Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
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Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, released in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no Fusion!! Gokū to Bejiita (ドラゴン ボール Z 復活 の フュージョン!! 悟空 と ベジータ, Doragon Bōru Zetto: Fukkatsu no Fyūjon!! Gokū to Bejiita), was originally released in Japan on March 4th, 1995 between "Super Moves of Gotenks" and "Trapped in Forever". It was again released to select theaters on March 17th, 2006, thus making it the first Dragon Ball film to be released theatrically in the United States, with Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler following. It was then released on March 28th, 2006 in North America on DVD. It was re-released on DVD and BD on May 19th, 2009 alongside Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon as a double-feature DVD.
The movie starts with the Other World Tournament going on and a match is starting between Goku and Pikkon. The scene changes to the HFIL check in station. It shows a teenage "Oni" guarding an evil-purification machine, but he is distracted with his heavy metal music. He accidentally doesn't pay attention and the machine gets too full of evil and breaks, releasing all of the evil energy at once. As a result, on Earth, many of the dead have been brought back to life, and Videl and Gohan are summoned to take care of them.
Bulma and the others gather the Dragon Balls, and summon Shenron. They wish for all the souls to return to the underworld, but Shenron informs them that he can send them back but there is nothing stopping them from coming back, and that something is wrong in Other World and only King Yemma can solve the problem.
In the Other World, Goku and Pikkon are fighting The Otherworld Tournament,but are called to go to King Yemma and see what's going on. When they arrive, they find that Hell has been changed into a colorful, weird world filled with colorful stones. King Yemma has been imprisoned in a barrier, and the teenager has been mutated by the spiritual waste into a big ugly monster named Janemba. Pikkon attempts to break the barrier, and Goku begins fighting the monster. The monster has strange powers that allow him to defy reality (such as creating a portal to punch through that leads right to Goku), and even as a Super Saiyan 2, Goku is losing. He then powers up to Super Saiyan 3 to defeat the monster.
On Earth, Mr. Satan is winning over the zombies. Freeza arrives shortly after [Son [Gohan]] and Videl get rid of a large group of zombies and Frieza starts to taunt Gohan. However, Gohan defeats him with a single blow to the torso, prompting the rest of the villains to retreat. In the afterlife, Pikkon discovers that cursing at the ice causes it to break, and the monster which Goku thought he had defeated has transformed into a smaller, more powerful form. He makes a sword, and starts to easily beat Goku. He traps him in a triangular cage made from Blood Pond, then cuts it down to just fit Goku.
Vegeta comes to help Goku. He starts to fight Janemba in his strongest form, Super Saiyan 2, but is no match for him. Goku breaks out of Blood Pond to help, but also is defeated. Both Goku and Vegeta take cover in a cage of spikes.
Goku knows they cannot win as separate entities, so he suggests using the fusion technique. Vegeta becomes skeptical, first off that the pose for the Fusion Dance is embarrassing, and furthermore tells him he would rather die than to fuse with a low class Saiyan. But Goku calmly states that Vegeta is already dead. Goku persuades him to agree, and then they try the Fusion Dance. Vegeta, however, fails to extend his forefinger at the last second, and Veku is created, as named by South Kai. This fighter is weak and can do little but fart in Janemba's face. Right when Janemba is about to destroy him, the Fusion runs out and Goku and Vegeta escape. Vegeta curses Goku, saying Fusion is useless, but North Kai points out that it is Vegeta's fault. Pikkon then comes after giving up on the ice like shield and begins to fight Janemba to give Goku and Vegeta more time to perform the fusion. He figures that Janemba is made of the same material as the shield, and begins cursing at it. Surprisingly, it works, and the creature is caught completely by surprise. However, it is able to incapacitate Pikkon, although those precious few seconds allowed Goku and Vegeta to perform the Fusion Dance, which is successful, forming Gogeta.
Back on Earth, Goten and Trunks sense their dads fusing, and also fuse to create Gotenks. Gotenks defeats The Dictator's (Hitler's) army with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack in one shot. Gotenks then says YEAH!!! Fusion rocks! .Gogeta is formed, and he defeats Janemba with his ultimate attack: the Stardust Breaker. As a result, the teenage demon returns. Scared by Gogeta, he runs away. Hell is returned to normal and King Yemma is freed. Gogeta defuses, Vegeta and Goku say farewell to each other, and Vegeta returns to his spirit form. Goku and Pikkon return to the Dai Kaio's Planet. All of the souls are returned to the machine, which is restored.
On Earth, Gohan, Goten, Videl, and Trunks are returning home. Goten and Trunks know who it was that saved them, but refuse to tell anyone. In the English version, Goten and Trunks also joked about Gohan and Videl kissing and being chased home by a crossed Gohan and a embarrassed Videl. Meanwhile, Shenron remains summoned, and asks if anyone still wants to use the wish.
- The Dictator
- Count Drac
- Dodoria* or **
- Dr. Wheelo*
- Freeza Soldier**
- Living Dead
- Slug Soldier**
- Paragus Soldier**
- * Indicates that this character appears on the film's cover, but is not seen in the film.
- ** Indicates that this character appears in the film, but with a different coloring.
Like most movies based on the Dragon Ball series, this movie is difficult to place within the main series' timeline. Since Baba brought the dead Goku to Earth for a day and never returns to Grand Kai's planet for the rest of the series after his time on Earth runs out he should not be there but at Supreme Kai's planet helping Gohan with his Z-Sword training. After the death of Vegeta, Gohan was either thought to be dead or on Supreme Kai's planet, and Chi-Chi, Bulma, and Videl were either searching for the Dragon Balls to wish back Vegeta's victims or on Kami's Lookout. In addition, Shenron can only grant two wishes at this point, not three and since the wish to revive Vegeta's victims came shortly after he died than there should only be 1 left. Another strange thing is Vegeta's statements that he didn't have a body for a period of time when in the main series he regains it shortly after dying due to his selfless sacrifice. In addition based on Goku's statements to Janemba that only Majin Buu, who is not seen anywhere in the movie not even Fat Buu who should be good at this point, had pushed him so far in battle suggests that the Kid Buu saga should be over and him and Goku should be alive on Earth due to the wish to bring back every good character, not dead and in Other World.
North American DVD features
- Full-Screen English "2.0 Stereo" dub with optional subtitles.
- Full-Screen English "5.1 Dolby Surround Sound" dub with optional subtitles (same subtitle track as above).
- Full-Screen Uncut Japanese version (in Mono) with optional, English translated subtitles.
- Interactive DVD Menus.
- Scene Selection.
- Character Profiles on 12 different characters in the movie.
- FUNimation Trailers advertising Dragon Ball Z, the Dragon Ball Z TCG, the "Z" Store, Mr. Stain, and Degrassi.
- Opening theme (OP)
- Ending theme (ED)
- All swastikas (in the Hitler scenes) are removed from FUNimation's DVD. Additionally, all "third reich" references are removed. In the German, French, and Hebrew versions, The Dictator was completely removed from the movie due to strict laws in Germany about references to the Nazi regime and to avoid insulting Israelis and Holocaust survivors after World War II. In the European Spanish dubs, The Dictator doesn't appear, due to the fact that the European Spanish versions used the pre-edited footage of the French dub.
- This is the first movie to have Fusion characters: namely Gotenks, Veku and Gogeta.
- This is the first movie to feature Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 form.
- This is the first and only story where the Fusion Dance results in successfully defeating the antagonist(s) (The antagonists being The Dictator and Janemba).
- The Dictator's battle against Goten and Trunks was removed when it was aired on Toonami.
- The English dub of Fusion Reborn is the only Dragon Ball Z film to be rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. It is rated PG for action violence, thematic elements, and rude humor.
- This is the only Dragon Ball Z movie where Krillin and Piccolo do not appear.
- Though Broly does not appear in this film, his father Paragus does make a brief appearance.
- In one scene, one of the Kai refers to Veku as "what an artful dodger" as he had been avoiding Janemba's attacks by running away and farting. This is a reference to the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. One of the characters is named the Artful Dodger because he can pick peoples pockets and run quickly.
- Extra parts to the movie are added in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2's story mode. In the story mode Great Saiyaman and Videl fight 2 vs. 2 battles against Cui and Salza, Bojack and Zangya, Frieza and Cell (who didn't appear in the movie), and finally Vegeta is allowed to keep his body and has a match against Goku.
- There is a brief Michael Jackson reference in the beginning of the movie, when Saike is dancing he simulates a moonwalk, stands on his tip toes, and grabs himself.
- In the English dub by FUNimation, Shenron offers to grant three wishes rather than the regular 2, however in the japanese dub, he says 2, an apparent error.
- This is the only film of all 13 to take place mostly in Other World.
- During a close up on Recoome, it shows his Ginyu force symbol is shown plain white.
- The Dictator mentions how Goten and Trunks in their Super Saiyan forms have "blond hair and blue eyes" (even though the eyes are green) referencing Hitler's penchant for the Aryan race.