The evil Dr. Wheelo has resurrected his brain into a robot and now desires to inhabit the body of the world's strongest warrior. This means he must face Son Goku and company in a fight for Goku's life.
I remember this being one of the better DBZ movies when I was a dumbass 14 year-old who liked the franchise, half a lifetime ago. I particularly recall enjoying the biomechanical monsters the Z warriors fought. Needless to write, nostalgia clouded my judgment.
As with any property related to DBZ, the plot is insipid. One of the mad scientists, Dr. Kochin, is able to easily gather all 7 Dragonballs before Goku and company even figure out what is going on. Some defenders of Earth they are! What is the point of even having a radar if they are going to ignore it? It's not like Goku has a day job.
After summoning the Eternal Dragon, instead of wishing for ultimate power to easily defeat anyone in the universe, Dr. Kochin wishes for a few piddly glaciers to melt. This frees up the main mad scientist, Dr. Wheelo, who has been trapped there for 50 years.
Magically, despite being there all that time and unable to escape, he has a fully functioning laboratory, a power supply, and numerous minions when the glaciers are broken! Frankly, I was disappointed he didn't have a French restaurant with waiters, too.
Instead of getting straight to the fights, there is an interlude during which Gohan is back home and studying. It is boring and worthless. As usual with DBZ, there is entirely too much talking in this movie, and of the most insipid, moronic variety. "I'll make you pay!" "Silence, you fool!" "(Insert character name, yelled loudly)" "You can't win!" "My boy is growing up!"
Considering how mediocre and low-effort the fight scenes are to begin with, did the animators really have to take a break to insert dialogue worse than a 13 year-old's fan fiction?
Okay okay, but what about the actual enemies and fights themselves? While better than some of the DBZ movie sequels, they weren't as cool as I remembered them. Dr. Wheelo's biomechanical creations fight and function very similarly to the standard alien antagonists of the Z universe. Hell, they even look like aliens. One has a stretchy stomach, another an ice breath, and a third tentacles of electricity. That's about it for the "creativity".
Also, any final fight that ends with a freaking spirit bomb is disappointing and anticlimactic.
I can't imagine anything more boring (Goku stands there, with his hands raised, doing nothing) or more deus ex machina. (An easy get out of jail card when Goku is weaker than his nemesis but needs to defeat him in the last few minutes of the film)
In conclusion, this is lousy, although admittedly not as wretched as some of the mass-produced DBZ movies that followed. read more
This movie was better than the last movie. First off, the fights where more epic than the last, and they featured more characters in this one. What i really like is this pretty much the last time Master Roshi is seen fighting. This movie takes place somewhere between the Saiyan saga, and Frieza saga. Like all the DBZ movies, it contains plot inconsitencies. Like how piccolo is some how alive even though he was killed by Nappa. All and all this was a pretty good movie. What I really enjoyed was when Master Roshi, Krillin, and Goku used a Kamehameha wave all at the same time against Wheelo.read more
Hmmm, "The World's Strongest" was actually better than the last Dragon Ball Z movie I watched (the one with the cyborgs). So I guessed (correctly) this must have been made before the other one, when they were less short of ideas. This movie is slightly more exciting than the other one, but other than that, it's the same stuff. Same crappy jokes, same unimpressive animation, and same retarded storyline. Again, the story spends a few minutes introducing who the bad guys are... then promptly descends into endless fighting. The only differences between this and the last Dragon Ball movie I watched is that this movie spends maybe five minutes longer before the main battles start, and also Goku is fighting different opponents this time round. The fighting itself isn't much to talk about either, as it gets seriously repetitive after a few minutes. A bit of a worthless movie whichever angle you look at it from.read more
It's at this point evident to me, that some franchises are just designed to be utter dissapointments. Land Before Time - crap. Pokemon, after third generation - embarassing and crap. DBZ, and this movie - do you want me to get crucified?!
This time, dragon testicles are gathered together in this fonderous, magical ceremony... of melting off ice! After that... eh... Bulma gets harrased... and that old goote gets abducted by those uglier saibamen... and Bulma's there too, in chains... and then fighting ensues... and some more fighting... Piccohan-fans will get something to work with... some evil lair will get obliterated to the ground, ad something other about that brain-in-a-jar- guy who wants a body... to have sex with a Bulma, prehaps. I don't know - this story's already remainding me of those stupid rambles that my talking blue fairy brother used to tell me, when he was drunk!
If the overall score doesn't say anything to you, then I'm gonna just say it... I hate this movie. I really do - it's DBZ, so no surprises there. But why is it, exactly? Well, to put it bluntly, this movie illustrates perfectly my two favourite allegories, of bad animes, which are The Shitpie-anime, and Fanboy porn- anime! You know? It looks like a delicious pie, smells like it, and others around it say it's really good, but when you taste it, it's just mouthful of shit! And instead of story, there's just wanking, and shouting, with cheesy dialog, and nothing else! And this pie really burned my mouth quite a lot, since I actually thought, that I would be pleasantly surprised about this movie, considering how subtly it starts! Nothing groundbreaking, but still.. decent enough, for a DBZ movie. Actually... I was looking for something similar to a Pokemon 3- movie, with Gohan struggling to loose everything he loves, and cares for, while the villains having their own personal, and well-thought out plans, morals and reasons, that will force us to think, what live really is worth, how far science should really go, considering said human live, and how much can one small child actually accomplish alone, to overcome his fears, doubts, and... Yeah. I was hoping for too much, wasn't I?
The story would have actually been kinda semi-decent, if this was one of those noterous filler episodes, that most of us would just skip anyway... to get waster into the wanking... fighting, and loose all that unneede story-shite in the process. This story could have easily been told in less, than 20 minutes - 40, if we wan't to be stupid about it! With a story so small, stupid and thin, like this one, is no wonder that they needed all that meaningless and pointless fighting, in order to give this movie over 40 minutes-long runingtime - it's not like we can muster out any kinda actual story out of this, now can't we?! Instead of all this fighting and exposition, why not give us more detail about, oh, I don't know... the relationship, between Gohan and Piccolo - one friendship, almost as shrouded in darkness considering plausibility, like Bulma and Vegeta - the fragility of humanlive, and struggles between science and morals around it, or our villain... in a jar? No, in a mecha-costume! What?! How?! Why?! No, wait... I want to learn more about this guy! Is he totally insane-in-a-membrain- kinda villain, or is he just chaotic-neutral?! In a TFS parody, he was given actual personality, morals and will to just be normal human being again, with somewhat happy ending! Is none of that in here... at all?! Why you want to first control the world, with your mind, and then destroy it, like a psychotic manchild, who lost his lolligun?! Aren't you supposed to be the first actually intelligent - and therefore more conpitent - villain, in the whole franchise, with plans, means, and capability to count down the characters of pi?! Why would you want a human body, that'll age and break, if you're already a giant brain, in the almost-indestructible robot-suit, willing to take over the world?! Aren't you gonna tell us anything, about youself, that all of this exposition couldn't already tell us?! No? Nothing? Kay!
In conclusion... the story is dumb. The villain is dumb. The premise is almost decent, but the way, they executed it, was also dumb. This movie is... dumb. Just... dumb. Just as yours truly could expect, from such a dissapointing franchise, called DBZ. I can still see, why the fans of the franchise, would still like this movie, despite that it - once again - takes, more than offers. It's simple, so you won't get confused. It offers nothing to think about, so you don't need to... think about you're own morals, or sides on the story, considering the premise. The story-part of the movie is very short - about 15 minutes - and the rest of 45 minutes, is used some fighting, and 2nd-grader- level dialog - much like the tv-series - so you don't need to know, what's going on, or why are they fighting... again. And again. And again.
This is a perfect movie, for fans to wank on, and I won't take it as anything else, but that - a porn, with a dissapointing climax. I will never see it again, I will pretend for the rest of my life that I never did, and for now on, I'm gonna enjoy the glorious parody even more, than one hour ago.