Kami-sama's old nemesis's son has come to exact revenge on Kami-sama for winning the title of Earth's Guardian. After kidnapping Son Gohan and using the dragon balls to gain immortality, he has a final showdown with Goku.
When I look back on the very first DBZ movie, I always find it ironic how it's actually among the best in the line up. Each of the following movies venture the exact same path, which is to provide the viewer with low brow entertainment through lots of action and comedy. I have no beef with this. The problem is, once you get pass the first batch of movies, you start to sense the lack of innovation and even creativity. They become unbelievably gimmicky and that feel of a cash in is all over the place. Dragon Ball Z is definitely an anime series you must be a die hard fan of to consistently enjoy.
Dragon Ball Z: The Dead Zone is a pretty fun title. It feels a lot more like the Dragon Ball series, as it takes the viewer on a near non stop action-filled ride. Almost from the very beginning, the action begins and rarely lets up, and it's actually a real joy to watch. The production values pretty much delivers; the battles do utilize that boring reused cel format, but the energy attacks and minimum choreography provide the fun. Especially during one of the moments when Goku is dodging and blocking various attacks from the combined might of the main villains goons.
There are also some nice background shots of the palace they battle in, and later on in the destroyed ruins of the place. The battles at different points takes place during the evening under an orange sun set that looks really nice. Now normally when it comes down to voice acting, I prefer to watch the dub because that way I can focus better on animation and music without having to look down at subs. This is one of those rare moments I can't tolerate the dub though. The voice acting itself isn't the problem, but there's this one musical scene that takes place with Gohan that is far better in the sub, because it actually contains the song. While in English, the entire scene feels bland. On top of this, I do believe the sieyuu is far better, with the legendary Kamiya Akira voicing lead villain Garlic Jr and Masako Nozawa voicing Goku. They had some really good chemistry going here.
The plot follows Goku as he tracks Gohan to the villain Garlic Jr. Garlic gathers the Dragon Balls to make a wish, and from here fist start flying again. During the later movies, characters will appear only to be taken down in record time. Here, characters like Piccolo and even Krillin are used pretty well.
One of the main problems I've always heard about this movie was the 45 minute length. When looking at the fact this is a franchise flick that rarely has a good plot to work with anyway, and a majority of the time the action scenes aren't breaking any new ground. I just can't see length as a problem. If anything, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone feels too ordinary even for that time.
Overall, this is a solid movie that actually fits into main continuity, something you won't see often in the later movies. The action scenes do depict character deaths yet it's nothing over the top. The movie feels child friendly for the most part. Fans of the series will more than likely enjoy this. Newbies really shouldn't start here since character development is non existant. For them, I recommend coming into the first season of the main series. If that piques your interest enough to move further, then go ahead and give this a shot.
Highs: Short and to the point, knows what it wants to be
Lows: Average at best, mainly for fans of franchise read more
When it comes to the Dragonball films in general they usually follow something different. instead of the canon material that the series contains
It instead mixes certain content from the series themselves but only to present a different setting that usually is not always direct from the series.
So therefore, Do not go into watching them expecting anything that great of a premise in the first place since its not meant to do so, except just take them as special added content for its standard viewing alone.
So on to the first Dragon Ball Z Movie When I finished watching the film, I thought it was just average. Nothing special,
it mainly follows a group of demons that show up with the main lead villain Garlic Jr who looks to find the dragonballs and gain immortality which probably out of all the villains in the movies ironically Garlic Jr is the only one who manages to succeed in doing this, however this apparently backfires on him in the dumbest way possible towards the end of the film.
As for the characters of course you have Goku, Piccolo, Gohan, Krillin and Kami as they battle against Garlic Jr along with his henchman on standby.
Kami being there also shows a tense history between him and garlic jr from their past but also as well as a showdown its also a rescue mission for goku as his son gets kidnapped early on which as I mentioned at the start of this review the movies share similarities of content compared with the series since gohan being kidnap feels like that time when raditz in the series kidnap gohan also.
The Characters I really don't need to give an introduction to as most people would know who they are already so I won't waste much time talking about them. As for the villains, I found them forgettable.
Animation was very good funny enough, especially during the fight sequences as they look very fluid in combat. For a film that was aired back in 1989 during its initial release its surprisingly well done for something that came out over 25 years ago.
Music was also okay but nothing memorable.
The thing I didn't like in the film was the ending which was lame since the villain being immortal seals himself with his own move called the dead zone which for some reason is the title of this film and that to me is a dumb move for a villain with immortality to possess and I was also quite put off by gohan who starts getting high and going off into his own fantasy world being somewhere up in cloud 9 but all in all I feel this was mainly a mindless and not so long film to get through thankfully so despite having really dumb villains I still found this easy just to get through,
All in all, its a very simplistic film meant for action and just passing some time.
Each character follows the same personality they have in the series, holding every grudge, knowledge, technique, etc., they had up to the release date of this movie. It develops the pre-existing characters very well. However, most of the characters that were introduced exclusively for this movie are not developed.
The story revolves around the Dragon Balls, just like everything else related to this series; some evil character appears and tries to grab a hold on the Dragon Balls in order to rule/destroy the world. It's not unique or original, but it at least entertains.
The art remains the same as the one employed in the series, with the same buffed up muscles we're all accustomed to see. The fight scenes remain as thrilling as they were in the series, too. Art and animation, overall, was pretty good.
I happened to watch the movie already dubbed in English. I guess the voice acting was just alright, but I prefer the original japanese voice actors, the ones that did the voices in the original 291-episodes series. Opening and ending songs are the same as the series' japanese version ones.
If you're a Dragon Ball fan, you're definitely going to enjoy watching Goku and company get into some new fights, just like I did.read more
Dragon Ball ZEE Movie 01 is a heart-wrenching tale of a young man (Gohan surname) and his growing struggle with alcoholism. It strives into sickening detail of the euphoric feelings and vivid hallucinations Gohan surname gets from his regretful trips into intoxication land and makes me wish that I, myself, had just sculled 179 proof absinthe instead of watching it three times. Lord knows how many times I plopped myself down in front of the television and watched the VHS I once had when I was but a young sad ejaculate, but that's besides the point. Let's go through this review step by step.
There's a story to Dead Zone, sure. There is. There's a story to everything. There's a story of how I got up in the morning and scrolled through my list thinking I want to review something but I want it to be relatively niche and not very liked because if it isn't I will face the backlash of a thousand men, cascading down upon my back and splitting me open with their lashes. As would be the literal definition of backlash. But that wouldn't be very good, not really. Neither is the story to Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone. A blue midget comes from space and then kidnaps some dumb kid and uses him to become a god. The stuff of dreams.
The older Dragon Ball Z art has a strange look to it that I kind of struggle to describe, really. It's unrefined. Everyone looks lankier than they do later on and it's a bit slower. I don't think I would jump at calling it bad but it's not good. It's passable.
The sound design is up to par. There's a pretty good piss sound effect in this movie. It brought it up from a 5. He urinates on nobody in particulars bald shiny head because it was shiny enough to look like a toilet rim. They recoil in horror and it changes to urine splashing against a tiled floor. I liked it. It reminded me of me. I love me.
The characters are strange in this movie and the only one you care about is Goku. I can tell. Goku feels kind of odd, like the art, as I previously addressed. He seems more like a violent maniac than he does in the actual show, where he's kind of a nice violentish maniac.
It was an enjoyable enough film. I don't know if I would blatantly recommend it to anybody. It's canon status is arguable so it's not like you even need to acknowledge that it exists if you don't want to. If you should decide that the idea of a 4 foot something blue alien man becoming jacked as hell and then summoning a SATAN HOLE and afterwards remaining irrelevant for the actual show appeals to you you can watch it. It's really nothing special.