza so much. Frieza decides to reveal another secret: he can transform. He claims that at full strength, his fighting power is over one million. Eager to finally destroy Vegeta, Frieza transforms into a hideous giant.
79 Is This the End!? A Brutally Transcendent Power Attacks Gohan
"Koko made ka!? Kyōaku Chōzetsu Pawā ga Gohan o Osō" (ここまでか!? 凶悪超絶パワーが悟飯を襲う)
February 27, 1991
By transforming into a giant, Frieza has gained much more power. Frieza's first victim is Krillin. After seeing his friend attacked, Gohan loses control of himself and unleashes a furious attack on Frieza. Though he is strong, he is not strong enough to stop Frieza, who pounds the inexperienced young warrior.
80 The Tide Suddenly Turned!! Piccolo, the Warrior Who Came Late
"Ikki ni Keisei Gyakuten!! Okurete Kita Senshi - Pikkoro" (一気に形勢逆転!! 遅れてきた戦士·ピッコロ)
March 6, 1991 September 27, 1999
Dende heals Krillin's injuries. Krillin is then able to distract Frieza long enough for Dende to heal Gohan. Though they are both back to full strength, it all seems useless, because none of them are a match for Frieza. Suddenly, Piccolo finally arrives at the scene. He tells them that he will take on Frieza alone. Krillin and Gohan don't understand why he would do this, but Piccolo insists. With his new strength acquired from fusion, he is confident that he can take down Frieza.
81 Piccolo's Self-Confidence! I Will Be the One to Defeat Freeza
"Pikkoro no Jishin! Furīza o Taosu no wa Ore da" (ピッコロの自信! フリーザを倒すのはオレだ)
March 13, 1991 September 28, 1999
Piccolo and Frieza begin to fight. With his new power, Piccolo is able to hold his own with Frieza. Also, since he is fused with Nail, he is familiar with the way Frieza fights. Inside the isolation chamber in Frieza's spaceship, Goku senses that Piccolo has arrived, and that his strength has dramatically increased. It seems that Piccolo is going to defeat Frieza.
82 Attack, Goku!! An Enraged Freeza's Second Transformation
"Shutsugeki da Gokū!! Gekido no Furīza ga Daini no Henshin" (出撃だ悟空!! 激怒のフリーザが第2の変身)
March 20, 1991 September 29, 1999
Piccolo is beating Frieza, but the evil tyrant has another trick up his sleeve: another transformation. He changes into a hideous beast. In this form, Frieza is even more powerful than before. Piccolo begins to fight the new Frieza, but it is clear that Frieza is more powerful. Piccolo is no longer able to hold him off.
83 Fear Me!! Freeza Does Battle with a Third Transformation
"Kyōfu Shiro!! Furīza wa Sando no Henshin de Shōbu Suru" (恐怖しろ!! フリーザは3度の変身で勝負する)
March 27, 1991 September 30, 1999
Frieza is about to finish Piccolo off, but Gohan jumps in front of his energy blast to save him. He then fires a blast of his own at Frieza, but Frieza is able to deflect it. Frieza decides to transform into his final form to finish them off once and for all. Vegeta, however, comes up with a plan to stop him: he asks Krillin to severely injure him, so that when Dende heals him, he'll become much more powerful. Krillin reluctantly gives Vegeta a powerful blast, and the Saiyan falls to the ground. He stumbles over to Dende, demanding that he be healed. Though Dende resists, Gohan and Krillin convince him to do it.
84 The Death of Dende... Come Forth! Intense, Wide-Open Power
"Dende no Shi... Dete Koi! Tobikiri Zenkai Pawā" (デンデの死... でてこい! とびきり全開パワー)
April 3, 1991 October 1, 1999
Frieza realizes that Dende has been healing his opponents, so he kills him. Now in his final form, Frieza seems unstoppable. Gohan and Krillin throw everything they've got at him, but Frieza easily defeates them. Vegeta steps in, telling Frieza that he has now become a Super Saiyan. Unafraid, Frieza takes him on.
85 How I've Waited for this Moment!!! Son Goku Revived
"Machi ni Matta ze, Kono Shunkan!!! Son Gokū ga Fukkatsu da" (待ちに待ったぜ、この瞬間!!! 孫悟空が復活だ)
April 10, 1991 October 4, 1999
Despite his dramatic increase in power, Vegeta is no match for Frieza. It seems that he is not a Super Saiyan after all. Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo helplessly look on in horror as Frieza tortures Vegeta. Luckily, Goku has finally recovered. He breaks out of the isolation chamber, and flies to the battlefield.
86 Such Regret...!! Vegeta, Pride of the Saiyans, Dies
"Munen...!! Hokori Takaki Saiyajin Bejīta Shisu" (無念...!! 誇り高きサイヤ人·ベジータ死す)
April 17, 1991 October 5, 1999
Goku has entered the battlefield stronger than ever and prepares to fight Frieza alone. It seems that Goku might become a Super Saiyan, as he easily deflects Frieza's energy attacks. As Vegeta taunts Frieza, the tyrant easily finishes him off with a cruel bout of laughter. With his last breath, Vegeta tells Goku of what Frieza has done to the Saiyans. Can Goku defeat Frieza, the one person no one else has beaten?
87 The Curtain Rises over the Ultimate Battle!! I Am Going to Defeat You!
"Chō Kessen no Makuake da!! Omēdake wa Ora ga Taosu" (超決戦の幕開けだ!! おめえだけはオラが倒す)
April 24, 1991 October 6, 1999
With new understanding of the Saiyans, Goku vows to avenge them by defeating Frieza. Both of these warriors match each other's moves with great speed and strength. Then, Frieza fires at Namek, causing a volcanic eruption. Can Goku survive this?
88 The Two Superpowers Collide! A Fistfight Where Both Turn Serious!!!
"Gekitotsu no Ni Dai Chō Pawā! Honki Dōshi no Nikudan Sen!!!" (激突の2大超パワー! 本気同士の肉弾戦!!!)
May 1, 1991 October 7, 1999
As the fight continues, Goku attacks from underwater upon realizing that Frieza can't sense power levels. As Goku seems to be in control, Frieza uses his mind to use rocks to attack Goku so he can trap him in an energy ball that will explode if it touches anything but Frieza, and it doesn't look good for Goku.
89 Freeza's Terrible Declaration! I Will Defeat You Without Using My Hands
"Furīza Kyōfu no Sengen! Te o Tsukawazu Omae o Taosu" (フリーザ恐怖の宣言! 手を使わずお前を倒す)
May 8, 1991 October 8, 1999
To prove that he's the strongest of all, Frieza uses his feet and not his hands to beat Goku. It may seem Frieza has the advantage, but Goku proves that the tyrant will have to use his hands. Meanwhile, Bulma finds a frog, unaware that it's Captain Ginyu as he prepares to switch bodies with her.
90 That Was No Idle Boast!! Son Goku, an Audacious, Wonderful Guy
"Hattari ja nē zo!! Daitan Suteki na Yatsu - Son Gokū" (ハッタリじゃねえぞ!! 大胆素敵な奴·孫悟空)
May 15, 1991 October 11, 1999
To ensure Goku is defeated, Frieza powers up to 50% of his maximum and it seems that not even Goku can handle it. Ginyu finds the other heroes in Bulma's body and prepares to have his revenge.
91 Showdown!! The Embodiment of Flame in a 20-Times Kaio-ken Kamehame-Ha
"Ketchaku da!! Honō no Keshin Nijūbai Kaiōken no Kamehameha" (決着だ!!炎の化身 20倍界王拳のカメハメ波)
May 22, 1991 October 12, 1999
Captain Ginyu prepares his revenge by switching with Piccolo, but Gohan is able to throw Bulma (as a frog) in the way to get her body back. Meanwhile, Goku is being beaten up by Frieza with his power increase and even the Kaio-ken attack doesn't work. But as he is held by the monster's power, he has a vision showing what Frieza could do to Earth. Rocked and inspired by the vision, Goku powers up.
92 A Super-Huge Genki Dama — I'm Playing My Last Card!!
"Chō Tokudai no Genki Dama Kore ga Saikyō no Kirifuda da!!" (超特大の元気玉 これが最後の切り札だ!!)
May 29, 1991 October 13, 1999
Goku's 20x Kaio-ken attack with a Kamehameha doesn't work against Frieza, as the tyrant tries to destroy him once and for all. Luckily, Goku has one more trick up his sleeve: the Spirit Bomb.
93 Keep the Chance Alive!! Piccolo's Suicide Support Strike
"Chansu o Ikase!! Pikkoro Sutemi no Engo Shageki" (チャンスを生かせ!! ピッコロ捨て身の援護射撃)
June 5, 1991 October 14, 1999
As King Kai and the others watch the battle on Namek, the Ginyu Force arrives to take over the planet, but Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu are ready for a fight. Back on Namek, Frieza discovers Goku's Spirit Bomb and plans to stop it. Suddenly, Piccolo steps in to give Goku more time.
94 The Incredible Destructive Force of the Genki Dama!! Who Will Survived!?
"Genki Dama no Chō Hakairyoku!! Ikinokotta no wa Dare da!?" (元気玉の超破壊力!! 生き残ったのは誰だ!?)
June 12, 1991 October 15, 1999
The battle on King Kai's planet begins with the Z-Fighters against the Ginyu Force and it seems that our heroes' training is paying off. Piccolo does his best for Goku to complete the Spirit Bomb, but it seems that Frieza might win this battle. At the last moment, the Spirit Bomb is completed, and Goku hurls it at Frieza, who can't control the force of the blast. Frieza is seemingly destroyed.
95 Transformed At Last!! Son Goku, the Legendary Super Saiyan
"Tsui ni Henshin!! Densetsu no Sūpā Saiyajin Son Gokū" (ついに変身!! 伝説の超サイヤ人·孫悟空)
June 19, 1991 October 18, 1999
It looks like the battle is over, as Frieza seems to be defeated and the Ginyu Force has been beaten off King Kai's planet to Hell by the remaining Z-Fighters. As everyone celebrates, Frieza reappears and spares no time attacking; first he fires a blast at Goku, but Piccolo hurls himself in front of it and takes the blast, knocking him out. Then Frieza fires another blast and uses it to blow up Krillin, killing him. Fueled by rage at the loss of his best friend, Goku's power increases exponentially, and he ascends to become a Super Saiyan.
96 An Explosion of Anger!! Goku, Avenge Everyone's Deaths
"Ikari Bakuhatsu!! Gokū yo, Minna no Kataki o Uttekure" (怒り爆発!! 悟空よ、みんなの仇を討ってくれ)
June 26, 1991 October 19, 1999
Goku's hair has turned gold and his eyes green, as he is surrounded by a gold aura; the fuel of this power being his anger towards Frieza. As Gohan takes Piccolo to Goku's ship, our hero starts to pound on Frieza as the tyrant fires back, but none of his attacks are working against Goku now that he is a Super Saiyan. It looks like Frieza will finally be defeated.
97 The Destruction of Planet Namek!? A Demonic Flash Pierces the Ground
"Namekkusei Shōmetsu ka!? Daichi o Tsuranuku Ma no Senkō" (ナメック星消滅か!? 大地を貫く魔の閃光)
July 3, 1991 October 20, 1999
Not willing to be beaten, Frieza fires an attack to destroy Namek so Goku will be killed, as the Super Saiyan can't do anything to stop the attack. However, he holds back too much power, and the planet isn't destroyed, but is left unstable and ready to collapse and blow.
98 I Will Be the One Who Wins... Risking Survival, a Desperate Attack
"Katsu no wa Ore Da... Ikinokori o Kaketa Saishū Kōgeki" (勝つのはオレだ... 生き残りをかけた最終攻撃)
July 10, 1991 October 21, 1999
Namek is about to explode in 5 minutes, as Gohan finds Bulma and gets back to the ship. Meanwhile, Frieza powers up to 100% of his maximum to finish the fight. Instead of stopping him, Goku has let Frieza go full power, on the idea that if he beats Frieza at his full power, Frieza will never fight him again.
99 Shen Long, Run Yourself Through Space!! The Time of Namek's Destruction Draws Near
"Shen Long yo Uchū o Hashire!! Semaru Namekkusei Shōmetsu no Toki" (神龍よ宇宙を走れ!! 迫るナメック星消滅の時)
July 17, 1991 October 22, 1999
As the battle on Namek continues, Kami and Mr. Popo have found all of the restored Dragon Balls, giving King Kai an idea that might save everyone on Namek.
100 I Am Son Goku's Son!! Gohan Returns to the Battlefield
"Boku wa Son Gokū no Musuko da!! Gohan, Futatabi Kessenjō e" (ボクは孫悟空の息子だ!! 悟飯、再び決戦場へ)
July 24, 1991 October 25, 1999
Everyone that has been killed by Frieza and his henchmen on Namek are resurrected, but so far, Guru isn't back yet and it looks like Goku has been beaten by Frieza's attack. To avenge his father, Gohan returns to the battle to make sure the cold tyrant blows up with the planet, but is no match for Frieza. Before Frieza lands the killing blow, however, Guru returns to life, and Goku reappears, and orders Gohan to leave Namek.
101 I'm Staying on This Planet!! A Final Wish Towards Victory
"Ore wa Kono Hoshi ni Nokoru!! Shōri e no Saigo no Negai" (オレはこの星に残る!! 勝利への最後の願い)
July 31, 1991 October 26, 1999
With Guru back to life, the Namekian Dragon Balls have been restored as well, with Porunga ready to grant the third wish. As Dende prepares to complete the final phase of King Kai's plan, Frieza flies towards Porunga to have his wish granted as well. Can Goku stop him in time?
102 Let's Get It On!! Two Remain on a Vanishing Planet
"Tokoton Yarōze!! Kieyuku Hoshi ni Nokotta Futari" (とことんやろうぜ!! 消えゆく星に残った二人)
August 7, 1991 October 27, 1999
It seems that everyone on Namek has been transported to Earth, but Goku is still on Namek, insisting that he finish the fight. Everyone is upset with Goku's decision, as it seems that there is no escape from the explosion.
103 Pathos of Freeza! Once He Starts Shaking, He's Unstoppable!!
"Aware Furīza! Furue Dashitara Tomaranai!!" (哀れフリーザ! 震えだしたら止まらない!!)
August 14, 1991 October 28, 1999
As Namek gets closer to an explosion, it looks like Goku can beat Frieza with ease as his power keeps increasing. Finally, Goku decides to leave, knowing that he's more than a match for Frieza, but the tyrant won't give up that easily.
104 Goku's Declaration of Victory!! As Freeza Destroys Himself...
"Gokū no Shōri Sengen da!! Furīza ga Jimetsu suru Toki..." (悟空の勝利宣言だ!! フリーザが自滅する時...)
August 21, 1991 October 29, 1999
Frieza fires a pair of Krillin's Destructo Disks that will follow Goku until it hits him or anything else. Even so, Goku has the situation under control as the battle draws to a close end.
105 Freeza Defeated!! A Single Blast Packed with a Totality of Rage
"Furīza Yabureru!! Subete no Ikari o Kometa Ichigeki" (フリーザ敗れる!! すべての怒りをこめた一撃)
August 28, 1991 November 1, 1999
As Guru enjoys seeing his people alive on Earth, the time has come for him to go, but gave his powers to Moori, as the next Eldest Namek. Back on Namek, Frieza has been cut in half by his own energy disk from behind, but Goku, being the kind person he is, gives Frieza some of his power to escape. However, Frieza will not accept defeat, as he uses the given power to finish Goku off, but Goku finishes off Frieza with a final blast attack.
106 Planet Namek's Great Explosion!! Goku Disappears into Space
"Namekkusei Dai Bakuhatsu!! Uchū ni Kieta Gokū" (ナメック星大爆発!! 宇宙に消えた悟空)
September 4, 1991 November 2, 1999
With Frieza gone, Goku flies to Frieza's spaceship to escape from Namek, but it looks like the ship doesn't work. Even though it looks like Goku is gone, Bulma and the others have an idea that could work; using the Namekian Dragon Balls, once restored, to bring everyone else back, including Goku.
107 Son Goku Survived — The Z Warriors All Resurrected!!
"Ikiteita Son Gokū Zetto Senshi ga Zen'in Fukkatsu da!!" (生きていた孫悟空 Z戦士が全員復活だ!!)
September 11, 1991 November 3, 1999
As it looks like Goku and Krillin can't come back, Vegeta has an idea: wish their souls to Earth and then wish them back to life, which is done for Krillin. After 130 days, Tien and Chiaotzu are also back to life, but Porunga says Goku can't be wished back to life as he is still alive, or wished back to Earth because he doesn't wish to return yet. So, where is he, and when will he come home?


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