I enjoyed this Dragonball Z film, it did not have quite the story or length as the first film featuring Broly, but it makes up for this fact by being fast paced. A killer comet or some such space rock is headed for Earth, somehow causing a bunch of natural disasters in the process. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, though, the meteor is diverted…only for a new threat to descend on Earth from the asteroid. Enter Lord Slug, the enigmatic tyrant from beyond the stars who has come to claim the Dragon Balls and turn Earth into his new frozen, barren homeworld. It’s up to Goku and co. to stop him! This movie tends to suffer from what I call “GT Syndrome.” Goku transforming into something that King Kai abruptly calls a “Super Saiyan,” but it doesn’t look like a Super Saiyan, act like a Super Saiyan, or seem half as strong as a Super Saiyan. Wikipedia calls it an “Enraged Super Saiyan,” or “1/2 Super Saiyan,” an SS transformation driven by pure rage which pushes him about halfway into it.
It’s another alternate storyline of the TV series, and it mostly takes place after the “Tree of Might film” cause this one doesn’t fit anywhere in the any of the TV series sagas. Keep in mind this aniem is over 20 years old. The DBZ Anime has incredible effects that would make US Animators fall flat on their behinds. I like the way they made a big Getta Star Spaceship descend on the earth, illuminating the threat that has struck the earth. Gohan, Oolong, and Bulma head off to see this new ship and are shocked to see that the Space Men by Lord Slugh have captured many people on Earth and made their slaves. Gohan still maturing after his battle with Vegita in the Dragonballz series and Raddittsu, tries to interfere from the Space Men conquering the earth, and even manages to catch the eye of Lord Slug who is watching everything from his hologramic computer.
Now onto the bad news. This movie suffers from an extremely shallow and ill-conceived plot. It seems that this movie’s screenwriter did this movie’s story in a very hurried and half-hearted effort (which made a lot of sense, considering that by this point, Toei Animation called for two Dragon Ball Z movies to be released annually in March and July to be screened at Toei’s annual anime fairs and in theaters). Nearly ever aspect of this movie looked like it was put together without much thought, including the villains, the plot, the animation (from time to time), and in many of the scenes such as how Slug is stopped. The plot often repeats elements found in the previous DBZ movie, Earth’s Ultimate Deciding Battle a.k.a. The Tree Of Might.
This movie was an improvement over the lasr DBZ movie as the plot centered around a villain closely related to a major villain in the DBZ TV series. This DBZ movie attempts to try some new things, such as putting more of a focus on Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan in the battles and spicing the battle sequences with samurai-film-like elements. As DBZ fans will enjoy the battles and the villain, this DBZ movie’s plot suffers from being a bit shallow as it only focuses on the villain’s plan to destroy Earth. Also, DBZ fans may be a bit disappointed by the movie’s short running time of 47 minutes. Nowadays thanks to blu-ray, you can buy these short films bundled together so I would recommend a purchase, but not a standalone purchase.