From FUNimation Entertainment, the publisher behind anime series like Eden of the East, Soul Eater and Spice and Wolf comes the seventh and final Dragon Box Z set of the hugely popular anime series Dragon Ball Z.
Dragon Ball Z is the second series based on the Dragon Ball manga from Akira Toriyama and follows Son Goku, an alien that is descendant from a warrior race known as Saiyans who falls to Earth and eventually grows to become the universe’s most powerful warrior and protector. In Dragon Ball Z Goku and his companions battle it out with a variety of powerful enemies, from the alien conqueror Frieza to the dangerous Red Ribbon Army (former) developed Cell, leveling whole sections of the planet they are on in the process.
The seventh collection of the series focuses on the final battle between Goku, the rest of the “Z Fighters” and Majin Buu, a powerful being summoned by the evil wizard Babidi that goes on a rampage and threatens the entire universe. To stop the creature Goten, Goku’s youngest son and Trunks, Vegeta’s son learn to fuse together to create Gotenks, Gohan, Goku’s oldest son trains with Elderly Kaioshin and Goku and Vega fuse together all in the hopes that they can become powerful enough to stop Buu once and for all. The problem is, Buu continues to absorb each enemy that faces him which makes him more and more powerful.
While Cell was this reviewer’s favorite villain of the series Majin Buu definitely proved to be a force to be reckoned with and did manage to make each of the warriors to step up their game so much more than previous villains. The fights between all of the different characters and the different forms of Buu were a lot of fun to watch and the action doesn’t really let up much throughout.
Visually the series looks good, while not amazing the anime is fairly old in comparison to newer titles so you can’t really expect the same visuals as Summer Wars or Toriko. For those that watched the anime on its original run on the Cartoon Network though this collection does have a slight improvement in visuals, but it does retain the original English dubs as well. While they aren’t bad if you enjoyed the series, the Dragon Ball Z Kai release did sort of spoil me as far as the comparison between the classic and new goes. The Japanese dubs are good and for fans of the traditional voice overs that is always an option worth trying, though they don’t sound as good as far as clarity goes.
The Dragon Box Z version of the series comes in a nice looking yellow hardcover box with an image of Goku in Saiyan form on one side and Shenron on the other and two purple DVD cases with the same image of Shenron on one side and Goku on the other. The purple and yellow actually make for a nice combination (this coming from someone who can’t stand the Lakers). Included with this set is a hardcover book that features details about each episode in the set, character designs, relationship charts and character information that fans of the series should definitely enjoy.
All-in-all the Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Z sets are the best option for getting the complete series in a quality form, while Dragon Ball Z Kai is the better option as far as the English dubs go that version ends right after the Cell Saga so you miss out on the epic battle between Goku and Buu. The book also makes a great addition to the series and is great for fans that can’t get enough of the series.
If you’re looking for the best way to collect the entire Dragon Ball Z series then the Dragon Box 7 sets are the best option and it will look good on your shelf to.
Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Z Set 7
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Runtime: 1025 minutes
Number of Discs: 6 DVDs
Number of Episodes: 41 (251-291)
Languages: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Age Rating: TV PG
Release Date: October 11th, 2011
(A review copy of the seventh Dragon Box set was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.)