Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball Z TV #33: Trunks - Mysterious Youth
By Chris Beveridge
December 24, 2003
Release Date: October 03, 2000
Dragonball Z TV #33: Trunks - Mysterious Youth
What They Say
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Episode 103: Frieza's Counterattack
Gohan's cracking the books, and his new tutor is cracking the whip! But study time is almost over, for a powerful evil is racing toward the Earth! Gohan's worst fears have come to life -- Frieza has survived!
Episode 104: The Mysterious Youth
The Earth faces it's darkest hour as Frieza and his father King Cold rapidly approach! And without Goku to assist them, the Z fighters prepare to launch a desperate battle against the most powerful evil the universe has ever known!
Episode 105: Another Super Saiyan?
Frieza and King Cold have descended upon the Earth but a mysterious lone warrior has come to thwart their diabolical plans of revenge. Does this brash young hero have what it takes to stand up to these twin titans of evil?The Review!
Taking a giant leap forward in content from the last disc that was released, Funimation throws you about 40 episodes forward to the end of the Freeza stuff. For some people, this can be rather hard to follow.
The disc contains both the Japanese and uncut English dialogue tracks. Both are a fairly decent job, with the majority of it coming through the center channel. What one may think is poor encoding however, when the end of the disc is reached and you're watching in Japanese, the next episode preview switches to English. This, come to find out, is due to there being no Japanese language version, so this is to make everyone happy. I'd prefer no previews myself. We didn't detect any serious distortion or noticeable dropouts.
While it won't win any awards, the video is pretty serviceable. There's some print damage that you can see throughout at times in the forms of scratches and nicks, but nothing that will really detract much, especially considering the age of the materials. There's a fair amount of jaggies throughout and edge pixellation. We didn't detect any rainbows, but there's a softness combined with the pixellation that makes you more conscious of the age of the materials.
The packaging is pretty decent, with a still shot of Trunks on the cover. The reverse side gives a decent rundown of each episode, including episode name and number as well as a picture for each one of them. There's no insert included in the package, but they did a nice job on the screened image on the disc itself.
The menu's are fairly decent, but they unfortunately don't seem to work too well, which is more the fault of the video stream than the menus themselves. Selecting Japanese with English subtitles will cause the opening segment to play that way. Once it gets past that and into the show itself, the subtitles (listed as Japanese) go off. This also happens when you go from one episode block to the next, the subtitles get switched off. Very poorly tested. This occurred on three separate players. Access times were fairly decent.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As mentioned at the beginning, the jump forward of so many episodes will really throw off the casual fan whose picking up the discs. Thankfully though the episodes themselves are pretty enjoyable and in one sense, makes me really glad that they did skip so much material and move onto the next section of good stuff.
The show picks up pretty fast with Freeza and his father, King Cold, en route to Earth to kill Goku when he arrives after them. In the meantime, they're out to kill all the people on the planet so as to really get Goku in the spirit of things.
Vegeta's also made his way back to Earth and has crashed with the sizeable group of folks at Bulma's. There's nothing more amusing than seeing Vegeta in yellow pants and a pink shirt that says "Bad Man" on the back. The interactions between the group of friends and Vegeta's pretty good, especially with all of them laughing at him.
Where things really pick up though is the actual arrival of Freeza and company on Earth. They get ready to do their bad deeds when the mysterious purple haired punk with a sword shows and proceeds to get more serious than just about any other fight sequence that I've seen so far.
And it's over fast. Doubly good.
In terms of the disc, overall I'm pretty displeased by some of the poor functions. With the subtitles turning themselves off, the dub being switched on and not having the openings & endings surrounding the episodes, there's a number of technical errors that even the worst anime studios should be able to avoid. The content of the show itself manages to help and most DBZ fans won't really care either way. Definitely not a shining example of what to do.
Japanese Language,English Languge,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.