The Other Side takes a trip down memory lane, looking back at the various different English dubs of Dragon Ball Z.

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Episode Title: Dub The Dragon
Episode Count: 107
Run Time: 01:56:23
Host(s): Cody Baier, Max Vader, Andrew Erickson
Executive Producer: Sean Russell
Associate Producer: David Majors

Opening Theme: Dragon Ball Z Kai – News of the Cell Game
Ending Theme: Dragon Ball Z Kai – Only a Chilling Elegy ~Theme of FREEZA~

Dub The Dragon!

It’s the anime that got an entire generation interested in anime. It was a cultural phenomenon, and became the show that an entire company was built on. But Dragon Ball Z had a bizarre, rocky start in America.

A dub that was initially overlooked, changed hands, changed casts several times, and saw its actors go from sub-amateur level to some of the best in the business. The Other Side explored all the various ways that Akira Toriyama’s smash hit series has been adapted for English audiences.

And as a bonus, a little Dragon Ball GT discussion to wet your whistle!

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David J. Majors, also known by a very uncreative nickname, Djm, is the host of Nanashi Anime Podcast. Following in Sean Russell's footsteps, he is the founder, Commissioner of Food & Beverage for Delta Juliet Mike Media, where he hosts "Two Nerdy Black Guys" and "Fanny Pack Wrestling". Check out all things D.j.m. at deltajulietmike.com.
  • DraculaMarth

    The JRPG you’re thinking of was Chaos Wars

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pD83hmKjr0

  • Normality

    Actually, Funimation had the license during the Ocean days. They only outsourced it because they didn’t have their voice pool at that time.

    Also, I’d pay to see Hank Hill in DBZ.

    • They were also beholden to Saban at the time. They didn’t truly own the license the way they do now.

      • Normality

        This is true, I will admit. Still with all the edits made, it’s kinda surprising Funimation didn’t just up and give the license to Saban and call it a day.

        Then again, if they didn’t keep the license, I’d doubt we would have even gotten Kai (then again, “Step into the Grand Tour ” would exist either). So it’s probably for the best I suppose.

        Though i guess I shouldn’t be speaking when Canada never even got that opening and instead got this instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPDP3S4dYcY

        • ALL the openings to GT were ass. Even the original Japanese one.

          …Okay, I guess the Italian one was okay. Catchy as fuck.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRWD4x9l5go

          • Normality

            Didn’t say it was a good opening. Just that we never got to suffer the rap here in Canada.

  • Great choice for the ending theme guys! Such a great theme for Freeza *__*