The wait is finally over, Dragonball dub fans. The long-awaited dub of Dragonball Super has finally premiered on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. This, of course, carries significance. After all, most fans first viewed Dragonball Z on the original Toonami block back in the 90s. Many fans have most likely already viewed Super when the show came out in its original Japanese. I for one, constantly find myself watching many anime subbed. But for Dragonball, it is a different matter entirely.
The dub of Dragonball Super may be one of the most important dubs this anime season. As I said, many first viewed DBZ dubbed as opposed to subbed, as I’m sure many did those days. That said, the English voices carry much more significance to fans than the Japanese ones do. Which makes it that much better that nearly the entire original cast returned for the next generation. But more than that, I have a more personal reason for waiting for the dub. Quite simply, I do not feel most of the Japanese cast adequately fits the roles they are given. Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, and the rest are all talented actors. But it is my opinion that the given English voices serve the characters much better, and it’s great to hear them again.
The Episode Itself
Let’s get this out of the way first: the first episode is a filler. The episode serves to reintroduce most of the cast. Moreover, this is a trend that will continue for a while. The first two major story arcs serve as alternate takes on the two recent DBZ films. But for me personally, just hearing the familiar cast in funny situations was more than enough. The episode beginning features a flashback to the ending of DBZ, with the same animation as it had back then. This is a wise choice, as it demonstrates how far the animation has come, making this continuation more impactful to long-time fans. But for those watching for the big fights? You have a little waiting to do, so sit tight, friends. Friends who have been watching the sub have hinted on some great fights to come.
As stated before, most of the original cast is back, and they haven’t lost a beat. Sean Schemmel performs Goku to his full personality, and I can’t wait to hear how he is when things get serious. Kara Edwards continues to portray Goten and Videl to perfection, and Alexis Tipton picks up the slack for Laura Bailey very well. And Chris Rager as Hercule/Mr. Satan and Mike McFarland as Roshi…beautiful. I look forward to future episodes to hear other characters like Vegeta, Krillin, and the rest.
Watching this episode caused me to grin from ear to ear with pure nostalgia. But I’m also a big fan of the original DBZ, and I look forward to seeing how the story develops once the plot actually gets going. I’m just happy to see one of my favorite childhood shows getting a proper continuation. And whether this will be your first time watching Super, or you are watching the sub, I hope you enjoy the ride, too.
Now, say it with me: “KA….ME…HA…ME….HAAAAAAA!”