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Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
• General information•
Release Date March 10, 1990
Language(s) Japanese
• Staff•
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Produced by Kōzō Morishita
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Cinematography Motoaki Ikegami
Studio Toei Animation
Distributor Toei Company
• Financial information•
Budget $7,000,000

Dragon Ball Z the Movie: The World's Strongest (ドラゴンボールZ この世で一番強いヤツ Doragon Bōru Zetto: Kono Yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu?), also known by Toei's own English title The Strongest Guy in the World, is the second feature movie in the Dragon Ball Z franchise. It was originally released in Japan on March 10, 1990, between episodes 39 and 40 of DBZ, at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival along with the second Akuma-kun movie and the 1990 movie version of Sally the Witch. It was released on VHS and DVD in North America on May 26, 1998, with an English voice dub, produced by Pioneer Home Entertainment in association with Funimation Entertainment. Pioneer's dub used the original Ocean Productions voice cast of the TV series. The film was later re-dubbed by Funimation's in-house voice cast and released again to DVD on November 14, 2006 in a box set titled "First Strike," which included Dead Zone and The Tree of Might. It was later remastered and released in a Double Feature set with Dead Zone on Blu-ray and DVD on May 27, 2008. The film was released to DVD again on November 1, 2011 in a remastered box set containing the first five Dragon Ball Z movies.[1]

Outside of the US, there have been two other English dubs of this movie: one in Malaysia and one by AB Groupe in France. The Malaysian English dub was released to VCD in Malaysia, while AB Groupe's English dub aired on TV in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as seeing a home release to VHS and DVD in some of the formerly mentioned countries. Both dubs use Toei's official English title rather than Funimation's title, and their voice casts are unknown.

PlotEdit

The movie begins when Gohan and Oolong search for the Dragon Balls that have all been gathered in the frozen Tsumisumbri Mountains, but before they reach them, Shenron is summoned by Dr. Kochin who wishes that his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, to be released from his icy prison. Gohan and Oolong are then attacked by Kochin's Biomen, but are saved by Piccolo. As Gohan and Oolong escape however, Piccolo is captured by Dr. Kochin's three Bio-Warriors. Later, Master Roshi is faced by Dr. Kochin's Biomen and defeats them all in battle, but the Biomen kidnap Master Roshi and Bulma, thinking that Roshi is the world's strongest and a suitable body for Dr. Wheelo, whose own body was destroyed, leaving him only as a brain. Roshi is tested by Dr. Kochin's three Bio Warriors, and proves to be worthy, but is ultimately defeated. Bulma inadvertently reveals that Goku is the strongest, just as the Earth's hero approaches the fortress on the Nimbus Cloud to save his friends.

As soon as Goku arrives, he is attacked by the Bio Warrior Misokatsun, who has a large rubber body. After knocking him down, Goku races inside the fortress and is attacked by large flying balls with spikes. After dodging several of them, Goku fires rapid energy blasts and destroys all of the spikes. Misokattsun then attacks again, but Goku uses the Kaioken attack and flies right through the Bio-Warrior, deflating him. On the higher level, Goku is attacked by Kishime and Ebifurya, and holds his own for a while, but is then shocked by Kishime's electric rods and frozen solid by Ebifurya's icy attack. Gohan and Krillin then arrive to help, but are soon shocked and frozen also. However, Goku uses the Kaioken again, freeing him from his icy prison, and he easily takes out the two Bio-Warriors.

They then arrive at Dr. Wheelo's lab where Bulma is being held, but run into Piccolo, who has been brainwashed. Goku and Piccolo then fight each other, but Gohan's anger causes the mind-controlling device on Piccolo to break. Dr. Kochin tries to shoot Krillin and Bulma with his machine gun-arm, but is beaten by Roshi. Dr. Wheelo then breaks out of the wall, revealing his brain to be inside a huge robot and destroying Kochin in the process, revealing him to be a robot as well. Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, and Roshi then fight Dr. Wheelo together, but are unable to win. Goku refuses to give up however, and he decides then to attack Dr. Wheelo with the Kaioken x3. He manages to break Dr. Wheelo's right arm off and is about to finish him off with the Kamehameha wave when Dr. Wheelo counters it with a blast of his own. Right as Dr. Wheelo is about to win the beam struggle however, Goku uses the Kaioken x4. He then overpowers Dr. Wheelo's blast and shoots him through his laboratory's ceiling, into space. The Castle gets destroyed, with Goku panting as his shirt gets torn off.

All is thought to be over but Dr. Wheelo is still alive and well. Goku senses this and decides the only way to kill Dr. Wheelo is to form a Spirit Bomb. Dr. Wheelo then begins to rain blasts of energy down from space from his claw, which ends up hitting Goku while he is making his Spirit Bomb. This sends Gohan into a rage, and he starts to fly up into the atmosphere to attack Dr. Wheelo, who is already on his way down to earth. Piccolo arrives to assist Gohan, as does Krillin. Gohan and Piccolo stop Dr. Wheelo's descent while Krillin attempts to attack him to no avail. Piccolo attacks Dr. Wheelo with a mouth beam, severely cracking his visor. Back on Earth, Goku is still alive and he launches the Spirit Bomb up into space. Dr. Wheelo out of anger then attempts to destroy the entire planet with the energy built up in his laboratory's power core. He fires off a massive red laser from his entire body down to earth, but Goku's Spirit Bomb collides with the laser, bursting through it, and it hits Dr. Wheelo. He is sent spiraling off into space on a jagged wave of energy where he explodes multiple times until he is no more. In the aftermath of the battle, Piccolo responds to Goku and the others' celebration by saying Gohan deserved all the credit, and the movie ends with everyone laughing (except Piccolo) at how Dr. Wheelo thought that Master Roshi was the strongest man in the world.

Dr. WheeloEdit

Dr. Wheelo (Dr.ウイロー Dr. Uirō?) is a brilliant scientist who performed experiments in biotechnology. He is the primary antagonist of the movie The World's Strongest. His name is a pun on "Uiro", a type of Japanese cake. Dr. Wheelo's ultimate goal was to modify the human race using his science. He was about to die before he could realize his goal, but Dr. Kochin, his faithful servant, saved his brain and turned him into a cyborg. Unfortunately for them, their fortress became stuck under ice with Wheelo inside. Dr. Kochin came through for his creator a second time fifty years later when he gathered the Dragon Balls and wished for Shenron to thaw the ice-enshrouded fortress. Freed from his frozen sleep, Dr. Wheelo became obsessed with finding the world's strongest man, but his own brain might be transplanted into it. He sent Kochin and Bio-Men to find this man, and at first they thought it was Master Roshi, but when Kishime, Misokatsun and Ebifurya (his Bio-Warriors) easily beat Roshi, Dr. Wheelo started to doubt they had the right person. He then went after Goku's body. When Dr. Wheelo's further attempts to subdue Goku met with failure (such as using a special device to make Piccolo fight Goku and Gohan), the enraged scientist decided to kill him and all his friends. When that also failed, Dr. Wheelo decided to just concentrate the energy contained within his laboratory's power core to fire a gigantic wave and destroy the entire world. Goku was able to form a Spirit Bomb and used it to overpower Dr. Wheelo's attack and destroy the robotic scientist for good. Dr. Wheelo also appears on the Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn poster, but he is not featured in the movie.

CastEdit

Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English 1998 / Pioneer) Voice Actor (English 2006 / FUNimation)
Goku Masako Nozawa Peter Kelamis Sean Schemmel
Gohan Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil Christopher Sabat
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Sonny Strait
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows Bradford Jackson
Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Lisa Ann Beley Cynthia Cranz
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Dave Ward Mike McFarland
Turtle Daisuke Gori Don Brown Christopher Sabat
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Christopher Sabat
Biomen Kozo Shioya, Hitoshi Bifu Dave Ward Chris Cason, John Burgmeier
Dr. Kochin Kōji Yada Paul Dobson Troy Baker
Kishime Yukimasa Kishino Alec Willows Chris Rager
Ebifurya Ken Yamaguchi Don Brown Matthew Tompkins
Misokatsun Daisuke Ghori Ward Perry Robert McCollum
Dr. Wheelo Kôji Nakata Ward Perry R. Bruce Elliott
Narrator Jōji Yanami Doc Harris Kyle Hebert

MusicEdit

  • IN
    1. ピッコロさん だ〜いすき♡ (Pikkoro-san Da〜isuki♡ I L〜ve Mr. Piccolo♡?)
      • Lyrics: Chiroru Taniho, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Masako Nozawa (Gohan)
  • ED
    1. 戦(I・KU・SA) (Ikusa Battle?)
      • Lyrics: Dai Satō, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama

The score for the English-language version was composed by Mark Menza, however the remastered release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dialogue and Japanese background music.

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