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Posted 7/9/13 , edited 7/9/13
About 15-20 years ago Dragon Ball Z was so popular, even casual anime watchers and people who dont even know what aniem was loved it.

If I went an asked my friends if they know what anime or manga is, straight away they talk about dragon ball Z.

I would say it is more famous than Naruto or One Piece.

what made it so successful? And why cant other anime's emulate its success
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Posted 7/9/13
It was something new, ahead of its time. It has a very strong sense of adventure and the heroism theme probably reminded people of Marvel's comics.

Heroism is pretty much a cliched theme nowadays... so maybe people are not so easy to buy into it.
Posted 7/9/13
It had a high power level of awesomeness, that of which the world had never seen before. First time I saw Goku go Super Saiyan, I went berserk in my living room. Dragon Ball was also awesome! It was all just awesome.
Posted 7/9/13
I have no clue but this all i came up with


how many DBZ characters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
One, but it takes him 10 episodes!


the show was so dragged
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Posted 7/9/13
I hated that show............
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In the west, I think it was mainly the INSANE LEVELS OF MASCULINITY and power-ups and whatnot. Since it was popular in Japan before Z, I think Toriyama's humor and the creative world design was a factor as well over there, while in the west the parts of the story where that plays a smaller role are more popular.
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DBZ had the advantage of being a mass-produced, widely available show at a time when the U.S. was heading up the ramp to the '99 anime / manga boom. Several of us already knew about anime and its unique aesthetics (especially those of us who still remembered Voltron and Robotech, as well as joint U.S.-Japan projects like Transformers and Thundercats), but DBZ reintroduced it for a new, much bigger audience.
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Posted 7/9/13
My brother hates it. Dislikes everything about it :P

I haven't watched more than the first 5 mins of ep 1 s1.
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Posted 7/9/13
not sure what made it so popular. right time and place, I guess. and what are you talking about with nothing being able to replicate it's success? "the big 3" are the big 3 for a reason.
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Posted 7/9/13 , edited 7/9/13
Three things made Z popular:

1. Insane Battles right from the start
2. Cause Piccolo was in it
3. "It's over 9000"
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Posted 7/9/13
Because it was buff dudes beating the shit out of each other and that is awesome.

DBZ is more popular than OP in america but OP has taken over in Japan as the most popular anime.
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It was popular in Japan because the entire show was a joke on the Shoenen genre. The Saiyans were all vegetables, Nameks were musical instruments, women were named after body parts, a wrestler named Mr. Satan complete with a chanting mob screaming SATAN SATAN..and the main character Goku spoke like a little girl. For those of us who imported it bootleg with the original Japanese we found the whole damn thing funny as hell because it had fight scenes that lasted for 14 episodes only for them to declare they were going to fight with their true power. It was meant as a JOKE because of how long these shoenen episodes really are. I never understood how when they changed to the English they made it look like it was actually "real".. killed the fun for me. It's hilarious in Japanese.
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Posted 7/9/13 , edited 7/9/13

Arsenette wrote:

It was popular in Japan because the entire show was a joke on the Shoenen genre. The Saiyans were all vegetables, Nameks were musical instruments, women were named after body parts, a wrestler named Mr. Satan complete with a chanting mob screaming SATAN SATAN..and the main character Goku spoke like a little girl. For those of us who imported it bootleg with the original Japanese we found the whole damn thing funny as hell because it had fight scenes that lasted for 14 episodes only for them to declare they were going to fight with their true power. It was meant as a JOKE because of how long these shoenen episodes really are. I never understood how when they changed to the English they made it look like it was actually "real".. killed the fun for me. It's hilarious in Japanese.


Yeah, it wasn't meant to be a comedy 100% of the time. I believe I saw a survey that described the english version of DBZ as being the most watched to this day even by Japanese.

The show is quite a thrill under the english setting. It made the show a great deal more "epic", especially because of the composer. When they converted the show to english Bruce Falconer composed every single bit of background music for the entire show...and it contributed to a far and wide higher action appeal...as the original arrangements behind the show in the Japanese version are quite boring. Trumpet band type nonsense. This is not even to mention that the english VA's were astoundingly good (not many would argue that the english Goku has probably more widespread appeal over the original).
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Posted 7/9/13
Comparing 2 completely different cultures though. DBZ was a new genre being introduced to the west.. while Shoenen in general was a staple in Japanese anime.. enough to be satired. While the kids who grew up with it in the West considered it awesome and never understood the appeal of the original.. my generation and those who grew up under the uncensored anime we had to pay through the nose just to get in this country saw the humor in it given how many episodes stuff like One Piece (and now Bleach and Naruto) were in the same genre. Apples and oranges when comparing the two.

I know my nephews (who are your age) grew up with it and thought that and Power Rangers were da bomb because there wasn't anything like it in the cartoon sphere here in the USA. People died got their asses handed to them all while interspersing humor to a cool soundtrack. They didn't understand the whole point of DBZ being satire. Which is fine which is why the whole point of this thread in the first place
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Posted 7/9/13 , edited 7/9/13
I think the animation for its time was pretty badass. SUPER LASERS. SUPER BUFF DUDES COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD AND RE DYING. The OST.

Oh, and Krillin dying for the over 9000th time. Yeah. Basically, though, it was simple and entertaining enough for the western audience to pick up and enjoy, as I. Even the SPANISH voice actors did a pretty good job, hence I guess it was well received in South Ameriaca too.
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