Dragonball Z TV #51: World Tournament - Junior Division (Mania.com)

Review Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2001



What They Say
The World Tournament begins! Combatants collide, fist fly, kicks explode, powers erupts, and as the dust settles and the victors advance to the finals, Goten and Trunks stand atop the ranks, now prepared to face against each other. To the victor go the spoils!

Contains:
Episode 210 The World Tournament:
The wait is over, as the World Martial Arts Tournament opens with the Junior Division! Thirty-five young fighters vie for the prize, but the matches prove to be more comedy than competition -- until Trunks steps into the ring, that is!

Episode 211 Trunks vs. Goten:
Goten and Trunks continue to breeze through the Junior Division of the World Tournament until they find themselves going head to head in the finals! Who's going to win this exciting match? This is one championship that you won't want to miss!!

Episode 212 Best of the Boys:
The match for the Junior Division World Championship continues as Goten and Trunks battle brilliantly for the title! Goten puts everything on the line with a seemingly rash head-on charge! The winner of this final joust becomes the new World Champion! Can Goten outwit the cunning Trunks?

The Review!
After skipping over the Great Saiyaman episodes, FUNimation releases the first World Tournament disc, beginning the Majin buu arc. This disc contains the Junior Division part of the tournament, in which Goten and Trunks battle their way to the top until they both have to battle it out against each other to attain the Junior Division Championship.

Video: The video on this disc surpasses that of the Andriods discs, however, does not with the Frieza disc. There are some areas of grain and some minor spots where the screen shakes but other than that, the video transfer is great. With the current shape of the master’s copies, the video is as good as it can get. Vibrant colors, minor artifacting (due to the condition of their masters tapes) and no rainbows. Also, the transition between the title cards and episodes seems flow even smoother now.

Audio: The dub track contains its usual techno music produced by Faulconer, which is very disturbing to the ear, and the Japanese version retains its original music. Although there is some new dub music, none of it is anything to wet yourself over. And as usual, the “uncut” dub track is in stereo, which sounds superb, and although in mono, the Japanese version sounds lively as ever. The Japanese version, however, seemed to have been recorded in a lower volume than the previous discs.

Packaging: Again, FUNimation fails to place ANY sort of insert inside the disc. I still fail to see how an insert can not be placed. Doesn’t FUNimation notice the big black sport to the left of the disc? Doesn’t it occur to them that maybe SOMETHING should be placed there? The cover art is similar to the VHS version. However, the DVD’s version seems to have been “touched” up in a way. There is a nice white aura around the characters, and the background looks more “crisp.” The back contains pictures from each of the episodes and surrounding it is a purple splash.

Menus: The menus remind me of the Trunks discs’ in a way. The opening menu starts off with a loud thunder and what is displayed is the title of the disc (Dragonball Z: World Tournament Junior Division). Then we hear Trunks yelling, firing a blast at Goten which then turns into a “helicopter” like view of the ring, which I thought was very nice.
The reason for the B- is that the episode/chapter menu has slow loading time, due to the animation, which comes before it. I must say, though, that I enjoyed these menus. They fail to compare to the Frieza discs, however, it easily comes out on top when compared to the other discs.

Extras: I have no clue why these are even called extras. Why, oh why, does FUNimation put commercials for VHS tapes and label them as “extras?” We have seen these commercials many times over as we have them on every disc except the Ginyu ones. The only thing saving this from getting an F is they added a Blue Gender commercial, which I thought, was fairly decent. But if you are going to advertise something, why not advertise the DVD? At this rate, expect the extras to remain the same for a long time.

Content: As stated above, this disc contains the fight between Goten and Trunks. However, there was something new added to this disc, which probably will shock everyone: the eyecatches have made their debut. That’s right, those “bumpers” as FUNimation likes to call them, have returned starting with this disc. In case you have no clue what the eyecatches are, they are little 7-second scenes, which are aired before and after commercials. I must say, that with the eyecatches on this disc, the DVD seems more “complete” in a way. If FUNimation can add opening/closings around each of the episodes, then the DVD’s can’t get any better, if what they are saying is true about the previews.

The next set of World Tournament discs will be released late July, which is a good thing for those who want to see the outcome of the tournament. And as FUNimation has stated before, they will try to make the episodes which haven’t aired on cartoon network simultaneous between the VHS and DVD versions. This disc is extremely addictive. The fight scenes between Goten and Trunks are outstanding. Definitely worth the buy for any DBZ fan.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles


Review Equipment
Sony DVP S530D with Monster S-Video and audio cables. Sony Complete Dolby Digital Home Theater sound package with receiver and speakers. 27’ WEGA Sony TV



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: D-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 62
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z