FUNimation’s Old School ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Broadcast Eps And Movies Collected In August
For better or
worse slightly less better, a generation of fans will forever associate Dragon Ball Z more closely with a theme song called “Rock the Dragon” than the original “Cha-La Head-Cha-La,” the voice of Goku with dudes named Ian and Peter instead of a woman named Masako and a certain power level being over 9,000 instead of a mere 8,000. It doesn’t matter if you study Akira Toriyama’s original manga, re-watch hundreds of subtitled Japanese episodes or spend every night at a local pub sobbing into pint glass after empty pint glass, fate dealt you 53 episodes and three animated features worth of highly localized and arguably sorta goofy DBZ circa the mid-late ’90s and, by Kami, FUNimation is going to cater to your sentimentality with a new $99.98 box set collecting all that biz this August.
Episodes 1-53 and the Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest and Tree of Might movies will span 9 DVDs in the appropriately titled Rock The Dragon Collector’s Edition set, which of course features the “Rock the Dragon” theme song and the original Canadian cast dub by FUNimation/Saban/Ocean Productions.
The discs themselves will be packed in “a hardbound, full color 48 page book; which showcases the characters, history, and tropes that helped elevate Dragon Ball Z to the pop culture phenomenon it is today,” according to an official product description.
I’m personally kinda bummed that the set doesn’t include a rerecorded version of “Rock the Dragon,” but then again, I’m the kind of dude who would pay actual money for an album of RtD covers and remixes.