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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: C-
  • Extras Rating: F
  • 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

Dragonball Z TV #51: World Tournament - Junior Division

By Jason Chuang     February 07, 2002
Release Date: June 26, 2001

The Review!
Funimation seems to try to improve itself but in the end continue to be on the low end of the totem pole compared to ADV Films and Media Blasters.
Primarily listen to the Japanese audio and was content with the sound though I believe Dragonball Z was originally show in mono. As for the English dubbed, I tried to avoid but it came as usual with the DVD.

Also, the Japanese track at the end of the disc actually becomes (not switches to) English dubbed for the ONE next episode preview. I found to be rather annoyed when Funimation did this to the DVDs. I almost felt like returning it to the store. The English dubbed version has a stereo background with there.

The video did not seem to be of very sharp quality since I could tell of spots showing up on and off again. Also again I was dissatisfied in the Japanese version not to increase the size of the font so people can read the subtitles. Also, Funimation, ever consider to put at least 5 or more episodes per disc.

As usual, Funimation does not include an insert. This is my first DBZ DVD from the TV series. I also own the History of the Trunks on DVD. Inserts are a standard in DVDs and Funimation does put the extra money into making inserts for the TV series.

No real surprises here. The menus have a bit of animation and music playing from the English dubbed version and the layout is fairly minimal with the audio selection on the main page. Access times between each of the few menus is pretty good and things work as they should.

None. All the extras was for the Dragonball Z episodes and a Blue Gender preview which was nice. Still unimpressed with Funimation.

Content: (spoilers)

In these 3 episodes, you see the beginning of the Youth's World Tournament. You see Goten and Trunks are in the Junior Division Tournament. While the adults have to get ready for the Adult's Division Tournament. Trunks and Goten easily get into the finals after defeating so many easy opponents. While Goten and Trunks are fighting, the Great Saiyaman aka Gohan and Videl continue to wait until the new replacement grab came in. In the Journal Division, Trunks and Goten are at it fighting. In the end, Trunks defeats Goten by making him go out of the ring and hit one of the stairs nearby where the fans watching the tournament. At the end of the preview, the Z warriors meet 2 unknown strangers who are part of the tournament. Who is he and what does he want? Go and buy the next volume of DBZ.

Review Equipment
Toshiba 2-Disc Changer with Pro-Logic sound and s-video cables and Mitsubishi 27" TV


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