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The Galaxy is in Danger!! The Super Awesome Guy!

  • Feb 8, 2005
Pros: It isn’t up to Goku to save the day!

Cons: It isn’t up to Goku to save the day...

The Bottom Line: If you're into DBZ you might as well watch it. =P

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Dragon Ball Z. A long running series with a total of 13 movies to speak of. This is movie #9. Don’t know what DBZ is? Well, it’s too long of a story to explain here, so if you really wanna know, I suggest going back and doing some research. It’s possible to watch this without any previous DBZ knowledge, but there are a lot of past references made that you probably won’t get.

We start out simply enough. Goku is dead at this point in time and is busy hanging out with King Kai. Vegeta is kickin’ back at home. Another tournament is being held, Gohan, Trunks, Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha all enter (of course). The weird thing about this tournament is that throughout the levels of difficultly when fighting an opponent, there are “worlds” (actually just sets) where you fight “aliens” (people dressed up). Yeah, I know. It was all the idea of Mr. Money, the guy hosting the tournament for his son’s birthday. But no one cares about that.

We soon find out that because Goku brought Cell to King Kai’s little planet (which consequently blew up), a nasty character named Bojack and his group of follower’s was allowed to escape a seal put in place by the Kais long ago. Haha, oops. So now he’s out and about and has decided that Earth looks like nice place to visit…or rule. Whatever, it’s all the same right?

Meanwhile, the rest of the group – except Piccolo who had left in the middle if the tournament earlier – has encountered Bojack’s henchmen – and realized that these aren’t dressed up people…these are real aliens and they mean business! They aren’t just kidding around when they act like they want to kill people! Naturally a fight ensues. Each person has someone else to contend with (as usual), and (as usual) Piccolo and Vegeta make their entrances.

But what will it take to kill Bojack? Goku can’t do anything (being dead and all) – so it’s all up to…who?

I won’t give it away, though I’m sure some of you already know or can simply take a guess. I can’t give this one five stars because it just doesn’t…ok well –

It’s not the fact that it isn’t Goku saving the day that bothers me. And seeing that Gohan is the one who does, the fact that Goku has to go in there and yell at him to stop being nice and just kill the guy for the sake of the earth does kind of annoy me. You think by this point Gohan would have known by now. And really, this kind of thing shouldn’t happen. Because once he goes SSJ2 he takes out Bojack’s guys without a problem and gets rid of Bojack himself with far less work than he did with Cell. Wouldn’t that have been easier than letting everyone get the crap kicked out of them first? I guess they had to do this in order to have a movie of any length, after all, in other movies the Saiya-jins (whoever it might be at the time) always fight in their normal state, get beat up, and then then go SSJ and win. Maybe it’s a Saiya-jin thing. But it just annoyed the crap out of me here. For once I’d like to see Vegeta be the hero of something like in the Buu Saga. But I know enough to know he’s not.

The plot, otherwise, was a pretty good idea, though it is a little short-lived, and I do give props to the way Bojack and his men (and woman) looked. The movie does tend to get a lot less recognition than others, possibly because it’s not Goku who’s the hero. But it’s still a good DBZ movie when it comes to fighting, and there’s a little more blood than exists in the others (as long as you get uncut versions). I enjoy it, though it’s not one of my favorites. And as usual, I recommend the sub over the dub versions. But that’s just me. The regular voice actors of DBZ do a pretty good job. Whatever floats your boat. ^_~


P.S. The title of this review is actually the original Japanese title for this movie.

Other DBZ reviews:
The Movies:
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 – Cooler’s 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

The Series:
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: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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Another action-packed movie version of the Dragon Ball Z anime television series, BOJACK UNBOUND finds the Z fighters battling powerful new enemies. Led by the ruthless Bojack, a gang of criminals infiltrate a worldwide martial arts tournament in hopes of taking over the universe. But when Goku fails to stop the menacing marauders, it's up to his young son Gohan to save the day.
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Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd. (August 17, 2004)
Runtime: 50min

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