In the modern-day anime world, Dragon Ball Z has a bit of a reputation for being campy and outdated. The younger generation is usually quick to make the usual jokes: it takes 20 episodes for a character to power-up, the deaths are “meaningless”, and the power level system makes no sense. What they don’t realize is that, behind the corniness that DBZ is all-to-often remembered for today, the show has had some genuinely heart-wrenching and agonizing moments, events that deeply affected viewers when they first saw them back in the day.

People can poke fun about the fact that DBZ characters are killed and then shrug off death like ...

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