Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One
Format: DVDFull Screen, Color, Box set, NTSC
List price: $49.98
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When manga artist Akira Toriyama began Dragon Ball in Shonen Jump in 1984, he launched one of the most successful franchises in anime history. The second TV series, Dragon Ball Z (1989), which recounts the heroic adventures of Goku, Gohan, and the Z-Fighters, remains the most popular iteration. For Dragon Ball Z Kai (2009), the 291-episode saga has been recut and trimmed to 99 episodes, eliminating some of the subplots and streamlining the main story arcs. The visuals have been cleaned and reformatted for wider screens. The dialogue has been re-recorded in a new, more accurate translation, with several of the key voice actors reprising their roles: Sean Schemmel (Goku), Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Mike McFarland (Master Roshi), and Sonny Strait (Krillin). The first 13 episodes comprise most of the original first season: The evil Raditz arrives and informs Goku they are both Saiyan warriors from the planet Vegeta. Goku destroys Raditz with the help of Piccolo but dies in the process. He moves to the Other World to train with King Kai, knowing he'll eventually be brought back to life with the magical Dragon Balls. Piccolo trains Goku's son Gohan, anticipating arrival of the remaining Saiyans. Goku returns in time for that confrontation, and the set ends during his climactic battle with Saiyan Prince Vegeta. Dragon Ball Z Kai seems to be aimed at younger viewers who don't have the patience for the rambling pace of the original series. The duel between Goku and the villainous Frieza in season 3 dragged on for more than 20 episodes of recycled footage. Kai feels faster, funnier, and more exciting, with more action and less nattering. Hard-core otaku will want to keep their sets of all nine seasons of Dragon Ball Z. But novices, especially the 8- to 14-year-old boys who have always been the series' core fans, will prefer the livelier Dragon Ball Z Kai. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 8 and older: violence; minor risqué and toilet humor, ethnic stereotyping and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
List Price: $49.98
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Actors: Sean Schemmel Christopher R. Sabat Justin Cook Mike McFarland John Burgmeier
Size: 7.9000" x 5.8000"
Weight: 0.4500 lbs.
Language: English, Japanese, English, English