The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku – the strongest fighter on the planet – is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku travels to a realm from which few return. There are some odd cuts in this part, more noticeable than in the previous sections. I figure it is due to the larger amount of unnecessary content. Often one character will be doing one thing, then the next time you see them they are in a different place, or doing something different for no apparent reason. If you watch the old DVDs or VHS series then you see where and why the cuts were made. These cuts are most noticeable though in those slow episodes. In the busier episodes, things seem to be more cohesive.
I must say that I am a fan of this release. I was a huge fan of the Cell and Cell Games sagas and I remember quite a bit of the dialogue and action (from the old VHS dubs) and I am glad that this keeps true to the heart of the series. Also of note: with the new English dubbing, 16, 18, and Cell have very different sounding voices, so it takes a bit of getting used to with the new dubs. The voice acting for Goku, Trunks, Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo and Vegeta are pretty true to the original. The places where Toei made the cuts and edits are becoming more obvious now. You really kind of notice it for example, when Piccolo is talking on the lookout in his torn battle clothing then they show Tien, then Piccolo again, yet this time he has his shiny new outfit on. Since I have the original DVDs I have been watching the new release and going back and re-watching the old release. It is during these episodes where I start to think the original US release may have been slightly better quality (dubbing, music, and more content). I still enjoy this release immensely and do not regret purchasing at all.
I would highly recommend Kai for those who want to watch Dragon Ball Z without most of the filler. However, there are some drawbacks in Kai: the original score is replaced by the original DBZ score by Kikuchi and Kai doesn’t contain the Majin Boo saga. But, keep in mind, Dragon Ball Z Kai arrives in celebration of that 25th Anniversary. It is not a new series, but rather a rebuilding of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z anime. Part Seven of this continuing series of volumes is really nothing groundbreaking. 78-88 were always some of my favorite arcs and seeing Cell again brings back good visions of nostalgia. Not to mention, the blu-ray video quality looks amazing. One could make excuses that this is an aged but of animation done on film and that is to be expected, but given what a fuss was made over how there was a major restoration undertaken on this I cut it some slack.
The androids and Cell provide some exciting new enemies for our heroes to confront, and the reappearance of Goku gives longtime fans something to celebrate. What some may have an issue with is yet another Deus ex Machina plot point which sees our heroes able to up their power yet again to defeat a dastardly enemy. How many more “level ups” will be needed to get us through the series’ final few episodes? This will be worth it for DBZ enthusiasts looking to complete their collections, but over the course of the series, Dragon Ball Z Kai never really grows beyond one violent clash after the next with the outcome always being rather predictable. But, this is DRAGON BALL Z! When has that ever been a bad thing?