Have you ever heard of abridged shows? They are pretty popular on the internet, and Dragonball Z has a huge following on their fan made parodies. Team fourstar have started a popular webseries that is based on the original show that pokes fun at some of the inconsistencies and character types in the show. This show is a great find online as if you were a fan of the original TV show and can deal with off colour humour. The show has all the characters from the original show and has made them more akin to the traits they showed during the original tv series. For example, Goku suffers from some form of mental handicap, Gohan is super smart and Vegeta has serious anger issue. These are just some of the many character tropes that the webseries developers use when creating and writing the show.
What does it mean to have a parody though? What is a parody? Well, Parodies are “a form of repetition with ironic critical distance, marking difference rather than similarity” (Seitz, 2011) I feel that if you create something and someone parodies you then your original thing must have some form of merit to it. It is rare to see someone from Saturday Night Live or a reporter of the Daily Show make a parody of something without the original material having some meaning at that point in time. If this is the case then the parody that is abridged series for anime is always relevant to the fans of the original show. Dragonball Z has piped up numerous parodies online but the most successful one is the abridged series.
The guys at Team Fourstar have created a masterpiece with their series. Watching the abridged series gave me a new sense of enjoying Dragonball Z again. I couldn’t believe how much they captured the original characters traits and expanded on them better. There are some points where you find it is better than the original series dub because it is so well written. I think that is a testament to the parody nature of the show, the funnier the show is the more memorable it is in the viewer’s head. I think that is a good sign and it keeps the show fresh in our memories and that’s what really matters.
Seitz D, 2011, ‘Mocking Discourse Parody as Pedagogy’, Pedagoy, Vol. 11 Issue 12, <http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/journals/pedagogy/v011/11.2.seitz.html>