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Dragonball Z Movie IV


a.k.a.Dragonball Z: Suupaa Saiya-jin da Son Goku

Genre: Action
Company: Toei Douga
Format: 1 movie
Dates: 3/19/1991

Earth is threatened again (I swear, Earth must be the galaxy’s redheaded stepchild) when a large asteroid finds the planet along its trajectory. Son Goku and Krillin are called to knock the large rock off its course, but instead find out that it is not an asteroid at all but a space ship. Commanding the vessel is a powerful being named Slug, and he quickly looks to terra-freeze the planet so the environs are more suitable for his crew. When a hero is needed to save the world, the inhabitants of earth call upon the services of Farmer with a Shotgu… err, I mean Goku!

summary by Kain


Reviewed: 05/28/2004 by
Grade: 60% av-Kain

Highs: Really good animation for a DBZ movie; I actually enjoyed the fights

Lows: If Lynn Minnmay’s voice can stop evil, so can Gohan’s; a recipe for failure

The end of the world is nigh. No, not from some overzealous tyrant who is capable of destroying the planet in a single shot but chooses to engage in primitive, hand-to-hand combat and ultimately opening himself up for defeat… but instead from a disturbing pattern among Dragonball Z movies. How often can the same formula be repeated before it grows stale and unfathomably irritating? This is only the fourth movie in the series and I’m alreadythere.

This anime’s only saving grace is smooth, dynamic animation that lends itself well to the type of action Dragonball Z is trying to convey. Camera angles, panning, timing… all are very much up to standard with some of the better movies in the same genre. I was impressed in that regard.

Unlike most people, I don’t care about whether Goku’s Super Saiya-jin transformation is authentic or not in this movie. In fact, except for purists of the series, authenticity has no bearing in this regard. It conveyed what it was meant to convey: a sudden burst in power brought about by his near demise. The problem isn’t with its effectiveness, however… it’s just this has been done so many times before that this plot device achieves a status beyond redundancy. It’s just plain, old boring.

I really don’t know why people think fancy visuals will compensate for other areas that are lacking. As long as people keep purchasing anime like this, I wouldn’t expect that trend to die anytime soon. Hey, just look at the remaining nine movies in this series…


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