Thursday, January 1, 2004

Dragon Ball Z Movie 11: Super Warrior! I am the Warrior!

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

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MarkPoa's Description:
Android 18 has come to collect what Mr. Satan owes her for throwing their fight, but someone has also come to challenge Mr. Satan. Goten and Trunks stow away for the fight, but they discover something more sinister than they ever expected: Broly is alive! How did this happen? And what's happening to him?

NOTE: Some of the reviews were written sometime in 2004 and was recorded in the classic Otaku Fridge as ??.??.2004. Unfortunately the database would not accept non-numerical values, so this review is now dated January 01, 2004 by default.

Worst. Dragonball Movie. Ever. >>> by MarkPoa (??.??.2004)

I really wanted to like this movie. I really did. But some things about it really grate.

Let's start with the good points.

First, the focus of the movie was a surprisingly refreshing change. Rather than having Gohan or dad Goku as the main protagonists, this movie gives Goten, Trunks, Android 18, and even Krillin a chance to shine. Goten and Trunks, when not overplayed, are very interesting and fun characters.

Second, the visual quality is fine. No complaints here.

Now for the bad points.

First of all, Bio-Broly is a real poor imitation of his former incarnations. He was great in the first movie as an unstoppable menace. I even liked his second appearance. But this is just silly. You could have just put in a generic villain and it wouldn't have made a difference. You would have just had to remove the phrase "It's Broly!" from the characters' dialogue.

And c'mon. Why resurrect Broly again?!? He's like freaking Doomsday from the Superman comics. (Hmmm.... Maybe not that far off an analogy...)

Next, the fight was as boring as can be. Since Bio-Brolly in his mutated form is a moving pile of blob, most of the fight degenerated to him simply standing still and unaffected by the protagonists' blows as they rush him. It just dragged. When I watch a Dragonball Z movie, I half expect it to be action-packed within the first few minutes.

So, no, I won't recommend that you see this. There are other DBZ movies you can watch and enjoy. Unless, you're a completist like me who just has to watch everything in a series, stay away.

Art: 7; Story & Plot: 4; Characters: 6; Sounds: 6

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