cell: DIE KID
1: plot. the large majority of any DBZ episode (and theres a LOT of them) is that the planet its threatened with extinction by one evil guy or another, and it is the job of Goku (main character) and his friends to stop them.
2: temporal realizim. Not only do they try to save the worlds that each have 5 minutes till detonation, but they always manage to stretch those 5 minues across 10 episodes or more, becoming VERY tedious for anyone to watch at any closer intercal than once a day or once a week.
3: character originality. The premise behind 90% of the characters battle styles (once again, they battle almost all the time) is that they use a lot of primal screaming and "getting pumped up". This is agonizing enough if it werent for the fact that time is so dilated that a character will be twitching and screaming in gathering energy for a whole episode(often more than one), all the while using the same animation from last week.
Would have been a good anime show if Cartoon Network didn't mutilate and repeat it over and over and over and over and over like they do to Scooby Doo and Dexter's Laboratory.
-"Yeah! That was hardcore!"
(The highly under-rated, and extremely rarely seen original Japanese version) A cool show.
(English version) A pile of shit. 90% (and that's like, millions) of people who are Dragonball fans suck. People see this childish, lame, poor, raped version automatically think the whole show sucks, thus, so many anti-DB people. And since these people are quick-to-judge, small-minded and ignorant, they judge something they have never seen and know nothing about, based only on a completely different version (the English version) which is nothing like the original.