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

By:Brandon Stock
Review Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Review!
Finally, Finally... a new Dragonball Z opening; "We Gotta Power!" Ah it feels good!

When you do pick up this disc (and its wise to also) you will be surprised at how much the menus have changed. The music and everything just got me awestruck. when I first saw them. It is exactly like the Freeza DVD, although with different music for each menu and overall great loading.

Remember how everyone was really upset at how FUNimation didn't include the "eye-catchers" in the VHS or DVD versions? Well they are back and better then EVER. It makes you want to cry to finally see that we are getting more for our money. Although the eye-catchers are not really too much, to me they are a great step up in quality for the little 2-4 seconds of animation. What's really appraising about the "catchers" is that the Japanese and English version have different music for each version. The English is like a little chime, and the Japanese is like always... excellent!

Like stated in the first sentence, there is a new DBZ opening, there's also the ending. The opening is the same in the Japanese AS WELL in the English, even though they have different music... but at least they are finally included. Personally, I prefer the second opening then "Cha la- Head Cha La". That aside, there is no real problem with the actual content of the openings or endings, the angel's wings in the ending are really something to look at... Akira Toriyama really took some time into this saga.

Now to get to the most important part: the Japanese and English version.

First the English: Its really enjoyable. Most hate the voice acting of FUNimation, and most of the time I do not blame them. Anyway, the actors have really gotten their positions down pat; so I'll give em some praise! Out of the whole disc there is probably one actor I didn't like, but he or she wasn't a main character... so it wasn't that bad. Another thing to mention is the music, its gotten so much better since the Freeza saga; its really enjoyable some of the tracks. While some will make you run in fear.

Now the "sacred" Japanese version: The subtitles have gotten better, still with the bold black to see it clearly on any screen. Most of the voices are very recognizable and its great to see the real name of the so called "Hercule" or a.k.a. Mr. Satan. No problems on any of the subtitles whatsoever. One great thing to mention is that there are finally the full lyrics for the opening and ending themes. Goodness, this DVD is good.

Extras: Not that bad of a disappointment this time around. Yeah sure there are mostly the same commercials... but at least the "World of DBZ is gone" Hopefully FUNi will give its fans more extras soon, but its not all that bad.

Picture/Quality: No matter what anyone says, this DVD kills all other fan-subs out there. I remember when before I knew what a fan-sub actually was; I struggled with the video quality and sound of the show. Now I can look at it without worry. There are NO rainbows, NO streaks, AND NO stupid rips in this film. The picture is the perfect DVD release from FUNimation other then the recent TV specials and past movies.

All right now to get into the show. All I'll say is that it is much more like the original Dragonball. More jokes and more story then actually fighting. The disc may bore you in the first episode (195) but it picks up when you see the cell games parody. Trunks and Goten fight and all, everyone is older, and then there is a preview of the next episode. All the while there is great voice acting (in both English and Japanese) and even the beloved "eye-catchers."

Truly, Truly anyone can enjoy this disc. Even if you don't like how DBZ is always running itself from FUNimation... give them a chance. Moreover, this series is more enjoyable then the rest. Actually giving the characters more life and the children fighting are reminiscent of Dragonball humor. Oh yeah, that overweight lady needs to do something fast with her sons.

The only thing that most people want with the disc is not there. Hopefully they will come soon. They are: an insert in the DVD, more episodes per disc or lower price, and better extras... there coming. Hope ya enjoy this disc!

Review Equipment
Toshiba DVD player (double disc holder), Sony Television; with the standard audiovisual cables

Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
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