Many of you are confused about Dragonball Z and its actual plot, direction, theme, and setting; and I wish to help sort this out for those here trying to make a game based on it or stay completely away from it.
Dragonball Z picks up 5 years after the end of "The Original" dragonball. The basic story is that a small lonely kid(Son Gokou) with extreme loyalty and ambision(SP?) meets up with a young, teenage girl(Burma) on his quest to find dinner. Soon he learns that the crystal he possesses is really a key to the Shenron Genie Dragon, and the world surrounding him isn't limited to his grandfather's temple, but is actually a world of dreams and fantasy, where everything is possible. (Fantasy is the major theme) The basic theme is related to an old korean tale of a monkey-boy that dates far back (actually most of the ideas come from korea, like Chi)
One major theme of the dragonball/Z series is Action, but this isnt the only theme; The other themes consist of loyalty, friendship, drama, comedy, dicipline and most important of all, imagination (Without a good deal of this, watching or reading this would be meaningless) And it seems the majority of the so-called "Fans" here cant see past the action part of the show.
I agree that this show isn't a show that you can watch from anywhere and pick up as a favorite. To fully understand this show you must watch it from Dragonball episode 1, think of it as one big movie. It isn't a show like Buffy or Smallville, where you can pick it up from anywhere and understand it(Even though they do progress in order most episodes dont have any need for the next one, because each episode finishes and ends in the same hour, with exception to the enfamous "To be continued")
It is true that this show is directed towards children, but at the same time it is directed towards everyone else. As some people said they do contain some minor swearing, and a good deal of bloodshed in battle; but as for nudity, it is basically limited to some slight flashes in movies where needed(Like the one part in the movie Akira)
Some of the good points of dragonball are the quests(the jobs given to certain protagonists and the way they carry them out *Not always succeeding*)
This show contains a great form of character building and presentation and I believe that it gets trashed for the wrong reason. All of the games made so far really has no reference to Dragonball aside from names(And usually the new names given by Funimation)
The cut versions are pretty good, but the uncut versions are much better scince they arent edited directly for a children audience and arent stripped down to meet the half-hour time slot.
In my opinion Dragonball is a great addition to american entertainment (What more could you expect from a late 1970s classic?) and although people have separate opinions I believe some would change if they fully understood the show.
Dec 3 2002, 3:17 pm