Dragon Ball Z – Fate of the Saiyans / Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge

Dragon Ball Z – Fate of the Saiyans / Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge

“Dragon Ball Z: The Fate of the Saiyans” (original Japanese title “ドラゴンボールZ とびっきりの最強対最強”, literally “Dragon Ball Z – The incredibly strong against the strongest”) represents a significant chapter in the immense saga of “Dragon Ball”. Directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto and released in 1991, this medium-length anime film stands out for being the eighth film based on the famous manga by Akira Toriyama and the fifth deriving specifically from the "Dragon Ball Z" television series.

The premiere of this film was held on July 20, 1991 during the Toei Anime Fair festival, an event which saw the joint screening of two other medium-length films: “Magical Taruruuto-kun: Moero! Yuujou no mahou taisen” and “Dragon Quest: Dai no daibōken”. This triple screening highlighted the diversity and richness of Japanese animation of that period, offering audiences a wide range of styles and narratives.

A distinctive element of "Destiny of the Saiyans" is the direct involvement of Akira Toriyama, the creator of the original manga, who for the first time entirely designed the characters for a film in the series. This detail not only ensured visual coherence with the source material but also enriched the film with an aura of authenticity much appreciated by fans.

The film's narrative fits harmoniously into the "Dragon Ball Z" universe, exploring themes dear to the series such as courage, friendship and the struggle between good and evil. The plot follows the adventures of Goku and his friends in their clash with powerful new enemies, in a story that extends beyond the borders of Earth, touching the universe itself and its countless threats.

Musically, “Destiny of the Saiyans” is notable for the introduction of a new song for the end credits, “Tobikkiri no saikyō tai saikyō”, performed by Hironobu Kageyama and Ammy. This piece, composed by Dai Satō and Chiho Kiyoka, not only enriches the viewing experience but helps to underline the emotional intensity and spectacular action that characterize the film.

In the context of the “Dragon Ball Z” films, “Destiny of the Saiyans” is placed between “Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug” and “Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler”, establishing a narrative and thematic link with the films that they precede and follow him. This chronological position makes it a fundamental piece within the saga, representing not only a moment of pure fun but also an opportunity for reflection on power dynamics and the meaning of heroism in the world of "Dragon Ball".

History

In a distant galaxy, where the stars shine like broken hopes, the saga of the Saiyans is intertwined with the fate of valiant warriors and ruthless tyrants. The story is woven with threads of courage and revenge, of heroism and sacrifice. This is the legend of “Dragon Ball Z: Destiny of the Saiyans,” a tale that surpasses the boundaries of imagination.

Once, in a time suspended between the beats of the universe, the evil Frieza destroyed planet Vegeta, cradle of the Saiyans, unaware that a spaceship escaped his fury, bringing to Earth an infant destined to become legend: Son Goku. The watchful eyes of Cooler, Frieza's older brother, observed the event, contemptuously deciding to let go of the ship, a sign of his brother's failure.

Years turned into decades, and Goku, raised among humans, stands as a bulwark against evil, defeating Frieza in an epic battle on Namek. This act of defiance shakes the universe, drawing the vengeful attention of Cooler, who, eager to restore his family's honor, heads to Earth with his loyal henchmen: Salza, Neiz and Dore.

On the quiet Earth, a shadow suddenly falls. Cooler and his forces launch a brutal attack on Goku and his friends during a cross-country trip. Goku, in an attempt to protect his son Gohan, suffers serious injuries from an energy blast from Cooler. The situation seems desperate, but hope shines tenaciously like a shooting star.

Gohan, in his courageous attempt to save his father, travels to obtain the magical Senzu beans, capable of healing any wound. But fate is a labyrinth of challenges, and the young warrior is captured by Cooler's henchmen. Only the timely intervention of Piccolo, a warrior with a noble heart, allows him to escape and bring salvation to his father.

Goku, healed, confronts the evil incarnate of Cooler, who reveals a transformation beyond all imagination, making him a formidable opponent. But an inextinguishable fire burns in Goku's heart, a power that transcends the limit of the Saiyans: the transformation into Super Saiyan. With this new strength, Goku defies the laws of the universe, in a battle that decides the fate of the Earth.

Cooler, in his arrogance, unleashes a Supernova with the intent of erasing every trace of life. But Goku, with an indomitable spirit, relaunches the attack against the tyrant, catapulting him towards the sun. In his last breath, Cooler understands the error of his judgment, recognizing in Goku the Saiyan he had once spared.

Goku's victory is a hymn to life, but it is a costly victory. As his friends surround him, celebrating the triumph, Salza's threat resurfaces, only to be swept away by the intervention of Piccolo, the eternal protector.

And so, the saga of "The Fate of the Saiyans" ends with a sky that becomes clear again, silent witness to a battle that has spanned the eras. Goku and his friends, bound by a destiny stronger than any star, look towards the horizon, ready for the next adventures that the universe has in store for them. This is the story of courage, of friendship, of a hero who defied fate itself to protect his home, Earth. A story that will be told for generations, a “Dragon Ball Z” epic that resonates across time and space.

Characters

In the beating heart of the "Dragon Ball Z" universe, where fate intertwines the lives of heroes and tyrants, unforgettable figures emerge, each carrying a unique story, vibrant with power and ambition. Among these, Cooler and his faithful warriors stand out, characters who embody the complexity of the universe created by Akira Toriyama. Here is an overview of the characters that populate the film "Dragon Ball Z: Destiny of the Saiyans".

cooler, the dark fulcrum of this epic, is the older brother of Freeza, an emblematic figure of the "Dragon Ball Z" universe. His presence commands respect and terror: similar in appearance to Frieza in his final form, Cooler stands out for his deep purple skin, a symbol of his royalty and coldness. Beyond the physical similarities with his brother, Cooler proves to be a superior antagonist, not only for his tactical intelligence and seriousness in managing conflicts, but also for his ability to not be blinded by ego. His strength, capable of reaching dizzying combat levels of 470 million, is augmented by transformations that make him an almost insurmountable opponent. In his heart, the name “Cooler” resonates as a pun on cold, a reminder of his icy nature and his connection to the darkest forces in the universe.

Sauzer, leader of Cooler's henchmen, is the embodiment of loyalty and strength. His appearance, that of a young man with light blue skin, hides a formidable warrior, whose combat level surpasses that of the feared Ginyu Force. Sauzer, armed with an energy blade capable of cutting through any matter, is the most skilled of Cooler's elite soldiers. His intelligence and speed make him a formidable enemy, a general on the battlefield who leads with firmness and determination. Despite his fall at Piccolo's hands, his name, a reference to Thousand Island dressing, remains imprinted in his memory as a symbol of his uniqueness and his power.

Dore, an imposing warrior with green skin and long black hair, is a force of nature. His size, comparable to that of the Hulk, conceals a warrior with a burning heart and immeasurable brute strength. Although his combat level theoretically makes him the most powerful of the trio, Dore proves vulnerable to Piccolo's cunning and power. His relentless pursuit of Goku and Gohan, a hunt that leads him to devastate entire forests, is a testament to his determination and his role as Cooler's faithful servant. His name, evocative of condiments, adds a touch of irony to his character, a proud warrior but destined for a tragic end.

Neize, the brick-red skinned alien, is the picture of versatility and adaptability. Slender and able to withdraw into himself like a turtle, Neize combines agility and an arsenal of special techniques that make him a formidable opponent. Despite being the weakest of the group, his ability to put Piccolo in difficulty testifies to his dangerousness. His purple electric discharge technique, a lethal weapon capable of immobilizing and destroying, is the mark of a fearless warrior. However, Neize also meets his fate at the hands of Piccolo, sealing his role in this epic battle. His name, derived from the Japanese word for “mayonnaise,” adds another layer of depth to the narrative fabric of “Dragon Ball Z,” weaving power and destiny into an unforgettable tale.

Data Sheet

  • Original title: ドラゴンボールZ とびっきりの最強対最強 (Doragon Bōru Z: Tobikkiri no saikyō tai saikyō)
  • Original language: Japanese
  • Country of Production: Japan
  • Production year: 1991
  • Duration: 48 minutes
  • Report: 1,37:1
  • Gender: Animation, Action, Fantastic
  • Directed by: Mitsuo Hashimoto
  • Film script: Takao koyama
  • Executive Producers: Chiaki Imada, Rikizō Kayano
  • Production House: Toei Animation
  • Distribution in Italian: Video Terminal Italy
  • Photography director: Masatoshi Fukui
  • Mounting: Shinichi Fukumitsu
  • Special effects: Nobuhiro Shimokawa
  • Music: Shunsuke kikuchi
  • Art Director: Masazumi Matsumiya
  • Character Design: Minoru Maeda
  • Main Animators: Minoru Maeda
  • Wallpaper Team: Masuo Nakayama, Chigusa Yokoyama, Kyōko Matsunaga, Kazumi Chiba, Tetsuhiro Shimizu, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Junichi Taniguchi, Eiko Sawada, Dai Ōta, Tadami Shimokawa

Original voice actors:

  • Masako Nozawa: Son Goku, Son Gohan, Bardock
  • Ryūsei Nakao: Cooler, Frieza
  • Toshio Furukawa: Small
  • Mayumi Tanaka: Krillin
  • Kōhei Miyauchi: Master Roshi
  • Naoki Tatsuta: Olong
  • Naoko Watanabe: Chichi
  • Ichirō Nagai: Karin
  • Shō Hayami: Sauzer
  • Masato Hirano: Neize
  • Masaharu Satō: Dore

Italian voice actors:

  • Andrea WardSon Goku
  • Maurizio Reti: Cooler
  • Alessio De Filippis as Son Gohan
  • Piero Tiberi: Small
  • Davide Lepore: Krillin
  • Oliviero Dinelli: Master Roshi
  • Fabrizio Mazzotta: Olong
  • Barbara De BortoliChichi
  • Vittorio Stagni: Karin
  • Enzo Avolio: Neize, Frieza
  • Giorgio Locuratolo: Sauzer
  • Giuliano Santi: Dore
  • Angelo Maggi: Bardock

Re-dubbing (2003):

  • Paolo Torrisi: Son Goku
  • Claudio Moneta: Cooler
  • Patrizia Scianca as Son Gohan
  • Alberto Olivero: Piccolo (Junior)
  • Marcella Silvestri: Krillin (Krili)
  • Mario Scarabelli: Master Roshi (Sea Turtle Genie), Narrator
  • Riccardo Peroni: Olong (Oscar)
  • Elisabetta SpinelliChichi
  • Pietro Ubaldi: Karin (Balzar)
  • Luca Bottale: Sauzer
  • Pino Pirovano: Neize
  • Fabio Mazzari: Dore
  • Marco Balzarotti: Bardock
  • Gianfranco Gamba: Freeza

This technical sheet of the film “Dragon Ball Z: Destiny of the Saiyans” offers a detailed look at the main features of the production, from the technical and artistic aspects to the talents behind the scenes and in front of the microphone, both in the original Japanese version and in the Italian one, highlighting the importance of this masterpiece within Japanese animation and its cultural impact globally.

Gianluigi Piludu

Author of articles, illustrator and graphic designer of the website www.cartonionline.com

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