Anime DVD Review: Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Six

Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Six is a release aimed at Dragon Ball Z collectors. This set contains Episodes 210 through 250 of Dragon Ball Z. The episodes are uncut and have been remastered and restored frame by frame. The episodes that are included on this release 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 Ball Z: Dragon Box Six
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 19, 2011

The episodes in this set cover the World Tournament saga, the Babidi saga, and the Majin Buu saga. However, it should be noted that in the book that comes with this set, the episodes have all been lumped together into the Majin Buu saga.

This set begins with the World Tournament, which is essentially the Tenkaichi Tournament, except for the fact that it’s being put on by Mr. Satan now. Gohan’s little brother Goten, along with a young Trunks, compete in the Junior Division. As the regular matches heat up, it turns out that beings from Other World have entered the tournament in order to get to Gohan and get him to help them.

A wizard named Babidi is trying to revive a creature called Majin Buu, which had been sealed up in a ball after causing a lot of damage in the universe. It is believed that Gohan has the power to keep Majin Buu from being revived. Most of the other Z Fighters end up accompanying Gohan to fight Majin Buu.

Even after some valiant fighting, Majin Buu is still resurrected. The story then shifts from trying to keep Majin Buu from being resurrected to fighting with Majin Buu and Babidi. A couple of twists and turns happen in the fight with Majin Buu before the episodes in this set end.

This set reaches the point in the Dragon Ball Z series where the stories were stretched out even worse than they had been previously in the series. The Majin Buu arc was notoriously bad about that. At the time I’m writing this review, my older children have been watching the English dub of this portion of the series, and I have to say that the English dub voice for Majin Buu seemed to have a lot of fun with this role. My husband even commented that in the English dub, Majin Buu sounds like an evil version of a furry red Muppet named Elmo. I think this is one of the rare instances where I think a character was portrayed better in the English dub than in the original Japanese.

When it comes to this release, the default language for viewing is Japanese audio with English subtitles. If you want to hear the English dub, that option is available in the setup menu. However, it should be pointed out that the music score that was created for the English dub is not included. The Japanese titles for the episodes are used on this release instead of the English titles, and the packaging and booklet uses the original Japanese spelling for the characters’ names.

The first five discs have seven episodes, while the sixth disc only has six episodes. There are also no on-disc features on any of the discs. However, Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Six 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 “One-Hit Wonder Grand Prix” (a listing of those opponents in the Majin Boo Saga who were defeated in one blow), “Two Great Races – Saiyan,” and “Two Great Races – Namekian.” The book concludes with line art featuring some of the Dragon Ball Z characters.

The hardcover book in this set is just as impressive as the hardcover book that was included in the previous five Dragon Boxes. Personally, I’d rather have more episodes per disc and the hardcover book instead of fewer episodes per disc and on-disc bonuses.

Like the first five boxes, there’s no “Marathon Feature” to watch the episodes back-to-back. However, if you watch the episodes with the Japanese audio, you will be able to see the next episode previews that weren’t available on the nine “orange brick” season sets.

I would recommend Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Six to fans of Dragon Ball Z who want to have a better version of the episodes than what appears on the “orange bricks.”

Unfortunately, the Dragon Boxes were produced as limited edition collector’s releases, so some volumes are already completely gone, and others are getting close to being completely gone. While there are third-party sellers selling used copies of these sets on sites such as Amazon, I’ve seen some rather high prices for these sets. If you want to own the Dragon Boxes and haven’t bought them already, I would recommend looking around at various sites that let third-party sellers sell DVDs legally and see if you can find a good deal for these sets.

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