Is DBZ ACTUALLY one of the best animes ever?

Avatar image for nickzambuto
nickzambuto

29288

Forum Posts

5083

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Nostalgia aside, how does the classic Dragon Ball Z rank up to some of today's great animes and mangas? Now obviously everyone's initial reaction is a massive "hell yeah", but just take a minute to think. We all have great memories of DBZ, after all, 99% of anime fans only got into the genre in the first place BECAUSE of DBZ.

But put all that aside. Judging Dragon Ball Z (just Z, not the original or GT because, to be honest, they weren't quite as popular) alongside other great animes, does it really hold up? Or is it overrated and only remembered because it was lucky enough to air on Toonami, whereas better anime weren't?

(All that said my own answer is of course a massive hell yeah :P)

Avatar image for jedixman
JediXMan

42943

Forum Posts

35961

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 16

#2 JediXMan  Moderator

Not even close.

Avatar image for OverLordArhas
OverLordArhas

7927

Forum Posts

2722

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

I would agree

Avatar image for pharoh_atem
Pharoh_Atem

44429

Forum Posts

10114

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 13

#4  Edited By Pharoh_Atem

Nope. Dragon Ball Z is nowhere near the best, and quite frankly whoever says otherwise either has a horrible taste in anime, nostalgia is clowding their judgment or they have not watched enough to anime to know any better.

The same can be said with Sailor Moon; they both impacted their respectvie genre (shonen for DBZ and Shojo for Sailor Moon) But saying either one of them is the G.O.A.T. anime is complete and utter nonsense.

Avatar image for wolverine008
Wolverine008

51027

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 3

I barely watched any anime, but I'd say yes. Lol.

Avatar image for vaccine
Vaccine

278

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

One of the most popular? Sure. Iconic? Probably. THE best? Nah.

Avatar image for monsterstomp
MonsterStomp

37014

Forum Posts

361

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Was never really into anime but DBZ was enjoyable when I watched a few episodes. Same with Naruto and One Piece.

Avatar image for buttersdaman000
buttersdaman000

23644

Forum Posts

60

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Most influential? Yeah, I don't think anyone could doubt that. Best anime/manga ever? Nehhh, not even close.

Avatar image for mikethekiller
mikethekiller

9759

Forum Posts

9

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

No it's the same damn sh** every saga.

Avatar image for m3th
M3th

2107

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

For the "anime community" No but for the modern man HELL YES.

Nobody can argue this with Meth. Meth knows a lot of DBZ fans who never watched any other anime show. At the same time huge anime fans don't see the awesomeness that is DBZ.

In the end of the day it's all subjective $#!% so there is no point in arguing.

-m3th.O.D.-

Avatar image for saintwildcard
SaintWildcard

22318

Forum Posts

184

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 13

User Lists: 12

Ever since Death Battle reignited the great Goku vs Superman wars in the winters of 2013, Ive gained a major dislike for the series. But putting that aside short answer No, long answer HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOO. I prefer Bleach or FMA.

Avatar image for jhazzroucher
jhazzroucher

25150

Forum Posts

395

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 9

It's one of the best animes ever.

Avatar image for ccraft
ccraft

12437

Forum Posts

169

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 11

I think Dragon Ball is the best anime, Soul Eater 2nd, and 3rd DBZ. I don't watch much anime. Death Note was pretty good.

Avatar image for fadetoblackbolt
FadeToBlackBolt

23389

Forum Posts

8725

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 25

User Lists: 6

LOL

Not even in the same league as the best.

I love DBZ, but come on, it's mindless entertainment. The only time it gets anywhere near depth or decent characterisation is GT, and everyone hates that.

Avatar image for kalkorratessg3
kalkorratessg3

47

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

It's one of the most mainstreem/ famous. Not the best. Better than some of the recent crap (looking at you soul eater)

Avatar image for princearagorn1
PrinceAragorn1

31807

Forum Posts

53

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Yes. z was absolutely brilliant till frieza's death, one of the only animes I never felt like missing an episode.

But after that it got a bit repetitive.. and frankly, uninteresting. Cell is dead? cell is back? meh. And why would the final monster of an action packed anime be a pink colored bubblegum? Just sad. No other words.

But if you consider raditz-frieza, I'd easily rate it in my top 10. (Besides ginyu turning into a frog grr)

Avatar image for dondave
dondave

41764

Forum Posts

345855

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Avatar image for nefarious
nefarious

35781

Forum Posts

1020

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 3

I guess so.

Avatar image for deactivated-5ee15da0e0aad
deactivated-5ee15da0e0aad

8219

Forum Posts

240

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

No. DBZ is really bad compared to most anime.

I don't really like shonen anime, but I enjoyed a few. DBZ is fun when you're young, the plot is less important than the fighting. But now even the fighting scenes look really bad compared to an anime like Fate/Zero for example.

Avatar image for fallschirmjager
Fallschirmjager

23432

Forum Posts

1162

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 32

User Lists: 16

In terms of poplarity and iconicism? Sure.

In terms of story, characters, animation? Not even a little bit.

Avatar image for juiceboks
juiceboks

25736

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#21 juiceboks  Moderator

Influential and iconic? Yep. Entertaining for damn near everyone that watched it back in the day? Absolutely. Is it up there in terms of quality with Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Samurai Champloo, Yu Yu Hakasho, and Lupin the 3rd? Hell no.

Avatar image for joygirl
Joygirl

21037

Forum Posts

482

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 43

No. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is more entertaining than DBZ (and I meant that in a derogatory way, despite finding PSG palatable).

Avatar image for juiceboks
juiceboks

25736

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#23 juiceboks  Moderator

@joygirl The only anime I know more over the top than Panty and Stocking is Puni Puni Poemi.

Avatar image for frogdog
frogdog

5557

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#24  Edited By frogdog

@joygirl said:

No. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is more entertaining than DBZ (and I meant that in a derogatory way, despite finding PSG palatable).

Fly away isn't just song, it's Japanese slang for an orgasm...

Avatar image for skysword
Skysword

76

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Not even close to the best.

Avatar image for cresentking
cresentking

377

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

#26  Edited By cresentking

it's was the best when it came out maybe few year after but by today standard it's not also there are alot of anime that has better story and plot than dbz

Avatar image for marshall_long
Marshall_Long

5719

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

You can't really compare Dbz to today's anime that's not really fair, Anime's like Hunter X Hunter, Naruto, One Piece, Toriko all get influence from Dragonball except they take it deeper than Dragonball ever did. But to be honest I give Toriyama a lot of more credit then any other Author, he created a pretty good Shonen when he didn't even feel like writing it.

Avatar image for decoyelite
DecoyElite

4021

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 36

User Lists: 2

Nah. Fun to watch though.

Avatar image for knightrise
KnightRise

4811

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Let's put it like this: Bill Russell would get slayed on 1-on-1 by Magic, Jordan, Kobe, or Lebron, but every single one of them will admit admiration for him and his impact. If you replace them with DBZ, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, and Fairy Tail (ok, maybe not FT...), you'll see that I am stoned, watching Anime highlights and thinking about basketball.

Avatar image for marshall_long
Marshall_Long

5719

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@knightrise: Replace Fairy Tail with Toriko, or Hunter X Hunter then yeah I agree lol.

Avatar image for fallschirmjager
Fallschirmjager

23432

Forum Posts

1162

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 32

User Lists: 16

@knightrise: The problem with that comparison is none of those anime you listed are "the best ever either". Comparing those players to those anime is a massive insult to the players.

Avatar image for the_legendary_supersaiyan_hulk
The_Legendary_SuperSaiyan_Hulk

17515

Forum Posts

99

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

While I do favor other manga over DBZ because of their story and characters, DBZ will always be my favorite just because it's DBZ. Loved that show since I saw it and will never not love it. Unless it's GT, then it can go to hell.(Hates GT with a burning passion.)

Avatar image for jimmie_hudson_
Jimmie_Hudson_

300

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

well it is quite popular

Avatar image for date_masamune
Date_Masamune

170

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

You can't really compare Dbz to today's anime that's not really fair, Anime's like Hunter X Hunter, Naruto, One Piece, Toriko all get influence from Dragonball except they take it deeper than Dragonball ever did. But to be honest I give Toriyama a lot of more credit then any other Author, he created a pretty good Shonen when he didn't even feel like writing it.

I agree it's like comparing an old game console to a new game console, and yeah people forget that Toriyama never really wanted to write Dbz he was forced too that's why it's a bit repetitive.

Avatar image for queencorp15
QueenCorp15

1058

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

DBZ is god worthy

Avatar image for bruxae
Bruxae

18147

Forum Posts

11098

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 6

It all comes down to opinion, in mine it is not.

Avatar image for nobody134
NoBody134

307

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Nope

Avatar image for the_stegman
the_stegman

40990

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

#39  Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

No, not even in the top 20

Avatar image for frogdog
frogdog

5557

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

it's was the best when it came out maybe few year after but by today standard it's not also there are alot of anime that has better story and plot than dbz

Bleach and Fairy Tale disprove your logic about today's standards.

Avatar image for biteme_fanboy
BiteMe-Fanboy

8951

Forum Posts

454

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

Um yes. It is.

It's a HUGE anime that has worldwide popularity.

No it doesn't have the best story, or character development or whatever. But you can't deny that it's one of the biggest and best animes ever.

Avatar image for pharoh_atem
Pharoh_Atem

44429

Forum Posts

10114

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 13

Um yes. It is.

It's a HUGE anime that has worldwide popularity.

No it doesn't have the best story, or character development or whatever. But you can't deny that it's one of the biggest and best animes ever.

Yes. Yes I can.

Avatar image for deactivated-5d6746eab553d
deactivated-5d6746eab553d

3947

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Some animes were inspired off of DBZ. It's one of the best animes IMO.

Avatar image for fallschirmjager
Fallschirmjager

23432

Forum Posts

1162

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 32

User Lists: 16

Avatar image for infamous_wolf
InFamous_Wolf

1427

Forum Posts

1503

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 8

#45  Edited By InFamous_Wolf

Um yes. It is.

It's a HUGE anime that has worldwide popularity.

No it doesn't have the best story, or character development or whatever. But you can't deny that it's one of the biggest and best animes ever.

This comment makes no type of sense.

Avatar image for vance_astro
vance_astro

90109

Forum Posts

51511

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 27

User Lists: 2

#46 vance_astro  Moderator

This comment makes no type of sense.

It makes perfect sense. He's saying that on the technical side you can find flaws in it but as far as it's appeal and recognition it's one of the biggest animes ever.

Yes. Yes I can.

Actually I don't think you can. DBZ in terms of success is definitely one of the biggest animes ever.

Avatar image for tektheninja
TekTheNinja

776

Forum Posts

6

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 1

#47  Edited By TekTheNinja
Avatar image for pharoh_atem
Pharoh_Atem

44429

Forum Posts

10114

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 13

#48  Edited By Pharoh_Atem

@vance_astro: I was actually referring to it being one of the best anime of all time part. Hence why I only underlined the best, and left the biggest untouched.

I see DBZ how I view George Mikan; sure Mikan impacted the game of basketball by a significant margin, but comparing him to someone of Kareem's caliber is just plain wrong.

Well that's my opinion at least I'm sure majority will disagree *shrugs*

Avatar image for mrdirector786
MrDirector786

44277

Forum Posts

23241

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 4

#49  Edited By MrDirector786  Online

Like others in this thread have said, it had a huge impact and is immensely popular but as just in terms of storytelling and characterization it wasn't that great.

Avatar image for infamous_wolf
InFamous_Wolf

1427

Forum Posts

1503

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 8

@infamous_wolf said:

This comment makes no type of sense.

It makes perfect sense. He's saying that on the technical side you can find flaws in it but as far as it's appeal and recognition it's one of the biggest animes ever.

@dccomicsrule2011 said:

Yes. Yes I can.

Actually I don't think you can. DBZ in terms of success is definitely one of the biggest animes ever.

I underlined the part where he said it does not have the best story and character development. Then calls it one of the best animes. Yes it is one of the biggest in terms of recognition but one of the best in terms of quality no where close.