From FUNimation Entertainment, the publisher behind anime like Summer Wars, Eden of the East and Soul Eater comes the sixth part in the revised release of Dragon Ball Z, which is based on the manga series from Akira Toriyama.
Dragon Ball Z is an anime series that follows the adventures of Son Goku, a martial artist who belongs to the alien race known a Saiyans, an all but extinct species that was renowned for their fighting prowess. Goku and the rest of the “Z fighters”, some of the Earth’s strongest fighters, battle it out with a variety of enemies that range from androids to alien conquerors in a quest to protect the Earth from destruction, even though they tend to destroy much of it in the ensuing battles anyway. As a way to not wipe out the Earth’s population however they can always wish back those lost using the “Dragon Balls”, mysterious items that when gathered summon a powerful dragon that grants the wish of the one who summoned him.
Part six of Dragon Ball Z Kai, a revised release of the original series, picks up with Goku still trying to recover from the heart virus that Future Trunks warned him about and the second set of Doctor Gero’s androids continuing on their hunt to find him. Hidden at Master Roshi’s house many of the Z fighters watch over Goku as Vegeta, angry over his loss to Android 18 tries to find a way to grow stronger and Piccolo attempts to convince Kami to once again merge with him, with Piccolo being the dominate.
While this is going on however Kami is weary of another threat that is lurking in the shadows. This threat is revealed when Bulma, Gohan and Trunks uncover another time capsule, which is actually the same one that Trunks travel in, and another of Doctor Gero’s creations, Cell reveals himself. Cell announces to Piccolo that he is on a mission to absorb Androids 17 and 18 in order to attain his “Perfect Form” sending the heroes on a quest to either defeat Cell or the androids before it is too late.
Out of all of the villains in the Dragon Ball Z series Cell is one of my personal favorites which makes the Android/Cell Sagas the most interesting ones to watch for me. With Cell’s introduction it changes everything for the Z fighters as well as their enemies, at the time, the androids making for a much more interesting story. Not to mention that Goku finally gets back into the action during this collection and Vegeta and Trunks reach a new level of power.
Visually the series looks much cleaner and everything is more vivid than in the previous release. Dragon Ball Z has always had some interesting designs, especially if you are a fan of Dragon Quest and the many villains have great looks, from the feminine Android 18 to the bug like Cell. The Japanese voice cast does a great job with their characters, as expected, but this reviewer actually enjoyed watching the series with the English dubs as the cast also did well. Those anime fans that have seen the show during its run on Nicktoons are likely already familiar with the English voice overs and have an idea of whether or not they would watch it that way.
The two disc collection comes packaged in two slim DVD cases in a thin box that shows Vegeta pummeling Cell, in his first upgraded form, so Vegeta fans should enjoy that quite a bit. There really weren’t many on-disc features as all that is included with the episodes are trailers and the clean opening and ending, which have really good themes but they don’t feel like they fit the mood of a fast paced action series unless you pay attention to the lyrics.
All-in-all Dragon Ball Z is a series that most anime fans are already familiar with, and for those of you that aren’t the DBZ Kai version is a great place to start. The dubs are great and the revised look is much cleaner than the original. In addition the story seems to move at a much quicker pace, many of the anime fans who watched the original series will tell you that is a good thing.
For those DBZ fans that have yet to collect the series, DBZ Kai is definitely the way to go.
Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 6
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Runtime: 300 minutes
Number of Episodes: 12
Number of Discs: 2 DVD (Also available on Blu-ray)
Languages: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Age Rating: TVPG
Release Date: September 13th, 2011
(A DVD review copy of Dragon Ball Z Kai Part Six was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.)