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Fighting Spirit is better than the Dragon Balls Z or most other famous and popular TV anime shows about fights because it is more matured and realistic in its drawing style, plot, characterization, and animation technology.
Animes like the Dragon Balls and most Hayao Miyazaki works are intended for little kids, at least in Japan, but the Flighting Spirit was late night show, intended for older teens and adults.
It should also appeal to the female audience who get turned off by silly fantasy girls with gross body shapes or stupid voices in typical anime.
I don't care about most anime shows, but I love this series. Try it and judge for yourself!
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