But then came
It was released in 2009 to be exact (April 5th). A few days short of being an April Fool’s joke.
So why is
dragon ball z Kai so bad and hated by many?
It’s true that many have come to love
But, there are a lot of reasons for the hate and why people think it’s bad. And I personally disliked and cringed at
Here are some reasons why that is.
1. The voices are absolutely atrocious
To say the dubbed voices in the KAI version of
The voices in KAI are subpar and inferior on almost every level.
I say this as someone who grew up watching dubbed anime, dubbed content, and someone who enjoys the English voices of many anime series. Especially
So that tells you how much I dislike
It feels like the voices are:
- Parody in nature.
- Not to be taken seriously.
- Lacks effort.
And doesn’t have nearly the same impact as the original Funimation, Ocean, or Bruce Falconer dubs.
The video above shows the difference between the original
The intent was pure, but the end result only sounded good to those who grew up on Kai vs the original since they have no context.
2. The censorship is bad enough
Censorship was a problem back then for certain series and even is still now. But
Like removing the blood from Bardock’s face, or stopping the blood dripping from Piccolo’s arm after Radtiz blasted it off during the Saiyan Saga.
Or removing the middle finger in the scene with Gotenks.
The list is extra long.
While both Funimation and ocean dub DID engage in some censorship depending on when you watched
The removal of blood is completely unnecessary and treats the audience as if they’re children who don’t know any better, need coddling, and may become violent if they see violence or blood in a fictional piece of content.
3. Change of colours, art, and many strange inconsistencies
Believe it or not, but for whatever reason,
I don’t understand why they went and did this because it makes no sense, but they did it anyway.
For example, Saiyans like Vegeta, Radtiz, etc, have brown hair or hair that’s not characteristically black like the original Saiyan hair is supposed to be.
Worst of all, they switch between black and brown hair, making it inconsistent and outright strange if not flawed over the entire series of KAI.
The only thing they corrected was Vegeta’s red hair during the time when he was on that planet with Nappa before he sets out to Earth to find Kakarot.
Weird correction to make when everything else was inconsistent and even more foolish than it needed to be.
4. It feels too disneyfied
You had things like:
- The famous scene with Goku and Bulma in the original dragon ball.
- The swearing where it counts.
- Middle fingers.
- Wordplay and dialogue (whether it’s Frieza, Vegeta, or whoever).
- The brutality at times, which even though it’s not the most brutal anime, it had its moments.
- The art and colours of the original series.
aestheticsand camera angles.
- The lack of cropping to hide necessary details.
By the time 2009 rolled around with
Some of this is clear and can be seen in
The original felt raw and uncut (no pun intended), while
Dragon Ball Z Kai actually has an uncut,
But almost all fans who watched