They’re the best Anime that 1991 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Original Movie, Mobile Suit SD Gundam Musha, Knight, Commando, Dragon Ball Z Movie 04: Super Saiyajin da Son Gokuu, and more!
5: Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Original Movie
English: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water – The Motion Picture
Japanese: ふしぎの海のナディア 劇場用オリジナル版
MAL Score: 5.35
Three years after the defeat of Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis, a new threat has surfaced bent on bringing the world under his control. Geiger, using advanced robot technology, is attempting to begin a world war, and take control of the devistated world after the destruction has stopped. Once again, Nadia and Jean must fight to save the world, only this time from itself.
Regrettably, the "cartoonish" aura is made even more apparent by the animation. "Sub-par" doesn’t even come close to describing how sloppy and unattractive it is. Compared to even the Lincoln and floating island episodes (which were visually awful in comparison to the better eps), it simply looks dreadful. The recycled footage that makes up the first thirty minutes (ironically the best part of the movie, except it’s all poorly edited and sequenced in a way that will confuse all but those who are familiar with the series) only reinforces the dubious quality of the movie as a whole. Actually, wasting the first thirty minutes with footage is a major mistake on the filmmakers’ part: it provides little to no time for whatever story there is to fully develop.
Worse still, the new characters come across as cliché, cardboard cutouts. The villain of the piece in particular, Dr. Giegar, a sort of mad scientist with a silly-looking hairdo, is laughable–it is suggested early on that he is worse than Gargoyle, but he turns out to be just the opposite. He’s nowhere nearly as frightening or fully-realized. The central new character to the show is Fuzzy, a blonde (and not very talkative) girl who serves to reunite Jean and Nadia after two years of living apart, and unfortunately, she comes across as the dullest in the show. Probably the only character to show any depth is her distant father, Dr. Whola, the sort of gruff man who at first rejects his daughter for being a carbon copy of the real thing who was killed (oh, surprise), only to realize his error. But even then, there is something about him that feels very forgettable.
Remember how most of the island episodes (and the Africa ones) seemed to press reset on most of the main characters and have them behave in over-exaggerated ways? Well, this movie is guilty of doing the same–the biggest problem I have is why Grandis and her gang would go back to a life of crime… *and* even attack Jean! Didn’t they already establish a close relationship with the leads? It’s also baffling that the movie starts out with Jean and Nadia separated. The pair had already confessed their feelings for each other by the end of the series, so why is Nadia trying to be an independent reporter in London? And how in the world did Jean end up with an annoying parrot as a pet? Well, at least when they become paired up, their relationship at least isn’t as grotesquely warped as in the worst episodes, but it still feels hokey and weird. It’s even more surprising that Marie, King, Electra, and even Ayerton were written out of all this. (There is a disclaimer that this happens before the events of the epilogue, but come on now!)
Even the music proves to be very disappointing; on its own it’s not bad, but for much of the time it comes across as irritating and ill-fitting with much of the visuals. There were times when the BGM tracks in Nadia were a little bland, but they were not as weak as in this film. Shiro Sagisu has done a lot better work than this. The vocal tracks are not much better, although the closing number, "My Precious Trick Star", does at least emerge as decent.
One thing that is fairly well done about the movie is the relationship between Nadia, Jean, and Fuzzy–not something I was expecting to say. Unlike the Africa village episodes, which jammed in a useless and mean-spirited love triangle, this one is not as annoying–there is no issue about Fuzzy’s age and Jean remains consistent. In fact, there are two very cute romantic interludes between Jean and Nadia which at least provide some charm (one on a boat, and at the end). And while the resolution of the triangle regarding Fuzzy did feel very much like a cop-out and lacked emotion, it at least wraps out inoffensively (albeit predictably).
Believe it or not, the other saving grace about the movie is the dub, provided by ADV’s Monster Island studios. Nadia has always been one of my favorite dubs to listen to, and it’s a treat to hear the principal cast reprise their roles. Rather amusingly, the script even works in a joke about Jean’s French accent! (And while it’s still pretty shaky in this movie, I can’t imagine Jean without it.) The new characters are fairly well voiced too, particularly Eric Henshaw as Dr. Whola; they do their best with their cardboard cut characters and provide consistent energy and liveliness.
All in all, however, I will not be visiting Nadia: The Motion Picture again any time soon. Even though it wasn’t as hideous as most reviews were making it out to be (it’s definitely better than the Africa episodes, but inevitably worse than both island sequences combined), I do believe that its poor reputation is well-deserved. Wasting 30 minutes of recycled footage, as mentioned, was a bad idea, and it’s even more disappointing that there wasn’t much more thought put into the script. The original creative staff also had nothing to do with this movie; it was simply made just to cash-in on the show. As a matter of fact, you can just skip it and you won’t miss much at all.
Speaking as someone who really liked the original Nadia series, this movie is a disgrace to everything the series stood for and everything that was great about it. The story is horrible, the characters are just a fragment of what they were like in the series and the animation is just plain bad. Even the hardcore Nadia fans should stay away from this one and it’s definitely an experience that needs to be wiped from your memory. There is just nothing here worth watching.
Sure sequels can certainly be terrible but I wasn’t overly convinced this could really be as bad as everyone made it appear. I mean the series is truly fantastic, one of the all time classics and even at it’s worst it’s still okay, the Island filler Arc is still quite enjoyable in my opinion and is nowhere near as bad as many would have you believe. At least in the case of the Island Arc its bad because it ruins the pacing but it stays somewhat true to the characters and the overall vibe of the show. So obviously having differing opinions from most about the Island Arc as a completionist I saw fit to track down the DVD release of the sequel film and see what I had mercifully avoided or simply missed.
So here just over 90 or so minutes later I sit with this one truth having been learnt and that is simply this—it’s all true. Every bit of it is true and in some ways I believe it’s worse than what I had heard prior to viewing. Nadia the Secret of Blue Water The Motion Picture is indeed total garbage! So with a deep breath and a stretch of the fingers lets get into why…
The film opens with a sequence about the world powers on the brink of World War (which in the Nadia universe would never have happened before) ending with a Navy Admiral literally evaporating while making a speech, umm okay then. After that we get the credits and find Nadia working at a Newspaper in London as the news of human evaporation’s continues to spread. Now if you remember that the epilogue to the TV series takes place 12 years later then I suppose this film is meant to fit inbetween. So Nadia has moved to London to become a journalist and Jean remains back in France. Anyway even in this first sequence of Nadia on screen there are some early warning signs of the horrid nature of this film to come because the Animation here is woeful, looking like it had been made in the sixties and this trend continues for much of the film but I’ll return to that abit later.
Because first this 90 minute sequel (or 1 hour and 27 minutes or so to be more exact) isn’t even really that long because after that short scene with Nadia in London the next 25 minutes of the film are spent recapping the TV series and not of a lick of it makes sense. The TV series is 39 episodes long with a running time closing in on 15 hours. So the opening of this film tries to cram that story into just 25 minutes! It doesn’t even use narration to join the huge jumps in story beats despite having a totally easy way to justify it as the recap was started by Nadia writing a letter. Instead it’s just a mish mash of some of the more stand out moments from the TV series all spliced together and it’s utterly incomprehensible. Sure if you have seen the show then you can start throwing mind darts at trying to pinpoint where this scene takes place and quickly try to piece together the hows and whys from your fuzzy memory (it’s been 2 years since I saw the TV series) but in the end it’s not worth trying. We literally get scenes of Nadia and Jean being split from one another only for the next recap scene to have them back together. Bad guys are suddenly good guys between scenes, it’s a total mess. It also comes to an abrupt end before entirely recapping the series and jumps straight back into the film timeline.
My question is what was the point of this recap? If it was to get those who had not watched the show upto speed then it’s totally useless. Was it a refresher for those of us who have seen the series? Probably but it again is damn near incomprehensible and is a highlights package at best. Basically the whole thing is pointless and it takes up a third of the film and ends abruptly as it had started.
Right so once the recap is over we now join Jean in France where he discovers a girl washed up on the shore and proceeds to help her. Her name is Fuzzy and she is key to the plot with the evaporating Humans and all that rubbish. As both Jean and Nadia on either side of the Channel piece together whats going on fate brings them back together and the adventure begins. I won’t talk about anymore of the story except that the whole thing is pretty boring and weird. So yeah the story isn’t that good but is that really enough reason to hate this film, well it doesn’t help but no it’s not the entire reason I think this film is garbage. The main reason is how this film looks and how the characters are in this version.
This is an ugly film, the original series was made by Gainax and has some incredibly iconic designs, Nadia’s especially looks amazing and her ethnicity being represented with such beauty was really fantastic and not something often done in Anime at the time and honestly even now to some degree. Anyway suffice to say the original series was a great looking production for the time period, feeling streets ahead of what most TV productions were at the time. The film is god awful by comparison. It’s worth mentioning the film wasn’t actually made by Gainax at all, instead it was a production by Sogo Vision, who did work on the TV series in some capacity but here they were in charge (so far as I’m aware). The main issue is the character designs are a poor representation of those in the TV series, sure the characters have grown up abit but Nadia especially looks awful, her whole design feels like a bootleg version of the design in the original TV series. But the problems with the animation continue beyond just the characters and straight into the actual motion of the film. For example there is a sequence of Nadia in London running into a warehouse away from some pursuers and it’s so stilted looking, as if entire frames of animation have gone missing. It truly looks amateur and her face in that warehouse looks like a brown blob with with giant white blobs for eyes, it’s so poor. As for the characters themselves I feel as though again they are just really poor versions of the originals. It’s weird to say this because it’s Anime but it genuinely feels like they are all just ringing it in as it were. No one feels genuine or invested and are all hollow. Nadia and Jean’s relationship is just cold and stagnated throughout. All the charm they had and the love is just not portrayed at all. Just plain and lifeless across the board.
Anyway I’m just going to summarize now as my fingers are tired from all this typing. My recommendation is don’t watch this film unless you feel you have to. I understand the completionist mindset and yeah if you want to you should totally watch this film just to see how badly handled a property can be even with the best intentions.
But if you don’t have that morbid curiosity then steer clear from this and remain pure and your mind crystal clear with the memory of the beauty of Blue Water and not this rancid polluted swamp this film turned it into.
4: Mobile Suit SD Gundam Musha, Knight, Commando
English: Musha, Knight, Commando: SD Gundam Emergency Sortie
Japanese: 機動戦士ＳＤガンダム 武者 騎士 コマンド ＳＤガンダム緊急出撃
MAL Score: 5.67
The first episode, Musha, Knight, Commando: SD Gundam Emergency Sortie, features the three Gundams and a young girl named Riplin joining together to fight evil.
The second episode, Dawn of Papal, Episode 103: Suginamu’s Bride, stars Artesia in a fantasy-themed adventure.
3: Dragon Ball Z Movie 04: Super Saiyajin da Son Gokuu
English: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 超サイヤ人だ孫悟空
MAL Score: 6.57
Gohan Son and Piccolo are peacefully playing when they sense a powerful entity approaching Earth. It soon reaches everyone’s ears that this entity is in fact a small planet on a deadly collision course with Earth. Gokuu Son and Kuririn attempt to change the small planet’s path with a Kamehameha, but the attack fails and the two warriors are blown away. However, after coming very close to Earth’s surface, the object changes direction on its own and explodes soon after.
The small planet reveals itself to be a vehicle for what seems to be a castle. A large army emerges out of the structure and declares that the planet is now in possession of Slug, king of the universe. While defending the city against the invaders’ attack, Gohan loses his Dragon Ball, allowing Slug to take it. After reading Bulma’s mind and stealing her Dragon Radar, Slug commands his army to collect the wish-granting relics. With the Dragon Balls in his possession, he uses them to wish his youth back. Now young, wise, and very powerful, Slug commences world domination.
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!
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.
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.
2: Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Itsudatte My Darling
English: Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling
Japanese: うる星やつら いつだって マイ ダーリン
MAL Score: 6.83
Lupica, another one of the legion of space princesses that all seem to have found out about Earth in some tour book, appears and abducts Ataru!
But Lupica isn’t after Ataru for his great looks or charming personality (because he doesn’t have either). Lupica’s goal is the greatest love potion in the galaxy, which she intends to use to induce her sweetheart to tie the knot. To get it, she needs the possessor of the greatest lust in the universe…
I hesitate to write a review for this movie. It’s known in the UY community as one of the worst of the series. I actually waited a few weeks while I fully digested this movie to edit my review, something I normally don’t think is necessary. Honestly, the longer time goes by the more generous I usually am with a score. That wasn’t the case here, because once I started reading the synopsis, I was given a PTSD flashback. As a note, I enjoyed this movie because it is UY, not because it is a good movie. Scores are given relative to the original series.
For comparison, I loved the series, giving it a score of 10.
If you’re going for the “Complete UY” achievement, I suggest watching this around episode 190 in the series so that you have some decent material left to make you forget about this atrocity.
The story is not a bad concept, but it just feels so familiar. I kept feeling like I’ve seen it before. I can see some similarities to “The Final Chapter,” but I wouldn’t say it’s a direct copy by any means. However, that isn’t the biggest problem, because if it was, I think the story would still earn a decent score. Looking at the movie, it feels like every idea put on the drawing board somehow made it into the final product. Furthermore, it feels like one giant best of segment, where the “best ofs” are situations and script, as opposed to just a re-airing. Seriously, the entire movie seems to do nothing but reference the series, while surrounded by a slightly different story. As a result, the story ends up feeling like a jumbled hot mess. There are a number of “false endings,” most notably at the 30 minute mark, where I was a bit shocked to see that I wasn’t even halfway through yet. Then there are times where it jumps around so quickly, that coherency is broken. UY is no stranger to bat-shit crazy, but still within the madness there was some type of coherency. This movie felt like the story board director fell asleep during production and then woke up at the premier.
The art was worse than the series. Sometimes faces were incredibly bland and featureless, other times main characters looked strange. The art in the series and every other movie was not only better, but cleaner. Remember when I said there was no coherency about the storyline? Well there is coherency between the story line and the art. Both are incredibly choppy and jump around. A bit dizzying, honestly. So much stuff happens so quickly that at times I felt like I had whiplash.
As for sound, I can only guess that they didn’t have the money in the budget to hire a real orchestra. Not only is the music writing generally bad, but the vast majority sounds like it was, at the very least, recorded on a keyboard. That’s being nice, because it really sounds like they just had a computer midi program play it back. They would’ve been better off just using the series’ original score. It would’ve been cheap, I would’ve still mentioned that it was a cop-out, but it would’ve gotten a better score and actually been good. Acting is on par with the rest of the series.
Then let’s talk about how the movie’s goal seemed to be a cameo of every character ever used in the series. Kinda like it was a cameo of every situation that happened in the series. Ten’s mother? Suddenly on earth standing in a random crowd of people on the street. The Phantom Red Mantle? Chillin’ outside a bar on a different planet. Almost every background character was a character from the series at some point. It was ridiculous and distracting.
Is there anything I like about “Always My Darling?” Sure. The very last scene with Cherry was classic UY and made me laugh. I laughed at the scene before that as well, not because it was good, but because of it’s absurd “suddenly we’re all friends” approach to Lupika. And therein lies the problem, if there was anything I did like about this movie, it’s overshadowed by the blatant money grab this poorly executed movie was.
I think, at heart, the storyline had potential despite being a homologation of most of the other story arcs. Honestly, had the story been executed properly and many of the reference-to-a-past-joke scenes been eliminated, I probably wouldn’t have noticed its repetitive plot.
I enjoyed this movie because it is UY, not because it is a good movie. The story isn’t bad, but it is plagued by poor execution. Along with the art editing, it just jumps around too much and is really annoying. The music is just plain bad. If you want the UY achievement for watching all of the series/OVAs/movies, you’ll have to sit through this long 77 minute movie, otherwise, I’d just skip it.
I’ll keep this short, the storyline behind this film feels like they took specific parts of previous Urusei Yatsura films and stitched them together to make…this. I won’t summarize the plot, because I’ll sound like a broken record, but if you made it this far into Urusei Yatsura and read the synopsis for this film, you know exactly what’s going to happen. None of it was bad in any way, but you’ve seen it all before. It had some goofy moments that made laugh, and some sad moments that made me a little emotional. It’s just Urusei Yatsura, that’s all. The story wasn’t exceptional, but it wasn’t underwhelming either. It was just mediocre. I do love the scene where Ataru tricks his entire class and manipulates them into doing random stuff for the love potion. Mendo threatens to kill Ataru if he doesn’t tell him where it is, but Ataru can’t tell them where it is if he’s dead, so he takes advantage of them. That was a great scene, but it didn’t last all that long.
The music is not worth mentioning. It sounds just like the other songs from the last couple of films. Something that is worth mentioning are the character designs. I love them! I briefly mentioned in my last review that over time, the character designs, with each film were becoming more refined and expressive. I think the characters look fine in any specific way they’re drawn; even in the first film. Always My Darling did an excellent job at giving these characters a more updated 90’s look, it fits them very well. It looks like I’m watching Ranma ½! They have the exact same character designs, and at this point, Takahashi’s art style had changed a lot over a decade.
This film was okay. It had it’s moments, but it wasn’t all that good. I’m still putting it ahead of Remember My Love, because that film feels so uninspired and dry compared to the other films. Keep in mind, the gap in quality between Remember My Love and Always My Darling is not that big. I’m giving it a slight edge, only because I found more enjoyment out of this film. And with that, I’M DONE REVIEWING THESE MOVIES! Took some time, and a few pair of eyeballs, but I’m done. This movie gets a 6 out of 10. I’m gonna go watch Ranma ½ for the umpteenth time. Later, fuckfaces (￣▽￣)ノ.
Movies: 3 < 6 < 1 < 4 < 2 < 5 Story: 4/10 Art: 7/10 Sound: 5/10 Characters: 6/10 Enjoyment: 7/10 Overall: 6/10 [/collapse]
1: Dragon Ball Z Movie 05: Tobikkiri no Saikyou tai Saikyou
English: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ とびっきりの最強対最強
MAL Score: 7.04
Gokuu Son and his friends are out camping when three mysterious enemies ambush them. After a quick fight, a fourth enemy named Cooler joins the fray. Seeking retribution for his younger brother Frieza after he was defeated, Cooler attacks Gokuu; however, the latter manages to escape with Gohan Son and goes into hiding. Unsatisfied and infuriated with the outcome, Cooler and his men begin the hunt to uncover Gokuu’s location and kill him to carry out their plans of exacting revenge.
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]”Let him clean up his own mess, You have a lot to learn brother”.
This Movie like a lot of the other dbz films is a very simple yet a fun typical
45 minute film to watch. As the name suggest Cooler’s Revenge is about Goku facing off against 1 of the major antagonist Frieza – To be precise his older brother Cooler who wants to take his vengeance out on goku for what happen to frieza.
The prologue starts of during the demise of goku’s former Saiyan home world planet Vegeta’s being destroyed by frieza, Overlooking the destruction in his spaceship along with his crew finding out that 1 of the spaceship getting away from the planet is heading to earth cooler delays the order and decides to let it go.
A few decades later Cooler Hears of frieza being defeated by goku that transform into a super saiyan. Cooler while annoyed by frieza’s defeat,
He and his crew head to earth to kill goku and to avenge his younger brother’s death and to restore his own family name to be feared in the universe once again. As you can see with most Dbz films the premise of its story is basic and of course easy to watch.
Cooler is Honestly without a doubt my favourite movie villain in the Db franchise I mean his name says it all, he is arrogant, remorseless and condescending not to mention he pretty much hates his brother frieza and the saiyans. He also exercises a greater control of power compare to that of frieza which makes him a dangerous foe for goku to fight against on this occasion. Cooler’s Armoured squad are a blatant rip off of the Ginyu force and other nothing special.
The other characters are pretty much the same in the movie like the other movies as well as Piccolo who makes his role in the film in such a Badass way! The fight between goku and cooler was just unforgettable from cooler’s Epic! Transformation which we find out is a transformation beyond that of frieza final transformation and of course it proves how deadly he can be in that form when he fights against goku which overwhelms goku like with frieza upper hand against him on namek in the series.
The music is fine but I like the songs more for the dub’s US music score as it included some great heavy metal bands for the more intense action scenes. both sub and dub is good especially cooler’s english voice actor
Andrew Chandler suited his role nicely as the villain.
Of course animation was the standard pretty much for its time and actually is okay.
overall quite an enjoyable simplistic film to say the least which I could only wish that cooler wasn’t just a movie character but a character that was actually relevant within the series as well.
7 out of 10.
Story- (7/10) As I said before, the story is simplistic. To tell the truth, there are not even 10 characters in this movie. And the main character, which we all know is Goku, is hurt half the movie. So, yeah, that was kind of disappointing.
Art- (7/10) Dragonball Z art is nothing really special (but today the art is really good). This movie was made back in the early 90s, so the art doesn’t hold up as well. But, if you are a true Dragonball Z fan, you’ll enjoy this movie.
Sound- (8/10) The sound for this movie was very good. I’m still wondering why they use heavy rock for the U.S. version of this movie. To me, it sounds better than the Japanese 2.0 mono. But if you don’t like the 2.0 mono, there is also a Japanese 5.1 stereo and also English 5.1 stereo. (I know these are the tracks on the DVD’s, not sure about the Blu-Ray’s though)
Character- (8/10) It’s Dragonball Z. C’mon. They’re all the same characters we know and love. But there is one character that did an amazing job. And that is Cooler. Andrew Chandler (who is Cooler), does an amazing job playing this role. I’m surprised he isn’t in more anime, or voice over casts for that matter. Dude did an amazing job.
Enjoyment- (8/10) Truth be told, being a Dragonball Z fan, I love anything from the franchise. But, if I have to look at this from a serious perspective, it’s not all that great.
Overall- (7/10) Bottomline, this movie is good. Not great, but just good. If you like Dragonball Z, go watch this movie. Even buy it on DVD. It’s like 4 bucks for the original release. Even if you don’t like DBZ, this is a good movie to watch.
I wanted to avoid writing reviews of anything I considered a personal favorite, anything I would of rated a 10, or anything I especially hated to avoid being biased. I’m going to go against that rule for this movie though, because it’s an absolute must see for any DBZ fan.
Cooler’s Revenge is an example of a series-based movie adaptation that does everything right. It flows into the series timeline without any notable contradictions to the canon timeline, while still retaining relevance and ties to the main story. Being under an hour in run time it is a fast paced movie never lacking a dull moment. Backed by one of my all time favorite soundtracks to a movie or anime, Cooler’s Revenge is sure to hold your attention from start to finish. (Soundtrack may be less appealing to those with less of an affinity to rock/metal)
While I think anyone who likes action/martial arts anime could walk into this movie and enjoy it, it requires familiarity with the Dragon Ball Z series to fully understand and appreciate. Cooler’s Revenge takes place inbetween the Frieza and Android sagas.
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