Dragon Ball Z: Season Nine (Majin Buu Saga)
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Majin Buu’s spree of terror continues, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds! In his quest to eliminate the remaining Z-Fighters, Buu has cut a path of destruction across the face of the Earth, leaving a trail of devastation so utterly complete that it may even be beyond the power of the Dragon Balls to repair...
With their efforts to stop Majin Buu quickly proving futile, the Z-Fighters have but one remaining hope against this seemingly invincible foe—the Fusion Technique! But for this desperate plan to succeed, Goku will have to join forces with his oldest rival, Vegeta! Can the combined efforts of these two mighty Saiyan warriors put a stop to Majin Buu once and for all? The final battle for the fate of the universe begins!
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- Amazon Sales Rank: #421 in DVD
- Brand: Funimation
- Released on: 2009-05-19
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 6
- Formats: NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Original language: Japanese, English
- Subtitled in: English
- Dubbed in: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Dimensions: .75 pounds
- Running time: 875 minutes
- Majin Buu's spree of terror continues, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds! In his quest to eliminate the remaining Z-Fighters, Buu has cut a path of destruction across the face of the Earth, leaving a trail of devastation so utterly complete that it may even be beyond the power of the Dragon Balls to repair. With their efforts to stop Majin Buu quickly proving futile, the Z-Fighters hav
The final season of Dragon Ball Z picks up where season 8 left off, with Trunks, Gohan, Goten, Vegeta, and Goku fighting to save the universe from the monster Majin Buu. The protracted battle lasts 33 episodes (#254 to #286). Buu has the color and texture of bubble gum: The Saiyans punch him out, blast off limbs, and blow him into smithereens, only to see him return to his original form. Buu also mutates constantly. He fights himself--his "good" side vs. the purely evil one; he grows stronger when he absorbs Goten, Trunks, Gohan, and Piccolo, but somehow gets even stronger when he "de-absorbs" them. The resolution, involving the combined efforts of the Z-fighters, the Kais, and the Namekian Dragon Balls, leaves the filmmakers with nothing to fill the remaining episodes, so they jump the story ahead 10 years. Trunks and Goten are teenagers, Gohan and Videl have a daughter, Pan. Although he's a grandfather, Goku remains as irrepressible and irresponsible as ever. When Mr. Satan organizes another martial arts tournament, Goku enters to take on a mysterious young fighter, then cheerfully abandons his family to train the new champion. It's a weak ending for one of the most popular series in anime history. (Rated TV PG: suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, violence against women, tobacco and alcohol use, ethnic stereotypes, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon
(254. The Evil of Men, 255. Buu Against Buu, 256. Empty Planet, 257. Time Struggle, 258. Super Moves of Gotenks, 259. Trapped in Forever, 260. Feeding Frenzy, 261. Gotenks is Awesome! 262. Unlucky Break, 263. A Whole New Gohan, 264. Search For Survivors, 265. Majin Buu Transforms, 266. The Old Kai's Weapon, 267. Ready To Fuse? 268. Union Of Rivals, 269. Meet Vegito, 270. Rip In The Universe, 271. Vegito . . . Downsized, 272. The Incredible Fighting Candy, 273. The Innards of Buu, 274. Mind Trap, 275. Deadly Vision, 276. Evil Kid Buu! 277. End of Earth, 278. True Saiyans Fight Alone, 279. Battle For The Universe Begins, 280. Vegeta's Respect, 281. Minute of Desperation, 282. Old Buu Emerges, 283. Earth Reborn, 284. Call to Action, 285. People of Earth Unite, 286. Spirit Bomb Triumphant, 287. Celebrations With Majin Buu, 288. He's Always Late, 289. Granddaughter Pan, 290. Buu's Reincarnation, 291. Goku's Next Journey)
Dragon Ball Z Reaches It's End
This long awaited ninth boxed set will finish up Dragon Ball Z on DVD. It's been just over two years since I excitedly bought the season one set and I have anxiously awaited this ninth one, but at the same time it's weird to feel like this series is ending for me all over again. Nevertheless these episodes are action packed and a fitting ending for one of the most loved anime of all times. This set contains the Fusion and Kid Buu sagas in these final 38 uncut episodes:
254 The Evil of Men_____________ 255 Buu Against Buu
256 Empty Planet_______________ 257 Time Struggle
258 Super Moves of Gotenks_____ 259 Trapped in Forever
260 Feeding Frenzy_____________ 261 Gotenks is Awesome
262 Unlucky Break______________ 263 A Whole New Gohan
264 Search for Survivors_________ 265 Majin Buu Transforms
266 The Old Kai's Weapon________ 267 Ready to Fuse?
268 Union of Rivals______________ 269 Meet Vegito
270 Rip in the Universe___________ 271 Vegito...Downsized
272 The Incredible Fighting Candy__ 273 The Innards of Buu
274 Mind Trap__________________ 275 Visions of Deadly
276 Evil Kid Buu_________________ 277 End of Earth
278 True Saiyans Fight Alone______ 279 Battle for the Universe Begins
280 Vegeta's Respect____________ 281 Minute of Desperation
282 Old Buu Emerges____________ 283 Earth Reborn
284 Call to Action_______________ 285 People of Earth Unite
286 Spirit Bomb Triumphant_______ 287 Celebrations with Majin Buu
288 He's Always Late____________ 289 Grandaughter Pan
290 Buu's Reincarnation__________ 291 Goku's Next Journey
These episodes are all for the most part entertaining and a lot of them are fan favorites. The stakes really get raised as everyone on the planet is put in immediate jeopardy soon after followed by the possible destruction of the planet earth itself. The final Kid Buu episodes are great and find the entire existence of life in the universe being threatened ratcheting everything up to it's highest possible levels. The final episodes should be truly pleasing for fans to rewatch or experience for their first time.
I've said before that I appreciate how these sets were made with an overall theme across the nine that line up well and look good together on a shelf. A well made booklet comes in each of these sets containing brief character bios and episode descriptions. The video is always well restored and in excellent condition, presented as Widescreen 16:9 Aspect Ratio. The audio is great with three different options:
American English Voice Track with American Music
American Voice Track with the Original Japanese Music
Original Japanese Voice Track with the Original Japanese Music.
The only extras on these sets have been trailer's for other Funimation productions and textless opening theme and ending credits.
These episodes are not just the final saga to the Dragon Ball Z series but also to the Dragon Ball series that began it all. The storylines here aren't just full of the science fiction and hard hitting fights Dragon Ball Z was known for but also the elements of magic, fantasy and off beat humor that Dragon Ball was known for. Looking at these episodes now, they are the perfect ending to such an entertaining series that artfully managed to constantly escalate things through a seemingly natural course of events. After these episodes it seems hard to imagine more epic storylines for these particular character's than what we're given here.
This final set is full with equal amounts of the fighting fans expect as well as the elements of humor and fantasy that make this series so loved, fusing the two perfectly. Akira Toriyama ended his long running story fittingly and satisfactorily for fans with these sagas all ending with a final nod towards the Goku we were introduced to way back at the start of Dragon Ball, a Goku that looks at everything as a challenge and adventure.
I can't wait until this set is released in May, thanks for your time.
Dragon Ball Z's Finale!
Dragon Ball Z's Final Chapters!
The Z fighters Battle, To Take The Formidable Majin Buu Down In This Finale Of The Buu Saga. IT'S INDEED THE BEST Action Pack Season Set, Which Ends The Series OF DRAGON BALL Z!
Finally Funimations decide to be nice to us by releasing another Season Set and including all the remaining episodes of DBZ.
I still remember A couple years back, when I spent almost $50 dollars just for the 5 DVD Set that only included the Kid Buu saga, Not only were the Old DVD's expensive and almost impossible to find, there were also a total space waster. Season nine set is A must have! Not only is it cheaper, It's a non-stop fierce action show, that never stops to take it up to the next level, not even to the every End. (It also helps that the size of the Set doesn't take up a lot of room like the Pervious 1999-2003 Sets.)
So, finally having the Funny Guys at FUNImations releasing very easy to find Season Sets at $30 price range, make me want to slap my self for even attempting to collect over 80 DVD's of DBZ.
I really wish they would of released these Season Sets a long time ago and The way they take there sweet A$$ time to re-release this Series makes me wonder if there going to Re-re-release them again on (blu-ray) or try to release them like they did in Japan, with the Dragon Box which included all 291 Episodes in Two Large Box Sets and also included a large amount of DVD EXTRAS!!! Hmm.... Funimations! the ball's in your court!
Majin Buu Has Cut a Path of Destruction Across The Earth, Leaving Nothing But Devastation, It Could Even Be Beyond The Power of The Dragon Balls To Repair. The Z-Fighters Have But One Final Hope Against Majin Buu, The Fusion Techniques! But For This Plan to Succeed, Goku MUST Join Forces With His Oldest Rival, Vegeta! Can These Warriors Put a Stop To Majin Buu Once and For all? The Final Battle Begins.
Season Nine Contains The Complete FUSION and KID BUU Saga's of Dragon Ball Z, in The Following 38 Uncut Episode's (254-291)
254. The Evil of Men
255. Buu Against Buu
256. Empty Planet
257. Time Struggle
258. Super Moves of Gotenks
259. Trapped in Forever
260. Feeding Frenzy
261. Gotenks is Awesome
262. Unlucky Break
263. A Whole New Gohan
264. Search for Survivors
265. Majin Buu Transforms
266. The Old Kai's Weapon
267. Ready to Fuse?
268. Union of Rivals
269. Meet Vegetto
270. Rip in the Universe
272. The Incredible Fighting Candy
273. The Innards of Buu
274. Mind Trap
275. Visions of Deadly
Kid Buu Saga:
276. Evil Kid Buu
277. End of Earth
278. True Saiyans Fight Alone
279. Battle for the Universe Begins
280. Vegeta's Respect
281. Minute of Desperation
282. Old Buu Emerges
283. Earth Reborn
284. Call to Action
285. People of Earth Unite
286. Spirit Bomb Triumphant
287. Celebrations with Majin Buu
288. He's Always Late
289. Grandaughter Pan
290. Buu's Reincarnation
291. Goku's Next Journey
Like The Previous Season Sets, They Are Released In a 6 Disc Box Set, Digitally
Re-Mastered in High Definition Transferred From The Original Japanese Film Masters and Presented in Widescreen Format (16:9). Also Contains, Both The Japanese and English (Dub) Language with Optional Subtitles. (Region 1, 2, 4)
(Special Note: So far, None Of The Season Sets Contain The 4:3 Full Screen Format)
Extra Features Include:
24-Page Booklet Filled With Episode Summaries and Character Descriptions.
Revised English Dialogue Over The Original Japanese Music.
And The Marathon Play.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Regardless of how you feel about the Dragon Ball Z franchise, one thing that's certain is the dedication and attention to detail Funimation includes in their DVD box set releases of the show is without rival. Whether a long time fan of the property or a neophyte, the Dragon Ball Z Ninth Season box set packs an awful lot of material into its $29.95 MSRP.
What Funimation classifies as the ninth season of the long-running show is in fact the final installment (episodes 254- 291) spaced across 6 discs. With a total runtime of just over 900 minutes, clear a few weeks on your calendar to absorb the 38-episode run contained here.
Despite a fairly kid-friendly look and theme, the show wears a PG rating which presumably stems only from the show's penchant for silly violence (after all, this is an entire program based on the concept of interstellar fisticuffs).
Sound and language options are especially impressive even for a Funimation release (which are known for leaving no stone unturned). Contained are options for an English dialog track with original Japanese music (5.1 Surround), English dialog with the television broadcast music score (stereo), Japanese dialog with the original music (mono), and the choice of English subtitles over any of them.
Considering that the first episode of this set is actually the two hundred and fifty fourth episode of the show, it goes without saying that this probably isn't the best starting point for beginners looking to enter into the universe. Admittedly, I haven't followed the show steadily at any point of its historical run but found the ninth season to be pleasant enough to follow.
The major story arc (which includes the complete Fusion and Kid Buu sagas) follows a spree of terror conducted by a fleshy super villain alien called Majin Buu. The good guys, a rag tag group of scrappy warriors consisting of Goku, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Gohan, Krillin, Chiaotzu, Vegeta, Trunks, Yamcha, Goten, and Gotenks (or the Z Fighters for short) are charged with the task of protecting not only the earth but the seven mystical Dragon Balls as well from this threat.
Now I don't pretend to be a diehard Dragon Ball Z fan (or a shonen series fan in general for that matter), but can certainly appreciate the excitement generated by fans and the attention to detail Funimation displays in the set. Not only are all of the episodes digitally remastered in high definition and digitally restored, but the fold out box set also includes a lovely 28-page book. Additionally the material has been transferred in wide screen directly from the original Japanese film stock and the English dialog has been revised as well.
Considering the fact that this particular season was broadcast in Japan way back in 1993, the restoration process has been quite beneficial to the looks of the show's art as well. Colors are surprisingly rich and the animation, though slightly dated when compared to the best of today's computer generated efforts, still holds up surprisingly well.
Love or hate the often over-the-top antics of the characters within the show, there is little argument to the fact that the Dragon Ball Z franchise is credited with paving the way for the American/ Japanese anime pop culture explosion that would be soon to follow (think Pokemon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and more recently and specifically, shows like Naruto and Bleach).
The show builds to a very fitting crescendo and bids a fitting farewell to the series (excluding the Dragon Ball GT continuation which is, of course, not based on the original manga) with its unique blend of action, fantasy, fighting, and mythological themes.
While sad that like all great things, the Dragon Ball Z saga came to an end, take comfort in the fact that Funimation has gone to great lengths to release the final season on DVD with all of the charming nuisances and attention to detail the show deserves.