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Dragon Ball Z Movie: Lord Slug

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Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug opens where most Dragon Ball movies do, with Piccolo meditating in front of some natural environment. This time its a waterfall. At this point it clear that Dragon Ball movies follow a template. Open with Piccolo, enter the villain set on finding the dragon ball’s, he gets his wish, then the Z fighters get defeated (especially Krillin), and Goku battles the main villain. That said, Lord Slug makes some alterations to the model. When Lord Slug gets his wish he doesn’t seek immortality, but eternal youth. Thus he returns to when he was the strongest. 

Dragon Ball movies always have continuity problems, Lord Slug is no different. During the battle between Goku and Lord Slug, he goes into a form of Super Saiyan. According to the timeline, Goku became Super Saiyan in chapter 317 of the manga, which came out ten days later. In the film, the Super Saiyan form doesn’t have the gold/yellow hair and green eyes. Fans considered this form to be a “False Super Saiyan”. Regardless, it’s clear that Goku wasn’t meant to be a Super Saiyan at least officially. One difference in this film is Goku isn’t the primary reason Lord Slug is defeated, Piccolo is the more responsible. 

Namekians take center stage

The Namekian physiology takes center stage in this movie. Generally, Dragon Ball only really cares about the Saiyans. What sets Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug apart is that it centers more on Namekians. Lord Slug is a “Super Namekian” that gained this power by “unlocking a higher consciousness within”. Having become intoxicated by their power they were banished by other Namekians with the dragon balls. Piccolo eventually becomes on as well, however, he does so by fusing with other Namekians. In Lord Slug, Piccolo exposes an auditory weakness that Nameks have. High-pitched sounds, particularly whistling, is extremely painful. Lord Slug becoming a giant making his ears even larger, he then becomes incapacitated by Gohan’s whistling. Goku delivers the final blow with a spirit bomb powered by the sun. 

Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug is in many ways predictable. However, the movie does add some new twists, even if they’re minimal. Despite the cliche elements of the movie, the film is enjoyable. The animation is fluid and consistent. Other than some Namekian lore, you won’t find If you enjoyed the previous movies, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug is the film for you. 

Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Recap, and Review

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Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Recap, and Review

An image of the Tree of Might growing on Earth in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
The Tree of Might growing on Earth (image from dragonball.fandom)

Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might is the third Dragon Ball Z movie. As Bulma, Krillin, Oolong, and Gohan are camping something falls from space. The object crashes into the forest causing a massive fire. Gohan and Krillin rush to save the animals from the fire. Gohan befriends a small dragon he names Icarus. Despite putting out the flames the forest is ruined. They decide to restore the forest using the Dragon Balls. The crashed object turns out to be a probe. It scans the environment, sending the information to an unknown group of aliens.

They determine that Earth would be perfect for the Tree of Might, a plant that sucks all the nutrients out of the planet. Meanwhile, Icarus arrives at Goku’s, Chi-Chi’s, and Gohan’s house. Chi-Chi won’t allow Gohan to keep him in the house. Goku takes Gohan and Icarus to a cave where the later can stay. The aliens plant the seed and the tree grows. Elsewhere, the Z-Fighters gather at Goku’s house. King Kai contacts Goku informing him of the dangers of Tree of Might. Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, Tien, and Chiaotzu head out to destroy the tree.

The fruit from the Tree of Might (image from dragonball.fandom)

The Z-Fighters verses the Turles Crusher Corps

I mentioned in my review of Dragon Ball Z: The Worlds Strongest that I missed when the fighters other than Goku were involved in the fighting. Tree of Might is one of the few movies that feature some of the other fighters. The battle between the groups ensued. They pair off, with Tien and Chiaotzu facing the twins Rasin and Lakasei, Krillin takes on Amond and Yamcha fights Cacao. Unfortunately, the Z-fighters can’t handle their opponents. Both Yamcha and Krillin use their trademark techniques, Spirit Ball and Destructo Disk. They both lose. Chiaotzu is overwhelmed by one of the twins and is rescued by Gohan. He easily defeats Lakasei, getting the attention of Turles.

Goku’s look alike

Turles looks like a darker-skinned Goku. He gives Gohan a choice to join his crew. Piccolo interferes but is easily defeated by Turles. He then uses an artificial moon to turn Gohan into a Great Ape. Gohan goes on a rampage. Icarus manages to calm Gohan down. However, Turles attacks Icarus turning Gohan against him. Goku takes the opportunity to cut Gohan’s tail off. Able to focus now, Goku promises to defeat Turles. First, he must defeat the Turles Crusher Corps. Using the Kaio-Ken, he defeats all five easily. Meanwhile, Turles quickly dominates Piccolo who has been completely useless in this movie. Finally, Goku and Turles only have each other to fight. Turles takes fruit from the Tree of Might increasing his power and beating Goku into submission.

Goku’s “twin” Turles (image from dragonball.fandom)

Desperate, Goku gathers energy for the Spirit Bomb. However, the Tree of Might had absorbed too much of Earth’s energy rendering the Spirit Bomb less effective. Goku then takes the energy from the tree itself. With a complete Spirit Bomb, Goku can defeat Turles and destroys the Tree.

Overall this movie is just okay. The most interesting thing about it is the appearance of Turles. Why does he look like Goku? They look alike because “they are low-class and because the low-class don’t have many distinct physical looks.” Many had speculated that he was Goku’s older brother. I just think that they liked Goku’s look and it’s easier than creating a new design. Turles is that he’s more reasonable than the typical DBZ villain. He gloats less and shows more strategy during the fights. Once again the Z-fighters are completely useless. At this point, they should just stay home and let Goku fight by himself. Even Piccolo was pathetic. Look I get that Goku is the main character and needs to defeat the main villain, but does he need to beat the minions too?

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