### v2 Changes:
- 2.0 Stereo Japanese, proper and FLAC
- 5.1 English, FLAC
- Bad subtitle typos from Funi, corrected
- Fixed an English OP/ED line appearing at the top, rather than the bottom
Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters is the final episodes of Dragon Ball Z Kai. Except the footage looked utterly terrible. It’s Toei’s answer to Funimation’s “Orange Bricks” release. It’s cropped, sharpened, and tinted green. What a waste of a perfectly good idea.
This is the entire first episode of TFC synced to the [SoM Dragon Box Merge.](https://nyaa.si/view/1331090)
I painstakingly synced, frame-by-frame, the Dragon Box Merge to fit the exact frames of the TFC Blu-Ray release. This means any of your fanmade re-scores will sync perfectly, and that the included audio is perfectly synced to the TFC BD. The only difference is the far superior picture quality on this release, and a better OP/ED. (More below.)
I plan to do the entirety of “The Final Chapters,” but it will take plenty of time. It’s a big undertaking, but I am committed to the project. I am personally very proud of this episode, alone, and I think the final result will be far better than the official release.
I made a few creative differences, however:
1. I have replaced the TFC OP/ED with Kai2014’s, on the English and Japanese tracks of Kai:TFC. This includes the OP/ED’s video scenes. This does not throw off the sync of the episode.
2. Included Diccolo-420’s “*Faulconer/American OST Edition*” rescore on Track 3, for fans of the Faulconer Productions score.
The OP/ED of Kai: The Final Chapters at release is pretty bad. “Fight It Out” has been replaced with “Kuu Zen Zetsu Go!” and “Never Give Up” has been replaced with “Dear Zarathustra.” These are the Kai2014 OP/ED of the first segment, respectively. I made this creative choice due to the input of others, and due to my own personal opinion. However, track 3 of the episode contains the original OP/ED audio during the appropriate times. The video, however, is still sourced from Kai2014’s Creditless BD.
Diccolo-420’s “*Faulconer/American OST Edition*” from Kanzenshuu forums, from my perspective, would be quintessential to include in this project. Different people have their opinions on the Faulconer (Smith/Morgan/Dobos) score, but I find that it’s superior over Sumitomo’s score. For those who enjoy it, you can listen to the Faulconer productions score on Track 3. I did not edit this score, it was done entirely by Diccolo-420. Please give all appropriate credit to him. I just muxed his audio-track into the episode.
### Media Sources:
| Media | Source | Credit |
| ------------- |:-------------:| -----:|
| Video| [SoM] Dragon Ball Z R1+R2J Dragon Box Merge | JySzE/Romao |
| Video #2 | Dragon Ball: Kai 2014| Toei
| Audio #1 | Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters BD | Funi/Toei |
| Audio #2 | Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters BD | Funi/Toei |
|Audio #3| Dragon Ball Z Kai: Faulconer/American OST Edition |Diccolo-420 |
|Subtitles #1| Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters BD| Ploffy |
|Subtitles #2| Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters BD (Titles/Songs Only) | Nemu |
**"Why use the Dragon Boxes?"**
The 30th Anniversary BD is a horrible release. Nobody should be forced to watch that. The Dragon Box merge done by JySzE/Romao is the best PQ for Dragon Ball Z. It’s the only complete release that I would ever watch.
Audio track 3.
Yamamoto got fired before Kai was even done airing, so he didn’t compose anything for TFC. There are fan-projects that attempt to make his music work with TFC. If one is finished, I will gladly include it.
A Kikuchi rescore for TFC has not been completed. If one eventually gets completed, I will gladly include it.
**"ARE ALL THE EPISODES GOING TO BE THIS BIG?"**
Yes, or they’ll be bigger.
**"Why the black bars? Is this 4:3?"**
I pillarboxed the episode, which means the 16:9 footage would take up the entire screen. The only 16:9 footage in this episode is the OP/ED and the eyecatchers. The recap, NEP, and episode content are all UNCROPPED 4:3. This means that everything is uncropped.
**“How long until more episodes?”**
No time-frame will be given. This could take a very long time.
**"Why is there aliasing?"**
[MPC has a poor upscaler, try using MPV with spline36.](https://mega.nz/file/mZ0XFQjL#A8nCYQPeL9kLUHPgRufcs6dl9JGDmKuFEqhTUf2_oHM)
**"The subtitles don’t look right!"**
Make sure you’re using MPV, or MPC with VSFilter. [You can find VSFilter here.](https://www.videohelp.com/software/VSFilter-DirectVobSub) While other players or configurations may work, different players handle blur and sizing differently and so your results may look different than those presented in the example.
I hope you enjoy this episode, along with the promise of a future complete release. Please consider seeding to allow more people to obtain this episode.
This project could not be done without the following people. Their contributions and support to the project is endlessly appreciated, and it simply couldn’t be accomplished without the resources and ideas provided. I give a public “thank you” to the following:
**JySzE** - Encoding advice, pillarbox/Avisynth lessons, originally did the DBZ Merge
**Romao** - Originally did the DBZ Merge
**iKaos** - Resource-gathering, general support
**Ploffy** - Providing the DB + DBZ episode titles and timings for the Kai recap at the beginning of the episode, subtitle assistance.
**Nemu** - Translating Kai2014’s OP/ED for the subtitles, resource-gathering.
**Baaro** - Original source of the synced Kai2014 subtitles.
**Diccolo-420** - Synced the Faulconer Productions score to the entirety of Dragon Ball Z Kai
**ColdFusion** - Fixed TFC audio for the English tracks, which will be used in future episodes when applicable.
**DonCanjas** - FLAC audio assistance
![alt text](https://i.imgur.com/A1LqdxF.png "4:3")
![alt text](https://i.imgur.com/4bhNskb.png "16:9")
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