Dragon Ball – Season Five (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

July 25, 2010 by  

The final volume of “Dragon Ball” is all out action, high level anime entertainment and just a wonderful ending to the first chapter as it sets things up for “Dragon Ball Z”.  Featuring another enjoyable volume featuring the battle between a grown up Goku and Piccolo, the next martial arts tournament and the wedding of Goku and ChiChi.  If you are a fan of any of “Dragon Ball Z” and “Dragon Ball GT” and have missed the original “Dragon Ball” series, you owe it to yourself to watch the original series.  Volume 5 is an awesome conclusion to “Dragon Ball” and is definitely recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Dragon Ball – Season Five

DURATION: Episodes 123-153, 5 DVD’s (745 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: 4:3, English Voice Track with Original Japanese music 5.1 Surround, Japanese Voice Track with Original Music Mono

COMPANY: Toei Animation/FUNimation Entertainment


Release Date: July 27, 2010

Originally created by Akira Toriyama

Directed by Daisuke Nisho and Minoru Okazaki

Music by Shusuke Kikuchi

Character Designs by Minoru Maeda, Yuki Ikeda

Anime Production by Toei Anime

Featuring the following voice talent:

Masao Nozawa/Stephanie Nadolny as Son Goku

Hiromi Tsuru/Tiffany Vollmer as Bulma

Daisuke Gouri as Umigame

Eiko Yamada/Julie Franklin as Mai

Kenji Utsumi/Christopher R. Sabat as Shen Long

Kohei Miyauchi/Mike McFarland as Kame Sennin (Master Roshi)

Mayumi Shou/Laura Bailey as Chi Chi

Mayumi Tanaka as Krillin

Naoki Tatsuta/Brad Jackson as Oolong

Naoko Watanabe/Monika Antonelli as Pu’erh (Puar)

Christopher R. Sabat as Grandpa Gohan and Turtle

Shigeru Chiba/Chuck Huber as Pilaf

Tohru Furuya/Christopher R. Sabat as Yamcha

Takeshi Aono/Christopher R. Sabat as Piccolo

Brendan Hunter as Tien

In the aftermath of his epic battle with Piccolo, Goku embarks on an electrifying quest to rescue his fallen friends from the realm of the dead. His perilous journey will take him to the heights of Korin Tower – and beyond – as he searches for Kami, a mystical being with the power to resurrect Shenron and restore the magic of the seven Dragon Balls!

But even if Goku succeeds in raising the dead, there’s no guarantee he’ll live long enough to enjoy a reunion with his slain comrades. The World Martial Arts tournament is just around the corner, and an eerily familiar foe known only as Junior wants to teach Goku the true meaning of pain! To survive the tournament and finally earn the title of World’s Greatest Martial Artist, Goku must train his mind as well as his body in order to complete his amazing transformation from a bushy-tailed boy into a man to be reckoned with!

The final volume of “Dragon Ball” is all out action, high level anime entertainment and just a wonderful ending to the first chapter as it sets things up for “Dragon Ball Z”.  Featuring another enjoyable volume featuring the battle between a grown up Goku and Piccolo, the next martial arts tournament and the wedding of Goku and ChiChi.  If you are a fan of any of “Dragon Ball Z” and “Dragon Ball GT” and have missed the original “Dragon Ball” series, you owe it to yourself to watch the original series.  Volume 5 is an awesome conclusion to “Dragon Ball” and is definitely recommended!

Before “Dragon Ball Z” and “Dragon Ball GT”, it all began with “Dragon Ball”.

Originally, a manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama for “Shonen Jump”, the manga series lasted from 1984 through 1995 and since the manga series has produced several anime series which include “Dragon Ball”, “Dragon Ball Z”, “Dragon Ball GT” and currently in Japan, a new HD broadcasting of “Dragon Ball Kai” and in 2009, an American live action film titled “Dragonball Evolution” was released worldwide.

“Dragon Ball” is the first arc of the series which aired in Japan from 1986 through 1989 and lasted for 153 episodes. The series was released by Harmony Gold USA in the late 80’s and then by FUNimation Entertainment in 1995 and uncut episodes were released on DVD in 2003. The episodes focus on Son Goku’s childhood, searching for the dragon balls and training to become stronger to protect his friends and the world.

With the uncut episodes released in the U.S., remastered and digitally restored, the final, fifth season of “Dragon Ball” is now here and concludes with a grown up Goku taking on Piccolo Jr., a new martial arts tournament and the wedding of Goku and ChiChi.

“Dragon Ball” focuses on the following characters:

Son Goku – Not much is known about Goku’s past. He was found by a man he calls Grandpa Gohan and trained to be a boy who loves nature and people. And has incredible strength and fighting ability. He was warned by his grandfather to never look at the moon but one day he did and turned into a giant ape and accidentally killed his grandfather. Although not too familiar with humans, he meets a female named Bulma for the first time who is trying to look for Dragon Balls. Now Son Goku continues to train to help his friends and protect the world from evil.

Bulma – A teenager who’s father is a scientist and owner of the Capsule Corporation. A technology that people can store vehicles, homes and storage into a tiny capsule. When thrown, the capsule turns into the actual object that was stored. She’s rather impulsive and outspoken. Her dream is to find the Dragon Balls and make a wish in order to get a perfect boyfriend.

Oolong – A pig who has a fascination with women’s panties. A perverted pig who once terrorized a village. Has the ability to transform to anything for five minutes. Attended a class with Puar in transforming but failed and never learned to stay in a object for more than five minutes. He joins Bulma and Goku in their mission to find the Dragon Balls.

Yamcha – A banded who is accompanied by his shape-shifting animal Puar. With his Wolf’s Fang Fist fighting ability, he trains under Master Roshi and joins Goku to fight evil.

Krillin – A former monk who has been bullied by his other monks. He goes to Master Roshi for training and trains alongside Goku and becomes good friends with him.

Master Roshi (Kamisama-sen) – An old lecherous man who trained Grandpa Gohan and the Ox King to fight. Despite looking like an old man, he has a tremendous fighting ability and is known for his devastating attack known as the Kamehameha. During the martial arts tournament, he disguises himself as the world champion, Jackie Chun.

Other Characters:

Puar – A shape shifting animal who can shape-shift for a long period of time and hangs around Yamcha.

Launch – A shy and attractive maid of Master Roshi who has a dissociative identity disorder. When she sneezes, she goes from the shy/beautiful blue haired woman to a blonde, attractive and dangerous weapon-toting, foul-mouth woman.

Korin – The guardian of Korin Tower who has the sacred water which Goku needs.

Fortuneteller Baba – Master Roshi’s oldest sister who uses her psychic abilities for financial gain.

Master Shen – An old rival/friend of Master Roshi who trained under the same master but went towards a darker path. Also, the brother of Mercenary Tao.

Tien – A stuent of Master Shen and a dangerous martial arts fighter with three eyes. An enemy of Goku in the beginning, he learns his ways and trains under Master Roshi.

Chiaotzu – A good friend of Tien and trains alongside with him.

Yajirobe – A warrior with strength but also constantly hungry. Not the one to get involved in anyone’s battles but somehow ends up getting involved. The second person after Son Goku to climb the Tower of Korin.

Kami – A Namekian who is a guardian of Earth.

Mr. Popo – A loyal servant of Kami and an immortal genie who tends to the palace and trains Goku to prepare for his battle against Piccolo Jr.

The Villains:

Piccolo Jr. – Before King Piccolo died during his battle with Goku, Piccolo managed to launch an egg from his body and from that egg, Piccolo Jr. was born.

“Dragon Ball – Season Five” features a total of 30 episodes on five DVD’s. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode:


  • EPISODE 123 – Lost and Found – Goku must search for his power pole in order to reach Kami and revive his friends.
  • EPISODE 124 – Temple Above the Clouds – Before Goku can meat Kami, he must defeat Mr. Popo.
  • EPISODE 125 – Earth’s Guardian Emerges – Mr. Popo may be too much for Goku but Goku continues to persist.
  • EPISODE 126 – Eternal Dragon Resurrected – Goku meets Kami and talks to him about reviving the Eternal Dragon.
  • EPISODE 127 – Quicker than Lightning– Goku now learning from Mr. Popo embarks on a trek up Mount Rumble.
  • EPISODE 128 – Secret of the Woods – Goku meets a master fisherman.
  • EPISODE 129 – The Time Room – Goku goes back into the past when Roshi and Shen were younger.


  • EPISODE 130 – Goku’s Doll – Yamcha, Tien, Krillin and Chiaotzu go to climb the Tower of Korin for training.  Meanwhile, Goku takes on a splitting image of himself.
  • EPISODE 131 – Walking Their Own Ways – Mr. Popo challenges Goku in a game of hide and seek.
  • EPISODE 132 – Hotter Than Lava – Krillin and friends try to help a village that is under threat from a volcano.
  • EPISODE 133 – Changes – It’s day 1 of the Martial Arts Tournament and Bulma and friends are greeted by a tall fighter.  Who is he?
  • EPISODE 134 – Preliminary Peril – Goku meets a potential female opponent who is very upset with him for some reason.
  • EPISODE 135 – Battle of the Eight – Goku and friends take on opponents at the Martial Arts Tournament.
  • EPISODE 136 – Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao – Mercenary Tao is brought back from the dead as a cyborg.


  • EPISODE 137 – Anonymous Proposal – Goku takes on the female opponent who will reveal her identity to Goku if he can beat her.
  • EPISODE 138 – The Mysterious Hero – Krillin vs. Piccolo Jr.
  • EPISODE 139 – Rematch – The conclusion of the match between Hero and Yamcha.  Tien and Goku have their rematch.
  • EPISODE 140 – Goku Gains Speed – Continuing the match between Goku vs. Tien.
  • EPISODE 1410 – The Four Faces of Tien – Tien uses his new special move against Goku.
  • EPISODE 142 – Kami vs. Piccolo – Kami who is disguised as Hero takes on Piccolo Jr.
  • EPISODE 143 – Battle for the Future – Goku and Piccolo Jr. reach the finals.


  • EPISODE 144 – Super Kamehameha – Goku wants to use the Super Kamehameha but finds out that if he kills Piccolo Jr,, he will kill Kami.
  • EPISODE 145 – Junior No More – Piccolo Jr. reveals his true identity to everyone watching the match.
  • EPISODE 146 – Goku’s Trap – Goku does all he can to survive his battle against Piccolo Jr.
  • EPISODE 147 – Goku Hangs On – Goku knows he must end this battle or else the planet will be doomed.
  • EPISODE 148 – The Victor – Kami feels that in order to rid of Piccolo Jr., he may need to sacrifice his life.
  • EPISODE 149 – Dress in Flames – Goku and Chi-Chi plan their wedding but an earthquake creates a fire that may destroy her mother’s wedding dress and kill her father.
  • EPISODE 150 – The Fire-Eater – In order to stop the fire, Goku and Chi-Chi must find a new Bansho fan.


  • EPISODE 151 – Outrageous Octagon – Goku and Chi-Chi continue their adventure to build a new Bansho fan.
  • EPISODE 152 – Mystery of the Dark World – Goku and Chi-Chi must search for a magical furnace to stop the fires.
  • EPISODE 153 – The End, The Beginning – Goku and Chi-Chi try to reach the magical furnace, so they can save the Ox King and start planning for their wedding.


When I first saw “Dragon Ball”, it was probably back in 1992 and the quality of this raw Japanese video was so rough and hard to watch, it was just bad. Several years later, I was able to catch the first few episodes that aired on television but the problem was that the schedule was inconsistent and our television network was quite bad.

So, it is great to see this uncut, remastered and digitally restored version on DVD. Presented in its original format of 4:3, one thing I noticed is how good this anime series looked on DVD. The series is nearly 25 years old and just watching it, FUNimation Entertainment did a great job in bringing this series out and making it look very good. Granted, it is not free of blemishes, there is some dust, you will see a bit of compression but for the most part, compared to what we had available years ago or over a decade ago, I’m quite content with this remastered version of the series.


As for the audio, similar to the recent FUNimation Entertainment “Dragon Ball Z” and “Dragon Ball GT” releases, the English voice track with original Japanese music comes in 5.1 Surround, while the Japanese voice track is in its original Japanese mono. I watched both English and Japanese and of course, there are some changes in the English dialogue (ie. Master Roshi and in the Japanese track, Kamesama Sennen) and grew up watching the original Japanese version but for the most part, I have enjoyed the “Dragon Ball Z” and “Dragon Ball GT” dub work and similar to those two series, I found the English dub work for “Dragon Ball” to be quite solid. Dialogue is clear and understandable and for audio settings, for both audio tracks, I found the best setting for me was to select on my receiver “Stereo on all Channels”.

Subtitles are in English.


“Dragon Ball – Season Five” comes with the textless opening and closing theme songs and FUNimation Entertainment trailers plus a 24-page booklet with character information and episode synopsis.

A wonderful conclusion to the “Dragon Ball” series!

For fans of “Dragon Ball”, many have waited for the moment when Piccolo (Jr.) would make his appearance, when Kami and Mr. Popo would make their first appearance, the moment when we would see a more grown up Goku and most of all, how he and Chi-Chi got married.  And we get to see it all happen in this final fifth volume of “Dragon Ball”.

Watching “Dragon Ball”, the series has become a wonderful journey as we have seen Goku grow up and find ways to train and defeat his opponents.  For the first 130 episodes, we have seen Goku take on Pilaf and the Red Ribbon Army and King Piccolo but this final volume is the bridge to “Dragon Ball Z” in which we see Goku go from the young boy and literally become a young man and to see him evolve in his martial arts.

And the journey of watching this final volume does not just focus on Goku, we also see how the Z Warriors come together and train together (Krillin, Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu) and evolve in their own martial arts as well.  We also get to see that Mr. Popo is more than just a servant to Kami but he’s also quite a fighter himself.  And of course, a fitting end as we see Goku and his bride-to-be Chi-Chi on a mission to stop the destruction of her home and most importantly to save her father.

A fitting conclusion to “Dragon Ball” and eventually getting the viewer all set for the ever awesome “Dragon Ball Z”.

I know there are people who just focused on the “Dragon Ball Z” series and those who are not fans of watching older anime series and have bypassed “Dragon Ball” (and also “Dragon Ball GT”) but for any fan of “Dragon Ball Z”, I truly believe you owe it to yourself to watch “Dragon Ball” and to see how the characters came together and became the Z Warriors.   And the fact that you can now purchase the complete “Dragon Ball” series for a lower price than those of us who had to purchase several episodes per volume years ago is awesome!

Overall, the final volume of “Dragon Ball” is all out action, high level anime entertainment and just a wonderful ending to the first chapter as it sets things up for “Dragon Ball Z”.  Featuring another enjoyable volume featuring the battle between a grown up Goku and Piccolo, the next martial arts tournament and the wedding of Goku and ChiChi.  Volume 5 is an awesome conclusion to “Dragon Ball” and is definitely recommended!

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