Anime DVD Review: Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Two

The Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Two box set includes four DVDs that contain episodes 27-52 of the series. The first and third discs contain seven episodes, while the second and fourth discs contain six episodes and bonus features. Just like with the first season box set, all FUNimation seemed to do with this release was to combine the Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Three and Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Four box sets into one package.

Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: May 22, 2012

Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Two includes episodes from the Namek Saga of Dragon Ball Z; however, the saga does not actually end in this set. The episodes in this set see Gohan, Kuririn, and Vegeta taking on the Ginyu Squad; Goku’s arrival on Planet Namek and the defeat of the Ginyu Squad; Vegeta’s battle with Freeza; and finally Goku’s battle with Freeza. Since Dragon Ball Z Kai removes the “filler” from the Dragon Ball Z anime that was not part of Toriyama’s original manga, the side story of the Ginyu Squad battling with the deceased Z-Fighters at King Kaio’s place is removed from the story. By removing that subplot, it helped the battles on Planet Namek move a little faster.

On the main menu for the first and third discs, you can choose to watch all of the episodes, choose which episode you want to watch, and to set up your language and subtitle options. For the second and fourth discs, a selection for the extras is also included. In the setup menu, you can choose to have either English or Japanese audio, as well as whether or not you want to have the subtitles on.

There are three extras included on the second disc, and the first is “U.S. Cast Interview.” This roughly seven-and-a-half minute feature includes interview responses from Justin Cook, Christopher R. Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Sonny Strait, Mike McFarland, Monica Rial, and Colleen Clinkenbeard. This isn’t a bad feature at all for what it is, and nothing like this had been included on the Dragon Ball Z Kai Season One DVD box set. Probably my favorite part about this feature was being able to actually see what the voice actors look like, and to be able to hear how their speaking voice compares to the character that they portray in the series.

Disc two also includes a textless version of the opening and closing credits, as well as trailers for properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

The extras on disc four contain the textless opening and closing credits, as well as additional trailers for properties that FUNimation was promoting at the time this was released.

I’m still a little frustrated that the Dragon Ball Z Kai sets do not include a marathon feature for watching the episodes on the discs, but I can cope with that.

If you’re a Dragon Ball fan who was to own every item released for the series, then this item would be worth purchasing if you haven’t already purchased Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Three and Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Four. Also, if you’ve been hesitant to watch Dragon Ball Z due to the series’ length, then Dragon Ball Z Kai might be worth checking out to see if perhaps you might enjoy it better without all of the additional “filler” that was in the original Dragon Ball Z anime series.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Two box set that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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