Dragonball Z - Great Saiyaman Gohan's Secret
FUNimation // Unrated // $19.98 // July 26, 2005
Review by John Sinnott | posted September 8, 2005
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The Show:


The third volume of the Great Saiyaman story has Gohan finally getting
his super-hero costume and starting to help the citizens of Satan City.
His troubles aren't over though, because Videl is still trying to find
out who the new super-powered person in town is, and another classmate
may have found out his secret identity.

Series background:

Since the Cell Games, several years have passed on Earth. Young
Gohan has been studying hard with his mother at home and now is a teenager.
Gohan may have traveled across the universe and saved the Earth, but there
is one great challenge he hasn't yet faced: high school. With no
schools near his mountain home, Gohan travels to Satan City, named after
the person that the world thinks was responsible for defeating Cell, to
attend formal school for the first time.

On his way to Orange Star High School, Gohan encounters a police stand
off. Thieves are robbing a bank and are in a battle with the police.
Gohan decides to put a stop to things so he turns into Super Saiyan mode
and easily defeats them. Of course his exploits are the talk of the
town and by the time he gets to school, everyone is talking about the 'Golden
Fighter' who stopped the bank robbery.

One of his new classmates is Videl, the daughter of Mr. Satan, and she's
determined to find out who this new hero is. Gohan, on the other
hand wants to be just a normal kid and is trying to fit in without revealing
his true strength.

This volume:

In order to protect his secret, Gohan has Bulma design a costume for
him. The green shirt, red cape, black pants and white gloves and
boots may look tacky, but Gohan loves it. Bulma created a watch for
Gohan to wear, and whenever he touches a button on the side his costume
pops on.

Unfortunately, Gohan seems to have seen the Ginyu Force once too often,
and he insists on creating an introductory speech and poses that he used
whenever he appears. He names his alter-ego the Great Saiyaman, much
to the amusement of everyone around him. Still, he's managed to get
everyone to stop talking about the "Golden Fighter."















I am the Great Saiyaman!
Defender of truth! Protector of the innocent! Upholder of justice!
Doer of ... ah....good!



Things get off to a bad start though when he arrives at school one day
and changes into his regular clothes only to notice one of his classmates
looking at him. Angela is a cute girl, but a little pushy.
She says that she'll tell everyone his secret if he doesn't go out with
her. Gohan isn't really interested in dating, but what choice does
he have.

The final episode on the disc could almost have come from an old Superman
comic. In this episode Videl suspects that Gohan is really the Great
Saiyaman, and tries to prove it.

This was another fun disc. Though it's not as humorous as the
previous volume, this storyline is one of the more amusing DBZ stories.
Gohan's simple and innocent outlook is the source of a lot of the humor,
and the little opening speech he gives whenever the Great Saiyaman flies
into action is great. They are developing Videl's character too (as
much as characters ever get developed in DBZ) and she's becoming quite
a fun person. Another great set of episodes.


The DVD:





This disc contains three episodes of Dragon Ball Z in its uncut format.
The disc comes in a standard keepcase. One irritating thing is that
FUNimation included a trailer for the new Tenchi series before the menu
that is unskippable. That is really irratating.

Audio:

This DVD includes the original Japanese track in stereo and an English
stereo dubs. I preferred the original soundtrack over the English
dubs, though the English actors did a good job for the most part.
The teachers at Orange Star High all have a different accent that sounds
really phoney, but aside from that, the dub wasn't too irritating.
The English track has different background music added and though it generally
fits in well with the show, I liked the original music a bit more.
The sound is very good, there isn't any noticeable hum or distortion, and
the range is fine. The dialog is easy to discern and is very clear.
I would have preferred that they had included a 5.1 mix also, like they've
been doing with the new Vegeta saga discs, but this is satisfactory.

Video:

The full screen video looks excellent. The lines are sharp, the
colors are bright and solid, and digital defects are nonexistent.
The image is clean and clear. A fine looking DVD.

Extras:

There aren't any extra features on this disc aside from a series of
trailers.

Final Thoughts:

I had fun watching this disc. This story arc, while not as exciting
and dynamic as most of the others, sure has more than its share of laughs.
Gohan has grown into a fine young man, and seeing his dating problems are
a riot. The only this is I wish that FUNimation would include more
than just three episodes per DVD. Even so, this DVD is Recommended.



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