When it comes to Dragon Ball Z in North America, it should be no secret that fans are totally rabid. Quite possibly one of the most iconic anime series to ever air in the West, Dragon Ball Z has long been a staple of pop culture, and in 2018, the franchise reached all-new heights following the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly. It appears that anime publisher Funimation is aware of this too, which is why for Dragon Ball Z’s 30th-anniversary, they’re going all-in.
Something legendary is coming… a new Dragon Ball Z collector's edition celebrating 30 YEARS! 🔥🔥
Full series, on Blu-ray, North America's first full artbook, an exclusive figure, and… more announcements to come! 😏
— Funimation (@FUNimation) March 2, 2019
Tweeted out over the weekend, Funimation shared that for Dragon Ball Z’s 30th-anniversary they’d be releasing a defining collection for the series. Included in this would be the entirety of the series on Blu-ray, North America’s first full artbook, an exclusive figure, and “more announcements to come”. This is a pretty massive deal for a number of reasons. But bringing something like this to life isn’t easy, and Funimation is going to need fans of the series to lend them their energy if they want this to actually happen.
In the coming weeks, we’ll reveal full details of the set and open a reservation period for fans to reserve their copy of this must-have collector’s edition. And while we’d like to just wish it into creation with the Dragon Balls, we’re going to need at least 2,500 of you super fans to help make this happen!
In the near future, Funimation will be opening up the ability to reserve a copy of this 30th-anniversary Blu-ray set. For this Blu-ray set to actually be released, however, at least 2,500 copies will need to be reserved, as this is the minimum amount their factory will allow them to produce. Of course, gathering 2,500 fans of Dragon Ball Z shouldn’t be too hard and I’ve got no doubts that this set will actually see the light of day — but now you’ve just got to wonder what its benefits will be.
Back in 2013 through 2014 Funimation actually released the series on Blu-ray across several discs, so why wouldn’t you just pick those up? Well, there may actually be some room for improvement that only a new set would allow for. There’s no shortage of dismay for the 16:9 aspect ratio utilized in these releases, with many clawing for the original 4:3 aspect ratio, as well as calls for the original broadcast audio quality to be featured in a legal physical release. Perhaps this is one of the planned announcements to come, which would truly be a treat for the sort of fans who’d pick up this set.
While there’s still a lot to be revealed regarding the Dragon Ball Z 30th-Anniversary Blu-ray set, we’re definitely hopeful. I know that the boss man Eddie is going to be picking one up for certain, so I guess we’ve just gotta hope that there are 2,499 other fans of Dragon Ball Z out there. For those interested in checking out further information, Funimation has the details via their official website.