"So, we're not going to sit here and talk about and say, 'Hey, I really like episode #184, when Gohan goes Super Saiya-jin 2.' Because that would be really boring."
Welcome to Daizenshuu EX, the podcast! An extension of the all-encompassing website, Daizenshuu EX! We cover anything and everything Dragon Ball in hopes of enlightening... and a little bit of entertaining.
Daizenshuu EX was a major Dragon Ball fansite. It started as Vegetto EX's Home Page in 1998, before becoming Daizenshuu EX in the early 2000s. On April 1, 2012, the site fused with with fellow fansite and frequent collaborator Kanzentai, and was rebranded as Kanzenshuu. The website has also hosted a weekly podcast since late 2005 that has run on a weekly schedule for over 300 episodes.The website can be found here and the podcast page is here.The podcast is usually hosted by any combination of the following folks:
Mike (Vegetto EX), the ringleader.
Meri, the wife and Trunks fangirl.
Julian (Saiya Jedi), the guy in Japan.
Heath (Hujio), the (former) owner of Kanzentai.
Guests hosts range from other longtime fans, to moderators from the forums, to other website owners, to official people from within the anime industry, and more.The podcast usually follows a standard format: Introduction, News, Topic, Releases, and e-mails. Various other segments have also been included from time to time, such as Meri's Top 5 lists, Julian's AB Cs, Mike's Fandom Theater, Song-A-Week, "Who's that Character?" etc. One special topic was the "Manga Review Of Awesomeness" and later the "GT Review Of Awesomeness." Jeff, a friend of Vegetto EX and Meri, was at first only familiar with the Cell Games era of the anime in his first appearances. He was later brought on to go through the manga, and later Dragon Ball GT, from beginning to end, providing fresh opinions to the show.
Mike: You're kind of like "pulling a Mike" over there, where you're totally enthralled with what you're doing...
Meri: I'm getting caught up on something, let's move on!
Comically Missing the Point: Played with in episode #319, which takes the disproportionate fan reaction to (the seemingly insignificant detail of) Gohan being a Super Saiyan in the "Battle of Gods" poster/trailer, and turns it into a serious discussion involving the manga, the anime, the various guidebooks, and more.
Julian: Well, you know, Saturday is Valentine's Day, and you know what that means.
Meri: Yeah, Mike, what does that mean?
Mike: I said "fuck." *Laughter ensues*
Meri: Well played, sir.
Mike: Haha, see what I did there?
Ensemble Darkhorse: invokedPretty much the only reason anyone remembers Appule is because of Mike's inexplicable fondness of the character. Mike has since decided that Appule is no longer obscure enough and has started championing Freeza Soldier A.
Instrumental Theme Tune: It's the Japanese Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT recap music. For episodes 1-200, he used the original version, from 200-291 he used the version from the Buu arc, and from 292+ he's used the tune from Dragon Ball GT.
It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Japanese pronunciations over dub pronunciations, although Krillin is acceptable as it's been noted many times that Kuririn is hard to pronounce.
Schedule Slip: Not so much the podcast itself, but the monthly "Manga Review of Awesomeness" has been pushed back more often than the Viz Big releases.
In the end, it took 56 months to review 42 volumes.
The Rival: Invoked with Heath (given Kanzentai's similar focus on comprehensive coverage of the franchise), though any rivalry there may have been was a friendly one. His title on the forum is "Number One Rival", though the recent merger makes him more of a co-webmaster with Mike (if not the main one, given his responsibility for much of the technical aspects).
In episode #307, Mike and Heath have this conversation regarding their positions on the website:
Mike: I guess I can call you the co-owner or co-editor, all that stuff of Kan.Zen.Shuu. Welcome, sir!
Heath: That is true, I do edit pages, so...
Mike: I've determined that I am editor-in-chief. What, uh, can we give you as a title?
Heath: Am I like... I think I'm "Manager of Content Relations," or something?