Much of the popularity achieved by the work originally conceived by Akira Toriyama derives from the following obtained thanks to Dragon Ball Zthe animated transposition of TOEI Animation, which although criticized by the most conservative fans, is characterized by some scenes, completely original, which have actually added value to several sagas.
Obviously among the discrete amount of extra material added in the anime there are also rather embarrassing scenes, both in quality and in content, such as when for example Goku and Piccolo try to learn to drive a car. However, in the anime there are scenes, here we have selected five specifically, in which the authors have decided to investigate or show significant events little highlighted, or totally absent, in the manga.
The first concerns Gohan’s training during the Saiyan saga. In the year that separates Raditz’s death from the arrival of Vegeta and Nappa on Earth, little Gohan finds himself having to live alone in nature, transforming himself from a shy and frightened child, into a warrior capable of looking after himself, to then become a pupil of Piccolo. The relationship between the two, initially cold and apparently detached, will consolidate in one of the most solid friendships of the entire seriesat the heart of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which helps make these added sequences quite important.
Subsequently we find an attention more than cured to the give a real conclusion to the Freeza saga. In the manga the arc dedicated to the androids is almost hastily passed, but in the anime the authors wanted to build a more engaging and slow ending, introducing the farewell to the Namekians, the resurrections of Yamcha, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu, and a reunion of all the main characters after Namek’s destruction.
Over the course of the Cell saga, the protagonists spend a lot of time training to reach new levels and master further techniques. While in the manga attraining of Goku and Gohan in the Room of Spirit and Time little space is dedicated, in the anime we even witness the transformation of Gohan into Super Saiyan, a fundamental phase of his strengthening, considering then the central role of the Saiyan against Cell.
Always staying in the same story arc, much more importance is given to the anime in the anime contributed by the Z Warriors in the battle against Cell. Piccolo, Krillin, Tenshinhan and Yamcha, although not the best suited to face the android, line up alongside the Saiyans and try in every way to help Gohan.
Finally we find the rematch between Goku and Majin Vegeta in the Majin Buu saga. Toriyama devotes no more than eight pages to this confrontation, causing it to end perhaps too quickly. In the anime, however, we note how the artists of Toei Animation wanted to give more breath to the exchange of blows between the two Saiyans, also creating sequences and choreographies completely absent in the original material. Please let us know if you agree with what has been said, or if you have others in mind unique scenes from the Dragon Ball Z anime who have added something significant to the manga.