a.k.a.Dragonball Z: Gekitotsu! Hyakuoku Power no Senshitachi
Dende, the new God of the earth, pleads with the Z Senshi to travel to New Namek to stop a planet that eats other planets. Goku and his crew are prepared to put an end to the menace when suddenly they reacquaint themselves with an old nemesis, and the brains behind the predatory planet, Koola… this time upgraded with a mechanical body! Has the Super Saiya-jin finally met his match? Not if Vegeta has anything to say about it.
summary by Kain
Highs: Moderately riveting action; seiyuu cast kicks it up a notch
Lows: A few times the battles don’t segue well; rather basic plot, but what do you expect?
Stop the presses. A Dragonball Z movie that I found halfway decent? No, Hell hasn’t froze over, and last I checked the only pig I’ve ever seen fly was Porco Rosso. Yes, class, I have quite a few positive things to say about this anime. Don’t get used to it, though.
Normally I find very little aesthetically pleasing or dramatic about a bunch of overpowered buffoons trying to one-up each other until the last Kame-hame-ha has been fired. Alas, the fireworks start early and often in Dragonball Z Movie VI. No longer is it a case of “you may have beat me down, but I have yet to unleash my true power” as Goku and Vegeta transform into Super Saiya-jin rather early and empty their bag of tricks with much haste. I actually found myself fairly entertained by what I saw on the screen. Add to that the seiyuu performances, especially Nozawa Masako (who always has had a fine voice) as Goku/Gohan and Horikawa Ryo as Vegeta, which seemed more inspired, at least to me.
Anyone under the impression that the improvement in quality filtered down to the plot will inevitably be disappointed. All the movies in this series have the same story, with minor details like the names of the bad guys changed to protect the innocent. As expected, there isn’t much in the way of a fine polish; I noticed numerous occasions where either choreography or choices made by the director leave much to be desired.
As a whole, I must admit I was entertained. The running time of under an hour felt more like fifteen minutes. Amazing what a quality anime will do to the passage of time, eh? And for once, I finally laughed at Krillin’s “why me?” joke.