Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi

Dragon Ball: The Path to Power

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Japanese: ドラゴンボール 最強への道
English: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
German: Dragon Ball Film 4: Der Weg zur Macht
Spanish: Dragon Ball Película 4: El Camino más Fuerte
French: Dragon Ball Film 4: L'aventure mystique
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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
Theme: Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 1 hr. 14 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.131 (scored by 2945529,455 users)
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Ranked: #33602
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Popularity: #2534
Members: 54,879
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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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"DAN DAN Kokoro Hikareteku" by FIELD OF VIEW

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
Jun 21, 2020
ktulu007 (All reviews)
I've reviewed the first three Dragonball films already. Now, it's time for the fourth and final film before they moved onto Dragonball Z, Saikyou e no Michi. It was released by Toei in '96, seven years after the Dragonball series had ended and the same year Dragonball Z saw its finale. Which seems like odd timing. Like, the non-canon GT had started airing when this came out. In any case, let's take a look and see what they had in store for us. 


We open with Goku meeting Bulma for the first time. Yay, another re-telling like the first film. So, they meet Oolong and Yamcha 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

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