Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2

It has been three months since Manga Entertainment UK released the first instalment into the Dragon Ball Super anime on Blu-ray and DVD, with the contents retelling the events of the feature-length Dragon Ball Z film ‘Battle of Gods’, and now Manga Entertainment UK are back with the second instalment; a retelling of the Resurrection F film.

Does this mean that Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2 is not worthy of your time? Far from it; as while the end result may be the same the journey is vastly different.

Synopsis:

After reaching an alliance with Beerus, the world is at peace once again. But one of the Z Fighters is feeling restless—namely, Vegeta! The Saiyan prince seeks a new way to become stronger and wants to do so under Whis’ guidance. When Goku finds out they’ve left to train, he’s just as eager to join in.

While two of the strongest fighters train in another world, trouble stirs for planet Earth. The remains of a powerful force have started to gather, seeking revenge for their fallen leader—the wicked overlord Frieza! When evil takes on a new form with the force of 1,000 troops, can Gohan and the remaining Z Fighters take him on? Or will Frieza’s vengeance finally see the light of day?

Our View:

The episodic events of Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2 is a sense of Deja Vu with the feature-length-film Resurrection F. But unlike the episodic contents of Season 1 Part 1, which remained mostly consistent with the events of the Battle of Gods film, the episodic contents of this second instalment attempt to drastically change the way Frieza’s revival was foretold within Ressurection F.

Confused? Well in Resurrection F it was a simple straight-forward story with questions left unanswered; such as why Majin Buu, Trunks and Goten were not in the fight, but here they are answered. Furthermore new events are introduced, such as extended training sequences with Whis and a situation which sees Captain Ginyu (remember him?) making his return in spectacular fashion. To some these are small alterations to what is practically the same content; but to me, it adds some level of depth and explanation to events left unanswered.

Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2 resumes where the first part left off, with Goku and Beerus battling amongst themselves in the skies above earth. With victory decided, and a small part of earth destroyed, time has now passed. Pan has been born, Goku and Vegeta are training with Whis (with some rather comical moments thrown in) while Beerus sleeps and Bulma is now friends with an intergalactic patroller known as Jaco. Elsewhere however a small remnant of Frieza’s army have decided to resurrect their overlord with the power of earths Dragon Balls.

It is at this point the episodic content within Dragon Ball Super runs in tandem with events found within Resurrection F, except for the additional details of Goku and Vegetas training, and as expected Frieza arrives on earth with the Z-Fighters rallying together to thwart his plans of revenge.

Not only are the fight scenes here longer but new content also makes this arc a lot more entertaining to watch; and even when Goku and Vegeta arrive on the scene the fights are more grandiose than those seen within the feature-length-film.  It’s a drastically different take to how Resurrection F was portrayed and while it may seem familiar it is still great to watch; even if the animation isn’t as detailed.

Extras:

Just like with the previous Season 1 Part 1 release of Dragon Ball Super, Manga Entertainment UK have opted to use the disc masters authored by FUNimation and as a result we receive access to a wide-variety of supplementary content; including an America-created piece of content.

In this case we receive textless opening and closing songs, with the audio track defining whether or not the English or Japanese version of the song is played, a selection of trailers for other FUNimation licensed shows and finally a featurette.

This featurette, known as Watching Dragon Ball Super with Jason Douglas & Ian Sinclair, is a video feature that sees two of the voice actors (and family members) watch Dragon Ball Super as well as discuss favourite moments and characters from the series.

It is different from the norm (much like the bonus feature that came with Season 1 Part 1) and offers a closer look at what the voice actors think of the show and the experiences they have gained from dubbing the characters on screen. Naturally it’s not a bonus feature that will appeal to everyone; but it is a nice watch for those interested in the English Dub and its voice actors.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:28:15 (Disc 1), 1:32:39 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 & LPCM 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 1 continues the events which transpired upon the first part before building up into the ‘Resurrection F’ arc of the Dragon Ball Super timeline; this time reintroducing Frieza to fans of the franchise as well as the new powers that characters have obtained.

It may tell the same story as seen by the Resurrection F film but with more runtime available the episodes are more varied and detailed, with fights lasting longer, longer character appearances and more comical banter between existing characters. In hindsight It is s the best parts of Resurrection F extended with more context; especially in regards to Goku and Vegeta’s training with Whis.

When it comes to this Blu-Ray release by Manga Entertainment UK then, once again, the distributor have opted to use masters authored by FUNimation in America. This isn’t a complaint, as it means we receive the exact same content as our American friends, and that subtitles for the Japanese version use the traditional ‘white funimation’ subtitling method – which I prefer compared to industry standard grey styled subtitles we have seen on older Manga UK releases.

Naturally the only complaint, which carries over from the previous Season 1 Part 1 release, is the fact that the ending song has been dubbed into English when watching the series in English. FUNimation have done the same for previous entries into the Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Z Kai series but the Japanese song is better and clearer to hear.

It’s also worth noting that the ‘Marathon Mode’ also makes a welcome return; this mode allows fans to watch all episodes on the disc with only seeing the opening and ending song once throughout. It’s not something we see on anime releases but its a nice feature for shows such as Dragon Ball Super whereby several episodes combine together for a single fight.

Overall Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2 is exactly how I expected it to be; a well presented release that retells the story explored within Resurrection  F, albeit further expanded upon. If you enjoyed Resurrection F, and in turn the alternate presentation of the story from the previous Season 1 Part 1 release, then you’ll enjoy what Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2 has to offer. How could anyone not like it? It has Frieza!

Score: review-stars-5

Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2 will be available on Blu-ray & DVD from the 29th January 2018.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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