Dragon Ball Z Kai - Season Two
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While Kai is known as a remake of the series, it's mostly just cropped "filler" of the original series to cater more towards the original comic book's pacing. However, the Frieza battle in the original series is known for one of the most notoriously dragged out moments in the series, and Kai's cropping of it is highly appreciated.
The climax on Namek is certainly full of exciting battles, and it does contain some of the series most iconic moments (hint: it has something to do with why Goku is suddenly blonde in the cover art).
Without a doubt, Kai contains a story that is easy to follow, wonderful artwork, and intense battles. If one is looking for a great action cartoon, this will not disappoint.
Season Two contains the bulk of my favorite DBZ saga, the Frieza Saga. Even with the original Funimation dubs, I considered the Frieza Saga to be my favorite. Let me say that, of course, most of the filler is cut, allowing the series to move much faster. However, it never feels too fast, and though I am nostalgic for the filler, I did not miss any of it while watching this. Also, I can honestly say that I will never look at the older English dubs the same way again because they cannot hold a candle to Kai's dub. The English dub of DBZ Kai is once again spectacular. Firstly, the script is much more manga accurate once again. Thankfully, there are no more cheesy one-liners from Goku or Frieza. Then, there is the actual acting itself. It is simply SUPERB. Chris Ayres is Frieza this time around, and his voice is exactly how I've always pictured Frieza sounding in my head, ever since I first saw him as a kid. He captures every aspect of the character perfectly, making him out to be an evil, powerful dictator as opposed to simply an upper-class school bully. This is the first time I have been genuinely terrified of Frieza. I mean, I grew up with Linda Young's Frieza, but it simply cannot compare to this one. Not only did her voice not match the character, but the script Funimation gave her was awful.Read more ›
However there are 2 glaring problems I cant overlook and its completely unacceptable for dvds I bought. The commericals at the beginning when I boot the disk is unskippable and unfastfowardable meaning every time I want to watch this I have to walk away for 5 minutes so that I can finally get the the main menu to watch. 2nd every single disk has its own unskippable commercials why? WHY? each commercial is 5 minutes long and with four disk if you want to watch a marathon of dbz kai you have to endure unskipable 20 minutes of comercials its so annoying. Thus I cant give it the perfect score 4/5 once the commericals are over the fun begins and yes after those aggravating comericals DBZ Kai is amazing
Censorship for this season is so-so; some scenes are heavily censored, while other scenes of the same caliber remain unchanged. Its a kind of inconsistent level of violence/blood. It seems all the alien blood is shown, but the scenes with human blood are cut out. Freeza is cut in half with blood pouring out, zarbon is punched through the stomach and bleeds, ginyu stabs himself and bleeds and coughs up blood, Nail has his arm ripped off and pours out blood. However, Vegeta no longer pukes up blood and doesn't have blood when he is blown through by krillin. These are just examples from the blu ray.
The overall quality of this season is still pretty high. The voice acting and cut out filler are worth the price, even though censorship and redrawn scenes get rid of some of the overall quality.
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Buyer beware, the multi format option arrives as only Blu-Ray discs.Published 8 days ago by Marcus Scally
Bleh, they said original voice actors but definitely not true on Gohan and others. Gohan sounds even MORE annoying if that was possible.Published 18 days ago by Golf skank
I really enjoyed re watching this series since the quality in kai is a lot better. Most of the filler scenes and episodes were removed, so it flows a lot better than the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lewis Sheaffer