My lovely girlfriend gave me the complete Dragon Ball Z series for my birthday so I’ve been working my way through it for the past few months. As someone who’s never been particularly interested in anime, I gotta say, Dragon Ball Z is a lot of fun!
One of the strongest elements of the show is how it handles its villains. In the first season, we’re introduced to the Saiyans Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta and with each passing episode the stakes get higher and higher as we’re left wondering whether Goku can beat them. If you thought the Saiyans were tough, just wait until the Frieza Saga!
The Frieza Saga is as far as I’ve gotten with the series and so far Frieza stands as my favorite villain! What a cold-hearted bastard he is, but at the same time, I loved seeing him do his thing. The battles are epic and it only ends because of Frieza’s own pride. Frieza makes for a great villain, but the protagonists are just as compelling, especially Gohan.
When I was still working through the first season, I couldn’t help but find Gohan’s incessant crying to be a bit annoying, but the strength of the series is how it really puts these characters through real character arcs. Gohan goes from being a crybaby to a real badass! I’m looking forward to seeing where else they take Gohan.
I know I skipped on characters like Vegeta, Goku, and all the big-names, but I just felt like rambling about my favorite elements of the show. I still have a long way to go, but I’m so stoked to keep working my way through the show. Gotta go, Garlic Jr. just showed up!
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