A movie directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
Im here to do DBZ some justice in giving it the good reviews it needs. What can I say, it got me started on anime. And I dont like to bite the hand that feeds me. ^_~
A quick history lesson in the wide world of Dragon Ball Z, more commonly known as DBZ. DBZ started out as an anime (Japanese animation series) and eventually got so popular they made movies. Cool! It was created by Akira Toriyama and involves a main character whose name is Goku. Goku is a Saiyan (or in Japanese, Saiya-jin), a superman-like character, only he cant do the freezing breath or laser eyes. Hes just super powerful (personally I think he could beat Superman ) and able to manipulate ki (energy). Anyway, the driving force behind DBZ are the dragonballs. Just think a magic lamp with a genie inside. Collect all 7 and you get a wish or three. Depends. Eventually though, the bad guys forget all about them and either just want to kill Goku and all his friends (who are pretty powerful themselves not all of them human either) or blow up the earth. It happens.
Thats where things are going in this movie. The bad guy just wants to trash stuff. Sort of.
After a beginning that was, well, kind of pointless really, we are introduced to Turles (sometimes also spelled Turlus, Taurus, and whatever else people come up with I dont think anyone ever knew for sure, but its Turles on the cover). Turles and his band of evil buddies decided (for some reason) to come to earth in order to plant the Tree of Might. This tree sucks out the life energy of the planet (its a big tree) and bears fruit that empowers the eater to a great degree.
Now, in this movie (at least the dubbed version) Turles comes off as Gokus brother, even admitting it a few times. Whether he truly is or not in the Japanese version, Ive yet to find out. I never did my homework. But it doesnt really matter because he still wants to kill everyone including Goku.
So pretty much its Goku and his pals vs. Turles and his space pirates. And throughout all this, they need to destroy the tree in order to save earth. Yea, thats pretty much it. I know, it doesnt seem like much, but it is entertaining. The fights are all pretty interesting and Turles has a sneaky little ace up his sleeve concerning turning Gokus son, Gohan around on his father. So how will Goku stop Turles and destroy the tree? Will he be able to?
Its not the best DBZ movie made, but its definitely better than the one that came after it at the very least. The dubbing is good (ah, the good ole days of decent dubbing), though these days you can get the DVD version and click on the subtitles. But its not as though there isnt any depth to the movie. Okay, theres not a lot, but if youve seen some DBZ already you know the deal, but if not, thats okay too because you get to see Gokus love for his son and his planet and the devotion his friends have to him.
If you wanna be serious, then dont watch this *haha* but if you wanna just kick back and be entertained at 12am or during a rainy day, sure, this movie is great. =P
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Dragon Ball Z: The Movie Dead Zone
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The World's Strongest
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
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 - Androids 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
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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A movie directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
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