Dragon Ball Z Dub Comparison Essay

A list of all the ongoing jokes in TeamFourStar's Dragon Ball Z abridged, many of these jokes are references to the original series itself, including the dubs of Dragon Ball Z that have made fatal errors in translation or localization. As with any abridged series, TeamFourStar has made many changes from the original Dragon Ball Z Anime. These changes vary from simple details to entirely different plot lines all together.

Ongoing JokesEdit

  • The Krillin-Owned Counter (KOC). Some of the Owned Counts were actual events in the original series, namely those wherein Krillin is injured by an opponent, while others were created by TFS via editing/dialogue. The counter is noted by a picture of a dragon ball and a shillouette of Krillin with two band-aids crossed on his head and white text reading "Krillin Owned Count: X" with "X" being the amount of times Krillin has been owned at the time, all of which appearing with a "DING" sound effect.
    • Episode 1: Krillin was "bitch-slapped" into Kame House by Raditz's tail. KOC-1
      • In DBZ Kai Abridged Episode 1, Krillin's hit into Kame House and the KOC raises to 10 in a second before exploding.
    • Episode 2: When Piccolo kidnapped Gohan, Krillin shouted, "Quick! Somebody stop him!" only to be answered with silence(and crickets chirping), to which Krillin says, "Damn it, Roshi!" like Goku did to Krillin when Raditz kidnapped Gohan, whereupon Roshi says, "Shut-up, Krillin!" KOC-2
      • ​1st Owned Count created originally by TFS.
    • Episode 4: When Popo asked for questions, Krillin attempted to ask, but was kicked off of Kami's Lookout, literally. KOC-3
      • ​2nd Owned Count created originally by TFS.
    • Episode 6: When Krillin was attacked and pulled down by the Saiyans, he proclaimed that this couldn't possibly get any worse. Then Popo appered saying "hi" resulting in him screaming. KOC-4
    • Episode 8: Krillin did the Multi-form and attacked Nappa, but Nappa overpowered him, knocking him and his clones back.
      • He landed on the Ground. KOC-5
      • His clones followed. KOC-6 & 7
    • Episode 9: Nappa blasts him for cutting his face with the Kienzan, thus ruining his modeling career. KOC-8
    • Episode 10: Krillin attempted to attack Vegeta while he was weakened.
      • After he reverted back from his Oozaru form. KOC-9
      • After he was a hit by a Spirit-Bomb. KOC-10
    • Episode 13: When Krillin and Gohan beat Sui and Banan into the water, he made lame joke about them getting, "washed up." KOC-11
      • ​3rd Owned Count originally created by TFS.
    • Episode 20: When Krillin interferes with the fight between Vegeta and Recoome, Recoome responds with a strong "Recoome Kick." KOC-12
    • Episode 21: When Jeice and Burter do their "Seizure Procedure," Krillin gets a seizure from looking at it, even though Gohan recommended not to. KOC-13
      • ​4th Owned Count originally created by TFS.
    • Episode 23: Krillin attempts to greet Goku (Ginyu in disguise) and gets slapped in the face. KOC-14
      • it should be noted that this was misspelled 13 instead of 14
    • Episode 25: Krillin is attacked by Freeza.
      • He is first impaled. KOC-15
      • He is then shook vigorously, 9 times to be precise. KOC-16 to 25
      • Also in Episode 25, owning Krillin 10 times in a row results in couple 1-ups, causing Gohan to remark that Krillin is making Freeza stronger (a reference to the Mario Bros. video games).
      • This is the most times Krillin's been owned in a single episode (record 11 times).
    • Episode 26: After Piccolo cracks his neck, Krillin attempted to do the same, but does it too hard and injures himself to the point of nearly being paralyzed. KOC-26
      • ​5th Owned Count originally created by TFS.
    • Episode 28: When Goku spun Freeza around by tail, he vomited, and that vomit flew onto Krillin's face. KOC-27
      • ​6th Owned Count originally created by TFS.
    • Episode 29: Freeza kills Krillin by sending him into the sky and blowing him up, as revenge for cutting his tail off. KOC-28
    • Episode 31: Marron breaks up with Krillin, saying that she never loved him and made him spent all his money on her for nothing. KOC-29
      • ​7th Owned Count originally created by TFS.
    • Episode 38: Dr. Gero beats Krillin up after he tells himself that the chances of running into him are very small. Dr. Gero then tells Krillin the exact probability of this happening before flying away. KOC-30
    • Episode 41: Chi-Chi opens a door onto Krillin's face. KOC-31
    • Episode 48: Bulma flies her vehicle into Krillin as she is delivering the Android Detonator to the group. KOC-32
      • 8th Owned Count originally created by TFS.
    • In TFS' collaboration with Screen Junkies, Krillin gets owned after being told he doesn't appear in the live-action movie 'Dragonball Evolution'. Evolution KOC-1Honest Trailers - Dragonball Evolution
    • In TFS' 2014 Halloween Special 'Celloween: A Flight Out of Cell', Krillin gets punched through a plane and, when asked if alright, simply spouts random sounds. Hallowned Count-1
      • The regular "DING" SFX played is replaced with an old Church Bell and a Stock Scream
  • Most characters cannot seem to grasp the name "Kaioken". Whenever Goku says "Kaioken" in any way, shape, or form, anyone replying "Kaio-what?" is immediately hit before they can finish.
    • When Goku uses Kaioken X3 in Episode 10, Vegeta responds, "Times wha--?" before being hit.
    • In ScrewAttack's 25th Death Battle "Goku VS Superman", the joke is continued there. This is probably because MasakoX voiced Goku in this particular fight, so they decided to pay tribute to his work with Team Four Star by including it. DEATH BATTLE! : Goku VS Superman
  • A character commenting to another that a mountain "looks more like a plateau" shortly before being thrown/knocked into it.
  • Mr. Popo is nightmare fuel.
    • His pecking order (Which is first demonstrated in Episode 4) leaves his trainees terrified of him.
  • A mountain climber yodeling "Ricola" only to shriek when the mountain is utterly destroyed/cut down by a missed attack.
  • The Namekians' lack of reproductive organs and they're actually slugs and not demons.
  • The number of bald people in the show: Krillin ("the small one"), Piccolo and Tien ("the two tall ones"), Nappa, Chiaotzu ("a pokemon!"), Master Roshi, the Saibamen, Namekians in general, Freeza.
  • Gohan is often called a nerd for his intelligence, mainly by Piccolo (and once by Nappa).
  • Piccolo always yells "DODGE!" when he's about to attack Gohan during training, eventually resulting in an opposite, traumatized response from Gohan whenever he hears it. Also, his dying message to Gohan (after saving him from being killed by Nappa's attack) is "Why...didn't...you...DOOOOOOODGE!!!" Piccolo later repeats this when pulling Krillin and Gohan away from Vegeta's barrage when fighting Freeza.
    • In Kai Abridged Episode 2, they switch roles. When Freeza fatally wounds Piccolo, Gohan falls on his knees and says "Piccolo...Why...didn't...you...DOOOOOOODGE!!!" followed by Goku becoming a Super Saiyan out of rage.
  • While en route to Earth, Nappa keeps asking Vegeta "Are we there yet?". This later comes back in Episode 8 while waiting for Goku. ("Is he here yet?")
  • King Kai constantly tells Bubbles, Gregory, and Bojack to "Shut up!"
  • Tien and Chiaotzu are misconceived as a gay couple, since Tien often looks at Chiaotzu as his son, or younger brother.
    • If Yamcha is nearby when one of these jokes is made, he occasionally follows up with "...gay."
  • Raditz is constantly used as a unit of physical strength or a point of comparison.
    • In Episode 3, Nappa says "Guy who's as strong as a Saibamen says 'what'?" to see if he is dead or not.
    • In Episode 7, Nappa reads Gohan's, Piccolo's, and Krillin's power levels, and the scouter says Gohan is 0.8 Raditz, Piccolo 1.1 Raditz, and Krillin 0.9 Raditz.
    • On Planet Arlia, when Nappa destroyed the King's "Rancor" with ease, he is lead to think it's made of something weak like paper mache, or Raditz.
    • Vegeta grades a Saibaman's strength in Raditz because "he is so weak we could literally grow Raditz'".
      • Krillin ,after defeating the Saibamen, "destroyed the equivalent of 3 Raditz, Nappa is worth 5 Raditz and I (Vegeta) am worth 15 Raditz"
    • During the Z-fighters fight against Nappa, he says that Krillin has proved that "your Raditz is still stronger than our Raditz".
    • Raditz is even used as a currency at Spacey's. They have an entire menu called "The Raditz Menu".
  • Goku's addiction to food, which often distracts him from important objectives/fights
    • This is established when he gets distracted from Raditz breaking his ribs by the thought of ribs, the food item.
    • When he is fighting the Ginyu force, he suddenly has a craving for a Grand Slam and even asks Jeice if he knows where a Denny's is.
    • In episode 30, Freeza offers him 2 pizzas with stuffed crust in exchange for the time he needs to reach his maximum power level (Goku agreed upon hearing "stuffed crust").
  • Poor hindsight that characters point out in the aftermath of, or right before, another character's death, or when a new attack is used:
    • Piccolo points out that Raditz could have flown in order to dodge the Special Beam Cannon that killed him. Raditz then yells out 'Damn you hindsight!' before dying.
    • Krillin, before using it, admits he could have used his Destructo-Disc earlier which may have saved his friends' lives. This in fact becomes a running gag, where Krillin has opportunities to use it to kill even the most powerful enemies, but does not think to do so, either from being in a state of fear, or from being out of energy.
    • Piccolo thought to grab Gohan and jump out of the way of Nappa's finishing attack, but before doing so, was killed by the attack.
  • Tien Shinhan often acting as a stereotypical strict parent-figure towards Chiaotzu.
  • Bulma often being the subject of crude sexual humour.
    • Krillin referring to Bulma as "Boobs", and then immediately correcting himself and calling her by her real name.
    • Oolong suggesting Bulma's panties as an example of wishing for anything from the Dragon Balls.
    • Bulma crying that she was 'saving herself' for Yamcha after he died. (To which Master Roshi replied "BULLSH*T!")
    • Krillin, while travelling to Namek with Gohan and Bulma, wanting to "relieve himself" after watching Bulma walk around in nothing but her underwear.
    • Dende finding Bulma's breasts to be "quite lovely" and wanting to nestle between them.
    • When no one reacts to when Krillin says that there's "Two kinds of fisting in this town" after Yamcha almost died at the hands of Dr. Gero, he flies off saying "Bulma'll get it", most likely because she's a woman.
    • Bulma is offended by one of the henchmen's remarks towards her calling her a pig (because she was holding Oolong up in front of her face), and she insists that she's "at least an 8". Although, she could have meant "ape".
  • Zarbon makes many homo-erotic comments
    • The joke is subverted when it's revealed he is in fact "straight", as he has a girlfriend, and Frieza almost comments he thought Zarbon was gay.
    • The joke is continued later when, during one of Frieza's rants, he says he's convinced Zarbon's girlfriend is named Chuck.
  • Bulma being left behind while the others go on missions.
    • This is brought up most often on Namek, when she's left consistently behind (much to her chagrin) by Gohan and Krillin during their antics. She brings this up again later, when she comments to Yajirobe that she "never even saw Frieza".
  • Krillin being unable to shut up when scared, usually leading him to blurt out important information in front of powerful enemies, much to Vegeta and Piccolo's chagrin.
  • Freeza and all of his minions using or having Earth-based things but putting the word "space" in front of it, e.g. "Space-Skype, Space-Duck, Space-Hulu, Space-Australia, etc."
  • Jeice being punched repeatedly in the face by Goku.
  • Vegeta's cursing gets cut short by scene shifts and bleeps, but gets finished later.
  • Vegeta screaming, "GODDAMMIT, NAPPA" in anger/annoyance from Nappa's stupidity. Piccolo even screams on occasion.
  • Guru's senility and neediness, which annoys Nail frequently.
  • Ghost Nappa's haunting antics.
  • Krillin running away when given the chance.
  • Krillin's support of "Team Three Star" (Him, Gohan and Vegeta), which he values to the point of getting in the way of more important priorities, and irritates Vegeta to the point of wanting to kill Krillin (he even fantasized about snapping Krillin's neck while yelling out "TEAM THREE STAR" just to be ironic).
    • In episode 24, Krillin revealed he thought the name was stupid to begin with but never said anything on account of no one else saying anything about it, even though Vegeta expresses hatred toward the name (therefore towards Krillin).
    • The name of the team pokes fun at Team Four Star, the group who made the abridged series.
  • Yamcha's uselessness.
    • Bulma believing she'll meet "a real man" on Namek. Krillin reminds her of Yamcha, but Bulma sticks to her belief, saying again "A real man".
    • After Guru unlocks Krillin's potential, which wasn't much, Guru states that its "all downhill", to which Krillin says "Like Yamcha...". Guru then says "I do not what this 'Yamcha' is, but it sounds disappointing."
    • Vegeta even states that "I don't know what this 'Yamcha' is, but it sounds just like Raditz."
    • Yamcha's Christmas song also points out how weak he is.
    • Yamcha being cut-off by another character before he can speak in later episodes
    • Krillin proclaims that they were going to revive Piccolo, Tien, and Chiaotzu. When Gohan asks "what about Yamcha?", Krillin responded "What about Yamcha?"
    • When Yamcha is next in line to be wished back by the Namekian dragon balls, Bulma announces his name with a very open tone of reluctance in her voice and even stops smiling. No one even comes to Yamcha's aid after he crashes into a nearby pod and apparently broke one of his legs in the process.
    • Vegeta laughing about how he died from a saibaman.
    • Tien complaining about how Yamcha couldn't last thirty seconds against Androids 19 and 20
    • Goku associating Yamcha with being easily killed or mortally wounded without any effort being made ("Yamcha'd", as he put it).
    • Yamcha offering to take Goku home in Gohan's place stating that he would just get in the way if he stayed with everybody agreeing (Vegeta also asks why he's even there in the first place).
  • The Ginyu Force's dances/poses being awkward for onlookers (Freeza even comments "Sure is Zarbon in here...").
  • Recoome acting like a professional wrestler and referring to himself in third-person.
    • His fight with Vegeta, Krillin, Gohan and Goku was framed as "Nemekimania 2011", as a parody of wrestling specials.
  • The Dragon Balls are often referred to in a sexual way.
    • When Goku first mentions the Dragon Balls to Raditz, Raditz asks, "The 'Dragon's what'?!"
    • While on Fake Namek, Bulma states they're looking for the Dragon Balls, which Raiti states is disgusting, before Zaacro tells him she means the ones that grant wishes.
    • During Freeza's call with Ginyu, he commands Zarbon to grab the Dragon Balls, but phrases it 'I'm coming Zarbon, Quick, grab my Balls!', prompting the Ginyu Force to laugh throughout the trip.
    • When Freeza asks Nail how to use the Dragon Balls, Nail suggests "working the shaft".
    • When Krillin explains to Vegeta how the dragon balls work, one of his lines is "And out of the balls comes a giant dragon!".
    • When Gohan and Krillin first see the Namekian Dragon balls "those things are huge! AC/DC be damned" which references the AC/DC song "Big Balls".
    • When Ginyu and Jeice are flying towards Freeza's ship, and Jeice asks what the plan is, Ginyu says, "Well first we have to touch all of Freeza's balls."
  • Krillin referring to Dende as "Little Green". He even refers to Nail as "Big Green" before he threatened to snap his neck if Krillin calls him that again.
    • In episode 56, Dende commands Krillin to say his name after smacking him, prompting Krillin to finally call Dende by his name (albeit while crying)
  • People having a conversation with Gohan that half-implies something sexual/dangerous, to which he replies, "I need an adult!", while the other follows up with, "I am an adult."
  • Tien's Solar Flare being compared to walking on someone in the shower. When Krillin used it on Dodoria, a subliminal image of Freeza flashes for a split second. However when Krillin used it on Freeza, Dodoria in a swimming suit appeared instead. There are images of a similar theme in every Solar Flare since.
    • During the Cell saga, the images changed to a bug theme
  • Vegeta always seems to have a copy of the "Official Saiyan Handbook" to explain to his opponents how saiyans grow stronger every time they survive a mortal injury. The Handbook has two known editions, one edited by Turles (shown to Cui) and another (shown to Jeice) edited by Paragus.
  • References to or cameos of various movie and anime exclusive characters (either canon, semi-canon, or non-canon) like Turles, Bojack, Cooler, Maron (Krillin's non-canon girlfriend), and Paragus.
  • When someone talks to Goku for a long time, Goku cuts them off by saying, "Bored now!"
  • Goku doing something that is entirely impossible and follows no logic with the explanation of "Muffin Button".
  • Krillin mistaken for an "Albino Namekian" due to his bald head, and even when his true species is revealed, he is not treated much better than before.
  • Goku describing Ginyu as "horny" (this is likely in reference to Ginyu's horns).
  • George Takei saying "Oh my!" in the middle of King Kai's conversations with people whenever someone says something somewhat sexual.
  • Short conversations between Vegeta and Gohan during tense moments where both speak with short sentences with little beat space, using the following patter (or variations thereof): "What are you doing?" "Nothing much." "Thwarting my plans?" "Thwarting your plans?" "Are you?" The first time, Gohan lied, saying he wasn't thwarting Vegeta's plan, with Vegeta following up that if he really was stopping his plans, he'd kill him. The second time, (when Gohan, Krillin, and Dende summoned the dragon) Gohan told the truth that he was thwarting Vegeta's plans. True to his word, he said he was going to kill him.
    • This was brought back in Episode 51, when Trunks tries to stop Cell from absorbing Android 18, meaning that would thwart Vegeta's plan to fight Cell in his perfect form. Trunks ends the conversation by shouting "YOU KNOW WHAT, YES!" and blasts Vegeta far into the ocean.
  • Piccolo's yelling being audible from a long distance away by the audience, but none of the characters can hear him.
  • Piccolo's sensitive hearing picking up odd things, such as Trunks and Goku's private conversation (laughing when it is spilled that Bulma is Trunk's mother) or Vegeta's angry shouting (even when he is half the planet away, his ears still hurt as a result).
    • This is subverted when he tears them off in "Lord Slug" he can't hear anything at all.
  • George Takei somehow managing to contact King Kai.
  • Guru somehow managing to make references to TV shows, despite Namek not having TVs.
  • Shenron complaining that nobody else but the main characters find the Dragon Balls.
    • In the 'Christmas Tree of Might' special, he does it again, asking if it's been a year yet. Oolong happily (and nervously) tells him the time it's been, until Shenron cuts him off and tells him to shut up.
    • In the 'World's Strongest' movie, he assumes the main characters found the Dragon Balls again and starts to complain, but when he realizes that it was somebody else (Kochin), he stops complaining.
  • Vegeta, Freeza and King Cold referring to an unexplained "jock-strap incident"
    • It's possible that there was something that Freeza didn't like, so he had Ginyu bury it. It's possible that it was a bunch of dead bodies, because when Freeza remarks that all of his minions are dead, it was similar to said incident, only that Ginyu wasn't around to dig the holes.
  • Christmas being subbed for "Freeza Day" by everyone who has never visited Earth
    • The first incident was when Turles was complaining about how he never got Christmas, and the only holiday he had was "Freeza Day", in which the "gift" was the explosion of planet Vegeta.
    • The second incident was when Earth was invaded by Lord Slug, Goku commented on how Slug's minions were there to "steal Christmas" until one of the minions responded, "Does he mean Freeza Day?".
  • Vegeta ranting to Freeza that he is "The Legendary Super Saiyan".
    • Vegeta does this a few times, ending with him doing the same about Goku being the Legendary Super Saiyan while dying, at which point Frieza kills him.
  • Goku mispronouncing Freeza's name as "Freezer"
  • Krillin shouting comments from off-screen ("That's what she said!")
  • Freeza being given opportunities to transform, destroy planets or reach his 100% power level while nearby opponents just stand there and allow it.
  • Z fighters joking about Vegeta's pink shirt.
  • Aliens mispronouncing Earth as "Ee-arth"
  • The back of Vegeta's pink shirt keeps changing to different innuendos.
  • Certain characters who read the disclaimer at the start of the episode will express disdain towards "Dragon Ball GT" in one way or another.
  • Mecha-Freeza's tendancy to malfunction and get stuck in loops, repeating the last word or phrase in a sentence until another malfunction causes him to replace that word or phrase with something of similar meaning.
  • Trunks calling out the different spelling of Freeza (in the original English dub, it's spelt "F-R-I-E-Z-A, whereas in the TFS dub it's F-R-E-E-Z-A)
  • Krillin calling Trunks  "Mr. Can't Say".
  • Krillin exclaiming "Woohoo! Not me!" when an enemy decides to target someone other than him.
  • The androids not knowing what "Namek" is (because the insectoid nanoborg that spied on Goku's fights was destroyed during the Saiyan attack).
  • Characters being mistaken for others with comical outcomes (like Goku mistaking Turles for Vegeta simply because he knows his Saiyan name Kakarot, or Androids 19 & 20 mistaking Yamcha for Goku)
  • Vegeta shouting "Mine mine mine mine mine mine..." as he approaches an enemy from the distance, just before hitting them.
  • Characters telling jokes that no one laughs at, and after a few seconds of silence, someone replies "I get it!"
  • When Goku is crushed by a larger opponent, he sometimes squeaks like a rubber duck or chew toy, much to the amusement of his opponent (it's actually his ribs crushing his lungs).
  • Attacks that can be guided or controlled missing stationary targets repeatedly and their users constant complaining about how hard they are to control properly. As with Yamcha in Christmas Tree of Might and Freeza in Episode 30, Part 2.
  • Characters actually noticing and commenting on things that they do in the actual series that are different, like doing something about a situation instead of "standing there looking at them" or simply waiting for Goku.
  • Piccolo categorizing evil henchmen into "Pretty One", "One with Freaky/Weird Power" or "(Big, Tough) Stupid One" because of the henchmen from The Christmas Tree of Might were "Misfit Minions"
    • He has only does this on Movie Henchmen so far (Revenge of Cooler and Lord Slug Abridged).
      • Pretty One: Angila from Slug, Sauza from Cooler
      • Stupid One: Wings from Slug, Doore from Cooler
      • One with Weird Power: Metamatcha from Slug, Neiz from Cooler
    • In Revenge of Cooler, Piccolo takes back this categorization, saying that "[they're] ALL stupid".
  • Character's comments when the word 'God' is mentioned
    • Goku says "Oh thank God...or Kami...or King Kai...I dunno, that whole thing's screwy" whilst talking to Trunks. He later compromises by combining them all into "Oh my Go-mi-kai"
    • Piccolo shouts "Oh my Other Me!" at Krillin
    • In Dead Zone Abridged Goku simply says "Thank God", to which Kami (who is standing right next to him at this point) replies with "You're welcome"
    • Similarly, characters also frequently comment on Kami's arrogance for calling himself 'God'. In an attempt to one-up him on this, Guru later declares 'I will henceforth be known as Super Kami,' which he amends to 'Super Kami Guru.'
  • In TFS Movie: Revenge of Cooler Abridged, Goku named an injured bird 'Toriyama'. He heals the bird and tells it to teach a Dinosaur to ride a ball. In the opening of Episode 40, Android 16 meets a different looking bird stating his name is 'Toriyama'. Android 16 states he would love to see the bird's dinosaur with a response of "IT..DOES..WHAT?"
  • No one believing Krillin when he tells them he got kissed by Android 18.
  • Different versions of Yamcha's song "Cat Loves Food" can be heard in different places.
  • Goku's inability to pronounce "Hyperbolic Time Chamber".
  • 4th Wall Jokes:
    • After Goku succumbs to his fatal wound by Piccolo, Krillin shouted that he was "not the first person to die in this series", earning him an immediate berating from Master Roshi.
    • After King Yemma insults Kami for his low place on the "God ranks", Kami asked to be given a little more respect as the Guardian of Earth, but King Yemma then denounced it as he considers himself the "closest thing to a God in this show... until you get to the Kais...".
    • In response to an incredibly ignorant comment made by Nappa, Vegeta exclaims "9 minutes 18 seconds!" twice and then says 'happiest...moment...of my life'. 9 minutes and 18 seconds into the video, Vegeta kills Nappa and promptly smiles afterwards.
    • Before Goku and Vegeta's first battle began, King Kai placed a bet with the Narrator, despite suspecting that the latter already knew the outcome of the fight (And clearly, he did). King Kai would later vilify the Narrator for cheating in the bet, who simply ignored him.
    • Krillin mentions to Gohan that despite the fact that they were only on Namek for 6 days, it feels as though it's been more than a year (Which is how long the season had lasted thus far).
    • After Goku became a Super Saiyan, King Kai declared him as the one and only to do so, and then asked the Narrator if this is correct, who hesitantly answered "Yeah" (A reference to Broly and the other earth-saiyans all achieving the form, which the Narrator clearly knows about). King Kai noticed the hesitation in his answer and questioned it.
  • Vegeta throwing dog treats at characters whose heads have been blasted off.
  • Repeated references to a drink called Hetap.

Differences from the original series Edit

Movies and SpecialsEdit

The Christmas Tree of Might

  • The entire movie is set just before Christmas.
  • The forest burns down because Oolong was "watching the fire"; apparently it was beautiful.
  • Shenron doesn't believe it's been a year since the Dragonballs were last used, or that the group are the only ones who can find them.
  • Instead of wishing for the forest to be restored to its natural beauty, Krillin wishes for "The Perfect Christmas Tree"
    • Shenron gives Krillin his wish, which is actually what causes Turles and his minions to head towards Earth.
  • Turles is looking for a planet that contains a significant amount of joy instead of a growing place for the Tree of Might.
  • The "Tree of Might" is known as the "Christmas Tree of Might" because it literally sucks the Christmas Joy out of the planet it is on (which Goku describes as "Disney-evil").
  • Krillin believes someone planted his Christmas Tree until Goku mentions what it's doing, where he denies all knowledge of it.
  • Tien and Chaiotzu help try and save Christmas, despite being Jewish, because they're trying to be culturally sensitive.
  • Turles' minions all from The Planet of Misfit Minions, as they did terrible things at Christmas on other planets
    • Amond was a Mall Santa who dropped a Firetruck on a kid's house, blew another one up when he asked him to cure his cancer and also molested children.
    • Raisin and Lakasei (renamed Jinga and Beru) were once elves of Santa until they created a killer robot that went on a murderous rampage (that robot was Cacao)
    • Daiz raped Rudolph
  • Turles says that his Artificial Moon is The Star of Bethlehem and that means that Jesus is born. Only instead of Jesus, it's a giant monkey.
  • Goku mistakes Turles for Vegeta simply because he knew that Kakarot was his Saiyan name.
  • The only reason Turles hates Christmas is because Santa never came to Planet Vegeta and that all the Saiyans got was Freeza Day.
  • The Fruit from the Tree of Might contains Earth's joy, which increases Turles' power, instead of it's energy.
  • Turles blasted Goku because he didn't denounce his faith in Santa.
  • Goku talks to Santa, who tells him to gather "Christmas Joy" from within himself to defeat Turles.
  • The fragments of the Tree of Might are mistaken for snow, even if it is yellow.
  • Santa explains that he tried to visit Planet Vegeta, but they kept trying to shoot down his sleigh.
  • Vegeta is seen on Namek. He even says that "This is so non-canon it hurts."

Bardock - Father of Goku

  • Bardock's team have their original Japanese names instead of their FUNimation dub names.
  • The Kanassans are stupid. As in really stupid. Despite being able to see the future, they don't do anything about it and their entire race still dies.
  • Freeza's voice was initially quite husky (similar to his FUNimation dub voice) but apparently that was because he had something in his throat.
  • Bardock sees Mr Popo in his vision, which frightens him greatly.
  • Freeza gives very simple names to his Planets; Planet 419 for Kanassa and Planet Vegeta was renamed Planet SOL.
  • Bardock visits Kakarot because he never visited Raditz and "we [almost everyone on Planet Vegeta] all know how he turned out".
  • Initially, Bardock thought that Kakarot's power level was 10,000. However, he read Broly's power and found his actual power was only 2.
  • Bardock gets hit by Dodoria's Elites because he had a vision of his son doing the Kaio-ken against Nappa.
  • Bardock comments on how useless his new physic powers are because they didn't tell him that Dodoria was right behind him.
  • A couple of Freeza's men acknowledge Bardock's attempt at taking on Freeza instead of all of them trying to stop him.
  • Freeza's hover chair makes the same sound as the hover cars from the 1960s The Jetsons cartoon.
  • Freeza doesn't listen to any of Bardock's speech because he's heard them so many times before.
  • In his dying moments, Bardock doesn't only see Goku fight Freeza, but also Cell, Majin Buu and (much to his disgust("I now welcome the sweet embrace of death" was said in response)) the Para Para Brothers from Dragon ball GT.
  • The Narrator mentions every other Saiyan that survived Planet Vegeta's destruction except Tarble.
  • In the original, Vegeta is alone, finds out from a fellow comrade that his planet was destroyed, and represses his emotions. In the abridged version, he is with Nappa who informs him and Vegeta reacts with noticable distress. (Which was cured extremely quickly by Nappa telling Vegeta their going to Dairy Queen)
  • Grandpa Gohan thinks about calling Kakarot "Clark", as a parody of Superman, but rejects the idea because the name sounds stupid.

Lord Slug

  • Nail is inside Piccolo's head, despite not appearing in the film.
  • Mr Popo apparently tortures things (but not cats) and has the Pokemon Jynx as his bitch.
  • The only reason Goku tried to stop the meteor with Slug's men on it was because he was promised bacon.
  • The humans where Slug's spaceship crashed believed that the ship contained Jesus and his Death Army.
  • Before making a wish on the Dragonballs, Lord Slug is incoherent to everyone except his minions, Gohan, Bulma and Shenron.
  • Shenron comments on how familiar the current scenario seems.
    • This is because what Lord Slug is after almost mirrors what Demon King Piccolo wished for in Dragonball.
  • Goku believes that, because it's cold and snowy, that it's Christmas. Lord Slug says that it's July, but Goku yells "Don't 'July' ('chu lie) to me! It's snowing!"
  • Piccolo categories Slug's main minions because the last ones were "all 'Misfit Minions' and crap".
  • As Medamatcha almost kills Gohan, Piccolo rushes in and comments on why Gohan can't save himself.
  • Christmas is mistaken for "Freeza Day" (the day where Freeza blows up a planet)
  • Vegeta is seen recording Krillin's failed attempt at attacking Lord Slug.
  • Piccolo tells Gohan to get mad and beat the guy [Lord Slug] up, in reference to his outbursts he has during the main storyline.
  • Goku only gets the upper hand on Slug because King Kai told him that he was The Champion of Christmas.
    • King Kai names Goku's 'transformation' as "Super Saiyaman" (as reference to Gohan's superhero alter-ego in the Majin Buu Saga)
  • Goku believes that Namekians are Yoshis, even though he had been told multiple times that they are completely different. He also believes that Slug is actually Demon King Piccolo.
  • Goku only survived Giant Slug's point-blank Mouth Blast because of his lucky wristbands.
  • Piccolo comments on how he could have just stretched his arms to reach Goku.
  • In his dying moments, Lord Slug asks himself why he didn't wish for immortality.
  • After his death, Goku says that he'll use the Dragonballs to wish back Chaiotzu, Master Roshi and Krillin. This is because he still believes that Lord Slug is Demon King Piccolo.
  • After the credits, we find out that 6 months prior to the movie, Lord Guru (Slug's "Evil Half") told him to invade Earth because "they have Dragonballs there and their defenses probably suuuck!"

Revenge of Cooler Abridged

  • The fish Goku catches at the beginning speaks & tells Goku that "If you let me go, I shall grant you one wish." Goku then wishes for it to be his dinner, thus meaning the fish has no way of winning.
    • This is one of Goku's smartest moments, although he was probably distracted by the fact it was food to consciously be that smart
  • We find out that Sauza and Jeice are in fact cousins.

Episode of Bardock

  • All the inhabitants of Planet Vegeta are primitive Saiyans.
  • The entire special is from Gohan's imagination. He dreams that his Dad is telling him the story as he doses of whilst studying.
  • The reason the special 'doesn't make sense' is because Goku is telling the story.
    • Gohan - "Why did Freeza's Death Ball send him [Bardock] back in time?" Goku - "I dunno."
    • Gohan - "What happened to his [Bardock's] physic powers?" Goku - "I dunno."
    • Gohan - "Why did all the little Saiyans sound the same?" Goku - "I couldn't remember which was which honestly, so I just went with it."

Dead Zone Abridged

  • Ginger says the last 2 Dragonballs were a prize in a "High-stakes Poker Game". He didn't actually win them, seeing as he "never played" and probably just took them and killed everyone there.
  • Kami points out that Garlic Jr.'s plan was stupid from the get go.
    • He tried to kill Piccolo instead of targeting Kami himself; the much older, weaker half (To which he states "Oh thank god my minions are incompetent")
    • He attempted to kill Piccolo first, then use the Dragonballs to wish for Immortality (because Piccolo would be dead, Kami would be dead, therefore the Dragonballs would become inert and his mission would have been wasted)
  • The entire movie is a script idea from Krillin pitched to Nappa via a phone call.
  • The only reason Garlic Jr. summons the Dead Zone, "the only thing that could destroy him", is because when Krillin was 'writing the script' he "wrote himself into a corner" by including it and regretted it almost instantly.

Cooler 2 Return of Cooler's Revenge: The Reckoning

  • Cooler's robots all "speak", but only in beeps that everyone but the audience can understand (Except the Claptrap-like robot)
  • Freeza is mentioned a lot in the movie because people compare things Cooler is doing now to what Freeza did on Namek

History of Trunks Abridged

  • Yamcha does not show up with the rest of the Z-Fighters at the start, since he killed himself when he heard that Bulma is pregnant with Vegeta's baby.
  • Trunk's first words were "dead" and then "sonofabitch."
  • Bulma hits on Gohan, much to his discomfort.
  • Gohan hears Piccolo's voice in his head, although later on, its revealed he was never there in his mind.
  • Gohan resents his family. He considers being like his father to be a bit of an insult("In what regard?"), and lists Krillin and Piccolo to be a source of his anger. He also does not contact or talk to Chi-Chi.
  • When Android 17 and 18 are destroying a city, 17 says how he is bored of all the killing and wants to be a park ranger instead of killing. Gohan ruins this by attacking and makes him want to kill everyone first, then "range the shit out of that park."
  • Dr. Briefs is trying to find New Namek for the Dragon Balls and thinks he found it, until it says "New Fake Planet Namek."
  • When Trunks is arguing about saving another city from the Androids with Bulma, Vegeta's scream from Namek in episode 18 can be heard.
  • Tapion is mentioned by Trunks, as a whole another story on how he got the sword.
  • Originally, 18 asked to kill Trunks and 17 obliged. Abridged has 18 stepping in front of 17's blast and as a result, she got blasted, much to her annoyance.
  • Bulma is understandably worried that Trunks will meet Goku and Vegeta.
  • When Trunks says how when he comes back, it will be a "cyborg-free world." Bulma then says how it might not be if its based on the multiverse theory, in which case it won't matter. After a few seconds, she then confirms its the multiverse theory.

Super Android 13

Season 1: Saiyan SagaEdit

  • Piccolo only joins Goku in getting Gohan back in exchange for friending him on MySpace.
  • Goku is notably much less intelligent than he is in the actual manga/anime.
  • Raditz knows that Piccolo is a Namekian and even mentions it to Goku before their fight. In the real series Nappa was the first to expose Piccolo's heritage.
  • Nappa has the intelligence and maturity of a child, much to Vegeta's frustration. But he actually went to Saiyan University, majoring in Child Psychology and minoring in Pain.
  • Nappa makes a lot of jokes about TV ads, like when he tells Vegeta "Tricks are for kids." and in the Butterfinger Special.
  • In the journey to Earth, instead of them both being a cryonic sleep, Vegeta is wide awake and very annoyed by Nappa repeatedly saying "Are we there yet?"
  • Krillin is more of a coward than he was misconceived in the original series. It doesn't stop him from trying to prove himself useful.
  • Piccolo only destroyed the moon because he thought it was mocking him.
  • Krillin, attempting to be tactful, actually tells Chi-Chi that Goku was dead and Gohan was kidnapped by Piccolo. He then tries to cover up the fact after Chi-Chi threatened to castrate the messenger with a carving knife. This is the reason why he decided to go and recruit Tien, Yamcha and Chiaotzu, narrowly escaping Chi Chi before she arrived at Kame House. Additionally, he freaked out about this when Bulma let Gohan retrieve a dragon ball unescorted, fearing that Chi-Chi will castrate him should Gohan get hurt.
  • Goku was killed by Piccolo's new attack only because he trusted Piccolo too easily to give him an advanced signal before firing.
  • Everyone already knows Piccolo is an alien from outer space, including Piccolo himself.
  • King Yemma is crazy about the phrase "mahogany", of which he claims his desk is made from "Not just any mahogany, but mahogany from the planet of Malchior 7, where the trees are 300 feet tall and breath FIRE!".
  • King Yemma was easily beaten by Raditz, while in the original series it was vice-versa
  • Piccolo's attempt at unleashing Gohan's hidden potential via throwing him at a plateau isn't as successful; Gohan just hits the mountain with a loud splat, causing him extreme pain.
  • Piccolo singing in his head "Imma charging my attack" while Raditz was beating up Goku, to "Mahna mahna" (a song from the television show "Sesame Street").
  • Piccolo took Gohan in only to train him so the two of them could take over the world; Piccolo didn't have a clue about the Saiyans headed towards Earth.
  • Popo is highly sadistic and intimidating, contrary to his gentle, friendly persona from the original series.
  • It was Goku who (very stupidly) told Raditz about the Dragon Balls by asking him if that's why he was on Earth, all of which Vegeta and Nappa heard through Raditz's scouter.
  • When asked about the Gravity of Kai's Planet, King Kai explains that the reason for the heavy gravity is that the space pirate Bojack is sealed in his planet. The true reason is because King Kai's planet is so small, the gravity is more intense according to the show. At first, King Kai did explain that until Gregory (offscreen) comments that did not make any sense.
  • Catching Bubbles and then hitting Gregory with the hammer weren't even part of King Kai's training session; Goku simply did those two things because he is easily distracted and very impulsive.
  • In a bizarre twist with his stature as a "space pirate", Bojack is portrayed, at least verbally, as a stereotypical pirate, having the same type of accent, always starting off his words with "Yaurgh!".
  • Gohan is portrayed as having anger issues; he'll often snap and cuss at anyone, as he did after Piccolo is killed, he threatens to "SKULL-F**K" Nappa just before attacking him. His repressed anger resurfaced during his recovery in the hospital when his mother forbade him from going to Namek, he finally snapped and told her to "Shut her F***ing face!". everyone who watches Gohan flip out is often surprised and often dumb-founded when he starts making dark phrases which makes even Goku wonder "where he gets it from"
  • Goku gets back onto Snake Way by tricking Goz and Mez into telling him the way out of hell, rather than defeating them in a test of strength and speed (Which he would have had to do had it not been for Goz and Mez's stupidity).
  • Nappa convinces Vegeta to wait three hours for Goku's arrival, because Nappa wanted him (Goku) to "see them (Nappa & Vegeta) kill them (Piccolo, Krillin & Gohan)". In the original series it was the other way around. Vegeta forced Nappa to wait three hours, because he wanted to see what Goku could do.
  • Usually when Gohan is mad he explains the textbook definition of simple threats to his enemies before explaining the simple word or phrase to them like for example when Nappa kills Piccolo Gohan yells out "I am gonna eviscerate you and use your gastrointestinal tract as a condom whilst I fornicate with your skull!!" Nappa only responds with "Huh?" whilst Gohan explains "I'm gonna SKULL F**K YOU!!!" He did the same thing to Great Ape Vegeta, explaining in textbook definition "The bigger they are, the harder they fall".
  • Two factors led to Goku arriving to the battle against the Saiyans too late to save Piccolo's life:
    • Goku stopped at Princess Snake's palace for another huge meal (and ends up forgetting about the Saiyans), only to realize what he's supposed to be doing after Princess Snake reminded him.
    • After Goku returned to Earth, he requested Mr. Popo to teleport him to the battlefield, but Mr. Popo was preoccupied with "making toast", so he's forced to take the Flying Nimbus.
  • Nappa is killed by Vegeta because he killed Piccolo, thereby making the Dragon Balls useless. In the original, Vegeta told Nappa they didn't need Piccolo because they could use the Namekian Dragon Balls and instead killed him because he was crippled by Goku. In TFS' DBZ Kai Abridged, Vegeta killed Nappa because Vegeta is, in his own words, "a monkey".
  • Nappa haunts Vegeta from the end of the Sayian saga up to the end of the Freeza saga

Season 2: Freeza SagaEdit

  • In the original Dragonball manga and anime, Master Roshi was Korin's old student, but in Episode 11 when they visited Goku, Gohan and Krillin in the hospital, Master Roshi had no idea who Korin was, because when Korin introduced Mr. Popo to everyone, Master Roshi replied with "Did that cat just talk?". However it is also possible that TFS Master Roshi is a little senile and his not remembering Korin is used for comedic effect.
  • Popo can possibly see the future, as he knew Krillin would die on Namek.
  • The orphans on the Mirror Ship don't listen to Krillin, shoot him and finding out their weapons have no effect on them commit suicide by taking Cyanide tablets.
  • Gohan, Krillin and Bulma never really go to the fake planet Namek. Krillin simply dreamed the experience. Although, later on when Goku was in space he thought he found planet Namek but a few seconds later realised it was fake.
  • In the original, Freeza learns about the Dragon Balls because Vegeta had left his scouter on the entire time. In the abridged version, Vegeta's transmitter was off, and instead it was Nappa that Freeza had heard about them from.
  • Rather than demonstrate it by channelling his energy in front of his opponents, Vegeta provides proof of becoming stronger from near-death injuries with an "Official Saiyan Handbook".
  • References to Cooler and King Cold abound in the abridged series, where in the original series Freeza's family was only introduced before the Cell Saga.
  • Dende is much more sceptical of their chances and is very cynical in general. He states that he is "weighing my options" between staying with Krillin and Gohan or going back to certain death.
  • Vegeta first learns that Freeza was behind the destruction of planet Vegeta, not from Dodoria, but from Freeza himself via "space-twitter" ("You really should have kept Freeza off the twitter")
  • Dodoria's gender is changed from male to female (by word of mouth only), and to Vegeta's incredible disgust, she considered to be the most beautiful and fertile woman on her home planet (Which Freeza blew up). Interestingly, in the official Hungarian dub of Dragon Ball Z, Dodoria is also depicted as female, though with a very deep voice. It's possible that TFS Dodoria being female may be a reference to or inspired by the Hungarian dub's version of Dodoria, albeit for comedic effect.
  • Zarbon is believed by many characters, including Freeza himself, to be gay. Despite this, he is in fact straight and has a girlfriend (whom Freeza is convinced is named "Chuck").
    • He could possibly be bisexual, as hinted at in a few scenes from the Bardock Abridged film: Once Freeza decides to confront Bardock alone Zarbon describes him as "a dashing rouge" to which a disturbed Dodoria responds with "What?"
  • When Bulma sees Zarbon for the first time, she "just want to grab him and-" (the scene skips to Goku doing crunches in the Capsule space ship) "69, 70, 7-" (then skips back to Vegeta talking to Zarbon) "One time you defeated me, Zarbon. And that's one time too many."
    • The joke: 69 is a reference to a sex position where the two partners have their bottom ends facing their partner's face, which is what Bulma wanted to do with Zarbon, just as Goku was counting the number of crunches he was doing. When Goku counts 71, Vegeta says "one" time Zarbon defeated him was one time too many right in the middle of the count. If put together, the lines would say "I just wanna grab him and 69, 70, 7-One time you defeated me, Zarbon. And that's one time too many."
  • Lord Guru is annoying, senile, and wastes a lot of time, instead of wise and intelligent. However, he appears to be in relatively good health, only dying just to pull a "dick move".
  • The Ginyu Force, rather than play "Rock Paper Scissors" to determine who fights who, have a game show, "Wheel of Death", where they spin the wheel and whoever it lands on, that contestant kills.
  • Instead of hating Vegeta for insulting him for his breath, Guldo hated Vegeta for treating him like a dog and even throwing dog treats at him.
  • Instead of Guldo just taking the dragonball from Krillin, TFS added to the scene where Vegeta tells him to destroy it, in which Krillin repeatedly hits it with his fist and screams in pain while Vegeta yells "Harder!"
  • Ginyu is contractually obligated to perform the Dance Of Joy by King Cold, and the Daddy's Little Princess Dance by Cooler. As well as the Dance of Solitude for no real reason (probably Chilled).
  • Recoome is a professional wrestler (Or so he seems).
  • Burter and Jeice's ultimate attack is called Seizure-Procedure, which owns Krillin for the thirteenth time.
  • Goku punches Jeice in the face multiple times, instead of just once, and even cuts off Jeice while he is having a flashback in which Ginyu explains to Jeice what he should he do if he finds himself being punched in the face repeatedly, which was simply to dodge the attack.
  • Unlike the anime, Goku and Ginyu retain their voices after the body switch, the only difference being their accents spoken in each other's voices.
  • Goku only threw the space frog in the path of Ginyu's body switch by accident; he was grossed out from seeing it on his hand, so he threw it.
  • Rather than let Space Frog Ginyu hop away, Vegeta crushes him under his foot, making his kill count "8 for 8" (thus TFS Vegeta is responsible for the death's of all TFS Ginyu Force members).
  • Freeza rips Nail's arm off 24 times, as opposed to only once in the original show. Many fan's believe this to be a reference to the episode's number.
  • Porunga only speaks Namekian, while in the original show he can speak English.
    • In Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged Episode 2, Frieza demands immortality from Porunga, to which he responds (in Namekian) "OR MAYBE YOU LEARN TO SPEAK GODDAMN NAMEKIAN." If the audio is reversed, Porunga says "Fuck you, I'm a dragon."
  • It was Krillin's idea to bring Piccolo to Namek, which Piccolo thought was a terrible idea, thinking he would get killed again.
  • Guldo is the one who reveals to Vegeta that Freeza can transform. In the original anime, it's revealed by Zarbon.
  • Burter is revealed to be a homosexual by Guldo during his conversation with Vegeta. In the series there is no evidence or mentioning of Burter's sexuality by the other characters.
  • Cooler is occasionally referred to as a prick by Freeza.
  • Goku apparently thinks Krillin sounds like a duck: on Namek, he hears Krillin screaming "Oh my God, he's killing us! Help!" and Goku thinks it's a duck, then Krillin quacks and Goku knows it's him.
  • Freeza doesn't sound like an old hag like in the original series (although in the Bardock Special there's a moment he does, and he explains there's something in his throat). However, his voice is exactly like that in the Kai version.
  • Freeza gets a deeper voice when he transforms into his 2nd form. When he's in his 3rd and 4th forms, he's back to his higher-pitched voice. In the original series, he didn't get his high voice back until his 4th form.
  • Piccolo thinks Ridley Scott will sue Freeza for this 3rd form being very similar to the Xenomorph "Aliens" due to his long head and "extra tongue".
  • When Vegeta tells Krillin to wound him, Krillin does it without hesitation after Vegeta said he will not punch him (though when wounded he yelled 'You are so punched!) while in the original Krillin hesistated for a long time. Along with that, it happens before Gohan attacks Freeza in his third form while in the original, it happens after.
  • In the original series, Vegeta cried his soul out to Goku in his dying last moments as he revealed that it was Freeza who enslaved and destroyed the Saiyan race. In the Abridged series, Vegeta didn't shed a tear and simply told Goku about Freeza's crimes against the Saiyans (Though he claims he still would have been just as evil as he is now even if Freeza hadn't made him a slave). He also succumbed to his wounds after realizing that Goku is the last Saiyan in the universe (And therefore, the most stupid).
  • Goku letting Freeza beat Piccolo up while "charging his attack" as payback for him letting Raditz beat Goku up on Earth.
  • Unlike the original series where the dead Z Fighters defeat the Ginyu Force, King Kai himself takes them down with ease.
  • While still retaining the same use of small words, and a fair amount of stupidity, Goku, after becoming a Super Saiyan, has developed a reasonable amount of intelligence, shown when he instructed Gohan to take Piccolo and Bulma back to Earth knowing that if Piccolo were to die, their efforts to get to Namek would have been in vain.
  • While in the original anime, Goku allowed Freeza to reach his 100% power level as part of his code of honor, in which he allows his opponent to have their best chance at victory and still lose in the end (Which Freeza did), while in the Abridged series, Freeza offered Goku two stuffed-crust pizzas in exchange for being allowed to reach his maximum power level. The two stuffed-crust pizzas Frieza promised are later used as a set up for Frieza's line when he throws his Homing Destructo Disks later on during their fight.
  • In the original manga and anime series, Goku leaves his battle with Freeza due to Freeza's decreasing power and lack of attacks. In the Abridged series, he leaves simply because he's bored and Freeza's weak.
  • In the orginal manga and anime, Freeza claimed that Namek had five minutes before it exploded, even though it took longer for this to happen. In the abridged series, Goku brought this to light by openly doubting if Freeza even knows what a minute is.
  • In the original manga and anime, Goku returns to his battle due to Freeza's unacceptance of defeat and attacking him (Goku) after Goku gave him (Freeza) a chance to leave without battle. In the Abridged series, Goku returns to fight because Freeza told him he forgot his pizza and threw a Homing Destructo Disk at him, enraging Goku greatly.
  • In the original series Guru dies of his sickness. In the Abridged series he merely believes that he is dying and confesses to the Namekians that he was the cause of the drought and blamed it on the albino Namekians. He then realises that he is not dying and the Namekians brutally murder him offscreen.
  • In the original series, Dende does not have any romantic interest in Gohan. On episode 30 from the Abridged series Dende confesses his love to Gohan, only to panic and send the Namekians and himself to the new Namek planet after realizing that it was too soon to tell Gohan after the latter became surprised. After all the Nameks left Earth, Dr. Briefs ends the episode saying, "What a fag", after listening to Dende's confession; although this is cut short by the episode ending.
  • In the original series, Nappa stayed dead. In the abridged series, Nappa was revived due to the wish of bringing victims of Freeza's men back to life. This was because Vegeta was working for Freeza at the time.
  • There is phone on the spaceship Vegeta 'borrows' from the Briefs family.

Season 3: Android SagaEdit

  • Unlike in the original series, Maron was never actually Krillin's girlfriend. She was only pretending to get him to confess to insurance fraud, as Krillin had taken out a life insurance policy before going to Namek, which later gave him the idea to file an insurance claim as he had died on Namek. Ironically, TFS Maron is also depicted as being much smarter than she is in original series, as the original series Maron is well known for being a stupid bimbo. However she does retain the original Maron's spoiled and bratty personality, to the point she allowed TFS Krillin to spend most of his insurance money on her. When Krillin calls her on it, she admits that just because she works for the government doesn't mean she's a good person.
  • Rather than having the battle with Garlic Jr. last for an entire saga, Mr. Popo defeats Garlic Jr. and his henchmen in one episode (a few seconds)
  • In the original anime, following Vegeta's retreat from Earth, the fallen heroes of Earth (Yamcha, Piccolo, and Tien) were placed in coffins, eulogized, and possibly buried or cremated. In the abridged series, Yamcha's corpse was left to rot where he died, to the point of turning green and attracting flies.
  • In the original anime & manga, there is never a feud between Vegeta and Yamcha over Bulma's love, but in the abridged series, Yamcha becomes so jealous of the developing relationship between Vegeta and Bulma that he actually confronts the former about it (even at the worst possible time).
  • Freeza's minions having second thoughts about attacking Trunks and commenting of it.
  • Instead of being killed by Androids 17 & 18 in the future, Yamcha hangs himself after hearing that Vegeta is Bulma's child's father.
  • In the original anime & manga, Goku survives Namek by finding one of the Ginyu Force's Spaceships. In the Abridged Series, he survives by constantly pushing the Muffin Button he found on Freeza's Spaceship until they formed a seal around him, "both protecting me and feeding me all the way to Yardrat".
  • Goku "learns" Instant Transmission because "The Yardies" kept on feeding him their sick. He didn't get taught like in the original
  • Instead of dying from a heart virus in the future, Goku dies from high cholesterol as a result of overindulging on bacon.

The general history of Dragon Ball Z in the United States is a long, storied, and overly complicated one. The DVD releases alone are so complex that it is hard for even avid fans to keep track of them all, let alone a casual fan. We have seen both censored and uncensored releases, multiple distributors, multiple voice casts, varying music in each release, varying scripts, canceled releases, and much more. Overall there have been three releases and somewhere amongst them all, you could piece together some sort of a coherent release — you can probably understand what an enormous feat it truly is to see FUNimation releasing a (to use their own phrase) “reversioning” of the Japanese “Dragon Boxes”. In fact, this reversioning is directed almost entirely toward fans of the original Japanese series, rather than the English dub.

It was 17 November 2009 that the first volume of FUNimation’s domestic Dragon Boxes was released. Fans scrambled to get their hands on it, but many wondered what the differences were between the two releases, as most fans do not have access to the expensive, original Japanese versions. Fear not, because this feature will give you a thorough comparison of the two releases! (At least the first volume, anyway.)

For additional thoughts and information, please listen Episode #0198 of our podcast. We also have the more formal review as originally published on Daizenshuu EX. If you would like more information concerning the original Japanese Dragon Box releases, please check out our “Home Video Guide“.

On to the feature!

Box Design

As originally announced, FUNimation’s domestic Dragon Boxes would be smaller in not only its physical size but the number of discs each volume would contain, as they are going to be splitting the original two volumes into seven separate volumes. In terms of a dize difference, the domestic Dragon Boxes are about 70% of the height and width of the original Dragon Boxes, or rather, 30% smaller. Obviously since they are being split up, the thickness of the individual domestic volumes are much smaller than the originals.

If that comparison does not do it for you, here are some photos of the two boxes side-by-side. Having the two on a shelf next to each other is kind of weird, as the original completely dwarfs FUNimation’s Dragon Box. However, if you do not own the original Dragon Box, then this does not really concern you — it just seemed worth noting. While on the subject, it should be noted that this was actually a great move on FUNimation’s part. We take our hat off to them when it comes to making smart business decisions, because the most likely reason they shrunk down the domestic Dragon Box was for retail reasons. It is a lot easier to have a retailer put a regular sized DVD box on a shelf than a huge oversized one, and overall it increases the chances someone will actually buy it. I would argue that since the original Dragon Box was a pre-order collectible only and was never shipped to retailers, its size was never really an issue (except when you actually try to put it on your regular DVD shelf), but since FUNimation is making this available to everyone, it stands to reason that they would want it to fit easily on a retailers shelf so you will buy it, as I did.

Overall, the domestic Dragon Boxes packaging is nearly the same as the original, with some minor alterations here and there. The way the box was constructed is slightly different, and for some people it has caused parts of the yellow paper around the box to peal off (mine included). However, some glue fixes that right up, although I never should have had to to do it in first place. And if you’re wondering, I never had this problem with the original. Now more importantly, most of the text has been left as-is, even some kanji, although FUNimation has added some of their own. Here’s a run-down of some of the differences between the two Dragon Boxes.

  • The biggest thing that stands out is that Freeza has been removed and Goku now takes up the entire front of the box.
  • The spine of the Dragon Box now has the one-star-ball and lists the episodes contained in this volume. This is where we find the kanji that FUNimation has added, which is simply Japanese for 1-42. I’m not sure why they added these besides the fact they are really trying to drive home the fact that the Dragon Ball series are “now” indeed from Japan.
  • All FUNimation and Toei logos have been added.
  • The back of the box is nearly identical to the original, which is nice to see. The only real additions to the back are an episode count and additional copyright information. Speaking of, there is actually something a little strange about the copyright information. On the original, only the four main property holders are listed; Bird Studio, Shueisha, Fuji TV, and Toei Animation. On FUNimation’s, they have these listed as well, along with some additional U.S. copyright information. Oddly enough, they only list Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, but completely leave out Dragon Ball. I do not know if this means anything, but I find it odd since they usually list all three series on their products. Incidentally, this same issue occurs on both the DVD books and discs.

DVD Books/Discs

One thing that stood out to me right away is the difference in color between the two DVD books, which becomes blatantly obvious when you put the two releases next to each other. The domestic DVD books appear to be more purple in color and much shinier, while the originals are more of a blue and the outer gloss has more of a mat finish. Unfortunately, this new gloss finish on the domestic Dragon Box picks up finger prints quite easily, which is rather annoying. Another noticeable difference is the image change. The image of Goku on the front of the DVD books has been changed on the domestic Dragon Box to match that shown on the back of the Dragon Book. This image of Goku is an old promotional image used by FUNimation on a variety of products, most notably on the title screen of the Game Boy Advance video game The Legacy of Goku. It is not clear why FUNimation decided to change this image, especially when they easily could have just used the same Goku image that appears on the front of the box like the original did. However, the back of the DVD books were left as-is, which again really makes the changes to the front questionable.

In addition to DVD book image changes noted above, most of the images on the discs have been changed. The only ones that remained the same as the originals were Discs 3 & 4 which show Son Gohan and Kaiō-sama. You will note that since the total number of discs has been cut down in the domestic release, some of the original disc art will be omitted. In this set, the disc feature Bulma has been omitted although the same number of episodes were covered. It will be interesting to see what disc art gets left out over the course of this domestic release. While on the subject of omitted images, we may as well discuss the images behind the discs. In the original DVD books there was a screenshot placed beneath each disc from an episode on that specific disc, displaying a character from the corresponding disc art. However, in the domestic DVD books you will only find a number beneath the disc corresponding to that disc. Although I do not like this, I can understand why they probably did it. Since two of the discs in each DVD book overlap, they would have had some issues with placing screen shots behind them. Rather than make it look horrible, they simply omitted them altogether.

As noted above, FUNimation is splitting the original Dragon Boxes into seven separate volumes. Due to this, each volume will come with two DVD books. If you do the math, that will bring us to 14 DVD books in total, which is the same as the original Dragon Box. Each DVD book contains three discs with seven episodes per disc. You will note that this is different from the original, where each DVD book contained four discs with six episodes per disc. This was possible because the DVD books themselves were so tall. In the smaller domestic Dragon Box there is not enough room to allow for this, and so some of the discs have to be overlapped in order for them to fit in the smaller packaging. If they had gone with four discs in each DVD book, then both sides of the DVD books would have had overlapping discs. This would result in an overall thicker DVD book which would not only make each volume thicker, but also possibly screw up the spine art. Although the discs are stored differently, it is interesting that the total thickness of the domestic Dragon Boxes’ two DVD books ending up being the same thickness as two DVD books from the original.

Another obvious change was that the spine art featured on the DVD books was adjusted on the domestic Dragon Box. This was most likely due to the change of height between the two releases, as well as the slight change in overall thickness of the sets. By that I mean if you took all seven domestic Dragon Boxes and set them next to each other in a row on your shelf, they would take up more space width-wise than if you had the two original Dragon Boxes combined. Therefore, rather than shrink the spine art vertically, they cropped off the bottom and stretched it out to accommodate for this difference in the overall combined thickness. In fact, they have actually adjusted the spine art down a little giving us more of Goku’s head/hair on the domestic Dragon Box, which is a little odd since they had already cropped the spine art.

When you pop the domestic discs into your DVD player, you will notice they start out with trailers for various anime properties and jump straight to the menus. Is something missing? FUNimation has omitted the original Dragon Box intro animation! While it is not that big of a deal, it still would have been nice to see this. I mean, this is the Dragon Box, right? Also, as I mentioned, after all of the introduction material the domestic Dragon Box jumps straight to the main disc menu, while on the original it goes straight into the “All Play” selection and starts showing the first episode on the disc. Again, it is not a huge deal, and in all honestly I think I like the way FUNimation did it better.

Of everything so far, I would say the disc menus are by far the one aspect that has been changed the most. While the disc menus are based on the original Dragon Box menus, FUNimation has completely redrawn them for the domestic release. Not only that, but FUNimation has made all of the menus anamorphic widescreen. The domestic Dragon Box menus are also static with Japanese background music playing, while the original menus had actual scenes (Goku vs. Vegeta / Goku vs. Freeza) playing along with the corresponding scenes audio in the background and on the scouter. However, although the menus are static, FUNimation did add some variety to them. The main background of each disc changes, along with its episode selection menus, whereas on the original the background animation never changed, except between the two volumes.

You will notice right away that one key option is missing on the domestic Dragon Box. That is right, there is no “Story Mode” option, or as FUNimation called it on their Season Sets, the “Marathon” feature. It is a real shame they got rid of this, but they did replace it with a “Setup” option to select the language and subtitle tracks. The setup menu uses the same Shenron background as was found on the original Dragon Box Z Vol. 1 special disc. The layout of the main disc menu is also a tad different. For instance, FUNimation added a yellowed character outline in the lower left-hand corner of the scouter and an image of Goku punching Vegeta in the lower right-hand corner. The gibberish text that appears on the scouter has also been changed and now starts with “9000”. I wonder why?

So what exactly are you getting for your money, and what sets this release apart from the others? The answer is quite simple, and it is that with this box set you are truly getting the purest presentation of Dragon Ball Z possible. Presented here are the full episodes from start to finish, as they aired on TV almost two decades ago (and counting). This includes the complete opening credits, ending credits, and next episode previews, which are not available outside of the Dragon Box release.

Disc Contents

You may be curious what volumes will contain what episodes. So, here’s an estimate of what episodes each volume will contain based on the current information available. It will be updated as additional volumes are announced.

Dragon BoxEpisodesRelease Date
Volume 1 / Discs 01 – 06001 – 04217 November 2009
Volume 2 / Discs 07 – 12043 – 08416 February 2010
Volume 3 / Discs 13 – 18085 – 12604 May 2010
Volume 4 / Discs 19 – 24127 – 16821 September 2010
Volume 5 / Discs 25 – 30169 – 21026 April 2011
Volume 6 / Discs 31 – 36211 – 25219 July 2011
Volume 7 / Discs 37 – 42253 – 29113 September 2011

Based on this breakdown, the 6th disc (42 overall) of Dragon Box Vol. 7 will contain only 4 episodes leaving the possibility for some extras. However, it is uncertain at this time exactly which extras these might be. Possible extras include both TV specials, non-credit opening and endings, product advertisements, foreign dub clips, Playdia side story footage, and raw archival footage of the original 16mm film before remastering.

Dragon Book

The domestic Dragon Book is roughly 25% smaller than the original, which was about the same size as a daizenshuu guide book. Most obviously, the images on the covers were changed. The image of Vegeta on the front cover is taken from the PlayStation and Sega Saturn video game Idainaru Doragon Bōru Densetsu (photo courtesy of Tanooki Kuribo), although it has been redrawn:

As mentioned earlier, the image of Goku on the back cover is an old promotional image used by FUNimation on a variety of products, and is also used on the DVD books. Overall, it appears that roughly the same layout was kept, as-in how the individual pages are organized. Oh, and the book is read from right to left like traditional manga. Besides the difference in size, the biggest difference is that the domestic Dragon Book has a hardcover, while the original has a softcover. In addition, the page count has been reduced to allow the two original Dragon Books to be split up over 7 volumes. The original Dragon Books had 128 pages each, while FUNimation’s has 48 pages.

As expected, the domestic Dragon Book is somewhat of a “literal” translation of parts of the original Japanese Dragon Book. By that, I mean the way certain things are phrased are taken straight from the original, such as “Profile of Goku Family”, which is basically Engrish. Actually, you will find that there is quite a bit of odd phrasing used throughout the book. Although Steve Simmons is credited as the only translator, this is not typical of his normal work. Some of the inconsistencies make it really seem like there were multiple people translating, but we cannot be certain and have to assume Steve Simmons translated it solo. Although, it also could stand to reason that Steve translated everything correctly, but certain things were later edited without his consultation. You just never know with FUNimation.

One aspect that was a shock to see was the naming conventions. There are no signs of any dub names or dub episode titles in this release, both in the Dragon Book and the episodes themselves. They have all been translated correctly, although in some cases the names have been changed from a “correct” dub name to a simple romanization of the name which I do not think was all that necessary. For instance, Yamcha, which is a perfectly acceptable translation of the characters name used in the dub, has been changed to “Yamucha” which is an exact romanization of how the characters name is written in Japanese. Yet at the same time they leave Bulma’s name as-is, even though by the previous logic they probably should have gone with “Buruma” just as they changed “Krillin” to the proper “Kuririn”. It just seems that even though they have corrected a lot of the names, they did not do it too consistently. However, it is nice to see Kaiō-sama, Uranai Baba, Gyū-maō, Tenshinhan, etc. written with their Japanese names. Are these small nit-picks? Yeah, but I think it is worth noting and it does not really take anything away from how much of an improvement this is over the previously used dub names (Tien, anyone?).

Dragon Book Contents

Before we get too far into it, I would like to note that compared to the original a lot of the screen shots used in the domestic Dragon Book are darker and not quite as crisp. It very well may be a difference in printing quality, as the paper quality is fairly similar. So now let us take a look at what was included in Dragon Book Vol. 1, along with some notes that I felt were interesting.

Goku’s Early Days (view image)

  • This section was only two pages in the original Dragon Book as opposed to four, but I am guessing because the domestic Dragon Book is smaller than the original it was expanded.
  • The same screen shots were used, except for Goku punching Yamcha has been replaced with Goku and Yamcha punching at each other.
  • The events in FUNimation’s Dragon Book are out of order… well, sort of. Each image has one of the seven Dragon Balls next to it, with the number of stars denoting in what sequential order the events occurred. The events are supposed to follow the path of the yellow line shown in the background, but in FUNimation’s they do not follow the line at all. I am guessing this was done since the section was expanded to four pages, so instead the envents are placed in order per page. Why include the yellow line in the background, then?
  • For some reason, they leave Son Goku’s name written in kanji on the first page of the section. The interesting part is they actually translated it in the table of contents as “Goku’s Early Days”, even though the kanji is for his entire name, “Son Goku”, meaning the section title should actually be “Son Goku’s Early Days”.

Profile of Goku Family (view image)

  • As mentioned before, the title of this section was left exactly the same as it was in the original Dragon Book. I am not sure why they did not make Goku’s name possessive in this case so it makes more sense in English. In all honesty, I think “Profile of Goku’s Family” or “Goku’s Family Profile” would have worked much better.
  • Both the original and domestic Dragon Books have a “Z” in the middle of the page, and inside the Z are images of the characters highlighted on that page, aligned right next to their respective profile. In the domestic Dragon Book they switched Goku and Piccolo’s images in the “Z”, while they properly matched Gohan and Kuririn’s. It is not that big of a deal, but again, why switch them?
  • The actual character profile images themselves have been completely changed.
  • There were originally 16 of the main character highlighted in this section, but now there are only four (Goku, Piccolo, Gohan, and Kuririn). I think we can expect these additional character profiles in later volumes.
  • It appears the biographies are straight-up translation of the originals and no dub terms are used, which is nice to see for once.

Ultimate Character Relationship Chart (view image)

  • The chart has been shrunk down and the only characters included are featured in the first 42 episodes. It is assumed all of the omitted characters will be included in later volumes.
  • The bottom part of this section was renamed, which is odd since they left “Profile of Goku Family” as-is. In the original its title was “Character Correlation”, but in the domestic it is now “Character Relationships”.
  • Some people might think they made a mistake by calling Enma-Daiō the “Great King Yama”, but actually, it is a literal translation. For anyone that is familiar with the English dub, they named him King Yemma, which was somewhat close. Enma-Daiō is based off of Yama, a wrathful Hindu and Buddhist deity who judges the dead. Enma is the Japanese name for “Yama”, while Daiō simply means “Great King”; hence the “Great King Yama”. I know this is how Steve Simmons has translated it before, so this alteration makes sense.

Dragon Box Z Vol. 1 Perfect Guide (view image / view image)

  • As done in the original, the section starts with a breakdown of the various story arcs, or as FUNimation calls them, sagas. In this section FUNimation uses “Vegeta Saga” for episodes 1-35, but later on in the Dragon Ball Z Design Works Collection they use “Saiyan Saga”, which is a tad inconsistent, especially considering the original uses “Saiyan Arc”, or saga if you prefer that.
  • The way the episodes are listed in the section has been somewhat changed to account for the fact that there are now seven episodes per disc rather than six. What was listed on two pages in the original is now spread across four pages.
  • The only information provided for each episode is an episode title (literal translations; no dub titles), a short synopsis, and the original airdate. In the original they also listed credits for the episode director, script writer, animation supervisor, and art supervisor. Apparently we do not care about these things in the U.S., they were just too lazy to want to translate them, or ran out of room.
  • It looks like they did translate some of the “Close-Up!!” stuff, which takes a detailed look at a certain person or aspect related to specific episodes. Interestingly, in the Saibaimen close-up they are called Saibamen (note the lack of the final “I”), which is what the dub originally called them. Later on, just a couple pages away, they are correctly called Saibaimen. “Saibai” is actually the Japanese word for “cultivation”, so “Saibaman” is simply incorrect, and not just an alternate spelling.
  • In the episode five synopsis, Raditz’s name is misspelled as “Radtiz”. Again, how is some of this stuff getting through quality control?

Dragon Ball Z Design Works Collection (view image)

  • The domestic Dragon Book only covers the “Saiyan Saga”, or the first two pages from this section in the original.
  • I think this goes without saying, but the images are exactly the same. I do not think people would be too happy if they had changed them since they are Toei’s original character design sketches. The only real difference is that the images are more spread out in the domestic Dragon Book due to the books smaller size.

Dragon Column 1: History of Dragon Ball Z (view image)

  • It covers all of the events up through episode 42 and has been flipped so that it runs vertical rather than being horizontal like in the original, which makes sense since we don’t typically write things vertically in English.
  • Since the timeline only covers as far as the respective episodes on the set, I anticipate we will be seeing these in every Dragon Book from here on out.
  • Some of the images included in the notes for certain events have been omitted, most likely due to copyright issues. Speaking of, you will notice on page 29 all of the listed copyright information for all the other various series listed.

Dragon Column 2: Fashion Check (view image)

  • Not much to note except they only covered the clothing styles up through episode 42… but I mean, it is fashion… and the same pictures were used. What else do you need to know?

When compared to the original, you can see that there are still tons of things missing, and that is just from the first Z Dragon Box. They still have a whole second volume to use. With the remaining six domestic Dragon Books, it will be interesting to see how they cram everything else in. There are still 16 Dragon Columns, four interviews, tons more design sketches, another correlation chart, a regular staff file, a look at other countries that dub Dragon Ball Z, tons of special indexes, a look at all the filler in the series, a look at the series TV ratings, lyrics to all the opening and ending themes, and info on the TV specials that have been left out.

Audio/Video Quality

Now that we have exhausted our comparison of the overall packaging, let us take a look at this set’s main draw: the superb audio and video. Why should you care about the video quality? For starters, this is the best video quality that we will likely ever see from FUNimation on a Dragon Ball release. From the very beginning, FUNimation has only ever had generational copies of a master tape, which were never of the best quality to begin with. For the original Dragon Box, Toei Animation actually pulled the original 16mm film reels out of cold storage and used them as the primary source material. All previously-released Dragon Ball content (even the original Fuji TV airings) were based off either the master tapes (copies of the 16mm film), or copies of the masters. Since the 16mm film is actually the original photography of the animation cels, what you are seeing when viewing these discs is essentially the original cel animation, or as close as we are going to get to it.

Since the original Dragon Box used the original cel photography as its source material, the picture is already as pristine as it will ever be. However, as with any film, it is bound to suffer some damage. Pony Canyon took the time to carefully remove all damage from the film, presenting us with a perfectly clean picture, yet never compromising the integrity of the actual animation. On top of this, since they had gone back to the 16mm films, they created an all-new frame alignment. They did not stop there. When making the original masters for a series, it is typical to copy the film while slightly zoomed-in to reduce the risk of catching the edge of a misaligned cel (ie. seeing the edge of the image). However, with time, money, and new digital technology on their side, Pony Canyon created an all new print that captures more image than the original masters. In some cases this actually meant re-aligning some of the frames, which not only allowed for a larger image surface, but also greatly reduced all former traces of jitter. This truly was a frame by frame remastering of the series, and it looks gorgeous!

As with the video, Toei Animation and Pony Canyon went straight to the source material for the audio. Unfortunately, since the series was recorded in mono, it will always have that dated feel to it, but the audio presented here is of very good quality, all things considered. The audio never gives out or cracks during high notes in a song or loud screams, and the typical background noise (that horrible “shhhhhhh” sound) is virtually nonexistent. Also, the opening and ending themes, although remaining in their broadcast mono forms, have been greatly improved and sound very close to stereo quality.

Now FUNimation has this footage in their hands, something that no one ever thought they would get. How does the domestic Dragon Box transfer stand up to the original? Be sure to hover your mouse over the lossey screen shot comparisons below to see the slight differences between the two releases. However, you can also click on them to view a lossless comparison of the same screen shot.

Video Comparison

When FUNimation first announced these sets, aside from a great sense of shock and anticipation, many worried that 42 episodes being fit onto six discs (seven episodes per disc) would cause degradation in video quality. This is because, in addition to their mixed track record with DVD encodes, they would be including more episodes per disc and adding at least one additional audio track not present on the original Dragon Box discs. With the final product in our hands however, most of these concerns can be put to rest.

Those who have seen the original Japanese releases will notice that the FUNimation set is brighter. While FUNimation has a history of making adjustments to various aspects of their releases before, such as brightness, contrast, color saturation, and sharpness, it appears that this change is actually due to differences in the NTSC standards for North America and Japan. In North America, the “black” reference level is slightly higher than that which is used in Japan, which would explain why the Japanese Dragon Boxes are slightly darker than the domestic release. The corollary impact of this is that there is a slight change in the colors. However, this is not something I would personally note as a negative aspect. Some may even view this as a positive, given that the slight change in colors somewhat tames the redder flesh tones that people have cited as a point of contention in the fandom.

Colors are presented with absolute fidelity to the original Japanese releases, barring the slight changes due to the aforementioned shift in brightness. Some slight changes have been made with regards to framing (and will most likely not be seen even by owners of both sets if any degree of overscan comes into play), however this could be attributed to the masters that FUNimation received. Possibly the only aspect that could be seen as an actual downgrade from the Japanese version is that FUNimation’s discs seem to be softer than their Toei counterparts. This does not seem to be the product of DVNR application like previous releases however, since grain does still appear to be present throughout the discs. This could be the byproduct of the additional compression applied to the MPEG-2 stream in comparison to the Japanese release, or it could again be due to the source FUNimation received. It is not distracting by any means, but there is a certain lack of sharpness and detail to a slight degree.

From a technical aspect, FUNimation’s Dragon Box presents both some expected and unexplainable differences. First, the average video bitrate on these discs does take roughly a 30% hit, with FUNimation’s discs having an average bitrate in the upper-5000 Kbps range compared to the Japanese discs having an average bitrate in the lower-8000 Kbps range. This is expected, given the addition of an episode per disc and a 5.1 dub track. Thankfully, the Japanese Dragon Box does appear to have been encoded at a high enough bitrate with plenty of room for greater compression without noticeable degradation in quality. No visible macroblocking stood out to me while watching the discs, which seems to indicate that despite the disparity in bitrates between the two releases, FUNimation did an adequate job encoding the material.

Audio Comparison

FUNimation uses the same monaural audio that Toei themselves used on their Dragon Box, however it is at a bitrate of 96 Kbps as opposed to Toei’s 448 Kbps. The bitrate Toei chose was admittedly overkill and most likely their attempt to get as close to lossless without actually including an uncompressed PCM track. FUNimation’s track shows no sign of any artifacting or other defects that can result from over compression of a digital stream. However, FUNimation’s track is decidedly lower in volume than Toei’s. For instance, disc one of the original Dragon Box peaks at roughly -9 dB, whereas the corresponding FUNimation disc peaks at a much lower -17 dB. Since the sound intensity doubles for every 3 dB, this means that Toei’s discs are nearly three times as loud as FUNimation’s; however, this does not cause any problems other than the need to adjust your volume accordingly. One other minor difference is the fact that Toei’s discs contain a 2-channel monaural track, a trend that FUNimation themselves also followed in the past, however this release is a single channel track. This is not a negative by any means however, as it is the exact same data.

Disc Space

Last but not least is the issue of disc space. From examining the discs, FUNimation has left an average of 1 to 1.5 GB of free space per disc. While there were no obvious defects with this set, it is somewhat puzzling. Even if as a placebo, bitrates of both the audio and video could have been optimized to make full use of the disc space if not for other aspects like animated menus, an animated intro, or possibly some special features. Overall, despite these minor gripes, FUNimation has done an admirable job in presenting an extremely close facsimile of the original Dragon Box.

Final Thoughts

It is hard to actually put into words what this means to me, and to the fandom in general. I had all but given up on a proper release from FUNimation and actually purchased the original Japanese Dragon Boxes. To me personally, this release is a day late and a dollar short, but to the fandom, and more specifically to fans of the original Japanese version of the show, seeing this release is a dream come true!

While we nit-pick about certain things in the release, which easily can be corrected in subsequent releases, they definitely do not outweigh all of the positive aspects. Just the fact that fans in North America can now cheaply own and view the series as originally intended, with the best audio and video possible, brings a smile to my face. Although the domestic Dragon Box is not quite as grand or awe inducing as the original, it is exactly what fans have been asking for, and for once, it seems FUNimation actually listened! Honestly, this is more than we asked for!

DVD Boxes (front)

DVD Boxes (front)

DVD Boxes (spine)

DVD Books (front)

DVD Books (back)

DVD Books (inside)

DVD Discs 1-3

DVD Discs 4-6

DVD Book Without Discs

Opening Animation

Ending Animation

Next Episode Preview

Dragon Book (front)

Dragon Book (back)

Inside Cover

Dragon Book Z Vol. 1

Dragon Book Contents

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Toei’s Dragon Box Waveform

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