Dragon Ball Super vs, Dragon Ball Z: 5 qualities and 5 defects
Any sequel to a story that ended decades before you'll encounter a series of problems of different nature, sooner or later. As it is absolutely out of the question, the fact that Dragon Ball Super-far from being a series perfect as a direct sequel to Dragon Ball Z, it is also true that still manages to improve very a few small aspects and details already present in the previous series of Dragon Ball that had some defects, for which well-being changes if they make improvements to the narrative as a whole!
But, that said, it must be stressed that every small change that has played in favour of the short story in Dragon Ball Super corresponds to a series of as many details that would play decidedly to the disadvantage of the same.
Also, you can't really deny the sheer quality of Dragon Ball Z: indeed, this was the second anime is dedicated to the adaptation of one of the largest, famous and historic shonen fighting all the time. Dragon Ball Z is always considered by fans of Toriyama's work as the series absolute best, but Super passes, occasionally.
In this article, I will analyze briefly what are the 5 improvements and 5 curtailments made to the narrative of Dragon Ball as a whole from the most recent series, Super, in relationship with that which is instead the most successful series created by the Master Akira Toriyama or Dragon Ball Z.
To be able to provide a broader overview and to allow a direct comparison between these two series, I have chosen to alternate between the elements that are better managed in Dragon Ball Z with the ones present in Dragon Ball Super. A good read!
When it comes to music, there really is no competition between the soundtrack of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super: the set of the most recent publication, in fact, is not very interesting under this point of view, until the narrative arc that sees as its main protagonist a Black Goku, while, with regard to the first three strings, these are a selection of the piece of music, not just appreciable, so to speak.
Very probably, this difference is so substantial between the quality of the soundtracks for the two series examined in this article is attributable to the fact that the music for Dragon Ball Z, but also of the very first, the historical series of Dragon Ball, have been composed by the Maestro taki shunsuke Kikuchi, who was also the author of the soundtracks of the other anime historians as Doraemon, Man, Tiger, Hurricane Polimar, UFO Robot Grendizer, The Great Mazinger and Akira Toriyama, Dr. Slump and Arale.
The compositions of Kikuchi are the most appropriate, and convey emotions better, and find their place in the adaptations of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z than those composed by Norihito Sumitomo. This, however, does not mean that Sumitomo is doing a bad job for Dragon Ball Super, because, for example, the Tournament of Power and Dragon Ball Super Broly have had great soundtracks, but simply the compositions of Kikuchi are on a completely different level.
Akira Toriyama has always had difficulty writing the female characters in the original series of Dragon Ball: unless their name was Bulma, the women presented in his most famous work have not had any kind of significant development and worthy of note, indeed, even the poor Bulma ends up rather in a hurry to become a person of decidedly secondary importance. Also with characters like 18 and Videl the story arc of Boo, Dragon Ball Z ended up being a work with a cast that is predominantly male.
Dragon Ball Super solve luckily this small problem: despite all its problems, the Tournament of Power had the best variety of the genre that the franchise has ever seen. Of course, we are still very far from perfection, but it's still a step forward and an added value for Dragon Ball. Characters such as Caulifla, for example, do much for the franchise and put someone like 18 in the active action was another narrative choice that has played in favor of this specific point.
Given that Dragon Ball Z is an adaptation of a manga series written by none other than Akira Toriyama, the undisputed Master of the shonen fighting anime ended with the often show some of the best fight scenes that the medium has ever seen, and that's because Toriyama is really very skillful in the creation of the choreography of these sections of his works, which is why almost every battle of the Dragon Ball Z shows off his skills as an artist.
Dragon Ball Super can't compete with this quality even when it is at its best: the fights are shorter in Dragon Ball Z, in fact, have more impact and weight of the larger ones of Dragon Ball Super. To just make a small comparison, there is much more to see in the battle of Vegeta against Recoome of the Ginyu force than there is in the fight between Goku and Jiren. That said, there is really no need to further emphasize how amazing the staging of the fights in Dragon Ball Z, especially if compared with that of Dragon Ball Super.
The greatest flaw of Dragon Ball Z has always been and always will be his pace awkward. Sure, it's not as terrible as some fans, but sometimes it is a series that can be really exhausting to look at, and those who have read the manga will probably make you even more of a struggle, considering how much DBZ is slow.
Dragon Ball Super, regardless of the medium, it has a narrative rhythm definitely tighter than the Dragon Ball Z: nevertheless, the Tournament of Power is, however, something disastrous from the point of view of the stimulation of the audience and readers, but this says a lot about how it can be at times really uninspiring storytelling of Dragon Ball Z.
As the main protagonist of this manga series written and illustrated by the Master Akira Toriyama is without a shadow of a doubt, the Saiyan Goku, and around him revolves a fair number of secondary characters, her friends, some of whom are taking part in a lot of fights, and proved, indeed, of fundamental importance to the good resolution of the same.
But a group united and cohesive, is not an essential condition of Dragon Ball, since the same is subject to a certain dynamics: time and time again, in fact, the original series highlights the fact that these people lose contact with one of them, when they are not actively together, but that's okay, they all have their own lives and are clearly at ease with this situation. This, therefore, means that the characters often are not present in all the moments of the narration of DBZ, but , moreover, there are reasons why things should be otherwise.
However, this approach has the advantage of maintaining important the supporting cast is active. However, why bother to write a character that can not or does not contribute to the main plot? In this sense, it is much easier to write, and to admit that they exist, and then be carried to the attention of the fans every time that it is deemed necessary an intervention of some kind. It is nice that Oolong is around to celebrate, but no one feels the need of a episode in which play rock, paper, scissors.
While Dragon Ball Z moves, the characters are inserted slowly into the plot and sometimes, as mentioned above, may be entirely absent from certain sections of the narrative: for example the arc of the Saiyan shows us, in reality, only Goku, Gohan and Piccolo as the main characters, while all the others remain confined in the background, until the Saiyans do not have and kill them all. Namek has only some of the key characters, and none of those that have been revived, has a role so important in the narrative arc of the Cell.
Dragon Ball Super makes an active effort to show the secondary characters and support for every arch, through a series of episodes of their daily lives or simply making all gather together at the beginning or at the end of a particular period of history. With this approach, the cast ends up looking a group more cohesive than not to occur, instead, in DBZ.
Dragon Ball Z excels in the narration of the pure drama and tells a story much better with a significance much greater than its sequel series: all four of the main narrative arcs of the story – (Saiyan, Freeza, Androids and Majin Boo) are very rich of interesting topics, the development of the characters has its own importance and to make everything even more intriguing, there are also a lot of twists.