"Battle of Gods"
"Battle of Gods"
Three years ago, I caught whiff of a possible English dub for Dragon Ball Z Kai done in the frosty North, by the Sasquatch-breeding Canadians at Ocean Studios. For three years I have waited with bated breath, my eyes opening to the day with fresh hope that the dulcet tones of Doc Harris would course through my ears with "Stand by for Dragon Ball Z... Kai!", only to be struck each day with a sense of unrelenting defeat (moreso than usual). Eventually, I had no choice but to settle into a remarkably steady indifference, puncuated by the occasional glimmer of curiosity (and something somebody in the know told me).
You watch this, you ignorant little shitfucks. I'm not going to say this shit again (today). I'll show you how to watch this 20 something year old overly long action cartoon for eight year olds the right fucking way (my way). Now, I've had these videos up on my YT account for a while, but I wanted to put them here anyway, in case you don't magically know my account name, because you can't read my mind (how much more worthless can you be?). Now, to some of you, this is preaching to the choir. If you're here and you don't already agree with me on everything (all four of you), you should pay attention. If you do agree with me, sit back down. You're not getting that third slice of Sarah Lee's banana cream pie just yet, and keep that Pabst Blue Ribbon away from your laptop, it'll spill and you won't be able to angrily fap to incest hentai if it ruins your computer, you festering piles of mule snot.
They could have chosen a better Kikuchi piece for this. And the sound effect of 16's head being smooshed is delayed because of a sloppy edit. However, Clinkenbeard does an excellent job with the scream. And there's none of that "16, you loved life" bullshit in the script.
Few people talk about Shunsuke Kikuchi. While not the quality of say, Yoko Kanno's contributions, or the emotional power of Hiroshi Miyagawa's work, Kikuchi has been in the business of incidental music (that is to say, background music) for decades. Cutting his teeth on tokusatsu programs, Kikuchi got work scoring the anime adaption of the popular Akira Toriyama manga Dr. Slump. He is best known, however, for scoring the anime adaptation of Toriyama's most popular work, Dragon Ball. Taking cues from old films, Kikuchi is a little Wang Fu-ling and a little Bernard Hermann.
Here's a few screenshots for your consideration (Dragon Box on left, Blu-Rays on right):
I still prefer the Dragon Boxes. The BDs look great, but the colors are a little too dark, in my opinion.
However, since the DBoxes are now out of print, I reccommend picking up the "level" Blu-Rays if you can't find the DBoxes.
Here's one more:
Starting in 2009, Toei's refurbished, "refreshed" version of Dragon Ball Z began to air on FujiTV. It recieved high ratings throughout, but was cancelled after 98 episodes (97 aired, 1 DVD/Blu-Ray exclusive). The purpose behind this creation, Dragon Ball Kai, was, besides celebrating the 20th anniversary of DBZ, was to provide a filler-free version of the show, staying closer to the original manga by Akira Toriyama. It was even touted as the "Toriyama Akira Original Cut Version". There would, as a consequence, be fewer episodes.
Episode 98, "Peace for the Future! Goku's Soul Lasts Forever"
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