Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! is the seventh film released for Dragon Ball Z. The film was directed by Kazuhito Kikuchi, and it was released to Japanese theaters on July 11, 1992. FUNimation has released the film on home video in North America several times; as of this writing, the most recent DVD release of the film is part of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Two movie box set.
The film opens with a scene of Androids 17 and 18 killing Dr. Gero that originally appeared in the Dragon Ball Z anime series. However, it continues on from where that scene ended, and it's revealed that Gero had copied his consciousness into an underground supercomputer. It turns out that Gero had taken this action in order to work on an alternate ultimate android.
Meanwhile, Goku is out shopping with Chi-Chi and Gohan. At the same shopping center, Kuririn, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Future Trunks are waiting for a beauty pageant. As Goku and his family eat at a restaurant at the top of the shopping center, they are attacked by two humanoids. As Goku battles them, he learns that they are Androids 14 and 15. When it comes to Android 15, I kept thinking that he looked like he was designed to look like Flava Flav from the rap group Public Enemy; all he was missing was the big watch around his neck.
After Gohan, Kuririn, and Trunks join in the battle, Goku requests to move elsewhere in order to avoid hurting innocent people. The battle is moved to an area in the Arctic, and they are soon joined by Android 13, Vegeta, and Piccolo. The rest of the film focuses on the battles that take place between these characters.
My biggest disappointment with Super Android 13! is the fact that there isn't much in the way of any actual plot. I got the impression that the director felt that if enough explosions and battles were thrown into the film, that the audience wouldn't notice the fact that there really wasn't a story being told. As the battles worn on during the film, I found myself getting bored with it, and it didn't help that I was already feeling a little tired as I watched the movie. I believe I even nodded off briefly during one of the battles.
Another thing that I really noticed when I watched this film is the fact that it's become predictable for Piccolo to join in the fight to save Gohan when Gohan's in major trouble and it looks like he has no way out.
I saw this film on the DVD that is included as part of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Two movie box set. It's claimed on the box that the film was digitally remastered. The video quality was decent; however, the Japanese audio I listened to while I watched this disc didn't sound remastered. Since the Japanese audio is in mono, this would probably explain why the audio quality didn't sound as good as it could have been.
I would recommend acquiring this film to add your DVD collection if you're a die-hard Dragon Ball Z fan.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Two movie box set that my husband and I purchased.