The Saiyajin named Turlus has come to Earth in order to plant a tree that will both destroy the planet and give him infinite strength. Son Goku and the Z Warriors cannot let this happen and duke it out with the invaders for the sake of the planet.
Pink Mizu Dorobou Ame Dorobou, Kennosuke-sama, and Dragon Ball Z Movie 03: Chikyuu Marugoto Choukessen were triple-billed in theaters as a part of the “Akira Toriyama the World” screening at the Toei Anime Fair.
Another Dragon Ball Z movie, another improvement on the ones I've watched before. This makes 4 in a row!!! This one is especially surprisingly - it turned out to be quite a good action anime overall, and not just compared to the other movies of the franchise. As far as fighting anime go, it's certainly not quite as the same level as the Street Fighter 2 animated movie, but still it's pretty good.
The action is quite absorbing for once, consisting of more than just ultra fast punching sequences, and the story is actually slightly more sophisticated than the usual "here's a new boss, now
go get him, Goku" format that I've come to expect from the Dragon Ball Z movies. Unfortunately, given the incompetence of the story board of the franchise, it also means there are more plot holes - you would think it's impossible to have plot holes in a plot that's as thin as this, but they somehow managed it. The ease with which the Eternal Dragon is summoned seems like a bit of a cheat - if they can summon him that easily and get it to grant any wish, surely they can just used it to solve any problem? It's funny how they used it to solve one small problem in their path rather than the root of their problems. Also, the ending... it's kinda hard to be any more specific since it would count as a spoiler, so lets just say the way it ends is pretty ridiculous.
Well it's a Dragon Ball Z movie. We have cute young Gohan and a little purple dragon. I really enjoyed some of the cuter scenes.The fight scenes are decent, but less exciting than most of the other movies. Plot line is good, it mostly focuses on Gohan and Goku. We do get to see the other characters, Chi-chi, Piccolo, Krillin, the little pig thing, King Kai, and some others. It's a pretty short movie and could easily be watched by someone who has never even seen Dragon Ball Z before without confusion.
The art style is typical of the older Dragon Ball Z episodes and
On my quest to watch and review all the Dragon Ball Z films, I'd been feeling pretty good about their quality after watching Dead Zone and The World's Strongest, wondering if they weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. Tree of Might ground that idea to a halt and made me a lot more worried about the quality I'll be expecting in the near future - since this seems to be one of the better regarded ones.
Tree of Might features the coming of Turles, a Saiyan warrior who bares a near exact resemblance to our hero Goku, and his planting of a 'Tree of
Might' that'll drain all of the nutrients from the Earth to create a fruit that'll give him the power to rival the universe.
Overall, the premise is solid - The Tree of Might's depiction is pretty unnerving, and the scenes of it slowing creeping across and draining the world are pretty tense to watch. I enjoyed the first fifteen minutes or so of the film, since it's rare we get to see our heroes at this point in Dragon Ball Z in a more relaxed setting - the camping trip at the start, and the hunt for the Dragon Balls that follow is a really fun concept. I think there was a little too much of Goku hanging out with his new dragon friend, but it played out pretty well once the fight against Turles started up.
Sadly, whilst the first two films had fairly original (if basic) plots, Tree of Might just feels like a new take on the Saiyan Saga, but without literally any of the good parts of it. Saiyan comes to Earth? Check. Powerful leader with weaker goon(s)? Check. Plan to use the Earth for their own gain? Check. The issue is, that literally not one thing outside of their usage of the Tree of Might is remotely as dramatic or interesting as ANYTHING that happens in the Saiyan saga.
Whilst I was pretty positive with the last couple of antagonists in the form of Garlic Jr. and Doctor Wheelo, sadly Turles is as massive downgrade from the them. There is literally nothing unique about him, outside of his resemblance of Goku, which is only a part of the character design for shock value; it's literally only brought up twice. He's just overpowering strong for the sake of strong - no one in the film holds a candle to him, even Goku, and it just makes the fights boring to watch as he swats them out of the sky over and over again.
The major fights are... okay, at the very best, which isn't a very good thing when this is Dragon Ball Z. Literally no one does anything of use in the entire film outside of Goku - there was literally no reason for Krillan, Tienshen or Yamcha to join in the fight, as I didn't think they land a useful strike all film. Piccolo is marginally useful, and Gohan has the one caveat of having a transformation during the film, which looks spectacular and is probably the highlight of the film. Though, what I feel is the biggest issue of the film is that Goku's victory against Turles feels utterly unearned - he barely scratches Turles before he's tterly defeated, and pretty much snatches a victory for himself and the Earth out of nowhere. And I know this is a thing that happens frequently in Dragon Ball Z, but this one feels so much worse then the others since Turles is basically unharmed. The fights are worth watching for one viewing, but overall none of them stick out in my memory.
On a more positive note, this film looks and sounds fantastic - The Tree of Might serves as a fantastic arena for the battles in the film. I'm not as good as noticing great songs in anime, but even I could pick out the pretty uplifting and hype-worthy tracks that played out in the final moments of the film. Animation overall is okay, reaching a highpoint during Gohan's transformation, but overall it didn't have anything that really sticked out overall. It's typical movie quality, but it feels like at this point they weren't quite putting as much effort as the first couple of movies.
I think Tree of Might is good enough to warrant one watch through, but even for Dragon Ball Z fans I feel this ones a slog - with a wasted premise, average fights, and awful usage of just about every character, Dragon Ball Z's third outing to the cinema is a much weaker affair then the others, leading me to question the good things I'd heard about it prior to my watch, and hopefully not an indication of the future films quality. But, I digress - it has it's moments, but it's easily one of the weaker entries in Dragon Ball overall that I've ever seen.