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The Dragonball series contains
many movies, tv specials, and an OAV (or OVA, stands for "original
animated video or original video animation). Most of these have
plots outside of the original story arcs that are seen in the
tv episodes. Several are a kind of "what if this happened
instead or on this side?" type of plot scenario.
The movies are roughly 60-90
minutes in length and were seen in Japan's movie theaters when
originally released. TV Specials were as they say, were first
aired via tv. Their lengths are about the same as the movies.
The OAV was a direct-to-videotape event. It didn't appear in
theaters or on tv.
- Here is the breakdown by series:
- Original Dragonball: 3 movies
& 1 TV Special
- Dragonball Z: 13 movies, 2 TV
Specials, & 1 OAV
- Dragonball GT: 1 TV Special
- I have given the translated
Japanese title as well as the English title, IF it has been released
in the US commercially. If not, no English title is given.
- Movie 1:
- English title: Curse of the
- Japanese title: The Legend
- This movie is actually a retelling
of when Goku originally meets up with Bulma, Yamcha, and Oolong.
It is actually a compact summary of the first several episodes
of the Dragonball tv episodes. The group is looking for the dragonballs
as is a monster with an unstoppable hunger. Naturally our "heroes"
and this monster with the same goal clash.
- Movie 2:
- English title: Sleeping Princess
in Devil's Castle
- Japanese title: The Princess
in Devil's Castle
- This movie almost seems to recap
more of the Dragonball tv episodes. Goku discovers who Roshi
is and seeks him for training. He also meets Krillen, who is
also seeking training under Roshi. To earn the right, Roshi sends
them to a castle called, Devil's Hand where a princess lives.
Whoever brings the princess back to Roshi will receive his training,
but there's more in the castle than just a princess. This movie
is a good telling of how Goku's and Krillen's friendship developed.
- Movie 3:
- English title: Mystical Adventure
- Japanese title: Mysterious
- Another retelling of more Dragonball
tv episodes. Goku and Krillen have completed Roshi's training
and enter the Tenkaichi Budoukai to test their skills. Emperor
Chaozu is sponsering the contest. Chaozu's wife is kidnapped
and Chaozu's evil advisor suggests that he needs to get the dragonballs
in order to get her back. While Goku & Krillen compete in
the tournament, Bulma sets out herself to find the dragonballs.
- DB 10th Anniversary Special
- Japanese name: The Way To
Become the Strongest
- This special begins with yet
another retelling of how Goku meets Bulma, Oolong, and Yamcha
up to where Goku destroys the Red Ribbon Army. The animation
of this special is done by the artists who also did the Dragonball
GT series. It is well drawn and shuts up those who knock the
GT artists for not conforming to Dragonball standards by not
drawing the characters correctly. They prove they are here.
- DRAGONBALL Z
- Movie 1:
- English title: Dead Zone
- Japanese title: Return My
- Garlic Jr. is gathering the
dragonballs so he can attain immortality then takeover Kami's
spot as God of Earth. Little Gohan is owner of one of the dragonballs
(it sits atop his hat) and so Garlic Jr's henchmen kidnap the
boy. Goku of course, wants his son back. Piccolo and Krillen
join him (they get bested by the henchmen and want to get even
for that). Garlic Jr. attains his goal, but nobody expects a
new hero to show hidden strength and rise to the occassion to
- Movie 2:
- English title: The World's
- Japanese title: The World's
- Dr. Kochin uses Shenron to free
his master, Dr. Wheelo from his icy jail. Wanting the strongest
body found on Earth, Dr. Wheelo goes after Roshi, who was the
strongest at the time Wheelo was imprisioned. He soon learns
that it is a man named Goku however and focuses his attention
- Movie 3:
- English title: Tree of Might
- Japanese title: Ultimate
Decisive Battle for Earth
- Turles, a full-blooded saiyan
who looks like Goku uses the Earth to grow the Tree of Might.
Anyone who eats the tree's fruit will obtain massive power. Turles
also notices Gohan and his tremendous potential. Turles and his
lackeys defeat most of the Z Warriors, including Goku, but Goku
isn't finished quite yet. With the entire planet and his son
in danger, this hero never says never.
- Movie 4:
- English title: Lord Slug
- Japanese title: Super Saiyajin
- In effort to regain his youth,
evil Namekian Slug lands on Earth to obtain the dragonballs.
Once he gets his wish, he tries to destroy the Earth. since it
is becoming an icy wasteland due to the sun being blocked. Goku
enters to thwart him and return the planet to normal, but not
without the help of Piccolo and Gohan.
- Movie 5:
- English title:Cooler's Revenge
- Japanese title: The Best
of the Strongest Versus Strongest
- To avenge his dead brother,
Frieza, Cooler arrives on Earth to kill the super saiyan. Cooler
defeats the Z Warriors present and Goku, until he reaches the
point where he fears the death of all life on Earth, when Goku
finally transforms. Will Cooler's final evolved form be enough
to defeat a Super Saiyan?
- Movie 6:
- Japanese title: Clash! 10
Billion Power Warriors
- With New Namek being eaten by
a planet-eating star, the Z Warriors fly to the planet to help
save it. The entire remaining Namekian race has been enslaved
by large robots. Several of the Z Warriors (and others such as
Roshi and Yajirobe) try to help free the prisioners but end up
caught as well. The find out the person responsible for all this
is a reformed, now metal Cooler. He is taking revenge on the
people of the planet where his brother, Frieza was killed. With
Goku now in the fray, he also has another opportunity to avenge
Frieza. Vegeta steps into the skirmish in his classic fashion
as the two full-blooded saiyans take a stand against Cooler and
a whole army of clone Cooler's. Can Vegeta and Goku stand alone
and defeat Cooler, destroy the Ghetti star, and free the Namekians
and their friends?
- Movie 7:
- Japanese title: Utmost Limits
of Battle! The Three Super Saiyajin
- Dr. Gero's computer has survived
and creates three new androids, 13, 14, &15. It sends them
out on Dr. Gero's original plan, to destroy Goku. They meet up
with the happygolucky saiyan at a shopping mall where he is shopping
with his family. Future Trunks, Krillen, Roshi, and Oolong are
also present. Goku & Trunks lead the Androids away from the
mall and populated city and to an icy region. They fight valiantly
but are losing, that is, until Piccolo, Gohan, and Vegeta enter
the skirmish. 13 then shows off his "super" form which
turns the tide in favor of the Android once again. Can Goku,
Trunks, and Vegeta defeat this Super Android?
- Movie 8:
- Japanese title: Burnout!
Fierce Fight, Violent Fight, Super-Exciting Fight
- Another full-blooded saiyan
arrives on Earth. His name is Paragus and he is seeking Vegeta.
He claims he has found a new planet, a New Vegeta. He wants Vegeta
to rule over it as their King. Vegeta follows, but the planet
and Paragus aren't what they seem. Paragus's son, Brolly IS the
legendary super saiyan, having been born with a powerlevel of
10,000 (Goku only had a powerlevel of 2 when he was born). He
was born the same time as Goku and the two shared a nursery together.
Goku was the only one who ever made Brolly cry and Brolly hates
this fact. He tries to destroy Goku and everyone. Can Goku's
super saiyan strength defeat the LEGENDARY super saiyan?! This
movie gives a little more insight to the saiyans, their culture,
and the super saiyan transformation.
- Movie 9:
- Japanese title: The Galaxy
is in Danger! The Super Awesome Guy!
- This movie seems to take place
immediately after the Cell Games. Future Trunks is still around
- Another Tenkaichi Budoukai is
being held. Mr. Satan invites everyone on Earth to the competition
on a remote island. Some of the Z Warriors opt to join in. Goku,
however is still dead, though he is watching the events from
heaven. After the elimination rounds, the winners head to another
island. Bojack and his henchmen, disguised as the supposed fake
alien students of Mr. Satan are awaiting their challengers. Each
winner ends up fighting one of these fighters one-on-one. Most
are eliminated by these very lethal foes. One stands against
all of them, a boy by the name of Gohan. His hesitancy is once
again revealed until his dead father gives him some words of
encouragment (and a strange little bit of help). Gohan's SSJ
2 is sparked as he is forced to fight for his life and all the
others. Can a boy stand up to a very strong, evil gang of aliens?
- Movie 10:
- Japanese title: Dangerous
Partners! Super Warriors Never Rest
- Goten, Trunks, and Videl are
searching for the dragonballs. Apparently Brolly survived his
bout with Goku in Movie 8 and crash landed on Earth. These three
dragonball hunters fight valiantly but are no match for the legendary
super saiyan. Luckily, big brother Gohan is en route and takes
over the fight just in time. Gohan struggles however. His lack
of training for many years has decreased his stills and powerlevel.
He's not the same level as he was during the Cell Games. All
seems lost until the dragonballs perform a miracle to assist
brothers, Gohan & Goten in their most desparate time of need.
- (This movie is my favorite of
all the DBZ movies. Being a Gohan fan, I enjoyed his time in
the spotlight in this movie. This movie also has some great humor
(Goten & Trunks are a riot!) and a little peek at more of
Gohan & Videl's friendship).
- Movie 11:
- Japanese title: Crushing
Super Warrior! I Am the Winner!
- Challenged by his own cousin,
Mr. Satan heads to his cousin's island with Android 18 in tow.
She follows because she wants her money for throwing the tournament
and letting him win (tv episodes). Goten & Trunks stow away
in the trunk of the car (classic Speed Racer theme here!) in
search of some possible adventure. Also on this island is a huge
genetic research center. It is creating Bio Warriors. Goten &
Trunks join in on the fight when 18 and Mr. Satan find these
BioWarriors a bit of a problem. The two halfpint super saiyans
discover more about the genetic center...they see a full-blood
saiyan in one of the vessels! It is Brolly! Bits of Brolly's
blood, DNA were obtained after his last battle. Goten & Trunks
are forced to face off against the Brolly clone. Krillen also
joins them, but even as a team they are losing. Trunks and Goten
discover a new way to defeat the monstrous Brolly by using their
- Movie 12:
- Japanese title: The Rebirth
of Fusion! Goku and Vegeta!
- A young worker in Hell doesn't
pay attention to his soul cleaning machine. It explodes and releases
all the evil in the machine. A large, powerful demon named Janemba
is created. Heaven and Hell are contorted and even Lord Enma
(King Yamma) is imprisoned and rendered powerless by the strange
events. Goku and Pikkon answer the call for help. The only way
to right all the strange wrongs is to destroy Janemba. Goku flies
to Hell to deal with him while Pikkon tries to free Enma. Even
Goku's SSJ 3 struggles against the demon, especially when Janemba
assumes his sleeker, deadlier form. Vegeta arrives and joins
the fight, but the two still fight a losing battle. Goku knows
the only way they can defeat the demon is through Fusion. Will
Vegeta allow it and could it really be strong enough?
- Movie 13:
- Japanese title: Dragon Fist
Explosion! If Goku Can't Do It, Who Can?
- A strange old man stages an
incident to draw in the Great SaiyaTeam. He contains a strange
music box and knows that the two teen heroes know about dragonballs
and Shenlon. They take the man and his box to Bulma's place so
they can examine the box. It can't be opened by mortal strength.
So, they gather the dragonballs and summon Shenlon. It releases
a warrior named, Tapion, who is playing his ocarina. He is terrified
that he has been released for he holds a secret that can destory
an entire galaxy! (This is
the movie that shows how little Trunks obtains his sword).
- DBZ TV Special 1:
- English title: Bardock: Father
- Japanese title: A Final Solitary
Battle! The Z Warrior Son Goku's Father Challenges Freeza
- After destroying an entire race
of aliens, Bardock and his team relax and discuss various things.
One alien, however is still somewhat alive. He launches a surprise
attack at Bardock and bestows the ability for Bardock to forsee
the future. Bardock sees his planet and race destroyed by Frieza
and also believes is infant son will also die. Bardock and the
others return to Planet Vegeta to try to rally the Saiyans to
kill Frieza. None believe him so Bardock flies off to challenge
the tryant himself.
- DBZ TV Special 2:
- English title: The History
- Japanese title: Defiance
in the Face of Despair! The Remaining Super Warriors-Gohan and
- Set in the Future timeline,
Goku died from his viral heart disease and all the Z Warriors
meet their death in a grand fight with Androids 17 & 18.
Only Gohan survives that last stand. For years after, the planet
is ravaged and plundered by the two androids. Trunks grows up
and asks Gohan to train him in order to assist in putting an
end to the androids. The two begin to challenge the androids
together, but are severly beaten. Gohan has to give early teen
Trunks the last remaining senzu bean to save the boy's life.
This leaves Gohan with only one arm. Trunks is plagued by his
inability to obtain super saiyan form. When the anrdoids attack
Western Capital City, Gohan leaves alone to fight them. He dies
in the attempt. Trunks discovers his body and it is only then
that the boy triggers his super saiyan transformation. Still,
it isn't enough to defeat the android duo. Years later, Bulma
completes the Time Machine. She wants Trunks to use it to travel
back in time, but being the teen that he is, he wants one last
crack at the androids, thinking his more mature body and super
saiyan form will be enough. He pays dearly and nearly loses his
life. It is only then, that he opts to do as his mother wishes
and leave for the past in her time machine.
- DRAGONBALL GT
- TV Special
- Japanese title: Goku's Supplement!
Proof of Courage Is the Four-Star Dragon Ball
- Set 100 years after the events
of Dragonball:GT, Pan is the last surviving character from that
series. She is raising her grandson, Goku Jr. who thinks by setting
out to get the 4-star dragonball, he can save his ill grandmother
(Pan). He figures with the one ball, he can ask Shenron to heal
her. Unfortunately, Goku Jr. is a coward and totally unaware
of his true power. While on his journey, he is joined by a bully
who picks on him at school. Together they set out for Goku's
old house in Mount Paozu in search of the 4-star ball that resides
- DBZ OAV Special
- Japanese title: Plan To Destroy
- While gathering firewood, Goku
and Gohan discover the forest area around them wilting and dying.
Mr. Popo arrives and informs them that a gas called Destron is
destroying all life on Earth (including humans). If not removed
within 72 hours, all life will be gone. Trunks, Vegeta, and Piccolo
join the father and son to destroy all the Destron-emitting machines.
Just as they destroy one, another is found. The final one has
a protectvie shield that even Goku's attacks can't penetrate.
So, they are forced to journey to the Dark Planet and face Dr.
Raichii, the creator of the gas. There are some little surprises
in this oav both good and bad as this film wasn't quite up to
normal DBZ standards, but it is entertaining nonetheless.