DVD Review: Dragon Ball Z – Complete Season Two
Digitally remastered from the original Japanese film masters and captured in high-definition widescreen!
Dragon Ball Z is an anime that was based on characters from a manga created by Akira Toriyama. His previous works include Dr. Slump and Dragon Quest which is his second most successful series. In Japan Dragon Ball Z sold more than 150 million copies alone, and also opened the rest of the world’s eyes to manga, while the anime version here served to enlighten viewers of what anime was all about.
This, like Akira is what prepared Westerners for anime, and had this not been a hit over here, it would not have paved the way for other popular series like Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach. Just think about it, what it would have been like if we weren’t exposed to a whole new animation experience.
As this is the second series, the story has Bulma, Krilling, and Gohan who have gone to find the other Dragon Balls. They want to get their friends back and this is the only way they can do it. Planet Namek is their destination, and it gives them chance to meet another enemy, Frieza, who terrorizes his people more than their old enemy, Vegeta did to his own. He is another who wants the Dragon Balls, and this leads to Bulma and the others getting into lots of fights.
The animation is obviously aimed at children with its bright colours, and as it has been digitally remastered in high-definition widescreen from the original film masters, it is excellent for all to see as it is clearer and more defined than before.
Everyone remembers Akira in the same way that they do Dragon Ball Z; both anime series were successful and responsible for bringing anime to the UK and showing people the action, mixed emotions of sadness and joy, fight scenes, intense drama and, at times fan service that gets appreciated by both sexes.
Dragon Ball Z is a series that is good to get a second look at in its remastered version in its entirety as it’s funny, annoying, and gives a lot of enjoyment to the masses. It is also good if you have been a long fan of the manga and haven’t had a chance to view the anime – it will show you the difference between the two formats.
Label: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 27th August 2012
Director: Daisuke Nishio
Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.