a.k.a.Dragonball Z: Kyokugen battle! Sandai Suupaa Saiya-jin
Dr. Gero has been a busy mad scientist. And while his plans to witness Son Goku’s destruction at the hands of one of his androids ended with his own demise, his goal lives on when his super computer creates Nos. 13, 14 and 15. Z Senshi are in high demand these days, and not even Goku can enjoy a nice summer day out with Chi Chi, Gohan and his friends at the mall. Soon the three androids are embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse against Goku, Vegeta and Trunks. Can the three Super Saiya-jin eliminate yet more of Gero’s terrors?
summary by Kain
Highs: The bad guys say more than two lines
Lows: So regrettably forgettable; mired in its own mediocrity
Not to beat a dead horse (and you’ll hear or have already heard me say this about all of the other Dragonball Z movies), but Dragonball Z Movie VII is so devoid of imagination that the creators must resort to a gimmick. That gimmick in this case is “let’s put all three Super Saiya-jin together and have them transform simultaneously. Cool!”.
No. Not cool.
There is absolutely nothing about this movie that screams “look at me!”. The fights consist mostly of that reused cel feel made famous by the series, which is to say creative juices among the animation team that day must have been severely lacking. The aforementioned plot was par for the course, which is to say it scored a double bogey.
In fact, the only interesting part of this anime was the beginning when everyone does whatever it is they do during the off-season: Goku consuming massive quantities of food in rapid succession; Kame Senin and Oolong carrying on like perverts; and Chi Chi scolding Gohan to pay more attention to his studies. I wonder how much better this anime would have been if it just followed this group around town doing everyday things like everyday people. They just had to go fight the latest, greatest threat to mankind, didn’t they?
Oh well, at least I killed an hour before work.