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    Game » consists of 20 releases. Released Jan 26, 2018

    From the developers of the Guilty Gear Xrd series of fighting games comes a more traditional tag-team fighting game adaptation of the Dragon Ball manga and anime.

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    #1  Edited By Scottjay01

    I noticed online a people wanting to know more in general about the story and were to start with the series since FighterZ was released.

    So as someone that has seen this show almost start to finish in 5 different languages,

    I thought I'd make a topic here on this.

    • Best way to consume the series ?

    I will always say the absolute best way is to watch the Anime of DB & DBZ in the original Japanese it has a superb cast that's lovable and fun while hitting the shows dramatic tones to a T later on. There are also plot elements, character motivations, foreboding and nuances that are totally missed in the English dub in the original (See dragonball kai below).

    If you have the time I would totally recommend it in Japanese, its fantastic.

    The Show is available on Blu-ray, DVD and streaming via www.funimation.com

    Can I start with Dragonball Z?

    Yes DBZ is a very easy jumping on point as it takes place 5 years after DB and you can always go back to check out things your curious about later. I will make a suggestion which is to perhaps watch the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai which is the last Arc of Dragonball before starting DBZ, you get a little more backstory on Goku, Piccolo, & the gang and see probably the best fight in the whole series.

    • Dragon ball Kai:
      If you don't want to watch it in Japanese then Dragonball Kai is for you, while not perfect the English dub is leagues better than it was during the initial US run of DBZ, Yes it does lose a little build up and some character development due to its shorter length but it is the best Dragonball in English dubbed, Solid work by the American cast. Side note I didn't think I'd have to mention that it is in Japanese as well but seeing as replies on here have mentioned it. Here's Why KAI in Japanese is not recommended, The Cast is allot older now and some lines don't pack the same punch, also some of the cast passed away and were replaced as well as the Music by Kenji Yamamoto has been replaced by most reissues of the Blu-rays/DVDS due to the music scandal. If you want to watch DBZ in Japanese I'd reccomend the original series over kai, Fantastic VO, Great music placement, more character development and you can just skip the episodes that you wish to to speed it along if you must.

    The Show is available on Blu-ray, DVD and streaming via www.funimation.com

    • The Manga:

    You know instead of watching DB/DBZ a great way to consume the series if you are low on time is the Manga, Its very easy to consume in Paperback or Online through VIZ.

    The Manga is where it all started and really to this day holds ups just as good as when first released.

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    https://www.viz.com/dragon-ball

    • Dragonball Super?

    Dragonball Super takes place after DBZ its currently about to wrap up for the time being in Japan and is airing the series 4th Arc in the US on Toonami. Characters such a Beerus god of destruction, Hit the deadly hit-man & Goku Black appear here! Also the ongoing Manga is excellent!

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    • Arc Guide:

    Below here I've tried to write non spoiler summaries of the various arcs of the series to give you a basic idea of where each picks up.

    DragonBall

    Goku Arc:

    Living alone a boy named Son Goku is going about is daily life when a girl named Bulma finds him and seems to be interested in his grandpas 4 star ball, Bulma tells Goku she is search of all 7 Dragonballs and the two embark on a mystical adventure!

    21st Tenkaichi Budokai Arc:

    Goku and Kuririn get ready to undergo the strict training of Muten Roshi with the hopes of entering the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai, Harsh training and challenging opponents await!

    Red Ribbon Army Arc:

    While searching for the 4 star Dragonball, Goku finds himself in conflict with the Red Ribbon Army lead by commander Red who is hell bent on collecting the Dragonballs. Goku will have to go through them if he's ever to get his grandpas precious 4 star Dragonball back.

    Babba/Training arc:

    In search for the last Dragonball Goku is at a loss when Muten Roshi has a suggestion, they pay a visit to his sister Bubba for help to locate the last ball. Better hurry, Goku needs to start training for the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai soon!

    22nd Tenkaichi Budokai Arc:

    Looking for his rematch with Jackie Chun, Goku enters the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai along with Kuririn and Yamcha, a lot of familiar faces enter but two newcomers stand out; Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu who seem to have a grudge against the turtle school martial artists.

    Piccolo Daimao/King Piccolo Arc:

    As they prepare to leave the tournament, an evil emerges resulting in a shocking death. A beaten Goku travels to Karin tower in hopes of new training and answers on Piccolo Daimao. Meanwhile Tenshinhan study's a deadly technique, that upon failure would cost him is life.

    23rd Tenkaichi Budokai Arc:

    With their training complete, Goku, Tenshinhan, Kuririn and Yamcha are now set to test their skills, Piccolo enters the tournament under the guise of Ma Junior ready for his showdown with Goku. Before Goku can get to Piccolo an old friend arrives angry over a broken promise.

    DragonBall Z

    Saiyan Arc:

    5 Years have passed since the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai, Goku now happily married & Piccolo living in exile in the mountains, believe they are destined to one day face off again, However a frighteningly powerful foe appears forcing the pair to team up forever changing their fates.

    Namek/Freeza Arc:

    After the deaths of their friends, Gohan, Kuririn and Bulma journey into space to Piccolos home world in hopes of finding the original Dragonballs. However they arrive to find Vegeta and a terrifying tyrant also in search of the Dragonballs.

    Artificial Human/ Android Arc:

    3 Years after since their adventure to Namek, Gohan lays in wait wondering when Goku will finally return home. Upon his return, a mysterious boy gives Goku a grave warning in 3 years everyone expect gohan will die at the hands of two killer machines. The gang decide to train for the next 3 years to meet these two head on and change their future.

    Majin Boo Arc:

    Its been 7 years since the Cell Games, Gohan has been living a normal life as a high school student when he receives a message from the afterlife, Goku will be allowed to come back for one day to compete in the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai. Everyone arrives at the tournament to meet Goku and compete but little do they know a sinister plan is in play, wizard babidi is collecting energy from the strongest fighters to revive his fathers monster Majin Boo. With only a day on earth Goku and Piccolo decide to leave the fate of the earth in the hands of two young boys, Goten & Trunks

    Well all in all if you did read through all of this I hope you enjoyed it and are still in checking out the series however that maybe.

    (I thought of adding DB super to the arc guide but I didn't due to it still being ongoing)

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    Seems like Dragonall Z Kai or the fandub DBZ Abridged are the best ways to get into Dragonball these days.

    If you can find a place that legally streams Kai, that is, I've never seen it available anywhere except on Blu Ray. Or good old TV.

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    #4  Edited By s-a-n-JR

    People looking to get into the show and want to see it in English, don't watch the original DBZ dub. I can't stress this enough. Watch Kai, it's the filler-less, better edited and better English dub version of the show.

    When they dubbed the show for Cartoon Network in the mid-90s, anime in the west was still relatively new. As the show was aimed for kids, the English distributor (Funimation) was told to dumb down dialogue, slow down speech etc so kids would understand what was going on (because apparently American kids are stupid?). With Kai, they had no such limitations, so the script is closer to the original Japanese and the dialogue is snappier. Also, the actors improved in the years since they first dubbed it.

    Here's an example:

    First scene is the old dub, second is Kai.

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    Dragonball Z is the only anime where the dubs are better than subs. I can't stand high-pitched Goku.

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    #6  Edited By OurSin_360

    I thought kai had a sub release to?

    I liked the original dub(before funimation took over) thr best but i heard it also got real bad in the end. I believe it was done by a Canadian company.

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    #7  Edited By Scottjay01

    @oursin_360: Yes there is a sub release of Kai but the Japanese one is not as good as the Original series, basically the English dub needed kai allot more due to their horrible dub and terrible script. The Japanese Kai is missing some of the original cast due to them passing away and a damaged musical score (to save time explaining)

    Yeah original funimation dub just got it all wrong for the most part the new score was nice in places but dialogue was such a mess. A small example is on their way to the fight the Androids in the Japanese Piccolo says he has a terrible foreboding something he cant quite put his finger on, he's sure he can beat the androids but its something else, much later when at the lookout Kami is having the same thing and you find out they were both sensing Cell it was a great little seed planted . This is basically non existent in the English dub.

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    I dunno if I'd describe the stuff that gets lost in Kai as "build" or "character development."

    I love Goku fighting the mafia and Piccolo learning how to drive as much as anyone, but the Garlic Jr. saga, Fake Namek, the 20 episode 5 minutes to Namek's destruction are flat-out awful.

    Cannot recommend Kai highly enough for the fantastic script, acting, and pacing.

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    #9  Edited By nicksmi56

    To those who want to start with Dragon Ball: it's more of a funny adventure show than it is straight up fighting like DBZ. Also be prepared for General Blue, who sucks all the momentum out of the show when he shows up.

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    #11  Edited By MillaJ
    @nicksmi56 said:

    To those who want to start with Dragon Ball: it's more of a funny adventure show than it is straight up fighting like DBZ. Also be prepared for General Blue, who sucks all the momentum out of the show when he shows up.

    Oh God... Yea, DB feels pretty consistently strong until somewhere around Blue which is when I start doing the DBZ "let's just skip around to the best moments" thing. I've never seen DBZ Kai, though. I should check it out.

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    I need to get around to watch Kai in full. But every time I try to I just miss the original's music so very much. On top of that, I never really minded the longer pace of the first english dub.

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    I'd say watching Dragon Ball before DBZ is a must. I'd also recommend that it's watched in Japanese with subs, but if you decide to watch Kai instead of DBZ, then watch Kai dubbed.

    In short DB to DBZ in Japanese, or DB to DBKai in English. Battle of Gods and Resurrection F can be enjoyed either way; I personally preferred them dubbed in English.

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    #15  Edited By chaser324  Moderator

    I've just started watching Kai, and it does seem like a good expedient way to enjoy the story of DBZ. There's certainly some gaps, but it hits the high points and clearly tells the main story without getting bogged down. The only truly bad part is that the intro/outro music is incredibly lame.

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    Guess I am in the minority (only one even?) in this thread, but I think Kai isn't good. Yes, the dub is a little bit better, but what is claimed to be a positive aspect described as 'less filler' is actually just removing character development from the series. I couldn't stand the things they skipped or glossed over. Furthermore, the DBZ soundtrack is miles, no, leagues, no, galaxies beyond what the Kai soundtrack is. Kai makes it sound like a teaparty. Z had epic soundtracks during fights, leading up to fights, during transformations. Losing the music is half of what DBZ is.

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    Watch Abridged, especially since that's the characterization that Super uses instead of Z.

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    @49th said:

    Dragonball Z is the only anime where the dubs are better than subs. I can't stand high-pitched Goku.

    Yu Yu Hakusho and Cowboy Bebop are pretty good dubs themselves compared to their sub counterparts.

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    Watch Abridged, especially since that's the characterization that Super uses instead of Z.

    Super ratcheted up Goku's stupidity to such an insane degree that I'm not actually sure if you're joking or not.

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    #20  Edited By miceman64

    If you want to watch DB it is highly recommended that you start with DB and then move on to DBZ. Also avoid the DUB like a plague it was horribly acted and highly inaccurate when compared with the source material and they replaced the orchestral music with terrible synth 16 bit sounding obnoxiousness that never stops even in scenes that are supposed to be quite. The problems with the original Funimation dub are too numerous to even count. If you want to experience DB like it was intended to be seen just stick with the Japanese version.

    Kai has a pretty good dub but it is a pretty lousy remastering and recut of DBZ and since it does not cover DB it is not recommended. If you can't stand the filler just pull up a filler list online and skip those episodes or read the manga. The Manga viz translation is pretty solid and nowhere near as bad as the DB and DBZ dub.

    Aside from that DB and DBZ were originally made with a 4:3 aspect ratio in mind so if you see anything that is in 16:9 that means the image is cropped and you are losing 20% of the show. So make sure it's in 4:3 and not in 16:9.

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    For yet another two cents on this topic:

    I suggest watching Dragon Ball, then DBZ (not Kai), then Dragon Ball Super. English Dub. Specifically the versions that are on Funimation.com, which have the original Japanese soundtrack. I don't think the 4:3 original vs. 16:9 crop and zoom difference matters at all for this show.

    Also, I suggest binge watching if you can and not skipping anything you've heard is filler. Do skip the intro and outro after the first listen, unless you really want to hear the same song for 100 to 200 episodes. There's over 16 hours of credits in DBZ alone. Do skip the recaps, because once they start happening they only get longer.

    Oh and if you want to fit some of the movies in there, I found these ones to be the most enjoyable: DBZ movie 01, 02, 05, 06, 07, 08, 12, 13, 14, and 15. As well as the Bardock, The Father of Goku special and the History of Trunks special.

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    I can't imagine going through regular 400+ episode DBZ at this point in time. I'm not against long-ass shounen stuff, but the style of padding it exemplifies drives me a little nuts, even if I'm sure there are worse, more recent examples people can probably point to. It's kinda unfortunate that DBZ Kai has some weird caveats attached to it, because if I was going to watch myself some Dragon Ball Z in the year of our lord 2018, that's the way I'd do it.

    Or, you know, I'd re-watch DBZ Abridged, which is honestly the version of things I remember at this point.

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    @hamst3r: The aspect ratio does matter because all the 16:9 sources aside from being cropped have horrendous image quality.

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    As long as we can all agree Dragon Ball GT isn't canon, you cannot go wrong with this guide.

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    My own two cents on this debate:

    If I had to choose between the two DBZs, I'd have to go with Kai.

    I grew up with DBZ, but that padding is painful. There's literally a point at the end of the Goku and Freiza fight where Frieza has a flashback of pretty much the entire fight up to that point. It's laughable. And the filler isn't exactly something I'd say anyone HAS to see. I mean, one of the filler fights is resolved because Goku suddenly remembers he can do one of his signature moves. DBZ writing has never been anything deep, but come on.

    DBZ Kai is DBZ paced how most of us remember it: moving from one fight to the next. It's quick, much more watchable and it looks prettier to boot. There's a reason all the media that retells the story tends to do it the manga/Kai way.

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    #26  Edited By holyxion

    As someone who's always wanted to watch more DBZ, but can't stand drawn-out filler, I can definitely second the manga recommendation for people who don't have time to watch every single episode. The original manga is technically closer to Toriyama's original ideas and really shows off his drawing style in the medium that made him so popular in the first place. As an aside, if you like original Dragon Ball and want something a little less action-focused, his first manga Dr. Slump is a highly fun and charming series as well.

    One other thing to mention is that, while the currently running Dragon Ball Super manga is quite well done, and Toriyama is closely involved in storyboarding and all that, it's drawn by someone else and is extremely accelerated relative to the show. It's still good if you don't have time for the ~130 episodes of the DBS anime, but you'll definitely miss out on some of the plot points of the show that just sort of get glossed over.

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    #27  Edited By OurSin_360

    The manga is real good, i came up in a time where dbz was stuck on the ginyu saga for years and internet was a slog with no way to get the sub so i actually read the dbz portion of the manga first. Its honestly a quick read, but if you are not used to black and white(and possibly reversed reading direction) it takes some getting used to but i would recommend it. I only read scanlations when i was like 16 so the actual manga is probably way better.

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    #28  Edited By chaser324  Moderator

    Dan and Jeff are going to give it a try. I guess we'll see how it goes, but I don't have high hopes that this is going to change their mind on anime.

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    #29  Edited By BrainScratch

    Great guide, but I would like to add a couple of things:

    The arc-guide is missing some arcs on Dragon Ball Z, such as:

    Cell Arc: (after android arc) after defeating the machines, the gang discover a new monstrosity with origins related to the androids but more powerful than anything they ever encountered before. After encountering the gang of heroes, this new enemy gets curious about the power of the saiyans and challenges them for a martial arts tournament that could decide the fate of the world.

    Other-World Arc:(after cell arc) Completely filler and removed from DB Kai we learn more about the other-world and it's gods. Another martial arts tournament happens.

    Great Saiyaman Arc: (after other-world arc) The kids have grown up and now a 17 year old Gohan decides to use his Saiyan powers to help protect the city. Becoming a masked super-hero, he has to find a balance between his new secret identity and his personal life in school. (this is one of my favorite arcs, it's like the Dragon Ball version of Spider-Man)

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    Regarding Kai, I definitely think it's currently the best way to watch Dragon Ball Z but it should be pointed out that one of the big changes that no one is mentioning was the removal of blood and reduced number of wounds or scratches. Overall it feels much less violent than the original Dragon Ball Z did.

    Dragon Ball Kai also removed one of the favorite filler scenes for many Dragon Ball fans: when Goku and Piccolo have to take a driver's license. Here's some clips from it:

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    @49th said:

    Dragonball Z is the only anime where the dubs are better than subs.

    Except for the Portuguese dub, which not only is the most amateur-sounding dub ever, it has also most of it ad-libed based on a French script that was poorly translated from Japanese. It's like the Dragon Ball Abridged fan dub but made almost 20 years before. Just like everyone else here in Portugal I have tons of nostalgia for this dub, but I can't deny how absurd it actually is.

    This video shows some examples with English subtitles and gives some context:

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    Jeff is not going to like Dragon Ball Z.

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    Dan and Jeff are going to give it a try. I guess we'll see how it goes, but I don't have high hopes that this is going to change their mind on anime.

    I think its a bad idea. A mostly outdated feeling shonen anime isnt gonna get anyone attached who isnt a teenager.

    I dont meant that as a knock on all shonen anime of course. One Piece is the only manga I read and I think its amazing but DBZ is almot like a prototype for better more interesting shows. There are certain small moments to love but a lot of those are gonna be breezed over in kai. I can see dan never taking off the shrinkwrap for those other two season DVDs

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    #33  Edited By stinger061

    After loving DBZ in the late 90’s this prompted me to watch some of the show back again and Kai seemed like the perfect way to do it. Unfortunately the only way Kai is available in Australia is via absurdley priced DVD’s and Blu-Ray. Seeing this I figured I’d give the original a try which is available through streaming but it does feel really badly paced so I’m not sure If I’ll stick with it.

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    I recently rewatched the DBZ Funimation dub in full. I didn't mind the filler, because I binge-watched it during a long break and it wasn't like a TV network was using the filler to deny me my Dragonball fix for an entire week like when I watched it as a kid. (Though that was nowhere near as bad as resetting to the Saiyan saga every so often. I'm so glad the '90s are behind us.) I think the only filler that bothered me was Garlic Jr, because it was long and terrible. Oh, and in hindsight I think most of the mid-to-late Majin saga was pretty bad and skippable -- probably the only stuff I like after say, episode 237, is the Supreme Kai stuff. But there's no satisfying place to bail out really, so eh.

    I haven't seen much of Kai (the music turned me off immediately, DBZ really needs the iconic Funimation recap/episode title music at the least), but I saw a bit of the Saiyaman arc in Kai, and thought the dialogue in that arc was really disjointed and bad compared to the Funimation dub. It's probably unfair to judge Kai in its entirety based solely upon an arc that I'm probably way more into than most (I really like Videl before they ruined her, okay?), but it was certainly another point against Kai for me.

    Re: the Japanese voice acting: any of you crazy purists trying to push this over the English voice acting are going to have to accept that the Dragon Ball zeitgeist is inseparable from the English voices, "rock the dragon", etc.

    Cell Arc: (after android arc) after defeating the machines, the gang discover a new monstrosity with origins related to the androids but more powerful than anything they ever encountered before. After encountering the gang of heroes, this new enemy gets curious about the power of the saiyans and challenges them for a martial arts tournament that could decide the fate of the world.

    Uh, is your memory working okay for you? Because I don't think this is what happens.

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    #35  Edited By Justin258

    Can someone confirm something for me, please?

    Is there anywhere to legally stream Dragonball Z Kai dubbed in the US? I know that you can buy them on Amazon, but if I'm going to pay that much I'm going to buy the actual season on Blu-Ray. I know that I could get a Funimation sub and watch Dragonball Z with all the filler and such, but really I'd rather the watch the version that moves at a pace resembling something reasonable. The original series has 291 episodes; Kai has 167. That's a little too close to "half-filler" for me. On Funimation's page for DBZ Kai, there's a button that says "Add to Queue", but it doesn't list any available episodes so I'm not sure which queue it's talking about.

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    #36  Edited By OurSin_360

    @justin258: you can look up a filler list and just skip all those episodes.

    Another thing i remember about kai (but maybe it was changed or fixed), in making it "hd" they ended up having a weird aspect ratio or something didn't they? I vaguely remember that being an issue people had.

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    I watched some of the movies as well, featuring Broly. Anyone think they are worthwhile ? as entertainment because they aren't canon I believe. I want to reaquaint myself with Dragon Ball again.

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    #38  Edited By TechnoSyndrome

    @johnymyko said:

    @49th said:

    Dragonball Z is the only anime where the dubs are better than subs.

    Except for the Portuguese dub, which not only is the most amateur-sounding dub ever, it has also most of it ad-libed based on a French script that was poorly translated from Japanese. It's like the Dragon Ball Abridged fan dub but made almost 20 years before. Just like everyone else here in Portugal I have tons of nostalgia for this dub, but I can't deny how absurd it actually is.

    This video shows some examples with English subtitles and gives some context:

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    Oh man I'd been trying to figure out what dub this is for years! I watched a compilation of it years ago and thought it was hilarious but could never find it again. My favorite bit isn't in this video or any translated clips I could find, but it's when they're fighting Pui Pui in the Boo arc. Pui Pui is saying some stuff about how he's gonna kill Goku and Vegeta, and Goku just says "This guy doesn't realize there's still 70 episodes left."

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    #39  Edited By Scottjay01

    @johnymyko: I didn;'t list those as arcs as they are part of the 4 main ones or filler in the case of Saiyaman. The series was only spread out arc/saga wise more when it came to the U.S I'm a big believer in that the Cell origin should always be somewhat of a surprise.

    @bradbrains: We're gonna have to disagree there, To me Db is timeless. different strokes for different folks.

    Also I will say now that the Orginal Broadcast audio for DBZ and GT is out there.

    I do think for the most part kai isn't as good as watching the original unless your hell bent on watching the show in English dubbed.

    The original Dragonball & Dragonball Z are amazing in Japanese comparing it to English dubbed dbz is almost a different
    show.

    Plus you miss out on one of the most amazing moments in the series....Battle Point Unlimited!

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    #40  Edited By miceman64
    @fnrslvr said:

    I recently rewatched the DBZ Funimation dub in full. I didn't mind the filler, because I binge-watched it during a long break and it wasn't like a TV network was using the filler to deny me my Dragonball fix for an entire week like when I watched it as a kid. (Though that was nowhere near as bad as resetting to the Saiyan saga every so often. I'm so glad the '90s are behind us.) I think the only filler that bothered me was Garlic Jr, because it was long and terrible. Oh, and in hindsight I think most of the mid-to-late Majin saga was pretty bad and skippable -- probably the only stuff I like after say, episode 237, is the Supreme Kai stuff. But there's no satisfying place to bail out really, so eh.

    I haven't seen much of Kai (the music turned me off immediately, DBZ really needs the iconic Funimation recap/episode title music at the least), but I saw a bit of the Saiyaman arc in Kai, and thought the dialogue in that arc was really disjointed and bad compared to the Funimation dub. It's probably unfair to judge Kai in its entirety based solely upon an arc that I'm probably way more into than most (I really like Videl before they ruined her, okay?), but it was certainly another point against Kai for me.

    Re: the Japanese voice acting: any of you crazy purists trying to push this over the English voice acting are going to have to accept that the Dragon Ball zeitgeist is inseparable from the English voices, "rock the dragon", etc.

    DBZ was popular everywhere without the outdated crap soundtrack Funimation decided to bolt on to the show like it was a tumor and having a script that is maybe 50% accurate. The thing is DBZ would have been just as popular in the US with the original music as well and there is already evidence of this since they were airing the original three DBZ movies at the time on TV with the original score and a much more faithful script and nobody complained. So no i reject your notion entirely. Funimation made all the wrong decision back then and there is a reason that outdated business practice of changing a product so much that it's barely recognizable from what it's supposed to be, is not used today.

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    #41  Edited By nicksmi56

    @bradbrains said:
    @chaser324 said:

    Dan and Jeff are going to give it a try. I guess we'll see how it goes, but I don't have high hopes that this is going to change their mind on anime.

    I think its a bad idea. A mostly outdated feeling shonen anime isnt gonna get anyone attached who isnt a teenager.

    I dont meant that as a knock on all shonen anime of course. One Piece is the only manga I read and I think its amazing but DBZ is almot like a prototype for better more interesting shows. There are certain small moments to love but a lot of those are gonna be breezed over in kai. I can see dan never taking off the shrinkwrap for those other two season DVDs

    This! Why didn't they pick One Piece??!!

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    If you don't want to watch it in Japanese then Dragonball Kai is for you, while not perfect the English dub is leagues better than it was during the initial US run of DBZ, Yes it does lose a little build up and some character development due to its shorter length but it is the best Dragonball in English dubbed, Solid work by the American cast.

    Kai is both in english and Japanese with Subs.

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    @nicksmi56: The question you should ask yourself is why would they pick One Piece?

    Dragon Ball may be older, but it's been gaining popularity again in the light of Kai, the recent movies, Super and FighterZ. It's only natural that they show some interest in its recent resurgence of popularity.

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    #45  Edited By BrainScratch

    @scottjay01: I can see why the other two arcs I mentioned aren't listed, but usually most people consider the Cell arc to be separated, specially because of the "Cell games" part. But I understand why you think Cell should be a surprise.

    The Great Saiyaman arc isn't filler though, it's part of the manga and included on Kai. The only filler arcs were the Other-World arc that I listed and the Garlic Jr. arc that I didn't even include because it's awful.

    @fnrslvr: I'm trying to sum it up without giving away any spoilers, obviously there's more things than happen between those plot points.

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    #47  Edited By nicksmi56

    @xel: It's true Dragon Ball is way more popular in the west, but it's certainly not the show I would pick to show to guys who historically have balked at anime in it's entirety.

    I said One Piece because it's an amazing show and the more who watch it, the better, but reasonably I'd pick something like FMA Brotherhood over Dragon Ball.

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    #48  Edited By azala

    Which versions have the iconic Bruce Faulconer music? - for me that music was a huge part of the atmosphere and intensity of DBZ when i first watched it.

    For anyone thats not heard that music heres a good playlist, reminds me a lot of Command and Conquer from the 90s, dated but so atmospheric and memorable.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL836DDC1A20726279

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    @azala said:

    Which versions have the iconic Bruce Faulconer music? - for me that music was a huge part of the atmosphere and intensity of DBZ when i first watched it.

    For anyone thats not heard that music heres a good playlist, reminds me a lot of Command and Conquer from the 90s, dated but so atmospheric and memorable.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL836DDC1A20726279

    Only the English Dragon Ball Z dub used the Faulconer score, and even then they only use it from partway through the Freeza arc to the end of Z, the Saiyan and early Freeza stuff and movies all use different composers.

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    I have to add to the faction that doesn't care for the Japanese sound track(besides the head cha la song). I hate all the music in the games as well, it doesn't capture the feel of the show at all IMO. I think they went overboard with the bar metal fot a minute but the original dbz funimation theme is unironically my favorite. Its in my head to this day.

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