The American reissue of the first Dragon Box
includes the reference volume "The Dragon Book" and episodes 1 to 42--all of season 1 (the Vegeta saga) and the first three episodes of season 2 (the Namek saga) of the Dragon Ball Z
series. (When the original Dragon Box
was released in Japan in 2003, it contained episodes 1 to 147 of Dragon Ball Z
, a Son Goku action figure, and the "Dragon Book"--all for ¥100,000, or about $1,100.) As the story opens, the adult Goku learns he's not an Earthling, but a Saiyan from the planet Vegeta. Only three other Saiyans survive, all of them extremely powerful and destructive. Goku slays Raditz with the help of Piccolo but dies in the process. He spends much of the season training in the Other World with King Kai. Piccolo takes over training Goku's son Gohan, anticipating he will have to face the remaining Saiyans, Nappa and Vegeta. The first season of Dragon Ball Z
set the pattern of martial arts training, fantasy battles, and slapstick comedy that makes the series so popular. The first episodes of season 2 take Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma to the planet Namek to find an even more powerful set of Dragon Balls that can restore the lives of Tenshinhan, Yamucha, Chaozu, and Piccolo, who were killed by Vegeta during season 1. (Their souls are also training with King Kai.) Funimation remastered Dragon Ball Z
from the original prints for their nine boxed sets of the individual seasons. Fans who already have those sets may decide that seeing the series in its original aspect ratio (rather than the widescreen version in the earlier sets) and acquiring the "Dragon Book" warrants buying the new box; viewers who are just discovering Dragon Ball Z
will find the Dragon Box
a handsomely packaged introduction. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, minor incidents of risqué and toilet humor, ethnic stereotyping, and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
(1. The New Threat, 2. Reunions, 3. Unlikely Alliance, 4. Piccolo's Plan, 5. Gohan's Rage, 6. No Time Like the Present, 7. Day 1, 8. Gohan Goes Bananas, 9. The Strangest Robot, 10. A New Friend, 11. Terror on Arlia, 12. Global Training, 13. Goz and Mez, 14. Princess Snake, 15. Dueling Piccolos, 16. Plight of the Children, 17. Pendulum Room Peril, 18. The End of Snake Way, 19. Defying Gravity, 20. Goku's Ancestors, 21. Counting Down, 22. The Darkest Day, 23. Saibaman Attack! 24. The Power of Nappa, 25. Sacrifice, 26. Nappa's Revenge, 27. Nimbus Speed, 28. Goku's Arrival, 29. Lesson Number One, 30. Goku vs. Vegeta, 31. Saiyan Sized Secret, 32. Spirit Bomb Away, 33. Hero in the Shadows, 34. Krillin's Offensive, 35. Mercy, 36. Picking Up the Pieces, 37. Plans for Departure, 38. Nursing Wounds, 39. Friends or Foes? 40. Held Captive, 41. Friends or Foes? 42. The Search Continues)
The Ultimate for any Dragon Ball Z Collector!
Originally produced in limited quantities in Japan, the incredibly rare Dragon Box has long been the ultimate prize for avid Dragon Ball Z collectors. Now this coveted collection has been reproduced for the first time in the United States, delivering the authentic original Dragon Ball Z experience to hardcore fans.
The battle to harness the power of the seven Dragon Balls explodes in vivid detail like never before. The Dragon Box features over 40 uncut episodes, remastered and restored frame by frame, rendering the legendary action in pristine clarity. Each episode is presented in Japanese with the complete opening and closing credits and includes the original episode previews.
Truly the essential edition for Dragon Ball Z purists, this set isn’t an addition to your archive – it is your archive. Your wish is finally granted. The Dragon Box is here.