Hey guys! Welcome back to another special edition of Ramblings. Once again, I’m here to talk Dragon Ball. You may remember the first column I did on Dragon Ball back in December. If not, check that out first. By now I hope you know I’m Brandon Myers, the Rambling Gamer, not Big D (Geekdom101). So please don’t take any of this or the past column as being from the keyboard of any Dragon Ball expert. I’m just a casual fan. With that said, let’s go!
Since my last Dragon Ball column, I signed up for Funimation’s newly revamped streaming service. If you’re a regular reader of Ramblings, though, you might already know that. I briefly talked about using the service in the past. My main reason for subscribing is for Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. So let’s talk about those this time around.
I wanted to start with the Buu Saga of DBZ, because that’s the arc I wanted to see to completion back when it was first airing on Cartoon Network in 2002. So I started with the episode where Majin Buu was released from his containment ball thing. I don’t recall it being given a name, unless they named it prior to that episode. If so, then I apologize for not starting when Babidi arrived on Earth. I really just wanted to get to the Buu parts.
After finishing the Buu Saga, I was very much pleased with how it went. Some parts dragged a bit, but in all it was pretty good. Of course, the parts that dragged were the parts that people usually mock Dragon Ball Z for doing, such as all the yelling to power up. Goku powering up to his Super Saiyan 3 form was especially drawn out. But, I guess that can be forgiven. DBZ is a pretty good show, regardless.
The ending of DBZ was really good, too. I enjoyed Pan and Goku’s interaction at the festival before the tournament. Pan was adorable, and Goku should get an award for being a good grandfather. I also loved Goku trying to get that Uub kid he fought in the tournament to get his head into fighting. Who is Uub? That would be a spoiler, so you were warned. Uub is the reincarnation of Majin Buu. When Majin Buu’s purest form, commonly referred to as Kid Buu, was destroyed, Goku said aloud that he wanted Buu to be reincarnated as a good person. They established earlier in the arc that when evil people die, their souls are cleansed and memories wiped, after which they are reincarnated.
The end of DBZ takes place ten years after the destruction of Kid Buu, and Goku says that Great King Yama must have heard his plea, and reincarnated the evil Kid Buu as a good person. I could nitpick and ask how anyone, even a god, could know upon a person’s birth if they’re going to turn out good or evil. Well, I guess I just did. Nitpicking is one of my favorite hobbies, by the way.
Funimation’s streaming service only has the Blu-Ray versions of Dragon Ball Z available for streaming. You can select English or Japanese audio, but you’re stuck with the visuals, which are chopped off at the top and bottom to fit a widescreen aspect ratio. Yes, instead of letterboxing it on the sides like any sensible person, Funimation wanted to retrofit the standard-definition DBZ for high-def, and it has mixed results. I wish there was an option to have the original SD version of the show, but I guess that’s not in the cards.
Anyway, I finished the Buu Saga, and saw the end of Dragon Ball Z. I figured it was time for me to start getting caught up on Dragon Ball Super. At that point, the last Super episode I watched was 15. So I watched episodes 16 through 20. Such good stuff in there. But when Big D (aka Geekdom101) found out on Facebook that I was watching Super without having seen the entirety of Dragon Ball or DBZ, he scolded me and said I should watch the first two series before I continue watching Super.
His rationale is that there are a lot of callbacks to the previous Dragon Ball series within Super. I can understand that, I guess. I’m just a little impatient. I want to watch Super as it happens. You know, like the cool kids do every week. With my current pace of two to three episodes a day, it will take me two to three months to watch just Dragon Ball. It would be almost double that for DBZ. So that has me a little annoyed, but I can’t really argue with Geekdom101 on the subject of the best way to watch Dragon Ball.
The original Dragon Ball on Funimation is in standard-definition, by the way. No silly attempt at an HD makeover. I’ve seen the first three episodes of Dragon Ball so far. I vaguely remember some of those episodes. But I saw the English dub, which was likely censored in some parts. Mainly on the visuals. Dragon Ball (even DBZ to an extent) has non-sexual nudity in parts. I think I read that some blood and alcohol references were censored in the dub, as well. I don’t remember everything, though.
I read through Funimation’s episode summaries for the next several episodes, and I remember seeing quite a few of them. In fact, I think I started watching Dragon Ball at or near the start. I forget when exactly I stopped watching. I know I saw the first tournament. I saw Roshi destroy the Moon to stop reverse Goku’s transformation. But I don’t know where exactly that all falls in the series. I don’t remember much, if any, of the Red Ribbon Army, though. So, who knows. I don’t.
All in all, I really like Dragon Ball. I said last time that Dragon Ball shines with its comedy more so than its action, and that still holds up in my opinion. The action is really good, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that the comedy is really, really good. That’s a whole “really” more good. So yeah, Dragon Ball is awesome.
That does it for me this time. Catch me on Twitter at @geekdombrandon. See ya next time!
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