Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
NR | 07 March 1992 (USA)
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Cooler has resurrected himself as a robot and is enslaving the people of New Namek. Goku and the gang must help.


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So much average

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A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."

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Fatma Suarez

The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful

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Eric Stevenson

Next up for Anime Month we're starting to look at the "Dragonball Z" movies. There might not have been as many of them as the "Pokémon" movies, but still a lot. This movie features the return of the villain from the previous movie, Cooler. It's great to see a villain with relatively large importance to the mythology make a return. I really do like his new appearance, given how shiny he is. I do wonder why he didn't model his robots after his most powerful form. Was that supposed to be his third form out of four? I guess he just chose the one he was the most well known for.It's actually kind of a pity, because his final form was the coolest (hey, I made a joke!). This features Vegeta making his first movie appearance. I admit it doesn't make sense how Vegeta got there in the first place, but he's as awesome as ever. I found out how to pronounce Yajirobe's name! This is what I get for reading the manga first. I do love that little robot that talks about how everyone's going to die. We get some fairly good action in with a lot of the side characters too. It is however hard for me to love this given how short it is, but it still got its message across. ***

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The first direct sequel to a previous DBZ film, or rather the first returning villain. Also, the most obvious reason to love this one is that it is Vegeta's debut in a Z film and as a super saiyan no less. Yea!! This time around Cooler has returned as a robotic version of himself, although later we learn it's more complicated than that, and with an army of 'Cyclopean guards'. Meta-Cooler is incredibly bad-ass, and I love how the animators added the glimmer effect to the metal plating. To add to it, he now has tremendous strength, surpassing that of a super saiyan as he demonstrates when he beats Goku into the ground. Even with Vegeta's help, the golden duos seem to struggle and are left exhausted by the fight. And oh yeah, he has somehow picked up the ability to use the Instant Transmission technique. The battle is a crazy one, with Vegeta delivering his latest signature move, the Big Bang Attack, and also delivering my favorite line of dialogue: "Why won't you die?!!" The music is tight and the classic Namek backdrop never gets old. The fights are intense and there seems to be quite amount of pain going on, as when Cooler nearly snaps Vegeta's leg (!!!). When brute strength and the combined efforts of two super saiyans fail to take out Cooler, the only way to victory is perhaps in Cooler's lack of understanding about the depth of the golden-haired warriors' power. But as with almost any DBZ film, there are a few goofs. Obviously, there is a question of power. Piccolo has already fused with Kami, making him a Super Namek and technically much stronger than Goku or Vegeta at the time. Also, as an inconsistency to season five, Dende already is the guardian of Earth. Which would in turn mean that Goku, Gohan and Vegeta (not to mention Trunks, who doesn't appear in this flick though) would have already trained in the Hyberloic Time Chamber and already surpassed the basic super saiyan level? Surely Full-Power Super Saiyan Goku and Ascended Super saiyan Vegeta could easily crush Cooler without any real problems. But hey, I'm not complaining. A truly sick installment.

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If you read my comment on Cooler's Revenge, you'll know I really like the Cooler villain. He's an awesome character. Way better then Frieza. This movie I like, but it's not my favorite Dragon Ball Z film because first of all him trying to destroy New Namek is random. Just sort of annoyed me of how much irony there was in that. I do like the twist at the end and the fact there's like millions of Meta Coolers which seem impossible to beat. Also there's a stupid move in this movie on Cooler's part. Everyone who has seen this film knows what I mean when I say never say out loud what could kill you when you think the heroes are dead.

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The original Japanese version of this movie was good. But with the new music, the dub is actually better in my opinion. The movie is pretty good with some top-notch animation for it's day. Goku and Vegeta make their first appearance TOGETHER in a movie and it's pretty cool. The storyline is somewhat different than most other Z movies. But it's still only alright, it's not a GREAT DBZ movie.

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