Among the greatest warriors in the DRAGON BALL Z world are the incredibly powerful androids who periodically drop in to battle Goku and the crew. This four volume collection combines numerous episodes focusing on these duplicitous animatronic beings. … see full wiki
Note: This is not a movie, but a set of tapes with episodes of the Dragon Ball Z show on them.
Runtime: 5 hours, 20 minutes
Ok, heres the intro part:
Background: Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) is a Japanese cartoon (anime) that was created by Akira Toriyama. DBZ is a show of super-powerful beings that fight evil most of the conflict centered around magical items called dragonballs. Dragonballs can only be created by Nameks, powerful alien beings (of which the character Piccolo is one). The idea? Collect all seven dragonballs and a dragon will appear and grant anywhere from 1-3 wishes (depending upon which set of dragonballs one is using there are about 4 sets throughout the entire DBZ existence). The main hero of the entire series is Goku. Goku is a Saiyan an alien race that thrives on battle (Goku is the exception) and was destroyed many years ago.
Now there have been six previous sagas; The Saiyan Saga, the Namek Saga, the Captain Ginyu Saga, the Frieza Saga, the Garlic Jr. Saga, and the Trunks Saga. It is possible to start from here, but there are at least two or three characters you would need background information on just so you wouldnt be confused.
Finally, things begin to pick up again. I kinda feel sorry for the Z boys because they just cant get a break but hey, its their job, right?
A very old foe of Gokus (back when Goku was a child and in the Dragon Ball series yea, no Z in that one, it was when Goku and Krillin and such were kids) is back. His name; Dr. Gero and hes created some nasty androids that dont give a crap about anything or anyone (think terminator with an evil sense of humor). They have minds of their own they just dont care. These androids are Android #17 (male) and Android #18 (female) and the two are like brother and sister and will refer to each other as such. At least, those are the androids must deal with in his timeline
But first they must deal with Android #20 and Android #19. Android #20 is actually Dr. Gero (naw, really? Im not giving anything away its pretty obvious, seriously). Hes had a grudge against Goku ever since the little Saiyan boy destroyed the Red Ribbon Army back in the Dragon Ball days. Hes been studying Goku and the others for years and now hes ready to strike back.
However, during his fight with #19, something happens to Goku that Trunks warned him about in the Trunks Saga. Apparently Goku didnt listen closely enough. As he gets removed from the battlefield by Yamucha, Vegeta steps in. Ohyea. Vegeta rocks my world *ahem* sorry. This time Vegeta has a little trick up his sleeve and, well, moving on
Android #20 eventually wakes up #17 and #18. Thats when things start to get rough. The Androids seem to have an unlimited amount of energy (they must be using Energizer batteries) and when the fights are on, they dont seem to be taking much damage at all. Here is where we see Krillin turn into a total chicken. Sad, but true.
And theres one more surprise on the way something Trunks hadnt prepared the others for and something he didnt know about another Android! #17 and #18 awaken #16. The three Androids begin to wreck havoc while the others try and figure out what to do and then suddenly another strange discovery is made
How will the Z fighters take out the Androids? What will happen to Goku? And what is this strange finding going to lead them to? Theres only one way to find out
Now, I know I said something about Trunkss timeline earlier well, thats a separate deal (called the Trunks Special that you can watch) but hell explain himself unless you catch it first. Theres something about that Trunks kid you should be able to realize right off the bat and if you dont, dont worry, it will be revealed to you later. Good times, good times
This saga is the beginning of a trying and exciting new era of DBZ and will get even better as the story progresses.
Once again, these volume sets are generally $5 per tape, but if you shop around, you might be able to get it for less. You can find this saga on both VHS and DVD. And as Ive said everything; English uncut is good, Japanese uncut and subtitled is better.
#111 The Androids Appear
#112 A Handy Trick
#113 Double Trouble for Goku
#114 Upgrade to Super Saiyan
#115 The Secret of Dr. Gero
#116 More Androids?!
#117 Follow Dr. Gero
#118 Nightmare Comes True
#119 Gokus Assassin
#120 Deadly Beauty
#121 No Match for the Androids
#122 Last Ditch Effort
#123 Closing In
#124 Unwelcome Discovery
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Sagas before this one:
Dragon Ball Z - Saiyan Saga: 8-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Namek Saga: 9-Volume Set
Dragon Ball Z - Captain Ginyu Saga: 2-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Frieza Saga: 10-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Garlic Jr. Saga: 3-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Trunks Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Imperfect Cell Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Perfect Cell Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - World Tournament Saga: 3-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Babidi Saga: 4-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z - Majin Buu Saga: 7-Volume Box Set
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Dead Zone
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The World's Strongest
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The Tree of Might
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Coolers Revenge
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie The Return of Cooler
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Super Android 13
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Bojack Unbound
Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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A movie directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
An anime DVD boxed set.