Certain questions have always plagued mankind. Can absolute morals exist in the absence of a God or some form of karmic retribution, or does morality become relative and all is permitted because nothing is innately wrong? If highly religious countries always have lower suicide rates than atheist countries due to the fear of eternal damnation, should religion be promoted to stabilize society even if we know many of the stories aren't true? Finally, what IS the worst fucking DBZ movie?!
The story of Lord Slug is that there is a super powerful Namekian that comes to Earth in order to gather the dragon balls and
wish for eternal youth. Keep in mind that he has an interstellar ship and MUST be aware of the Namekian dragon balls, that grant 3 wishes instead of 1 and are less well defended, because the toughest Namek is Nail with a power level of only around 40K. Lord Slug decides to defy ALL logic and come to Earth, so that this movie can totally rip off the King Piccolo story arc from Dragon Ball. Goku and friends must sense this powerful being coming, but decide to do nothing and just allow his minions to gather the dragonballs and grant a wish. If he had wished for immortality, the gang would be screwed because Lord Slug isn't going to open the "Dead Zone" and off himself. Fortunately, Lord Slug is so stupid that he merely wishes for youth without adding that extra bit about not being able to die. How is he defeated? The first step in his downfall involves Gohan whistling. In this movie, Namekians are really weakened by whistling for...some reason. Keep in mind that this has ZERO precedence in the series, and apart from this movie is never used again! Goku then changes into a form that isn't a Super Saiyan, because Toriyama hadn't created the Super Saiyan design yet. Instead he becomes a glowing red form that fans now simply call "Champion of Christmas" after the TFS joke. Goku then finally defeats him with....wait for it....the spirit bomb! Seriously, Fuck this movie!
Art and Sound: 6/10
The fight scenes aren't nearly as good as some of the other DBZ movies, but they aren't absolutely terrible. The animation is generally decent for 1991 DBZ standards and the soundtrack (I'm talking about the Japanese one) is mostly just the same soundtrack from the series without any notable great track additions, unlike say the 7th or 8th movies. Basically the art and sound is fine, but it didn't feel like they were really going all out either. It felt like a quickly made, lazy cash grab because that is exactly what it was.
Does it have some of that trademark DBZ yelling and action? Yes it does. Does it have a few moments that were amusing? I would argue that it does. Is it a good movie? HELL NO! This movie is always a strong contender for the worst DBZ movie along with #6 (Mecha-Cooler) and #11 (Bio-Broly). All 3 are honestly horrible fucking movies that only rabid DBZ fans (like me) could even remotely enjoy, and even that is a stretch. My opinion on which of the 3 is the worst fluctuates, but most of the time I would respond that Lord Slug is in fact the worst of the whole bunch. This is obviously not counting the time traveling Bardock special, because that was a TV special and NOT a movie. Bottom line: don't watch this movie unless you are a HUGE DBZ fan and simply have to complete all the movies, just to say that you did!
After watching 4 Dragon Ball Z movies each better than the last, to my relief, they've finally stopped improving. I was getting worried at one point that I would have to start rating them like 8 or 9 eventually. :P
This is the first Dragon Ball Z movie that I watched in Japanese... and it turns out this is one of the few anime where the sub does not seem like much of an improvement upon the dub, if at all (assuming the dub in this one is of similar quality to those in other Dragon Ball Z movies). I mean, did they find a bunch
of kids to voice this thing?! Because that's what it sounds like, especially Goku's voice.
I think they actually attempted to produce something that's slightly more clever than most Dragon Ball Z movies. Unfortunately, the result isn't pretty. A couple of things happened during the battles that didn't entirely make sense. In addition I'm starting to get a bit tired of the ease at which the Eternal Dragon is summoned, the characters can do it so easily that I'm half expecting them to start collect the dragon balls and summon the Eternal Dragon just to fix a hole in their sock next time round. In case you don't know, once you collect all the dragon balls, you can summon the Eteneral Dragon which grants you a wish, after which the dragon balls all disappears ready to be collected again. Not only does it seem like something that belong more in a game than in a proper storyline, it's also a really bad plot devise that's basically like the cheesey short cut to everything - instead of going through the painstaking process of developing the story, you can just use the Eternal Dragon to get it to where you want it to be and voila, dilemma solved!
But Despite all the flaws, it's still one of the better Dragon Ball Z movies I've seen.
Ignore all these other reviews! I'm here to let you know that this movie is good! Obviously it has it's issues, but this is the first Dragon Ball Z movie to be enjoyable to watch. The first three movies simmer around mediocrity. It's not canon so feel no obligation to watch it. However, if you want some more fun Dragon Ball Z action, this is a worthwhile experience.
Let's just address this up front. Is Lord Slug a Piccolo rip off? YES! He is a Namekian. He commands an army (like Piccolo did when he originally took on Earth). He hunts the Dragon Balls to get
eternal youth. Slug's moveset is even the exact same. He even uses the "turn into a giant" move Piccolo used. Everything about him is a complete, utter, and unhidden rip off. But you know what, I'm not mad about it. It works. The story was good for Piccolo and it's good here. It's not original, but it's not boring to watch by any means. For a rip off, it does a serviceable job of making it entertaining.
To address another thing. Lord Slug did not go back to Namek to get the Dragon Balls because they used the Dragon Balls to exile him. I know this is minor, but reading other reviews bugged me. This is why. Moving on.
The animation and sound is on par with the anime at the time. The fight scenes are animated well. I love when fights actually have a bit of back and worth and are not entirely one sided. Not to mention Piccolo and Gohan get a bit of time to show off their moves. They are not the best fight scenes, but they stand above a lot of the one sided borefests that monopolize Dragon Ball Z. Sound features your regular Dragon Ball Z tunes. Nothing out of place. Voice acting is solid too for the dub.
Forget the haters. Yes the movie is unoriginal. It's not canon though. Just take it for what it is and I am sure you will enjoy it as well.
So, this time in our favourite show, "The Villain Recycle", the following movie's plot is a complete rehash from DB's King Piccolo-arc! Okay... sure, whatever. I mean... Frieza's yet not existant in a timeline, so we cant yet rehash him time and time again to - not permanent - death, no can we?!
Namekian, who's not named King Piccolo... or Kami... or NAAAAAAAIIILLL... lands on Earth, and freezes everything over - something, that Frieza would do, if judged by the name... He wants dragon thingies so he can be young again. Sounds familiar? Carrot and the gang are having non of it, since Piccolo is supposed
to be the handsomest Jolly Gree Giant on Earth, and so they start throwing their lives, limbs and kids at them, till the Piccolo 2.0 starts to erect... ehm, grow, and break shit - pretty basic stuff... nothing to get excited over. Some expositon in under a one minute happens, some flexing and flailing, Piccolo rips his ears off... what?! Once again, the bad guys are "surprisingly" inadept to kill the Carrot cake, and Piccolo gets finally some touch n' feel on his fellow namekian... slugdemon... pokemon-reject... thing? Asses are being pulled... humans are once again just a mear punchingbags... do Piccohan-fans finally wet their pants all at once?! Rated dirty R for antenna-pulling. Better not see it - namekians can't apparently even cum... just like their fans can't.
This movie is only 50-minutes long turd of a wasted money, and some Piccohan-fanfiction - I had to google that term! - and it took me over 3 hours to finish - I'm not even kidding! Still, I feel like I have to be honest, so I'm gonna say it... namekians are kinda cool! Bearing that in mind, I was kinda excited, when I noticed, that the villain of the "story", is yet another alien - namekian, if you didn't already guessed - and I was of course hoping, that just once... just freaking once, Piccolo of all people... aliens, would be the Hero of the Day, and save the Earth - more or less - since his latest attempt to save the world, was to allow it's inhabitants to be turned into candy, by some pink blop! Or... future attempt, was it? Oh, what the heck, some redemption would do some good for this guy anyway! But honestly, I could already see it now actually happening! Two namekians, green against bigger green, fighting for something, and so on! That would've been cool, and it would've brought something new to the table, as well as possibly expanding Piccolos already almost-non-existant character! But no! Of course, this movie had to be yet another Fanporn- movie, dedicated to Goku-wanks, and oh my, does it stink!
What I first noticed, while watching this... movie, is that a thinner-than-wallpaper- type of stories seems to really be the biggest trademark of DBZ - like the fans would mind about the story, right?! I actually counted down the actual "story-mode" of this movie, that I did, and it turned out to be only about 15 minutes, with rest of the movie being... you guessed it! Fighting, gawking at terror, more fighting, and oh, so very, very awful dialog! I mean... really bad dialog! Cringeworthy! So bad, that not even a porn-movie, would be proud about it... and this movie, is a Fanporn-movie! And it still is such a short movie! Hey! Idea! What if... instead of wasting my time, into all of this boasting, fighting and all this "Ah! He's so strong! I can't beat him! We're doomed!" bullshit, why not... now stay with me... actually give us some actual backstory, for our main villain?! You know... the villain, that seems to be even more hated, that Broly?! The whole quarter of the "story", that ever took place in this movie, was pretty much just about our villain, but the problem was... he didn't do anything! The way I saw it, he, Lord Slug that is, just came - not that way! - crashed into the scene, sat there like a tool, keeped acting like a tool, is later the actual tool, and then, right at the atmost last moment, we're given this under-minute- long backstory about him, and why he's doing all... that what he's doing! That's not a story! That's just some... really pathetically weak writing... at most and/or it's best! Weak, and stupid... much like this franchise, as a whole! Even his big plans were treated most of the time, like some throw-away- jokes, not to be taken seriously, and to be honest... that's how I felt! Nothing was serious, nothing had any meaning, and yet another wish, from a Deux ex Machina, was wasted, into pure idiotism! Someone... take those wreaking balls out of their hands - no pun intented! - and let's see, if the actual story would ever take in place!
Another problem, was... the villain, himself. Not that bad of a villain, honestly.... more like a Piccolo, on steroids. He's supposed to be this "ultimate ruler of the universe" - not Frieza, apparently - but really... he has absolutely nothing, on his name! We don't know him, his character, or his story! His just evil, for the sake of it, and nothing else! And what's up with that stupid weakness of his - whistling?! And Piccolo, too?! Really?! You can take these space-monkeys, screaming at you, and to each other, for like 15-minutes straight in constipation, and blowing shit up left and right, but you can't take couple of minutes, of some teeny whistling?! Wow! That's just... wow! And speaking of space-monkeys... why did we needed Goku, to be a hero to begin with in this film?! No, I know the answer! To give fans more reasons, to wank... but that's not the point! The point is, that this was clearly a bloodfeud, between namekians from opposite spectrums, with one of them being... not so big of a doucheback, than the second! No third hands needed here! Let them clean up their own shit... and rather somewhere else, than this God-forsaken Hellhole-Earth, please!
This movie felt like some stupid filler-episode, that was just mayde even too stupid, to put in actual tv-series, and that's saying alot! It had absolutely no story, very little plot - if any - and throw-away- villain, with no actual story of his own, character, or motives. Everything was too easy either to accomplish, or fix back to normal, so that very little consequense was left behind... if any - casualties of humanlives, and enviromental catastrophies are something, that this wolrd learnd to live with, and accept ages ago! I truly hate it, when our "heroes" treat the threaths of their homeworld, like some sort of everyday-happenings, like a stroll down the lane in a park at sunday-afternoons, and they even dare to laugh at it in the end! Some heroes! What about all those people, that I'm sure were killed, in the process?! Did they ever came back to live, or is it more important for Oolong, to wish another pair of pants?! And what about all that enviromental damage? Whatca gonna do with that?! Nothin'? Kay!
This is one of the purest Fanporn-movies, that I've seen, in a while. No story needed, 'cause who wants one of those - not the fans, right?! Plot is very light, like a cloud, made out of... thoughts, not water, and the villain's so stupid, and boring, that you don't remember him, right after this movie ends... if at all. What you get, is just some fighting, and... yeah, nothing else. Or, if you're a yaoi-fan, you can get something out of Piccohan - seriously, is that a real thing?! - but other than that... I wouldn't recommend this movie to anybody! Not even those, who are stupid enough, to watch these bad anime movies, and then write how bad they are! Like I said, this movie is a filler... or a demo-version of a storymode, for a Street Fighter. Don't expect to get anything good out of this, even if you actually like DBZ.
For once, the fans were right about something - this is one of the worst movies, this franchise has to offer... which is really, really bad!