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Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Seven

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 Seven was released by FUNimation on October 11, 2011, and it contains the final 40 episodes of the series. These episodes cover the Fusion Saga and the Kid Buu Saga. However, it should be noted that in the booklet, the episodes have all been lumped together into the Boo Saga. Of all of the episodes in the Dragon Ball Z saga, this is probably the weakest arc.

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 Seven 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 "Tenkaichi Couples' Championship" (which examines the various romantic couples that appeared during the series), and "The Track of Son Goku's Infinite Power" (which tracks all the various evolutions and training Goku went through during the series). 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 Seven 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
Gotenks Is Born
Unlikely Friendship
I Kill No More
The Evil of Men
Buu Against Buu
Empty Planet
Time Struggle
Super Moves of Gotenks
Trapped In Forever
Feeding Frenzy
Gotenks Is Awesome
Unlucky Break
A Whole New Gohan
Search For Survivors
Majin Buu Transforms
The Old Kai's Weapon
Ready To Fuse?
Union Of Rivals
Meet Vegito
Rip in the Universe
Vegito... Downsized

Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
The Incredible Fighting Candy
The Innards of Buu
Mind Trap
Deadly Vision
Evil Kid Buu!
End Of Earth
True Saiyans Fight Alone
Battle for the Universe Begins
Vegeta's Respect
Minute Of Desperation
Old Buu Emerges
Earth Reborn
Call To Action
People of Earth Unite
Spirit Bomb Triumphant
Celebrations With Majin Buu
He's Always Late
Granddaughter Pan
Buu's Reincarnation
Goku's Next Journey

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