Dragon Ball Z

Title:Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball Z
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Notables: FURUKAWA Toshio
R1 License - FUNimation
TSURU Hiromi
After his adventures (as told in Dragon Ball), Goku and his friends have settled down and are living a peaceful life. Goku even got married and now has a son, Gohan. But the peace was not meant to be. An alien appears, declares his intent to destroy the Earth and makes another incredible statement; that he is Goku's older brother! And so the battle to save Earth begins.
291 TV episodes. Animation by Toei Animation.

1:48min Series Opening - YouTube Video
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Avoid 5 5 7 6 5 3 Ggultra2764 [series:424#1552]
The Pros: At the start of the series, Dragon Ball Z starts off solid enough as the series takes on some sci-fi elements in contrast to Dragon Ball’s fantasy and comedic elements. The series finally explores the mysterious past of Goku as the end of Dragon Ball left his origins unclear. There is also more depth given to Kami and Piccolo as they also have hidden pasts that they never knew about. In terms of animation, the character designs have a well-polished look, which is more polished as the series progresses.

The Cons: Even with the few positives of the series, it has enough problems that outweigh the positives. Beyond the show’s Frieza saga, there was really not much else of a reason for the show to keep airing. The later sagas in the series were just an excuse for Toei and Akira Toriyama to milk out as much popularity and money as they could out of the series. The show has a bad habit of having its heroes and villains keep getting ridiculously stronger and even when battered or near death, they will unbelievably keep fighting. The show later starts to devote more focus towards the action of the series than giving some depth to the characters. Speaking of the action, Dragon Ball Z’s fight scenes are the most scaled-out of any anime one could come across, as these scenes will test the limits of one’s own viewing tolerance. Battles between two characters can last for about a dozen episodes at a time. The action scenes are not that well animated either as the ridiculous length of the series made the animators resort enough times to reusing animation frames to save up on the animation budget.

Facts on the Series:

-Based on the long-running manga series created by Akira Toriyama, which is licensed and printed in America’s Shonen Jump magazine.

-The series proved to be one of Toonami’s most popular anime titles with fans as it served as both Toonami and Funimation’s flagship series during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Last updated Saturday, January 05 2008. Created Saturday, January 05 2008.
Buy 6 8 9 9 10 Lordcloudstrife [series:424#2553]
A great series, however its a bit of a like or hate show. I love it. It has action,romance (kind of), and a great story. It is my favorite out of all of the Dragon ball shows, also everything is just right. Not too serious and not to stupid. It also has great specials, for example the amazing Fusion Reborn and the awesome Android 13 movie. The characters are filled with personality and they also can be funny. Trunks and Goten for example have a cool immature personality. Overall this is a great anime and it should not be missed.

Last updated Friday, April 20 2007. Created Friday, April 20 2007.
Rent Ivar O [series:424#2525]
I rated it as a rent, but i bought it my self fully knowing what this series is about since iv seen it on Tv before, years ago,,(theres no chance in hell that in the near future there will be any anime rent stores in and or around Estonia)

Its action packed, with great anime quality to back it up. If you are tring to forget that you got a D on you'r math test than it's a must see, you'll instantly get hypnotised by the pretty flashing lights and b4 u know it u'v wached the entire series. It doesnt have any real flaws in it. Might get tedious and repetative at times, but theres a great solution for that,, if ur watching it on dvd, FF(fastfoward).

Drama 1/5 (how can there be any since it's a childrens show where you know the hero never dies, or atleast he, she, they, will be revieved in time.)

Romance 2/5 (Some (Wont spoil - look forwad to it.)

Comedy 4/5 (I just love that guy who lives in the otherworld on that tiny planet.)

Action 4/5 (This entire series is based on fighting, yes tonn's of it.)

Ecchi 0/5 (If u like guys without shirt's)

(By writeing this review i have lost my Review Virginity) (sry for any grammar or vocabulary issues,im not native eng.)

Last updated Tuesday, April 03 2007. Created Tuesday, April 03 2007.
Buy Violet D [series:424#1393]
Have you noticed they all kind of look alike. Talk about family resemblence. Anyway they have some of the episodes on cartoon network at 11:30 PM. It is an older one and occasionally I might watch it. If you have a collection of anime like I do. My suggestion would be you might want to buy this one. It would be nice if they brought Sailor Moon back on TV like Dragon Ball Z but maybe someday.

Last updated Thursday, June 23 2005. Created Thursday, June 23 2005.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 manganime [series:424#1633]
I think it's the best thing on t.v.....ever!
The animation does vary so the 10 I gave it is not steady.
I watch this over and over again. It truly is a classic which there is no denying even if you hate it.
I recommend it to those who love action-packed anime with fights that just last hours. I found it had a lot of suspense which made it that much better to watch for the first time. (MILD SPOILER) And I luved the way bad-guys kept comin back after the Z fighters thought they were gone.
However I do understand why people do not like it as it's not for everyone.

EDIT: I wrote the above review many years ago and it is quite badly written and bit over the top with the ratings, although I still agree with most of it since DBZ remains my favourite anime of all time after over 10 years of being an otaku. It may be due to nostalgia factors since it is one of the primary shows that got me into anime but I can understand why people may dislike it. If I never saw DBZ before and I saw it from fresh now, who knows, I may have hated it as it could seem outdated without edge or anything special. Either way, you have to respect what it has done for anime and future generations as it is your archtypal martial arts action shounen. I wonder, how would big players like Naruto, Bleach and One Piece stand if DBZ never exsisted?

As somebody above mentioned, it is usually a case of either you love it or hate it and I for one love it and always will. For newer fans however, I would be more inclined to recommend DragonBall Kai instead since it is a edited down version and gets to the point quicker. But you will still need to watch DBZ if you want to see the Buu saga or just experience the whole thing.

Last updated Monday, July 11 2011. Created Thursday, October 14 2004.
Buy 8 6 6 2 3 1 Bardock [series:424#1231]
Okayso it isn't the best Animes, It's still one of my favorites. the best saga though is the Sayen Saga, which there is more knowing what happened between the four years after the world tournament that ended Dragon Ball. Although the first and last few saga's are funny, the rest are just stupid. (Freiza,Androids,Cell,Cell games). also the battles are dragged out to be extremely long and boring, and the worst part is the coolest charector "Vegeta" is a wimp at the end! tsk tsk.

Last updated Friday, February 20 2004. Created Friday, February 20 2004.
Avoid 7 7 6 2 1 Tom [series:424#1086]
I think I heard Vegeta say-
"I will fight you Kakarot, but first I want to talk about power, which proves that I am a totally one dimensional character who does twenty minute power-screams and has a receding hair line."
I liked the first saga, or at least up until the fight with Vegeta. They actually did more than just fight (every fight in DBZ is just an energy blast followed by really quick exchanges then that double handed smash on someones head and even more energy blasts).

Last updated Monday, December 01 2003. Created Monday, December 01 2003.
Buy Dunpeal [series:424#946]
What can I say? I'm hooked... I admit it...ha ha ha.
I gave it a buy only because I really like Vegeta. He reminds me of me when I'm having a bad day.

Last updated Wednesday, September 03 2003. Created Wednesday, September 03 2003.
Rent 7 7 7 4 7 6 Miss Cleo [series:424#861]
Dragonball Z has a special place in my heart because it was the first anime that I got hooked on. Granted it's not the best anime out there, but I still love it anyway. I love that there are so many tough characters, and the whole Super Saiyan story line is pretty cool too.
I have almost every episode and some of them are awesome, but sadly some of them are just fillers to stretch a series out. I would have to say that
is my biggest complaint about DBZ the fact that there are just too many episodes!!!! Alot of the fights could have been finished in 1 or 2 epsiodes intead of 20.
If there weren't so many episodes I would probably have rated this a buy. But gees you'd spend a small fortune (like me)trying to get all of them.
Too bad the human fighters seemed to have been forgotten in the later episodes because I always thought Tien was a cool character. I think it was the 3 eyes....
And Frieza was such a creepy bad guy...
uuugghhh... can you say transvestite.

Last updated Wednesday, August 06 2003. Created Wednesday, August 06 2003.
Watch 7 7 7 2 3 Kari [series:424#798]
This show just goes on and on forever. Any fight takes literally months to complete. With so many episodes, you do not want to buy this, it's too damn expensive.It has a pretty good dub, and the uncut version is definitely better than the first English version released.

I don't mind long shows if they're good, but these fights lasted too long for me.

Last updated Thursday, March 30 2006. Created Thursday, July 03 2003.
Watch 7 8 7 4 7 6 .hack//Phil [series:424#656]
I feel that this anime is pretty good, but there is one major problem which everyone seems to notice after awhile. The problem is that it takes so damn long for anything to happen. If they actually fight in the time you choose to watch it, it can be pretty entertaining, but chances are that you will only catch them powering up in the first month or so. Cut the "trash" talk and get to the fighting. I waited 2 long years for Cartoon Network to air the ending to the buu saga (don't get me wrong, I didn't wait around looking at the clock every 5 mins). Let me tell you, there was not even 30 episodes (out of God knows how many) where there was nothing but a guy and a big pink glob kicking the crap outta eachother. But when they did... it was great.
I would not pay to watch this!!! It is definitly not worth the money. If you can see it on TV, go for it, but if you can't... watch something else.

Last updated Wednesday, June 25 2003. Created Wednesday, April 23 2003.
Watch 7 7 6 3 7 6 Anonymous #590 [series:424#590]
As Ori mentioned this is a show intended to be viewed by a young male audience therefore you cannot judge it on the same basis as you would oh say, Cowboy Bebop. Dbz is in reality an extremely entertaining show for children and preteens. When I first saw it i thought it was awesome I didn't care about storylines or any of that stuff I just liked the million hour long fights. If you happen to be 14 or younger watch this show, too many episodes to buy, be ghetto and record them if you have to. However if you have a more developed taste in anime, this might be one to avoid. I liked it.:)

Last updated Thursday, March 20 2003. Created Thursday, March 20 2003.
Watch 7 6 6 4 6 5 Ori [series:424#466]
Yes, this is a rather popular show for little boys. I don't mind it, but sometimes this show can be such a drag. I tell you sometime they make ep. so they can fill up time. For example it takes Goku three show just to finish powering up a spirit bomb which equals to an hour and a half of your precious time.
The manga is ten times better than the anime. So read that instead. But if you really have nothing to do, it doesn't hurt to watch this...

Last updated Saturday, December 28 2002. Created Saturday, December 28 2002.
Watch 6 4 6 3 3 3 kakyuu_prince [series:424#404]
It's mindboggling how many episodes it took to finish that one damn fight between Frieza and Goku. Entire episodes were made up of everyone gritting their teeth and Frieza revealing some absolutely SHOCKING like a another stupid transformation or something and him smirking and boasting while Goku grits his teeth and makes speeches about how he'll never get away with this. Damn, what originality. The thing I enjoyed about this series was Trunks. He was always trying to make Vegeta take his head out of his ass and use his brain for once, just what I wanted to do. He also has short purple hair instead of the pointy black stuff everyone else has. Bravo Trunks. Anyway, some new threat is always coming forcing the almighty Goku to go into training while everyone gets their ass kicked until he's done. Gritting of teeth and crappy dialogue ensue. If you got rid of all the teeth gritting, pointless dialogue, pointless flashbacks, and smirking you would have 100 episodes of DBZ, not 200 and something. Goku's eating habits aren't funny either, all the lots of eating in anime is REALLY old. There's plenty of better stuff to watch besides DBZ and its Toonami companions.

Last updated Monday, October 14 2002. Created Monday, October 14 2002.
Watch 7 7 6 4 6 6 Cenit [series:424#45]
This is the second part of Dragon Ball. In this one the mistery of Goku's amazing strenght and his tail are unveiled. He is a fighter of the Sayain raze, and his real name is Kakarot, sent to Earth as a baby with the orders to destroy every human being in the planet.
After a long battle this Sayain is destroyed, but two others are in their way, including Vegetta, the prince of the Sayains.
This part lose some comedy in sake of action, the fights are good enough I guess, though some of them are long, too long in fact, using sometimes 10 episodes or more.
I wouldn't pay to see this, but if it's showing is a good way to waste time. The characters are better drawn in this one though.

Last updated Friday, May 31 2002. Created Friday, May 31 2002.

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