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Total Dragon Ball Z Paperback – November 15, 2000
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Themain focus of the book, DBZ, also suffers from confusing and errorridden capsule synopses of the episodes--though not ALL of theepisodes, only the first 137--why? I don't know. The series has beenout of production for years. Character names are mixed-up fromparagraph to paragraph, not to mention the spelling of same (as if thestory isn't confusing enough. Instead of wasting so much space on 3-Dimages, a little (A LOT) more detail would have been welcome.
The"book" discusses the video and DVD releases, but doesn'teven give you a guide to the titles that have been released. Forexample, it would have been nice to know which DVDs are dubbed, whichare subtitled, which are edited, which are uncut...Nope, none ofthat.
There is also NO discussion of the differences between theDragon Ball and DBZ manga and their animated counterparts. There isno discussion of the feature films and how the fit or don't fit intothe chronology.
The final section, a "who's who" in theDragon Ball universe is well done, I'll give them that. Also the"book" features a handy list of the episodetitles.
Disappointing. I am sorry I didn't wait to see this instores first. I wouldn't have bought it.
Here's a quick summary of what you'll find inside:
Dragon Ball Basic - Everything you wanted to know about Dragon Balls
Dragon Ball 101 - A summary of the manga (comic book), which differs slightly from the TV show.
DBZ - Episode summaries of the first 137 TV shows.
DBGT - History & Summary
Video Game Reviews
Collectible Card Game information
and about 40 pages of Bios. It's 128 pages of fun reading.
Let's start with the errors. I'm convinced that the authors are little more than American DBZ viewers who have seen a Japanese episode once or twice. The information looks like it was copied directly from a website, complete with mispellings and all. The "biographies" are short, and rarely state anything meaningful or interesting ("Bra is the daughter of Vegeta and Bulma"). Yet another problem : Is it just me, or do poser magazines struggle to get real images? Numerous (100+) of the images in this book are terrible screenshots that are blurry, fuzzy, or grainy (Many so terrible you can hardly make out what it's a picture of).
The synopsis of Dragonball/Dragonball Z/Dragonball GT is not very good either. The author's have a rather snobby view of American fans and a high view of themselves who have, quote, "Seen the REAL version [of DBZ]". Pojo, get off of it. Not even the card game guide is good, with poor strategies and being very outdated. I'm not even gonna start on the pathetic 3-D images thing.
That said, I really do praise Pojo for trying. It's much better than anything Becket or some other magazine company has tried to put out. However, hopefully they will revise it, knowing that DBZ fans are one of the most difficult to please.
Here's the bottom line, for the type of people who would spend $9 on a magazine, I think they will be very pleased. Kids/Teens who are fans of the English version of Dragon Ball Z and are not picky about tiny details will be satisfied. I'm just warning those would consider this a valid source for information. In short, information accurate enough to satisfy those who don't know better, but not on par with some of the stuff that can be found on the internet.