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Dragon Ball Season Five Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Dragon Ball Season Five DVD box set includes five DVDs that contain 31 episodes. The first four discs contain seven episodes, while the fifth disc contains three episodes and the DVD extras. The emphasis on this set is Goku's training with Kami and Mister Popo to prepare for the next Tenkaichi Tournament, the actual Tenkaichi Tournament, and Goku and Chichi's attempt to save the Ox King and his castle after the castle ends up catching on fire.

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 four DVD box sets), and trailers. The trailers included on this set are for D.Gray-man, Mushi-Shi, The Slayers, Black Cat, Soul Eater, and S.A.V.E.

Overall, the episodes on this disc are rather enjoyable. The final few episodes wrap up the series nicely, and work perfectly to set the stage for the next series, Dragon Ball Z. However, I was disappointed that FUNimation still insisted on splitting the episodes between the discs in an odd fashion. It would have been nice if more of an effort had been made to split the episodes a little more evenly between the discs, especially since there's so little in the way of bonus features.

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
Lost And Found
Temple Above the Clouds
Earth's Guardian Emerges
Eternal Dragon Resurrected
Quicker Than Lightning
Secret of the Woods
The Time Room
Goku's Doll
Walking Their Own Ways
Hotter Than Lava
Changes
Preliminary Peril
Battle of the Eight
Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao
Anonymous Proposal
The Mysterious Hero
Rematch
Goku Gains Speed
The Four Faces of Tien
Kami vs. Piccolo
Battle for the Future


Disc 4
Disc 5
Super Kamehameha
Junior No More
Goku's Trap
Goku Hangs On
The Victor
Dress In Flames
The Fire-Eater
Outrageous Octagon
Mystery of the Dark World
The End, The Beginning



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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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