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Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Five

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 the series. When FUNimation released the Dragon Boxes in North America, they broke the set up into seven boxes. Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Five was released by FUNimation on April 26, 2011, and it contains episodes 169 through 209 of the series. These episodes cover the remainder of the Cell Games Saga and the Great Saiyaman Saga. However, it should be noted that in the booklet, the episodes have been broken up into three sagas: the remainder of the Cell Saga, the Anoyoichi Saga, and the High School Saga.

The Dragon Boxes were being marketed to the "hardcore" Dragon Ball fans, which was evident through some of the decisions FUNimation made when putting these sets 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 from the English dub. Also, 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 Five 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. Mixed in with the episode descriptions are sections labeled as "Fashion Check" (which highlights some of the fashion styles that appear in the episodes of this set), "We Count Down Anything" (which counts down the top three sexy characters, the top three handsome guys, and top three of Bulma's inventions), and "The Great Saiyaman Illustrated." The book concludes with line art featuring some of the Dragon Ball Z 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 Five to fans of Dragon Ball Z who want to have a better version of the episodes than what appears on the "orange boxes."

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
No Worries Here
A Girl Named Lime
Memories Of Gohan
A New Guardian
Dende's Dragon
The Puzzle of General Tao
The Games Begin
Losers Fight First
Goku vs. Cell
Cell's Bag of Tricks
No More Rules
The Fight Is Over
Faith in a Boy
Gohan's Desperate Plea
Android Explosion
Cell Juniors Attack!
The Unleashing and Awakening
The Unstoppable Gohan
Cell's Mighty Breakdown
A Hero's Farewell
Cell Returns!

Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
The Horror Won't End
Save The World
Goku's Decision
One More Wish
Free The Future
Warriors of the Dead
Tournament Begins
Water Fight
Final Round
Goku vs. Pikkon
Gohan Goes to High School
I Am Saiyaman
Gohan's First Date
Rescue Videl
I'll Fight Too!
The Newest Super Saiyan
Take Flight Videl
Gather for the Tournament
Camera Shy

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