Dragon Ball Z is epic. No doubt this is one of the most popular series that helped spread the art of anime in the world.
The original Dragon Ball was fun, but in DBZ the characters have grown and the maturity is felt throughout the whole series. From the incredible Sayian Saga, an important Frieza Saga and the entertaining Cell Saga to the Grand Finale - Buu Saga, DBZ does not disappoint. It's not all about the fighting, although the series have probably 4-5 battles that should be written in the anime history books. I was always astonished by the character development which is amazing
and to emphasize this, I like the example of Vegeta. He was one of the greatest villains at first and one of the greatest heroes in the end. The way Akira Toriyama changed his perspective throughout the storyline and how he did not rush Vegeta's judgement of his surroundings is astounding. Goku's naive greatness and Vegeta's indestructible pride completes, arguably, the single greatest friendship in anime history.
Still not impressed? Just watch the final DBZ battle. It is grand, it is electric, it is emotional and atmospheric. When two of the most beloved fighters, Goku and Vegeta, stand against the mightiest villain in an empty planet, when the last hope is on their shoulders, when the price of failure will erase everything that is worth living for, they look at the situation and smile: this is how life is supposed to be. A man without a challenge is a man who does not live.
If you're like me, the name Dragon Ball Z gets your blood boiling, your erection throbbing, and your bicep muscles pulsating. Contrary to popular belief, this is not because of some terrible medical condition or permanent damage from anabolic steroids. This is because the amount of manliness contained in just one episode of DBZ is enough to cause penis growth, beard hair, and possibly cancer. Make no mistake, this is not an anime for children or people on high blood pressure medication. Like Hank McCoy's premature big-foot vaccine, watching Dragon Ball Z is guaranteed to turn you into a badass gorilla with the strength of
10 men and the swag of Carlos Santana. Yes, ladies and gentleman, this is a show for men and men only. If you don't have the balls to handle the sheer Nagasaki imploding intensity, the tear wrenching drama, or the mindblowing plot twists Dragon Ball Z has up its sleeve, you need not apply, lest you're prepared to have your face literally melted off in a fit of testosterone-fueled rage. For those that are confident that they're prepared, slide the car seat back and hold onto your testicles because this show is no fucking joke.
You've no doubt heard others poke and make fun at this show's various idiosyncrasies. Next time someone tells you that the plot of the show is "stupid and cliche", or that the "fight scenes drag on forever", get them into an armbar and make them beg for mercy because they just told you a goddamn lie straight to your face. Dragon Ball Z is, in reality, the beautifully paced, glorious tale of a group of proud men defending their universe from a rotating cast of bombastic douchebags. I don't even think its physically possible to not shed manly tears sometime during this show; the sheer passion of our heroes is magnificent enough to inspire Kim Jong Il to build a refuge camp with his bare hands. Did I mention that DBZ is probably one of the most engrossing anime ever written? From Goku beating the unintimidating, girl-like cackling out of Frieza and his loser henchmen, to the inspirational choreography and edge-of-your-seat action of the Cell vs. Hercule Satan battle, to the powerful and emotionally enveloping transformation of Gohan from boy to man, you might as well just cut your fucking legs off now because you're not going anywhere for the next 200 episodes. Sure, there are dull moments, but they're few and far between the literal hours of pulsating shin muscles, constant character revivals, hyperbolic time chamber training montages, explosive physical transformations, special beam cannons, and more. Those who are trained in martial arts, like myself, will appreciate the painstaking accuracy put into every move of every fighting style these characters make. Watching DBZ is like watching a real life martial arts tournament---it's that realistic. Childhood obesity? What the fuck is that? Plop their little asses in front of the TV, pop this into the DVD player and watch those pounds literally melt away. Total Gym? Fuck your Total Gym.
The artwork is VIP as fuck. Okay, let's be honest here, the backgrounds and environments are pretty consistently reused, and still shots and other cheap, corner cutting animation tricks are abound and noticeable, but the beauty in DBZ's art is in its action sequences and its character designs. The fight scenes (and there are plenty of them) are absolutely astonishing. We're not just talking fists here either---guns, swords, energy balls the size of pluto, it's all here and its all glorious through and through. Unlike shows that blow their budget upfront and are left with a crayon and two sharpies to finish out the series, DBZ's art actually gets better as time goes on. This is especially present in the aforementioned character models, who start off as beefy, badly proportioned messes and end up even beefier as the show progresses. However, this beefiness is what makes the character designs so goddamn cool. Everyone in this show has muscles---no exceptions. Women, children, even the fucking plants will flex a bicep here and there. Despite this, there aren't really any generic looking characters among the bunch. They have that signature Toriyama look which is always a plus, especially when compared to character models nowadays that all look like they were drawn to please yaoi fangirls, and everyone has their own distinct style even when they're wearing the same clothes. The hairdos? Holy shit, I think they brought actual salon stylists into the studio and told them to draw the stupidest fucking hair styles they could think of, because on real people this would look absolutely godawful. Luckily for us, what looks dumb on real people fits anime characters perfectly because without the signature outrageous hair this show would probably be boring as hell.
The music? I'm not going to lie to you. It's fucking terrible. I've never heard a worse mix of shitty techno rock in my life. It never stops playing either, even in scenes where there's absolutely no reason for it to be on. From what I understand the Japanese dub and the English dub actually have separate soundtracks, so I'm guessing this has more to do with Funimation being a bunch of faggots than anything else. But seriously, who the hell did you bring in to perform this trash? Trent Reznor? It sounds like someone recorded me taking a shit and then put it to a drum loop they made in 3 minutes in FL Studio 10. I mean, they do an okay job actually pairing the music together with the animation but the music itself just doesn't fit the show. Maybe if this was like, Texhnolyze, or a German porn flick or something then yeah I could see the thought process. But why would you put it in DBZ? It perplexes the shit out of me. Now, as for the OP, that's a whole different beast. Anyone who's heard Rock the Dragon, even just once, will never be able to forget it. This would be great if the song didn't suck complete balls. Now, the in-show music may be outrageously bad, but Rock the Dragon takes "shitty" to another level. Even when I was a kid I thought this song blew. I'm not one to spit on a genuine effort, but I'm sorry, when you played that back to yourselves in the studio after recording it, how could you possibly look at yourselves and go, "that sounds acceptable enough to be released to the public"? How could you listen to DRAGON DRAGON HUMP THE DRAGON DRAGON BALL ZZZZZZZ, even once, and think to yourself, "this is good"? I don't get it. Sure, the ED isn't much to write home about either, but this eclipses everything else in some sort of disgusting tidal wave of mullets and trashy rock music. When I hear this song, my mind doesn't start pumping me up for DBZ, it starts conjuring images of meth labs and trailer parks because that's probably where this song was recorded. Usually when I bring up the OP to guys who saw the show as a kid, they go "aww yeah that song makes me wanna fight somebody." Well, if that happened, not only would you lose, but the guy who mopped your shit would take your wallet and perform some hardcore identity theft on your ass just to spite you for making him listen to such a terrible song.
On a more positive note, the English dub is phenomenal, especially in comparison to the vastly inferior Japanese dub. The English dub makes our heroes sound like a band of courageous warriors fighting gloriously for the good of all man-kind. It's excellent in every way possible. The Japanese dub makes them sound like a bunch of losers going through puberty. It's atrocious and offensive and just thinking about it sends me into a fit of rage, so let's move on.
Now, we all know that DBZ has some of the most classic characters ever seen in anime history, and anyone who disagrees with this scientifically proven fact is a lunatic and a hater. Sure, some DBZ characters are leagues better than others, but you can't legitimately expect every character to be as mindblowingly badass as Hercule Satan or Vegeta or Piccolo. Still, what's great about DBZ is that despite this there's really no outright bad characters in the bunch, even amongst the villains who are kind of assumed to be somewhat shitty. Sure, Frieza was a little pretentious, but it only served to make his inevitable asswhipping that much sweeter. Cell was pompous but he was a menacing motherfucker and that's why he was able to stick around for so long without getting boring. It never got to the point during his saga where you felt like the writers were just keeping him around to fill up airtime (this shit happened all the time in the second season of Gantz), and that's precisely because of his constant transformations. It felt like you were fighting a different enemy each time. Buu is sort of the same way although he wasn't really menacing, he was just creepy. Raditz was just a snaky, slimy motherfucker, and I mean, that doesn't really make him a good character but it makes him a good villain, which is what counts. Good guy-wise, you have Goku who is just, your typical Greek hero. Not only is he the toughest man on Earth, but he's an uncorruptable, pure, genuinely good person who FIGHTS FOR JUSTICE and HATES EVIL. A little boring but it comes with the territory. Then you have Vegeta who is just, the fucking baddest dude ever even though he constantly gets his ass handed to him by everyone. The fact that he turns into a family man by the end of the show but still has the same bombastic attitude, with the same bombastic rivalry with KAKAROT just makes him that much better. By far DBZ's best character. Piccolo is ice-cold and takes absolutely no shit from any man, but he's also a good and righteous person at heart. Gohan is a little whiny, but he develops from this little kid into a full fledged, asskicking machine, and he's only a half saiyan at that. Same goes for Trunks, and being related to Vegeta only makes him that much better. Krillin is somehow a monk and a player at the same time which makes him awesome as fuck. Master Roshi loves porn and just generally does not give a fuck. He is what every man should strive to be in his old age. Hercule is a side-side character but he still deserves special mention for being the most hilarious Ron Jeremy look-a-like ever, and for being the PROUDEST and TOUGHEST fighter Earth has ever seen. Personally, I think he deserves his own series. It would be the most manly shounen anime ever made. Anyway, I think you get the point I'm trying to make by now. DBZ's characters are one of a kind and you'd probably be hard pressed to find one that isn't at least redeemable in some way or another. Sometimes they can be a little inconsistently written (Trunks conquers the shit out of Frieza in like 3 minutes, despite the fact that it took Goku AN ENTIRE SAGA to beat him. What the hell is that about?), but for the most part, this is the reason you will continue to come back to this story.
Still, I can't, in all good conscience, give DBZ a 10. As much as I would like to, a 10 implies that the show in question is practically flawless. Cowboy Bebop deserves a 10. FLCL deserves a 10. Bokurano, Baccano!, NGE, and Outlaw Star all deserve 10s. Big O deserves a 10 but I gave it a 9 for ripping off Flash Gordon in the OP (other than that it's excellent). These are all pinnacles of anime achievement, and each one of them is in some way or another the best at what they try to do. DBZ certainly has elements that deserve 10s. In fact, in retrospect, an 8 is probably too low. Still, I can't ignore some of the gaping flaws this show has, and combine that with an astoundingly bad soundtrack that literally makes my ears cry, and you start losing points pretty fast. This is not to say I don't recommend DBZ. In fact, it's just the opposite. If you don't watch DBZ you might as well just stay in bed all day and start buying products from infomercials because you're already robbing yourself of a beautiful experience---a journey that every man should embark on at least once in his life. However, if you're coming into this show with unrealistic expectations you are going to be disappointed and will probably end up right back here, writing a hate review about how "the story is cliche" and "the fight scenes drag on" instead of enjoying it for what it is, like you should.
Overall? Watch it if you're one of the 3 people on Earth that haven't already. Otherwise, watch it again for that glorious nostalgia.
If anyone knows of Shounen anime Then there is No doubt
anyone would of course heard of Dragon ball Z which I'm obviously sure
most people who are reading this review have and are not hopefully sleeping under a rock.
Its One of the earliest shounen animes along side others. The show itself has probably had
one of the Biggest impact of a shounen anime I've seen in my lifetime growing up besides the likes of attack on titan, Fullmetal Alchemist and Death note and yet till this day
it has many viewers still checking it out. some have finish seeing it, some re watch it, some
if not Loads of people own it or they don't, but they sure as hell know about it already.
This series has its fair share of flaws upon viewing but it also makes up for some of these many moments in the series that are so awesome and unforgettable that in its own right has become an Iconic series in its story along with akira toriyama's art style alone in the world of anime which is why its easily one of my favorite animes and NO, I don't mean that in a Nostalgia kind of way,
Here is my review..
Story - 9
In most Shounen animes the stories tend to have similar concepts of the whole Heroes (Underdogs) Overcomes the powerful Villain scenarios where seeing to do the impossible is very typical of course, but that has always been the trait in many cases whether the protagonist of a show is surrounded by friends or enemies.
DBZ is an Old anime that started off in this trend. It was also influence by a lot of movies,
shounen animes such as saint seiya, other mythological stories and a blend of eastern and
western cultural references from the past.
The world of Dragon ball has a lot of these and so much more to its own universe
even though a lot of its focus is on the fighting since it is a battle shounen anime.
The story mainly centers around our main protagonist Goku and his son Gohan
for some years after the previous series Dragon Ball.
Goku for the remainder of the time has trained to become the strongest warrior he
possibly can be, enough to defeat his enemies and of course to look out for his family however what is unknown to him at this point is his brother that is unknown to him Radditz an evil alien warrior who comes to earth seeking goku out which for the
most part changes the many fate of the characters for the entire series to come.
From the point Radditz meets Goku, He is told about his past and his heritage about being part of a powerful alien tribe known as the Saiyans or Saiya-jins If you prefer
It includes the reason why he is here on earth especially from the original Dragon ball series where goku's own origin at the time was hardly known about and was almost a mystery until now. (pretty much the anime superman's origin story with some differences mainly with goku who actually was sent to destroy everyone on earth not to save it.)
and long story short,
Goku decides to put aside of what he is and from the rest of the series he, his son gohan, along with his friends and new allies in Piccolo, Vegeta, trunks and other characters continue on fighting against those that pose a threat to the earth along with the rest of other civilizations which becomes a Huge order with some ridiculously over the top relentless training that the characters have to take to ascend pass their limits in order to protect their loved ones and the of course the universe.
Basically Its quite a simple story yet some events can change drastically making it to be an overwhelming struggle at an alarming scale even with the exception of the dragonballs.
The story itself is split into different arcs known as sagas each with a different story scenario and different antagonists who have their own agendas.
The villains play a big key role in the development of certain main characters
as well as the story and fights.
Within the setting of this series there are features similar to the original series for starters the fighters can create Chi / Ki to gain incredible surge of immense power and abilities.
Also from a world setting stand point you have Prehistoric Giant creatures, Futuristic technology, the afterlife, Supernatural elements, Different animal species, wishing the dead back to the living, and of course many memorable moments that the characters do in the series that can range from simply epic, to funny, to sad, to stupid, to strange, to Downright bad ass or Just plain evil which can be seen in every arc.
However there are of course minor issues that I do have about the story and that is mainly with the incredibly slow pacing and lack of progression with certain characters of the original series dragon ball.
Not to mention missed opportunities for other story developments and a little inconsistency with the writing within the arcs sometimes where some might get quite slow and repetitive or might have fillers to drag on some episodes here and there,
Frieza not being able to know what 5 minutes of time is also laughable in this case as well.
The Ki powering up which will also leave viewers having to endure these pacing issues unless they have to skip some seconds or minutes ahead,
But then again those were the 80s and 90s with certain animes.
But that being said these are mainly the issues in my opinion that I feel take a long time for any specific build up with this series only because the anime at the time I know was trying to catch up with the manga from time to time when it was broadcasting on TV channels like toonami and other channels back then which is understandable since its also the case for other
shounen animes of late as well.
I've also notice some people tend to think the titled dragon ball referring to obviously the 7 orange magical orbs to grant wishes, tend to hurt and devalue the series mainly because of the insignificance of death most of the time. (which there are)
Now To simply address those who say Death always makes a convincing plot twist for a show to be good, I've notice viewers complaining that in ordered to feel something for characters they need to die in order to give yourself some sense of attachment of feelings towards that specific character or moments if you will? but I'm sorry, Is it just me or as a viewer does that seem kinda strange??
let me explain.
If that is the case then most anime should have their main characters dying left and right to make the story better, to feel some sense of pity to the characters along their path in the story (WRONG.)
The fact is, it doesn't prove anything what so ever yes it can be somewhat important and I can understand if its meant to give some shock value but honestly that sounds very cheap for character development and Plot progression if you ask me, Its already overused nowadays
in a lot of animes without any significance of knowing and enjoying these characters for the most part and yes I haven't forgotten about that little popular quote itself stating
(PEOPLE DIE WHEN THEY ARE KILLED) or even (YOLO) blah blah blah.
But interestingly enough when you think about it the dragon balls is what made that unique prospect within its own series stand out.
Because It gives the characters that much more of an objective to strive in finding the dragon balls when events could go so horribly wrong which a lot of times is the premise and sometimes seems to be the case throughout the series, its also the same for some villains too like for example when vegeta and nappa arrived on earth vegeta told his saiyan compatriot nappa when you destroyed the city that can also ruin our chances of locating the dragon balls
this is true in a sense if they become reckless in finding them.
You see, That is what the original Dragon ball did within its own series,
If all you cared about was seeing how characters die than there is no sense of this series to begin with here. It would only make the journey seem non-existent to a point since these sagas of the series is mainly about the journey and the battle shounen experience.
So think to yourself, is death necessary in all things always?
That is what makes DB/DBZ unique and different in a good way and If that is not your thing well than I'm sure there are plenty of other animes that take up a lot of serious death tolls for the most part and only guarantee you very little insight about the characters before they are pretty much one foot in the grave.
With all that being said, the story is a mix of intense fights, light hearted comedy and
serious moments too along with a sense of sci fi and supernatural elements to it.
From each arc there are some of the most memorable arcs I've seen in shounen animes in general, they may not be as thought provoking as other shows I've seen but it still has these enjoyable merits that for a 1989 -1994 series, it can still hold its ground today in terms of that entertainment.
Characters - 10
Like I said about the main issue I had from before with its story was just the lack of some of the character progression from the original series dragon ball who are mainly on the sideline for the most part and ironically at the same time other characters are really amazingly well written including Vegeta, Gohan, krillin, Trunks, and Piccolo not to mention goku and vegeta who have one of the best rivalries in the shounen genre. even some of the villains like Radditz, Cell, and Frieza etc are done amazingly well.
Sure most of the characters are stereotypes here and there but they are of course shonen characters at the end of the day so what do you expect, it is a battle shounen is it not?
The Characters are easily the main driving force of the show and can easily get the blood boiling and muscles pumped up when it goes to the extreme almost bringing out an inner fighter in you especially when watching it. The characters have some really good interactions with one another and can easily make you have a personal attachment to 1 of them in some way in terms of their personality.
Art - 6
Old series tend to have an outdated look for examples the original Dragon ball, Berserk, Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya, Shadow Skills, Fist of the north star, Yu Yu Hakusho, Slayers etc,
DBZ is no different in that regard.
Its funny because for its generation the art and animation style in its action was actually ahead of its time of the late 80s and are still till this day entertaining to watch since its a mixtures of very long and short fights and are sometimes done sometimes in an excessively dragged out fashion but with a very Fast pace rate where you see characters having hand to hand combats in this sky with a mixture of projectiles, powerful impacts and explosions along with gut wrenching body blows that always seem to intensify the more you watch.
If I had to describe the action it would be like an over the top street fighter meets the Justice league with some supernatural elements here and there.
And yes Of course, the animation is re-used often which is obviously noticeable and sometimes it can be lacking which is a real shame but thanks to Akira toriyama's art it actually has a great distinct look to it like for example some of the features in the environment would start to feel the intensity of the battles including where the locations are, especially details to the characters like the look of cell for example to me is one of the most unique looking design for a villain that I've seen in anime as he undergoes different transformations not to mention Super Saiyan transformations like Super Saiyan 3 Goku which looks freakin BadAss!! and that is saying a lot for the depiction of the other characters in Toriyama's art.
No doubt the animation is the weakest aspect of the show which might turn of some people who are looking into animes with great animation But to be fair for others who are open minded this isn't that much of a big deal though I wouldn't mind for a newly updated animation for this series as much as anyone would for example like what other animes have started to do like Hellsing Ultimate, evangelion rebuilds and the new sailor moon crystal series reboot etc,
If DBZ had new animation such as that chances are this section could easily be a 10!
but for now its only just passable, animation wise speaking it doesn't quite
contend too well with others from other battle shounen series unfortunately but its art is
still pretty decent enough regardless.
Sound - 8
Now Sorry if I'm going on a little rant here, but by chance Have you ever heard anyone debating over what sounds better in the series?
Funimation?, Ocean?, Dub Vs Sub Vs DBZ Kai vs Bruce Faulconer vs other dubs, This that yady Yadda, But For me I'm in the group of I've seen them all and don't really care mainly because
at the end of the day its THE SAME FREAKIN SERIES!!!!!
And possibly most, if not, a Hell of a lot of people know the popular story now
OVER 9000 Times Already!!!!!!!!!
Back on topic, seriously besides that for the record both dub or sub were kinda rough around the edges, its obvious that it could clearly be better however a lot people still like to debate over this which i can understand but I don't see the point as I don't have anything against any voice actors or Voice actresses after all Nobody is perfect and I have already stated that this is an old school anime not to mention at the end of the day It is a matter of preference.
Ether way, if you do watch this anime and you want a more clearer translation i would also recommend watching DBZ Kai for its Translation its not perfect by any means but its a lot more accurate to the manga still.
So the dubs and subs in some areas can be quite debatable I hear, but i feel both do suit
a lot more in a different kind of way, and for the music the openings and closings is ok, a little cheezy at times and can sometimes leave much to be desired. The music for the dub and sub seems to fit well for some of the overall tone of the series as the music blends in well with the action, supernatural themes, sci-fi themes and comedic themes unfolding in this show, at times again it can sound a little repetitive after a while for a series that is 291 episodes long and so i feel the music is fair no matter which version of the show your watching So to me for this category of sound I'd say its pretty decent still, but it could be lot more better.
Enjoyment - 10
I have re watched this anime series more times than any other anime in general and for a series that finished Decades ago and I'm still in my early 20s I still enjoy the build up with its characters, interactions, morals and a Crazy fun story that is very inspirational like its predecessor dragon ball.
It simply feels like family to me and that is more than enough of an enjoyable series with some of the most iconic and memorable moments and fights that I have grown to love about anime in general to date, simple as that.
If you really need to see an old epic action shounen fighting show its definitely worth giving this a shot.
Overall - 8.5
Now I've already stated the positives and negatives towards this without blinding my inner
fan boy to this particular anime. While People might say its overrated like other animes they honestly would have a point, But to others This anime became a gateway to anime in general for a lot of people out there as well as myself back then. Its also a significant template used in other shows to build off on and I couldn't be any more thankful for this as this is one of my personal favorite animes of all time that pave the way for shounen animes and a lot of others in general to take notes and to get out there in the big pond themselves and do justice like many others. I'm not saying Dbz is the best but it has succeeded globally for what its done and its that simple.
Dragon ball / Dragon ball Z has had its influence for so long now and yet still
continues to pass it down for the next generation.
Without a doubt its just like that saiyan goes
''Legends never die''
It is what it is and for the most part if you're still skeptical about this anime do not worry because i know its not meant for everyone. But there is a little something for everyone
as it has different forms of entertainment making it a revolutionary Shounen anime
in its own right.
Other shounen anime Reccomendations -
I'll point you to Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Death note, Fullmetal Alchemist (old and new), Fist of the north star, Saint Seiya, Hajime no Ippo and the Hunter x Hunter series
I started watching Dragonball Z at a very young age and even when I was young I loved it although I didn't know what was going on. I grew up watching the English dub on Cartoon Network and Fell in Love with the Show. Dragonball Z is an Epic Anime with Brilliant Fight scene's and Great Characters.
If you are Looking for a Great Fighting Anime look no further.
I can safely say that Dragonball Z is the King of Fighting Anime.
Dragonball Z is a Fun Anime and also my Favorite!
Dragonball Z is a story about a naive man named Goku trying to be come stronger
but Powerful villains stand in his way and try to take over the world kill him blah blah blah. That is the story in its simplest form.
Now I will review the story. Dragonball Z has Emotional moments, Funny moments,
Really cool fights, Romance and the occasional plot twist.
Dragonball Z story is very enjoyable and will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat or cursing at your TV. The show has allot of Fights and they are Amazing it is what every one wants to see super powerful beings Kicking the Crap into each other.Dragonball Z has quite a bit of Humor as well example: Krillin (not being able to get Girls or getting his but Kicked all the Time) Goku (Food Humor and idiocy)
Vegeta (Goku getting on His nerves).
Although it is My Favorite Anime I will say it does have fillers.
I can safely say not as much as Naruto.
What I liked about the story is the Brilliant fights and it is full of fun Characters.
Dragonball Z art is Good but dated.
I you are planning are planning to watch the series if you are looking for quality I recommend FUNimations new Remastered Box sets. (if you don't mind wide screen).
I will review the sound in two sections Japanese Dub
on the Background Music and the Voice Actors
and then the English Dub.
First I will start with the Background Music.
The Japanese Background music Can fit the scenes very well but it sounds very old like a seventy's cheesy Horror movie. What I like about the Japanese Background music is in some scenes the don't and any background Music whilst FUNimation's sound track have music in Every scene.
What I don't Like about the Japanese music is that it can get very annoying.
I am reviewing FUNimation's Dub and not ocean Dub or any other Dub so this is purely based on Funi's dub.
Funimation's music fits in really well with the Fight scenes and that is what I like about it, because it makes the fights more dramatic and cooler but when there is no fighting I Hate FUNimation's Music Purely because it doesn't fit the scene's well.
FUNimation Has Done a Brilliant Job when choosing their voice actors. Each Character voice suits them really well.
The Characters in Dragonball Z a truly Unique.
You Have Goku The Naive Hero of the Story
Vegeta The short Tempered Bad Ass
Gohan The son of Goku.
The Characters all fall into Place although there are some useless one's and it would not matter if they are there or not. Goku Learns of Vegeta And Vegeta learns of Goku.
They have such Good Characters and they are not your average heroes .
Dragonball Z is a Very Fun series very easy to get into.
Overall I would have to give it a 9/10
Ah yes, Dragon Ball Z, this really takes me back. This series used to be everywhere, there were DBZ lunchboxes, DBZ toys, DBZ VHS sets,& DBZ video games. Well nowadays, it feeds off mostly on video games now, some good(like the Budokai and Tenkaichi series, Burst Limit,& dbz legends), many bad(like Final Bout, Sagas,& Raging Blast). It is widely considered a milestone in anime fandom as it is one of the backthroughs in spreading the art form, along with Pokemon, Akira,& Sailor Moon. It is also(along with the original) inspired many to become artists(including me).
I'll try my best to make this review seem as unbiased
Story- It's not the deepest or well-developed plot in the world, but it does have a plot let I mind you, although looking back it does have it's flaws. The story does move pretty slow but not as exaggarately slow as many make it out to be, the filler isn't completely pointless as it does give us more insight to the plot in some places than the manga though it created several errors like Vegeta's knowledge of Planet Vegeta's demise. Anyways DBZ's storytelling isn't like most anime out there(although it does gets repetitive at times), as it enthesis on action like no other,& the show follows a unqiuely-told yet easy to follow good vs. evil plotline, we see how the Z-warriors rise and fall as heroes, we feel for how they struggles to keep to protect the ones they love from evil,& with enough training and teamwork(moreso the earlier sagas), there no limits to what they achive, so the story is character-driven, but despite all that, I felt some things could have been changed, the Buu Saga is pretty much the only saga that we could have leaved without, & it could have atleast have Gohan being the hero in that saga. The series should have ended at the Frieza or Cell saga as they had great endings as oppossed to the Buu Saga(as much as I enjoyed it) which had a horrible ending.
Art and Animation- DBZ overall looks very good for it's age, the art style and animation is vibrant and colorful, & the characters have the unqiue and well-detailed designs that we were familiar with from the original Dragon Ball(although the style changes through the series and characters become leaner and more muscular). It may recylcle animation frames a lot and sometimes it appears cheap. Overwise, good job, here.
Sound- If you've only seen the dub, you'll be surpised for how they handled the series here, Goku and all the male members of his family are voiced by one person,& it's a female(Masako Nozawa). Most U.S. DBZ fans don't seem to like this version because they feel the voices "don't fit well" , but it takes time to get used to and once you have, you'll realize the voices do fit the characters well, for example, Ryō Horikawa's voice really brings out Vegeta's arrogant and royal personality. The soundtrack also gets my praise because it is composed by a live orchestra and the majority of the vocal music is performed by Hironobu Kageyama . It gets a 9 instead of a 10 because the music is more fitting for the original Dragon Ball and some of the dialogue is unnecessery.
Characters- DBZ has one of the most likable cast in anime history, they may not be as complex as characters from Evangelion and such, but the series is filled with so many memorable characters like Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Goten, Piccolo, Tien, the list goes on. The characters are also really nicely-developed, over the course of the years, the character go throw very subtle changes, they grow up without us noticing it, like how Vegeta's transition from evil to good,& Gohan's from being a wimply little nerd to a seasoned fighter much like his father, the filler also helps to develope the characters. As for the villains, while Vegeta was great as a villain, Frieza was the best since he was very complex,& Impefect Cell is also up there because I liked his sneaky and satistic demeanor.
Enjoyment- Yes I know it isn't the best but it's still one of my favorites, I enjoyed the accompany of a new villain each saga, with some of the best fight scenes in anime history such as Goku vs. Vegeta, Goku and Piccolo vs. Raditz, Goku vs. Ginyu, Goku vs. Android 19, Goku vs. Cell, Gohan vs. Cell, Goku vs. Vegeta(the rematch), Majin Buu vs. Evil Buu,& Vegito vs. Super Buu(Gohan Absorbed), although I'd admit I felt some annoyance to the fight scenes that lasted too long(I.E. Goku vs. Frieza). One thing I like about is that it doesn't take itself to seriously, DBZ also offers handfull of entertaining non-action episodes that also help in keeping the story from getting boring, like the driver test episode, which is the arguably the most memoriable piece of filler in the entire series. DBZ may not have as much humor as the original Dragon Ball, but it still was a lot of humor.
+ Unique good vs. evil plotline
+ Good Art and Animation for the time
+ Good voice-acting
+ Excellent fight scenes
+ Great music
+ Likable and well-defined characters
+ Good humor
- Horrible ending to the series
- Pace can be taxing
It may not be the best of the best, I don't feel it should even be a candidate. Despite all the glaring flaws stated, I highly recommend it.
Dragonball Z, many, like me, grew up watching this dubbed on TV. At the time I though it was the coolest thing to ever grace the television and never missed an episode. I've probably seen most every episode 2-3 times. The story is all about how Goku and friends grow from relative weaklings to the most powerful beings in the Universe. As each new enemy is defeated, another appears, training ensues, baddie defeated. The story isn't that deep, it is your typical good vs evil battle with the whole universe at stake. Much of the plot is focused on friendship and overcoming impossible odds to
defeat the enemy that is currently threatening your life. Although the story is generally repeated, you can't help but get into it each arc.
The artistic talent and quality of production definitely increases over the course of the show; however that is to be expected with a show nearly 300 episodes in length. The backdrops are usually pretty plain with the same hills or trees cropping up all over the place. The cities are often the same with no way of telling one from the other. The work on the characters themselves though is very well done and although a lot of frames are often repeated the fights are usually well done, for the time anyway. Let's not forget that this series started airing in Japan in 1989. It was extremely good for its time and something very unique.
The opening track for the US adaptation of Dragonball Z will likely forever be etched in my mind. Probably the worst opening I have ever seen. Opening aside, the music for the show is reasonably well done and although it is often repeated it isn't to the point of annoying and is alway used to help accent the mood of the current scene. The main reason for giving the Sound a score of 8 is the voice acting. The voice acting for the English dub of Dragonball Z is the best I have ever seen and will likely ever see. I tried re-watching it with a sub but couldn't get past the first episode as soon as I heard the voice used for Goku. This is one of the few shows I will ever say has a better English voice cast than the Japanese. Goku is truly bad...
Most anyone who has ever seen an episode of anything anime related knows of and has seen Dragonball Z. I won't go in depth on each characters, but they are all unique in their own way and usually have a funny side as well as a serious side. This is a side of the show you often don't hear about: the comedy. Although it isn't always prelevent, the comedy is always there to break up a situation. The inclusion of Mr Satan later is an effort to make the show more comedy oriented, but it will always be first and foremost an action adventure show.
I, as a child, spent many hours watching this show and loved it with all my heart. Looking back, after watching many better anime, I can see the many faults of the show, but that won't make it any less memorable. Most definitely not up to the same standards of shows today, but Dragonball Z is a part of my childhood and I will always have fond memories of it.
We have all heard of Dragonball (of Z I mean, noone watched the original), it was a huge name in the 90s, that introduced anime to the rest of the world through the only good dub I've seen today and is responsible for inspiring hundreds of other anime and mangas. So why would anyone hate it?
Well, as was mentioned, Dragonball WAS responsible for many of today's mangas, creating (or at least making famous) various stereotypes that lasted though decades. Some examples of the wonderful stereotypes that Dragonball made norm include: 1)Stupid protagonist in shounen. 2)Evil is stupid. 3)Death
has no meaning. 4)Females are all annoying tsunderes. 5)Overly annoying episode-long training sessions. 6)Abilities explained mid-fight to the opponent (...)7)Transformations (ok that can be done right, but the way dragonball did it, definitely wasn't, with the exception of Buu).7)Overly-Recycled animations.8)Overly predictable plots with the villains smiling evilly and laughing maniacally even when in disguise, reinforcing point 2, but also for some reason actually fooling the "heroes".9)Complete and absolute lack of character development.
I could go on.
As you see, what I truly dislike about Dragonball is the legacy it left behind. Dragonball was an example to be followed by everyone else to be sure, a very, very bad example. Lazy writing, a despicable presentation of females (that finally started to change in shounens thanks to Fairy Tail), brain-dead characters, half-assed animation (I'm looking at you One Piece). Dragonball was in all aspects, definitely something intended for children. "But Dragonball has so much violence!" You don't say. But guess what, freaking Tom and Jerry also has a lot of violence (and with about the same amount of actual deaths as well), yet noone questions Tom and Jerry being a kid's show just because it has violence in it. Violence doesn't make things mature when it has no consequence people. Violence has meaning when it can create PERMANENT damage, physical or emotional. An anime where 2 people make punchbags of each other and 5 minutes later walk it off isn't an anime that should be proud of its violence. If anything it's insulting it.
The funny thing is, now that Dragonball Super is being released, everyone is whining about how bad it is. What really gets me going, is how DB fans complain that it's totally different from what they grew up with. Really? Is that how you feel about it? Because personally, all I see is EXACTLY the same product you grew up with. Now however, you have been exposed to actual "quality", even by accident, and can see DB for what it truly is: Trash.
Dragonball's glory is long gone. With the internet connecting our stupid brains together and forcing us to hear the opinions of others as well, a piece of crap like Dragonball will never reach fame again. Almost all of its descendants have long since surpassed it, learning from the mistakes of their father and not repeating them. Those include Fairy Tail, Bleach and (it saddens me to say it), even Naruto. Today's writers will struggle to produce intelligent plots, intriguing enemies with personalities that go way beyond "bad for the yolo", and actual relationships between the characters, making them sympathetic and memorable. In other words they will do all the things that Dragonball never did, and never will do.
"But then why do I have such fond memories of the original?" For the same reason you have fond memories of Pokemon, Sailor Moon and even Ice T. Because of nostalgia. The number 1 enemy of intelligence and objectivity. Through the spectrum of nostalgia everything seems nice and ideal, since it was a simpler time back then. That's a lie of course. The 90s were just as complex as the 21st century and probably a bit dirtier. YOU however, were younger back then, and as a result STUPIDER, which made you unable to perceive the world correctly. And of course with the years passing and all the bad memories fading away into oblivion, Dragonball, in all its majestic CRAP, becomes in your brain a wonderful sweet memory.
Why is Dragon Ball Z so popular? Is it because of the complex characters? No, is it because of the intriguing story? No, Is it because of the nonstop fighting and crazy hype factor? Hell yes!!!.
Dragonball Z focuses on the fighting and hype aspect of Anime and i can see why as this is where the show truly shines. What Dragonball z sets out to do it does VERY well. The build up to the fights is intense enough but when the show finally brings the likes of Goku and Frieza to have their fight it is truly something amazing and epic. The animation
and music of the show (which were incredible for the time) Only helps to make the fights a crazier ride.
Now while Dragonball Z mainly focuses on the buildup of fights and the fights themselves does this mean it does other things poorly? Most definitely not, The character development while simple at times is done well for a show of this genre as we progressively see characters grow and evolve into characters we never thought they could be. I already mentioned the sound and art and how good they were for the time (just trust me on that one). The last thing to mention would be the story, while the story itself is just there to drive Goku and the others to different fights it does it in a way that gets you even more hype for whats to come as characters work on not only bettering themselves but also others.
Incredible Animation for its time
The hypest damn fights ever
Crazy and unique characters/villains
Character development can be slack (but its a fighting show for gods sake)
Story can sometimes drag with fights that are maybe a bit too long.
If you want a fighting show with plenty of hype and plenty of action this is the one for you. Dragonball Z is one of the best fighting shows out there.
Well, if you've never seen this show, you must have been living under a rock, or a giant turtle, or something. Or maybe you've been living in some kind of strange alternate dimension...
Yeah, it's Dragonball Z. Some crazy anime show. It's been extremely popular in the past. It still has a big following, somewhere, I think. It's spawned like 30 video games. "But is it any good?" you ask. Well I've come here to tell you.
The show spans for almost 300 episodes, and is ultimately drawn out so long that it feels boring and pointless at times. Oftentimes nothing happens in an episode, except for
a bit of powering up, some monologue-ing , and maybe an "exciting" revelation that gives just enough incentive to watch the next episode. (Will Goku survive? Will Piccolo die? Will Krillin stop sucking? Find out next time!) Yeah. However, I do like some of the visual storytelling that goes on when there's no dialog. Reminds me of old spaghetti westerns like The Good, Bad and the Ugly.
There's just enough story to propel the main focus of the anime, which is the fighting. The fighting is where the enjoyment of the show comes in. Who doesn't like to see a couple of over-powered super-beings beating the crap out of each other, and subsequently destroying the surrounding environment? Truly, the fights become epic and extravagant, and are decently entertaining when they build up to one. This is where the 7 enjoyment rating comes from.
The characters are well-designed and are decently well developed. They are generally easy to remember, especially Piccolo. (Yeah, he's green, gruff, and has a soft spot. Now you know everything about him) The world's pretty interesting. It's some kind of future world that is also inhabited by dinosaurs and strange animal-people.
The music is orchestrated, and sounds a bit dated, but fits the scenes and the epic scope of the show. However, there are some awful disco Superfriends style songs that are a bit cringe worthy at times, but overall, it's decent, and more original than most animes.
Overall I give this show a 6 out of 10. It's really nothing profound or meaningful. Purely for entertainment value, I give the show a 8 because of the awesome fight scenes and the memorable characters. Unfortunately, DBZ is in need of some serious editing. It's overlong and lacks satisfying closure. (avoid the terrible spawn, Dragonball GT. It will ruin all love you may gain for Dragonball and Dragonball Z) Watch it if you are a fan of action, martial arts, and shonen melodrama.
...The precursor to series such, as One Piece, Naruto, Bleach and many others...
Dragon Ball one could say can be where a Manga/Anime fan first started their journey into the world of Otaku-Japanese related fandom.
All the tropes of fighting featured in Shonen based series nowadays...Dragon Ball was the one that helped inspired them, providing an edge unlike any other that again helped to give fighting based series the popularity that they have most certainly earned both in and on their very own rights respectively.
Dragon Ball was a Journey into the East from Western perspectives, as alongside Pokemon at the time,
Dragon Ball helped to mold the fighting based Anime series into what they are now and introduce the culture of Anime over the entire world to Western audiences.
Dragon Ball alongside two other Anime franchises which i have honestly not seen in their entirety but have heard also helped mold the fighting genre of Anime-Fist of the North Star and Saint Seiya one could say all together were the original big 3 of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine with the next big 3 in time becoming One Piece, Naruto and Bleach which all more or less were inspired by the aforementioned three before them.
But back to solely Reviewing Dragon Ball, although Dragon Ball itself was a popular franchise at the time of its beginning, it became more well known without a doubt by the time it had reached the second half of its huge story line, otherwise known, as Dragon Ball Z.
Whereas Dragon Ball was more about adventure, Z became more about action, featuring intense battles between heroes and villains, each of them fighting for their own personal reasons or just fighting for the sake of it.
Nevertheless, at the heart of the Dragon Ball story was Son Goku, who one person could say was "the" original Manga/Anime protagonist...Goku represented all the heroic traits: being kind, caring, undoubtedly loyal and faithful to others, always fighting for what he believed is right and standing on the side of good, never letting others use him for evil purposes and especially even more so, never condoning evil.
However, that is not to say Goku is entirely virtuous but more on that later, at the time, Goku was a heroic figure and at the end of the original Dragon Ball he decided to settle down from saving the world like he usually did but by the time Z begins, certain circumstances throw Goku into action once more and now he must save the world yet again from multiple threats alongside both his friends and family.
Goku has fought many times over the series and has gained tremendous strength because of so, sometimes that strength would lead to him being overconfident and arrogant in his ability to contain situations but even still, one way or another, Goku always find a way, as he always does.
Besides Goku are the other characters collectively known, as the Z Fighters, they are the protectors when Goku is around or not and they have become just, as endearing, as he is, perhaps even more so.
Besides the heroes, the villains have been gaining tremendous popularity over the years too, in parts due to their motives and fighting skills, including their special abilities...
The main highlight of Dragon Ball Z is its fighting scenes, they are executed without flaw to such a degree that they could be considered an art in their own right alone.
That does not mean to say Dragon Ball is without a proper story, it begins from humble beginnings to things that progress on epic standards, i would Spoil but that would take the fun out of it for new viewers wouldn't it?
All in all, i personally say now that if a person ever started wanting to watch Anime, they should either start with Dragon Ball or Pokemon to get a good sense of what Anime is like in terms of Shonen based elements.
Without a doubt, Dragon Ball holds a strong legacy within the Manga/Anime community and continues to do so to this very day with multiple spin-offs, films, specials, video games, you name it, Dragon Ball is at the cream of the crop when it comes to fighting based series.
I hope my Review best represented a good side to start watching Dragon Ball maybe.
Like many anime fans that started young and grew up watching anime DBZ was always a favorite of mine. Had this review been written when I was 13 I probably would have given it 10s across the board. However I am not 13 anymore and my tastes in anime have matured over the years. Thus this review is written in the context of a 21 year old near college graduate and one that has a vastly larger collection than my formative years.
Story - 7
Dragon Ball Z follows off years after the end of the Dragon Ball series. As the characters have aged so have their
battles. The scale of the battles have moved on from world threatening disaster to universal destruction. Unfortunately while the story starts strong in the Saiyan Saga the following Sagas continually get more and more drawn out. Like a developing method favoring commercial time than development as popularity of the series increased, each episode tells less and less story and become more and more fillers. Characters powering up turns from a 30 second awe inspiring moment to a 20 minute "ok-get-over-yourself" scene. And it only gets worse throughout the series. Repetitious plot turns also take a couple points off of this score. How many times does it take for a villian to die in DBZ? Essentially no less than 10 times and a good 20-30 episodes. None-the-less the story is indeed epic and is definitely addictive for a good crowd.
Art - 8
In the context of the time that DBZ was drawn the art was very good. Akira has a very distinct style that is easily recognizable and is exceptional. The only thing that brings down this score is repetitious use of particular cells and awkward proportions on the characters during particular scenes.
Sounds - 6
The voice talent for both languages is rough, but not horrible. Nothing about the voices or music will turn you away from the series but nothing will attract you to them.
Character - 8
This score seems to vary greatly on the particular character you are referring to. For example I believe that Goku's growth as a character fits well with the story. Gohan also develops especially well as he learns to cope with his own powers and responsibility to protect his family, friends, and the universe at large. Piccolo's fatherly affections for Gohan reveals the light inside and otherwise corrupted soul. Then there are weak characters, chiefly in Vegeta. Vegeta's character in my opinion does not grow or develop at all. He's a prick from the time he unnecessarily kills one of three of the last Saiyans in existence and he's a prick when he lets every bad guy escape so that they can come back and kick the crap out of him. He gets beaten so badly so often because of his own actions that I would have expected his character to give up fighting forever somewhere mid series. Most supporting characters don't grow at all from the previous episode they are seen in despite sometimes years passing.
Enjoyment - 9
DBZ is a guilty pleasure. Despite the many flaws in the series there is no doubting the enjoyment of the series. I was down right obsessed for a good 2 years of my life and I don't regret. Sometimes I still go back to watch my favorite episodes with a cold beer. You will fall in love with at least one character for whatever reason. Krillin was my hero.
Overall - 7
No doubt about the influence that DBZ has had on the industry. I doubt that series such as Naruto or Bleach would have had a shot without the success of the Dragon Ball series to finance their endless productions.
Before you start reading, please keep in mind that I am a huge Dragon Ball Z fan. So that may influence my opinion a bit.
Dragon Ball Z marked quite a few firsts in its genre. One could almost argue that if it wasn't Dragon Ball Z, anime may not have become what it is today. It started in the 1980's in Japan, but did not reach American TV until the 90's. I remember coming home from school every day as a kid and turning my TV on to Cartoon Network to watch this show. Fast forward ten years later
and I still find a lot of enjoyment in the series, even after watching each episode numerous times.
The story is pretty basic when compared to most mainstream anime these days, but it works so well for this particular show. I guess you could almost compare the main character, Son Goku, to Superman. There seems to be a constant theme of forgiveness and redemption through the show as well, as the viewer as well as the main characters always try to see the good in others rather then the evil. With that said, one could really learn a lot from a show like Dragon Ball Z. In a way, as a kid, it taught me a lot of important morals and values. A lot of the enjoyment value also came from the story. It was so well written and done for an action cartoon that I honestly do have a hard time finding a complaint. I guess if I did have one it would be that torwards the end things start to get a little same-y, but other then that it worked perfect.
The art of the show was also fairly good, but it could have been better. It always seemed like the environments used in many of the battles were re-used. Characters often would fight in the same desert based scenario or the same wilderness one. While detail was added to the art as time went on, it always seemed lacking to me. Even the recent Dragon Ball Z special that came out seemed like the art was a step or two behind its time.
The music and sound really did shine out in DBZ and made up for a few of the downsides in the art department. There were some pretty epic soundtracks that came with this anime and each one really fit the battle taking place. I really liked some of the themes that were associated with the main characters, as it really set the mood for the character's personality.
The characters were very well written, each having his or her own good and bad sides. What was interesting is the way the viewer could see the change in personality in some characters, who would start off evil but later become good. Again, the theme of forgiveness could be seen here and was backed up in one or two main characters. Viewers and fans would also get really attached to some characters, more so then in other animes I know.
To wrap this up, Dragon Ball Z is a great anime and could provide a lot more entertainment then a lot of mainstream action cartoons today. To be honest, I still find DBZ to be a better show then Naruto. Again, the fact I am a huge fan may interfere with that, but when I look it at it from a normal viewers point of view, I still see the same thing. Naruto lost its charm after the first 120 episodes or so and Dragon Ball Z maintained it all the way to the end. If you haven't seen this legendary anime yet, I recommend checking it out. It gets a 9/10 overall.
Dragon Ball Z is one of a kind and there will be no other, even if its created from the same mangaka Akira Toriyama.
It's not plane luck that this anime is known globally and to all ages. Like Dragon Ball which was prior to Z, it is one of the most mainstream anime shows the past 20 years now and keeps going even today.
The story continues from the Dragon Ball series where Goku beats Piccolo and finally brings peace to Earth.
He has finally made family with Chi-Chi and lives a normal life enjoying sparring at the forests near his
house and playing with his son Gohan (named from his grandfather). Everything goes well until the time Raditz arrives to Earth and claims that Goku is Kakkarot his younger brother and thus a saiyan sent to Earth in order to destroy the planet!
All that I can say is that the story is fucking amazing and I really love the contrast between Goku's real identity and his personality which is good and saves people instead of killing.
The art is the "old fashioned" way really drawn with hands and the details are easily visible to the eyes. You will be able to see blood too, cut hands, legs or even heads. It's really gory and somewhat reallistic, if we compare the art to the anime shows nowadays. I give it 10/10 because it is original, realistic and there are many drawing details !
If you hear the opening you can easily put 10/10 for the music and sound effects. Specialy the opening song is so characteristic that even Greek or African ppl who leave to a completely different country can recognise the anime and say "Ohh this is Goku from Dragon Ball Z!". I think this is very hard and special to acheive and needs many years to develope. I can say no more for the sound effects! Just go to youtube and search "Dragon Ball Z going super saiyan". Pay attention to the sound effects and you will be quickly amazed!
The overall enjoyment is at the highest level for me and really I cannot wait to watch this anime again and again and show it to my children as well!
I think this anime is one of the first few that created these action adventure shows we watch nowadays and we should respect the creators for the awesome childhood they made for us !
Ok, so I already did a DBGT review and I had strong opinions on why it isn't as bad as everyone says. Now it's time for my DBZ review and warning to all DBZ lovers I am going to trash on it... Just kidding, isn't that impossible?? DBZ has been known as the greatest anime and although I find that inaccurate it is definitively in the top five and the most influential anime of all time.
Story- I really wanted to give it a 10 across the board, but I just couldn't. Most of you who are reading this have probably seen DBZ or know
what happens in it. If you haven't seen it yet... let me tell you... the story is near close to perfect. To me everything is paced very well except for two arcs. The Ginyu force arc dragged on for way too long and it was getting extremely difficult for me to watch the whole arc the first time I saw the series. Also, the Buu arc. I love the last season, it's my favorite. But holy damn there is only so much I can take of the same guy regenerating constantly. I do not know why it dragged like that but in the end it doesn't kill the story. Also as a warning to anyone that hasn't seen it, there is filler in the show, but it aint like Naruto filler that lasts for 15000 episodes (obvious exaggeration) it's short and quick and actually entertaining. The story of an underdog never gets old nor does the fight for peace. It's truly a great story with very little problems.
Art- I have no problem with the art. It suits the whole show. And the way the attacks are and the fight scenes and energy attacks you can tell that the staff put hard time into making a masterpiece.
Sound- The tracks are so amazing in this show. You could easily buy a OST and listen to it in your house or in car and hum along to perfectly written pieces of music. The openings are really good and catchy. The second ending "Angel" is one of the best ending songs I have ever heard from an anime ever! And the Dubbing of DBZ is one of the best dubbing I have ever heard. There are only three anime where I can say that the Dub is better than the Sub.
Character- Even if you haven't seen the show, everyone knows the story of Goku and his friends. The cast of characters work so well with each other there is so much character development and personal attachments that a viewer can have with these characters making it a masterpiece. The villains make the experience even better. The villains are so powerful and have the most evil of natures compared to most anime that you love to hate them. I always said, the true way to make a story work is to not have the best good guy but the best villain. I'm sure that I am not alone on that saying.
So... DBZ. A lot of characters to love, plenty of villains to hate; a pretty decent pacing with the story, amazing fights and awesome sound and art. It's hard to argue with all the DBZ lovers because the show is that damn good. Personally, it is my 3rd favorite anime. The only two that are better IMO are FMA: Brotherhood and Yu Yu Hakusho. If you haven't seen DBZ and are reading this review, trust me and the general population, WATCH IT! If you have already seen it and are reading this review... WATCH IT AGAIN!! Now excuse me while I go Super Saiyan.
DBZ is bad. It's actually very much to shonen what Final Fantasy 7 is to JRPG. It's origin of the Bad, the birth of it, the Genesis of modern shonen shit. It is to Nekketsu what SAO is to Isekai, the biggest and most recognisable of them all, and also the one that carries all its flaws.
Like Naruto, like Bleach, like One Piece(and I really like One Piece), like Mc Donalds food, there is a general trend with Life that when a lot of people like
something, it's probably shit. Not because "it sold out", although that's usually there too, but simply because when you call upon the lowest common denominator, you usually appeal to everyone - and also suck.
To be absolutely fair, I read the manga to the end and watched numerous hours of the anime, but not all of it. Still, knowing the story and knowing what the anime's like, I feel like I can judge the anime as a whole without having tortured myself with watching it all.
Still, before I get to the meat of why DBZ is shit, I'll break it down into three aspects:
- The fights (the technical standpoint, in other words just "how are the fights")
- The battles (from a character standpoint, in other words "why are the fights")
- The general style of Toriyama as a writer and as an artist.
I usually break down into the MAL points of story, art etc, but I don't think it's very pertinent here. Story keeps getting worse, Art is Toriyama with the Toriyama Faces and the Toriyama Haircuts that are in every Toriyama Game and every Toriyama manga, sound is alright when it comes to music (delicious SSJ3 theme), voice acting...not so much sometimes, characters are alright, rarely good though, and it's enjoyable, if you're stupid and haven't gargled on years of shonens already.
Overall, the result is really really poor.
And since that conclusion has no relationship to the earlier points, that's why I'm doing another breakdown.
Father of all Fighter Shonens and Patriarch of the Modern Nekketsus, thine fights are pure shit. Technically speaking.
Looking at any battle in the DBZ manga or anime, one thing should immediately strike you if you're used to this style: it has near to absolutely no technicality. By which I mean there is just no techniques. Fights aren't won by outsmarting the enemy, tricking him, using a special technique that surprises him, or overcoming his defenses in any way. Well to be fair that does happen in one fight, the Vegeta fight, which I consider to be the last true Dragon Ball fight there is. Everything else is DBZ.
So if DBZ doesn't care for techniques, how are fights made? Simple: by power level.
"My numbers are bigger than yours."
Now by itself, that sounds pretty boring. It's just the start.
While the whole number thing during the Vegeta and Freeza arcs are reaaaaaaally boring and have the same impact as the midichlorians in Star Wars 1 (making the Force leave the mystical realm and enter a stupid pseudoscience realm that kills the purpose of a magical super-physical force), they at least respect a certain degree of sense. There is logic in them, even if the whole "my numbers are bigger than yours" is really, REALLY poor.
But then, in the later arcs, the whole power level thing, which by then isn't represented by scouters or calculators but by Super Saiyan level, reaches an absolutely retarded degree.
Here's my main gripe with it.
When you say "THE LEGENDARY SUPAH SAYAEN" to Freeza, and you say he's the mightiest in the Universe.
And then you pull out a SUPAH SAYEEN TSU.
And then you pull a SUPRA SYEAHEAN SREEE.
And later on, a 4 and a Blue and a what the hell ever, then that's called changing the rules when they don't suit you anymore. Which denotes lack of vision and lack of respect for your own world rules, which in turn destroys the validity of the world which you've set up.
So the power levels end up being inconsequential because power and saiyan levels will just be broken time and time and time again anyway. And they're also the only real defining element of your fights winners and losers...that means that you basically don't have rules. Whenever you want a fight to look hard, just have your player get beaten hard by the villain, and have all the nekketsu friends/supporters/arena cleaners scream OH NO, FREEZA/CELL/BUU IS SO STRONG! And when it's time to finish that fight, have your hero have a monologue, or see something bad (like Krillin getting blasted) or just DBZ's ultimate bullshit technique, have him be beaten to a pulp which if he's Saiyen means he immediately gets a huge powerup, and then fight the villain again and win!
Except you won't win, because then Cell will get his new form, or Buu will eat something or spit something, or Freeza will get from form 1 to 2, to 3, to 4, to Cyborg, to Golden Freeza, to whatever suits you to make the fight last, and then your heroes will reach a new level of Saiyan or craaaaaaap, I think my point is made.
This complete lack of technical effort or even base cleverness is atrocious. Even in the fights themselves, there's no martial arts strikes or positions, it's two idiots, usually levitating in midair, which is REALLY CONVENIENT to think new positions and new forms of fighting, but it's two idiots looking at each other punching each other in the chest until one of them gets blasted and finds his IT'S NOT EVEN MY FINAL FOOOOOORM card in his landing hole.
It's just atrocious as hell. To be fair, I didn't even like Dragon Ball that much, but DB had merit in creativity sometimes, even if it shared its problems with DBZ, it at least tried to create interesting situations, the fight with Tenshinhan comes to mind, where the ending was surprising. DBZ wallows in that swamp of mediocrity with the power levels or saiyan levels where everything is just about making a bigger freaking energy laser. There is no technique growth, no new styles, nothing, just get beaten more, lift more weights, do more pushups till you can reach Ultra Maximum Over Saiyan ++ ² Blue With Spiky Ass Hair.
But most shonens aren't about the fights technically, they're about the reasons behind the fights. Everyone has some kind of villainous reason to be a villain, everyone of the heroes has a virtous reason to be virtous.
DBZ cast: please state your reasons.
Goku : I like fighting!
Gohan : Well uh dad likes fighting so I guess I have to too.
Tenshinhan, Bulma, Yamcha, Krillin, and all the gang: Well err I guess they want to destroy the Earth and we kinda live here.
Vegeta : It is my race's duty and pride to trample our enemies!
Piccolo : I like Gohan, he's the son I never had.
So excluding the growing gang of sidekicks that have been pretty useless since Dragon Ball ended, we have : I like to fight, I have to cause dad, and two characters with actual freaking reasons that don't come from "we have to" or "I just like it man".
As for the villains:
Freeza : I am evil and love to conquer and kill. Also, I snark. Hin hin.
Cell : I am evil and was programmed to kill. Also, I snark. Mmmh mmh.
Buu: My master is evil and I was created to kill. Also, I eat. Nom nom
I mean really.
That's it. That's what people worship. What the hell is wrong with simple characters with clear motivations? Nothing really, except what I said earlier about how to appeal to most people: you go for the lowest common denominator! Every good guy is good because he has no choice, or because he likes it. The two exceptions of Vegeta and Piccolo are laudable and I do appreciate them a lot, but that does not excuse an entire cast of generic "no choice but to do it!" characters.
As for the villains it's even worse! They're literally anime villains in the worst sense: evil because they are, killing and hurting because it's fun. By rule, the hero should be admirable and the villain should be enjoyable. You should want the hero to win, but enjoy everything the villain does and think "oh boy, I wish I could do that too!".
But with these pathetic excuses for characters, there is no ideological fight, or even an emotional fight. It's a good guy who's good who gets beaten by a bad guy who's bad, until he reaches his next step of power level then he wins until a new villain or new form comes up. I know DBZ is the basis of modern nekketsu, I know it's normal to find that in the basis of Nekketsu, but does it have to be the ONLY THING that the battles have? There's nothing here! Nothing! I'm just baffled that people still praise this today! I mean if you watched this when you were 8, sure, of course at 8 you'd praise this schlock, but by now the fad really should've died out and under the fog of undeserved praise the drooling fanboys made, you should see the real thing: a fighting anime with bad fights, with unstable world rules, with no real value in the fights because it's just good guys being good and bad guys being bad. It's the most generic of the generic to the point that it's utterly boring.
And lastly I think the Toriyama part has to be also targeted. Toriyama is a lazy mangaka. He goes for the easy route and doesn't really care. Things like "I made the Super Saiyan Blonde because I was too lazy to draw it black" come to mind, but even beyond that, the guy has problems.
As I said about the fighting, nothing has consequences because no matter how beaten a hero is, a god, a super god, a super super god, a super super super god, or a senzu bean, will come save them. The fights are pointless because nothing has consequences.
The whole rules about power or saiyan levels also don't mean a thing because out of nowhere a new level, form, or whatever will shuffle the chess pieces again.
And if you look at it in detail, whether it's in time travel, power level, character motivations (Vegeta and his desire to be the Saiyan Emperor come to mind), nothing EVER has any consequences. Time travel ultimately don't mean much, they could rewrite all of History, kill Cell or the Androids before they're born, but they just make sure that the fights can happen as planned without Goku dying. Character motivations with Vegeta being incredibly arrogant and ambitious mean nothing because ultimately it's always down to the guys having to band together to defeat the villains.
There is no choice that matters, no moment that cannot be undone.
After the Cell arc, Toriyama wanted to kill off Goku for good, and for Gohan to become the new MC. He wanted a new age for DBZ, a new history. The fans rejected that so bad his editor forced him to bring back Goku again.
I don't blame him for his editor or his fans. But the fact that he could even do that in the first place after numerous layers of reasons as to why he couldn't do it, is proof in itself that he built a completely inconsequential world with inconsequential rules.
And a story without consequences is boring. DBZ is boring. DB was boring. Never in DB, or anything Toriyama, did I ever feel like stakes were high. Because no matter what, the man never wants to engage himself. He stays in the comfort zone of breaking his own rules when it suits him, never needing vision of what he's gonna have to do.
It's a lazy mangaka with lazy writing techniques to never commit to any story, which makes it all feel fake. It's also a lazy artist with always the same faces every time. Dragon Ball suffered a lot from it. It had creativity, and some value, and was certainly fun. Toriyama also has this unpleasant, and yet very popular, inbetween chairs mix of comedy and fighting.
You can be tremendously funny and very serious in your fights. Slam Dunk or One Punch Man are solid examples of that. One Piece is also a solid example of how to not do that: in OP, the funny/silly definitely overtakes the serious, and that brings the fights' stakes down to the pits.
Toriyama in DB and DBZ cannot stop being silly. He cannot stop having the lighthearted, consequence free brand of Toriyama silly. He can't just take it seriously for once. Maybe very rarely, when Goku goes Super for the first time, you might think shit hit the fan and now we're into the realm of Real Stuff.
But soon after, Goku will go "meh, boring" and try to leave. All hard emotions and serious stakes, avenging Krillin, saving the Universe, meh that stuff's too heavy to be funny, so let's drop it. Freeza won't even have to be killed by Goku, that'd be too heavy too, it'd have consequences, Goku would be a killer and not the fun monkey anymore, Toriyama doesn't want that...so he just lets Freeza kill himself with a Kienzan.
Sure, it looks like a self-inflicted lesson about violence. But at the same time, it only happens because Toriyama doesn't want to carry the weight of Goku being a killer. Just like he doesn't want Vegeta, the self-proclaimed Napoleon of Space, Ruler of a race of Space Warriors, Agressive and Violent Man D'Elite, actually doing anything violent. So Vegeta doesn't really kill anyone after he comes to Goku's side. He never really betrays despite his numerous outbursts against Goku and for his own titles and destiny. That would mean consequences. Even with the whole Fusion business with Buu, he fuses. Vegeta, the proudest being in the universe, fuses an eternal fusion that means he will never be himself again and will be stradled with Goku forever. A dire, definite and tremendous choice with consequences that last a WHOLE 10 MINUTES.
I could cite the entire anime for its insane amount of bullshit to avoid consequences, but I think my point is made.
Toriyama hates responsibilities. So his characters remain shallow and consequenceless, despite their claims. The fights are consequence-free, since you can just pull a new form or power level out your butt.
And I wouldn't be so bothered by this crap if it weren't for the origin of it: laziness. DBZ is very very lazy. It's not a creative choice, it's just a man who's naturally lazy and doesn't want to bother with risks or choices or difficult things, so it's all about yelling a lot, power levels and new forms, and never doing anything that would actually mean something and make this anime NOT FUCKING SHIT.
There. If you've actually read this rant all the way here, I'm sorry I pissed all over. But I'm not sorry for saying this is very bad and Toriyama is very bad too.
Oh and there's more to say but those are the really important ones, the rest doesn't matter. I guess the story matters, it keeps getting worse because it's always the same stuff repeated with slight alterations every time, but really that's every nekketsu.
Overall: 2 : I can't watch it without feeling like I'd need to be 7 to appreciate it at all. By 10 years old I'd drop it.
This anime is bad, and you should feel bad if you're one of those who enable new animes or mangas to be just as bad.
Grown up watching this epic anime. Dragon Ball at first seem a cut-throat battle of the warriors from cosmos working desperately on their martial arts skills to prove their superiority. But deep in it, lies some of the most important lessons you can learn as a human. Main character Goku faces warriors like Raditz, Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Buu etc. You can easily see the increasing ability of these opponents. Each time he faces an opponent stronger than any of his previous opponents. He doesn't get intimidated by this. Instead his incredible enthusiasm to fight with the best and pushing his limits in order to match
the powerful opponent is remarkable.
And his top-notch skills doesn't make him arrogant and keep him reachable to his friends and family.
Vegeta couldn't get the fact that Goku despite being a low-class saiyan warrior, how could he surpass him. It teaches that no matter how much potential you have, you need to work hard to become the best. There are no such a thing like "low-class" or "high-class" warrior but just a strong will to work hard to become the best. It applies to humans like us too.
Vegeta at first seems a proud vain prince of the saiyans. His transformation from one of the ruthless villains to one of the heroes is extraordinary. But, what I admire most of him is one of his quality. He never give up on losing competition from his Kakarot. He thinks that he is the prince of the saiyans and getting the Super Saiyan status was his Birth-Right. But Goku surpassing him on every moment doesn't discourage him. Instead he has a strong will to surpass Kakarot one day to prove himself the strongest saiyan warrior. This teaches us as humans that no matterhow strong our competition is, we should work on our strengths to improve ourselves. Competition is healthy if it improves one's abilities. This quote by him portrays his strong will :-
"Fine, Kakarot, you are the mightiest Saiyan, I've admitted that much. At least for now. But don't you dare think that this is over. I won't let you keep me in second place forever, feeding on the scraps of your glory. I will surpass you, and even then I'll keep pushing, I'll surpass every single warrior in the Universe. I won't stop until I'm the ultimate number one. "
This shows the top-class competition to reach the top and respect for friendship. I wish I could have learn these qualities from Goku and Vegeta. Dragon Ball is simply one of the most motivational anime for me.
this was the first anime and manga i ever got addicted to or watched i highly recomend it to a fighting maniac plus the characters are very loveable and there is a character for neraly ever kind of personality the is quite a few of twists and turns this is the best out off the 3 (Dragonball,Dragonball Z,Dragonball GT,)
The story is basic revolved around the main character Goku a sayian sent to destroy earth (also for a breif time Gokus son Gohan) it is full of interesting twists and alot of amusing characters and events unlike the Dragonball in is not mainly revolved around
the world tounments but more to Gokus heratege and aliens from space it will keep u at the end of ur seats note there isent much romance for people how like it no kissing or as such is seen but there is alot of relasionships.
The grafics arnt the best at first but as it progress it gets a lot better but the attacks like the kamkamha wave are great.
the sound is great the voices all are unique which give it great effect to the anime itself not to metchin the battle music and attacks are fantastic
my favorite part ther are all unique and are very funny my favorite is Gohan they all have different backgrounds which make the very interesting some are easier to fegure out than others.
even to this day it is one of my animes to this day it is funny action pack and will keep you entertained for hours
it is overall one of my favorite animes and one of my highest recommeneded
This is my favourite out of Dragoball / Z / GT, Dragonball Z was the first one I could get ahold of, so for me, watching Dragonball was like watching Star wars the originals then phantom menace etc came out years later.
Story is good, drags out a little but good if you get into it, you will be disappointed the episodes come to an end. Although the same thing happens, bad guy comes, people defend, the fight sequences and opponents are mostly unique to their powers and reasons to wanting to conquer Earth. This pretty much keeps it unique.
The animation is pretty good, can't fault
it to the most part, animation not as good as GT but it's still pretty good.
The sound is good, I liked it at the most. Music came in at the right time, the opening theme changed with the Saga's which I liked, really portrayed the anime as action packed.
Good characters, advancing on the same idea as Dragonball with a bit more kick and intensity. few more kick ass characters with varying personalities. Many characters have their personalities develop slightly though out the anime too, although this is arguable when compared to deeper anime.
I really enjoyed this especially the Freiza (if that's spelled correct) and Cell Saga's. Very re-watchable.
Overall, a good anime, it's action packed with a decent story, varying characters with various different flaws, few suprises and twists which should keep you interested. Not as detailed as the manga but it's still an overall great anime.
Ahhh, DBZ, a masterpiece of an anime! I still get so much nostalgia when I watch it. I'm going to try to keep this brief, since it isn't the deepest show or anything. Also it will be spoiler free. This was also my first BIG anime. I didn't think any anime was better. I was wrong. But that doesn't mean that I don't still love it. It will always be close to my heart. It is a masterpiece, after all!
This is the weakest aspect of the anime, in my opinion. The story is good, sharing roots with Superman's origin story. I'm also including the
length of the show into this category, and it is very long. I'll go ahead and say that I haven't seen EVERY episode, but I've seen all of the major and a lot of the minor fights, and I know enough of the story to get by, obviously. Part of the problem is, deaths don't really mean anything in this show, unless it's a villain. And even then... It still doesn't mean much. Villains have a way of coming back from the dead. If a protagonist dies, they can just get wished back with the Dragon Balls. On top of all of that, there are some plot holes, confusing moments, and continuity errors, which definitely take away from the show. But it mostly has to do with the fact that it's so long. There are a lot of complicated and unnecessary transformations, too, which is also confusing.
The art style is nice. It has pretty colors and is nice to look at, but it isn't anything groundbreaking. The other problem is that a lot of things are looped, for example you will notice that stones flying past characters' faces are just the same stones in the same spot over and over, with the same wind effect. Smoke and dust are also too perfect. They are symmetrical. So it's a bit annoying, but it's not THAT big of a deal. This also probably has to do with the length of the show.
The soundtrack is amazing, if you are looking at the dub. Bruce Faulconer did an unbelievable job with this. Also both the subs and dubs are awesome. But the Ocean Dub is hilariously bad. So don't watch that one.
DBZ is riddled with so many lovable characters that all the fans love. They are extremely powerful, too. The villains are also awesome. There will be some very sad moments that will make you want to cry, too. A lot of characters are exceptionally funny, too. Also, important note: The Dragon Ball Franchise has so many INCREDIBLE characters, that it's one of the few anime that I find almost impossible to pick a favorite character. Seriously, all characters are pretty much on par with each other, which I think is really neat.
Definitely the strongest aspect of this show. The epic fights, music, and the struggles of our favorite characters is what captivates our attention. It isn't the story. Fans can just ignore all of the things that don't really make too much sense, or are hard to understand or anything. They can just sit back and watch DBZ and have a blast. It's just something that you watch. Not something that you try to pick apart all of the psychological elements or anything.
Originally, I had this and Super as a 9 on MAL. I change my mind. It gets a 10, even though there's quite a bit of problems with it! Firstly, it's really damn long! XD And the mistakes that ARE made in DBZ, are actually pretty comical! Somebody asked Akira Toriyama why Trunks and Goten don't have tails. His response? "Uhhh... They got them removed at birth." He totally forgot that they were supposed to have tails. XD Also, it's hilarious how Frieza says that Namek only has 5 minutes to explode, but yet Goku and Frieza fight for about 2 more hours! Anyway, it might be a bit hard to get into at first, but once you do, you'll most likely fall in love with it. Goku has even become an icon. This is also the only anime that's really long that I'll watch. I never was able to get into Naruto, One Peace, Bleach, and had never even heard of Gintama. So with anime this long, it's either a hit or a miss. And it depends on how much time you want to spend on it. Anyway, that pretty much sums up my review. DBZ in a nutshell.
I really rate it 10/10 in all categories. IT was just a masterpiece, especially for its time. The story is debateable, but the art, sound, character, enjoyment was flawless without contest.
The art was amazing, it was so interesting and the fighting scenes got me hooked.
Lot of people complain about the sound/music in DBZ sounding too "old" and preferred the american bruce falconer versions. I disagree STRONGLY. I felt the original sound and music fit PERFECTLY, there's no words to describe it. Every theme was amazing.
This is one of the things that made DBZ one of the most memorable and watched series, the characters. Just
how unique can they be? I can picture goku, vegeta, krilling, piccolo OR any of the character 10 years after watching the show and still remember them perfectly. If that's not a masterpiece, i don't know what is! Generic and bland characters is something that is overwhelming nowadays in animes. Every character tend to look/act like the one before, the uniqueness is out the window.
Boy did i enjoy it as a kid. I remember being able to watch only 10 minutes of it in the morning before going to school and finishing the last portion of it on the later re-run, that's how enjoyable it was!
This is hands down THE best fighting/action series with naruto at a close second. It is NOT a deep anime like Elfen Lied or Evangelion, so don't expect psychological thrillers. DBZ is all about the "cool" factor.