Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Dragon Ball Z Movie 4: Lord Slug

Genre: Action / Fantasy
Parental Guidance Recommended
1991 Akira Toriyama, Toei Animation, Fuji TV

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Cover Description:
The end of the world is fast approaching, in the form of a giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Not if Goku has anything to say about it! Goku and Krillin race to the rescue. Using their incredible powers, they narrowly deflect the asteroid from its deadly course. The Earth is saved... or is it?

A dark vessel descends from the surface of the asteroid, carrying a powerful new enemy - the evil overlord, Lord Slug. His forces have come to take control of the Earth and steal its natural resources, only in the process they intend to wipe out the entire human race! And when Lord Slug discovers the seven magic Dragon Balls, it seems nothing can stop his diabolical plans from coming to pass!

Now that Lord Slug has the power of Dragon Balls in his grasp, can even Goku save the Earth from the clutches of this mysterious invader?

Darth Paul set out a trap! >>> by skysenshi
This is torture! When my brother Darth Paul said he could not stand this title long enough to write an opinion, he wasn't kidding. Making me watch Lord Slug must be sort of a sibling prank.

First of all, I would just like to state that the English dubbing of the version that I just watched is definitely not from any country whose people are fluent in English. I'm pretty sure the dub actors didn't come from my country, despite the fact that English is not our primary language either. Most of them were talking with syntax that went, "Apologize me," when the normal structure should have been, "Forgive me." This made it quite difficult for me to understand some of what they are talking about.

The plot is nothing new. It still has the same story: Enemies getting hold of all seven dragon balls and requesting the "ultimate power" from the summoned Dragon. Goku and company get their posteriors kicked for a while and then of course still win at the end of the day. We've seen this all before, haven't we? There isn't anything exciting or remotely hilarious (except for the sheer stupidity of Piccolo's opponent. I quote: "Don't kill me, we could be friend! Oh, I'm glad. I be so glad you have set me to be your friend!" D-oh. You don't say that to Piccolo because he is not SailorMoon.). As a matter of fact, this movie is so lacking in any new development/improvement, the Dragon Ball saga can still go on even without this.

I can't really say anything positive here except for the artwork and the vibrance of the colors used, which is trademark of Dragon Ball and quite possibly the reason for the fandom's attraction to this series. If you're a Dragon Ball fan, I could recommend watching other DBZ titles such as the specials Bardoc, The Father of Goku and The History of Trunks. Other movies that would be better seen are DBZ Movie 8, DBZ Movie 13, and DBZ Movie 14 .

Oh yes, I almost totally forgot. There was one really funny moment that had my ears nearly bursting. You wouldn't believe how the grand master bad boss gets defeated. Mfpf...mffp...ha ha...ha ha ha! I guess Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug isn't totally devoid of humor after all!

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 7; Characters 7; Sounds 5

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