Anime DVD Review: Dragon Ball Season Five Box Set

The Dragon Ball Season Five 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.

Dragon Ball Season Five Box Set
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 27, 2010

This set begins exactly where the Dragon Ball Season Four box set ended. Goku has finished his battle with King Piccolo, and he ends up going even higher than Karin’s tower in order to gain an audience with Kami, the creator of the Shen Long. He meets with Mister Popo and has to fight him in order to gain an audience with Kami. The first 10 episodes in the set focus on Goku training with Mister Popo, which ultimately helps to get him ready for the next Tenkaichi Tournament. Only a few episodes are devoted to Goku’s training, but they are interesting to watch and don’t feel like they’re there simply to serve as “filler.”

Meanwhile, as Goku is training, King Piccolo’s egg hatches; inside is Piccolo Junior, who vows to have his revenge on Goku.

The series goes forward in time three years to the next Tenkaichi Tournament, and this particular Tenkaichi Tournament is the most amusing of the three. Goku, Tien Shinhan, Kuririn, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu, Hero, Tao Pai Pai, Piccolo Junior (under the name Ma Junior), and a female fighter under the name of Anonymous are among the competitors. The identity of Anonymous turns out to be a character the viewer has met earlier in the series. When Goku ends up having to fight with Anonymous, hilarity ensues; in fact, I found myself laughing rather hard during and after this particular fight.

After the Tenkaichi Tournament comes to an end, the final five episodes sees Goku and Chi-Chi trying to save Chi-Chi’s home after a fire mysteriously erupts. These final few episodes wrap up the series nicely, and work perfectly to set the stage for the next series, Dragon Ball Z.

When it comes to the actual DVD set, you can watch the episodes with either the English dub or with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The set also has 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.

Just like the previous four Dragon Ball box sets, this set only has two special features: textless versions of the opening and ending credits, as well as trailers for properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released. Even without having much in the way of special features, having the episodes for this particular Tenkaichi Tournament more than makes up for this.

This set is a “must get” for North American Dragon Ball fans that want to own the series on DVD, especially since this is the best and most economical way to acquire these episodes in this region.

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

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