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Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Two

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

When the Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Boxes were released in Japan, they only released two boxes that each contained roughly half of the series. When FUNimation released the Dragon Boxes in North America, they broke the set up into seven boxes. Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Two was released by FUNimation on February 16, 2010, and it contains episodes 43 through 84 of the series. These episodes cover the remainder of the Namek saga, the Captain Ginyu saga, and the early Frieza saga; however, in the set's book, the Captain Ginyu and Frieza sagas are lumped together into the Frieza saga.

The Dragon Boxes were being marketed to the "hardcore" Dragon Ball fans, which was evident through some of the decisions made by the company when these sets were put together: the default language for viewing is set to Japanese language with English subtitles, the title cards for the episodes use the Japanese titles for the episodes instead of the titles for the English dub, only the original Japanese music score is included, and the packaging and booklets use the original Japanese spelling for the characters' names instead of the alternate spellings that were used in the English dub. In addition, the episodes are presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio, instead of the 16:9 cropping that was done for the nine "orange brick" season sets.

Dragon Box Two comes with a 47-page hardcover book that has a right-to-left orientation. The book begins with character profiles, which is followed by an "Ultimate Character Relationship Chart." The bulk of the book, however, is a section talking about the episodes that are included in the set. The episode section of the book includes the Japanese titles for the episodes, a description for each episode, the original airdate for each episode, still images from the episodes, trivia, and a brief overview of the story that appears on each disc in the set. There are also sections that have "best three" countdowns for several topics and viewers' favorite lines from the episodes in this set. The book concludes with a section about Gohan's various encounters with animals and line art drawings of some of the characters.

A drawback to this set is the fact that there are no special features included on any of the discs; FUNimation didn't even bother to put on the textless opening and closing or any trailers. I would guess that the company felt that since the book was included, that there really wasn't a need for special features on the discs. Also, I was disappointed to see that the "Marathon Feature" from the "orange brick" season sets wasn't included, because it made it easier to watch the episodes back-to-back on each disc. On the plus side, if you watch the Japanese language versions of the episodes, you get to see the next episode previews at the end of each episode; these had not been included in the original "orange brick" season box sets that FUNimation had released.

I would recommend Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Two to fans of Dragon Ball Z who want to have a better version of the episodes than what appears on the "orange bricks."

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
A Friendly Surprise
Brood Of Evil
Frieza Strikes!
Defying Orders
Namek's Defense
The Hunted
The Prince Fights Back
Unexpected Problem
Vegeta Has a Ball
The Past and Future
Zarbon's Surprise
Guru's Gift
Piccolo vs. Everyone
Zarbon's Mission
Gohan, The Hunted
Unknown Enemies
Destination: Guru
Bulma's Big Day
Hidden Power
New Ally, New Problem
Guldo's Mind Binds


Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
Recoome Unleashed
Let the Battle Begin
Goku's New Power
A Legend Revealed
Ginyu Assault
Incredible Force
Frieza Approaches
Goku Is Ginyu and Ginyu Is Goku
Calling the Eternal Dragon
Gohan, Defeat Your Dad!!
Captain Ginyu... The Frog
Password Is Porunga
Piccolo's Return
The Fusion
Fighting Power: One Million??
Gohan Attacks
Piccolo The Super-Namek
Deja vu
Frieza's Second Transformation
Another Transformation?
Dende's Demise
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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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