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Dragonball-Z

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Distributor: FUNimation
Original Story: Akira Toriyama
Volumes: Too many to count
Rating: TVY7 (fight scenes no real human can do)
Anime Code: H

Dragonball-Z continues the expanding tale (no pun intended) of Goku and his friends.  Goku is now married to Chi-Chi and they have a son named Gohan.  When Goku's brother Raditz, a space pirate, kidnaps Gohan, Goku must team up with his arch-rival Piccolo to stop him.  From there, the story expands as everyone finds out Goku's true origins, and encounter enemies they never knew existed.

Review: There's just so much to say about DB-Z, I don't know where to start.  It was really the very first anime I ever watched on TV (backed when it was airing at 6:30 in the morning on either Fox or UPN).  I found it confusing because I didn't realize that the story spanned multiple episodes.  But after it started airing on Cartoon Network, I got the gist of what's going on.  It was incredible, the action sequences were so intense that I was literally on the edge of my seat.  It's definitely darker and more serious than Dragonball but I loved all the episodes right up to where they defeated Kid Buu.  After that, it sort-of went downhill.

Action Level: 5/5
And to think, Japanese children watch this.

Romance Level: 2/5
It's sprinkled in throughout the series.  Bulma and Yamcha, Bulma and Vegeta, Krillin and Android #18 and so-on.

Comedy Level: 2/5
It still retains some of the lighthearted humor that Dragonball once had.  Goku definitely hasn't changed a bit.

Adult Level: 4/5
It contains lots of blood.  However, they edited that out when they brought it to TV, turning it into sweat or dirt, or just scratches.

Drama Level: 3/5
The drama starts out well with Goku finding out who/what he really is.  But they focus a lot on the action.

Overall Level: 4/5
If you hadn't seen Dragonball-Z, then you really hadn't seen anime.  Rent, buy, do whatever, but just watch it.