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Once in a land far far away there lived a boy named Nick who loved anime. He would watch every anime good or bad just to watch it, and that is exactly what he did with Dragonball Z. Until he grew up a few years and had to wait for four forever's for a Super Saiyan to show up, and to be completely disappointed with the completely ridiculous time it would take for another new episode to come out. But that is the boy named Nick, and as the adult named Nick I can gladly say that I mistreated Dragonball Z. It's weird I know, but of crazy guys screaming at each other most of the time, some people say for entire episodes, and maybe that was just the Frieza saga, because I'm way into Imperfect Cell right now and the action has been pretty non-stop.
Now I will admit I was a blatant hater of DBZ leading up to the past month, and my opinion changed dramatically within the past week or so. I suppose it began when I finally gave Team Fourstar a chance with their Dragonball Z Abridged parody series, and well it just kind of took off from there. After watching up to where I had left off in the show, and realizing that I lived in the brilliant age of the internet I sought after more episodes to satiate my curiosity to see what would happen next. This was when I learned to stop worrying and love another anime.
See I had always heard how dumb the plot to Dragonball Z was in relation to other anime, and while it certainly isn't going to win any Oscar's or Emmy's, the plot does follow a rather bizarre timeline, but is also really cool to see how everything starts tying together from earlier sagas. While continuity wise things get a bit bizarre, they have at least made time travel somewhat interesting, and the plot believable in concept. Not going to spoil anything, but needless to say I am satisfied with how they explain the way time travel works in the show.
Action wise, I'm not too sure where people are saying not a lot happens. However what I will say is that alot of stock footage is used in these fight scenes. Which isn't terrible, considering your I'm on episode 151 or 152, and still have I think close to 120-140 to go, but the stock footage sequences of flurries of punches and kicks is highly noticeable. Battles are also a bit formulaic in their approach plot wise as well, however for whatever reason I'm legitimately letting them run me through the paces. Yes each saga is pretty much "there's a really strong bad guy. Now there's more really strong bad guys. OMG where's Goku? OMG someone died (probably Yamcha). Quick Sensu bean. Quick discover unknown power. Bad guy has another form, we can't win now! If Goku were here we'd win. Oh look Goku! We won let's eat!"
That about sums up how each plot goes from a formula standpoint, from a tale standpoint they add interesting character tweaks and histories to keep the story fresh, but yes it's very much a formula. Again though I'm letting it slide, its working for me right now. There is something incredibly fulfilling in watching these super powered warriors destroy landscapes and cities as they fight, and thankfully in later episodes they at least make mention of the bystanders in the way. Needless to say I think I may finish this series by the end of the year depending on my work schedule.
If there was a purpose, an underlying theme for this blog it's simply to say, judging a book by its cover may be the easiest way to see if something will appeal to your tastes, but it's not the best way to decide on a purchase. I was wrong about Dragonball Z. Wrong enough to proclaim that everyone should watch this show? No probably not, but enough to say that sometimes second chances are definitely worth the effort. Now as an added bonus Napa sings for you guys: