Dragon Ball: Red Ribbon Army Arc (Episodes 58 – 68) Review

Dragon Ball Red Ribbon Army Arc P4

Although there is plenty of humour to be had in the next arc (that’s sort of the final part of this overall story…) this part of the Red Ribbon Army arc always feels like the beginning of the turning point towards more action-heavy story telling. Tao Pai Pai is a deadly and serious (until the end) foe, and for the first time Goku decides to use the Dragon Balls to return someone from death. Interested? Let’s have a look then, as the Red Ribbon Army arc draws to a close, but we’re not quite done yet…

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Dragon Ball: Red Ribbon Army Arc (Episodes 35 – 45) Review

Dragon Ball Red Ribbon Army Arc Pt2

It’s time for the Muscle Tower part of the Red Ribbon Army arc, a relatively small part of the narrative but one that managed to stick in a lot of fans-of-the-time’s minds, as Muscle Tower itself has managed to cameo in a lot of future games released in the 2000s. Afterwards is a small collection of mostly filler material, but hey-ho, I have to include them somewhere! Let’s take a look…

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Dragon Ball: Red Ribbon Army Arc (Episodes 29 – 34) Review

Dragon Ball Red Ribbon Army Arc Pt1

The Red Ribbon Army arc is certainly the longest in the original series, though it can be easily split into narrative chunks that make up the whole, as I have done here! (and as FUNimation did, using their weird individually titled “saga” method) That being said, to keep the Muscle Tower part of the story self-contained I’ve had to separate these six episodes on their own, which is a bit… odd. Oh well, let’s take a look at a mostly filler-filled prologue!

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Dragon Ball: 21st World Tournament Arc (Episodes 14 – 28) Review

Dragon Ball 21st WT Arc

Now I’m not currently covering Gundam, and no longer covering a Dragon Ball series for Anime UK News, I thought it would be the ideal time to continue my deeper dive into the original series. So after the original 13 episodes we enter a training sequence (featuring the debut of Krillin!) followed by a Tournament arc, two staples of the Shonen genre still in their infancy here. This is also where Dragon Ball was still more leaned towards comedy than action, so how does that blend with a martial arts tournament? Well…

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Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha Anime UK News Review

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How’s that for a long headline title? Anyway, this was somehow a thing, and even weirder is it ended up getting a collected physical release that ended up being released here in the UK! My review of That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha is up on Anime UK News HERE. It’s both as weird, and as funny, as it sounds… unless you’re not into Dragon Ball, then it’ll be a confusing mess…

Dragon Ball – Son Goku Arc (Episodes 1 – 13) Review

DB Son Goku Arc

Dragon Ball is iconic, inspired so many Shonen manga that came after it, and is one of my favourite shows of all time, but I’ve ranked it only #4 in this list?! Yeah, well, this is top debut arcs, and although this has some good, funny moments, it has some pretty unfunny ones as well… Not enough to knock it off the list entirely, obviously, more good than bad and all that. Anyway, it’s also another debut arc that doesn’t actually represent what the show would become, though it took a lot longer to end up more action focused this time. So let’s take a look at what is actually my first Dragon Ball review for this blog, despite 101 reviews elsewhere!

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Dragon Ball Z: Movies 1 and 2 Anime UK News Review

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10 years after they were released on blu-ray in the US, and over 20 years since they were theatrically released, we here in the UK are finally getting the original 13 DBZ movies (and presumably the two TV Specials as well), and of course being Anime UK News’s resident Dragon Ball guy, I get to review them! Click HERE for the first set of two movies, Movie #1: Dead Zone, and Movie #2: The World’s Strongest, with many more to come!