Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Dragon Ball Z - World's Strongest: Movie 2 (Uncut, English Dubbed Version)

To the best of my knowledge this is the first Dragon Ball Z movie I saw. I've still got this bad boy on VHS, too. This isn't the Funimation version either, but the uncut Geneon version. That means that Sean Schemmel is not the voice of the main character Goku. Instead it's Peter Kelamis. All the other voices are different, too. Not bad, but certainly jarring for those used to the English Funimation voices. The most jarring is Dave Ward's Master Roshi. It's certainly the most difficult voice to tolerate. It just doesn't have the same ring as Mike McFarland's Roshi.

The opening theme song is called CHA-LA-HEAD-CHA-LA and it is sung by Hironobu Kageyama. Think cheesy '80's Japanese pop music. So brace yourself. It's the same as the original OP for the actual series. The Funimation dub has its own OP, though. 

There is also another song of which I must give you warning that takes place within the actual movie. It's another Japanese hit called, I Love Mr. Piccolo. Quite cringe-inducing indeed.

The plot itself is simple enough. Two mad scientists named Dr. Wheelo and Dr. Kochin want to seek out the world's strongest fighters so that they can take the body of the world's strongest fighter and use it for their own means.

Now what would do they want with a strong body? Well, Dr. Wheelo had an accident (can you say giant avalanche?) and his brain is now encased in a seriously tricked out glass bowl and he wants a strong body in which he can put his brain. Then he can rule the world... with science by his side.

Dr. Kochin plays the part of Renfield to Dr. Wheelo's Dracula and has to round up all the lucky candidates. For some reason they've never heard about Goku and they believe that Master Roshi is the world's strongest fighter. Yeah, go figure.

Well, this is early in the movie series. It's only the second of the thirteen Dragon Ball Z movies. Most of the movies cannot fit in the Dragon Ball Z plot and this is one of those that don't fit. There's no way Goku can have that symbol on his back (pictured above) and still be alive or on earth at the time this movie is supposed to take place. So just forget about that.

The movie is fun by itself. It's not the best of the DBZ movies, but it'll do in a pinch. At least it's an hour long. Most of the movies in the series are restricted to 50 or 45 minutes and that can be a downfall because it seriously restricts plot development. This one doesn't suffer from that. Just bad music.

I'd give this one a 6.7 out of 10. Better than some of the early DBZ movies, but not nearly as good as some of the later ones.

NOTE: In the uncut version are a few "hells" and "damns." I thought that was so cool when I was younger, but that's why they call it "uncut."

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