Dragon Ball Z – Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann reviews Dragon Ball Z!

Special thanks to the great Christopher Sabat for providing his voice as Vegeta!

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Quick, funny reviews of movies and games, new and old.

15 comments

  1. I used to love DBZ but after seeing some much better anime that have much more going for them like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Slayers, Black Lagoon and Code Geass I can’t stand DBZ anymore. My biggest issue with DBZ these days is that it’s pretty much same entire series with them training and fighting more and more powerful enemies while powering up to insane levels. To me that just does not cut anymore.

    • That’s pretty much what I wanted to say.

      I’ll admit that having a formula for a production series can be good. The problem comes when that formula is seen as repetition and that repetition is then viewed as unoriginality. If you don’t, or can’t, deviate from the formula for the sake of originality then things start getting old. Seeing so much repetition season after season, especially during the “stand-off” segments where the characters are semi-frozen in fear because they can’t do anything to save themselves, really wore down my patience with the show and caused me to move on to other shows.

      If you like the show then good for you. I can’t talk bad about it. I just require more than it is able to offer me.

      • Same here. While I do enjoy it, I always enjoyed the Original Dragon Ball more due being more adventure focused and the battle themselves being based on strategy instead a punching contest. When I started watching Z(I saw Dragon Ball first due visiting family at Mexico back in the late 80s/early 90s) I was kind of disappointed that the pacing became extremely slow and the fights being punching contests.

    • Sometimes a show one love as a kid doesn’t hold up when one gets old. It’s part of life, there’s no shame in that.

    • Yes and no…

      While there are anime series much better written and animated (Read or Die, Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, Full Metal Alchemist, Inu Yasha)…there is something so fun about the escalating fighter type series.

      I know they rely on a formula, but I still love Yu Yu Hakusho, early Bleach, Hunter X Hunter, Hajime no Ippo, and many others in that predictable genre. There’s an art to building up the anticipation of a good fight between top fighters.

    • DBZ was a prime example of a show that was never designed to be a show, forcing 16 comic pages into a half hour of television every week with some of the worst pacing and filler issues in the industry. It’s a pretty great comic with a pretty bad anime adaptation, so it’s always going to weird me out that the show is all it’s going to be remembered for in some places.

      • Totally agree.

        All that filler is another thing that turned me off to it. At the time I watched it back in the early 2000’s I didn’t notice it right away but it really felt like each episode was only about 15-18 minutes long and every non-action shot during fight scenes where there was no verbal dialogue, no internal character dialogue and no narration was unnecessarily long. I later discovered that some of that was because of editing for the American market. It really hurt the show in my opinion.
        Looking back that was actually just a minor annoyance. The American dubbed version could have been far worse if they’d had a woman voice Goku like in the original. If we’d gotten that voice here in the U.S. I would never have been able to stand the show from the very beginning. Females voicing kids is something I can tolerate as the pitch of the voice is believable for their age. It’s just that some times when they do it for young boys that are visually gender ambiguous it actually makes me view such characters as girls and it really throws me off when it’s eventually pointed out that they aren’t. (Looks sternly at another hugely popular anime aired in the U.S. in the 2000’s.)

        As I stated before I don’t want to talk bad about the show, both the originals with subtitles and the dub versions with edits. It just isn’t my thing. I’m happy for people that can enjoy it for what it is.

  2. i prefer the sub personally . i do not mind the fact goku is voiced by an 80 year old woman(that also dose gotens voice too)

  3. The original Dragon Ball Z just doesn’t do it for me. The pacing is extremely slow(especially the Cell and,even more, the Buu sagas) and the fighting strategy is no where to be seen. My go to for this is either the comic or the Abridged series.

    Personally, I prefer Super due to being a back to form to its Dragon Ball days but with the character developments from Z.

  4. If I ever get around to seeing this series, I’ll probably forget all the plot points you mentioned. Haha.

  5. Wow Chris, I like to agree with you and I do agree with you a lot.

    For me, the Freiza Saga is the show really taking things to the next level, and the Cell Saga was equally as exciting. The Buu Saga starts off pretty good, but just flops and flounders. About midway through is when I kind of lost interest in the series. (I watched the Cartoon Network Funimation dubs)

    I tried Dragonball GT but lost interest in that even more quickly.

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