The problem with the Dragon Ball
Z Online Community
Hello, everyone. Let me start of this editorial by
explaining it's purpose. It is NOT made to bash anyone,
nor is it made to insult anyone. It is just, my opinion.
Bear in mind, that I am a hardcore DB fan for the past
4 years or so now, I really just love DB. Okay, now,
on with the show.
The Dragon Ball Z North American dub has been criticized
since the day it came out. This is understandable, seeing
as the quality of the dub is really below par. However,
here it is, the thing I am about to say that is going
to burst everyone bubble. You may not want Dragon Ball
to be called a cartoon, fine. We'll call it an anime,
then. Remember how I said earlier that Dragon Ball Z
was my favorite show? Yeah, well it's just that.
Dragon Ball is, in my opinion, the story of a man's
lifetime and the epic struggle of good versus evil.
However, this is still A SHOW. It is meant for entertainment
purposes, not to point out to everyone the meaning of
life, or to show everyone their direction in life from
Some of you disagree with me, fine, to each his own.
I respect that.
However, to the main point of this editorial. Everyone's
constant whining. And that's what it is. WHINING. All
these webmasters, whom I have great respect for their
dedication and hard work, just sometimes know how to
really ruin something with all their whining. If the
DBZ online community could just leave the dub be, or
make polite criticism and try to help, which some of
you are indeed doing, then everyone would be much happier,
I assure you.
But instead, all we ever get is a bunch of people sitting
at their computer whining about different voice actors,
music, etc. I agree with them on most if not all of
their points, but however, when the same argument is
preached again and again, it is no longer an argument.
It is WHINING. I for one, would be much happier if people
could just learn to leave things be, maybe there are
those that agree with me. If you don't, that's fine,
I am not Akira Toriyama, just a man speaking his mind.
I understand the depth of love and reverence some people
must have for this show, I have it myself. But I think
that looking at the dub, and criticizing everything
it does, is just childish. FUNimation's target audience
is children 4-12 years of age. Fine by me, I have my
fansubs, and if I want to watch the dub, I will. I personally,
view the dub as just another interpretation of my favorite
story of all time. However, some people aren't happy
with this, they feel the need to complain and complain,
which is again, your choice. But you know what:
FUNimation's not going to change anything because you
want them too. Except this fact now: we, my friends,
are the minority. I know this, Last year during the
Season 3 dub, guys who have never even heard of the
Japanese version of DBZ were asking me what happens
to Gokou, after he hit Freeza with the Genki Dama, in
the middle of gym class! Though FUNimation's dub is
below what many of us want it to be, it has introduced
many new fans to the wonderful tale of Dragon Ball,
which I am happy for. The more fans, the better DBZ
thrives, the more happy I am. I can deal with the fact
that they are "dubbies." They're in it for
the combat, storytelling, whatever. But they're fans,
just the same. And they, even though most of them are
children 12 and under, outnumber us greatly. Still though,
I think that's fine, to each his own.
Now, to all those people that think Akira Toriyama
and Toei and FUNimation are all at fault, I think that
Prince Vegeta, in an editorial to Kienzan's edge, said
this the right way:
And they are, it is true. Toei doesn't care if FUNI
puts their own music in the dub, though I am sure that
they'd prefer they didn't, so that TOEI could get more
money for the original score. But like Prince Vegeta
said, it's useless to argue. FUNI's target audience
won't care if they have the original score in there,
and, as many as we DBZ purists are, we still wouldn't
add much to the ratings, which is ALL FUNI cares about.
They don't care about the cultural differences in the
dub and the original, or anything like that. All they
care about is $$$$. And they have every right to, no
matter what anyone says. They paid to get the dub, it's
theirs. They're businessmen. As for Akira Toriyama,
some people out there call him Toriyama-sama, which
I think is ridiculous. Sure, I agree, that man is great,
he invented my favorite anime/comic/games of all time.
But to call him lord or master is just garbage. He did
this for the money, too, you know, just the same as
any other artist or storyteller. He just had better
ideas and imagination in his head. Don't take me wrong,
I have great respect for the man, and would easily call
him Toriyama-san, but that's it.
For all you people that are bristling right now, sorry,
but this is what I believe. Dragon Ball Z is simply
another form of entertainment, even an epic, but that's
all it is. It's not life. There are other things out
there. And to people like VegettoEX, who constantly
bug FUNI about the dub: Stop acting like children. It
will get you no where. All it does is annoy people who
come to your site for DB info and multimedia. To people
like Mr. E, who use more respectable methods such as
petitions and passive resistance: Keep it up, guys.
The way you guys are handling this situation is the
best I have seen yet even though the petitions may not
work, it does show a degree of maturity lacking in some
And to everyone else, quit your whining. It's a show.
I'm sure that a bunch of people may in fact, disagree,
and send long and detailed responses, but to each his
own, like I said before. FUNI is dubbing the show to
make money. If you dont like it, do not watch it. Quit
your bitching. Don't ruin the experience for those of
us that can enjoy both versions of DB, without constant
Sayonara and until next time,
P.S. Oh and best wishes to Chris Psaros on the surgery,
we were all rooting for you.