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Dragon Ball Season One Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Dragon Ball Season One 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. This set includes Goku's first search for the Dragon Balls, his training with Master Roshi, the World Martial Arts Tournament, and the beginning of Goku's second quest for the Dragon Balls.

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 sixth 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, and trailers. The trailers included on this set are for Paniponi Dash!, Romeo x Juliet, Dragon Ball Z, Jinki Extend, Origin, Tsubasa, Negima, and Dragon Ball.

Personally, I enjoyed the episodes that appeared on this set. I also appreciated how the pacing of the story arcs that appear in this box set is much better than that pacing that takes place in the Dragon Ball Z series. However, I'm baffled as to how FUNimation decided to split the episodes between discs. It just seems odd that they would try to cram as many episodes as possible on the first four discs, then only include three on the last disc. It's especially baffling when you realize that the bonus features are so skimpy, that they didn't need to try to keep the episode amount on the final disc down. Personally, I would have broken it up to be seven episodes on the first disc, six episodes on discs two through four, and then six episodes and the bonus features on the last disc. However, I do have to give props to FUNimation for doing a better job on the mastering of the audio levels on this set in comparison to the Dragon Ball Z boxes.

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
Secret of the Dragon Balls
The Emperor's Quest
The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi
Oolong The Terrible
Yamcha the Desert Bandit
Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls
The Ox-King on Fire Mountain
The Kamehameha Wave
Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch
The Dragon Balls Are Stolen
The Penalty Is Pinball
A Wish to the Eternal Dragon
The Legend of Goku
Goku's Rival
Look Out for Launch
Find That Stone!
Milk Delivery
The Turtle Hermit Way
The Tournament Begins
Elimination Round
Smells Like Trouble


Disc 4
Disc 5
Quarterfinals Begin
Monster Beast Giran
Krillin's Frantic Attack!
Danger From Above
The Grand Finals
Number One Under the Moon?
The Final Blow
The Roaming Lake
Pilaf and the Mystery Force
Wedding Plans?



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