Dragonball Z Boudakai Tenkaichi 3

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Has anyone ever picked up a licensed video game, yearning for the experience to live out your favorite series? You ever feel a heap of soul crushing defeat when you realized this game was crap? Well, good news, this post won’t be about that terrible experience.

Dragonball Z Boudakai Tenkaichi 3 is is the best DBZ gaming experience I’ve had. Combat is fast and the areas are open. The character roster spans from Dragonball Z ( The Saiyan Saga) to DragonBall Z: Buu Saga (Kid Buu) and the full list of movies while including key moments from the original Dragonball and Dragonball GT as well as having a few What IF segments that are pretty good. The roster is impressive, including transformations that are show accurate; Saiyans can go ape during the night stages, you can fuse Goku and Vegeta as well as Goten and Trunks mid fight and the story mode evolves as the story does, instead of multiple one fight missions. Besides a full sized story mode, there is also a variety of tournaments and even a mini RPG surrounding a fight with Cell. Throughout the story, Dragonballs are hidden throughout  the environments and once all 7 are collected, the Dragon can be summoned and exclusive items can be found which is epic as hell. The entire time, I felt like I was in the show. It’s one of my favorite fighting games of all time and I highly recommend checking it out if you have a Wii or PS2. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

DragonBall Z: Wrath of the Dragon

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Hey, wait a second, aren’t I forgetting a movie? Didn’t Broly have a third movie before Super? Why, yes, reader; yes he did. Bio-Broly was white hot liquid dookie and shall not be spoken of on the blog, nor should it be spoken of by anyone…so let’s talk about Wrath of the Dragon instead.

Ages ago there was a dark wizard (not Babadi) who created a unstoppable badass with magic (not Buu) who rampaged a whole world. There was a hero named Tapion who could save everyone from a terrible monster, Hirudegarn who could potentially destroy the universe. When informed of this legend by a mysterious alien, they release Tapion but also half of Hirudegarn. Young Trunks befriends Tapion and restores his confidence but the unstoppable Hirudegarn is complete. Can Tapion and the Z Fighters stop this latest threat?

I have to admit, my recollection of this movie is pretty fuzzy but it was a solid movie. Hirudegarn is cool and it and funny seeing some of the series’s biggest badasses getting beaten down by a torso and a pair of disembodied legs. Tapion was a decent character but he was mostly forgettable. The connection with Trunk and the sword at the end was kinda corny. Overall, it’s not the worst DBZ movie but not the best so it’s Ok to miss. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

DragonBall Z: Buu Saga (Kid Buu)

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We come to the finale of DragonBall Z and the true terror of Buu is finally realized. Trunks and Goten have perfected the fusion technique; Gohan had his ultimate potential unlocked by Elder Kai; and Goku and Vegeta fuse using Supreme Kai’s earrings, becoming the nearly unstoppable Vegito but nothing stops Super Buu from absorbing them, growing ever more powerful. After absorbing Vegito, he becomes the terrifying fiend Supreme Kai warned them about. The maniacal, giddy child like Kid Buu immediately destroys the Earth and everyone on it. Goku and Vegeta manage to survive inside Buu, but can they destroy this final enemy once and for all?

While the Buu Saga wasn’t my favorite saga of DBZ, there are some awesome battles in the finale. Buu is overall a interesting foe for the Z Fighters to face, and Kid Buu is pretty creepy and badass. Like most of the saga, it is overdrawn but unlike Dragonball Z: Buu Saga (Tournament)  and DragonBall Z: The Buu Saga the final season stays mostly on the main plot. Overall, it’s a good way to end an amazing series and I can’t recommend Dragonball Z to new anime fans. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Day 24, ManBearPig

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Ok, now I know we like to have a lot of fun on this blog, but this time I’m totally cereal, ManBearPig is out there. YES! I know, it frightens me too. The unfathomable scourge of the world we inhabit is half man, half pig…or maybe half man, half bear-pig? It’s too frightening to comprehend. Thankfully we have a fearless savior against the diabolical machinations of ManBearPig, but remain cautious everyone this Halloween…I’m super cereal.

Day 23, Homunculus

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Fullmetal Alchemist is one of my favorite animes of all time. These creatures are immortal, nearly indestructible beings created by breaking one of alchemy’s greatest rules: using alchemy to try reviving the dead; or they are the soulless product of the original Homunculus Father if you prefer Brotherhood. Each, named after a sin, has incredible powers ranging from Greed’s unbreakable armor to Envy’s shape-shifting abilities to Lust’s sharp, extendable claws. In Brotherhood, Father is close to god- like, able to use nearly unlimited alchemic power.I love there tragic backgrounds and how, despite there powers, all they mostly want is to have a soul. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dragonball Z: Fusion Reborn

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All hell basically breaks loose as a new entity emerges in the afterlife, busting the barrier between HELL and the living world. This means many of the familiar Z rogues have returned to Earth including Frieza, Bojack, The Ginyu Force, and Cell ( and a hilarious caricature of Adolf Hitler) and it’s up to Gohan, Videl, Goten, and Trunks to stop them. Meanwhile, in the afterlife, Goku finds a fat, yellow, baby like dimension warping creature called Janemba is the source of the commotion. Using the full power of Super Saiyan 3 he puts Janemba down, or so he thinks. Janemba returns in a sleek, more malevolent form and quickly overpowers Goku’s SS3 form. The only solution is to fuse with Vegeta through the fusion dance, which they’ve never done before. Can our heroes get there shit together and beat this dimension shattering foe?

Fusion Reborn is probably my favorite movie from the DragonBall Z: The Buu Saga era. The fights are badass and Janemba is a strange but fitting fiend I prefer over Buu if I’m going to be honest. Seeing other DBZ villains return was awesome and the Hitler cameo was easily one of the funniest moments I recall from anime. My only real gripe is that once Gogeta shows up,  Janemba is finished in about 3 seconds, feeling way too abrupt for my taste. Fusion Reborn is a cool, pretty badass movie I recommend to any DBZ fan. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dragon Ball Z Budokai

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Well, after one of the longest stretches I’ve ever done on this blog, I’m nearly at it’s end after covering DragonBall Z: The Buu Saga so I thought I’d take a look at the first DBZ game I ever played. Budokai covers the beginnings of Dragonball Z ( The Saiyan Saga) to Dragonball Z: Android Saga (Cell Games) and is essentially an old school fighter. For most part, I have to admit, the game follows the events of the show faithfully to a reasonable degree. The controls are solid enough and the combos are simple enough to execute. The cut-scenes are pretty well replicated and with the classic voice actors, narrator and so,me of the show’s classic music and a great feel for the fans. Besides story mode, there are the usual vs mode but you can also face off in the famous World Martial Arts Tournament.

There are some down sides to the game however. The character roster is pretty limited and doesn’t go past the Android saga and doesn’t touch the movies. Also I don’t like that transformations take spaces in your attack inventory in which you only get 7 slots; Goku has 4 transformations which takes most of his attack slots. Another detail I don’t like is the beam attacks just look like puffs of light and have no range to them what so ever; normal ki blasts are far more effective and have a way farther reach. Because of the small roster and limited game modes, the game will eventually get stale but its fun for a go if you are inclined and worth a play. May the gaming gods bring you glory.