Can you believe it’s been one whole year since Toonami came back? Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? So a hotly debated topic is that Dragon Ball Z should come back. Naruto and IGPX came back. Should Dragon Ball Z come back for Toonami to be truly good?
The answer is no. Toonami has always been good, DBZ notwithstanding. People always say Toonami is nothing without Dragon Ball Z. Incorrect. if anything, it’s the other way around. It tanked when it was airing in syndication and if Cartoon Network hadn’t picked it up, it still would’ve remained tanked.
Also let’s think about length: Dragon Ball Z is 291 episodes (276, going by the U.S. edited version). That would be airing once a week for at least 6 years. The other long-running shows gets a pass for various reasons: Naruto (220 episodes) and One Piece (500+ episodes and counting) never got to finish their runs before Cartoon Network pulled the plug on them. Bleach (366 episodes) was always on [adult swim] since 2006 and is about to be ending in about a year or so.
Sadly, it’s not like wine where it gets better with age. That’s why Dragon Ball Z Kai is there. And don’t tell me “That’s not the same DBZ!” ’cause that’s bullshit. It basically covers the Saiyan, Namekian, and Androids Sagas in 98 episodes (And soon, the Majin Buu Saga as well) with better soundtrack and voice recording, and a script that’s more true to the original. Plus, it does away with all the needless, illogical filler episodes. Explain to me why Goku and Piccolo need driving lessons if they can fly!
Don’t get me wrong. I love Dragon Ball Z as much as the next person, it was like the greatest thing during our childhood. But there’s the keywords: During our childhood. You grow up, and experience other things, and you move on. If you still wanna watch DBZ, Nicktoons seem to be showing movie marathons during Toonami, so there you go.