is familiar with and has probably participated in. Please Note: These sets are region A only, unlike the Original 8 parts which were region A and B. You are already breaking consistency with so many other items, so why not go all the way? On the North American DVD, the original Japanese stereo track is presented in 192 kbps, while the English dub retains its 5.1 track at 448 kbps — all fairly standard, expected, and serviceable. A glimmer of hope remains after Gohan secures a ball of his own - but the young warrior is headed for a beat-down courtesy of Vegeta! Can (or does) it affect your enjoyment of the series as a whole? The manga has been re-released multiple times. It often times clashes its updated and clear style against the painfully-obviously-old underlying video footage. Meanwhile, for the dub, voice actors like Tiffany Grant and Stephany Nadolny were replaced with Funimation regulars, like Monica Rial and Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Chris Sabat gave some of his roles to other actors, like Jason Liebrecht and J. Micheal Tatum. Newly-animated opening and ending themes surround the episodes. The new English dub also mirrors the style of the Japanese version with the vast majority of its respective cast returning to their characters, with a few notable cast replacements (Gohan, Bulma, the narrator). Kuririn: “Yeah, a form or something…”. Well, we'll give you ten differences between it and the original DBZ. In the very first episode, Bulma’s appearance at Kame House is so heavily cut that she moves to a different area of the house within one frame: Anyone viewing the show with anything more than a casual glance will also be taken aback by the shift between the original footage from 1989 and the redrawn/retraced footage newly done for Kai. While Dragon Ball Z was able to be aired in its entirety when it first aired on TV, Kai wasn't as lucky. I cannot imagine that this collection of phrases and names appeals to any non-apathetic fan. While the colors have been significantly adjusted at times a la FUNimation’s “remaster”, everything retains a soft and warm feel to it. At the same time, the original Japanese version is right there from the start, so it is no sweat off our fandom’s collective backs. When the domestic Dragon Box sets were released exclusively with a dub that contained the original Japanese score (in addition to the actual, original Japanese language track, of course), it was clear that FUNimation was shrugging off any involvement with score replacements for the future. In our review of the first Japanese Blu-ray, we noted that there was a change in editors after episode 10, and a new producer after episode 14. Even when corrected to this level, the viewer will note the huge shift between original animation and the bold, newer animation. While this, in theory, makes sense… it also goes against everything FUNimation appears to be shooting for with their dub of Kai, which is distancing themselves from their prior “reversioning” ways and finally remaining faithful to the source material. The underlying footage has been released no less than five times now. Kai picks up with the same narrator rotation, bringing in newcomer Doc Morgan. If there's one thing we have, besides great information and guides, it's an amazingly awesome community! In a nutshell, Dragon Ball Kai takes the actual footage from the Dragon Ball Z TV series (which ran in Japan from 1989 to 1996), remasters it in high definition, and cuts out an average of half the material (generally “filler”, material that was created for the sole purpose of extending the TV version in relation to the original manga). At the same time, an English dub of the series is not something we were ever going to have more than a passing curiosity with, anyway. These episodes are seeing a concurrent release on DVD via the “Dragon Box” releases, where you will likely get more bang for your buck in terms of raw episode counts. I will note that I have an easier time understanding the lyrics in Japanese than I do in English… and as a native English speaker, this is somewhat embarrassing for the performance. Not very family-friendly or rolls off the tongue enough to put in a video game. Sean Schemmel’s Goku is an interesting character. Watch and download Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters English Dubbed and Subbed in HD on Anime Network! We already know that further cast replacements will occur later in the Freeza story arc of the series, so it remains to be seen how many of these character representations can be corrected to the same level as the rest of the show is receiving. We have no real complaints. 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