Dragon Ball Z Season 1 Review

No matter how many times you dress up Dragon Ball Z - which Funimation has done many times now - it's still Dragon Ball Z. This Dragon Box edition is a more pristine, honest version of the show than we've seen since Funimation first licensed it, granted, but it's still grunting strongmen shooting lasers from their hands, dying reversible deaths, and stopping to watch the grass sway and the clouds pass overhead as they power up for fourteen minutes. Nobody's learning a greater truth about humanity here. There's nothing here to make you contemplate the essence of life, the universe, or the purpose of all things; in the 42 episodes included in this inaugural Dragon Box, it boils down to Kung-fu Huck Finn versus a Russ Troll with attitude.

That said, after so many years, it's still fun to lose yourself in this colorful, often exciting, occasionally humorous, and almost always entertaining action show. There's a reason it's considered a classic, a staple of action anime.

The episodes contained on this set cover the first arc, from the arrival of Raditz until the defeat of Vegeta, and a little of the next arc, the trip to Kami's homeworld of Namek. The set ends in the midst of filler episodes that bridge the two arcs. It's quite a dizzying amount of episodes, and the filler at the end makes the viewer long for the next set, or else wish it had ended with the defeat of the first arc's major enemy. It's a long series, but with six sets more to go, it's hard to be picky about where the set leaves off.

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