A movie directed by Daisuke Nishio
A teenage ogre, distracted by his heavy metal music, accidentally breaks an important "evil purification" machine in the Otherworld. A giants rift opens between the Otherworld and Earth, and the dead--including many old Dragon Ball villains … see full wiki
Dragon Ball Z long running series with a total of 13 movies and a special here and there, all created by Akira Toriyama. I cant deny my anime roots DBZ was one of them. But then again, if youre reading this, its because you like DBZ just as much as I do, so yippee! Thats what makes me so excited to be the first one to review this movie! *rocks out*
Finally, the 12th movie has been released! That only leaves one more, but we might have to wait a while for that one. But lets get right down to business so you can see what Movie 12 is all about.
Its a normal day in the world of the living and the world of the dead. Sounds good. Souls are going to Heaven, souls are going to Hell; all is as it should be. Now, souls that go to Hell have to go through a huge spirit washing machine, cleaning them up as much as possible you can actually see the nasty purple goo seeping out of a pipe into a large container. Kind of makes you think of evil character toxic waste. Whatever you want to call it, a little demon kid who is supposed to be switching out containers to keep things running smoothly is busy rocking out on his headphones. Even a rebuke from his boss doesnt deter him so what happens? The container overflows, explodes, and causes the numerous (full) containers around it to explode as well. Evil essence everywhere. Messy.
Yelling at the kid wont do any good because hes been in the middle of all the goo and is now possessed by an evil being calling itself Janenba. What makes things worse is that Janenba has control over the spirit world and begins turning the laws upside-down. The dead are coming back to life on Earth, the spirit world is starting to look like a sky full of jelly beans, and the whole thing interrupts Gokus fight with Paikuhan (Japanese spelling, right on!). So who has to save the day? Well, Goku of course! (Paikuhan gets asked too, and he comes into use, but we all know Goku does most of the work) All Goku has to do is take out Janenba and things will be back to normal. Sounds easy, right? Sure it does He might need a helping hand straight from Hell, and whos still down there that we all know and love?! Vegeta of course!
Issues with the movie itself? (Ill get to voices and music in a bit) Well, I do have to remind you that this is a bit kiddish in a way because there are a lot of goofy things that happen that I just sort of think, Oh boy, at. Some of the dead people that come back are a little weird/awkward, such as Dracula and Hitlers army (yes, Hitler wait till you see what happens to him and his army). The dead people are really more for amusement than posing any serious threat to anyone (zombie or not), but I can look past that. Okay, now maybe Im the only one who doesnt think the screwed-up fusion of Goku and Vegeta isnt that funny, but I dont. Its sort of amusing, but it doesnt crack me up and a part of me simply thinks, Um, this is kind of stupid. The end, when everything went as planned was a bit short I was hoping for just a little more, but Im able to settle with what we were given without much of a problem.
Now the Japanese version is good Id seen it long before this ever came out (yeah, I managed to download it yikes, years ago back in the 90s, but its quality was sub-par and I dont have it anymore anyway), but there are some things that I dont think match up to the new version. The voices are no problem Ive long since been accustomed to them or simply liked them from the start, aside from young Trunks. I really dont like his voice. Then theres the music. Maybe if I were Japanese and watching this when it first came into existence, I wouldnt care, even now I dont mind too much, but its just so dated. It doesnt provide as good of an atmosphere as you wish it would.
So with all the issues I seem to have with this movie, why do I like it so much? Basically because what I do enjoy outweighs any problems I have.
Like I said, aside from young Japanese Trunks, I enjoy all the voices, that includes English and Japanese alike. As the English VAs have been the same characters for quite some time (like Sean Schemmel for Goku and Chris Sabat for Vegeta), theyre all accustomed to their personalities and know how to work with them. I absolutely love Goten in Japanese he is just so cute (female VA or not). Paikuhan and what he ends up doing cracks me up, Kaio-sama (King Kai) cheering for Goku makes for great amusement, and then theres Goku himself. He is so loopy sometimes its just hilarious. There is one face he makes when he finds out that Janenba wants to deal with him and its the most ridiculous face Ive ever seen Goku make. I love it. And of course, I cant forget about my one and only love, Vegeta. Hes still a prideful jerk in this movie, but by this time hes used to Goku and his stupid ways, so hes pretty much come to terms (well, almost, my poor baby) with Gokus power. Still, I love that look he has when Goku calls him on what should have been an insult, also making Vegeta realize he really is out of options.
Other good times include the bad guys. Janenba, though he never has any actual lines, has some really unique abilities that are really fun to watch, my favorite would be his pixelated-like fade-in, fade-out move. The sword was pretty nifty too. When so many dead people come back to life, why not other bad guys as well? Hehe, good call. Who shows up? Im actually not going to tell you, but I will say to look beyond the one who takes the center screen, because not only will you see villains from the series, but also from some of the other movies. Its always fun to look around to see if you can identify so-and-so from here and there.
Everything is overall very good. I must say I prefer the English music used, as old school as I may seem, but it just works out better. So watch whatever version you prefer (hey, might as well do both since you can!) and have a good time. Bring some popcorn and a friend and prepare for some great DBZ entertainment!
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Viewing Format: DVD
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A movie directed by Daisuke Nishio
A movie directed by Daisuke Nishio