Dragon Ball Kai — under its international name of Dragon Ball Z Kai — has been in a semi-state of limbo since the “Season Three” release this past September. The “Season Four” release was the last one set to compile the previously-released 2-disc “Part” versions into a 4-disc “Season” compilation, this one combining “Part 7” and “Part 8” covering Kai episodes 78-98.
It looks as if it will finally see the light of day early next year on 12 March 2013 on both DVD and Blu-ray, as per the standard release style:
MSRP for both hovers around the $50 mark, but these traditionally come down to around $35 once they hit retailers.
This set, as with the original “Part 8” set that it compiles, includes Episode 98 of Kai, an episode that was cut from the original Japanese TV broadcast due to tsunami coverage and the start date of Toriko back in 2011.
This would have been the “end” of the home releases necessary for Kai were it not for the impending international continuation of the series. It will be interesting to see if FUNimation resumes the “Part” releases with a “Part 9” when the Majin Boo story arc begins, or if they will jump straight to a “Season Five”. There has, of course, not actually been any official confirmation from FUNimation that they will be continuing the series, but it would take a force far greater than that of any which currently exists in the universe for FUNimation to not pick it up, if not be in full control…!