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Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1990)

Doragon bôru Z: Kono yo de ichiban tsuyoi yatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 26 May 1998 (USA)
The Z-Fighters must stop a mad scientist out to take over the world.

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Son Gokû / Son Gohan (voice)
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Pikkoro (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
Kuririn (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Buruma (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Kame-sen'nin (voice)
Mayumi Shô ...
Chichi (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ...
Ûron (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ...
Shenron (voice)
Kôji Yada ...
Dr. Kochin (voice)
Yukimasa Kishino ...
Kishîme (voice)
Ken Yamaguchi ...
Ebifuryâ (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
Misokattsun / Umigame (voice)
Kôji Nakata ...
Dr. Uirô (voice)
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The evil Dr. Kochin uses the dragon balls to resurrect his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, in an effort to take over the world. Dr. Wheelo, his body having been destroyed by the avalanche that killed him fifty years before, desires the body of the strongest fighter in the world as his new vessel. Believing Roshi to be the world's strongest warrior, Dr. Kochin abducts Bulma and forces Roshi to surrender himself to save her. When Goku hears of their abduction, he goes to their rescue. Written by page8701

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Deep in the ice is earth's greatest threat that can only be stopped by one man.


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The villains are named after food from Nagoya, "Dragon Ball" creator Akira Toriyama's hometown:
  • Dr. Uiro (Dr. Wheelo in the English dub) was named after "uiro", a traditional rice cake.
  • Dr. Kochin was named after the Cochin chicken, a meat especially popular in Nagoya.
  • Kishime was named after kishimen, a type of noodles popular in Nagoya.
  • Ebifurya was named after ebi-furai (fried prawn).
  • Misokatsun was named after misokatsu (pork cutlets with miso sauce).
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The film is set after the battle with the Saiyans, yet Piccolo is alive. He was killed by Nappa. Only further adding to the plot hole is the fact that Gohan's "I Love Mr. Piccolo" scene actually shows Piccolo's death scene. See more »

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Master Roshi: You know there's one thing I did like about Dr. Wheelo... He thought I was the strongest fighter in the world.
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Followed by Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming (1994) See more »

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Pikkoro-san Da~isuki
(I Love Mr. Piccolo)
Lyrics by Chiroru Taniho
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kenji Yamamoto
Performed by Masako Nozawa
(Columbia Record)
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Excellent animation, but uncharacteristically science-fiction plot
2 July 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is the second Dragon Ball Z movie released during the series' Japanese TV run. This movie's plot, unlike the first DBZ movie, is not a re-telling of a particular moment in the TV series, but more of a side story. While Gohan assists Oolong on a trip up to the Zulmitezubri Mountains to recover Dragon Balls to wish for women's underwear, they stumble upon the Dragon Balls being used by an assistant scientist named Dr. Kochin. He makes a wish to the Eternal Dragon, Shenron, to free his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, from the ice that for fifty years buried him after the heavens punished him and Dr. Kochin for their selfish and inhumane intentions of their scientific endeavors. After the two scientists abduct Piccolo, Master Roshi, and Bulma, Goku sets out to rescue them and save himself from being used as a puppet controlled by Dr. Wheelo's only remains, his brain. This movie's plot is radically different from the usual demons-and-martial-arts affairs. It focuses on science fiction elements, which were actually developed later on into the TV series during the Cell era. The science-fiction story elements often causes the movie to drag inbetween the fight sequences, but the animation continues to be superb and surpasses that of the previous DBZ movie Return My Gohan! a.k.a. Dead Zone.

GRADE: 2.5 out of 5


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