Ah, sweet catharsis!
Brian M. Delach | Connecticut | 01/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally! The long awaited conclusion to Dragonball Z's best saga. I have to believe Funimation made a conscious decision to withold this collection of epeisodes from public release. After all, why has the entire Majin Buu saga, right up to the ultimate conclusion of the Dragonball Z series, been available for so long, while the final demise of Cell has been selfishly guarded for so many years?
This DVD features what is, in my humble opinion, the best episode in the series' run. Previously, the evil bio-android Cell, having been confronted with his inferiority at the hands of Gohan, attempted to self-destruct and take the entire planet Earth with him.
Selfless to the bitter end, Goku teleported himself and Cell to King Kai's planet, saving Earth at the cost of his own life.
Beware - Spoilers:
As we rejoin our heroes, the Z-fighters are mourning the loss of Earth's greatest champion, but wait...! Cell has survived! The bio-android returns to Earth by way of his newly acquired technique: Goku's own Instant Transmission! Additionally, Cell has managed to revert to his previously forfeited "Perfect" stage.
Before anyone can react, Cell kills Trunks, sending Vegeta into a blind rage and an ill-advised series of attacks on the bio-android. The Saiyan Prince's efforts are in vain, and he is quickly overpowered. Gohan manages to intercede just in time to save Vegeta, but at a high price: the young warrior has lost the use of one of his arms.
Crippled and exhausted, can the son of Goku, and the last hope of the Earth extinguish once and for all the terror of Cell?
The conclusion of this saga is brilliantly executed, with sincere emotion, and a satisfying climax that sees the remaining Z-fighters pull together in a cooperative effort to defeat Cell. As is often the case with the DBZ series, there may be several moments that drag on a bit too long, but in the end, even casual fans of Dragonball Z will not be able to deny the splendor of this collection.
die hard fan | long beach, CA USA | 02/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last the final episode of the cell saga. I have waited for this DVD for over a year and it isn't a disappointment. i have been a DBZ fan since 1991 i really think this is the best saga ever. If you are truly a DBZ fan you will surely enjoy this saga it is only a shame that they don't a complete box set for this so you can watch it all at once."
Brilliance. This is where the series should've ended.
Senior IKnowRealMetal | Razzolia | 06/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dragon Ball Z is a Legendary Anime series that will go down in Anime History. Although looked down by some simply due to the fact that it targets a younger audience as well as older, I don't care what anyone says. This blows the crap out of stupid idiotic robot stuff like Gundam.
This saga proves Akira Toriyama's absolute genius in what is displayed as possibly the most dramatic (or at least one of the most dramatic) anime Saga's I've ever seen. From Trunk's Arrival to Cell's Death, this is hand's down the Best Chapter of the Entire Dragon Ball Z series... by FAR. This Dvd captures the Final 4 Episodes of the Cell Saga including Cell's Demise, restoring thing's back to normal with the Dragon Balls, and even Trunk's journey back into time to make things right where he was.
Although I more so just recommend trying to buy the Boxsets over time (if you have the money of course). Trunks/Android/Imperfect Cell/Perfect Cell/ and Cell Games. Of course all those box sets will cost an arm and a leg but are not to bad to buy if you get them slowly after time and you'll find it's worth it as this Saga is Any Anime Collector's Must-Have.
Dragon Ball Z is indeed a good anime series, although I more or less love it just because of the Android/Cell Chapter. The Saiyan and Namek sagas connected to the Freiza saga, which was good and all but dragged on way too long and had a bit too simple of a plot. It was basically just one big battle (which younger kid's would like of course, but I think even they would get bored, and I myself personally feel the need for at least some filler episodes to build up the plot). The Cell saga has an excellent plot dating all the way back to the Dragon Ball episode days.
I feel that at this point in the series, everything that a Classic Anime saga needed had been displayed. Drawn out, but not too drawn out of a plot. Plenty of Drama and Excellent Battles. Suffering of a Great Loss (Goku's Death), and of course the Dramatic display of Emotion as Gohan unleashed his Hidden Power. The Buu episodes dropped the Z series down a notch for a few reasons. Gohan is turned into a complete wimp for one. Sure he gets his "Latent Capacities" released, but it's done in the stupidiest and most lazy way possible. Also the battles in that Saga are more comical/cheesy than actually dramatic until the very tail end that is. I feel the Z series would've have done itself more justice to end right here. Nevertheless, Dragon Ball Z will always be remembered as a classic."
The End of Cell!
Giovanni Dipinski | East Bay, CA USA | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cell, who was thought dead, comes back to Earth explaining when he exploded, part of his head was left intact. With Piccolo's cells, he regenerated and became even more powerful! The Saiyan in him came out as he emerged in his Perfect form with Goku's instant transmission and power to spare! Now even Super Saiyan 2 Gohan has trouble fighting Cell, and to make matters worse, Trunks is killed, sending Vegita into a mad rage. Vegita gets injured, but instead of dying, Gohan takes the final blow! Can Gohan defeat the ultimate Cell with one arm???
This DVD contains the episode where Trunks goes back to his own time and using his Acended Super Saiyan powers, defeats 17, 18, and Imperfect Cell! Huzza for one of the best episodes out there!
I am basing this on the magna. You should definatly get Dragonball Z #s 17-19 for complete Cell Game coverage!"