Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DBZedux - Dragon Ball Z Kai

I have my hands on an early copy of part one of Dragon Ball Z Kai, Toei Animation's recut and remastering of the epic Dragon Ball Z series whose seemingly never ending story line and protracted fight scenes was largely responsible for anime's surge in popularity in North America.

The two disc set will be released on May 18 on Blu-ray and DVD .

I'm still working my way through the first 13 episodes, but a couple of things are already clear: The series is still likely to be anathema to anime fans who outgrew DBZ's accessibility and resent the crop of new fans the original airing on Cartoon Network introduced. They'll like the young fans brought into the fold by the airing of DBZ Kai on Nicktoons and the TheCW4Kids programming block even less.

Fan wars aside, Dragon Ball Z Kai looks and sounds amazing. Nostalgic memories of the original show's grainy, line faded print are wiped away by an astonishingly crisp, bright 1080p HD remastering with new voice overs featuring of the original Japanese and English language casts. The difference is astonishing.

Dragon Ball Z Kai is touted as truer to Akira Toriyama's manga than the original Dragon Ball Z, with the removal of a significant amount of filler in the original and a more thoughtful translation. The series that started it all for many of us is suddenly worth another look.


Anonymous said...

I'm actually pretty excited to see this now. Didn;t think I would be.

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