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Dragon Ball Season Three Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Dragon Ball Season Three DVD box set includes five DVDs that contain 31 episodes. The first four discs contain seven episodes, and the fifth disc contains three episodes and the DVD extras. The focus of this set is Goku completing his quest for the Dragon Balls and fulfilling his promise to Oopa, some episodes showing some of Goku's training over a three year period, and the early rounds of the next Tenkaichi Tournament.

On the main menu of the first four discs, you can choose to watch all the episodes, watch the disc with the marathon feature, choose which episode you want to watch, and set up your language and subtitle options. One of the best features of this set is the marathon feature; this allows you to watch all of the episodes back-to-back. However, with the marathon feature, you only see the opening credits once, and the ending credits are not shown. This feature is very helpful when you're trying to watch all of the episodes on a disc in a single sitting. In the setup menu, you can choose between English and Japanese audio. You can also choose to turn the subtitles on and off.

The menu on the fifth DVD adds in a link for the special features. However, the features aren't very special. All you get are the textless versions of the opening and ending credits (which are the same as what appeared on the first two DVD box sets), and trailers. The trailers included on this set are for Dragon Ball Z, D.Gray-man, Evangelion 1.11, Kenichi, One Piece, Slayers Revolution, Nabari no Ou, and Dragon Ball.

Overall, the episodes that appeared in this box set are better than what was included on the second season box set. My biggest disappointment with this set was how FUNimation decided to split the episodes between discs. Instead of trying to divide the episodes out a little more evenly between discs, they decided to cram as many episodes as they could on the early discs in the set, and only placing three measly episodes on the final disc.

While I'm a little disappointed by the episode breakdown of the discs and by the lack of special features, this set is still a "must get" for any Dragon Ball fans that want to own the series on DVD.

In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD box set through the King County Library System.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Sacred Water
The Return of Goku
The Last of Mercenary Tao
Confront the Red Ribbon Army
A Real Bind
The End of Commander Red
The Last Dragon Ball
Who Is Fortuneteller Baba?
We Are the Five Warriors
Deadly Battle
Goku's Turn
The Devilmite Beam
The Mysterious Fifth Man
The Strong Ones
True Colors of the Masked Man
Pilaf's Tactics
The Eternal Dragon Rises
Terror And Plague
Goku vs. Sky Dragon
Goku Goes to Demon Land
The Rampage of InoShikaCho


Disc 4
Disc 5
Which Way to Papaya Island?
Rivals And Arrivals
Preliminary Peril
Then There Were Eight
Yamcha vs. Tien
Yamcha's Big Break
Full-Moon Vengeance
The Dodon Wave
Counting Controversy!
Goku Enters the Ring



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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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