04-17-2012 06:26 AM
From what I read on the back of the box, it's DBZ with new dialogue and better editing to cut out the filler.
So does that mean each episode has less talky, more fighty?
Generally speaking, yes there is less talky and more fighty.
They mostly cut out filler that was not present in the manga story.
DBZ Kai is just under 100 episodes and covers 3 of the 4 major story arcs of Dragon Ball Z.
The story ends with Gohan defeating Cell and Trunks returning to the future.
The series got great ratings in Japan but merchandise was not selling so Toei pulled the plug before starting the Buu saga and some would consider that a substantial loss.
Watching Kai in Japanese is really not much of an improvement besides revitalizing some visuals and improving the pacing by cutting out filler and long stare downs when nothing happens.
Watching Kai in English is a whole new ball game though. The script is considerably more accurate than the original FUNimation dubs (if you care about that) and generally the acting is better all around but some recasts my disappoint viewers of the previous dubs. In my opinion, if you are going to watch Dragon Ball Z dubbed then Kai is the best choice for the storylines it covers but you'll have to finish the story with original dub of the Buu saga.
04-17-2012 06:30 AM
04-17-2012 03:43 PM
04-18-2012 06:12 PM
I think Kai is good for ppl who have never seen the show before who would likely get turned off by how much they stall for time in the original DBZ. (just my opinion). I liked kai alot as it went more with the japanese version. Though i dont like it more than the original. The problem I had with Kai was during the cell saga after cell reached his final form and got pissed off at tien for stalling him using the tribeam attack, and after Goku uses instant transmission where he grabs piccolo and tien, there's this part i really like when cell rushes for Goku and goku glares him down until the last second where he uses instant transmission to escape... yeah, that part was cut out.
also.. major major point that has likely been brought up already: not all characters in kai are voiced by the same actors as in DBZ original
Spoileri.e.: 18 SOUNDS LIKE A TOTAL PRISS IN DBZ KAI!! I COULD NOT TAKE HER SERIOUSLY!!!
I felt gohans voice was like nails on a chalk board
04-23-2012 12:19 PM
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