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The Frieza Saga by BLARGEN69 The Frieza Saga by BLARGEN69

   I recently rewatched the Frieza Saga of Dragonball Z, it had been the first time since I saw it for the very first time way back in elementary school and had to do this. It's the best saga of the series, Frieza is the best villain Z ever threw at us. Sure the stakes grew higher and higher with Cell and Buu but Frieza was the only one whose massive scale in power to Goku and his past challenges truly had an impact on you, and the character of Frieza is a big reason as well. Shit truly hit the fan, things reached a scale never imaginable from Dragon Ball itself and it really felt it hit the limit and in some regards it did. Though I feel Frieza Saga was the height of the escalation of Goku's character don't get me wrong I am so happy Z didn't just end there and we still got the subsequent sagas, but Frieza's gonna always be my favorite. The Saiyan Conflict is fun, the flight to Namek is fun, the search for the Dragon Balls and the trickery between the multiple factions on Namek itself is great, seeing the complete gradual genocide of the Namekians is great, Vegeta's turn to more of an ally is great it's just got so much going for it, all culminating in probably the most impressive fight ever put to animation, as a kid when I first saw Z the fight against Frieza just was one of the biggest spectacles I'd ever seen and even when rewatching it it leaves me entertained in ways Cell and Buu couldn't deliver, Frieza's personality lends itself to that as well. A dying planet is just a great arena as well, Namek itself feels like a character during that battle. And that exuberant length that DBZ made a name for itself with, I know some find five hours or such battle scenes an exercise in tedium but frankly, I love it, it's what sets DBZ apart, and when it came to the fight with Frieza and Goku it never felt like it was going on too long... Um, if you, ignore the over ten episodes that apparently took “five minutes” of time according to Frieza's estimates of the core exploding HAHA.

   I sketched this out a few days ago but didn't really consider doing anything with it because I have so many other personal art projects currently goin' on but one thing led to another and here it is, and I love it!!! Man posters like this are freaking fun, it's so fun finding ways to arrange things, what to add where, and the Frieza Saga is so rife with memorable characters and scenes I could have done so much more, there's no Dodoria or Zarbon for example, not even the Ginyu Force (excluding a hopping mad Captain) but honesty it's fine, I love how it came out. My favorite part of the whole thing is first form Frieza giddying it up with the Dragon Balls in his possession, and then probably Porunga at the bottom. Also it may not be obvious but those orbs flying between Earth and Namek are supposed to be the collected energy for the Spirit Bomb.

   I'm amazed this is the only Dragon Ball pic I have up on DA, don't count on pieces like this for Cell and Buu, it might happen one day but I don't see it, though I should say I finally am watching GT for the very first time in my life as of this week and, unlike most fans, am just absolutely head over heels in love with it! I'd definitely count on some GT related art sometime in the future.

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Tiffany-chan123 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This looks like Something straight out of a Magical Girl anime for some reason XD Adorable picture BTW  Dragon Ball Z - Son Goten [Smile] [V.1] Natsu and Happy (Thumbs Up) [V1] 
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016   General Artist
Waaa thank you so much!!! It's my dream aesthetic to achieve so I'm going somewhere! XD
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Tiffany-chan123 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
your welcome I love dbz it was thanks to the abridged series I gave it a chance....I loved it I even gave the orignal Dragon ball (Mainly Thanks to Dragon ball origins on the ds) and gt a chance. Ah dbz how I love you XD
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KingKhalifa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Those erupting lavas look like dicks
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   General Artist
DBZ is probably second only to He-Man as having the most buff as heck men wrestling with their clothes off all the time so I guess it's only fitting
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KingKhalifa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
That didn't make sense to what I said
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bowser369 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ha
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Strangerataru Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Does Goku have any idea who he's aiming for!?
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015   General Artist
Haha maybe he got so fed up with nobody ever helping in these fights and always just standing on the side-lines stammering and gasping that he decided to shoot em!
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Strangerataru Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Or its Ginyu;  there could be that.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015   General Artist
BUT LOOK WHERE GINYU IS AT THE TOP Goku seriously needs to work on his aiming skills if that's the case
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emerlfan1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
When's the cell saga and buu saga coming out?
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   General Artist
Thank you for your interest! But I actually never intended to make a Cell or Buu Saga continuation of this, Cell Saga was my favorite as a child but nowadays I dislike it so much that I would be tempted to skip it entirely if I went back to watching Z, I love Buu Saga but not enough to make something like this of it. I love Buu Saga but, visually, it's just, boring HAHA feels like most of it takes place in a desert. I will totally draw Cell or Buu one day though just not in a big piece like this.
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Arturfg Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
cool :D
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!!
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Arturfg Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :)
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fireheart1001 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
All of your pro-Freeza saga arguments hit the bullseye. Indeed, I remember as a kid how excited I was every time a new episode came out. It just didn't feel the same with Cell and Buu (though they were still pretty cool). :XD:

Also, I can't resist the obvious joke - PENIS LAVA!!!! XD
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DJJ1172 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
LOL the whole saga in 1 picture
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
Ahaha well if we really wanted the full Namek experience we're missing Dodoria, Zarbon, Dende all of the Ginyus AND ALL FRIEZA FORMS
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DJJ1172 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
we got captin ginyu and dont forget elder namek the really big guy
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Amefrio Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! I love this! (and Frieza and Goku, they're awesome characters) Haha, Goku misses but Frieza is still mad! :D
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
Not only is Goku missing but I think Krillin's about to take the hit!! WHOOPS!
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Amefrio Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, poor Krillin, his 'owned count' is about to go up! :iconkrillinlaplz:

Poor Goku, too, for screwing his friend over, but it's too funny, haha, Frieza should be amused by this!
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Ktu-lu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Penis lavas shooting out of the planet's core!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
Haha I knew it was coming!!! Someone just had to say it! Back when this thing went huge on Newgrounds seriously like EVERY comment had to do with penises!!!
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Imaginer-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol gohan XDD
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
:iconnicestrokeplz: Poor kid,he's been through so much. Just look at his clothes!
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Imaginer-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed u_u
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Mage-Madisaur Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, the nostalgia~ c': This is great.  I love your style.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
Getting to rewatch the Frieza Saga before making this was such a treat! Thank you very much, it always makes me happy to know people like my style!
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landra15 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
Thanks dude!
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Phantom-meta-knights Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I'm watching DBZ for the first time now XD
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
Oh good god what an amazing adventure for you, I'm almost envious, are you watching it's original cut or are you watching the Kai version?? Did you watch Dragon Ball already?
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Phantom-meta-knights Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm loving it already!
Yeah, I watched Dragon Ball a little while ago. I'm watching the uncut version of DBZ, but I keep switching between dub and sub... XD
It was actually the abridged series on YouTube that got me into it!
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18QFreezy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Love Frieza's face on this one whaha!
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ToadslyQuinne Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
This is fantastic! I love your style!
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mewa123 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
lol, krillin's about to fire his disructo disc and doesn't even notice the kameha wave running towards him....lol almost just like TFS.
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Maron103 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, that fight was what really got me going in it all. Missed the Saiyan Saga originally.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   General Artist
Saiyan Saga's pretty great at establishing the threat the cosmic forces once unknown and unseen in Dragon Ball show. Haha and it looks like your icon is out for some revenge!
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Maron103 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That it is!
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warahi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   General Artist
My god this saga nearly made the series unwatchable for me. To me Frieza is the absolute lowest point.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   General Artist
That's really interesting because you're the first to say such, why is that? And out of curiousity are you talking about the series of Z or do you mean Dragon Ball as a whole? If it's that I can certainly see why it devolving into a repetitive shounen bout of constant fighting and power level raising as well as stakes getting old.
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warahi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   General Artist
Oh definitely Dragon Ball as a whole was hurt with Z. The original Dragon Ball stuff is so much more fun and adventurous and completely humorous. Piccolo Daimao got more serious, but it was still ****ing hilarious most of the time and it didn't go on forever. To me Piccolo is where would've ended it as that felt like a proper ending in my eyes.

Then Z comes and it becomes all about Saiyans and crap and people can blow up planets with the flick of a finger, there's no more adventure, the humor evaporates pretty quickly, everything's embarrassingly serious, the fights are nowhere near as good, and it never EVER ends. Just drags on and on and on.

As for Frieza though, even for Z, that was practically unwatchable for me. To me the only way to see Frieza is the way Abridged does it. I trying to do Kai, but even that takes forever to sit through at that point. For some reason everything in the Frieza Saga is also...gay. I never understood that at all. Honestly, I think Fake Namek was a better Namek than real Namek. It had actual adventures and stuff to keep me interested. Once it got to Namek it was constant waiting around with Frieza sitting in his throne room until ALL of his troops are dead. Then he FINALLY shows up. And even then it takes forever to fight him. 3 entire hours...3 HOURS! My god! I mean...dear lord. And people boast about the length like that's a good thing!

For people that are REALLY into every little detail about the title, that might be...watchable, but for a normal viewer they are going to get bored. It's just the same dull crap over and over and over again for hours on end and eventually they probably end up flipping the channel when they realize that "hey, it's only quarter of the way through this continual punching teleporting"-fest.

Now that's a problem with Z in general, but Frieza takes the cake. That's the one that went above and beyond in that field. And personally...Frieza even looks boring. He's just blank and white and...too...bleh. When compared to the designs of pretty much any other villain or main character, he is just not interesting to look at. His third form at least switched things up a bit by looking more like a Xenomorph, but all in all he's just dull.

Now, Piccolo Daimao, that I feel is what did that kind of character correctly. With Frieza all he does is sit around just brushing everything to the side while all his men die around him. With Piccolo, you got none of that. His troops start dying off and he confronts the problem head-on almost immediately. Kills off any character that might be any sort of threat to him and hardly even allows Goku the chance to fight back. All of it's topped off very nicely by the satisfying scene where Goku, his body broken save for one arm, manages to rip through his body and kill him in one final attack.

And that's something I never understood. Mercy. In Z...he allows Frieza...FRIEZA, to live. A monster that has destroyed countless lives, he allows to survive...what the ****? Like, he's perfectly fine with killing Red Ribbon soldiers and Piccolo, things that are global threats and all that, and yet he lets a galactic tyrant that clearly doesnt' give a damn about anybody else, to live (even if the planet is self destructing). It was also pretty irresponsible to let Vegeta go (made even worse in the Japanese version where he simply wanted Vegeta to live so that he could have a chance to fight him again someday).

Also Vegeta's turn to the good side never made any sense what-so-ever to me. People always say that Frieza made him bad but...no. He was just bad. In the Japanese version there's none of that talk about Frieza being the motivation. Regardless of Frieza, Saiyans were evil. And then once he's out of the picture Vegeta's randomly a good guy now. Also ****ed me off quite a bit that suddenly Bulma got together with Vegeta after spending the entire previous series with Yamcha who hardly even participates now.

Which of course all boils down to "only Saiyans really matter" in Z.

All I can say, is that I'm glad it ended with Buu. That at least brought the humor back. But Frieza...I have never understood the fascination with him. He's always been the worst part of the series to me. Cell was interesting and scary, Buu was fun, Frieza was just boring to me.

Sorry that it went on this long, but...just statin' my thoughts and all =)
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ModernSonicFan239 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Wow, You bash this Show any chance you get do you?
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warahi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   General Artist
I made like two comments on here. That ain't bashin' it any chance I get. I'm just expressing how I feel. Cell was at least interesting a bit with the whole Red Ribbon legacy and how he was basically a horror monster at first. And then Buu was fun. Easily my favorite part Z.
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ModernSonicFan239 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I meant in general.

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warahi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   General Artist
oh o.o I didn't know you stalk me or anythin'. Well either way, Z has it's good moments, but they're few and far between ^_^
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ModernSonicFan239 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Facepalm Really, You think I'm stalking you? I didn't even you til like a few days ago, I was just curious that all?
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CaptainKurima Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is perfection! :heart:
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