a.k.a.Dragonball Z: Kikenna Futari! Suupaa Senshi wa Nemurenai
Trunks, Goten and Videl are hunting dragonballs (be vewy, vewy quiet). Trunks wants Shenlon to grant him his own amusement park where every ride is free. Goten would like nothing more than to be surrounded by an endless amount of sweet treats and cakes. Their treasure hunt hits a snag when an old acquaintance is awakened by a piercing cry after years of remaining frozen deep within the planet’s mountains. Trunks and Goten don’t take their new “friend” seriously, but perhaps they should… because Broli means business.
summary by Kain
Highs: It’s not Tekken
Lows: It’s almost Tekken
To consider this flick below average even for a Dragonball Z movie would be saying a lot. My rationale behind this statement is at least the previous movies in this series stay true to what they do best: lowbrow action. The last thing I want to watch is a bad movie with an identity crisis.
What was particularly disappointing was the use of the antagonist. OK, I admit a good chunk of the dialogue from the series consisted of the variety of grunting and moaning only Pepto Bismol™ could cure, but Broli was portrayed as such a one-line dimwit that I felt no tension from the action scenes. From the supposed naturally strongest of all the Saiya-jin in Movie VIII, the fact that he couldn’t immediately destroy two children just threw any pretense of drama out the window. Combine that with the attempt at comedy (I can’t emphasize attempt enough) and what was left was a movie that drove me nearly to denouncing anime altogether. Alright, perhaps not, but you get the point.
What could possibly make an unfunny comedy and a foe who doesn’t inspire fear worse? How about a misguided flair for the dramatic. Suddenly, when the characters stop engaging in pointless slapstick and realize that Broli may be for real, the music takes a sudden turn toward a quasi-melancholic violin piece in a vain attempt to make us feel pity for our heroes. The only emotion I felt was relief because I knew that the end must be nigh.
Thankfully, I was right. With my sanity barely in tact, I summoned enough of my remaining strength not to fire a last-ditch kame-hame-ha, but to warn everyone that yes, Dragonball Z can be made worse.