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Card Slinger J

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  1. Goku and Vegeta have always dicked around when it came to fusion and when they didn't it wasn't even considered canon. That's why that gag is mostly preserved for Gotenks whose nothing more than a joke character. Also Dragon Ball needs to focus less on new forms and more on techniques that are as creative as when Goku fired a Kamehameha with his bare feet instead of his hands. In terms of new forms how close are we to Super Saiyan Rainbow? If you want to talk about how much was cut from the Broly film then try to justify stretching an 85 minute film like Battle of Gods over the course of 14 episodes in the retelling and then doing it again later in Resurrection 'F' where the animation budget was limited from the original films. At least they won't end up making the same mistake they made last time with the Anime being ahead of the Manga when it should've been the other way around. The Tournament of Power arc was a good stopping point for the TV Series honestly. I guess it's better than doing something similar to Boruto Generations which is what the Dragon Ball GT Special could've been but wasn't. Having a new Dragon Ball series that takes place a century after the end of Dragon Ball GT where the Earth's Dragon Balls couldn't be used seemed like it had alot of potential that the fan base just wasn't willing to accept since they've grown too attached to the original cast. I get the argument that Dragon Ball is supposed to be the "Story of Goku" but I feel that it could've been much more than that. Dragon Ball Super just feels like the franchise itself is stuck on some awkward halfway point that's too afraid to go past the End of Z because of the potential backlash it'll create among fans (myself included).
  2. Well since you talked me into it I went ahead and watched the dubbed version of the new Broly film online. My initial reaction is that it felt kind of rushed where the battle choreography was solid but wasn't as fluid as Classic Dragon Ball where there was more emphasis on animation cels than CGI similar to the high quality of Jim Henson puppetry from Classic Star Wars. I do feel as though there was a huge missed opportunity with Goku not being able to go MUI against Broly though they needed to make Gogeta canon somehow so I guess that's understandable. The Dragon Ball Minus backstory bothered me a little bit but wasn't as bad as I initially thought though. I'm waiting to see how this film ties in with the Galactic Patrol arc in the Dragon Ball Super Manga since Broly, Cheelai, and her other friend haven't shown up yet. Maro is shaping up to be a more interesting villain than Zamasu where he was basically Turles 2.0. Also I can't help but not get as excited as I used to be since the Dragon Balls themselves always seem to negate the threat of death with each new set introduced throughout the franchise with the Black Star Dragon Balls from Dragon Ball GT being the only exception. I guess you could make a similar case for the Super Dragon Balls as well even though Whis can already do the work himself. Bulma's wish was a direct reference to the End of Z where she regretted not using the Earth's Dragon Balls to make herself 5 years younger though Frieza's wish was just a ripoff of Commander Red from Original Dragon Ball, even still the Red Ribbon Army reference was cute to say the least. I was kind of hoping for some extra scenes at the end credits similar to what the MCU has been doing which kind of felt like a sense of reward after everyone's already walked out of the theater. Now I'm just hoping that when the TV Series returns this Spring that it isn't another movie retelling like they've done in the past with Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F'.
  3. It's true that I have been critical of Panini America's handling with the 2014 Dragon Ball Z TCG in the past but that's only because I wanted to see it live up to the same potential that everyone had with Retro Z back when Score knew what they were actually doing until GT came around. Unfortunately my naiveness blinded me from seeing the writing on the wall much sooner just like with every discontinued Trading Card Game / Collectible Card Game before it. I guess it's like the old saying, "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." I've been fooled so many times that there's still a optimistic side of me hoping that one of those card games might take off. I do at least try to engage in conversations in a positive light like whenever I'm trying to get feedback on a deck that I'm working on or when I try to offer advice in the hopes that Panini America will listen and apply it to the actual game. I just get tired of feeling disappointed every time I set my expectations too high on something that I want to succeed when it's sort of become a trend that I've gotten used to over the years I guess. I apologize If I came off being mostly negative on the forums but that was mainly in hopes that Panini America would actually take the complaints we had and improve upon the problems onto the actual game in a positive light. True you do have a good point there however when it came to the allegations and scandals surrounding Vic Mignogna, I felt that it ended up hurting his relationship with Rooster Teeth more than it did with FUNimation since he's also famous for voicing Qrow Branwen in RWBY who to be fair actually gets more screen time than Broly does in Dragon Ball. I'll admit that I gone a bit overboard by saying that "it won't be the same without him" though If Sean Schemmel were faced with a similar situation that Vic Mignogna is currently in then it'd be no different. I mean heck If Peter Kalamis could bring a character like Goku to life in the Ocean Group / Pioneer Dub of Dragon Ball Z then whose to say someone other than Sean Schemmel from FUNImation can't? I think the problem is that we've grown so attached to the original English Dub Voice Actors in Dragon Ball to the point where we're too afraid to give someone new a chance. As much as I liked Linda Young as Frieza I've slowly gotten used to Chris Ayres' dub for him and while I do miss Colleen Clinkenbeard as Kid Goku / Kid Gohan I've sort of already gotten used to the changes by now. Now If something were to happen to Masako Nozawa to where she isn't able to voice Goku in the Japanese Sub anymore then I can imagine how upset a lot of Dragon Ball fans could get though much like what they did with replacing Hiromi Tsuru with Aya Hisakawa it was understandable in order to keep the Anime series moving forward. Even If Monica Rial somehow got replaced by a different female voice actor for Bulma it wouldn't bother me as long as she sounds similar though that's yet to be seen and I'd rather not get into Animegate like I did with Gamergate online when I should've kept my mouth shut at the time; but lesson learned. The problem I have with most Dragon Ball YouTubers is that they only seem to care about lying to viewers in order not to lose any subscribers when they're too afraid to be honest regardless of what happens to their channel. That's why I respect people like Mad Black Entertainment and Hail Zeon who to be fair "quit the Dragon Ball fandom" for the very reason I just pointed out. As for the Broly film, even though I already told one of my friends that I was planning on giving the film a hard pass I may change my mind and still watch it online though I'm mainly going into it for the spectacle and nothing else. Watching the English Dub for Dragon Ball Super has already become a guilty pleasure for me (though not nearly as bad as the Pokémon Anime) when it didn't feel that way when I used to watch reruns of Dragon Ball Z before Dragon Ball Super was conceived. It's basically become the Star Wars of Anime but to be fair, Star Wars has a much bigger cult following than Dragon Ball does but that's to be expected from a 40 year franchise compared to one that's only been around for 30 years. Does that mean Disney will buy out Dragon Ball? No of course not as they're not as familiar with Japanese culture as much as they are with American culture. Then again the Kingdom Hearts franchise by Square Enix I feel is a bridge connecting both cultures so for Akira Toriyama to sell his franchise to Disney like what George Lucas did with Star Wars actually wouldn't be out of the question. Honestly I think my main gripe with Dragon Ball's recent popularity is the Stereotypical Otaku perceiving it as the ONLY good Anime to watch when there's thousands of other good Anime franchises to choose from that aren't as popularized in the West. If they come to terms that there's more to Anime than just Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon then that would help broaden and expand their horizons a bit more. The problem I'm seeing is that the Shounen Jump formula keeps chasing the zeitgeist of Dragon Ball to the point where a lot of newer Anime franchises like Black Clover keeps repeating what's already been established instead of being willing to try something new for a change. Usually you'll end up finding those types of Anime series outside of Shounen since the creators aren't as restrained and have much more freedom to create what they want. I think with the way the Industry has changed over the last few decades it's almost kind of hard to get a unique franchise that captivates audiences as much as Dragon Ball or it's just not advertised and promoted enough to gain the kind of momentum it needs to become more mainstream. Anime / Manga in particular are still considered niche when it comes to pop culture outside Japan so that's to be expected I guess. Video Game Magazine advertisements was one way to get the message across however it's gotten much harder due to the rise of digital over print media.
  4. With Vic Mignogna (English voice actor for Broly) gone from FUNimation, I'm not sure how I feel about their decision to fire him though to be fair the writing was already on the wall the moment they fired Bruce Faulconer during the heyday of the Kai Dub prior to the release of Dragon Ball Super however the circumstances were much different compared to what recently happened. Given what recently transpired I think this will hurt the English Dub for Dragon Ball Super more If Toei decides to bring back the TV Series with Broly making a few cameos which is a shame because the Dragon Ball franchise was what built FUNimation into what they are today. Pioneer / Ocean Group may have been the one's to help kick start the North American Anime Renaissance of the late 90's and early 2000's, but it was FUNimation that picked up the slack after realizing just how good the TV ratings were for Dragon Ball Z on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. It only really started to go downhill for them when Toei felt it was necessary to remaster Dragon Ball Z without all the filler material where the voice actors were forced to divert from the original dialogue since Japan didn't like the idea of the Dragon Ball franchise being Americanized which led to Bruce Faulconer's departure from FUNimation. Now I'm even less interested to see the new Broly film after already being spoiled to death by Dragon Ball YouTubers (looking at you Geekdom101 and MasakoX), especially when the firing of Vic Mignogna made it even worse because FUNimation is going to have to hire a new voice actor to replace him as Broly and it won't be the same without him. The Japanese Sub is even worse when you consider the voice actors being too old though I will give Masako Nozawa credit where credit is due, I admire her tenacity for being able to voice Son Goku for as long as she has. I just don't know how long Toriyama will be able to keep Dragon Ball going cause it seems like it's only getting worse.
  5. I feel as though we only have ourselves to blame for what's currently happening with Dragon Ball. The reason why I say this is because we as a community have been begging for Dragon Ball to come back ever since the franchise ended during the 90's in Japan after watching countless reruns of the English Dub and for what? By settling for mediocrity in an overly saturated anime / manga market where animation studios don't have to put in the budget to tell a good story while constantly pandering to otaku culture? People tend to forget that writing matters more than visuals and Toei completely lost sight of that when Toriyama made the bone headed decision to bring back Dragon Ball in 2015 right when the animation studio was pre-occupied with other anime projects such as One Piece and Pretty Cure. They have little to no interest in bringing back the Anime adaptation of Dragon Ball Super next year after the new Broly film when they're much better off having Toyotaro finish Dragon Ball Super through the Manga adaptation. Tite Kubo did the same thing with Bleach after the Lost Substitute Shinigami arc.
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