Yeah, I think it gets more grief than it's worth, even from me. I was fine with most of the cuts aside from a large chunk of the Saiyan Arc, Episode 56 (They combined Z Episode 120 and 121. A fantastic looking episode with a terrible one. It took a lot away from Trunks' debut.), and Episode 98. I like both Yamamoto and Kikuchi versions of Kai 1.0 well enough. The remastering, redrawn frames and the later coloring issues aside, has largely grown on me. Kai has its problems, but I'd say it basically succeeds at being Dragon Ball Z. If the old Z releases were all discontinued tomorrow, I wouldn't be thrilled, but I could live with it, that's what I'm saying.
Saikyo no Senshi wrote:The fact that it succeeded in overseas territories is baffling.
It really shouldn't be. I know you aren't one for dubs, but they're not a negligible factor in international success. In most cases, it was quite an improvement, the Latin American dub is the only case I can think of where localization was notably worse than Z.