Deathbringer wrote:I've been listening to a lot of the old podcast episodes recently (mostly the manga review of awesomeness) so it actually felt weird not hearing you say "this is Daizenshuu EX the podcast" at the start.
What a coincidence! I'm also listening to the Manga Review of Awesomeness! What Volume are you at? I'm on 14 of the MROA.
Hey so am I! After having gone through and reverse-binged all the episodes with topics I was interested in!
Deathbringer wrote:I'm up to volume 18 and the most interesting thing in them for me has to be Jeff's predictions of what'll happen next, as well as the 3 of them trying to pinpoint exactly what changes between the "DB" and "DBZ" portions, which is quite the eternal question for this fandom. Since I've not properly read the manga it's interesting to learn the different cut-off points leaving dramatic cliffhangers all through the series.
For me the bit where it thematically becomes DBZ is when Piccolo blows up Central City with the nuke-style explosion, although one could also argue for Krillin's death as that practically snaps Goku's innocent childhood in half (him confronting Tambourine is the first time he becomes ballistically angry, in a way that would be mirrored when Frieza kills him the second time).
Fun fact: the classic DBZ "BwwwwwwwOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo" sound effect for the aftermath of a huge explosion is first heard after Chiaotzu's Super Dodon-pa/Ray in the 22nd Tournament. Meanwhile, the "BWIIIIIIOUGH!" sound used for characters going Super Saiyan is first heard when Blue snaps out of his "Paralyzing glow" when Taopaipai reveals that it has no effect on him.
Deathbringer wrote:it was funny hearing what they had to say about the upcoming "live action DBZ movie" with lots of dramatic irony.
I think an interesting topic would be, in the wake of the movie, whether it's at all possible to adapt the story of Dragon Ball into a movie (in a way that isn't one of the 90s and 2000s animated movies). When you look at the three examples we have (Curse of the Blood Rubies, Path to Power and Evolution) they all take very different approach. PtP and Blood Rubies both follow largely the same opening as the manga, but then one moves right on to the first significant arc while the other creates its own story after that with vague underpinnings of the Jingle Village bit. Evolution meanwhile also jumps to a significant story arc, its one being King Piccolo, but also puts Goku in high school because working with a twelve year old is incredibly risky for the audience (whilst also Americanizing it at the same time).
Dragon Ball as a manga is pretty much impossible to adapt in that way because the Pilaf arc doesn't translate well to film, and it takes too long to get past the Tournament arc and to the Red Ribbon, or if you're wanting to focus on Z it takes way too long to get past Red Ribbon and the Piccolo arcs. Maybe a film could be done if you do what DBZ Kai did and, after a quick summation of the previous stuff with all the info you need to know, jump straight to Raditz as the opening act and have Vegeta be the finale. But that of course leaves out all the important setup from the early Dragon Ball stories, particularly with Piccolo (which is why Kai's recap smartly focuses on that for its latter half to explain that he's a powerful villain at the point its story starts).