The Bottom Line
- Lots of classic DBZ action!
- New bad guys!
- Entire Season 8 on 6 DVDs
- Digitally remastered
- Can DBZ "jump the shark"?
- Rating: 13+ - Learn more about anime age ratings
- Genres: Action, drama, fantasy, sci-fi
Themes: Aliens, martial arts, superheroes
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- Release date: February 10, 2009
- Studios: FUNimation
Guide Review - Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight
In case you don't remember, Babidi is that creepy little bug-looking guy that had serious delusions about avenging his father's death (Dad was the evil wizard, Bibidi). To facilitate this revenge, he plans to take up Dad's lifelong project - an evil creation known as Majin Buu.
Now, in case you're wondering what my "jump the shark" comment was all about, here it is:
These particular sagas are just a bit over the top for me. Don't ask me why - I was fine with a crazy scientist building super robots, one of which was constructed with the DNA of multiple people. In fact, I've been fine with (and thoroughly relished) all the aliens and the androids and the planet hopping that goes on during any given episode of DBZ.
But for some reason, Buu just isn't my favorite villain. Again, don't ask me why. Maybe its because he sounds like a high-pitched deflating tire (if deflating tires could talk). Or maybe its because he looks like one of the stuffed animals in my daughter's room. Who knows? He's just not as "imposing" as I wanted him to be and so I have a hard time buying into his "evilness".
Add to that little bug-man Babidi and the death-spit master Dabura and I'm thinking "shark-jumping". Is that possible? Could DBZ ever really jump the shark? Nah....
All that said, in true DBZ fashion, Season 8 rekindles all those exciting emotions that come with watching Goku, Gohan and the rest of the gang punch, kick, fly and *gasp at the horror*... This is by far, my favorite series - shark jumping or not - so if you detect a little prejudice, well then.. you're probably right.