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|Premiered:||07 March 1992 (“Toei Anime Fair”)|
|Running Time:||Approx. 46 minutes|
|Box Office:||Total Gross: Unknown
Net Earnings: ¥1.6 billion (approx. US $12.1 million)
Attendance: 4.4 million
|Opening Animation:||“CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” (Dragon Ball Z Movie 6 Animation)|
|Ending Animation:||“Hero (You’re the Hero)”|
VHS and LaserDisc (Original Print: 09 October 1992 / Re-issue: 21 September 1997)
8mm Film (09 October 1992)
Dragon Box The Movies; Disc #04 (14 April 2006)
Dragon Ball The Movies Individual DVD Volume #05 (10 October 2008)
The movie premiered as part of the 1992 Spring “Toei Anime Fair” (東映アニメフェア; Tōei Anime Fea) on 07 March 1992, along with two other movies from the Magical Taluluto and Dragon Quest series. The event originated from the “Toei Manga Festival” that was established by Toei in 1969 as a way to showcase their popular children’s series as theatrical films during seasonal breaks in the school year. In Japan, almost all schools below the university level run a three-term school year (trimester system) with a vacation period of several weeks to a month at the end of each trimester: spring vacation, summer vacation, and winter vacation. The movies were screened together back-to-back in various cities across Japan, with a typical total running time of roughly three hours. Most festivals would last roughly one month, or as long as the seasonal vacation allowed. Tickets could be purchased at the theater, or discount tickets could be purchased in advance which covered the cost of admission, as well as a bonus item such as a promotional pamphlet describing the featured movies, and various other special presents, such as posters, paper hats, cards, and toys. Additional items, including the official theatrical pamphlet and a variety of other commemorative goods, were available for purchase at cinemas or by mail during this period.
Up until the Dragon Box DVD sets began being released in the early 2000s, the only Dragon Ball properties released to home video in Japan were the original seventeen theatrical films, most of which were available on VHS, LaserDisc, and 8mm film reels. These home video releases were a luxury for most fans, as they came at a rather high price point for the time. They were later re-released in the late-1990s to replace the then out-of-print VHS tapes with a lower price point and slightly alternate covers.
After releasing the entirety of the three Dragon Ball TV series, Toei released their fifth and final “Dragon Box”, which was entitled “Dragon Box The Movies”. The Dragon Box contained all seventeen original Dragon Ball movies presented in their theatrical 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. As a special bonus for the movie’s first DVD release, Toei dug through their vaults and included some of the movie’s original promotional material.
|Theatrical Preview (劇場予告)
Running Time: 41 seconds
Following the “Dragon Box”, Toei began releasing each movie individually on DVD. To help promote the sale of movie individual discs, Shueisha handed out a free promotional DVD highlighting the releases at Jump Festa 2009. The DVD contained promotional trailers for each movie which were narrated by veteran Dragon Ball cast member Shigeru Chiba, the voice of such notable characters as Pilaf, Garlic Jr. (TV series), and Raditz. More information about the promotional DVD is available in our “Home Video Guide”.
One peaceful day the New Planet Namek is engulfed by the Big Gete Star, which begins sucking the energy from the planet. Back on Earth, Dende sees what is happening and immediately sends Goku and the others off to save New Planet Namek from this danger. Meanwhile, on New Planet Namek, robot soldiers begin hunting down all the Namekians in order to gather their energy. Some of the Namekians put up a resistance, but it only proves to be a futile effort. Just as the robots are about to finish off some of resisting Namekians, Goku and the others appear!
As the battle is about to begin, Metal Coola appears before them. Goku is shocked to see he is still alive, but vows to defeat him once again. While Goku begins his one-on-battle with Metal Coola, the others take on the robot soldiers. Piccolo soon figures out that by concentrating their ki at the moment of attack, they can easily pierce their heavy army. However, they are eventually captured as the increasing number of robot soldiers overwhelms them.
Goku and Metal Coola seem quite even, but after using both the Kaiō-Ken and Shunkan-Idō Goku realizes he is outmatched. With no other choice he finally transforms into a Super Saiyan. However, even his increased power and speed have little effect on Metal Coola, who can regenerate thanks to his mechanical self-repairing ability. Goku finds himself in dire straits, but at that point Vegeta appears and saves him, saying he will be the one to kill Kakarrot. The strong Super Saiyan combo quickly overtakes Metal Coola, and after using all of their strength they finally smash him to pieces.
The two Saiyans fall to ground, completely exhausted, but to their bewilderment they see they are totally surrounded by hundreds of Metal Coolas. Even though they are completely outmatched, the two will not go down without a fight, but are eventually captured. Inside the machine planet they find the core of Coola, who explains how he took over the Big Gete Star and used it to create mechanical duplicates of himself. Coola then quickly begins to drain their energy and the two scream out in pain. At the same time, Yajirobe and the others are about to be sawed up so that their energy can be absorbed, when the saw abruptly stops.
Coola appears to have drained all of Goku and Vegeta’s energy, when more energy suddenly explodes from the two. Their Super Saiyan energy quickly overwhelms Coola’s circuits and the Big Gete Star begins to collapse in on itself. Meanwhile, the others flee from the exploding machine planet to safety. Back inside Coola creates a mechanized body and rushes forward to finish of the duo himself, but with Vegeta’s help Goku is able to pierce Coola’s chest with a ki attack, blowing him up along with the Big Gete Star.
As the smoke clears, Goku and Vegeta fall back to the planet and crash head first into the ground. Yajirobe heals everyone with some Senzu and Goku is glad to see everyone else is okay. The Namekians thank him for all he has done, but Gohan wonders where Vegeta went. Goku says he must have taken off after being given a Senzu. In space, Vegeta is flying in a space pod, holding Coola’s main computer chip in his hand… He slams it closed, crushing the chip with a “Hmph!”
The following original character profiles were translated from Daizenshuu 6. Additional character design comments from the movie’s character designer, Minoru Maeda, have also been included as published in the “Design Lab” section of the “Dragon Box The Movies” Dragon Book.
I made him on the concepts of “Coola in metal” and “plus, a lot of them will appear”. Nowadays, it would be possible to depict lots of them using CG… but at the time, we drew them all by hand, so anyway, it was rough. I drew the highlights, reflections and such while looking at an actual metal art-object, and even specified light and shadow in the design illustrations. This is probably the work I struggled with the most, including both designs and workload. (laughs)
— Minoru Maeda
From Goku’s mark-less dōgi, to Dende being God and Vegeta transforming into a Super Saiyan, it can be inferred that this is an event from between when the Cell Games were announced and their opening.
— “Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV Specials” (p. 88)
All credits listed below are as originally presented in the theatrical film. All original credit errors have been corrected to maintain accurate spellings throughout the site. For more information and a complete listing of the series staff, visit the Production Guide.
The cast credits are listed in order of character importance within the series. For more detailed information about the series cast, visit the Cast Guide.