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DRAGON BALL Z – Season 4 (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

September 22, 2008 by  



“The fact that Funimation continues to sell these anime box sets for a low price is just amazing and this latest box set focusing on the battle against the Androids and the introduction of the future Trunks is just another awesome chapter in the popular anime series”

DVD INFORMATION:

DVD TITLE: DRAGON BALL Z (SEASON 4)

DURATION: 735 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC

COMPANY: Funimation

Released on Feb. 19, 2008

Having returned victorious from their battle with Frieza the Z-fighters can at last breathe a collective sigh of relief… But they won’t have long to rest. A new host of villains has appeared ready to wreak havoc on the Earth – and Goku the Z-Fighters’ greatest hero is still missing!In the face of these new dangers a mysterious youth with Super Saiyan powers has come bearing a bleak prediction for the future: in just three years’ time an evil greater than any the Z-Fighters have ever faced will emerge to cast a shadow of destruction and despair over the Earth. If the young Saiyan’s prediction is correct the Z-Fighters will have to train like they have never trained before in order to have any hope against these seemingly unstoppable foes: the Androids!

With each DVD season box set release of “DRAGON BALL Z”, as a hardcore fan of the series, it’s just incredible to get over 30 episodes for almost the same price or less than most American television box sets.

Season 4 is definitely going to excite some fans as one of the more popular characters, Future Trunks is featured on the box cover.

The season starts off with the Garlic Jr. arc that I wasn’t too caring for, while the fate of Goku is still unknown after the battle with Frieza, everyone else gets accustomed to their own lives as Gohan is stuck at home studying for school exams and his mother Chi Chi is very striict with him. Piccolo continues to train and Krillyn dates a beautiful, busty woman named Maron.

But eventually everyone reunites to take on the latest threat to their world when Garlic Jr. unleashes the black water mist upon the world and everyone turns evil with the exception of Piccolo, Krillyn, Gohan, Maron and Master Roshi.  With the help of Kame and Mr. Popo, the group take on Garlic Jr. and must save the world from the black water myst.

The next chapter features the return of Frieza and his father Cooler.  After Goku’s battle with Frieza, it is learned that Frieza’s father saved his son and made him even more powerful by taking his body parts and creating a cyborg.  Of course, Frieza now back, wants revenge on Goku and friends.

As everyone prepares to battle against Frieza and Cooler, a mysterious guy from the future makes an appearance.

The unknown warrior defeats Frieza and Cooler with ease and everyone realizes that he is a Saiyajin.  But the warrior tells everyone that Goku should be arriving that day and everyone is shocked to find out that Goku will be coming back.

Upon Goku’s return, the future warrior reveals to Goku that he is Trunks, the son of Vegita and Bulma and warns him of upcoming danger as his world has been destroyed by the Androids.  He comes to the past to warn Goku to get him and his friends prepared for their battle because he can defeat the androids but he must take medication to help eliminate a virus that he is going to have soon.  According to Trunks, everyone except Gohan is killed but Goku dies due to a virus.  But by giving him an antidote, Goku can survive the virus once he gets sick.

So, for the next few years, Goku, Picollo and everyone must train for this major threat from dr. Jiro and the androids.

AUDIO:

This is where I’m so happy with these Funimation releases.  The fact that you can watch the series in both Japanese or English dubs but can listen to the English dub with the new digital music or the original Japanese music.

Having watched the series in its original Japanese language when it was first released, this time around, I have been watching the series in dub format and its one of the best English voice acting as Goku, Picollo, Gohan, Krillyn, every character…the voice acting is just well done.  There is not one character where I felt the voice acting was off or didn’t fit.   Voice acting is well done!

VIDEO:

The video looks great on DVD and for those of us who have multi-generation fansubs or fading VHS tapes, just having these episodes on DVD and everything looking great.  I know some people have a problem with the show receiving some cropping but for me it’s quite miniscule.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Special features include trailers and open and ending themes.  If there was one thing lacking, it’s the fact that there are really nothing in terms of special features.

As of this review, the latest Season 6 was released and I have started on season 5.  But I was quite pleased with Season 4, the whole android saga was great to watch when it first came out and to see future Trunks, Super Saiyan Vegita and everyone all together, fighting together once again.  It’s just an all out great, mega-brawl and it’s one of the reasons why “Dragon Ball Z” has become my favorite action anime series of all time.

I do have to say that the android saga leaves off with a cliff-hanger and continues in Season 5.  So, you’re definitely going to want to pick up Season 5 as it leads into another major threat that relates to the android-saga.

Again, for the price of over 30 episodes for $30 is a great deal!  I just hope that Funimation sets the trend of other companies considering their anime DVD releases via box set for a similar price.  But nevertheless, if you are a “Dragon Ball Z” fan, you can’t go wrong with this series.  Cool characters that you care about, storylines that capture your attention and a series that is just action-packed.

Another season of “Dragon Ball Z” worth owning!

+ Characters you care about and a good balance with action!

+  Pretty awesome battles!

+ One of the best English dubbed anime series, if not the best out there!

– Lags on special features.

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