This DRAGON BALL Z collection features the entire WORLD TOURNAMENT SAGA. Trunks faces off against Goten, and other mighty warriors battle it out in these action-packed animated installments. Episodes 195-204 are featured here.
Note to readers: This is not a movie, but a set of tapes with episodes of the Dragon Ball Z show on them.
RUNTIME: 3 hours, 26 minutes
Ok, heres some introductory info:
Background: Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) is a Japanese cartoon (anime) that was created by Akira Toriyama. DBZ is a show of super-powerful beings that fight evil. Simple enough. For some time most of the conflict centered around magical items called dragonballs. Dragonballs can only be created by Nameks, powerful alien beings (of which the character Piccolo is one). And for whoever manages to collect all seven dragonballs, a dragon will appear and grant 1-3 wishes (depending upon which set of dragonballs one is using there are about 4 different sets throughout the entire DBZ existence). The main hero of the entire series is Goku. Goku is a Saiyan (Saiya-jin in Japanese) an alien race that thrives on battle (Goku is the exception), which was destroyed many years ago. However, the newly arriving enemies have no interest in the dragonballs whatsoever and are simply bent on various stages of destruction (killing the Z fighters, destroying earth, conquering the universe, etc.).
By this time there have been 11 previous sagas; The Saiyan Saga, the Namek Saga, the Captain Ginyu Saga, the Frieza Saga, the Garlic Jr. Saga, the Trunks Saga, the Android Saga, the Imperfect Cell Saga, the Perfect Cell Saga, the Cell Games Saga, and the Saiyaman Saga. If you were to begin watching the show from this point in time I think you might be okay with understanding things. After the whole Cell ordeal, its almost like a new show because of the amount of time that has gone by since then. You may still ask, Who are these people? and as usual there will always be a few things you will not understand and would need just a tad bit of past history in order to say, Oooh! Okay, I get it. If you need more information you can always search the web (there are plenty of sites out there!) or go look at the previous sagas to see whats going on.
And now the meat and potatoes.
Well how nice! Its been, what? About 13 years since the Cell incident, and things have progressed interestingly. Gohan is in high school, has met a girl named Videl (who is the daughter of Mr. Satan (known in English as Hercule) the man everyone believes killed Cell), and has turned himself into a super hero named Great Saiyaman. _ Riiight. Whatever floats Gohans boat. Along with that, Chichi (Gohans mother) has had another child named Goten who is still rather young, but is already able to become a Super Saiyan! The same goes for Trunks (not the future one from the Cell fight, but the baby Bulma was carrying around). Yep, one day he and his dad Vegeta were sparring and Trunks went SSJ and clocked Vegeta right in the face. Goku is indeed still dead, Krillin has married Android #18 and they now have a child (he wished for her to be human via the dragonballs), and as for everyone else, they have gone their separate ways.
Now that youve all had that quick history lesson, lets move on to whats happening in this saga. A tournament! Hooray! Well, sort of. If youve ever seen the original Dragonball you might remember the announcer for the tournament, and its always fun to see things like that connected so nicely. When it comes to tournaments, it seems like no one can resist coming to test their strength not even Goku! Hes done so well in his life, hes been given a free pass for one day to participate in the tournament. Who else is going to fight? Pretty much everyone: Gohan, Videl, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, #18, Goten, and Trunks. Well, poor little Trunks and Goten arent old enough and are stuck in the junior division and obviously kick all the other kids butts. Finally its just the two of them, Super Saiyan kid vs. Super Saiyan kid. Goku and Vegeta each want their boys to win who will come out victorious?
Now the adults who have made it into the tournament must draw to see who they will fight against. The Z warriors find themselves up against some very odd characters two of which are rather mysterious and giving Piccolo the heebie-jeebies (Kibito and Shin), and two others that dont exactly look very friendly (Spopovitch and Yamu). As the fighters go against one another, finally its Piccolo against Shin and he forfeits! Whoa, very unlike Piccolo who is this person that makes him so anxious?
Eventually Videl is matched up against Spopovitch, and the fight is on. But it isnt a very pretty sight. Everyone things Videl has the upper hand until she gives him a kick that should have killed him and instead she finds herself the one clinging to staying alive. Will Gohan be able to save her? Or is Videl going to loose the tournament and her life?
Either way, Gohan is up next against Kibito the other mysterious character. After some persuasion from Kibito, Gohan tosses off his Great Saiyaman costume and powers up into a Super Saiyan drawing out Spopovitch and Yamu for their real purpose to drain Gohan of his energy! Shin (who reveals he is actually the Supreme Kai) freezes Gohan and allows Spopovitch and Yamu to drain his energy. Why? Youll find out soon enough
Ok, I can handle a tournament or two, but man did this start to drag. I understand filler, but the episode 203 Identities Revealed was just ridiculous. It was probably one of the more pointless episodes Ive ever seen the entire one entailing nothing more than a period of waiting. Ugh. The rest was tolerable, I enjoyed watching Goten and Trunks go at it (for a while anyway), and liked Krillin actually doing something. But to be honest, I knew what was going to happen sooner or later in the future so I was anxious to see it come to fruition, which made me want to say, GO already! to this saga. I dont know it just lacks in entertainment and I hate Mr. Satan too. So I guess this saga deserves an Eh whatever.
These volume sets are generally $5 per tape, but if you shop around, its possible to get it for less. You can scope things out if you dont want VHS tapes and get DVDs instead though. As for preference; English and uncut is good, but Japanese uncut and subtitled is always better.
#195 The World Tournament
#196 Trunks vs. Goten
#197 The Best of the Boys
#198 Big Trouble, Little Trunks
#199 Who Will Fight Who?
#200 Forfeit of Piccolo
#201 A Dark and Secret Power
#202 Videl is Crushed
#203 Identities Revealed
#204 Energy Drain
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Sagas before this one:
Dragon Ball Z - Saiyan Saga: 8-Volume Box Set
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 - 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
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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