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  • 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.
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Running time: 65
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #16: Namek - Ginyu Force

By Chris Beveridge     December 09, 1999
Release Date: December 09, 1999

Dragonball Z TV #16: Namek - Ginyu Force
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
Episode #47: Scramble For The Dragon Balls! Krillin and Gohan are traveling to the Eldest Namek, but they fail to notice that Vegeta has begun to follow them! Meanwhile, the Ginyu Force is approaching Namek on a mission from Frieza...

Episode #48: Arrival Of The Ginyu Force Krillin and Gohan reach the Eldest Namek's hideout just as Vegeta catches up with them. The Eldest Namek senses the arrival of the Ginyu Force, so Krillin and Gohan decide to make a truce with Vegeta in order to protect the Dragon Balls. Meanwhile, Goku finally conquers the 100 Times Large Gravity setting and is ready for battle!

Episode #49: Elite Fighters Of The Universe...The Ginyu Force Frieza's Ginyu Force arrives on Namek! Krillin, Gohan and Vegeta reach Vegeta's hiding place for the rest of the Dragon Balls, when suddenly, the Ginyu Force appears in front of them! The Ginyu Force decides to have some fun - by challenging our heroes!

The Review!
Audio and video on this installment of Dragonball Z is pretty decent. You'll not find many surprises in the audio department and the video is fairly clean.

The menus are pretty basic, since you can't select much more than what scene you want to start on.

The three episodes on this disc are definitely mixed bag and introduce some rather poor characters yet again into the Dragonball Z universe.

The first episode is essentially a rehash of the episode before it, with Bulma leading a few Saiyan's into the water and retracing her steps while trying to foil them. There was nothing at all useful in this episode and was basically a complete waste.

The arrival of the Ginyu Force in the next episode brings this series to an all time low in my opinion. The initial couple of villains with Vegeta during the first half of this series were bad, but nowhere near as atrocious as these five characters.

Bad. Not once did I find any of them or their shenanigans funny. The only redeeming things in this episode was the end of the training for Goku on his flight, though it's still awhile before he's planet bound. The comments on the beer were amusing. While I know that this series so far isn't supposed to focus heavily on Goku and more on Gohan, there are just too many characters to really do it well. Goku, though spending most of these 50 odd episodes in training either in limbo or in space, has still been fairly interesting.

The final episode, which begins the challenge between the Ginyu Force and the newly teamed up Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin starts off in the usual fashion. Lots of posturing followed by a game of rock, paper and scissors to determine who gets to fight who. There was some display of powers by a few of the Ginyu and some background on them, but minimal overall.

There was some side plot stuff occurring as well throughout all three episodes, but they were really drowned out by everything else and kept to no more than a few seconds here and there. I'd hope for better villains in the future.

English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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