I looked back over four pages and there were no general Dragon Ball/DBZ discussion threads that had any recent replies. So I'm starting one now. I hope that nobody minds.
I mentioned on another thread in a different section that I'm wary of watching Dragon Ball Z Kai, because of how it's about a third of the length of the original series and they must have cut so much from it, not just filler. There's no way the original anime had 200 episodes of filler material. I grew up watching the FUNimation dub, and I've loved the characters forever. They actually got me into writing fanfiction even though I didn't know what fanfiction was at the time. I was a total novice and the stuff I wrote back then was absolute crap, but if it wasn't for those stories I wouldn't have had the necessary manure to fertilise my creative garden and it wouldn't be thriving the way it is now. I even liked DBGT, though it was short and the only really cool concept was the Shadow Dragons. Seriously, there needed to be a reason for them to stop using the Dragon Balls to fix everything.
Favourite characters from the franchise: Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, Bulma, Gohan, Piccolo, Dende, Future Trunks, and good Buu. Most of the others are okay, but I wanted to slap Roshi so many times and Mr. Satan really does not live up to his namesake in either the brains nor threat-posing department. (Honestly, I got used to thinking of him as Hercule, but learning his actual name didn't make him scary or anything. It just made me laugh.)
Okay, ramble over for the moment. I hope I'm not stepping on anybody's toes by posting this.