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I was the violence, the adrenaline, and the fact that it came on right after school.

I respect the show because it got me into anime, but now...

I wouldn't watch it again, nor recommend it.
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cuz it was first popular anime outside of US? I dunno. I just remember it being the most epic show I'd ever seen as a kid and it was like nothing else and totally different from my usual Scooby Doo.
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Because it was the first really drastically different action cartoon back in the day. I am using the word cartoon here, because that is what we all considered anime when we first were introduced to it, especially in the 90's. No other show, that men could enjoy, had a running plot back in the day. What I mean is, DBZ was the only thing on TV (other than like Sailor Moon) where you wanted to know what was going to happen next week, it lead you along. American cartoons did not and do not do that, they never had long arcs and a running story like that, each story was taken care of in one or two episodes, you had no reason to want to continue watching.

The one exception to this with American cartoons was Gargoyles, unfortunately Gargoyles was a little bit too intelligent for kids, and too cartoony for adults, so it had a very niche following. Batman and Gargoyles are what I consider the epitome of American animation.
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Posted 7/9/13 , edited 7/9/13
In my opinion I always thought that Dragon Ball Z was popular (IN THE WEST*) because of nostalgia. When i ask people why they think DBZ is a good show, the most they usually can give me was "It has a good dub and sound track", although I do agree to those points, there IS enough for people who like action oriented shows to cling on to, although personally I don't like it very much

The characters are different and a few of them were rather good(even though they rarely did anything), Vegeta being the cocky Anti-Hero was interesting and Goku was that awesome hero that everyone wanted to see prevail no matter what happened, sort of like Batman and Superman in a sense.

Then you also have to mention the villains which, although they didn't do much, felt like a massive threat (which is something i thought Bleach could have done better), Frieza in particular seemed like a massive threat at the time, easily defeating almost everyone


You also have to keep in mind that violence sells for kids, and this show is really a bunch of fighting and screaming, thus making those kids grow up to be fans of the show. Also think about how every week, a kid would be able to see the next part of the battle against this huge villain and their favorite characters, rather than just having episodic little fight scenes like in most American cartoons


this show AS A WHOLE isn't very good, It has a lot of good moments and good character development scenes, but it is just far too slow for most people not already invested in it along with very lazy Writing (at least in the American version, supposedly the Japanese Version was a parody). But it got a lot of people into anime, so I can rest easy knowing it exists


-Edit- (should have read the original post bit more clearly) Most other series don't emulate the same amount of success because Dragon Ball Z was aimed a lot towards kids and young teens in America, and if it WAS a satire of Shounens in Japan then that makes it a bit more marketable and less Harcore in terms of continuity. Theres also the fact that you didn't really need to know much of what was going on in the show to understand what was going on (Again, look at Bleach, try just randomly getting into it at episode 150, nothing makes sense).


*No idea about the Japanese version though, haven't watched any of that
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1. Beating the poop out of people

2. Chronological

I think when you have chronological shows, there's most loyalty and investment in the show rather than it just being episodical and there are exceptions, some shows are popular while being episodic (House) but mostly, chronological shows tend to have the stronger fan base and thus more recommendations (Breaking Bad, DBZ, Etc.)
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it was because as kids we just wanted to see people beat the shit out of each other and scream
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When I was younger I never saw another action anime like that. I was really intrigued about how they fought. First fight scene I watched I was like holy shit this is awesome. I remember running to my cousins the next day telling them man you gotta see this awesome cartoon (thats what i called it back then) I just watched and they expected it to be tom and Jerry or some other cartoon like show lol. They loved it when they saw it.

My younger brother loves dragon ball z but he only saw the kai series. I use to tell him He watched dragon ball z when he was a baby because I sat with him and watched the re runs that they kept playing over and over.

Anyone who watched dbz in the 90's i know you were going crazy just like me lol.
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I imported VHS from out of the country of user made subtitled video's. I made a three-ring binder w/a thousand+ page's describing every aspect of DBZ in it's true Japanese context where Vegeta is actually Bejiita, Goku is Gokou, Gogeta is Gojiita, Vegetto is Bejiito, Trunks is Torankusu, Krillin is Kuririn, etc. etc. I would model my hair after Bejiita-san. I would stand in the likeness of Bejiita while performing the Bikku Bang(Big Bang) or Kame-Hame-Ha(Turtle Destruction Blast) like Gokou; thinking I would actually see energy forming in the palms of my hands, all before I was 10yrs old and then so on.

"WHY?" you ask!?

hah, why is the sky blue, my friend?

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I still watch an episode or two once a week to this day.

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From the historical side, I remember 3 main things about Dragonball from back then. (I wasn't quite so strong on it)
1: A lot of discussions in rec.arts.anime,rec.arts.manga (before www-times, heh) dealing with all the details in the
manga (which was of course just as stretched out as the anime) and wondering why so much about it... (and trying
to fully explain the timeline schemes...)
2: Going to a first con or 2 where nearly a whole room got to singing fully the theme "Cha La-Head Cha La"... and me
not knowing any of it other than seeing it in a bunch of translated lyrics previously...(Still have the Theresa Martin
translations from back then)
3: Realizing that this was the same guy that did the Dr. Slump~Arale-chan manga/show that I loved... and boggling at
the differences from pure comedy title to this. I knew the first books and in general was comedy-based. And a lot of
misc crossover things showed across Slump's world to the Dragonball manga. Then all of a sudden later reading
the discussions trying to explain things out...pretty wild.
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High five for remembering the anime / manga newsgroups, Datcha. Speaking as a former denizen of alt.fan.sailor-moon.
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It was one of the few anime that was widely popular back in the 90's because people just liked action and adventure back then. I mean it's still the same way now with anime being replaced with games like battlefield or COD.
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Well I remember first hand that when it came out there was nothing else like it on tv. Even though anime had been around in one form or another (Voltron, Tranzor Z and Speed Racer) DBZ to it to a whole new level of action Spider-Man TAS, X-Men TAS and others didn't have the fighting DBZ had
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Posted 7/12/13 , edited 7/12/13

DatchaCrunchy wrote:

From the historical side, I remember 3 main things about Dragonball from back then. (I wasn't quite so strong on it)
1: A lot of discussions in rec.arts.anime,rec.arts.manga (before www-times, heh) dealing with all the details in the
manga (which was of course just as stretched out as the anime) and wondering why so much about it... (and trying
to fully explain the timeline schemes...)
2: Going to a first con or 2 where nearly a whole room got to singing fully the theme "Cha La-Head Cha La"... and me
not knowing any of it other than seeing it in a bunch of translated lyrics previously...(Still have the Theresa Martin
translations from back then)
3: Realizing that this was the same guy that did the Dr. Slump~Arale-chan manga/show that I loved... and boggling at
the differences from pure comedy title to this. I knew the first books and in general was comedy-based. And a lot of
misc crossover things showed across Slump's world to the Dragonball manga. Then all of a sudden later reading
the discussions trying to explain things out...pretty wild.


Omg rss.. I tried to keep those memories behind me.. LOL and yes that was the 1990's version of 2ch.. just as harsh...

God I remember the first time I got one of the DBZ tapes. A couple friends of ours would get a couple and copy that over so the tracking just about screwed up any subtitle. When I heard Goku's voice then realized the names they had and then saw all the connection we couldn't stop laughing. Then reading online someone painstakingly translating the manga along with the episodes as they came out really added to the feel. Then everyone would go "oh did you see that fight parody come out of Japan? I mean it takes balls to thumb your nose to that whole genre but they are eating it up over there!".. That made me even more interested to see the series to see what else they would make fun of. By the time Majin Boo came out I had to pause every few minutes with the Bibbidi Bobbidy Boo (Disney's Cinderella) references because I was laughing so hard. Of course them streeeeeeeeeetching each episode out over weeks drove the point home. I thought it was amazing because of it. To this day I still laugh at my favorite scene with "Future" Trunks coming back for the very first time to talk/wait for Goku while in the presence of his father (whom was dead in his timeline) only to see him wearing a pink "Bad Man" shirt.. Goku arrives and his voice goes super sonic high when he figures out Vegetable and Bloomers have a kid named Trunks.. eeeepic My nephews didn't care.. it was just more violence with moves they could emulate. :p
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