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Dragon ball z (The Z in Dragon Ball Z refers to the style of martial art Zedekai) is one of the most well known Japanese animations or anime known world wide due to its long airing on the US, European, Australian and UK Cartoon Network channels on Sky,NTL, or Cable. Despite the anime airing its final episode airing almost two decades ago various catch phrases such as Vegeta's "over 9000" can still be heard echoing through anime conventions and online forums on a regular basis. This particular catch phrase was even featured in the English language release of Pokemon X and Y.
Based originally on the manga or comic book Dragon Ball Z which followed the Dragon Ball Z manga that was originally based on an old Chinese fairy tail about a monkey who could fly on a cloud and use an extendable staff to rescue young maidens and fight evil the original Dragon Ball parodies this and leaves off our monkey character Goku to become an adult and maintain a family while continuing to fight evil on a larger scale. While somewhat passing the baton over to his new son Gohan which is where Dragon Ball Z takes over.
During the Trunks saga whom is featured on the box or fourth season. Goku's son is pretty much left to deal with saving the world himself as his father has just seemingly defeated the Evil Frieza in outer space and still hasn't returned to earth. Goku has left his home planet somewhat irresponsibly vulnerable against the next onslaught of evil. The rest of the minor characters have to try to defend the planet with ought him for a change. Within this season there is time travel, the usual grunting sweaty fist fights, traveling the world to find the Dragon Balls to wish people back to life, introduction of new characters and villains and a new baby. Side stories include the Garlic Junior and Spice boys saga, The end of the Frieza Saga and the Android Saga, in retrospect perhaps Trunks shouldn't be on the front of the cover at all as he sees very little screen time during this box set.
The box set contains 6 discs each with 4-7 episodes lasting around 23 minutes each as well as a pamphlet that contains character introductions, episode descriptions and some advertisements thrown in by funimation entertainment. I originally purchased my copy for $19.99 when I was in Bestbuy shop in America which I found was a real bargain but you can still pick these box sets up for around £20 on amazon or ebay which is still pretty good value considering how many hours of the show you get.
I do have to say though that the show is looking pretty dated due to it being hand drawn it does have speckles and lines across some of the background frames even in the remastered versions and there is some discontinuity within the continual storyline within the anime and the original manga.
The audio and subtitle options are also different from the originals, it seems that the soundtrack of the English audio version has been extremely edited to sound much more dramatic in comparison to the original Japanese audio with subtitled version though if you want to keep the nostalgia from your childhood I would just keep the edited English audio version.
This season is probably the most wishy washy of all the seasons however and does contain the most filler including the Garlic Junior Saga which is a reference back to the older Dragon ball series and movies which could have been left out as it doesn't bring much to the larger on going series and over all seems like maybe 3 separate mini series/ parts and pieces of stories that couldn't have been slotted in anywhere else. Fortunately thanks to the episode guide though you can either skim or just skip past the filler episodes. It just feels very rushed and slapped together compared to other seasons/ box sets.
The Dvds also contain clean closing and openings and Funimation previews.