Granted, The Tree of Might isn’t the best introduction to the Dragonball saga. Dragon Ball Z is probably the biggest anime ever created, and of course it’s going to have movies. Tree of Might is one of the good ones, in fact is probably the best DBZ movie so far. Over the years, my relationship with Dragon Ball Z has been tenuous at best. It seems that every time I’ve tried sampling the series, I’ve been turned off by the fact that most of its climactic battles boil down to which character can hulk out more versus their opponent. As a theatrical film, it’s purely a cash-in. With a running time of only 61 minutes, it’s not of substantial length to warrant a big-screen release and the animation is crude and simplistic.
In the movie Gohan, Krillin and Bulma are having a picnic day in the mountains, suddenly a meteor falls and the forest starts burning, they save the animals, but the forest is completely destroyed. It is revealed that the meteor is actually a scout send to search the earth for a good place to plant the “seed”. The seed is a tree so powerful that it sucks the life out of the planet and leaves it a desert. The aliens get their way and soon the plant starts creating havok in planet earth. Tree of Might is worth a casual watch simply because it’s mildly engaging from beginning to end. The story itself is a little more epic than a TV episode, since the events affect the entire planet, but the rest of the world isn’t brought into the story.
The Tree of Might is spent with Goku’s family and is more comedy and character-oriented. A new fan stumbling upon this will wonder why Gohan is tailed while his father Goku isn’t, why Piccolo is green-skinned, and why we should care who King Kai is. This really is a film you have to be familiar with the series before you just dive into it. If you’ve only seen the movies, and nothing from the tv series, you may be lost, but you can still enjoy the visuals and the action packed show on this disc.
Is The Tree of Might worth seeing? The action sequences are as good as the TV series which isn’t surprising given that it looks like some of the animation was recycled. And the film is certainly not without charm. Otherwise, an excellent show if you’re a DBZ fan. Somewhat difficult for newer fans. I guess it comes with the territory.