Monday, 30 September 2013


Dragon Ball Z Season 9
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 950 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 21/10/2013
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

In the previous season of Dragon Ball Z, the infamous Mr Satan was planning to blow up evil doer, Majin - Buu, but when he came back with a puppy, he was taken aback.  Majin - Buu felt for it's sorry state and developed feelings he had never felt before. When the world was about to be destroyed, he appeals to him not to kill people and destroy cities, and is amazed when Majin-Buu agrees to become a better person. Everything is going smoothly until the puppy is maimed by a cruel killer.

In The Evil of Men, the episode gives us an understanding an alien's view can change for the better, but how man's evil takes a lot longer.

This takes us back to the days of early anime with Battle of the Planets and Akira being memorable ones. Dragon Ball Z has elements of several different anime series we are familiar with today. Majin-Buu's horn in the centre of his forehead is the one the Guyver had from Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor. The incidental music sounds as though it belongs in Battle of the Planets (formerly Gatchaman) and is used to good effect. The badly named Mr Satan can't believe hos he has made friends with Majin-Buu. He acts like a child and he thinks he might have stopped the end of the world for now, but there are others who don't like him even though he's the good guy. In Buu Against Buu, Majin-Buu had already got rid of the evil within him and hoped once it had gone he wouldn't have to think any more about it, but when the evil takes physical form, it threatens his very survival pitting them against each other in a fight to the death. Cue some fun fighting with the good Buu almost coming out the loser. By the time we get to Empty Planet we discover the result but it isn't good for the world.

Dragon Ball Z is one of the most famous long running anime series that many remember as the first one they ever saw, and to see it looking so clear and well edited, it is a great addition to anyones collection. The fight scenes are comical and there is good humor throughout as Majin - Buu tries to change his evil ways thanks to the efforts of Mr Satan. The scenes that followed were priceless viewing, of Mr Satan cooking for him, and taking a bath - this part is hillarious as Majin gets his first taste of what it is like to befriend a human though him. Be prepared for some of the most outrageous storylines and humour in this one of the strangest and funniest seasons.

Bonus Material: None.

Verdict: Captivating and dramatic - fun for all the family.

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