|Dragon Ball - Tien Shinhan Saga
The opening gong has sounded which means only one thing... the arrival of the 22nd annual World Martial Arts Tournament! Master Roshi's pupils have trained long and hard for the chance to survive through to the group of eight that will vie for the championship. But this year's field is thougher than ever before. Action movie star, Pamput will put his fame and reputation on the line! The vicious Man Wolf hungers for revenge! And don't forget about the reigning champ, Jackie Chun! But the wicked Master Shen is entering two students of his own charging them with a mission more devious than a simple tournament victory. The fighters are warming up for the prelimiaries...but Goku is nowhere to be found!
84 Rivals and Arrivals - As Master Roshi and the rest of the gang head for the World Martial Arts Tournament, one member is noticeably absent: Goku! After three years of training, his mysterious disappearance is baffling, but if he doesn't reach the sign-in booth on time, he won't get to compete.
85 Prelimary Peril - Three years of intense training has led Goku and his friends to this day. The World Martial Arts Tournament begins! Among the competitors is a dangerous foe who dearly destroyed Goku in their first encounter. Get ready for action!
86 Then There Were Eight - Of 182 fierce warriors, only 8 will survive the elimiation round, as the fihgting continues, Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha struggle to say on top! And by the looks of the competition, that's no easy talk!
87 Yamcha versus Tien - The elimination round is over, with Goku, Yamcha, and Krillin all among the 8 finalists. Now the real challenge begings wtih the start of the Quarter-Finals. First up: Yamcha fights his new rival, Tien Shinhan!
88 Yamcha's Big Break - As the World Martial Arts tournament continues, the first match in the Quarter-Finals is well underway, with Yamcha challenging Tien Shinhan. With these two warriors locked in combat, one thing is certain: Sparks will fly!
89 Full-Moon Vengeance - The most dangerous foe is one with nothing to lose, and Man Wolf is a loose cannon bent on destroying Jacky Chun as they square off in the second match of the Quarter-Finals, for Man Wolf. This fight isn't about the Martial Arts title. It's about revenge!
90 The Dodon Wave - It burns hotter than the sun. Nothign can stop it. And if it touches you it will tear you apart... the Dodon Wave. Chiaotzu controls it, and his aim is locked on Krillin.
91 Counting Controversy! - Krillin has his hands full as he continues his match against Chiaotzu, who unreils an even deadlier power than the Dodon Wave! Krillin thinks he's fighting for the championship , but if Master Shen has his way, he'll be fighting for his life.
92 Goku Enters the Ring - The fourth match in the tournament Quarter Finals finds Goku going up against a power unlike any he has ever faced: Fame! Pamput, world=renowned fighter and action star has come to the tournament to claim the title of Master of Martial Arts, the only championship he hasn't won. Forget the lights and camera, this is all action!
93 Tien Shinhan vs. Jacky Chun - The Semi-Finals round of the Martial Arts Tournament begins with an extraordinary battle between the young, Brash Tien Shinhan and the seasoned champion, Jacky Chun. As the two warriors combat with unrelenting fury, who will win is anyone's guess!
94 Stepping Down - The battle between Jacky Chun and Tien Shinhan takes on epic proportions as they continue their struggle using every trick and technique in the book... with disastrous results! The punches are stronge, the kicks are higher, and the audience is caught in the middle!
95 Goku vs. Krillin - Goku and Krillin have fought many battles together. But this one may be their most challenging yet, for in this battle, they might fihter each other. Friends become foes in the sixth match of the World Martial Art Tournament. As they compete to see who will advance to the Championship Round!
96 Tail's Tale - The fight between Goku and KRillin heats up as the trounament continues. What began as friendly combat turns to all-out war afte rKRillin pulls a sneaky stunt behind Goku;'s back. Tempers flare, the battle turns fierece, and a once strong friendship all but disppears. The outcome of this match will knock you off your feet.
97 Final Match: Goku vs. Tien - The final match in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament is about to begin! Goku faces Tien Shinhan in a climatic battle to see who will become the next master of martial arts! However, if Tien has his way, this iwll be Goku;'s final match, period!
98 Victory's Edge - Battered, bruised, and on the brink of destruction, Goku finds himself at the mercy of Tien shinhan, as the final match in the World Martial Arts Tournament continues. No one has witnessed combat likee this! Who will win the ultimate battle?
99 Tien's Insurrection - Goku and Tien's power and technique seem to be amazingly equal. but a dramatic turn of events enrages Tien to a new level of focus and determination. Only one outcome will satisfy the proud Tien as he unveils a sinister new attack! Howe can Goku survive against this monstrous new Tien?
100 The Spirit Canon - Tien aims at victory by pulling out all the stops against the courageous Goku. Tien prepares to unleash the destruction power of his most deadly technic, the Tri-beam canon (also known as Spirit Canon)! The match could end with this deadly assault, but the Tri-beam canon often ften demands a higher price... the death of its user!
101 The Fallen - The audience is frazzled, the stage is obliterate and Goku is nowhere in sight. This is it! The final match between Goku and Tien Shinhan concludes in a soaring adventure that will change the lives of our heroes forever.
Honestly speaking, this is the first complete saga of Dragon Ball that I've seen so I can't truly compare it with the other sagas of Dragon Ball. However, I have seen all the episodes of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. It is fun to watch as the warriors progress and get stronger but it was at first boring for me to have seen Super Saiyan 4's and now I'm watching Goku as a little kid, with not even a Kaioken! I thought it was going to be boring but I was in for a deep surprise. Dragon Ball, the Tien Shinhan Saga was an amazing saga with Tien, Goku, Krillin and many others competing for the World Martial Arts Tournament.
The construction of the DVDs were quite clever--all 18 episodes from the whole Tien Shinhan Saga were made into two DVDs that came in a single DVD case. This offers a very convenient way of having the Dragon Ball Tien Shinhan saga. Basically the portability of this saga is the plus side. However, on the contrary, because of this compression of 18 episodes in 2 DVDs, some of the quality in the frames and audio were lost. Unlike most DVDs, this set does not have a 5.1 surround sound to it. My best guess is that when they released this originally, 5.1 surround sound did not exist commonly among the average citizen yet. In addition, I noticed a small decline in DVD quality. This DVD runs for a whopping six hours so if you are going to watch it, have a lot of food and popcorn ready.
Unlike Dragon Ball Z, there was definitely a storyline to the Tien Shinhan saga. The sequences of events that took place are excellent. The plot was planned out pretty well, with the fight between Goku and Tien as the climax of the saga. One of the major pluses of this DVD, as recognized by many other fans too is the fact that the subtitling was really good and the background music was more traditional and fitting. The setting takes place during the 22nd World Martial Arts tournament, which is Goku's second, and the place is at the tournament ring, at the hotels and at the shops and restaurants there. Basically the main objective was the Crane school wanting to beat the Turtle school and vice versa. At the end, the Crane school won with Tien Shinhan taking home the price with the help of luck. The only flaw was at the very end, they released a second peak of climax where Krillin was killed. True, this foreshadows the upcoming saga but for those people who isn't get the next saga (I'll probably get it), it gives them the impression of "what happened??" and it won't feel complete.
Dragon Ball was made intended for little kids to teens, however, because of America's strict parental guidance and etc, it is stated to be for kids ages 13 and up because there are a lot of perverted scenes, surrounding Master Roshi and his interests. I personally believe they should cut back on this type of humor and preferably add more PG-rated humor. Also, because of the violent nature of Dragon Ball, I do not recommend it for little kids. However, overall, this is a really nice saga, but with a few flaws here.
Series: Dragon Ball
Title: Tien Shinhan Saga
Format: NTSC 4:3
English, Japanese Stereo
Rated: 13 and Up
Release Date: 09/28/04
Run Time: 362 Minutes
• 18 Uncut episodes
• scene selection
• character profiles
This is a very convenience 2 disc DVD because instead of having to keep several DVD boxes for one saga of Dragon Ball, you just need to keep one box and it's a whole saga, 18 whole episodes!
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