Dragon Ball Z Movie 14: Kami to Kami brings Gokuu, Vegeta, Piccolo and your other favorite characters back for a new revitalization of the Dragon Ball universe. Enter Beerus, the God of Destruction. Having awoken from his slumber, Beerus seeks to find an opponent worthy of challenging his power. After being shocked to learn that Frieza has been defeated by a Saiyan, Beerus sets out to analyze the legend of the Super Saiyan God in order to find his ultimate opponent. His destination: Earth, home to the few survivors of the Saiyan race. And if a Super Saiyan God is not there, the Earth's destruction will just have to do as entertainment.
How will Gokuu and friends fare against a god that is even feared among the other gods?
The story of Dragon Ball Z Movie 14: Kami to Kami was later adapted into the Battle of Gods Saga in Dragon Ball Super. Unlike most other Dragon Ball Z movies, this film is considered part of the anime's canon. It was also the first Dragon Ball film to be released theatrically in 17 years.
Its been a long time since I've seen a DB/DBZ Movie, and unlike all the other usual
macho good guy vs bad guy films that I've seen in the past of this franchise before.
This film takes an interesting alternative within the series and starts to proceed in a different dimension in this movie compared to the other usual movies in the past.
It would seem that this movie is actually cannon to the series stated by Akira Toriyama himself as this takes place 3 years after kid buu's defeat and 4 years before Uub's appearance at the world martial arts tournament within the anime. Don't worry
Story - 7
If you have seen previous movies of this franchise, you will know that the premise within its own story is usually Basic and doesn't have much depth to them since its main focus is on Mindless and intense fights most of the time.
The action scenes in this movie are few and have been tone down to show a lot of the characters from the series present within the film.
This movie mainly follows a God that is known for destruction by the name of
Birusu / Beerus / Bills? ( hmm however you address his name ), is woken up by his flamboyant assistant and caretaker Wiss after a 39 year slumber.
Wiss informs Birusu of Frieza's defeat at the hands of a mysterious Saiyan (Goku) who transformed against him during their epic battle. upon hearing this, Birusu recalls a prophesy 39 years before his sleep, About an Oracle fish that told him about a So called Super Saiyan God that will compete against him in the future.
Having witness Goku's Super Saiyan transformation against Frieza,
Birusu feels now the time is right to face this saiyan with this SSG power.
So him and Wiss decide to find the remaining surviving saiyans after the destruction
of planet vegeta in order for birusu to test his God Powers against the one who possess this SSG power which eventually leads them across the galaxy to King Kai's planet where both Goku and Birusu face off for the first time.
Ultimately the story starts of really well with its introduction and brings a fresh new look to the progression and feel of the characters from the anime however as soon as it gets to the middle where Birusu and Wiss arrive to earth and enter Bulma's 38th birthday party (Which by the way who even celebrates their 38th birthday anyway? since she is so Loaded.)
its during these moments in the film where things for me personally became more tedious and a little too weird and random at times.
The movie had some nice comedy and interaction scenes with many of the characters within the set pieces of this film.
But during the middle I could see it started to drag on a little and it made the pacing of this film a little awkward to sometimes to keep watching which is understandable since this film has a more of a comedic tone to it, especially about that desert scene which perhaps could of used a different scenario perhaps. I know some people who did not like this scene involving a dispute between Birusu and Buu over a pudding cup (which believe me I've seen worse). but ultimately I found it hilarious XD.
This didn't turn me off instead however it kept me hyped for the tension and action that was happening and through the Last quarter of the film we find out the revelation of this Super Saiyan God and after, the incredible main event fight between Birusu and Goku which ends up taking place in many awesome locations from the city, forest, desert, mountains, cliffs, river, from underground labyrinth to the skies above and into the outer atmosphere of space itself (puff) it literally was Outstanding to watch to the end.
Art - 9
A really Great plus to this movie was the animation as it looks awesome, which was also one of the reasons it was worth seeing and not only that but this film is also the first anime film to be shown on screen in IMAX.
The locations throughout this film looked amazing as well as the action scenes, the CGI looked good within the angles even though its a little tricky to see here and there it still works really well. The character designs were nice apart from a few the super saiyan god form whether you like it or not I felt they could have done a better design
(mainly the look of the hair and few other things but thats just my opinion)
But also not to mention how Goku gains his SSG powers seems a little off,
Also ox king (Seriously what is he wearing?) and I could also say the same about the look of Wiss too. Also I felt Trunks and Goten could of looked a little bit older but that is just only a minor nitpick.
But anyway despite those nitpicks I felt that the most unique design was Birusu who has this Egyptian Siamese Cat God look to him almost resembling Anubis the Egyptian god of judgement which brings a lot more of a unique look to his character other than the typical generic steroid looking villains that we are so used to seeing in most Dragon ball movies.
Sound - 7
Not much in this music score stood out to me unfortunately. A few tracks suited some good moments and other scenes in the film including the original opening and closing theme performed by FLOW was good, however i found the music score at times to be quite generic especially with Goku turning into a super saiyan god. I didn't mind the heavy metal use in the fight between Goku and Birusu in the forest which was cool but apart from that, the music i felt wasn't really all that special.
Characters - 8
The characters are pretty much the same as always, there are a few changes in the behaviour of the characters like Goku, Vegeta, King Kai for reasons mainly due to the story which viewers will find out while watching it and not to mention some old faces that fans of the original
dragon ball will remember from the past like Emperor Pilaf, Mai and Shu, But again 1 of the most interesting characters that stood out to me in the film was of course Birusu.
Birusu is awesome, he isn't actually that evil as you think he is but he can be obnoxious.
He is casual and easy going yet has a playful manner about his personality and a lot of swag which is not something you get in a lot of db/dbz villains
he is quick to anger especially over pudding which sounds very silly.
But believe me people I have seen MUCH worse.
He is not only a powerful fighter, but he is also both quirky and entertaining at the same time which made me like his character a lot. Wiss despite his appearance also seems very calm and casual like Birusu not to mention A little mysterious at the same time. I kind of wish more characters were utilized a little more within the more
Enjoyment - 9
The thing is honestly I love how different this film is to a lot of the other films in this franchise, there were interesting moments I enjoyed besides the action, there were some nice comedic moments of nostalgia especially for those who like the Dragon ball series with a few hidden stories closely related to the Dbz series which will keep fans interested. And most of the characters from the Dbz series are in this film too along with some old familiar faces which is Great, they might not get as much screen time in this film but at least they are there in the film regardless.
Towards the end of the film it leaves off on a cliff hangar and one that will raise some questions from there on in. Also this film had some decent and memorable moments as well like for example Birusu final attack in outer space in the film which I like to call (Star Blaze of Judgement) which is basically like the sun being thrown at goku's face i have to admit was awesome! also (Bulma getting slapped by Birusu was also 1 of my favorite moments too ) I'm sorry to any bulma fans out there but that had me in stitches XD.
Overall - 8
I would like to say personally I didn't feel this was the best DB movie but it is one of my favorites alongside Wrath of the dragon and Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan and a nice addition to the story itself.
I know for some fans and others, its a Film where i feel its not going to be for everyone,
sure there is some hiccups and plot holes I notice in a few places here and there
which I can't deny that.
But this did not stop me from enjoying it since it had many parts catered to fans of the series.
Note: You should be aware that this is cannon material to the actual series created by Mr.Toriyama himself and for Db/Dbz fans its more than enough reason for this movie to be seen, Whether the creator Akira Toriyama would want to make a series or a set of movies or specials for the franchise only time will tell.
But for hardcore fans looking for a Bunch of straight up intense explosive action (Its over 9000!!) well there is action but not as consistent enough to meet everyone's needs like some of the other movies, but despite that as a fan, the film is still worth a watch.
Taking place a few years after the final battle with Buu comes a new threat, Birusu, The God of Destruction. He is feared by even the Kaious and Kaiou-shin himself. After a 39 year slumber (since the destruction of the Planet Vegeta), Birusu awakens and wonders how Freeza is doing and always talked about fighting him. Apparently, his assistant informs him that Freeza was defeated by Gokuu and that he obtained the form of Super Saiya-jin. During his slumber, Birusu had a dream about fighting the Super Saiya-Jin God and wishes to do battle with him. Always loving a good fight for the sake of
the fight at times, Gokuu tries to challenge him but sees that he is strong and must find a way to defeat him.
For a good percentage of this movie, up until the ending, this will follow the basic DBZ formula. I won't give away the ending, but all I can say is it does something very different and will probably be controversial amongst western fans of the franchise. The movie does a good job of justifying the way that it ends and I think this movie deserves credit for doing something different. On one hand, you don't really expect to see it coming, but on the other hand, it does make good sense. What you can take out of this ending is how we all interpret Dragon Ball and the spirit of it.
Overall, this movie brings back a good portion of the charms of this series. The humor, the action, the intensity, and so on. So hardcore fans may enjoy this but the ending is very disputable at this point. Birusu as a villain is very distinct from other villains in Dragon Ball. I won't get too much into him since they would be spoilers, but I do think he is rather unique.
The action is pretty much in tune with how Dragon Ball Z always has been. Very destructive, explosive, and hyper paced. I wish in terms of special moves it was more diverse but it is more centric on hand to hand and the flying combat. I won't get into too much of what I think should have been used since they would be spoilers. The CG used in this movie isn't top notch. It is PS3 DBZ game quality, but the imagination I feel is what it counts. It demonstrates the devastation and the intensity very effectively and that is enough for me.
As for Birusu's style, his posture is a lot like Freeza's where he will wrap his arms around his back but he will use hands while fighting. As for his mannerisms, he does remind me of Thanatos from Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas. He is very powerful and a bit of a show off when it comes to demonstrating his strength against the other DBZ characters.
As for the general animation and design, its very much in tune with the franchise overall so no other complaints.
The music from the TV series and old movies is not present and is mostly using new BGM tracks. The tracks are more techno and a bit more orchestrated. It brings a more fresher feel to the series and it works in its own way. The only ending spoiler I can give is that the ending song is a new rendition of Cha-La Head Cha-La which I thought was ok.
The voice acting is still in tune with the original TV series. Nozawa Masako still captures Gokuu and doesn't sound like she's aged. She also does Goten and Gohan very well, too. She still has a great grasp of the character. Horikawa Ryo still does a great job as Vegeta, but due to the writing in context of the story, it does allow Horikawa to show more of his other voice talents in this portrayal of Vegeta. Horikawa Ryo is a very versatile actor and he did a great job of playing Vegeta. I think this is probably one of his best performances with the character. Last, Yamadera Kouichi plays Birusu. Yes, it is the voice of Spike from Cowboy Bebop. I didn't recognize his voice at all throughout the movie and when I saw the credits, I was surprised it was him. His voice as Spike had this really distinct charm to it while in this one, he is also a playful character but also something of a sadist. I think he captures the character in his own way where he is scary and also has his own distinct charm. Other voice actors are back that are still alive and reprised their roles did a great job with re-capturing their characters. And there will be some surprise cameos from some other characters.
I say this movie is certainly a give it a shot movie for the fans. I say people not familiar with Dragon Ball Z will be slightly confused and some familiarity with the franchise should be a prerequisite before watching. Like I said, a lot of the things are still the same, and some things will be different this time around. I don't think it is as good as the first Brolly movie or the Cooler movies, but it does bring a refreshing feel to Dragon Ball at some capacity. I think when this movie is made internationally available, it will get people intelligently discussing about the movie and franchise based on the ending. I am still trying to in-take it but I do understand why the movie chooses to go with the ending it has but I do have some issues with it. But feel free to watch it when you can.
First thing I just have to talk about is the art/animation... Seriously, I see a lot of people complain about the animation of the original DBZ series (though I personally love it and find it to be amazing for a 80's/90's show), well watch this and observe some of the best 2D animation in the history of 2D animated movies/tv shows. Seriously, practically every scene is accurately drawn, complexly shaded (as in they have shades, mid-tones, and highlights, whereas most 2D animations only have shades, and mid-tones - oh and One Piece where there's only mid-tones), and basically any other positive thing you can possibly
say about 2D Animation. Then there's the 3D CGI animation done for backgrounds when there's complex camera motion. Most people hate 3D CGI mixed with Anime, but I mean, it's way too hard to do with hand-drawing and get the accurate details in. In this movie, I found it all to be well done; other than that there isn't much to say about it.
Now, finally, I'll talk about the story. Right before the Super Saiyan God part, it was 100% perfect for me. I wasn't keeping track of time, and so the entire movie before Goku came back to Earth felt like the intro to me. Now, that makes it seem like they spent too long on those parts, but I didn't find it to drag on, I was enjoying it. It just ended up feeling rushed when Goku got there. I don't know, it's like, you don't see Goku, and then suddenly, here he is and in a minute or two becomes Super Saiyan God. So yeah, that was my main problem, but I understand it's a movie (and an anime movie at that - they tend to be just over an hour) and so they have to try and get to the end pretty quick. If the movie was twice as long or even just 40 minutes longer, I feel this problem wouldn't have shown up. But yeah, just Goku's transformation feeling rushed was my main problem here. After that it was pretty much just Bills VS Goku, which was an epic fight with some real badass animation, and then after that was the ending, which I enjoyed and had no problems with.
In terms of sound, I just didn't like King Kai's (Kaio-sama's) voice acting in the beginning of the Anime; everything else was good. Unlike the Anime series, there aren't any "staying-in-your-head" soundtracks except for the theme song that plays during Bills vs Goku, which I didn't think was needed, but it didn't do any harm - made it feel kind of..... "AMV-ish" I guess.
In terms of characters, I love Goku's character in both the original series and in here. Also, Vegeta too; Vegeta's best moments are always when he's avenging his family and the part where he battered Bills after Bulma got hurt was pure badassery - though it didn't feel as serious as the scene in DBZ where he beats up Cell after Cell kills Trunks. And then of course there are the two new characters Bills and Whis. I liked Bills because he brought some comedy with him despite his title of "God of Destruction" and his immense power. And to avoid spoiling it for anyone who reads this without watching the movie first, let's just say the end of the fight is the ending of a fight that you probably haven't seen in DBZ since somewhere in the original Dragon Ball series; this is also something I like, because I preferred Dragon Ball and always wish maybe Akira Toriyama could someday do something with DBZ but takes it back to its original roots where Goku's friends are involved and every enemy isn't 100% pure evil. Oh and Whis is someone who has a lot of power but doesn't care to show it - it's not a new trait of a character within Anime, but I think other than Mr Popo and Master Roshi (in DB), this is a first in DB(Z).
I enjoyed this; best Anime movie I've seen to be honest. Especially considering it's a movie based on an already produced anime series, but then again, this is kind of different from Naruto and Bleach movies in that DBZ ended like 17 years ago. So yeah, I absolutely LOVED it, and hope there's probably more new Dragon Ball content coming in the future!
First off, i'll make it clear that I don't and have not watched Dragon Ball or Dragon Ball Z, however I know a considerable amount about the show aside from the gritty details, and anything I didn't know I simply asked my friend who was sitting right next to me. That said, the fact that I haven't watched DBZ didn't affect my enjoyment at all as you can see by the score I gave.
Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami a.k.a Battle of the God's is an original story written by Akira Toriyama as apart of the Dragon Ball canon storyline. Right off the bat the
fact that this film IS canon makes it more interesting to me, and the movie did such a good job of using the canon appropriately, introducing a new character; Beerus the Destroyer, as well as forwardly expanding the story with some things I won't spoil. Now the movie's undoubtably best aspect is that they combined the hilarious comedy and character interaction style of Dragon Ball, while at the same time adding the over-the-top crazy action of DBZ. As much as I wanted to see Goku kicking ass I simply loved the character interaction. The cast's chemistry was so good and seeing the voice actors reprise their role's with effort and emotion is such nice detail. There were some hilarious moments throughout the film, even during the action sequences which were fantastic. The fights didn't by any means drag, I feel people will penalize the movie for not incorporating a plethora of action but in my opinion the film had a perfect balance. Not only were the fights coordinated well, but they looked phenomenal in the remastered HD animation of DBZ. The animation wasn't the best i've ever seen, but seeing the old animation style of the show being reverberated in beauty all while keeping it's 90's aesthetic is eye candy to me. The effects look as good as any top notch anime you'll see, Super Saiyan God mode looks great as well as the transformations and other CGI and particle effects you see. That animation coped with the original sound effects and soundtrack make for a pleseant bundle of fine details that add to the movie. Moving onto the plot, the incorporation of the new character Beerus, couldn't have been done any better as I mentioned before. He's not just some enemy that Goku will overcome adversity to beat so don't worry about any clichés in that sense. And Beerus himself is brought to life by voice actor Jason Douglas, and having a very interesting and unique character design. The film does a good job and making you believe he's insanely powerful, and I only hope I can see him again. The film was also structured very well, there was a sub plot involving Emporer Pilaf that I thought was a little unnecessary but in the end it did add to the comedy at least a little bit so I didn't mind.
Overall I loved this movie despite not being a watcher of DBZ or Dragon Ball, the movie expects you to follow the story line, and I was able to follow since I know a majority of the story with the exception of the fine details. The story isn't over complicated though, it's very easy to follow and paced very well. If you're a fan of Dragon Ball or Dragon Ball Z I highly recommend this to you, as well as the casual anime watcher if you know a decent amount about the show of course. If you don't like DBZ, this isn't going to change your mind. However I loved it and am now more compelled to watch the show.
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