Dragon Ball: Season 1
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NTSC/Region1. In 1986, the animated adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga Dragon Ball debuted on Japanese television, launching one of the most popular franchises in anime history. Dragon Ball introduced a special mixture of male bonding, rigorous training, martial arts fighting, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi action that scored a huge hit with boys and led to the follow-ups Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT.
In 1986, the animated adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga Dragon Ball debuted on Japanese television, launching one of the most popular franchises in anime history. Dragon Ball introduced a special mixture of male bonding, rigorous training, martial arts fighting, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi action that scored a huge hit with boys and led to the follow-ups Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT--and numerous imitators. A small boy from another planet, Goku commands super-human strength, but he was raised in the remote mountains by an old man and he knows little of the world. Goku meets Bulma, who's trying to assemble the seven magical Dragon Balls so she can wish for a boyfriend. The naive boy and the hot-tempered girl join forces, then form a quarrelsome alliance with Oolong, the shape-shifting pig, and Yamcha, a dashing bandit with a metamorphic familiar, Puar. The heroes compete for the Dragon Balls against the pint-sized Emperor Pilaf (who wants to rule the world). After defeating Pilaf, Goku goes to study martial arts with Master Roshi, a lecherous but extraordinarily skilled old man. Goku and fellow student Krillin develop formidable powers that they use in the World Martial Arts Tournament. These episodes set the pattern for Dragon Ball and numerous other series: humans and creatures of all description train endlessly, then gather to pound the ramen out of each other before an audience. Naturally, the hero wins in an extended final match. The first adventures are lighter in tone and more broadly comic than the beginning of the darker Red Ribbon Saga. For years, the first13 episodes of Dragon Ball were only available in the U.S. in the heavily edited set Saga of Goku, to the chagrin of the fans. Following their successful release of the complete Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, Funimation is presenting Dragon Ball uncut and digitally restored. The series probably looks better now than it did when it premiered, as it was reportedly filmed in 16mm. Note: The sight of the prepubescent Goku and Krillin running around naked doesn't bother Japanese audiences. (Rated TV 14, but appropriate for ages 12 and up: nudity, risqué and toilet humor, cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Secret of the Dragon Balls, 2. The Emperor’s Quest, 3. The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi, 4. Oolong the Terrible, 5. Yamcha the Desert Bandit, 6. Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls, 7. The Ox-King on Fire Mountain, 8. The Kamehameha Wave, 9. Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch, 10. The Dragon Balls Are Stolen, 11. The Penalty Is Pinball, 12. A Wish to the Eternal Dragon, 13. The Legend of Goku, 14. Goku's Rival, 15. Look Out for Launch, 16. Find That Stone! 17. Milk Delivery, 18. The Turtle Hermit Way, 19. The Tournament Begins, 20. Elimination Round, 21. Smells Like Trouble, 22. Quarterfinals Begin, 23. Monster Beast Giran, 24. Krillin's Frantic Attack! 25. Danger From Above, 26, The Grand Finals, 27. Number One Under The Moon? 28. The Final Blow, 29. The Roaming Lake, 30. Pilaf and the Mystery Force, 31. Wedding Plans?)
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches; 11.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 28935024
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 12 hours and 25 minutes
- Release date : September 15, 2009
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Funimation Prod
- ASIN : B002FOQXTQ
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First, my background:
1) I have nothing against anime. I have watched anime (One Punch Man is a favorite) so I am aware that it is more violent and more sexual than typical US shows as a general rule.
2) My child has watched quite a bit of anime for his age, ranging from the required 'Pokemon', to the majority of the Studio Ghibli films, and a variety of anime shows available to kids on Netflix from 'Naruto' to the simultaneously awful/fascinating 'Glitter Force'.
3) I am pretty open with my kid about human sexuality, the body, etc. I am from the school of 'if you're old enough to ask the question you are old enough to hear the answer'.
My point is, we are not anime newbs, nor did I go into this with blind naivete and clutching my pearls. I am posting this review strictly for those who may not be quite so familiar with the genre and simply because there are so many varied opinions on this show and it's age appropriateness that it's hard to know what to believe.
Here is a sampling of what we encountered:
- naked main character (Goku age ~7-9) full front and back: my opinion, no big deal, but i have a boy, parents of girls may feel otherwise
- 2nd main character (Bulma, girl, aged 17-21ish), accuses Goku of hitting on her: this flew over my kids head completely
- Bulma graphically, complete with sexy music, offers Goku a peek of the goodies under her dress in exchange for his Dragonball: cue the pause button and a discussion about how that was a situation that needed adult notification stat
(Note: at one point in both this episode and episode 3 Bulma shoots a ton of bullets at Goku, in the age of school shootings this could be severely triggering for some)
- Full frontal Goku
- Goku pulls up a sleeping Bulma's nightgown and pats her on the crotch (he apparently removes her undies as well but I guess that happened off screen because I don't remember seeing it but they discuss it in Episode 3): now, context, Goku has been raised in isolation, she's the first girl he's ever seen and his motivation is innocent curiosity, he's actually pretty blameless buuuuut, cue pause button again to discuss said context and remind why this is not appropriate behavior in real life
- Turtle man offers Bulma his dragonball if she will show him what's under her skirt, which she does giving us a nice view of her dancing naked butt: points here, Bulma thinks she's wearing undies (see above) and the turtle admonishes the turtle man for his behavior, but that goes by quickly and is easy to miss (although the delivery is hilarious) so, cue the freaking pause button for another discussion
- View of Bulma's naked breasts: I did not see this, I had to leave the house and the spouse was monitoring the show so I have no context for it, but, when I returned I was informed that this scene was the final straw and kid/spouse had come to the mutual conclusion that kid was not ready for this show yet
The show was funny and engaging but, by the time we quit watching, work for all of us. I have no doubt that when my kid is a little older this show will be a favorite, and, I have to admit, I was enjoying it so I'm looking forward to the day when I can just watch it with him.
Bottom line, can I tell you if this is appropriate for your child...no. Every kid is different and only you can know what your child can handle and what your values will support but I've hopefully provided enough info here for that decision to be easier for you to make. So, that all said, I recommend the uncut version of this show for the ages 12 and up. If you are the parent who will allow your 8-9 year old to watch raunchy comedies like American Pie then by all means, proceed (no judgement). However, if you are attempting to preserve your kids sexual innocence for as long as possible, or if, like mine, your kid just isn't ready for it, then pass on this until they are more mature.
Maybe I've gotten sensitive lately, but it seems like for the entire first half, 16 year-old girl Bulma was mostly played as a bartering chip for people who wanted to grope her, peep on her in the bath, or steal her underwear. Between that and 14 year-old (but inexplicably portrayed as roughly 7 y.o.) Goku's tendency to try figuring out gender by feeling someone's crotch (despite being repeatedly punished for it), there's some things that I would call "bothersome". Weirdly, Roshi's "elderly perv" routine is the least troubling shtick going on in this series.
Are there good, exciting moments here? Absolutely. The fights were fun, the chases were great, there was some quality slapstick humour. It clearly isn't for me, however. Me at age 14-18 would've eaten this up, but my tastes and priorities have changed.
This has a way different feel than Dragon Ball Z. Z focused much more on sci-fi themes, and while they're present in original Dragon Ball they aren't as prominent. This series is much more action adventure and martial arts tournament centric. It also doesn't take itself nearly as seriously as Z did.
If you love Z or Super and have never given this a try, you really should. Seeing the origins of your favorite characters will be well worth it.
As for the packaging, I like it. There is a slipcover that matches the box art. If you remove it the spine of the box has a dragon image that you can combine with the other box sets to form a nice image of the dragon and the Dragon Ball logo on your shelf. The slipcover isn't necessary, but it is embossed, which is nice. All of the disks include the same art, which is applicable to the blue bricks, as they are called, for Dragon Ball, as well as the orange bricks from the Dragon Ball Z sets. Funimation, which produced the sets, stuck with a consistent design, which is commendable.
Now, one of the complaints is that the blue bricks now lack the booklet, which includes character bios and episode synopsis. Apparently, Funimation decided to "go green" (i.e., save money) by not including them in the sets. However, you may download them in PDF form from their web site. It is a means to save money producing the sets, let's be honest. But, it is nice to be able to have them on my computer to view, so I don't mind. At least they aren't getting folded, torn, and just generally worn out. I will always have the digital version to reference if I like.
For the price of these sets, you can't go wrong. You get hours of entertainment at a good price. The animation is beautiful and the show is a lot of fun. Funimation did a good job with these sets, although, the orange bricks are of lesser quality regarding the video, which is another story.
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I would have given it a 5star but un fortunately it dus not play on any of my DVD players as I'm from the uk but plays on my pc. So still happy :)