When Dragon Ball Z finished airing back in 1996, or 2003 in English, fans were left wanting more of the world’s most popular shounen series. When the movies made an incredible come back with Battle of Gods, it wasn’t long until Dragon Ball Super was announced and Dragon Ball took the world by storm once more.
Taking place after the defeat of Majin Buu, Earth is enjoying its new-found peace. This first part covers the events of Battle of Gods, where God of Destruction Beerus is searching for the Super Saiyan God to give him a real challenge. If you’ve seen the film then you’ll know how this pans out, but there’s a bunch of new sub-plots and focus on characters who aren’t prominent in the movie. I’ve watched the movie a handful of times now, but Dragon Ball Super manages to make it feel fresh still. This isn’t just nostalgia talking, but Dragon Ball Super is the sequel that the series always deserved.
Dragon Ball Super is the sequel that the series always deserved.
As a TV series, the animation isn’t quite as good as it is in the movie — there’s certainly some, uh, questionable animation! That said, it still has some spectacular moments and the epic, roar-fueled action which the series is known for. It’s lovely seeing this wonderful cast back on a weekly basis and whilst this first saga retreads familiar ground, it includes a variety of new scenes and fights which’ll leave you laughing and on the edge of your seat. Super is bursting with colour and Akira Toriyama’s notable art style is as prevalent as ever, and it’s as if I’ve been taken back to the 90’s once again.
It’s not very often that an anime spans two decades and still manages to keep most of the same voice-actors that it’s always had, and Super brings back some of the finest voice-talent to reprise their most notable roles. It wouldn’t be Dragon Ball without Sean Schemmel’s Goku, Christopher Sabat’s Vegeta, Kyle Hebert’s Gohan and the rest of the gang, so I’m happy to see that they’ve returned! It might have taken a while to get Super’s dub underway, but it’s been more than worth the wait. The new opening and ending themes are great too, in case you were worried that they wouldn’t be nearly as good as “Rock the Dragon” and “Cha-La Head-Cha-La”!
It’s as if I’ve been taken back to the 90’s once again.
Dragon Ball Super is funny, thrilling and packed to the brim with action, and I’m eagerly anticipating the next home release. From what I’ve seen the series only gets better from here on out, and being able to get my hands on this in the UK is nothing short of brilliant. I’m not a big fan of the Japanese voice-over for Dragon Ball, and I find that watching it in crisp HD with the English dub is the ultimate way to watch it. I’m looking forward to Goku and the Z-Fighters growing stronger and fighting more powerful opponents, and it’s a great time to be a fan.
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