Goku in Dragon Ball Z Kai
Dragon Ball Z (including its predecessor and GT follow up) is one of my favorite shows ever and despite seeing so many of the episodes so many times each, whenever there’s a marathon on TV or if someone asks me if I want to watch an old school clip, I would without hesitation. It then brings me to a thought, “Would I watch a complete remake or retelling of the entire series?”
Dragon Ball Z Kai provides an upgrade to the classic, but I’m talking about an all out remake, completely redrawn and everything. True, there is no real need to do so, as the series still holds up to this day, but with almost everything cool out there getting a remake, could DBZ benefit as well? In the video game industry, 1998’s classic, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is about to get remade for the 3DS, which looks a lot prettier than its Nintendo 64 original. Goldeneye 007 for Wii came out last year as an upgrade to its 1997 classic.
In the world of movies, Superman, X-Men, and plenty more all have multiple origin stories. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had its 1980’s original animated run, then a 1990’s live action series, and eventually a new spin in the 2000’s. We see remakes all the time in movies, with anything from King Kong getting remade to a film like Batman Begins.
Some of these that I mentioned have been met with more commercial and fan success than others, so if Dragon Ball Z or the whole DB series were to ever get the go-ahead for a complete update, I’d definitely hope for the right people to be on hand.
I’d very much like for as many of the original voice actors to make their return. After all, how great is it to hear Optimus Prime’s (Peter Cullen) voice in the Transformers movie and have that familiarty from the old school cartoons? As a DBZ fan, I’d need my original Goku (Sean Schemmel) on board; that’s for sure.
I’d like to hear your thoughts. What would it take for you to watch a new Dragon Ball series, and perhaps more importantly, do you want one at all? There definitely is the argument (and it’s a valid one) that you should leave such cherished things alone, but that’s why you’re free to discuss as you please. I look forward to hearing your responses.