Dragon Ball Z Kai Coming to The CW 4Kids Block

Dragon Ball Z fans will get a chance to relive the show in a slightly different way this fall when The CW 4Kids block will add Dragon Ball Z Kai to its schedule.

The addition is the result of a deal between 4Kids Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation Co.

Dragon Ball Z Kai goes back to the original series and re-edits and updates it with new opening and ending sequences, as well as re-recorded voice tracks, to more closely resemble the original manga series by Akira Toriyama.

The Kai series is part of the celebration of the property’s 20th anniversary. It launched about a year ago in Japan, where it is one of the top-five rated animated series on television.

Dragon Ball is one of the most popular manga series of the past 20 years, with more than 150 million copies of the book series sold in Japan and North America,’ said Alfred R. Kahn, chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. ‘We are looking forward to including Dragon Ball Z Kai as a mainstay in our The CW 4Kids 2010 ‘ 2011 Saturday morning programming lineup and making this great series available on American broadcast television.’