Five years after winning the World Martial Arts tournament, Gokuu is now living a peaceful life with his wife and son. This changes, however, with the arrival of a mysterious enemy named Raditz who presents himself as Gokuu’s long-lost brother. He reveals that Gokuu is a warrior from the once powerful but now virtually extinct Saiyan race, whose homeworld was completely annihilated. When he was sent to Earth as a baby, Gokuu’s sole purpose was to conquer and destroy the planet; but after suffering amnesia from a head injury, his violent and savage nature changed, and instead was raised as a kind and well-mannered boy, now fighting to protect others. With his failed attempt at forcibly recruiting Gokuu as an ally, Raditz warns Gokuu’s friends of a new threat that’s rapidly approaching Earth—one that could plunge Earth into an intergalactic conflict and cause the heavens themselves to shake. A war will be fought over the seven mystical dragon balls, and only the strongest will survive in Dragon Ball Z. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
At least as far as the Japanese version goes, those who like it like it a lot.
Overall: As a highlight to anime history, the series should be judged on all levels; not its eventual decline. The Frieza saga portrays Toriyama’s vision as he had originally grafted it, without altering anything based on fan preference. It was the initial concept to which the series unfolded; The struggle of good versus evil portrays the wicked with emotion; Frieza has feelings of his own, and the audience has the chance to comprehend him; his fears and his agony; and come to an understanding with the decisions he made out of his own fear of someday meeting a warrior who’d surpass him. And from Goku’s perspective; to give into one’s anger and become the thing you hate or remain oblivious to cruelty… the definition of a hero’s quest to stand against the evil that destroyed his race, his planet, and the very struggle to sustain the love he’s gained and contain the silent thunder that boils within.
Dragonball Z is a masterpiece of television animation. It is one of the most epic animations to ever be seen on television, and there is a good reason to call this one of the greatest animes of all time. The characters are fantastic and the plot can be a little redundant at times, but ends as a satisfying story. If only anime were more like this today in the 2010s, we probably wouldn’t need Naruto to try and act as an equally good show that tries to be on-par with DBZ. Simply put, Dragonball Z is my favourite anime TV show and it is a fantastic pleasure.
While Dragon Ball Z has its flaws, its cultural impact is undeniable (although discounted in the grading analysis). It was a great show then, as it is now, and set precedents for many popular anime that followed it. The characters are also iconic, well known beyond Japan, especially Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza (who was THE villain when he appeared back in the day). It is a classic in many hearts, and these ratings mostly reflect that.
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Still not impressed? Just watch the final DBZ battle. It is grand, it is electric, it is emotional and atmospheric. When two of the most beloved fighters, Goku and Vegeta, stand against the mightiest villain in an empty planet, when the last hope is on their shoulders, when the price of failure will erase everything that is worth living for, they look at the situation and smile: this is how life is supposed to be. A man without a challenge is a man who does not live.
For an action thrill ride, DBZ will always stand up. It is an exhilarating experience with thrilling effects and a deft score that always stands out. It is just a shame the same cannot be said for the anime’s human story. What begins as a very intimate experience too often loses its character growth for more excitement.
In the end, DragonBall Z is a pretty cool anime. The anime is held back by lack of character backstories, plotholes in the story, the low budget animation, and many good characters who take a back seat. However, the anime does features some of the most memorable characters in anime, good voice performances, a great soundtrack, an entertaining story, awesome dialogue, and great action sequences.
Overall, I personally recommend this set to any hardcore DBZ fan, as well as any old school fan-boy of the Saiyins who might want to show this series to their children one day.
There’s just so much better stuff out there, and unless you worry about looking trendy at the mall in your DBZ t-shirt, move on. Actually, scratch that. Just PLEASE move on.
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Of course Dragonball Z is targeted to entertain pubescent males and it succeeds quite well having managed to hold my attention during those years better than Power Rangers and Justice League. However, to the more seasoned anime fan, DBZ is nothing more than a nuisance, and should be watched only to remember those times when you enjoyed kicking the crap out of your sofa.