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Dragon Ball: Evolution: recommendation and review

This recommendation and review is about DragonBall: Evolution. It is directed by James Wong. It was released by 20th Century Fox. It is based on the manga by Akira Toriyama, which is released by Shonen Jump/Viz Media in the U.S. It is also adapted from the anime TV show DragonBall and DragonBall Z, which is released by Funimation.

Goku with four star ball.
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It starts off with a sparring match between Goku and his grandfather, Gohan. With the way Goku is dressed it takes place in 21st century or in similar modern timeframe to ours. You get the impression that Goku loves to fight, but because of a promise he made to his grandfather, he does not. On the day of his 18th birthday, his grandfather gives him the four star dragon ball. For years he’s been told that his grandfather found him. Nothing about his parents. But on his 18th birthday everything will be revealed, but he decides to go to a party that his crush, Chi Chi, invites him to.


While he is gone, Piccolo comes to claim the dragon ball at Goku’s house. He kills Gohan and at that time Goku feels something is wrong. Goku rushes back home in time for him to be told by his grandfather that he should seek out Master Roshi, a perverted turtle hermit. The next day he sets out to leave and is attacked by Bulma, who believes that he has in his hand the five star, which was stolen from her father’s company. but when he explains that there are seven dragon balls, she backs off. He offers a temporary alliance he provides protection, she guides the way for finding the dragon balls, and helpling him find Roshi. Do they find Roshi and collect all the Dragon Balls? Do the save the world from Piccolo? You’ll have to watch and find out!


This movies is pretty good for an adaptation. It’s pretty funny, too. With them alluding to Roshi’s pervetedness, Bulma’s need to be in charge, Goku’s love of food, and Yamcha’s love of money. But it lacks several things like where is Krillin, Goku’s best friend. They skipped several years of Goku’s life. In the manga and anime, Goku was a 12 year old boy when we met him, who wasn’t shy when talking to girls, because he really didn’t know the difference between a boy and a girl, and even if he did his ‘pat-pat’ thing he still didn’t know that much except to treat a girl real nice. They totally messed with the origin of the saiyan’s and made it that they were a servant of Piccolo. There could be more, but that’s all this examiner can think of that was wrong with it.


All the actors portrayed the characters very well especially Justin Chatwin as Goku, James Marsters as Piccolo, and Chow Yun-Fat as Roshi.

This examiner recommends this to anyone who wants to watch especially DragonBall fans, who want to add it their collection. This movie is rated PG. So for those kids out there who want to watch it have to watch with your parents unless they feel its appropriate for you to watch alone.

If you live in the Colorado Springs, you can find this movie at any movie rental store or any store that sells movie. But if you don’t have the money for either, you can go to your local PPLD branch and check it out. Happy Watching!

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