Dragonball Z: History of Trunks (Mania.com)

Review Date: Friday, March 01, 2002



What They Say
When Goku dies of a deadly virus, it seems like the end of the world. But the powerful Master’s passing proves to be merely the presage of the horrible tragedies that are on the way!

When two Androids appear and start destroying the great cities of Earth, the planet is plunged into darkness and its inhabitants are living in fear. But there is one last hope! Goku’s son, Gohan is now a man, and though outnumbered by the demonic Androids, he does have a special young teenager, named Trunks by his side!

As Gohan trains Trunks, it seems like the world is collapsing around them! Can they put a stop to the horrible progression of evil? This is the story of the future that never was!

The Review!
Whoppee!! An opportunity arise for me to pick this title up and I took it. Not so much a fan these days with the Dragonball Z phenomenon, nevertheless I made it my mission to replace my really worn out, 10 year old fansub tapes.

This special basically tells a story where Son Goku died from a heart virus and the world becomes nothing but a wasteland. 2 androids, 17 and 18, run amok causing destruction and havoc and the only remaining people left to defend the world is Son Gohan and Trunks. But the future stands on the survival of Trunks, as he will be the key to reverse the effects of the past.

This special is one of my favourite specials out of the Dragonball Z universe. And since my fansub tape was basically raw Japanese with Chinese, YES CHINESE subs (which I can’t read!!!), I can finally understand what they are saying and what is going on! Not so much on fighting but the storyline is a bit more focus compared to the TV series, which drags and drags.

Audio is alright. I listen to the original Japanese language and it’s pretty good considering it’s age. I spot-check a few bits of the English track and it seemed pretty fine overall to me.

Video is good. Colours are solid with few bits of grain and print damage, and a little bit of pixelation here and there, but seeing as my tape is worse for wear, I really have no complains at all.

Extras are pretty neat. A character bio, art works and the coolest of all, action clips of Trunk’s greatest moments! Pity the clips are dub only.

The dub, in all honestly, I didn’t bother listening to it entirely. I switched languages randomly at times and I can’t stand listening to it for more than 5 seconds. I had enough of listening to the English dub since I can listen to it anytime Dragonball Z is on TV.

Well to any Dragonball Z fans living in Australia/New Zealand, this is one disc worth checking out. And to everyone else, since it’s published locally, you can’t beat the price.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English subtitles,Character profiles,Trunks ‘moments’,Image gallery,Trailer,Local DVD authoring credit

Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25” X-51F4



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 4 - Australia / South America
Released By: Madman Entertainment
MSRP: 24.95 AU
Running time: 48
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z