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Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven

The seventh season of “Dragon Ball Z” is a bit of an odd duck compared to the rest of the series, as the lack of a major villain makes it seem like nothing happens. In fact, some have even compared it to the mini-arc of filler episodes better known as the Garlic Jr. Saga, but whereas those episodes did little to further the story, Season Seven serves as the buildup to the big finale. It’s also a nice break from the exhausting Cell Games, and it makes some great strides in the development of the Z Fighters along the way. For starters, Gohan has finally become a teenager, and when he’s not getting into trouble with classmate Videl (AKA Mr. Satan’s daughter), he’s moonlighting as the superhero called Great Saiyaman. Goku, meanwhile, takes part in an Other World Tournament for the chance to train with the Grand Kai, and when he finally returns to Earth to fight in the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament, he discovers that he also has a new son named Goten. Though it may seem a bit counterproductive to age Gohan and then create a brand new character who’s just like him, this time around, they’ve given the little tyke someone to play with (young Trunks), making them both that much less annoying from the get-go. Plus, with two tournaments worth of fighting and the hilarious return of Mr. Satan, how could anyone call Season Seven filler? It might not be as epic as past sagas, but you better believe it’s just as good.

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Desert Punk: The Complete Series

If there’s one thing the Japanese aren’t afraid of, it’s expressing their inner pervert – especially when it comes to anime. A typical series features several buxom beauties, sexy schoolgirls and devilish demons scattered throughout, but “Desert Punk” needs just one: Junko, a dangerous femme fatale who uses her basketball-sized breasts in order to make her way to the top of the food chain. Her greatest admirer also happens to be Desert Punk, the titular anti-hero who spends his days dreaming about nestling in between a nice pair of boobs when he’s not earning a quick buck. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where Japan has been reduced to an impoverished desert country, “Desert Punk” follows the young mercenary as he acquires a bratty little apprentice, makes new enemies, and even forms a few alliances along the way. As the show’s tagline (“Get the job done. Collect the money. Repeat.”) suggests, the job-of-the-week format quickly gets old, and though the series eventually moves in a new direction at the midway point, once the death of a major character occurs in episode 20, the series stops dead in its tracks. The remaining four episodes try to right the ship before the big finale, but by then, it’s too late. There’s a reason the show never became more than a cult hit, but for those that enjoy a little crude humor with their action, “Desert Punk” is a treat.

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