Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: What if?


Synopsis: Days of Future Past

Pros: I would say that this special is the best Dragon Ball Z story in the franchise. And I’d hazard to guess that most fans wouldn’t disagree. Using the predictably popular “darkest timeline” troupe, this special explores a scenerio where Goku died prematurely, the Z fighters were all killed, and the world is at the mercy of two evil Android. The only heroes left are the a young Trunks and battle harded Gohan. This special had the first, and arguably best, iteration of an adult Gohan. Though nowhere near his power potential, the Gohan here is basically a more serious version of his father. A good soul, but a bit more focused. The interactions and friendship between Gohan and Trunks were great, with a very Batman-Robin vibe (Dick Grayson-Damion Wayne). The androids are presented perfectly as two simply uncaring forces. Literally two teenagers with too much power and no empathy. There’s no winning in this movie, only surviving. Each of the fights in the movie mean something, with the last fight in particular being notably heartbreaking. All in all, and excellent story of loss, struggle, and sacrifice.

Cons: I prepared this time. For one, time travel. Always an iffy solution to a problem. Second, I’ve always wondered why Bulma, a mechanical genius, never figured out a way to either deactivate the Androids, or simply make her own good Androids. She can make a time machine, but can’t make an Anti-Terminator. And sadly, some fans have always resented the fact that Teen Gohan never reached the badass levels of Future Gohan. He’s sorta like John Connor this that respect.

Top 10 DBZ Films?: Yes

Hero: Future Tunks


The Last Saiyan

Best Moment: Gohan literally fighting the Androids single-handely (and holding his own for a while!)

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Dragon Ball Z: Bardock- The Father of Goku [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: Prequel


Synopsis: The Last Days of Krypton

Pros: O.k, so this is technically a “Special,” not a movie, but whatever. Bardock-The Father of Goku, coupled with The History of Trunks, are probably the two best Dragon Ball Z stories ever produced. This one tells that tale of Bardock, Goku’s Father (duh) right before the destruction of the Saiyan race. Bardock is just an army grunt who is given vision of the Saiyan Genocide, as well as his son’s future. He tries to make sense of these visions before decided to rebel against Frieza, his lord and executioner. Bardock is who carries this film, as the plot largely revolves around his exploits. He’s a typical Saiyan: violent, arrogant, aggressive, but not to the supervillainess extent that future Saiyan’s are depicted as. We know he can’t change his fate, but we’re fascinated to see his response.

Cons: Umm, huh. Ah….oh! At the start there’s this female Saiyan named Fushia who people theorized was Goku’s mom for years. I guess that’s something.

Top 10 DBZ Movies?: Yes.

Hero: Bardock


Went out like a Boss

Best Moment: Bardock taking on Frieza and his army all by himself. (and dying, of course)

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Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: The Origin of Trunk’s sword somehow


Synopsis: vs Kaiju

Pros: The film is basically the Z Fighters vs. a Kaiju. Which is a pretty cool concept. Two classic Japanese troupes meeting up against each other. I was surprisingly into the Saiyaman and Saiyawoman segments. I would love a side-series just staring Gohan and Videl trying to be comedic superheroes. The last fight is pretty good, thanks mostly to the size differences between the Z Fighters and Kaiju. And their is a story involved in this one. It’s not amazing, but it’s there.

Cons: “It’s not amazing, but it’s there” is a pretty good summary of this movie. The villain is alright, the plot is alright, the new character introduced is involved. I remember using Tapion a lot in Budakia Tenkaichi 3. But nothing really shines (again, except for the great Saiyaman and Saiyawoman parts). This film is also implying that Trunks got his trademark sword from Tapion, witch makes no sense canotically.

Top 10 DBZ movies?: yes.

Villain: Hirudegarn


Is he the dragon?

Best Moment: Saiyaman and Saiywoman! (look at these nerds, they’re so cute!)

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Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: Gogita!


Synopsis: vs. the Devil

Pros: Fusion Reborn is a pretty great movie. But it’s unique among the DBZ films in that the antagonist is actually the least interesting part. In this movie, the big villain is this super demon that doesn’t really talk. At first, Goku treats him like a fun diversion, but even he can’t beat him at SS3. So the emotional crux of the film comes when Vegeta arrives, and has to be convinced to Fuse with Goku. You see, at this point in the story, Vegeta has already sacrificed himself to save his son. He was no longer a arrogant/selfish person, so it was very interesting to see how a more mature Vegeta behaved. A lot like The Return of Cooler, it’s Vegeta and Goku’s interactions that steal the film (well, aside from Gotenks and Trunks fighting zombie Hitler).

Cons: As mentioned above, the villain is totally forgettable. In fact, I don’t even remember his name. It was J-something, I think. Timeline wise, this film is very confusing. It clearly takes place during the Buu arc, but I’m not quiet sure when. This may be one of those between episodes deals. And I wish Gogeta had more screen time. Even Vegito got three episodes.

Top 10 DBZ movies?: Yes

Villain: Janemba


I had to look his name up!

Best Moment: Goku explaining the Fusion Dance to Vegeta (it’s like water ballet)

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Sankarea: Undying Love

Type: Necrophelia!


Synopsis: A young heiress named Rea has an incredibly overprotective and pervy father who tries to control every aspect of her life “for her own good. So first opportunity she gets, Rea offs herself with a potion made the town’s resident zombie freak. Turns out the potion was legit, and Rea become part of the walking dead, and puts herself under the care of an incredibly overprotective and pervy boy who tries to control every aspect of her undead life “for her own good.” They say women fall for men who remind them of their fathers (unless they listen to their mothers), but this is ridiculous.

Pros: So yeah, Chichiro totally wants to bang a dead chick. To each his own I suppose. The anime is pretty straight forward. A zombie fan named Chichiro makes friends with a pretty rich girl named Rea, and accidentally turns her into a zombie. She moves in with him, and he needs to figure out how to keep her from rotting away. The twist is that Rea is much happier and more alive as a zombie than she was as a human, because her father was overprotective and harbored unsettling emotions towards her. The anime has a mix of psudo-psychological drama with typical anime comedy and fan service. The drama comes from Rea’s side, and the comedy comes from Chichiro’s side. Chichiro has a pervy grampa, a dead pan sister, and a curvy childhood friend named Ranko. They provide most of the laughs, and Rea and Ranko provide the fan service. You wouldn’t think a show about a dead girl would have this much fan service, yet here we are. Chichiro himself is pretty funny, since he looks and sometimes acts like a cat, meaning he’s more of a tease than your regular anime protagonists. Seriously, everything on Chichiro’s side is awesome. Great love-comedy stuff. Everything about Rea’s family is icky.

Cons: Rea’s dad is creepy as f!@#!!! Ew, ew, ew, ew. That what gets the anime going in the first place! Rea is so skeezed out by her dad, that she decides to kill herself. Talk about problems. Because of this, the anime covers the extremes of dark psychology and silly humor. So one scene may show Rea’s dad taking naked pictures of his daughter, and the next will show Ranko rubbing her chest all over Chichiro’s face. The show is about 30% the former, and 70% the latter. Speaking of which, I am still surprise at the amount of fan service in this. Not offended or anything, just surprised. It’s also worth mentioning that Rea basically traded one freak for another, as Chichiro is often worried about Rea’s health and whether or not she will decompose, and he does at one point start recording her on a daily basis. Does no one see the irony in this! Though, in Chichiro’s defense, he does at one point say that Rea’s fate is hers to decide, not his or her fathers. The anime implies as second season that will deal with Rea’s decomposing mind and becoming a flesh eater, but we’ll have to see if anything comes of it.

Watch it?: Just skip the yucky Rea’s dad parts (4/5)

MVP: Ranko


Weird crushes on your cousin aside, she was still pretty fun

Best Episode: Ep.6 “Because… I Met You” (zombie meets family)

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Dragon Ball Z: Bio Broly

Type: From Best to Worst


Synopsis: vs. Broly’s Symbolic Status in the Franchise

Pros: I kid, I kid, Broly’s great. But at this point, the writers did not know what to do with him. So they had Trunk and Goteks fight him. I’ve heard rumors that at this point, Goteks was suppose to be the new protagonist of the franchise, so this might have been an attempt to push him and little Trunks. In this movie, a rich guy pays a bunch of scientists to recreate Broly, and fails miserably, leaving some sort of slug monsters instead. Mr. Satan (Hercule) is in this one, and provides a lot of solid jokes. Android 18 also picks up the slack, being super cool. I think I could have just watched the Android 18 adventures instead of this.

Cons: Bio Broly. What the hell was that!? And making little Trunks and Goteks the leads? That was a bad idea. Hercule and Android 18 were fun, and almost enough to carry the film, but not quiet. Unlike other movies, this doesn’t end with a big fight, and instead ends with Bio-slime threatening to take over the world. Until it’s discovered that that Bio Slime becomes harmless when expose to salt water, you know, that stuff that covers 70% OF THE EARTH. The film even has the audacity of ending with Goku being told that Broly is cause havok in Hell and it’s up to him to stop it. DON’T END A CRAP MOVIE WITH A COOL NON-SEQUEL.

Top 10 DBZ Movies: No

Villain: Bio-Broly


Got Slimed

Best Moment: Android 18 (She’s such a bad-ass)

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Dragon Ball Z: Broly-Second Coming [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: Ghost Goku!


Synopsis: vs. Everyone’s Fan Art, Again

Pros: So this movie was clearly just another excuse to use Broly again, most likely because he proved to be more popular. It’s set during the Buu Saga, so he get a Teenage Gohan, his girlfriend Videl, his little brother Goteks, and little Trunks. Now, I do like Teenage Gohan and Videl, with Videl getting most of the story and even getting a few hits in on Broly. Videl’s pretty cool, and more should have been done with her (like, in the entire Franchise). I like the match-up between Gohan and Broly, since both characters are described as having unlimited potential. I just wish that Gohan had beaten him without his dad’s help.

Cons: Once again, we get a story where the bad guy cannot be defeated without Goku’s help! Even if Goku is dead!! This leaves Gohan, once again, as the ultimate unfufilled promise. We get all these references of this kid supposedly being incredibly powerful, but when it comes down to it, he’s still behind Goku. That just really irks me. Most of the story involves Videl, Trunk’s, and Gotek’s search for the Dragon Balls. And if you don’t like bratty kids who literally pee on your favorite bad guy, you might want to steer clear. I mean, I thought it was funny, but fans of Broly might see it as very symbolic on what the writers think of him.

Top 10 DBZ Movies?: No

Villain: Broly


In it for the paycheck

Best Moment: Trunk’s peeing on Broly (the more I think about it, the funnier it is)

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Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: steep decline


Synopsis: vs. the King of the Space Pirates!

Pros: Now, this is considered as one of the worst Dragon Ball Z movie. Its not the worst DBZ movie, but it’s on the bottom tier. It starts off with a pretty cool World Tournament that was suppose to parlay into an intergalactic tournament. I thought this had potential and would have liked to what that would have looked like. But instead, about halfway through, it turns into a fight with these Space Pirate guys that are suppose to be super dangerous, but just look silly. It is cool that Gohan is the main protagonist in this one, technically being the strongest fighter at this time, but he still needs his dad’s help, because we are all useless without Goku.

Cons: Bojack and his crew of pirates are not interesting. Their sorta just pirates to be pirates. I was much more interested in the Tournament aspect. What if, instead of space pirates, the final fight could have been something cool, like Trunks vs. Gohan, or Vegeta vs. Gohan. Something more connected to the story overall. But as it stands, this film is pretty skippable.

Top 10 DBZ Movies?: No

Villain: Bojack



Best Moment: Krillin vs. Piccolo (or lackthereof)

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Dragon Ball Z: Broly-The Legendary Super Saiyan [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: 80 minutes!


Synopsis: vs. Everyone’s Fan Art

Pros: For the first time, a Dragon Ball Z movie is actually movie length!! The Broly movie is considered the best Dragon Ball Z movie. I can’t really say that much until I’ve seen them all, but this is pretty good. The premise is that at Saiyan approaches Vegeta with a new Planet and Kingdom, to which Vegeta immediately accepts without question, as part of a plan to have his ultra powerful son Broly kill him. In hindsight, this is the best Vegeta in any movie. He’s Saiyan upbriging shines awesomely. Goku is also in a suit, which is pretty great. It turns out that Broly is insane and soon runs a mock. Broly is a very straightforward villain, evil, violent, and with a good design. Seriously, Broly is the guy everyone created when they tried to draw a super saiyan, whether they knew it or not. This is probably why he’s so popular among the fan base.

Cons: Personally, I think Broly is overhyped. He’s a good character, but he’s not amazing or anything. I’m also a bit troubled with the title “Legendary Super Saiyan” In the movie, Broly’s incredible power makes Vegeta proclaim him as the Super Saiyan of legend, which longtime fans will know is suppose to be Goku. That was one of the lynch pins of the Namek Saga. But that’s about it. Unlike other movies, this had a plot, an enjoyable story, and a kick-ass fight.

Top 10 DBZ Movies?: Yes.

Villain: Broly


He’s angry at Goku because he cried as a baby. That’s his motivation.

Best Moment: Vegeta’s spirit being broken (Possibly the best acting from Vegeta ever)

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Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 [DBZ Movie Month]

Type: Totally New to Me


Synopsis: vs. Just a Good Ol’ Boy

Pros: Well, I’ve never actually seen this one, so that’s pretty cool. The movie is one big fight story take takes place right at the beginning of the Android 17 and 18 Saga. Gero is killed, and his super computer decides to build 3 new androids. He makes one of them a Southener for some reason. I actually think this makes Android 13 stand out a bit more from the other generic movie villains. Plus, hey, Trunks is in this one!

Cons: Again, one big fight movie. No real plot to speak of. Like Cooler’s Revenge, this one is mostly about bad guys specifically out to kill Goku. And also like Cooler’s Revenge, Android 13 becomes less special once he transforms into his second form, which is a weird blue guy for some reason. Now, I wasn’t kidding above, the English Dub literally makes Android 13 a stereotypical redneck who keeps referring to the Monkey Man raised in the mountains as a “City Slicker” (I get the feeling the English crew were having a little fun). I disliked the fact that Trunks is relatively weak in this film, getting his ass kicked by the androids for a bit. I was always under the impression that during the Android/Cell Arc, he was second only to Goku in strength. I’ve always liked the idea that Hybrid-Saiyans are stronger than Pure Blooded Saiyans. Also, Purple or not, Android 15 is still totally racist.

Top 10 DBZ Movies?: No.

Villain: Android 13


Never meaning no harm.

Best Moment: “Don’t lecture me with your 30 dollar haircut!” -Android 13 (why!? just, why?)

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