Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta (ドラゴンボールZ 復活のフュージョン!!悟空とベジータ, Dragon Ball Z Fukkatsu no Fusion!! Goku to Vegeta), is a 1995 Japanese animated fantasy martial arts film and the 12th film in the Dragon Ball Z series. It was originally released in Japan on March 4 at Toei Anime Fair, and dubbed into English by Funimation in 2006.

Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
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Japanese film poster
Directed byShigeyasu Yamauchi
Screenplay byTakao Koyama
Based onDragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
StarringSee below
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
CinematographyToshiharu Takei
Edited byShinichi Fukumitsu
Production
company
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • March 4, 1995 (1995-03-04)
Running time
52 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$23.5 million

PlotEdit

In the Other World, a teenage oni guards a spirit cleansing machine and the loud volume of his walkman distracts him causing the machine to explode. The oni is engulfed by the freed evil spirit essence and transforms into a massive, childlike monster with dimensional manipulation abilities. As a result, the deceased are resurrected and return to the living word, while in the afterlife, spirits who were allowed to keep their bodies lose them.

Goku and Pikkon are fighting in a tournament when they are interrupted by the appearance of a strange crystal-like substance and are sent to investigate the disturbance by the Grand Kai. They find the afterlife's "check-in station" to be encased in the crystal-like barrier which is also immune to their energy blasts. From inside of the station, its trapped attendant King Yemma directs them to the monster, Janemba, who refuses to drop the barrier. Goku lures Janemba to Hell while Pikkon works to free Yemma.

Meanwhile, Earth comes under siege by an array of zombies and soldiers and an army of past villains led by Frieza who attack a city until Gohan intervenes and destroys him causing the villains to scatter. Goten and Trunks gather the magical Dragon Balls, summon the dragon Shenron, and ask him to rebuild the barrier between the living and dead but he is unable to do so. In Hell, Janemba uses his unorthodox powers to best Goku until he powers up to Super Saiyan 3 and seemingly kills the monster who merely transforms into a much smaller albeit more powerful and sinister form. Goku is overwhelmed by Janemba but Vegeta, having regained his physical body, arrives in time to help. However, the two Saiyans are still no match for Janemba and are forced to hide. Goku proposes using the Fusion Dance technique, but Vegeta pridefully refuses to join bodies with Goku.

Pikkon continues to try and free Yemma to no avail, and in his anger, insults the crystal substance which causes it to slightly crack. However, Pikkon's worst insults do not cause enough damage to rescue Yemma so he decides to aid Goku and Vegeta in their fight. After much persuasion, Vegeta agrees to fuse with Goku but Vegeta fails to extend his forefinger when required and the fusion fails, resulting in a weak, obese form named Veku. Janemba beats Veku severely and almost kills him, but the fusion wears off and Goku and Vegeta escape in time. Pikkon arrives to stall Janemba while Goku and Vegeta attempt the fusion again, this time successfully transforming into the immensely powerful Gogeta, who swiftly gains the advantage over Janemba and he uses his power to cleanse the demon of the evil essence inside him, causing him to revert into to his oni form.

With Janemba vanquished, his hold over reality disappears and the deceased return to the afterlife. After sharing a good-natured farewell with Goku, Vegeta reverts to his spirit form and disappears.

CastEdit

Character name[a] Japanese voice actor English voice actor
Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Gohan Kyle Hebert
Goten Kara Edwards
Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Christopher R. Sabat
Trunks Takeshi Kusao Laura Bailey
Janemba Tessho Genda Jim Foronda (pre-transformation)
Kent Williams (post-transformation)
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Chi-Chi Naoko Watanabe Cynthia Cranz
Videl Yūko Minaguchi Kara Edwards
Pikkon Hikaru Midorikawa Kyle Hebert
Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young
Shenron Tessho Genda Christopher Sabat
Mr. Satan Daisuke Gori Chris Rager
King Kai Jōji Yanami Sean Schemmel
South Kai Toku Nishio Dartanian Nickelback
West Kai Bin Shimada Kyle Hebert
East Kai Keiko Yamamoto Stephanie Nadolny
Grand Kai Ryuji Saikachi Evan Jones
Gogeta Masako Nozawa
Ryō Horikawa
Sean Schemmel
Christopher R. Sabat
Gotenks Masako Nozawa
Takeshi Kusao
Kara Edwards
Laura Bailey
Veku (ベクウ, Bekū) Masako Nozawa
Ryō Horikawa
Sean Schemmel
Christopher R. Sabat
King Yemma Daisuke Gori Chris Rager
Psyche Demon (サイケ鬼, Saike Oni) Tessho Genda Jim Foronda
The Dictator (独裁者, Dokusaisha) Bin Shimada Christopher Bevins
Other World Tournament Announcer Ryūsei Nakao C.T. Anger
Narrator Jōji Yanami Kyle Hebert

A second English dub produced and released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown voice cast.

MusicEdit

English dub soundtrackEdit

The score for the English-language version was composed by Nathan Johnson and Dave Moran. The Double Feature release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dub with original Japanese background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi.

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

At the Japanese box office, the film sold 3.2 million tickets[1] and grossed ¥2.16 billion[2] ($23 million).[3]

On November 3 and 5, 2018 it had a joint limited theatrical release with the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku (1990), titled as Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Double Feature, by Fathom Events in the United States due to the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018).[4][5] According to Box Office Mojo, as of November 7, 2018, the Saiyan Double Feature made a revenue of $540,707.[6]

This adds up to a total gross of $23,540,707 in Japan and the United States.

ReleasesEdit

It was released on DVD in North America on March 28, 2006, It was later digitally remastered and released in final Double Feature set with Wrath of the Dragon for Blu-ray and DVD on May 19, 2009, in feature full HD 16:9 aspect ratio 1080p format. The film was re-released to DVD on January 3, 2012 in remastered-widescreen set containing the final four Dragon Ball Z movies.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In the closing credits, the English cast were listed with the character's English names (e.g. Goku, Master Roshi, Krillin), while the Japanese cast were listed with Japanese names (e.g. Son Goku, Turtle Hermit, Kuririn).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "予約特典・ドラゴンボール最強への道・劇場版ご近所物語A5サイズ前売特典冊子". Dragon Ball: The Path to Power brochure (in Japanese). Toei Animation. 1996.
  2. ^ "邦画興行収入ランキング". SF MOVIE DataBank (in Japanese). General Works. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average) - Japan". World Bank. 1995. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Nostalgic Dragon Ball Z Titles Come to U.S. Movie Theaters This Fall With 'Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan' (1993) and 'Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Double Feature' (1990 & 1995)". PR Newswire. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. ^ Kofi Outlaw (12 October 2018). "'Dragon Ball Z' Double-Feature Reveals U.S. Theatrical Trailer". ComicBook. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Double Feature". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 10 November 2018.

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