Episode 15: Dragon Ball Z Matters…But Why Tho?

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What was your first anime series? Chances are it’s going to be Sailor Moon or the Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) franchise. In this week’s episode, we tackle our first anime series and cover one of the staples of the Cartoon Network Toonami line-up and the gate-way anime into otaku-hood. For Dragon Ball Z, it became an example for all shonen (a genre aimed primarily at a young male audience) anime and manga that would come after it. Adrian, the resident DBZ fanboy, explains that even though the shows (Dragon Ball in 1995 and DBZ in 1996) were heavily censored for the American children rushing home to watch it, it still set forth the points that shonen would be expected to hit over 30 years later. We talk about the importance the franchise has had for young viewers in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and the wave anime re-releases that aim to win a new generation of viewers. And yes, we talk about all the damn fillers, and Adrian took the time to put the well-known length of the fight scenes into perspective with the other beloved anime and mangas of the shonen genre.

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