Lord Slug attempted to bring a return to the idea of a Namibian villain, reminding us of DragonBall’s King Piccolo…with mixed results. The story was unoriginal, but it did provide insight about the history of Name and Super Namibians.
There are a lot of nifty moments, including Veg eta and Piccolo getting epic introductions, along with the triple Super Taiwan power up. One of the movie’s highlights was seeing Roku, Veg eta, Trunks, and Piccolo fight the same enemy all at once.
Granted, Roku saves the day by absorbing the Spirit Bomb, but even that was a unique representation of the power. In fact, including Hero only demonstrated how similar the movie is to the Android and Cell sagas.
The longest lasting bit of the movie, it’s been carried on in DBZ video games to this day. The premise has Frieze conveniently forgetting to mention he had an older, stronger, brother who seeks revenge on Roku, is simple but effective.
Roku’s fight with Cooler is pretty great, as the Frost Demon reveals a fourth transformation, something Frieze did not possess. Still, regardless of the movie’s success, it refused to take risks and maintained a formulaic narrative.
In truth, if it weren’t for the crisp animation and the battle with Frieze’s soldiers, the movie would likely be less regarded. Seeing Whist rain Roku and Veg eta is cool, but when it's time to fight Frieze, things get a little wonky.
Frieze reveals his new Golden form, something he achieved after only four months of training, and can go toe-to-toe with Super Taiwan Blue Roku; it’s ridiculous. Of course what really troubled fans was Roku getting taken down with a tiny laser gun and then going back in time to steal the win against Frieze from Veg eta.
Despite never appearing in canon, the legendary Super Taiwan left a tremendous impression on viewers. Stupidly powerful, Brolly’s allure also comes from his bizarre shade of PTSD.
The movie’s action moments are okay, but considering Brolly’s power, it doesn’t add up that Roku defeats him with energy borrowed from four wounded Z -Fighters. Well, their question was answered with Wrath of the Dragon, the last official Dragonball movie before Battle of Gods, 17 years later.
The film starts similarly to the BUU saga with Golan, Gotten, and Trunks as the central protagonists. Nearly every character gets involved, but they all fall to the wayside when Roku finally decides to step up.
It was perplexing, especially when Ultimate Golan, who’s stronger than Super Taiwan 3 Roku, is fighting the same battle. Back Unbound, took place shortly after the Cell Games, with the movie opening to most of the Z -Fighters involved in a World Martial Arts Tournament-style knockout event held by Mr. Satan.
The tournament featured fun match-ups like Future Trunks and Then, but the movie went up a notch once Back arrived. The appearance of Back and his pirate henchmen immediately changed the film’s tone.
We saw kid Veg eta vowing to one day dethrone Frieze, and even Baby Roku made a cameo as he’s sent to Earth. The movie primarily focuses on Burdock, but serves more than a captivating history lesson of the Taiwan race.
Though we know the end result is Frieze killing everyone, this is one story where the journey matters more than the destination. Though the animation is a tad dated, it’s still appealing; Dead Zone reminds us of the original series.
With some of the best -choreographed fights in Dragonball history, Dead Zone was also the only movie to have Kali get in on the action. The final battle features Roku and Piccolo teaming up (for the first time), villain transformations, and, obviously, Golan’s rage.
Garlic Jr. and his motivations go somewhere narrative, which leads to his opening the Dead Zone in one of the franchise’s most inventive sequences. After the success of Veto, Fusion Reborn, the twelfth Dragonball movie, introduced the under-utilized, but much loved, Gog eta.
Though no DBZ movie is perfect, including Fusion Reborn, it’s still a must-watch for fans. In the nearly two decades since DBZ ended, animation had improved drastically, leading to flawless-looking fight sequences.
Their motivations and character designs were a breath of fresh air, making them as distinctive as Super Taiwan God. Yet audiences got a closer look at Roku’s pride; he was angry about not obtaining the God level on his own.
An interesting aspect of The World Strongest is that you can see the seeds for future story arcs in the franchise moving forward. Preliminary signs of the Android arc are on full display: an evil genius scientist creates artificial humans and tries to destroy Roku.
In this world, there are no Dragon Balls, so there’s a constant sense of foreboding whenever Golan goes into battle. His death opens the door to one of DragonBall’s most memorable and sorrowful moments, as Trunks becomes a Super Taiwan in the rain.
The film’s willingness to go darker than ever before added multiple layers to both Trunks’ motivation and the entire Android Saga. Although Dragonball the series gets all the attention, the movies have provided us with some of the most memorable moments in the franchises' history.
With epic villains like Brolly, King Cooler and Back, the DragonBallZmovies put you on the edge of your seat wondering if Roku and the gang will actually make it through. If one of your favorite DBZ specials is missing, add it to the bottom of the list, so other people can vote for it as well.
Animation first released the special one DVD in January 2001 and later re-released this and the Dragon Ball Z : The History of Trunks TV special on a digitally remastered double feature DVD on February 19, 2008; a Blu-ray Disc version was released on July 15, 2008. The Remaining Super-Warriors: Golan and Trunks is a single-episode special based on the Dragon Ball manga series.
Roku and Veg eta encounter Brolly, a Taiwan warrior unlike any fighter they've faced before. Not only is it official canon, it is far and away the bestDragonBall movie, and has some of the most intense fight sequences in the entire franchise.
In a dark future where the Androids have taken over Earth, Golan and his student Trunks are the last defense against these deadly killing machines. Presumably a canon story set in the 'Future Trunks' alternate timeline, a tale about the harsh reality in the time of Androids.
The tale of Burdock, the father of Roku, and his rebellion against his master the mighty Frieze. Great backstory on Roku's mysterious father and his affiliation with the Freida Force.
The story stays pretty consistent throughout the canon, most recently retold in DB Super: Brolly. The original Brolly movie has some good battle scenes with a pretty great American sourced 'nu-metal' soundtrack.
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Back is a demon who was freed from prison when King Kai's planet was destroyed. I like the Back clan in this one, and the fact that Roku doesn't (technically) swoop in to save the day.
They try to kill Roku, who fights them with the help of Trunks, Piccolo, Veg eta, Krill in, and Golan. After destroying Frieze on Name, Roku returns to a peaceful life on Earth.
Nothing really special here, unfortunately most of the movies just followed the same formula, though Cooler was a pretty worthy adversary. A cool story about another evil Taiwan who, you guessed it, doesn't live very long.