Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (Manga One-Shot)

Spoilers ahead for the new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', which is coming to theaters in the United States August 4th through 12th. For information on how to get tickets and see it, keep an eye on The following is from a three-part one-shot manga drawn by Toyotarou and based on Akira Toriyama's script for the movie. (Toyotarou will be doing a manga adaption for Dragon Ball Super for V-Jump every month, as well, for those of you who prefer to read your Dragon Ball instead of watch it.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (DBZ Movie 14)

Long ago, a chance meeting between two people lead to an adventure of great heights and legends, the likes of which the Earth has never known.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dream 9: Toriko x One Piece x Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special

While not technically a "movie", the Dream 9 Super Collaboration Special is a TV special featuring Toei Animations giants, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, and the young (and eventually, canceled - in favor of more Dragon Ball Kai and now Dragon Ball Super) upstart, Toriko. It's a fun, if very poorly animated, two-episode-length special featuring the heroes from all three shows in an effort to cross promote Toriko's anime and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. (One Piece being included simply because One Piece prints money in Japan.) So with that out on the table, let's have a look at Toriko x One Piece x Dragon Ball Z!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dragon Ball Minus

In October of 1990, the Freeza Saga was in the middle of airing for the first time on Fuji TV. On October 17th, between Dragon Ball Z episodes 63 and 64, aired an hour long Dragon Ball Z TV Special... the first on its kind, entitled Dragon Ball Z: A Final Solitary Battle ~The Z Warrior Kakarotto's Father Challenges Freeza~. As the title suggests, the special focuses around Son Goku's biological father, Bardock, and his final, lonely battle against Freeza. Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama didn't contribute story or characters to the special (other than those characters taken from the original manga, like Freeza, Dodora, Vegeta, etc), but he did redesign and rename Bardock's crew based on character designer Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru's original work.

Left to right: Nakatsuru's original designs for Bardock Co., Toriyama's redesign of Bardock, Toriyama's redesign of Bardock Co.
(Images taken from Kanzenshuu. Read more about it on their Bardock History page.)

Toriyama, however, liked the TV Special so much that he included Bardock into the original manga, despite him not truly being his character.

What we see in Dragon Ball chapter 307 is a flash back to the TV Special itself, showing Bardock's final, one-man-stand against Freeza and another panel of Bardock being vaporized by Freeza along with Planet Vegeta. All the while, Freeza thinks to himself how this Son Goku looks so much like that last Saiyan who defied him. This moment was then adapted back into the anime with Dragon Ball Z episode 86

So that's Bardock. That's how he was conceived and that's how he became considered "canon" to even the manga's storyline, despite appearing originally in the anime.

This is a completely different story about Bardock.


Not dead yet, baby.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yo! Son Goku and Friends Return!! (Jump Festa 2008 Special)

Two years have passed since the climatic battle with Majin Boo. Son Goku, Vegeta, Mr. Boo, and Mr. Satan finally defeated the monster together, on the Planet of the Kaioshin. Yet the only one who was given any credit to the world at large for the victory was Earth's mighty champion, Mr. Satan. And much to the dismay of his daughter Videl, the glory of it has very much gone to his head.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dragon Ball Z ep 288 - You're Late, Goku! Everyone Party!!

It's a beautiful morning in the land of Paozu. Months have gone by since the battle with Majin Boo, and Earth has gone back to peace. And the heroes who made that peace possible are gathering today in Metro West, to eat delicious barbeque together. Too bad their mom is making them dress up for the occasion.

Dragon Ball Z ep 287 - Peace Returns!! Majin Boo, Champion of Justice?!

At long last, the struggle is over. Majin Boo is dead. With the combined powers of Son Goku, Vegeta, Mr. Boo, Mr. Satan, the people of Earth, and three well-placed wishes to Porunga, Majin Boo was slain by a Super Genki Dama.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dragon Ball Z ep 286 - Son Goku is the Strongest After All!! Majin Boo Is Eliminated

Although the Super Genki Dama is complete, Vegeta is too weak to move away from the blast zone. Goku grits his teeth in frustration, unwilling to let his friend die, especially so soon after his reprieve from death and Hell itself.

"S-Stupid bastard!! Don't worry about me! Just hurry and get him, dammit!"