Despite being criticized for its predictability, pointless filler episodes, and making death seem about as meaningless as life without living, Dragon Ball Z is regarded as being one of the greatest television programs of all time. Sadly, just like all good things, the show came to an end after a total of 291 episodes.
Then came Dragon Ball GT. A show that many longtime fans feel was, still, and always will be a total disappointment and the worst series out of the entire franchise.
Eighteen long years after that, GT's sequel premiered on television. Unlike its predecessor, Dragon Ball Super isn't considered a total train wreck by most, with some even going as far as saying that it's even better than DBZ.
Read on to find out why.
More Intrigue, Less Predictability
Sure, Dragon Ball Z was a great show, but let's be honest. If you've seen one saga, you've pretty much just binged watched the whole thing. If for some odd reason, you've haven't, allow me to give you a summary of what typically happens for the entirety of the series.
Goku and/or the Z Warriors encounter a new threat. This new enemy just so happens to be five times as strong as the last one. Some of the gang ends up dying or getting their butts handed to them. Goku comes in and saves the day.
While this made for great TV the first couple of times it happened, things started to get a tad too predictable in later seasons. Consequently, this made DBZ extremely dull and repetitive most of the time.
More Comedy, Less Drama
When looking back on all the greatest moments in Dragon Ball Z history, you'll probably notice that drama was a key factor in making most of those moments so great.
The first time that Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan was no laughing matter. This was a good thing! He had just watched his best friend, Krillin explode into thin air at the hands of a merciless tyrant named Frieza.
Most of the time, things were way too serious, though. Gone were the days of balancing comic relief and suspense for a stellar show. If you were looking for that sort of TV, DBZ's predecessor, Dragon Ball, was your best bet.
Less Talk, More Action
Sometimes a great fight needs a great story to make it that much more entertaining to watch. When a standoff lasts for five to six episodes and not a single punch is thrown, it's almost never a good idea.
For instance, the Cell saga could have been shortened by at least 10 to 20 episodes if it had not been for all the pointless talking.
Building up some suspense for a fight is a great thing. When it's just done as a way to take up time, it's not. Nuff said.
Although Dragon Ball Super has been around since the year 2015, it's still considered the new kid on the block. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that the series isn't over just yet, but either way, this plays a huge part in determining how good the show actually is.
Dragon Ball Z doesn't just have its legions of fans, there's also the nostalgia factor. Since DBS hasn't been around for as nearly as long as DBZ, this factor is nonexistent.
Most people who grew up watching DBZ on a regular basis as a kid will probably say that it was much more enjoyable and entertaining. The same can be said for the newer generation when it comes to Dragon Ball Super.
It's pretty much second nature to attack the latest trend nowadays, and as of 2018, when it comes to the Dragon Ball franchise, the latest trend is Dragon Ball Super.
So of course, the cool thing to would be to say that the newer show can't compare to the good old days of DBZ, which was probably what Dragon Ball fans said about Dragon Ball Z when the show was in its prime.
Whether You're a die-hard fan Dragon Ball Z or you think Dragon Ball Super is the best thing since sliced bread, there will always be a debate over which show is superior. But hey, if things weren't that way, opinions probably wouldn't have much of a purpose, and this post wouldn't mean much of anything.