Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi
Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
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English: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
Japanese: ドラゴンボール 最強への道


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 1996
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShounenShounen, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 1 hr. 14 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.191 (scored by 2222222,222 users)
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Ranked: #27892
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A retelling of Dragon Ball's origin with a different take on the meeting of Goku, Bulma, and Kame-Sen'nin. It also retells the Red Ribbon Army story; but this time they find Goku rather than Goku finding them.

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Hosoda, Mamoru
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"DAN DAN Kokoro Hikareteku" by FIELD OF VIEW

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Apr 17, 2013
WhyMeGodDammit (All reviews)
This movie is just amazing! Despite being, in some ways, a retelling of the original story, I can say that it's an improved DB's beginning, with all main characters (some with minor changes in their appearance, like Staff Officer Black and General White).

Better renderized, it just became beautiful and gives joy to watch. The original magic got stronger with this special animation and it surely won't disappoint anyone who loves DB, and even the ones who had never watched it.

Some characters were excluded, like Pilaf and his comrades, and some members from RR (Colonel Silver, Captain Yellow etc.), but those were less important in the read more
Apr 23, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
Wow this anime has no reviews yet. I better add mine before someone else gets the first spot!!


"The Path to Power" is the Dragon Ball 10th Anniversary movie that backtracks to the origin of the series, with apparently an "alternative take" on how Goku met up with his friends.

If truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Path to Power". Unlike most of the other DB movies that I've seen, this one actually has a story. Yeah, you heard me right. The usual set up for Dragon Ball movies is this: Introduce some new villain(s) within the first 5 minutes that's out to take read more
Jul 13, 2016
KlownArt (All reviews)
It's better than Curse of the Blood Rubies. I would never say this is worth watching over the actual series. Nor would I even really recommend watching it unless you were just curious. As a retelling, it really adds nothing to Dragon Ball. As far as a retelling goes this one is decent.

The art and sound are more or less Dragon Ball. The animation feels a lot cleaner. Music sounds slightly better, but they did a good job of not straying too much in this aspect. Unlike Curse of the Blood Rubies you have the proper English voice actors too.

The story is a weird mixture read more
Mar 7, 2017
Paraturtle (All reviews)
To preface: I watched the Funimation Dub.

For starters, Sikyou e no Michi is noncanon and sorta mashes the first bits of Dragon Ball with the Red Ribbon arc. It spends a lot of time on the former and not so much on the latter, ending with an awkward blend of disjointed scenes that aren't all that engaging or interesting. Now, that last comment is extremely relative, I understand that. How engaged someone is depends on, quite literally, their knowledge of the source material. I couldn't find myself enjoying it all that much because the source material was being butchered in favor of telling an alternate read more

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Good for rewatching dragon ball?
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