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Funimation Shows What a 90s Phenomenom The ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Anime Was

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Funimation is working through a mini docuseries about their origins as part of the 30th-anniversary of Dragon Ball Z and the newest piece in this is a three-minute look back. After focusing on some of the actors previously, this one goes a bit wider and highlights what it was like to not just discover the series during the 90s, what you had to do to ensure that you see it. As one of them says, this was the last generation of fans that really had to “work hard” to keep up with their favorite shows and reminds you just how easy and accessible everything is these days.

Originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump between 1984 and 1995 for twenty-two volumes between the two series, the book comes from Akira Toriyama and has been a perennial strong property.

Plot concept: Before there was Dragon Ball Z, there was Akira Toriyama’s action epic Dragon Ball, starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other Dragon Ball Z heroes! Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl who is on a quest to collect seven “Dragon Balls.” If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku’s help (and his super-strength)! With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime…

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