Finally, a movie I've never covered before. For around two decades, this was the final Dragonball Z movie. It takes place at or around the end of the Z series. Much like the previous movie, it introduces some interesting concepts.
Get ready for Dragonball Z: Cloverfield.
We start with this young guy running around on some distant planet, trying to escape a giant monster. I believe this is Tapion's little brother. Who's Tapion? We'll get to that. I've never liked Tapion's name, because it makes me think of "Tapeworm"
The little brother gets stepped on by the monster, and his sword goes spinning into the dirt nearby.
Wait a minute...that's...JBL, that's Future Trunks' sword! It's won titles all over the world!
Meanwhile, back in the present day, Gohan is suited up in full Great Saiyaman outfit as he takes on a bunch of heavily-armed
terrorists bank robbers.
Joining him is Great Saiyaman II, also known as Videl.
The lead bandit is mortified, either because of the sheer bullet-resistant power of Gohan or because the Great Saiyaman duo are so wondrously beautiful.
Time for a five-second pose, for the benefit of those with flash photography.
I feel like these Great Saiyaman poses are DBZ's way of poking fun at Sailor Moon, which had gained quite a bit of popularity at this point.
"YOOOOOU" says Gohan before dishing out the Big Boot and the Big Legdrop.
He may be a crime fighter, but Gohan still manages to get to school. Unfortunately, he quickly gets summoned out of school to help a suicidal dwarf elsewhere in the city. HOW WILL HE EVER LEARN ANYTHING AT THIS RATE?
Gohan tries to talk the guy into coming down from his perch. Videl, on the other hand, tells the guy to go ahead and jump. So...he does.
"WENDY I CAN FLYYYYY"
Gohan catches him. Hopefully Videl doesn't plan on going into business as a therapist.
The dwarf is clearly from some other planet, and has a music box that he wants our heroes to help him open. The good news is, he's clearly well-intentioned and on the up-and-up!
So...was he actually suicidal or did he somehow know that the strongest people on the planet would show up and rescue him? I guess it was a smart way to get their attention, in any case.
Videl doesn't buy any of this nonsense, but Gohan is intrigued.
Redman says that if Gohan gets the music box open, he'll free Tapion, the legendary hero from his homeworld. Gohan isn't sure what to do, so for advice he goes to...
Gokou: "A super-sketchy guy from another world wants us to open a mysterious sealed box for him? Sounds legit! Let's do it!"
What follows is a Dragonball Hunt, as our heroes travel the world collecting the 'balls to wish for the music box to open. Videl wonders aloud if Tapion will be dreamy. Really, Videl? Gohan's a good man! Don't you hurt him with your cheating heart!
...or maybe she's just hoping that Gohan and Tapion will team up to give her a great birthday. Double Team, Supreme!
Trunks and Goten find a 'ball...in the clutches of this snowman.
"Immortality...wheeze...will soon be minnnnnne"
Gokou finds a 'ball in a den of magnificent golden lions.
Luckily, he has super-hard skin that can't be damaged by lion-bite, and retrieves the 'ball with minimal difficulty.
They summon the Eternal Dragon, and after first sighing and asking "what the f**** do you people want now" the dragon proceeds to hear their requests to unseal the music box.
The dragon mutters a lot and goes back to trying to watch his shows in peace, leaving us with a now-open box.
Trunks and Goten may be excited for the arrival of Tapion, but Gokou and Gohan are a little concerned at the typhoon that seems to be forming.
The evil imp lurks in the background, absorbing electricity while grinning malevolently. On the bright side, he's only the second-most dangerous person Bulma has ever had behind her.
The storm clears and Tapion appears, now grown-up and glorious. This is just like Ocarina of Time when Link emerged from the Temple of Time. ...and funnily enough, Tapion is playing an ocarina as he descends.
He puts the ocarina away and draws his sword, immediately threatening the imp and demanding to know why he's been released.
Then he...just sorta leaves.
Next thing we know, Tapion is hanging out at some sort of abandoned factory on the edge of town. It used to be the local crack den, but now it's home.
Back at the ranch, Roshi notices that Bulma has... tittays.
She of course slaps him and he goes flying through the air. Comedy gold!
He was 32.
Trunks and Goten enjoy some kabobs next to Roshi's prone corpse.
Back at the city, the Cloverfield Monster is suddenly wreaking havoc.
The military proves ineffective against it, so Great Saiyaman I and II show up to...dance and pose.
SUCKA YOU GOT NOTHIN' ON ME!
Gohan finally stops messing around and powers up to Mystical. It may seem like a non-change on the surface, but it actually does affect his appearance a bit. His features get a bit more angular, as usually happens with Super Saiyan transformations. Hair stays the same color, yet stands up. Interesting. It's a potent form, much stronger than Super Saiyan 2... supposedly, cause we never actually see him win anything in this form
Gohan unleashes THE BRIGHTEST BEAM EVER. Even if he misses, the monster will surely be blinded by the sheer luminosity.
Devastation rings out in the city as Gohan continues to blast the monster that we, as of now, still haven't gotten a good look at. Hey Vegeta, what do you think the body count is up to at this point?
Sadly, as we know from the previous movie...Vegeta is in Hell, and he won't be back. ...For now.
After Tapion shows up and plays the ocarina, the monster disappears. Gohan is nonplussed.
Tapion naps in the ruins, only to be interrupted by...
...the monster warping in again, and now we get a good look at it. This is the monster's upper half, which is sealed within Tapion, while the monster's lower half is sealed within that imp guy. ...I think I'm getting this right.
Tapion plays the ocarina again, absorbing the monster, then goes back to napping. Well, so far, this is pretty weird.
Next shot has Tapion playing the ocarina loudly while the rest of the city tries to sleep.
"CUT IT OUT, JERK" yells somebody in the background.
...has he watched this show?
Because, well, she hasn't had a man around since Vegeta got killed, and her libido doesn't take grief leave.
This is definitely after the series ends if Vegeta is alive again. Nice surprise.
I wish we saw as much of Gogeta as we see of this guy.
...not yet, anyway.
Yep, totally Babidi.
Oh hell, I don't even know. Decent, if weird movie. Onward to something notably better...