Dragon Ball Z Movies Ranked Part 1
Dragon Ball Z Movies Ranked Part 1
Dragon Ball is the type of anime that changed an entire generation. It has to be one of the most famous anime franchises ever, and it also is one of the most loved ones. Over the years, people have loved Goku and his friends and all the adventures they get themselves into. If you are too young to have watched Dragon Ball, you have to know that lots of the tropes in this anime have been the inspiration for other famous titles like One Piece or Naruto. We're sure you have heard about the Kamehameha, and the plot of a group of friends looking for some specific treasure is from Dragon Ball.
Being a long-running series, Dragon Ball has lots of movies to watch from. Especially if you are a new fan, it can be hard to know which one you should start, but don't worry. There are lots of guides that can show you the order and if the content is canon or not. There are lots of those on the internet, so we won't be talking about that today.
Today, we will focus on the Dragon Ball Z movies. Dragon Ball Z was something like the second season of Dragon Ball. When the show's creators saw how much potential this anime had, they decided to expand this into movies. Believe us when we tell you that they made more than twenty movies. According to fans, some were good, and others not so much. That is why we will talk about some of those. We will also discuss if they contributed to something significant in the franchise or not. Let's get started!
Broly Second Coming
For unknown reasons, Western audiences loved Broly. Broly figures are especially well sold in this part of the world!
He is often described as a destruction machine, and haters of this character assure he doesn't have a delightful personality. Even so, we don't have much to say about Broly. He is the legendary Super Saiyan and is the main characteristic you can think of when describing someone like him. Everything else seems secondary when the movie's main plot revolves around him fighting other people.
The first half of the movie isn't the most impressive thing ever. As it progresses, there are also good things. For example, it's one of the few instances Adult Gohan gets to do something and fights alongside Trunks.
If we had to pick a part of the movie, we would say Goku appears. After that, Goku, Trunks, and Goten make one big Kamehameha. That was a nice touch, we think.
Do you remember planet Namek? For a while, we were used to Piccolo being the Namekian villain. For unknown reasons, Dragon Ball wanted to bring back the idea of the Namekian villain. Today, we're not sure if this was a good idea.
Sure, the viewers got the reminder that Piccolo once existed, but was this really necessary? The worst part of it is that the story repeated itself once again. As Piccolo, Slug shows ups on Earth and suddenly wants to make it his own. Like sure, Slug, but no.
There are great battle sequences with different characters. Still, the more relevant thing about this movie was Goku's fake Super Saiyan transformation. Before getting the Super Saiyan transformation, Toei had no idea what it would look like and relied on his best guess as to what the Super Saiyan would look like. Not everyone liked this since it ended up being confusing. Some fans agree that this was a fun action scene. Since there are so many Dragon Ball Z movies, sometimes we forget about this type of scene.
Super Android 13
We think we speak for a lot of fans when we say the Android was one of the most iconic characters in Dragon Ball Z. We are talking about technologically modified humans, specially made to kill Goku. What could be greater than that? So, of course, they needed their own movie too. Why not?
One of the most crucial parts of the movie is when Vegeta, Piccolo, Goku, and Trunks fight with the same enemy at the same time. Still, some fans consider this movie too similar to the Cell and Androids saga. Some go as far to say that it was unnecessary. Either way, we enjoyed the action moments, and we think that even if it's not the best Dragon Ball Z movie, it is a decent one.
Tree of Might
Some fans consider this is one of the decent Dragon Ball Z movies. It's not the best, but it is watchable. The most memorable part about this is that it gives the DBZ fan a look at what could an evil Goku look like. This evil version was called Turles, and it was very similar to our hero.
This was way before Black Goku debuted in DB Super, so at the moment, it was something impressive to watch. Turles as a character wasn't a bad idea, but some fans think it lacked a good execution.
Another memorable thing is that some parts of the movie have been used in different Dragon Ball Z videogames.
Frieza is one of the most knowledgeable villains in Dragon Ball. He is the one that starts everything in Dragon Ball. He destroys planet Vegeta, and this is what brings baby Goku to Earth. It's the most iconic villain, and it acts like some kind of Petyr Baelish. Except there is no Game of Thrones, and we are talking about Dragon Ball. Isn't it exciting?
We think the show creators' wanted to milk the Frieza hype, so they came up with a brother.
His name is Cooler, and he conveniently appears because he wants to kill Goku. Very casual and all. The thing is that it worked. The movie had success, so there is nothing we can do to blame the show creators. In fact, we are thankful! Besides, Cooler came with some buddies like Neiz and Salza, and they were also intriguing.
It is not a coincidence that we have two consecutive Frieza movies in this rank. He is the ultimate Dragon Ball villain. Besides being responsible for all the major things in Dragon Ball, he has always been a fan favorite. We can't blame the fans, though. He is also our favorite.
Fans were thrilled to know that he was going to be the main villain for this movie. The animation was good, and Frieza was fantastic, but some fans think it wasn't enough to make an incredible movie.
Some other fans get more technical and think the movie has too many plot errors, but that is a whole other story. What did you think about it? Was the hype enough?
Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan
We won't discuss that Frieza is the most famous and one of the more iconic Dragon Ball villains. But what about Broly? We are talking about that one famous trope. Did you guess it yet? The older brother of the main character appears out of nowhere. Suddenly wants to kill our hero. It's a trope that has been used for decades, and we love that Toriyama implemented it in his story. The bad thing about Broly is that his character never appeared in canon.
One of the funniest things about this movie is the reason why Broly hates Goku so much. Apparently, Goku cried a lot. And okay, Broly, we get it. But is that the reason why you despise your brother? This fact is now a recurring joke in the Dragon Ball fanbase.
Wrath of the Dragon
Dragon Ball is known for being repetitive with plot points, but we think this was a bit of an exception. Still, it can't go too far. It is still Dragon Ball at best.
At first, it's kind of similar to the Buu saga. The teams are similar, and almost all characters get involved. Then, Goku acts as a hero, and he ends up beating the movie's villain: Hirudegarn.
One of the reasons this movie went well is because, at the time, it had been a long time since the last DB movie. Fans were crazy to see more of Dragon Ball Z seventeen years after that last movie.
As you can see, all of these movies prove one thing: Dragon Ball has prevailed over time. We are happy it prevailed, though.
Fans like making fan art about the Gogeta vs Broly fight. And the merchandise isn't bad either! The DBZ logo is iconic at this point. Whatever you look at, there are Goku statues or DBZ statues. There are also Dragon Ball backpacks and more.
For now, we show you the first part of our ranking. The best movies will be for the next one. Stay with us for the next article to see which ones are the top seven of our ranking on the best Dragon Ball Z movies. Which one is your favorite?