|There are many DBZ clichés in this movie, but it's enjoyable.||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Dragon Ball Z is probably the biggest anime ever created, and of course it’s going to have movies, some are good, some are....pretty much garbage. This however is one of the good ones, in fact is probably the best DBZ movie so far.
The three of might was released back in 1993, it’s the second DBZ movie, preceded by The world’s Strongest. The original japanese name is Dragon Ball Z: Chikyū Marugoto Chōkesse, translated as: Dragon Ball Z: Super deciding battle for the planet earth.
Gohan, Krillin and Bulma are having a picnic day in the mountains, suddenly a meteor falls and the forest starts burning, they save the animels, but the forest is completely detroyed; soon they’ll be searching once again for the Dragon Balls and ask Shenron to restore the forest. It is revealed that the meteor is actually a scout send to search the earth for a good place to plant the “seed”.
It is soon revealed that the scout belongs to aliens whose plan is to plant the seed of the tree of might, a tree so powerful that it sucks the life out of the planet and leaves it a desert. The aliens get their way and soon the plant starts creating havok in planet earth, King Kai asks Goku and his friends to destroy this tree. And soon they’ll get into an epic fight with the aliens in a cIassic DBZ way: plenty of super powers and powerful attacks. It is revealed however that these aliens are actually working for Turles, a saiyan who bears a striking resemblance to Goku and whose plan is not only to destroy earth but to eat the fruit of the tree and make himself the strongest in the universe.
The story doesn’t seem to fit in any of the DBZ’s sagas or in the original cannon like few others do, it’s supposed to happen between the saiyan saga and the frieza saga, but there are many problems because Vegeta is not present in the movie, plus Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Piccolo and Tien are all alive. But once you stop trying to make it fit in the DBZ cannon you’ll get to enjoy it a lot because it’s actually darker than some of the later (more ridiculous) movies, though you’ll also encounter some old DBZ cliches like our heroes getting beat and then succeding, plus the whole “i won’t give up until i beat you” thing that is present in almost every DBZ movie or saga.
But the story is enjoyable nonetheless, as i said before, the darker tone and more serious plot are it’s strong points; there are little jokes and a fun side-story involving a young dragon and Gohan. The movie runs for about 61 minutes and that time is actually worthy.
Another thing that makes this the best Dragon Ball movie is the fact that you get to see forgotten characters like Yamcha, Tien and Chaotzu fighting, though once again they are defeated by a stronger enemy, but still is pretty nice to see them because they are forgotten in almost every movie. And the villain is great, Turles isn’t creepy or scary and it has it’s fair share of anime villain cliches but he is evil as they come.
The animetion fits the story a lot, it keeps the DBZ styIe but with a darker tone (how many times have i said that?). Though this is not necessarily a good thing, it could’ve been a lot more colourful, especially the attacks. For this movie the intro was changed; the music remains the same (Hironobu Kageyama’s Chala-Head cha la) but you now get to see Gohan and Krillin searching for the Dragon Balls. The musical score remains the same (at least for Japanese/south American translations) which is a great thing because that score is awesome.
Overall this is absolutely the best DBZ movie, terrific in every way; though somehow i feel like it should have Vegeta in it. Recommended for any DBZ fan, hardcore or casual and watchable for those who are not into DBZ.