Tag: Dragon Ball Z (Page 1 of 2)

Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon

If you’re one of many people who feel that “Dragon Ball GT” hurt the integrity of the “Dragon Ball” franchise more than it helped it, you probably also consider the final episode of “Dragon Ball Z” as the official ending point of Akira Toriyama’s beloved anime. Of course, you’d be wrong to think that. While “Dragon Ball GT” is quite the abomination, Toriyama and Co. released two more “Dragon Ball Z” films that take place after the end of the series, and believe it or not, they’re actually quite good. The plot of “Fusion Reborn” will probably sound familiar to fans (something about the inhabitants of Hell wreaking havoc on Earth while Goku fends off the latest, greatest evil supervillain), but thanks to a nice mix of action and comedy, not to mention the first appearance of Gogeta, it’s actually pretty entertaining. (Bonus points for Hitler’s comment about Trunks and Gohan: “Blonde hair, blue eyes, super strength. I should be recruiting them.”) “Wrath of the Dragon,” meanwhile, is perhaps the best “DBZ” movie of the lot because it actually feels like the writers put some thought into creating an original story. This one involves the unleashing of an ancient monster, and though the monster itself is defeated rather easily, it’s the relationship between Trunks and Taipon (the hero in charge of trapping the monster) that really makes the film feel like it’s more than just one, long 40-minute fight sequence. It’s too bad the other movies don’t adhere to the same set of rules, because while “Fusion Reborn” and “Wrath of the Dragon” feature a similar checklist (action, comedy, and more action), they go the extra mile in making the actual stories satisfying as well.

Click to buy “Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon”

Dragon Ball GT: Season Two

The second season of “Dragon Ball GT” is considerably better than the first set, but it still doesn’t come close to the success of the other two series. Picking up after Goku’s ascension to Super Saiyan 4, the season is split into three different arcs: the conclusion of Goku’s battle with Baby; the return of Android 17; and the introduction of the Shadow Dragons. Unfortunately, none of these stories feels like anything Toriyama himself would have created. The fight between Goku and Baby Oozaru is painfully dull, while Android 17’s reemergence reeks of a sudden desperation to bring back familiar characters. Opening the portal to Hell might have sounded like a cool way to feature all of Goku’s past enemies, however, but it doesn’t really make sense. Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero claim that they’ve cloned Android 17, but how exactly did he get to Earth if he was created down in Hell?

The same goes for the Shadow Dragon arc, which pits Goku against seven different dragons that have been created from the negative energy contained within the Dragon Balls. Apparently, you’re not supposed to use the Dragon Balls every other month like the Z Fighters tend to do, but since no one mentioned it before, it seems like a pretty cheap way of continuing the series. As a whole, the episodes are still more enjoyable than Season One thanks to the fact that Goku spends a majority of the time as an adult, but the inclusion of the lone “DBGT” movie, “A Hero’s Legacy,” certainly doesn’t do the set any favors. I’m not sure if the creators were hoping it would lead to a new series, but if they did, they were seriously mistaken.

Click to buy “‘Dragon Ball GT: Season Two”

Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound

I don’t know what it is about the “Dragon Ball Z” movies that make them feel so second-rate, but it probably has something to do with the fact that they’re nothing more than cheap imitations of the series. “Super Android 13” is the perfect example, because it pits the Z Fighters against a trio of androids created by the late Dr. Gero – even though that ground was covered pretty thoroughly in the Imperfect and Perfect Cell sagas. And though it’s fun to watch Goku, Vegeta, Trunks and Piccolo fighting side by side, there’s not a single original moment in the film’s brisk 45-minute runtime. “Bojack Unbound” fares a little better, not only because it takes place during a World Martial Arts Tournament, but because it showcases something we’ve never seen before; in this case, a slightly older Gohan and Future Trunks. The latter was never seen again following the Cell Games (after all, the real Trunks had already been born), and Gohan went from annoying kid to mature teenager within one episode, so it’s kind of cool to see them fight during the period in between. Unfortunately, the fights aren’t very exciting, because while Bojack is built up to be this menacing enemy, it’s difficult to imagine any of the fighters having a problem defeating him after their battle with Cell. That’s “Dragon Ball Z” for you, though, and when you’re a fan of the show, you learn to take the good with the bad. This might not be the strongest of the double features, but thanks to “Bojack Unbound,” it’s not quite the weakest either.

Click to buy “Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound”

Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight

“Dragon Ball Z” may have a reputation for padding its episodes with lots of unnecessary repetition, but Season Eight marks the first time that the show has so much going on that it simply isn’t necessary. With the World Martial Arts Tournament in full swing (and Mr. Satan and Android 18 as its unlikely finalists), the Z Fighters are suddenly called upon by Supreme Kai to stop an evil wizard named Babidi from awakening Majin Buu, a creature thought to be even stronger than Cell. (Though that’s debatable, considering they both have similar regenerative powers.) Of course, no one is strong enough to take on the pink puffball in their current forms, so while Gohan runs off to train in the World of the Kais (breaking the Z Sword and unleashing Elder Kai in the process), and Goku schools Goten and Trunks in the Art of Fusion, Buu hops around town relatively unchallenged turning people into chocolate… and then eating them. For as great as all this plot development is, however, the real treat of Season Eight is the rematch between Goku and Vegeta. It might just be the greatest battle of the series, because although it’s shorter than most, it’s the one that the fans were looking forward to the longest. This is “Dragon Ball Z” at its finest, and with only one season to go, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Click to buy “Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight”

Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven

The seventh season of “Dragon Ball Z” is a bit of an odd duck compared to the rest of the series, as the lack of a major villain makes it seem like nothing happens. In fact, some have even compared it to the mini-arc of filler episodes better known as the Garlic Jr. Saga, but whereas those episodes did little to further the story, Season Seven serves as the buildup to the big finale. It’s also a nice break from the exhausting Cell Games, and it makes some great strides in the development of the Z Fighters along the way. For starters, Gohan has finally become a teenager, and when he’s not getting into trouble with classmate Videl (AKA Mr. Satan’s daughter), he’s moonlighting as the superhero called Great Saiyaman. Goku, meanwhile, takes part in an Other World Tournament for the chance to train with the Grand Kai, and when he finally returns to Earth to fight in the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament, he discovers that he also has a new son named Goten. Though it may seem a bit counterproductive to age Gohan and then create a brand new character who’s just like him, this time around, they’ve given the little tyke someone to play with (young Trunks), making them both that much less annoying from the get-go. Plus, with two tournaments worth of fighting and the hilarious return of Mr. Satan, how could anyone call Season Seven filler? It might not be as epic as past sagas, but you better believe it’s just as good.

Click to buy “Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven”

« Older posts

© 2023 Premium Hollywood

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑