a.k.a.Dragonball Z: Ginga Girigiri! Butchi-giri no Sugoi Yatsu
Rich man Gyousan Money is holding a Tenkaiichi Budoukai for his son’s 10th birthday. The grand prize is a buttload of cash and the right to fight, who else, but “world champion” Mr. Satan himself. Chi Chi and Bulma engage in a spitting match over whether Gohan or Trunks will win the tournament, while Mr. Satan feigns sickness to duck out of the finals when he recognizes the fighters from the Cell game. A group of aliens that were sealed away long ago come to earth to prove just who the strongest really are.
summary by Kain
Highs: Uh… really neat constipated facial gestures
Lows: Gohan infuriates me; the usual suspects
“And the award for Most Original Motion Picture goes to…”
Definitely not to this movie. The title translates to “The Strongest Guy in the Universe”, but don’t get that confused with the television series or any of the other movies, even though the similarities are uncanny. Yes, Dragonball Z Movie IX makes no bones about taking every Dragonball Z cliché imaginable and puréeing them in the blender into a nice, milky treat… part of every zombie’s balanced breakfast.
Krillin getting pummeled and asking, “Why me?” Check. Gohan not digging fully into his true power until all of his friends are on the brink of death and he is himself battered and beaten? Check. Bad guys whose sole existence is to serve as a convenient plot device? Check. Piccolo and Vegeta making their somewhat dramatic appearances halfway through the fight just in time to save Gohan, but then themselves not lasting more than a few minutes in battle? Check again. The requisite hospital scene at the end where everyone is huddled together laughing at the near destruction of their planet? Goodness me, check once more. Piccolo and Vegeta brooding silently after the dust clears? Anyone notice a disturbing pattern here?
I am really at a loss at how to conclude these reviews. Is there any demographic that I would feel comfortable suggesting this movie to without fear of legal ramifications from angry otaku? I suppose it being anime warrants enough merit to make it watchable… that and it will make you appreciate good anime that much more.