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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Blu-Ray Sets Parts 1 & 2

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The Super Adventure Begins!

So, I had the opportunity to review the manga, now it’s time to tackle the anime. The anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 7, 2017, at 8 pm EST in the US. Thinking that it was going to take even longer for the Dragon Ball Super dub to hit us, I was really happy when the announcement got made the previous month, December 2016. I’m not a fan of the first two arcs entirely since they are poor retellings of excellent movies, but I still watched it to support the efforts. A few months later, they released the first Blu-ray set in July and then the second set followed it, which was released in October 2017.

The first Blu-ray set includes the first 13 episodes which cover most of the of the Battle of Gods arc, with the last episode of the arc, Episode 14, being included in the next set. The second set covers episodes 14-26, which covers the last episode of the Battle of Gods arc, and most of the Resurrection of F arc, like the first set.

I really loved both Battle of Gods and Resurrection of F, but both movies were adapted so poorly that I wish the anime took the same approach as the manga and not focus too much on them, or better yet, overall skip it like the manga did with the Resurrection of F arc. Not only were they poorly adapted, but they felt like they dragged it for too long. Additionally, currently being caught up with the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super, I realized how poor the animation was back then, and the team has really improved. The Blu-ray sets are better looking compared to when the episodes initially premiered, but it was still poorly made.

Naturally, the dub is as good as ever, but some of my gripes with it is that constant dialogue change, like using corny American slang. However, one of the things that bothered me (even though I should be used to it by now) is Goku’s portrayal as a hero. In the original Japanese version, he said he wanted to be stronger so be can be ready whenever a strong opponent shows up again, but in the English dub it was implied that he wants to get stronger, so he can protect his friends. Additionally, the English subtitle track for the Japanese version was bad since it referred Beerus as Bills. It also lacks a subtitle track for the English dub too.

One of my favorite features about this set is that there’s the option for Marathon Play, which only shows the opening sequence of the first episode and the ending sequence of the last episode, meaning that once an episode ends, it jumps straight to be the beginning of the next, saving you the effort of skipping the opening and ending songs for the episodes in between.

Every time I try to get someone to watch Dragon Ball Super, I tell them to skip the first 26 episodes, and to watch the movies instead.  Dragon Ball Super does get a lot better, of course, so for the sake of completion, I would recommend getting the first two sets, especially if you’re interested in the extras like both the opening and ending songs creditless, trailers, and other behind the scene work. 


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