Saturday, 29 June 2013

Dragonball Z: Season 8
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 303 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 15/7/2013
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Previously in the series, Gengamu fights Gohan using a strange device that drained his energy. Shin is now the supreme Kai, which comes as a shock to us all, and dashed off to apprehend Gohan's enemy. The other Z men also flock to see what will happen between them, and also see the level of danger they are likely to be in as part of their job. While Gohan is being helped back at the arena, it is to be seen whether he can cope with fighting another enemy after being so drained before.

Starting with "The Wizard's Curse," we discover that it was thought that Babidi the wizard could be defeated before unleashing Majin-bu on the world. The decision to not kill him is something that must be rectified as he has come back to continue what he had started before. There were reasons for this, and one of them was that Babidi was the only one who could bring back Majin-bu, but now we know that was a lie, there is another who can. Bibidi has a son who is also a wizard and if he isn't stopped, Majin-bu could rise again, and it is doubly worrying as it is him who is running the arena.

The five of them have to come up against Bibidy if Majin-bu is not to be brought back. Bibidi is a very powerful wizard, and their task may not be as easy as it seems. The wizard's power lies in his magic, and it will take all of them too take him down in a fight.

Bibidi is the one who possesses evil in large amounts, and a desire for destroying the world, but looking at him, you wouldn't think he was capable of doing much damage, being a little Yoda-esque entity. A large part of the story is about Bibidi gaining enough strength from the fighters at the arena, as using this he will bring about the world's end using it to bring Majin-bu back. As this is such a long running anime, it is unlikely he will be able to succeed in his evil plan, but it's fun to watch him try. With some comical incidental animation scenes (the chicks and mother bird trying to dodge away to a safe place in ep 1) is a good example of there being humour in the series even in a tense bunch of episodes.

Dragonball Z:  Season 8 has an all-star cast with Kyle Hebert as Gohan, Laura Bailey as Trunks, Christopher R. Sabat as Piccolo and Vegeta, Eric Vale as the Announcer, Mike Mc Farland as Geek and PuiPui, and John Burgmeier as Yamu.

Bonus Material: None.

Verdict: The story is hotting up now that the characters are in pursuit of Bibidi - let's see what happens next!

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