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Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box 6 DVD Review

When it comes to the episodes, Dragon Box 6 is a vast improvement over Dragon Box 5.

Picking up where Dragon Box 5 left off,  Dragon Box 6 (which contains episodes 210-250) begins with ANOTHER tournament (the Junior Tenkaichi Tournament) featuring Trunks, Goten, Number 18 and the return of Mister Satan. The other tournament going on simultaneously is the adult Tenkaichi tournament which has Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Videl and Krillin facing off against some new challenging foes in Yamu and Spopovitch. The adult tournament is soon disrupted, however, after Goku and co. learn that an evil wizard named Babidi is seeking energy to resurrect Majin Boo. The gang meets new allies in Kibito and Kaioshin who naturally decide to team up with Goku, Gohan and the Z-Fighters to stop Babidi. Other key plots involve Dragon ball resurrections, a tournament on board Babidi’s ship, a Fusion fighting technique, Gohan’s Z sword, and Goku turning Super Saiyan 3.

After the disappointing Dragon Box 5 (which felt more like the worst of “Dragon Ball GT”), Dragon Box 6 goes back to what made DBZ such a landmark anime series- characters and plenty o’ action. Fans can expect to see some iconic moments in DBZ here such as a cursed Vegeta fighting Goku, some truly evil and dark scenes with the villainous Babidi, Goku reaching Super Saiyan 3 and even some surprising scenes involving Vegeta murdering innocent people while under a spell. Personally, it was refreshing to see a darker tone in these episodes as the series was in dire need of some changes after the episodes in Dragon Box 5.

The only real downsides to this batch of episodes are the talky (and lengthy) exposition that is begging to be trimmed down ‘Kai’ style and the goofy looking Majin Boo whom is one of my least favorite vllains. Still, these are minor quibbles and they don’t take too much away from the excitement of the episodes.

Summary: Dragon Box 6 is well worth picking up.

Video/Audio:

Despite being a little on the grainy, the fullscreen picture quality is the best of the Dragon Box sets so far.

The set contains English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Mono audio tracks. The Japanese track is solid even with the low quality sound (and sometimes scratchy audio). The English track is the way to go though since it’s one of the very few English dubs that gets everything right.

Extras:
* As with the previous 5 Dragon Box sets, a hardcover booklet is included with this DVD set. The booklet contains the usual character profiles, episode summaries, charts, and sketches.
* Trailers for “Blue Gender,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Soul Eater,” “Yu Yu Hakusho,” “One Piece,” and “Burst Angel.”

August 22, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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