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Cha-La Head Cha-La! Check out the nostalgic opening cinematic for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

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DBZ Kakarot

If you’re emotionally invested in Dragon Ball, chance are that you’re equally invested in the nostalgia of the series. After all, Dragon Ball Z was that seminal gateway into anime for many of us. I can still remember those afternoons of coming home from school, flicking on the channel and watching burly men scream at each other as they powered up and began demolishing several nations in their attacks while my dad watched on, shaking his head in disappointment.

Good times, good times.

There are those aspects of Dragon Ball which never fail to put a smile on the faces of fans, with the show existing in several formats across multiple media over the year and having some of the most distinctive signature moments ever committed to the original print manga and animation. For many a fan though, Dragon Ball’s best trademark isn’t visual…it’s audio.

Over in the west, the English dub of Dragon Ball Z would always kick off with the glorious theme of the dragon being truly rocked. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s what it sounds like:

A damn good tune, and one that deserves to be celebrated. Dragon Ball Z’s real signature tune however, is an enduring piece of pop music that has defined and shaped the series for years after it first popped up in 1989. Cha-La Head Cha-La is Dragon Ball Z’s anthem, a joyous bit of opening music that never gets old. And of course it’s the main track of next year’s Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Thanks for the link last night, Umar. Smiley faces!

I’m going to level with you guys: I still have no idea what the dude in the original song is even saying in the lyrics and I do not care. Cha-La Head Cha-La never fails to put a smile on my face, and having that track frame the opening of the next Dragon Ball Z game is just bliss for my ears. It’ll be out on January 17, encompassing Goku’s entire life throughout the saga as Earth’s greatest warrior and worst dad ever, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Last Updated: December 19, 2019


  1. SagatatiaRZA

    December 19, 2019 at 07:48

    I didn’t expect hearing rock the dragon to hit me that hard with nostalgia. I was so obsessed with this show it’s unbelievable.


    • Hammersteyn

      December 19, 2019 at 08:57

      Same, back in 2001 when I moved to a new town, first thing I bought was a VCR so that I could tape the shows on SABC while I was at work. Now it’s just there,always online and available.


    • Yondaime

      December 19, 2019 at 12:27

      Sigh..I destroyed friendships over DBZ


      • SagatatiaRZA

        December 19, 2019 at 13:12

        Same. I had internet so I knew some things before they happened and I split with a friend because he violently argued that Goku isn’t super saiyan during the logo of the intro. WHO’S THE IDIOT NOW ROBERT?!


  2. Hammersteyn

    December 19, 2019 at 08:57

    Seeing three editions…. sigh. I bought Dragon Ball Fighter Z(the one I hoped had all the DLC) and it’s awesome, but I noticed a few unknowns in the roster. So I binged DBZ Super and the game has most of the cool characters unlocked except Jirren. So basically if I want the one last cherry on top, like the atom bomb of cherries if you’ve seen what Jirren can do, I have to fork out more beer money. And this is the same song and dance with all fighting games. A genre I adored once.

    Getting tired of this, really, really tired.

    Also Dragon Ball Fighter Z could’ve done with a lot more characters from the tournament of power. A lot more. Like those wolf brothers, the trio of danger. They’re perfect for the 3v3 combat the game has going.
    Maybe they’ll be DLC or something.


  3. HairyEwok

    December 19, 2019 at 10:19

    Tube on SABC 2….. That’s where my childhood was spent most of the time at 17:00


    • BradeLunner

      December 19, 2019 at 11:15

      Dub pulled hard for us huh, Pokemon, DBZ, yu-gi-oh, Medabots. Sabc1 also had saint seiya with that awesome title song


      • HairyEwok

        December 19, 2019 at 11:30

        All of a sudden the SABC doesn’t seem that bad anymore XD I mean we even had the bold and the beautiful, days of our lives, Judge Judy & Dr. Phil to entertain us right after school


  4. Hammersteyn

    December 19, 2019 at 08:43

    Preorder now to train with Breast Milk… https://media3.giphy.com/media/dFmpr1JHPNxD2/giphy.gif


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