Well this is where it all starts
in the Dragon Ball Z series anyway. Been directed to this item by a friend who said, Hey, its cool, take a look at it! Look no more because youre in just the right spot. Just keep in mind that this item is not a movie - it is a set of tapes with episodes 1-26 of the series on them.
Runtime: 8 hours, 55 minutes
What is Dragon Ball Z you may be asking? Dragon Ball Z (or more well-known as DBZ), is a Japanese cartoon (or more commonly called anime) made by Akira Toriyama who has also made other series such as Chrono Trigger. DBZ is a high action show with a rather interesting plot and a lot of fighting through martial arts and energy techniques that utilize a persons ki (or rather, the energy inside of you).
The main character is Goku, a non-Human person with Superman-like powers. Goku is actually from an alien race called the Saiyans (or Saiya-jin, roughly meaning Saiya race in Japanese). Saiyans originated from the planet Vegeta. The way Saiyans work is by class. Lower class fighters are sent to distant planets as children. When a Saiyan sees a full moon, they turn into a huge, well, Were-monkey (Oozaru in Japanese). The main goal is for the monkey to trash the planet and clear the way for future Saiyans to come and take over. They then auction the planet off to the highest bidder and thats what they do. Higher classes order the rest around, to be blunt.
Now that youve had a little crash course in Saiyan culture, lets move on.
This specific set of episodes deals with Goku coming to the realization of what he is (relax, I didnt give anything away, its in the first episode) due to the fact that his brother, Radditz, has arrived on earth to see just what is going on with Goku (Gokus Saiyan name is Kakarot or Kakarotto in Japanese). Radditz isnt a very nice guy in fact, practically all Saiyans are rather ill tempered. But he explains to Goku that Planet Vegeta has been destroyed and now there are only four Saiyans left in the universe (and if you decide to pursue your DBZ viewing, youll find out later that there were actually seven left). Radditz wishes for Goku to join them. But Goku likes earth, and all his friends namely Krillin, his best friend, Bulma, his female best friend, Master Roshi, his martial arts teacher, as well as others. Besides, Goku is married with a son, Gohan, and doesnt think ravaging planets out in space is a great place to be.
The episodes, once the Radditz issue is resolved and I wont say how - move on to include Gohans training by Gokus former enemy Piccolo a green, pointy-eared, sharp-toothed alien known as a Namekian, Gokus training by King Kai, a rather goofy martial arts teacher, the training of Krillin and Gokus other friends, Yamucha, Tien, and Chaotsu, and the travels of the two strongest Saiyans ever, Nappa and Vegeta. Go figure huh? Their planet blows up but the two strongest are left alive. Vegeta happens to be the prince (or rather, the king now since his father is dead) of the now nonexistent Planet Vegeta (couldnt you tell?) and is a very nasty individual. He can destroy a planet with practically a whim and wont think a thing of it. Hes the bad guy you love to hate, and sometimes you just love anyway. Personally, Vegeta was my favorite character. Eventually, everything leads up to the arrival of the two Saiyans and the fate of the earth (definitely not going to be a first and last time occurrence!) rests on the shoulders of Goku and his friends.
The best part of these episodes is the duel between Vegeta and Goku. Goku is the ultimate good guy, his power resting in his abilities, his confidence, and his will to protect the innocent. However, Vegeta is a very tough rival, his power lying in his abilities also, his pride, and his near insane will not to lose to this low class soldier. Between these two, its the beginning of a beautiful rivalry. So who wins? Well, Im certainly not going to spoil it!
Personally, out of the entire Dragon Ball Z series, I think this is possibly one of the best sagas out there as compared to the Namek, Freeza, Cell, and Buu sagas. There isnt a fight as good as Goku and Vegetas up until the next Goku and Vegeta fight, and thats in the Buu era.
If you can find it in its original form, however, that is the best you could possibly buy. If youre a parent and you just want the censored, English version, just prepare to see a little bit of blood, but still a great deal of people beating the crap out of one another. If you want the uncut, English version, chances are it will be a little bit more mature, but not by much. However, if you can get your hands on the uncut, Japanese version and youre mature enough to handle it, you will get plenty of blood and swearing every other word out of Vegetas mouth is a curse word it seems like. That version is the best though, just because it is the most realistic (cartoon though it may be!).
Even if you dont want the rest of the series, this is a fun one to have just because of Goku vs. Vegeta. Its like a futuristic fantasy series in an interesting way. Just think on it and keep my words in mind because quite honestly, Im quite an expert on DBZ. ^_~
Episodes included are:
#1 The Arrival of Radditz
#2 The Worlds Strongest Team
#3 Gohans Hidden Powers
#4 Gokus Unusual Journey
#5 Gohans Metamorphosis
#6 Gohan Makes a Friend
#7 Trouble on Arlia
#8 Home for Infinite Losers
#9 Princess Snakes Hospitality
#10 Escape from Piccolo
#11 Showdown in the Past
#12 The End of Snake Way
#13 A Fight Against Gravity Catch Bubbles!
#14 The Legend of the Saiyans
#15 Black Day for the Planet Earth
#16 The Battle Begins Goku Where Are You?
#17 The Saibamen Strike
#18 Nappa The Invincible?
#19 Tien Goes All Out!
#20 Times Up!
#21 The Return of Goku
#22 Goku Strikes Back
#23 Goku vs. Vegeta A Saiyan Duel
#24 Vegeta Saiyan Style!
#25 Stop Vegeta Now!!
#26 Battles End
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Continue the series:
Dragon Ball Z - Namek Saga: 9-Volume Set
Dragon Ball Z - Captain Ginyu Saga: 2-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Frieza Saga: 10-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Garlic Jr. Saga: 3-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Trunks Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Androids Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Imperfect Cell Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Perfect Cell Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - World Tournament Saga: 3-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Babidi Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Majin Buu Saga: 7-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Dead Zone
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The World's Strongest
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The Tree of Might
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Coolers Revenge
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie The Return of Cooler
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Super Android 13
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Bojack Unbound
Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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A movie directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
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