Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DBZ Kai to run will start running Saturday Mornings this fall...

It was announce that CW4Kids will start running Dragon Ball Z Kai this fall; which to you and I would be remember as "Kids WB."  DBZK is an attempt to remaster and condense the original 291 episodes of the original 9 season show to about 100 episodes, and allow the show to more closely follow the pace of the original manga.

Part of me should probably envy kids these days... They get to watch the whole saga again fresh like I did, sans filler, and power up episodes.  At the same time I feel for them.  For me the filler was a right of passage.  When I finally finished episode 276 (The Funi dub actually had less filler than the original), it truly felt like like an accomplishment.  I'd diligently watched for three years at that point, watching and re-watching, keeping track of schedules and rumors; always waiting with baited breath for CN to announce a new schedule.

For most of these kids DBZ won't be the kind of transformational show like it was for Gen Y.  For most of them it will be regarded as disposable, indistinguishable from the rest of the e/i garbage on Saturday Mornings.  Sonic X? Bakugan?  For us DBZ was was the gateway drug.  There were shows that really got you hooked on anime; for Lonecow and Diviner it's Eva, for myself it was Gundam.  For me at least and most of the people I know DBZ was the show that made it OK to watch anime.  It was the common denominator.  Like Star Trek or Star Wars.  The first hit is always free...

As for the show itself.  sorry US anime industry; my condolences to Bang Zoom... Further review soon to come...

 Source:  ANN