Getting Dragon Ball Z Wrong

Watching Dragon Ball Z can get quite frustrating.

Watching Dragon Ball Z

It’s understandable that in the course of interpreting and appropriating something that’s very long, there are a few details that people might get wrong. This is especially true for Dragon Ball Z. On one hand, people might get a little too impatient when it comes to the length of the series. In the midst of their impatience, these same people might also not understand the need for some elements in the series (the same way some people who don’t get the point of the need to shop online might interpret the coupon codes on products as nuances). In the case of Dragon Ball Z, here are a few things which are commonly misinterpreted.

Some Things You Get Wrong About Dragon Ball Z

First: you probably hate all the staring that goes on in the show, which you think is endless.

Probably the first image a lot of people conjure up in their heads when someone mentions Dragonball Z is a scene of two fighters just standing motionless, their eyes locked in a never-ending staring contest. But there’s a pretty simple reason behind this necessity: The fighting goes by quickly. Characters are capable of moving faster than the human eye can track them, meaning that an entire fight can conceivably happen in the blink of an eye. The solution is to create the illusion of speed by juxtaposing these intense action sequences with dramatic pauses.


Second: you don’t like how there’s constant yelling, especially when it’s time for the power-ups.

During the course of any story arc of the series, you’re pretty much promised at least one blatant instance where a character starts powering up, causing him to clench his fists and begin screaming. But in order to show a character getting stronger, there really isn’t any other way to convey the idea of them pushing themselves further past their limitations than audibly screaming. Yelling is a very primal aspect of human nature, able to get an emotion across without any words whatsoever.

Third: you say it has bad animation.

Here’s the thing: Dragon Ball Z was created in 1986, but wasn’t released in the United Stated until 1996. By then, more advanced techniques in animation had been developed. Thus, it’s not fair to judge its animation based on later standards.