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Anime Film Review: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Directed by: Tadayoshi Yamamuro
Written by: Akira Toriyama
Starring: Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres, Kyle Hebert, Sonny Strait, John Burgmeier, Mike McFarland, Monica Rial, Todd Haberkorn
Run Time: 93 minutes
Rated: PG

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ follows the previous film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

This film sees many of the expected characters appear, such as Goku, Vegeta, Kuririn, Piccolo, Gohan, and Master Roshi. Yamcha is actually absent from this film, but like Tien says during the movie, he wouldn’t have been able to help much, anyway. We also see that Emperor Pilaf, Mai, and Shu also appear and are important for bringing about the major plot point: the resurrection of Frieza. We also see Whis and Beerus, who were introduced in Battle of Gods, in this film. Gohan and Videl’s infant daughter, Pan, also makes a brief appearance.

Resurrection ‘F’ introduces some new characters, which primarily consists of Frieza’s new lackeys. But we also get to meet Jaco, a galactic patrolman from the Dragon Ball spin-off manga, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. I wasn’t sure how Jaco would fit in with the Dragon Ball Z universe, but I was pleasantly surprised at the humor this character was able to add to the movie. He didn’t feel like he was simply thrown in just to have him there, especially since he does help fight against Frieza’s lackeys when they first arrive on Earth.

Going into this film, I wondered how Frieza would end up being resurrected. As soon I saw the plan going into motion, I realized that I should have been able to figure it out because it’s an obvious answer. Even if I had guessed the method, I wouldn’t have been able to guess exactly which characters were ultimately responsible for helping to bring Frieza back.

While Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ contains all the fighting and action sequences that fans of the franchise have come to expect, it also incorporates a lot of humor. Jokes were made with Jaco’s personality, through Krillin’s dialogue, with Whis and Beerus’ obsession with food from Earth, with Goku and Vegeta’s banter, and even Frieza himself serves as a source for the humor. But my most favorite joke was seeing the hell that Frieza was sent to after he was killed by Trunks during the Dragon Ball Z anime series. While I thought Battle of Gods had done a good job of combining the humor of Dragon Ball with the action of Dragon Ball Z, I think that Resurrection ‘F’ did an even better job of finding that balance.

The action sequences in the film are also exciting to watch. Obviously, Goku and Frieza get the most exciting fight sequences. However, there are still some impressive moves that come from Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, Tien, Jaco, Krillin, and even Master Roshi. It was great to see Roshi actually fighting, since in much of Dragon Ball Z, the old turtle hermit was seen hanging around his house with Oolong and Puar and not doing much to aid Goku and the others. Seeing Roshi back in action once again proves that he didn’t simply turn into a doddering old fool.

I thought that Resurrection ‘F’ did a fantastic job of incorporating characters, as well as references to events and concepts, that first appeared in the Battle of Gods film. In that respect, this can make Resurrection ‘F’ a little harder to follow if you haven’t seen the previous film.

I would highly recommend Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ to fans of the Dragon Ball franchise. And I would recommend staying through the ending credits to hear the English version of the ending theme, which is sung by the original artist, Momoiro Clover Z. There’s also a very humorous scene that appears right after the ending credits that viewers aren’t going to want to miss.

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