Dragonball Z TV #05: Saiyans - Doom (of 17) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, June 01, 1999
Release Date: Tuesday, June 01, 1999
What They Say
Episode #14: The Legend Of The Saiyans
Goku’s next task in his training is to hit Gregory, a super-fast grasshopper, with a heavy hammer. King Kai is amazed to see how quickly Goku can conquer the gravity and decides to teach him the ultimate techniques called “Kaio-Ken” and “Sprit Bomb.” One day, King Kai reveals more to Goku about his Saiyan heritage. Goku learns that the planet Vegeta had vanished and he is one of only four Saiyans that survived. Goku will have to confront the rest of the surviving Saiyans soon!
Episode #15: Black Day For The Planet Earth
Goku completes his training under King Kai, and is ready for the battle against the Saiyans. While Goku hurries back on the Snake Way to Earth, the evil Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa, finally land on Earth and launch a diabolical wake-up call for the planet. They first sense the power of Piccolo and Gohan and proceed to them. Their purpose is to find the Dragon Balls and make their wish – immortality. Can Earth’s Special Forces hold out until Goku arrives?
Episode #16: The Battle Begins… Goku Where Are You?
Vegeta and Nappa reach Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin. Vegeta recognizes Piccolo as the one who told Raditz about the Dragon Balls before finishing Raditz off, and then reveals that Piccolo is an alien from the planet Namek! The Saiyans then grow plant monsters, called Saibamen, to fight Earth’s warriors first, just as Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha arrive to help!
The audio on volume 5 is a decent sterol mix of the English dub. No surround effects at all, but hardly surprising. Dialogue is clear and undistorted.
The video, and more likely the source materials, were better for these episodes. The grain level has gone done that was visible on volume 4 and things just looked better.
The packaging on this one was a bit darker than the past couple of releases, but still looks pretty good.
The menu? Chapter select, as expected. Nothing exciting, but very functional.
The three episodes themselves fared a bit better than the last disc. Gohan gets more screen time, Goku shows his stuff and the Saiyans arrive.
These episodes reflected exactly why I hate edited shows. When the Saiyans make an example of a section of the city they land in, they and then news announcers mention things like "Good thing this area was evacuated/abandoned". When Nappa blows a helicopter out of the sky, he even mentions that they escaped and are coming down in parachutes. Ridiculous!
Personally, it's this sanitized clean cartoon violence that is more abhorrent than animated characters being killed.
Otherwise, things in these episodes move towards the battle with the Saiyans as they find Gohan and Piccolo. Goku is hustling his way back along Snake Way and everyone else is getting in position. The next couple of discs should have some nice extended fight sequences!
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 65
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z