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Review this title!
Adult Written byYusuke May 30, 2010
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Dragon Ball Z is the most popular anime/manga series of all time.
Most children and generally people with a low intellect have a hard time comprehending thing about the series. The plot isn't always fighting nor is it the same. It's also not slow paced. The people that generally say this again, have seen very few episodes and fail to look past a couple of scenes.
The series starts with Goku going back to his old master's house for a reunion. Little did he know, his brother had come to Earth. Goku knew nothing about himself, or why he had a tail (See Dragon Ball). Raditz his brother explained everything, kidnapped his son and told him to kill 100 humans if he wished to see his son again. Goku being the pure hearted guy he is, set in after to rescue his son with former rival Piccolo.
The plot in a sense changes from rescuing his son, to a greater threat coming to Earth. Goku is killed in this battle and due to Kami allowing him to train with King Kai, the God of the North portion of the universe, Goku is able to train with him to prepare for these invaders. Long story short, it shifts to Goku's friends dieing in battle. And without the Dragon Balls, they can't wish them back. So the next thing is for them to journey to planet Namek to use their Dragon Balls. Little did they know, A tyrant known as Frieza which had been controlling the saiyan race had also been Vegeta's boss so to speak. Vegeta had come to Earth in search of the Dragon Balls to become immortal to defeat Frieza and take his place. He was one of the invaders that came that Goku was preparing for. He narrowly escaped due to Goku's good will. Though the amount of blood and wounds on him shows how badly injured he was, He couldn't even walk! People who would use a stereotypical again are the ones that are completely biased.
Comments would include:
*Intense screaming for episodes on end.
*Predictable fights.
*The same thing over and over.
All those are incorrect. The first arc consisted of Goku learning off his ancestry and fighting off some really strong new guys, who were actually of the same race. They then in search of the Dragon Balls go to Namek, where they learn of Frieza.
This part of the story is really interesting. Just between all the stirring ambivalence. Frieza and his men are after the balls, Krillin and co are as well, not to mention Vegeta.
It's a three way struggle for the Dragon Balls.
Eventually, Vegeta and Krillin's side join forces to beat Frieza's men, but they're outclassed. Vegeta did manage to cut off Guldo's head though.
The battle scene changed entirely when Goku arrives on Namek and disposes of Frieza's men, all but one that is.
Captain Ginyu had actually switched bodies with Goku, causing a lot of conflict.
Goku and Frieza fight to the death, that is until Goku's best technique fails. At this point Vegeta dies of heart failure, due to being hit in the chest from a death beam by Frieza. Frieza then does the same to Piccolo, who barely survives. And he then kills Krillin by causing him to literally explode.
As it was hinted by Vegeta for a vast amount of time, Goku had the power of the super saiyan. He unlocks this using the pain of lost, putting his feelings first. He is then able to outclass Frieza, but at the same time show him mercy. He lends Frieza his chi after Frieza's arm and bottom half of his body are sliced off. Frieza didn't learn a thing and retaliates, ultimately ending up with severe injuries in space.
Dragon Ball Z was initially suppose to end with Goku dieing on Namek becoming the savior of the universe, but Akira's editor pushed him to create more due to it's high popularity.
As you can see we've already proven two stereotypes wrong.
The battles are rarely predictable, and the storyline is never the same. The main reason they say it would be predictable is because the series is a few decades old and it's been seen before. The other stereotype being the ones who says there's tons of screaming that goes on for episodes. This never happened. The most you would have in DBZ is in two scenes out of 291 episodes. One being Vegeta's Final Flash, which he was charging a blast for 4 minutes. He was also directing it away from the Earth and antagonizing Cell to stay there. He was abusing the pride and arrogance Cell had from his own cells which lie inside of cell. Tongue twister, eh? Vegeta is a master tactician, there was a lot more going on in that scene than just a bit of yelling which was used as a battle cry you could say. That's the second longest amount of yelling in the series, ranging from 3-4 minutes. Also interrupted by other character talking and once again, other characters talking in other locations. I used talking as an example, there were other things going on. The longest is 4-5 minutes, and it's Goku going super saiyan 3. Most people think that's the amount of time needed to go into this form. Once again that's incorrect. Goku is able to do it in less than 10 seconds as seen with the fight against Kid Buu. This was used a stalling tactic for Trunks to get the Dragon Ball radar. Other than those small scenes, the general yelling would be small bursts, which were usually battle cries. Once again proving the stereotype wrong.
After Frieza, the Cell and Buu saga are entirely unpredictable, there's actually so many things going on it, it would take too long to actually explain in this small review.
Overall Dragon Ball Z has swearing using words such as "Bast- Hel-, Dam-" and various other hand signs representing profound words, hence the middle finger.
There is a ton of violence. From heads being cut off to holes being punched through people's stomachs. But Goku, he's probably the best remodel there is. Of course children are too young to understand much of this and would pay attention to the violence and swearing more than what the characters represent. There are mild uses of gambling and alcohol, and a slight bit of nudity (Though a lot less than Dragon Ball which has an extreme amount of nudity).

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byCooldee August 27, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Dragon Ball Z is the worst cartoon ever!

This tv show is too violent for children under 14 years of age. There are postitive messages of teamwork and never giving up, but this show is overshowered by violence.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written bycasandra_j_k December 2, 2009
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

This is a excellent show. There is violence but always to save the world and the main character is very pure and good with good morals. a excellent teacher of good

First off I would like to say as a warning if you are the type of parent who believes any violence in tv shows is bad for your kids then this is not a show for your kids. It is a traditional fighting style show for all ages. There is very little blood though goku and others get beat up alot. Goku is a very good man. He stands up for what is right. I believe those morals are very importaint to instill in children. The main character is very outgoing friendly and pure. Even though he fights. It is always to save the world and its people. This is a family favorite. Some of the anime movies have a little blood in it. I would not suggest the first broly movie for children under 6 my younger son watched it and was scared of the bad guy in that one. However, the 2nd and 3rd broly movies were not too scary particularly the 3rd one. This anime stems from the dragon ball anime.
A word on dragonball Z though is that from time to time goku's original teacher shows up and he is a bit lecherous but he is not in dragonball Z as much as he is in the original series of dragon ball. If you rent this or try to find somewhere to watch it online make sure it is english dubbed not subbed. The english dub means english voices and they also pull some content i believe from the original japaneese version. English subs is the original version with original voices and you read the english subs at the bottom.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byEarL April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written bySeth88 September 30, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

HUGE difference between the edited/cut and Uncut version

Age 8 and up?? this must be a joke

are we discussing the edited/cut version or the original uncut version?

the original DBZ is very violent, some foul language here and there, blood/gore, sexual references etc

I'm shocked that on this website a show with so many adult elements is classified as 8+ whereas Everybody Loves Raymond, a show with very mild crude humor classified as 13+ lol

Overall I'd say that the Cartoon Network (Cut version) is suitable for people over 10, while the original version is 15+ Great show nonetheless, but not suitable for children.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byPowerRangerYELLOW April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Theres so many better shows of this type for kids

but because it's stupid and violent. the kids will love it

Adult Written bycommon_sense_user_12 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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A total bore for anyone who isn't an an 8-year-old boy

This immature Japanese fighting show is simply stupid. Characters die in almost every episode, and battles with enemies are the plot of the entire series. Boys 8 and to 10 will think this is ok, but anyone older will find it boring and stupid. A much better show with a similar plot is Avatar the Last Airbender;spectacular voice talents, a more interesting plot, less fighting (though there is some) and it's a lot more fun to watch!

Adult Written bydragon ball April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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as a fan.........

I love this show!!! For a full content review visit www.dragonballz.com. Please take note that I am reviewing the edited version not the 2 uncut s.
Nudity = none
violence= lots
language= not a lot of profanity but plenty of death threats.

Adult Written byUlisa April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Parent of a 10 year old Written bywillke March 13, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

super awesome

It is perfect for kids.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Adult Written bynduns May 5, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Not the awesome show most anime fans label it as

This show is way too slow paced, and for the most part, all it really does is show off the characters' huge muscles. The storylines are the same thing every time! Some evil guy shows up, the sayajin try to stop him and in the end, Goku is the one who saves the world! It's always the same thing and it becomes very monotonous VERY fast! The manga's at least tolerable as the super sayajin transformations don't take forever, but even so, it's still just muscleheads fighting each other. What made the original series better, imo, was that everyone had unique abilities, the fights weren't predictable, and the longest they ever went for was 3 episodes. DBZ is good fun entertainment but that's about it.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written bygato1 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

sweet!!

this show is actually more violent then what is shown on us tv. the japanese version has blood in it and some curse words like damn,hell and bastard.the version shown on cartoon network is the one I would recommend for 8 year olds. one other thing that is toned down in the us tv version is master roshi's advances on bulma. other than that, its very enjoyable.

Adult Written byMommieMolly April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Good show!

This show is really good, as good as tv show cartoons can get. There are alot of very good messages, and good triumphs over evil. Parents, watch with very young children.

Adult Written byAl Jackson April 15, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Epic Anime!

This Anime is GREAT! It had great animation and epic voice acting!

Parent Written byPlague December 17, 2009
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Dragon Ball Z

Was one of my favorite animes of all time. And still in a way, is.

What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written byUnmei April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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I love this show

I'm 19 years old and I still love this show. It has some good values (such as family and working together), terrific art, and while it does have mild violence, the violence is focused on saving people. It's humorous and enjoyable. Not quite sure why some other adults don't like it, I know many other people my age that still enjoy it.
Hope this helps any others who are wondering!

Adult Written byrtor February 19, 2009
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

i grew with this show and still watch it

i love this show, i think this show is good for kids.
with some good values, mild violence, and no adult content at least in the censored version. in the uncensored version there isn't much inappropiate content.

Parent Written bySr_spawn15 December 12, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Dbz is not for kids

Have anyone really watched its not for kids its for teens there is an insane amount of blood and there is a scene where a villian gets cut in half and one where a hero gets shot with a laser and coughs up alot blood the gets a closer look and blood covers the screen then an 11yr old heros arm gets broken and drips blood they flip the bird alot of times and they refer to hell alot one episode isnt enough info and a character rips off his arm time to time the regenerates it really i dont believe what your making your kids watch

Parent Written bynineheartsaxel July 10, 2013
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

A bildunsroman on justice and mercy

I grew up in the 90s watching "dragonball" and "dragonball z" and got the privilage of growing up watching the protagonists Gohan and Goku defend their home, friends, family, home, and ultimately, what's right.
While the original show "Dragonball" does have some sexually perverted jokes in the beginning, the show evolves from classic japanese gags to martial arts, where Goku grows to become stronger. Both shows are ultimately about self improvement and growth. The bildungsromans with dragonball z and its predecessor of Goku and Gohan face the characters with themes of choices and deciding what justice and mercy is as even though there are villains in the show who, as Gohan puts it, "(doesn't) deserve to live" Goku and Gohan still let these foes live in order to change and become better than who they are. This leads to quite a few villains becoming "good." Obviously not all enemies convert and end up destroying themselves which gives viewers, especially children, the understanding that evil is a destructive nature and therefore will inevidably destroy itself.
The show gives young males an older male figure to look up to who fights for whats right and never gives up but at the same time puts his faith in his son.
The show may hold violence, but its justified. Its not wife beating or merciless destrution and death from the "good guys" its about fighting those who are evil, people who we must face every day and can choose to stand up to or walk from.

Parent Written bytaofist8 September 27, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Training the Warrior-Archetype

DBZ is an excellent motivational anime when used in conjunction with martial arts training. The development & use of personal energy hits a far more naturalistic core than most other superhero toons - to the extent that it can still give pleasure to adults - who should definitely watch it with their children to provide moral guidance/modelling.
Seems tailored more for girls than boys.. unless the girls are training in martial arts...

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism