If you grew up in the 1990s in North America and your first encounter with Japanese culture didn’t come from Pokemon, it almost certainly came from Dragon Ball Z. One of the most-watched animes of all time, Dragon Ball Z pulled off the rare feat of being a sequel that was more popular than its predecessor. DBZ, as the cool kids called it, combined extreme violence with flashy visuals and the kind of outrageously over-the-top dramatics that have since become an anime cliché. Its main character, Goku, was at one point a hero whose popularity was on par with the Batmen and Spider-Men of the world.
However, like many childhood staples from the 1990s, Dragon Ball Z doesn't hold up when revisited today. It’s a viewing experience that mixes cringe-inducing regret with a genuine astonishment that you invested so much of your life in watching this compilation of brightly-garbed men shouting at each other. Watching Dragon Ball Z today is the kind of thing that makes you realize that your parents were definitely right to think that you were a weirdo. Read through these arguments about why Dragon Ball Z sucks and vote up the ones you agree with.
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