Anime DVD Review: Dragon Ball Season Two Box Set

The Dragon Ball Season Two DVD box set includes five DVDs that contain 30 episodes. The first three discs contain seven episodes, the fourth disc contains six episodes, and the fifth disc contains three episodes and the DVD extras.

Dragon Ball Season Two Box Set
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 10, 2009

This set begins with Goku’s second search for the seven Dragon Balls. At first, Goku has run-ins with Emperor Pilaf and his minions, who want to Dragon Balls for themselves. However, a new adversary is introduced: The Red Ribbon Army. The Red Ribbon Army is also looking for the Dragon Balls for their own evil purposes.

Goku’s first run-in with the Red Ribbon Army is with Colonel Silver, who manages to destroy Kinto’un. After Goku defeats Colonel Silver, he commandeers robot and a plane. Goku has the robot fly the plane to where the Dragon Radar shows the next Dragon Ball, but the robot’s circuits freeze up in the extremely cold weather, and the plane crashes.

Goku is saved by a young girl named Suno. The Red Ribbon Army has taken the elder of Suno’s village hostage, and is forcing the men of the village to look for the Dragon Ball. Goku goes to Muscle Tower to save the village elder, and he has to battle with Major Mettalitron, Ninja Murasaki, Buyon, and General White. Goku also makes friends with Android 8, who he nicknames “Eighter.” Goku saves the elder and finds the Dragon Ball, but ends up damaging the Dragon Radar. So Goku goes to West City in order to find Bulma to get the Dragon Ball repaired. After the radar is fixed, Bulma joins Goku on his journey. After a brief visit with Master Roshi, Kuririn joins the two as they go on a treasure hunt and look for the Dragon Balls.

A new character, General Blue, is introduced at this point. General Blue may look like a buff and masculine character, but he’s portrayed as being blatantly gay in the original Japanese audio. The English dub tried hard to gloss this over this fact. At first, I found it to be rather interesting that a Japanese series from the 1980s that was being aimed at kids would include a blatantly gay character; however, I realized rather quickly that this trait was there more to provide humor than anything else. Oh well. So much for being a progressive character.

After the treasure hunt, Goku and General Blue end up going to Penguin Village and meeting Arale and some other people who live in the village. The first time I saw the episodes that took place at Penguin Village, I thought they were rather strange. After seeing these episodes, I learned that this section of Dragon Ball was a crossover with another Akira Toriyama series called Dr. Slump. Unfortunately, from what I saw in the crossover with Dragon Ball, I really don’t feel too terribly inclined to try to track down either the Dr. Slump manga series or the Dr. Slump anime series to see more of those characters.

Speaking of the Penguin Village section, there’s a scene that has a very different connotation between the original Japanese audio and the English dub. The scene I’m talking about is when General Blue is trying to fix a car that broke down and a boy from Penguin Village approaches him and tries to fix it. In the English dub, General Blue says that the boy resembles his little brother. However, in the original Japanese version, he sees the little boy and he thinks, “He’s my type.” Oh, my! But, I think this may have been done more for humor’s sake, because the reaction I have is to laugh at it because it just seems so wrong and out of place.

After this escapade, Goku finds himself going to the area that is the home of Karin Tower, and meets Bora and Oopa. At the same time, an assassin named Tao Pai Pai is hired by the Red Ribbon Army. Unfortunately, this story arc is just starting as the set comes to a close. You have to watch the Dragon Ball Season Three box set to find what happens next.

In a lot of respects, I thought the episodes on the Dragon Ball Season Two box set were decent, but they weren’t quite as good as what appeared on the Dragon Ball Season One box set.

When it comes to the actual box set, you can watch the episodes with either the English dub or with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. This set also includes a 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.

The menu on the sixth DVD adds in a link for the special features. Just like with the Dragon Ball Season One box set, the only extras are textless versions of the opening and ending credits, as well as trailers for properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD box set was released.

Compared to when I originally reviewed this box set for BellaOnline, I’ve come to understand more about special features and why there may be either a lot of extras or little to none on a release. With this knowledge, I no longer feel like I can complain about the bonus features, because it may not be FUNimation’s fault that there’s hardly anything. If Toei didn’t really provide anything that could be included as bonus features, then it’s hard to fault FUNimation for that. I’ve come to understand that I should be grateful for the fact that there are any bonus features at all on an anime release.

This set is a “must get” for any Dragon Ball fan in North America that wants to own the series on DVD, since this is the best and most economical way to acquire the original Dragon Ball series on DVD in this region.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Dragon Ball Season Two box set that my husband and I purchased.

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