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by BlazingFiddlesticks
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to improve the image of Dragon Box?
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Is it possible to improve the image of Dragon Box?

The Amazon Video Japan presentation of the movies just makes me sad now, because when they were coming out it looked like the movies had finally gotten "their due"- some of them at least. Then the blu-rays hit and they're a more benign version of what Funi's doing. :yawn:
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Was the Level remastering REALLY too expensive, though? Almost certainly not.
Replies: 66
Views: 2361

Re: Was the Level remastering REALLY too expensive, though? Almost certainly not.

I do not recall FUNi explicitly mentioning cost as a barrier to the Level sets, and when asked point blank in the Kanzenshuu user questions segment (where would I find that? I've found it again before but don't know what category is falls under) the respondent again said it was a number of things. T...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: All in all, are you happy the revival happened?
Replies: 205
Views: 9195

Re: All in all, are you happy the revival happened?

I was and firmly am in the mindset that Dragon Ball ended in 1995~6 and the all subsequent material is just extra, so that really dampens any desire of mine to get too flustered about anything. The social element of taking in new Dragon Ball material at the same time the world over is probably the b...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: In-Universe Discussion
Topic: So.. About Frieza training for four months.
Replies: 3
Views: 1566

Re: So.. About Frieza training for four months.

Trying to calculate the rate of Freeza's strength gains to the day assumes his species grows at a comically absurd rate like the Saiyans do, as if Freeza was running himself ragged then chowing on senzu beans the way Goku was on the way to Namek. And that is probably true to a point, what with his h...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Did Dragon Ball sleep on utilizing an angry Goku?
Replies: 24
Views: 2769

Re: Did Dragon Ball sleep on utilizing an angry Goku?

Whenever I ponder this, I always conclude that I don't want Goku to be angrier, I just want to know he's invested in how high stakes the Piccolo-on fights are. But funny enough, adult Goku's usual attitude is the better one to have in those situations. If you're going to paralyze Nappa for making a ...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Did Dragon Ball Get Lucky?-The Good Faith Version.
Replies: 21
Views: 3195

Re: Did Dragon Ball Get Lucky?-The Good Faith Version.

It is easy to downplay a lot of its success if you downplay what can pass as popular in Dragon Ball's pop culture sphere. Say "It's Jump success doesn't matter because a lot of Jump mega hits are puerile " or "Sure it has a long cultural tail, so do Transformers and Pokemon ". It was part of a genre...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Do the DBZ Season Set Blu-rays use the original broadcast audio?
Replies: 26
Views: 3068

Re: Do the DBZ Season Set Blu-rays use the original broadcast audio?

I'm not finding any of the old comparison shots at a glance either. So do we think Toei assigned the movie transfers to different people across the two versions? You would think it would be easier for them to be consistent, it would be a shame if the best version really was stream only, if only for ...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Do the DBZ Season Set Blu-rays use the original broadcast audio?
Replies: 26
Views: 3068

Re: Do the DBZ Season Set Blu-rays use the original broadcast audio?

Funi's HD releases of the Z movies, while worthy of critcism, remain about the same quality as the Blu-rays available in Japan, but have been available several years longer, etc. etc. etc. so clearly they don't care about a release being superior). You think so? I know the transfer quality changed ...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Is there a general consensus on what the worst movie is?
Replies: 70
Views: 3455

Re: Is there a general consensus on what the worst movie is?

I don't think I've see n the Broly sequels all the way through on account of their reputation! In light of that I think I'd give it to Android 13, Cooler 2 and Lord Slug are similarly by-the-numbers but have slightly more redeeming features. Lord Slug in particular is delightfully mean-spirited star...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: What parts of the franchise evoke nostalgia for you?
Replies: 29
Views: 1054

Re: What parts of the franchise evoke nostalgia for you?

I find my fondest memories of these sorts things are people driven, so playing through Budokai 1 and to a lesser extent Budokai 3 with various friends and following FUNimation's releases of the movies with one of those come to my mind first. We tied Broly 1's American release to a birthday after-par...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: In-Universe Discussion
Topic: Vegeta's Assist in the defeat of Cell Manga vs Anime
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Re: Vegeta's Assist in the defeat of Cell Manga vs Anime

The anime version saw a great opportunity and took it, it just chose to go about it in a way that undermined Vegeta. The manga's version is simple by compare but is both an actual surprise - last we saw Vegeta he was on the ground and had seemingly given up- and some actual comeuppance for Vegeta af...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Video Games
Topic: It's fun reading through older threads and articles!
Replies: 8
Views: 5153

Re: It's fun reading through older threads and articles!

I do wonder if the iterative sequels were a necessary evil to kick of the annual home console game process again. I would love to be a fly on the wall at Namco to see how far ahead they plan these games. I think we can actually throw around what the real "dark time" was. The early 2000s were mostly ...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: DVD question
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: DVD question

You cannot replace the audio track on the original discs themselves. You can make high quality copies of the video in a format that supports multiple audio tracks (.mkv being a popular one), and add the broadcast audio to that video copy. I am not sure if you could rip a 1:1 ISO and replace the Japa...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: The Podcast
Topic: Episode #0474 (14 July 2019)
Replies: 11
Views: 1780

Re: Episode #0474 (14 July 2019)

I was not into Dragon Ball enough to be curious about the home video market at the time, just savvy enough to know I was watching a punched-up English dub and obviously the cast switch, but I was almost waiting for Mike to say "We have this thing, we are capable of giving it to you, but we won't." T...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Is the Budokai/Budokai Tenkaichi games bad?
Replies: 26
Views: 2814

Re: Is the Budokai/Budokai Tenkaichi games bad?

The biggest thorn they've left us is the silly expectation that every Dragon Ball game with a character select screen should have 120+ characters because Spike broke some eternal franchise-wide ceiling that must be respected, on weaker hardware, with no thought for the time allotted and needs of a g...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: With DragonBall getting more and more global, it's time to include more lgbtqia+ characters
Replies: 255
Views: 9598

Re: With DragonBall getting more and more global, it's time to include more lgbtqia+ characters

The younger staff with more wide-ranging tastes definitely have an effect on the characters being more queer and gender and sex non-conforming. It also helps that there us a genuine fandom for queer characters and themes. Otaku are by nature queer, even if their relationships with 3D partners are h...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Dragon Ball Super
Topic: When Will We Ever Get Out of the Boo Fight - End of Z Rift?!
Replies: 70
Views: 8576

Re: When Will We Ever Get Out of the Boo Fight - End of Z Rift?!

It's funny because there's another sizeable window in the 7 year gap between Cell and Buu that they could use but refuse not to. I wonder why? Granted, the depths of power were more firmly established between points A and B then, plus there wouldn't be Goten and Trunks to use, but they still could ...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Sat May 18, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Backing Up Dragon Ball DVDs and Blu-rays 2.0
Replies: 55
Views: 2340

Re: Backing Up Dragon Ball DVDs and Blu-rays 2.0

TheGreatness25 wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 4:01 pm
So, I'm glad that this is the DVD alternative. I tried to throw in a Blu-ray (not Dragon Ball, albeit) into MakeMKV and when I try to play the ripped file, it basically says that it's unsupported :/
Do you have the means to play Blu-Rays normally?
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: The Podcast
Topic: Episode #0470 (14 April 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 1530

Re: Episode #0470 (14 April 2019)

Mike, far be it from any of us to presume the lack of a podcast means you are not working on the site! I recall one of the answers to the Kazenshuu Q&A was that Dragon Ball Z is so freakishly popular in the English-speaking world that it has different "markets", which is a polite way of saying FUNi ...
by BlazingFiddlesticks
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: General Franchise Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Vegeta post-Namek Earth filler
Replies: 34
Views: 4310

Re: Thoughts on Vegeta post-Namek Earth filler

Having just watched those episodes again to reply to this, if anything the filler scuffle just further highlights how sudden Toriyama's placement of Vegeta after the Freeza arc is. Vegeta spends the entire Freeza arc and, on the surface, the entire Android/Cell arc thinking he is just one transforma...