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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: F
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 82
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #38: Androids - Invincible

    December 24, 2003
Release Date: May 08, 2001

Dragonball Z TV #38: Androids - Invincible
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
Episode 121 No Match For The Androids
In an earthshaking battle, the beautiful Android 18 brings Vegeta to his knees. But before she can deliver the final blow, Trunks steps in to help. Soon an all out war between good and evil begins, with the androids gaining the upper hand. Now the unhindered androids set their sights on the ultimate prize—Goku!

Episode 122 Last Ditch Effort
Struggling to recover from their fight with the androids, Vegeta, Trunks, Tien and Piccolo realize a grim truth: unless they can increase their powers quickly, they have no chance against the android trio. In a drastic move, Piccolo flies to Kami’s place high above the earth and makes a most unexpected proposal…

Episode 123 Closing In
The evil androids hit the road in hot pursuit of Goku but are delayed by some hyperactive hoodlums. Krillin and Trunks race to move Goku to a safer hiding place, while up in the clouds Kami wrestles with Piccolo’s difficult offer. Everyone is scheming of ways to stop the androids, but will any of them work?

The Review!
FUNimation finishes the Android arc and prepares to move onto Imperfect Cell. Sigh, #17, we just knew thee for a short while…sob!

Another dual-language audio track with a solid Japanese mono and English stereo. The stereo mix, however, comes mostly out of the center channel, and the English dubbed version is so inanely hideously horrible I couldn't stand listening to more than one minute, although I did watch some critical scenes on English w/ English subtitles. They were HORRIBLY butchered; the characters' motivations, especially the Artificial Humans motives for fighting Goku and Piccolo's fusion with Kami were so badly hacked to pieces it was like watching a completely different program. FUNimation scored 0% accuracy, meaning that not one line of the dub matched the translations provided by Steve Simmons. This idea of an "uncut" dub is both laughable and ridiculous. I actually listened to a whole episode in English- boy, was I sorry. I first swore that David Moo had to be voicing #17, who sounded like a token gay character. (I AM SEETHING WITH ANGER) As always, the dubbed version replaces the original orchestral Japanese score with a terrible wannabe techno/heavy metal remix. Also, the Japanese track at the end of the disc actually becomes (not switches to) English dubbed for the ONE next episode preview.
Either Toei keeps their analog masters of Dragon Ball Z TV in the Sahara Desert, or it purposely gives FUNimation substandard tapes in hopes of boosting their unannounced Region 2 DVD boxset sales. The video has many nicks and scratches, and after watching the first DVD boxset of Urusei Yatsura, I think that series had better video quality, despite its 20 year old masters. More so, the picture seems drowned in a heavy layer of grain, and the viewer can easily detect much softness and pixellation. That said, this disc still beats fansub quality. Still, with only a single-layer encoding and the massive amounts of technical flaws on the disc, the video itself looks more like a VCD than a DVD.

Ok, it IS a screen capture, but I love this cover. #18 kissing Krillin is a fantastic scene by itself, and it also has many unexpected consequences later in the series. Still no insert, and the episode descriptions use the dubbed version's titles.

Straightforward menus, but slow access time, compared to other non-FUNimation releases. These menus are identical to the other Androids discs menus, which just goes to show how cheap and lazy FUNimation is. One may switch audio or subtitle tracks during play, but switching chapters makes the language and subtitle selection return to default, suggesting that two separate video segments were used, and further suggesting a conspiracy of editing. A terrible delayoccurs when changing between episodes and title credits.

Note to FUNimation - previews for dubbed VHS videos are not "extras." Grrrr…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) When watching this single-layered disc, I discovered that the uncut and unedited Dragon Ball Z on DVD is still, indeed, cut and edited. As with the previous discs, we still lack next episode previews. FUNimation claims that the tapes Toei sent it had the previews but no audio. If these were true, FUNimation should have just made a deal with the I-channel to acquire the previews. Only one preview exists on the DVD, the one for the last episode, but it is the dubbed preview. Only one textless opening and ending sequence is shown, which I consider a flaw because every single episode of DBZ had different credits. The eyecatchers are also senselessly left to die on the cutting room floor, despite fan protest. FUNimation just really needs to release a DVD boxset of DBZ TV. While it is currently releasing an average of one volume every two weeks, it will still take until 2007 to release all the episodes of DVD. Also, one would spend about $2,300 to collect all the discs, as they alternate having four and three episodes per DVD.

As for the show itself? Come on, it's DBZ, the greatest anime series of all time.

This final Androids disc presents the shortest (and arguably best) battle of DBZ; #17 and #18 defeat all the Z-warriors with less than 3 blows each. Considering one fight can last, say, fifteen or more episodes, it's amazing to finish a whole battle before the halfway point in an episode. From a total critic's standpoint, the rest of the disc is filler, but, damn, it's wonderful filler, with the Z warrior's wondering what they will do to stop the insanely powerful Artificial Humans. The AH, on the other hand, take their time enjoy playing a not-so-friendly game of death racing with a bunch of bikers. The last critical episode provides an important transition to the next story arc with a mystery about the discovery of another time machine from Trunks' future.

Sadly, it might be a while before FUNimation graces us with an Imperfect Cell DVD release, as the next releases currently will be the long-neglected Freezer and Garlic Jr. discs along with the 3 discs of the start of Buu Saga. But hey, at least the anti-Christ of anime will put out a new DVD about once every two weeks.

Japanese Language,English Languge,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony DVP-650D DVD players with Audioquest and s-video cables on a Trinitron XBR 27 inch color TV


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