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Sex & Nudity
- In one scene a young boy is talking to a fortune teller and she says "you have two balls" (referring to dragon balls). The young boy pulls down his pants and points to his penis and says "look guys she's right". Full male frontal nudity is shown. His friends are embarrassed and say she was referring to the dragon balls.
- Mild nudity. Some characters' (mostly male children) buttocks are seen from time to time. In one scene a girl's bare breasts are briefly visible (no nipples). One scene features a girl showering and the side of her breasts and her butt can be seen. However, these scenes are not explicit in any way.
- One male child is briefly seen with full frontal nudity, genitalia and all. The scene is non-sexual though and innocent.
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Violence & Gore
- The final battle in the Piccolo Jr. Saga is much more violent and bloody than the rest of the series.
- The first couple of sagas (story arcs) have mostly slapstick-like violence with a few occasions with minor blood.
- Lots of fantasy action violence, often involving martial arts and energy-based attacks. The fights do become quite violent in later seasons. Characters on the show die, however, deaths are often undone through wishes made with the Dragon Balls. It may be a bit much for young children, but if your kids have seen PG-13 movies, they can take this.
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- Words like "damn" and (occasionally) "a--" are used.
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Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- Many characters are social drinkers/smokers. Occasionally characters become drunk, however this is rare, and it is always done in a comical fashion. The activities are not condoned or glorified in any way.
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Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Piccolo Jr arc is the most violet and bloody
- Some of the violent/death scenes can be a bit emotional/intense.
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The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.
- Pervert is said in the first episode.
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Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Krillins death can be jarring and very emotional as he and goku are best friends
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Dragonball Evolution is a 2009 American science fantasyaction film directed by James Wong, produced by Stephen Chow, and written by Ben Ramsey. It is based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga and anime series created by Akira Toriyama, and stars Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Chow Yun-fat, Joon Park, and Eriko Tamura. In Dragonball: Evolution, the young Goku reveals his past and sets out to fight the evil alien warlord Lord Piccolo who wishes to gain the powerful Dragon Balls and use them to take over Earth.
The film began development in 2002 and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first official live-action adaptation of the Dragon Ball manga. Both Toei and Funimation have stated that they were not involved with the live action film adaptation of Dragon Ball.
Dragonball: Evolution was released in Japan and several other Asian countries on March 13, 2009, and in the United States on April 10, 2009. The film received negative reviews by both critics and Dragon Ball fans, particularly for its script, cast, and unfaithfulness to the source material. The film performed poorly at the box office, grossing only $9.4 million in North America and a worldwide total of $58.2 million against a budget of $30 million. The film was meant to be the first of a series, though all subsequent films were canceled.
Two thousand years ago, the demon Lord Piccolo came to Earth, wreaking havoc along with his minion Ōzaru the Great Ape. Seven mystics created a powerful enchantment called the Mafuba and used it to seal Piccolo away; however, he breaks free in the present day, and with his ninja henchwoman Mai, begins to search for the seven Dragonballs – each one marked with stars numbering between one and seven – killing anyone in his path. He finds the first Dragonball in the possession of a peasant woman named Seki in an impoverished village. She relinquishes the Dragonball to save her daughter’s life, and Mai seemingly kills her.
On his eighteenth birthday, martial artist and high school senior Son Goku is given the four-star Dragonball by his grandfather,Gohan. Returning home from a party hosted by his crush Chi-Chi, Goku finds his home destroyed and his grandfather near death after Piccolo's failed attempt to acquire the Dragonball. Before he dies, Gohan tells Goku to seek out martial arts master Master Muten Roshi, who holds another one of the Dragonballs.
Goku then meets Bulma of the Capsule Corporation, who was studying the five-star Dragonball until it was stolen by Mai and has invented a locator for the Dragonballs. Goku offers Bulma his protection in exchange for her help in finding Roshi. They ultimately track him down in Paozu City, and he joins them in their search. Under Roshi's wing, Goku begins training his ki, knowing that they must get all the Dragonballs before the next solar eclipse when Ōzaru will return and join forces with Piccolo. In the midst of the group's search for the six-star Dragonball, they fall into a trap set by the desert bandit Yamcha, but Roshi convinces Yamcha to join by promising a portion of the royalties for Bulma's invention. Together, the group fight off an ambush by Mai and successfully acquire the next Dragonball.
As the group continues their quest, they visit The World Martial Arts Tournament where Chi-Chi is competing; she fights Mai in a match, and Mai uses the match to steal a sample of her blood. Chi-Chi briefly joins the group as they travel to a temple where Roshi consults his former teacher Sifu Norris and begins preparing the Mafuba enchantment so he can reseal Piccolo, while Chi-Chi helps Goku in his training to learn the most powerful of the ki-bending techniques: the Kamehameha Wave. During the night, Mai – having disguised herself as Chi-Chi using her shapeshifting abilities and the blood she stole earlier – steals the team's three Dragonballs, adding them to the ones that Piccolo already acquired. Chi-Chi is knocked unconscious in the fight, while Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, and Roshi go in pursuit of Mai and Piccolo.
With the Dragonballs successfully united, Piccolo arrives at the Dragon Temple and begins to summon Shenron the Eternal Dragon, but is stopped by the timely arrival of Goku's team. During the ensuing battle, Piccolo reveals to Goku that he himself is Ōzaru the Great Ape, having been sent to Earth as an infant to destroy it when he grew older. As the eclipse begins, Goku transforms into Ōzaru while Roshi attempts to use the Mafuba on Piccolo, but he doesn't have enough energy to finish the enchantment and Piccolo breaks free. Ōzaru chokes Roshi to death, but Roshi's dying words snap Goku back to his senses; he reverses his transformation and engages Piccolo in a final battle, seemingly defeating him with the power of the Kamehameha Wave. Goku then uses the Dragonballs to summon Shenron and requests that he restore Roshi back to life.
As the group celebrates, they realize the Dragonballs have now scattered, and Bulma declares that they must search for them again. Before they head out, Goku meets with Chi-Chi to apologize for knocking her unconscious and get to know her better, and they begin a sparring match to see which of them is stronger.
See also: List of Dragon Ball characters
In 1995, Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan, who was a fan of the series, had expressed some interest in adapting Dragon Ball into a live-action film. However, he said it would require "a lot of amazing special effects and an enormous budget." When asked about the casting for Goku in 2013, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama said that "nobody came to mind" for the role, but if "it were back when Jackie Chan was still young, I suppose I would have thought nobody could play Goku but him."
In 2002, 20th Century Fox acquired the feature film rights to the Dragon Ball franchise. In the same year, Stephen Chow was approached to direct the film, and although he said he was deeply interested because he is a fan of Dragon Ball, Chow declined the chance to direct. He, however, accepted a role as a producer via his company Star Overseas. Robert Rodriguez, Mark A.Z. Dippé and Zack Snyder were offered to direct but passed. 20th Century Fox then went on to send the script to writer/director James Wong who accepted. In 2007, James Wong and RatPac-Dune Entertainment co-founder Brett Ratner were announced as director and producer respectively, and the project was retitled Dragonball. Ben Ramsey's first draft was deemed too expensive to shoot, and in the end, he wrote about five different drafts of the script following notes from the studio. James Wong wrote the last draft, again according to notes from the studio, but decided to remain uncredited as the co-screenwriter. Chow was a Dragon Ball fan, citing its "airy and unstrained story [which] leaves much room for creation", but explained he would only serve as a producer because he believes that he should only direct stories he had created.
Differing costs to produce the film have been reported. In January 2008, Marsters spoke to TV Guide that he was told the film had a budget of approximately $100 million. In April 2009, the Spanish television station Telecinco reported that the budget was $50 million. Marsters would later claim that the film in fact was produced for $30 million.
Justin Chatwin was selected to play the film's central character Goku.Ron Perlman was originally offered the role of the villain Lord Piccolo, but turned it down to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army.James Marsters, who accepted the role, noted he was a fan of the original anime series, describing it as "the coolest television cartoon in the last 50,000 years [because] it's got a Shakespearean sense of good and evil." Summarizing the original concept of his Piccolo, he said the character was "thousands of years old and a very long time ago he used to be a force of good, but [he] got into a bad argument and was put into prison for 2000 years. It got him very angry, and he finds a way to escape and then tries to destroy the world." Originally, Piccolo was going to be depicted as a handsome creature, but Marsters and the make-up artist chose to give him a decrepit complexion to reflect his having been trapped for thousands of years. The first time the make-up was applied, it took seventeen hours and left Marsters with difficulty breathing. In subsequent applications, it generally only took four hours.
Stephen Chow originally wanted to cast Zhang Yuqi, with whom he worked on CJ7, for the part of Chi Chi, but the role eventually went to Jamie Chung.
Principal photography began on December 3, 2007, in Mexico City, Mexico. Locations included the Universidad Tecnológica de México.
From January 2, 2008, the crew shot at Sierra de Órganos National Park. The crew moved to Estado de México in March of that year for some shots at Nevado de Toluca. Shooting has also been scheduled at Los Angeles, California. In adapting the Dragon Ball manga, the futuristic cities and flying vehicles were kept; however, the anthropomorphic creatures and talking animals (such as Turtle, Oolong, Puar, Shu, and Korin) were dropped. Many of the locations are very Oriental, and there was some Aztec influence too, particularly from their temples. It was thought that Rossum would wear a blue wig to resemble her anime counterpart, but it was ultimately decided that such a look was too unrealistic. Instead she had her natural brown with blue streaks. Chatwin did not wear a wig as the director felt Chatwin's hair resembled Goku's. A large amount of Dragonball Evolution was shot in an abandoned jeans factory, also located in Durango, Mexico.
Dragonball: Evolution special effects were done by Amalgamated Dynamics, while the visual effects were done by Ollin Studios, Zoic Studios, and Imagine Engine.
Main article: Dragonball Evolution: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
On December 9, 2008, it was confirmed that the theme song would be "Rule" by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki. Also featured on the film's soundtrack is American pop artist Brian Anthony, whose remixed song "Worked Up" was released as a single in English territories, and is included on the home video releases as a bonus feature.
The film's soundtrack, Dragonball Evolution: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, was released in the United States on March 17, 2009 by Varèse Sarabande.
The score was composed by Brian Tyler, who recorded the score with an 82-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox. The score was met with positive reviews from music critics, who drew comparisons to Tyler's previous works.
A film novelization, Dragonball Evolution: The Junior Novel, was written by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon. Aimed at children ages 8–15, the novel was released by Viz Media on February 24, 2009. The same day, a series of chapter books for readers 7–10 was released.
The three volumes, subtitled The Discovery, The Search, and The Battle were also written by Deutsch and Cohan.
A 16-paged sticker book, Dragonball: Evolution Sticker Book, followed on March 24, 2009. Released a week later on March 31, 2009 by Viz was a 22-page Dragonball: Evolution Posterzine featuring eleven posters, cast interviews, and merchandise previews.
On January 19, 2009, Namco Bandai Games and Fox announced a tie-in PSPvideo game, which was released in Japan on March 19 and North America on April 7. The game includes all of the major characters from the film and features various playing modes, including a local multi-player battle mode, production stills, and storyboards from the film.
The Hong Kong-based company Enterbay produced a 1:6-scaled line for Dragonball Evolution. A 1:6 Goku figure was made along with Lord Piccolo. Bulma was planned to be the third figure of the series in addition to being the first female figure Enterbay has ever released. Prototypes of the Bulma figure were shown at Enterbay's blog but in November 2010, Enterbay confirmed that Bulma was canceled. Bandai America released a mass-market toy-line based on the movie in time for the theatrical release. The figures came in 4-inch, and 6-inch versions. Lastly, Japanese toy company MediCom created stylized Goku and Piccolo [email protected] toys to coincide with the release of the film.
The July 2008 issue of Jump Square published a manga inspired by the film by Daisuke Kadokuni.
Though an American film, Dragonball: Evolution was released in Japan and Hong Kong on March 13, 2009, nearly a month before its American release. It was released in Australia on April 2 and in the United Kingdom on April 8.
Its release in its home country changed dates many times. Initially scheduled to be released in North America on August 15, 2008, it was later moved to April 2009 to allow time for additional filming and post-production work. The specific date then changed back and forth between April 10 and 8, with the final release date being April 10.
The marketing of the theatrical release included a viral "personal expressions" campaign created by digital agency Red Box New Media that ran on the Windows Live Messenger application. Alongside that campaign, Fox hired Picture Production Company to develop a PC/Wii flash game under the name Can you Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha? This game was released just prior to the film in conjunction with another viral campaign that encouraged fans to send in their renditions of the fighting move.
The film was released on Region 1DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America on July 28 and on Region 2 DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United Kingdom on August 31. The Region 4 DVD and Blu-ray Disc was released in Australia on November 18.
The film had a gross earning in the United States and Canada of $9,362,785 and an international gross of $48,865,675 for a combined worldwide box office gross total of $58,228,460.
The film opened with its competitors—Hannah Montana: The Movie and Fast & Furious (the latter in its second weekend). On its opening weekend in the United States, the film grossed $4,756,488 from 2,181 sites. Box Office Mojo described this a "paltry", and was comparable to Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and Speed Racer. In its second weekend, it dropped to 11th place.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 15% approval rating based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 3.60/10. The site's consensus states, "Executed with little panache or invention, Dragonball Evolution lacks the magic that made the books on which it was based a cult sensation." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade C+ on scale of A to F.
Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network, who was initially annoyed at fans of the franchise who criticised the film via leaked set shots and trailers before the film's release, gave the film an overall failing grade and stated "the fans were right." He criticised the film's lack of explaining plot elements, its hackneyed storyline and lackluster effort by the actors.Variety's Russell Edwards found the film "passable", "pleasing if paint-by-numbers", noting it "doesn't take itself too seriously, but avoids campiness", that "the climactic clash between Piccolo and Goku offers a faithful CGI representation of the ethereal powers as drawn in the original manga" and that the climax offers an "impressive character twist for Goku that will warm the cockles of every young Jungian's heart." Luke Thompson of E! Online referred to the film as a "surreal mess" that would only make sense to fans of the original series. He questioned the use of a Caucasian in the main role and felt Chow Yun-Fat was "overacting like never before", but did consider it "fun in a train-wreck kind of way" and that while it was never boring it was also never "logical, coherent [or] rational".
Christopher Monfette of IGN gave the film a positive review, stating that it captured "the flavor of anime without becoming overly cartoonish". He praised the main cast for "creating characters the audience can actually care about" and felt Chatwin was particularly likeable as Goku.Slant Magazine's Rob Humanick considered the film "uninspired" and implausible with an "aimlessly hyperactive construction and complete lack of substance" and "cobbled-together FX fakery". Reviewing the film for Australia's ABC Radio National, Jason Di Rosso stated the film was "lacking the visual panache of recent graphic novel adaptations". He agreed the film was uninspired and also felt it had dull "high school movie banter" dialog and was "cliché-ridden".The Village Voice's Aaron Hillis called the film a "loony live-action adaptation", but felt it was "more entertaining than it deserves to be" and would likely appeal to ten-year-old boys.Alonso Duralde of MSNBC found the film to be "both entertainingly ridiculous and ridiculously entertaining" and noted that "kids will have such a blast that you can turn this movie into the gateway kung-fu drug that makes them want to watch the earlier work of Stephen Chow and Chow Yun-Fat, that is if Stephen Chow and Chow Yun-fat had a Caucasian actor in the starring role." Jeffrey K. Lyles of The Gazette found the film to be "a fairly entertaining martial arts adventure for the younger audiences" and tolerable to adults. He felt Chatwin was ill-cast as Goku, and that director Wong failed to capture the "frenetic sense of the anime" in the action scenes, leaving them an effort to understand.
Before the film's release, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama initially felt surprised by Dragonball: Evolution and suggested to his fans to treat it as an alternate universe version of his work. In an interview with the Asahi Shimbun on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Toriyama revealed that he felt the Hollywood producers did not listen to him and his ideas and suggestions, and that the final version was not on par with the original Dragon Ball series, and felt the result was a movie he couldn't even call "Dragon Ball". Discussing the film in the 2016 Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary "Super History Book", Toriyama wrote: "I had put Dragon Ball behind me, but seeing how much that live-action film ticked me off..."
In 2016, writer Ben Ramsey apologized for the film, writing: "To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut-wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking. [...] I went into the project chasing after a big payday, not as a fan of the franchise but as a businessman taking on an assignment. I have learned that when you go into a creative endeavor without passion you come out with sub-optimal results, and sometimes flat out garbage. So I'm not blaming anyone for Dragonball [Evolution] but myself."
The film was nominated for a 2009 Spike TVScream Award for "Best Comic Book Movie," but lost to Watchmen. JoBlo.com nominated the film for its Golden Schmoes Awards in the category Worst Movie of the Year 2009.
In an interview to IGN, Justin Chatwin revealed that he signed for three films, though he expressed interest in making seven films. Chatwin also stated that Goku "only really gets interesting in the second film" and that the next films would feature elements from the Dragon Ball Z part of the franchise, likely delving further into his Saiyan origins, and incorporating his son Gohan and his arch-rival Vegeta, which he felt was "really exciting. It goes into the whole legend of Dragonball". A script for a sequel was being written before the film's release. Marsters said that he would have reprised his role in future films, having "every intention of fulfilling the arc of Piccolo in live-action", which he said it would feature Piccolo's reincarnation and redemption, which would merge Piccolo and his son Piccolo Jr. into one character. The film's poor commercial and critical performance caused any planned sequels to be canceled.
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10 Best Dragon Ball Super Episodes (According To IMDb)
The Dragon Ball franchise is one of the most profitable in the history of animation. As a matter of fact, Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza are three of the most recognizable characters in the realm of anime and manga. The famous crew made their return in Dragon Ball Super, which took place six months after the defeat of Majin Buu in the Kid Buu Saga.
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DBS boasted a 131-episode run from 2015 to 2018 and the series as a whole was widely successful. Nevertheless, certain chapters have been labeled as better than the rest for one reason or another. Let's take a look at the top 10 Dragon BallSuper episodes according to IMDb's ratings.
10 Episode: The Signs of a Comeback! Ultra Instinct's Huge Explosion!! | Rating: 8.6
Goku is able to control his Ultra Instinct form a little better than before and he can freely exert his energy. Kefla powers up to Super Saiyan 2 and relentlessly attacks him, but he dodges all of her attempts. Sensing how powerful Goku has become, Jiren awakens from his meditation.
Kefla is defeated and the fused Saiyan separates back into Caulifla and Kale. The biggest flaw regarding Ultra Instinct involves attack speed; Master Roshi and Tien agree that Goku needs to master the form before using it again. Goku then collapses as a result of stamina drainage and returns to his base form.
9 Episode: A Commanding Presence! God of Destruction Toppo Descends!! | Rating: 8.6
As Goku and Vegeta battle Jiren, Top and Android 17 trade blows until the latter is slightly overpowered. Golden Frieza suddenly interferes to finish Top off himself. The leader of the Pride Troopers then emits a purple aura that signifies the Power of Destruction, which only a God of Destruction is supposed to have.
Top overwhelms Frieza and targets Android 17 with his Justice Flash. However, Frieza returns in his final form and generates a Golden Death Ball that still wasn't enough to take his opponent down. Regardless of the situation at hand, 17 refuses to give up.
8 Episode: Showdown! The Miraculous Power of Unyielding Warriors | Rating: 8.7
Goku is in the midst of a fierce encounter with Fused Zamasu where the latter begins to mutate into a "Half-Corrupted" form. Goku's foot is then crushed, but he utilizes his Kaio-ken to hit his enemy with his free leg. Fused Zamasu is angered by this and the only way he can be bested is if Goku and Vegeta fuse into Vegito.
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After turning Super Saiyan Blue, Vegito faces Fused Zamasu in a destructive confrontation that ends in a stalemate. Nonetheless, the two gather their bearings and continue the showdown until Future Trunks appears and helps Vegito finish the job.
7 Episode: Surpass Even a God! Vegeta's Desperate Blow!! | Rating: 8.7
Android 17 and Top are still going at it and Frieza maintains his occasional interruptions. Top is hit by a few stray blasts from the fight that's simultaneously occurring between Goku, Vegeta, and Jiren, which causes him to shift his objective. He then decides to pursue Vegeta instead and the pair engages in a massive battle.
Vegeta ultimately wins the fight, but other characters are concerned that he may have used up all his power. The episode concludes with four minutes remaining until the end of the Tournament of Power.
6 Episode: The Ultimate Enemy Approaches Goku! Now, Let Loose! The Killer Spirit Bomb!! | Rating: 8.9
Goku effectively dodges Ribrianne's assaults and kicks her away while in his Super Saiyan Blue form. She incidentally ends up at Jiren's feet, but he ignores her and focuses on Goku. Jiren emits a shockwave that rocks the whole tournament and even Beerus is shaken by the immense power.
The struggle between Goku and Jiren begins and the latter is hardly fazed by the attacks coming his way. Resorting to a Spirit Bomb, Goku asks for energy, which Gohan, Android 17, Android 18, Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, Master Roshi, and Frieze dutifully provide.
5 Episode: A Developed "Time Skip" Counterstrike? Here Comes Goku's New Move! | Rating: 9.1
Goku and Hit continue their match after the former transforms into Super Saiyan Blue. The fight leads to Hit getting stronger and increasing the duration of his Time-Skip to half a second. Another major event involves Goku using Kaio-ken while in his Super Saiyan Blue transformation — something he never does because of the stress it puts on his body.
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Hit can't keep up with Goku despite numerous attempts with Time-Skip, but the struggle wages on. They keep clashing until Hit dodges a Kamehameha and the pair collides, resulting in a huge explosion.
4 Episode: Transcending the Limit! Mastering Ultra Instinct!! | Rating: 9.2
Ultra Instinct Goku confronts Jiren despite the heavy toll it's going to take on his body. Vegeta shouts words of encouragement in Goku's direction, but nothing changes; Goku still can't turn the tide of the battle.
Jiren proceeds with a barrage of blows and appears to have an easy victory on his hands. However, Goku shockingly lands a punch on Jiren and is able to absorb the ki around him. Jiren powers up as well and the two go back and forth as Goku reaches the completed version of Ultra Instinct.
3 Episode: An Unprecedented Super Showdown! The Ultimate Survival Battle!! | Rating: 9.3
Goku has successfully reached the completed version of Ultra Instinct and he knocks Jiren around for a while until he gets frustrated. This escalates to the point where Jiren unleashes a daunting burst of ki and awakens his hidden power. The sudden explosion of strength helps him regain the upper hand.
Though he was thought to be defeated, Goku perseveres for the sake of his friends. His efforts are commendable, but he finds himself at the brink of elimination anyway. Frieza makes a last-second appearance and changes the outcome of the match.
2 Episode: A Miraculous Conclusion! Farewell, Goku! Until We Meet Again! | Rating: 9.4
This is the final episode of the Dragon Ball Super series thus far. With Goku out for the count, Frieza and Android 17 face a noticeably weaker Jiren. Frieza enlists his Golden form, Goku stands up again, and the two work with Android 17 to save Universe 7. The three of them shatter Jiren's wall of energy, so Goku and Frieza combine their power to put an end to the match.
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The episode is an eventful one and Universe 7 is ultimately declared the winner of the Tournament of Power. Frieza returns to his army in space and everyone else returns to Capsule Corporation.
1 Episode: This is the Ultimate Battle of All Universes! Son Goku vs Jiren!! | Rating: 9.5
This Dragon Ball Super TV Special is about 45 minutes long (without commercials) and consists of episodes 109 and 110 combined. It basically triggers the climax of the entire series — the battle between Goku and Jiren.
This is where Goku and Jiren exchange blows repeatedly and with various power-ups. Universe 7's Spirit Bomb comes into play here as well, but Jiren pushes it back. Hit, Frieza, Top, and Dyspo also get involved in the struggle. This TV Special marks the moment where Ultra Instinct Goku is awakened.
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All Of The Dragon Ball Movies, Ranked According To IMDb
Ever since the Dragon Ball manga was translated into anime form in 1986, there have been a large number of films that surround the events of the long-running manga, many of which taking place outside of the established canon of the series. While the films generally gained a larger following as Dragon Ball became more popular, that wasn't the case for all films.
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With 20 films and 4 series under its belt so far, the Dragon Ball doesn't look like it's going to be slowing down any time soon, especially considering the fact that the Dragon Ball Super manga recently finished its latest arc, the Galactic Patrol Prisoner saga, that still needs to be translated into anime form.
20 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (6.0)
While Broly is something of a one-note character, he is well-loved among the majority of Dragon Ball fans for bringing more over the top Super Saiyan action to the series. That being said, the Bio-Broly film is not only the weakest of the films that center around Broly, but also the weakest of all Dragon Ball films, which may have something to do with the fact that it centers around Goten and Trunks rather than Goku or Vegeta.
19 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming (6.6)
Broly's second film, Broly - Second Coming, is only slightly better than Bio-Broly, though that also isn't particularly hard to accomplish. One saving grace that keeps this film from fading into obscurity is the Goku-Gohan-Goten Kamehameha that is reminiscent of the similar ki-blast used by Gohan in the Cell Games, complete with a ghostly Goku to assist his sons.
18 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (6.7)
One of the earlier Dragon Ball Z films, Lord Slug follows a rogue Namekian as he attempts to take over the earth while also giving fans a glimpse of Goku's future Super Saiyan form during the final battle. Lord Slug also introduced the idea of Namekian ears being overly sensitive to high-pitched noises, something that doesn't come up again in the series after this.
17 Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (6.8)
Originally released only in Japan as a quad-feature alongside the Saint Seiya, Hikari Sentai Maskman, and Choujinki Metalder films, Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle is the second Dragon Ball feature made and follows a young Goku and Krillin as they are sent on a quest by Master Roshi as part of their training to investigate the titular Devil's Castle.
16 Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (6.8)
A somewhat bizarre film compared to most other Dragon Ball features, The World's Strongest follows Goku and his friends as they try to keep a mad scientist from taking over Gohan's body in order to become the world's strongest warrior.
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Like most other Dragon Ball films, this one takes place in an undisclosed period of time that, according to the canon of the story, shouldn't have occurred, as Goku is shown knowing the Spirit Bomb attack while both Piccolo and Gohan are still on Earth, which only happened long after he defeated Frieza on Planet Namek while he should have been on Yardrat.
15 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (6.9)
The first-ever Dragon Ball film, Curse of the Blood Rubies follows a young Goku, alongside his regular traveling companions Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong, as they try to find the Dragon Balls. Unlike most other Dragon Ball films, this one tells an alternate story of the first arc of the series rather than an entirely new story.
14 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (7.0)
Just like Curse of the Blood Rubies, Mystical Adventure is another retelling of the Dragon Ball story, this time introducing characters that came into the series later, such as Tien and Chiaotzu, while still telling something of an origin story for the series.
13 Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (7.0)
The first film released under the Dragon Ball Z name, Dead Zone follows Goku and Piccolo teaming up before Raditz arrives on earth to begin Dragon Ball Z, having to fight against yet another bad guy who wants to gain immortality through the Dragon Balls. Unlike the majority of other villains, Garlic Jr. actually succeeds in his plan to gain immortality, but his is defeated by being banished to the titular Dead Zone by a young Gohan.
12 Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might (7.0)
Although Tree of Might introduced another Saiyan character that made the Broly films so popular, Turles, the villain in this film, is entirely forgettable despite the decent quality of the film as a whole. Although it takes place in the same odd continuity as World's Strongest, one neat aspect of the film is showing how Gohan met Icarus, a dragon he is often seen playing with during the series as a child.
11 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (7.1)
Following his defeat in an earlier film, Cooler returns to cause problems on New Namek, despite the fact that Goku soundly defeated him in their first battle, in a new metallic body and a plan to drain all life from New Namek.
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The plot is somewhat nonsensical and only serves to bring Cooler back for another round against Goku and Vegeta, but the action scenes are good enough to place it as one of the better Dragon Ball films in spite of this.
10 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! (7.1)
Just when Goku thought he was done with fighting off the androids and Cell, Super Android 13 shows up to lecture him about his $20 haircut and put him in his place once and for all. While Dr. Gero may have been killed by his creations and his lab destroyed by Krillin and Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, one of Gero's computers stayed active to create several new androids, though none of them were as imposing as 17, 18, or Cell.
9 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge (7.2)
Somewhat retconning the events of Planet Vegeta's destruction to show Cooler, Frieza's brother, letting Goku's ship fly off to earth, Cooler's Revenge sees King Cold's lesser-known child get revenge on Frieza's demise by coming after Goku on earth. While the film is good, it also retcons a few too many events surrounding Frieza and his race that need to be ignored to appreciate it.
8 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (7.2)
While the events of Bojack Unbound aren't canon to Dragon Ball's story, it does bring up a few key questions about the world that were never answered in the main series, such as whether or not Goku could leave Other World of his own volition with Instant Transmission, as it was already established that he could do so while he was still alive. This film is also one of the few where Gohan can truly shine as the hero he should have been had he not been overshadowed by Goku so many times.
7 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (7.2)
The first in the resurgence of Dragon Ball media and the first canon film in the series, Battle of Gods pits Goku against the God of Destruction, Beerus, who is tempted to destroy Earth if he isn't able to battle a Super Saiyan God. After Dragon Ball Super was announced, the events of the film were translated into the anime series, with certain events playing out differently for the sake of stretching out the run time.
6 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (7.3)
The second canonical film, coming out shortly after Battle of Gods, Ressurection 'F' sees the return of fan-favorite evil overlord and all-around bad guy, Frieza, who was last seen in Fusion Reborn film that released in 1995.
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Not only did Goku and Vegeta get to show off their new 'Super Saiyan Blue' forms, but fans of the series were finally able to see what Frieza could do if he actually trained.
5 Dragon Ball: The Path to Power (7.4)
Like Curse of the Blood Rubies, The Path to Power once again retells the first few chapters of Dragon Ball, though this time mixing in elements of latter story arcs, such as the Red Ribbon Army arc. If newcomers to Dragon Ball want to get a taste for what the series has to offer, this is a good place to start.
4 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (7.5)
With Broly being such a popular character, it's no surprise that his debut film is not only one of the most beloved in the series, but also one of the best. Focused on the titular Broly and the Legendary Super Saiyan form that is even more powerful than the multiple forms Goku and Vegeta could muster, Broly also brought back the idea that there were still Saiyans out in the universe aside from Goku and his children.
3 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (7.5)
Taking place shortly after the events of the Buu Saga, Wrath of the Dragon follows many of the same story beats, including a magical being trying to release a monstrous entity from its imprisonment to cause destruction on a galactic scale. While the story is fairly predictable, it does show one version of events that leads to Trunks obtaining his signature sword when he returns from the future during the Android arc.
2 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (7.7)
While the main draw of Fusion Reborn is to see the legendary fusion of Goku and Vegeta, Gogeta, battle against Janemba, who has blocked the gates to Other World to prevent any souls from entering or leaving. This film also sees the return of Pikkon from the Otherworld Tournament filler arc that occurred shortly after the Cell Games as well as Frieza, who has been spending all of his time in Hell.
1 Dragon Ball Super: Broly (7.9)
The most recent Dragon Ball film and the only to have the Super name, Broly finally brings the titular Saiyan into the story canon, though with a slightly different backstory this time. Instead of being aggravated by Goku keeping him awake at night as an infant, Broly goes on a rampage after Frieza kills his father, Paragus, wanting to kill Goku and Vegeta once and for all. While this version of Broly is incredibly powerful, he isn't necessarily an antagonist as he was in previous films, allowing him to be a more sympathetic character.
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15 Best Dragon Ball Movies, Ranked (According To IMDb)
The Dragon Ball franchise includes a manga series, multiple anime series, countless video games, and of course, many movies. Although, the films haven't always received the same high level of praise that some of the other DB media have. That is partially understandable as plenty of the movies released under the Dragon Ball banner are very formulaic.
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However, the best ones include well-written stories, thrilling action sequences, and compelling villains.
Updated on July 26th, 2021 by Melody MacReady: Dragon Ball is an insanely large franchise featuring multiple continuities and different shows in each canon. With dozens of characters, storylines, and villains for Goku and his companions to fight, it's difficult to stop at just ten movies to talk about. Especially since there are over thirty different films and OVAs for fans of Dragon Ball to find and discover. From Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball Super, the number of adventures that have occurred is enough to overwhelm any newcomer to this massive anime franchise. It is only rivaled by the likes of Naruto or One Piece.
15 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (1988) - 7.0
This third film is based on the original Dragon Ball but unlike other films, Mystical Adventure does not exist in the main canon. Instead, it's more of an alternate continuity retelling a more self-contained and compacted version of the Dragon Ball story.
This makes Mystical Adventure both enjoyable and confusing at first. It's not really anything special, just an overly simplified version of the story but as a martial arts story featuring the seven Dragon Balls, it's harmless fun that can still be viewed as a "What If" version of Dragon Ball.
14 Dragon Ball Z: The Return Of Cooler (1992) - 7.1
After making quite a splash in Cooler's Revenge, the titular villain was brought back to cause more problems. This time, Cooler is cybernetic and is enslaving the people of New Namek which causes Goku and the heroes to finish what was started.
The Return Of Cooler was a solid third chapter of the Frieza anthology. It didn't quite leave the same impact as Cooler's Revenge or the Frieza Saga itself but Cooler was still a stand-out villain and the battle sequences were still a spectacle to witness.
13 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 (1992) - 7.1
Taking place after Goku is saved from his heart virus and Androids 17 and 18 are killed, Super Android 13 rises. He is intended to be the perfect android to continue Dr. Gero's work by killing Goku. Though not quite on the same level as Cell, Android 13 was still a worthy foe for Goku and the Z-Fighters.
As it is though, Super Android 13 mainly feels like an extended filler episode rather than an event like most of the Dragon Ball Z films. Still a fun ride nonetheless that shows Android 13 as a precursor to what Cell would be for the rest of the Saga.
12 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge (1991) - 7.2
Frieza was already bad enough but imagine his family: that's where Cooler's Revenge comes in, showcasing Frieza's older brother named Cooler. He comes to Earth, seeking revenge for his brother's death by destroying Goku.
Despite the idea seeming like a tired cliche, Cooler proved to be a capable villain that surprised fans and managed to not feel like a watered-down version of Frieza. In a way, Cooler was what his father King Cold should have been like rather than the dropped storyline that fans got. Cooler would later return in the aforementioned sequel: The Return Of Cooler.
11 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (1993) - 7.2
Before anyone asks, no it is not a crossover between Dragon Ball Z and Bojack Horseman. Bojack is a demon who breaks free from prison on King Kai's planet to wreak havoc back on Earth. With Goku gone, it's all up to young Gohan to step up and be the hero.
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Fans of Gohan appreciated this movie, showing him struggle with living up to his father's legacy continuing one of the best character arcs in the franchise. It's also a darker movie, even darker than most of the Cell Saga, giving the movie an edge that fans appreciate. Bojack and his gang of demons are also considered overlooked villains in the Dragon Ball franchise.
10 Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods (2013) - 7.2
After the franchise went many years without a fully-fledged film release, Battle Of Gods arrived on the scene. And it brought with it a renewed interest in Dragon Ball. The movie tells the story of The God Of Destruction, Beerus, going to King Kai's planet and then Earth in search of a warrior known as the Super Saiyan God.
Battle of Gods isn't as significant as it felt upon release because its story has since been retold in the Dragon Ball Z sequel series:Dragon Ball Super, yet, it is still a fun, action-packed film. Later on, in Dragon Ball Super, Super Saiyan God would be surpassed by Super Saiyan Blue.
9 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015) - 7.3
Frieza has long been one of Dragon Ball's best and most powerful villains, so there was plenty of excitement when it was announced that he'd be returning in Resurrection 'F'. In the film, the remains of his army wish him back with the Dragon Balls. Then after his body is put back together and he has trained for the first time in his life, Frieza makes his way to Earth to kill Goku.
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Once the Emperor and his army get to the planet, the movie starts getting really exciting due to some exceptionally animated fight scenes. The battle between the Z-Fighters and members of Frieza's army is particularly impressive.
8 Dragon Ball: The Path To Power (1996) - 7.4
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the original Dragon Ball anime, Toei Animation released Dragon Ball: The Path To Power, which retells several arcs of the show, similarly to Mystical Adventure. While the evergreen Dragon Ball series didn't need retelling, Path to Power is still an enjoyable adventure.
The movie is very fast-paced and removes some of the unnecessary events of the anime. However, a number of great characters and moments also miss out, which means the original series remains the ultimate version of the story. Path to Power is a nice alternative, though.
7 Dragon Ball: Episode Of Bardock (2011) - 7.5
Despite not featuring a lot in the franchise (excluding in the games), the ruthless Bardock is a very popular character. This could explain why this what-if scenario ranks so highly amongst fans.
After the destruction of his homeworld, Bardock wakes up on a familiar-looking planet named Planet Plant and is quickly tasked with protecting its inhabitants from a member of the Frieza race named Chilled. The story is a little strange, but it's an entertaining OVA nonetheless.
6 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath Of The Dragon (1995) - 7.5
Wrath of the Dragon is a unique Dragon Ball movie in a few ways. Firstly, it introduces a new non-villainous character (which the films don't tend to do). And secondly, the Z-Fighters aren't the main focus of the film's story.
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The new hero is the compelling warrior known as Tapion. He starts the movie stuck inside a magical music box until a being named Hoi, with the help of the Z-Fighters, releases him. Although Hoi wasn't interested in helping Tapion, he just wanted to let out the monster who was trapped within the hero. It's a captivating plot that is better than most Dragon Ball movies.
5 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993) - 7.5
As far as villain motivations go, the original Broly has one of the worst. The Legendary Super Saiyan wants to destroy Goku because when the latter was a baby, he cried a lot, keeping Broly awake. Thankfully though, the film's main plot about Broly's father, Paragus, attempting to get revenge on Vegeta for his father's misdeeds is much more interesting.
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Although, the highlight of the flick is the battle between the Z-Fighters and Broly as it's a hard-hitting brawl. The villain's extremely physical style of fighting is a joy to watch and is a big reason why he is so beloved.
4 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995) - 7.7
This film is best remembered for including the first appearance of Gogeta, which is the name of the being Goku and Vegeta become when they use the fusion dance. The two Saiyans are forced to combine so they can stop the mighty Janemba, who has released all of the inhabitants of hell.
The action scenes between Goku, Vegeta, and Janemba are fantastic in this movie, with the latter being an exceptional villain. Although, the film could've done without Gohan defeating the revived Frieza with one punch.
3 Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father Of Goku (1990) - 7.9
This special immediately stands out due to its protagonist, as Bardock is very different from his son, Goku. The younger Saiyan tends to be morally righteous, whereas his father is cold-blooded.
In Bardock - The Father of Goku, the title character tries to lead a rebellion against the powerful Frieza. The special does an amazing job at making Bardock a ruthless yet sympathetic figure, all in under an hour. And while still giving viewers a fascinating look at Saiyan civilization.
2 Dragon Ball Z: The History Of Trunks (1993) - 7.9
Few Dragon Ball stories are as well-written as The History of Trunks. It's set in a bleak future where a young Trunks and a battle-hardened Gohan are the only ones left who are capable of keeping the killer Androids at bay. There is a clear sense of desperation every time the two Saiyans attempt to combat Androids 17 and 18, which adds a lot to the TV special.
Plus, the relationship between Trunks and Gohan is built brilliantly throughout, and it leads to one of the most powerful moments ever seen in a piece of Dragon Ball media. It's required viewing for any DBZ fan.
1 Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) - 7.9
The latest Dragon Ball film retcons Broly and brings him into the main canon. This time around, the large villain meets Vegeta and Goku when he and his father are recruited by Frieza. Once again, Paragus wants revenge on the always quotable Vegeta for his father's actions, so he orders Broly to kill the Saiyan Prince.
This leads to a series of exhilarating and intense battles pitting Vegeta and Goku against Broly. All of which look stunning due to the film's excellent visuals and animations. Plus, the inclusion of the always entertaining Frieza, a Gogeta appearance, and a more interesting backstory for Broly, all help make this a wonderful film.
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