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Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One
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The Legendary Z Reborn!
For the first time in history, experience the legendary Z as the master intended: bigger, faster, stronger, and packed with the pulverizing power to blow your puny minds! Beef up your collection with this manga-centric, fresh take on Akira Toriyama’s original vision, featuring more action than you can handle, revitalized animation, and an amped-up audio experience that will make your ears beg for mercy!
The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku – the strongest fighter on the planet – is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he’ll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord – Prince Vegeta.
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The pace of the series is the right one, no fillers, just the action. Just like in the Manga. Because of the fact, that I know how the Original Series goes, I sometimes get the feeling that it is too fast, but it's not. Now I can watcht the series without getting tired of the fillers or someone powering up for like half an episode.
The Backgroundmusic is so nice, it gives Dragonball Z a new atmosphere and I like it. I mean I still love the Faulconer Score, but this score is also nice. Different but nice.
The voice dubbing is just cool, the characters seem to sound much more serious, and much more grown-up.
So if you are a fan of the Dragoball franchise, you need to have this set. I live in germany and I must say funimation is doing a great job especially Chris Sabat, the way he dubbs Piccolo in DBZ Kai ist just great.
There is just one thing that bothers me a little and that is the redrawn scence because you recognize those scence right away, but I can live with that.
So all I can say is..just buy the set and have fun with it.
This is a great release. I think this is the best quality you can get from such old material. The animation been traced from the old sketches and look just like the original DBZ with color improvements and quality. People complain that this is 4:3 and the jap is 16:9 but that is not the case. Both releases are 4:3. It just aired on Jap tv in 16:9 but its been cropped. The top part and bottom part is missing from the jap tv releases. This release is definitely worth buying if your a DBZ or anime fan.
The video and audio quality is great. The English audio track has been re-done with the old voice actors but have improved in quality. The video doesn't have extreme amounts of grain like the movies that are released on bluray. I was a little displeased because there's no extras on this set except for text-less opening and closing but that's not a major deal. The video and audio is enough to buy this product. Also great that the fillers are cut out. The action is now on every episode.
Long story short; best looking version, faster pacing, and proper image size, it's just too bad that we will have to wait for the entire series again, instead of just selling the entire thing as one massive set right away.
Kai is basically "DBZ with the bullshit removed", and it shows; things move incredibly fast, and it gives the show a great flow that it never had before. Of course, we lose some things because of this, like the Garlic Jr. Saga, but I imagine that anyone interested enough in those missing elements already has them on the original series, so it's not too important. Action is far better in Kai, being faster, clearer and more exciting. Characters more often perform moves and attacks rather than using repeated animation (which is used much less than in the original series), making fight scenes far more entertaining to watch.
The visual quality is also higher, having clear and defined lines and better backgrounds. However, I think the main reason to own Kai is the sound - everything has been re-dubbed, and most of the original voice actors returned but now with more experience. The new dub sounds -great- and that alone is worth the purchase; every interaction between characters is better now.
The music has also been changed, but I find this hit-or-miss; for example, during the fight with Frieza there's some great, choir-driven music that's surprisingly epic, but you'll find yourself missing some of the original score during moments like (SPOILERS, if you're one of the few people in the world that need them still) the Androids killing Gero or Goku going Super Saiyan for the first time (END SPOILERS).
Overall, I think Kai is a great buy even if you, like me, own the original series already. It's different enough that you'll feel like you got your money's worth, especially when listening to great, newly added lines done in a far better English dub.