Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
DBZ THE MOVIE NO. 12.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Screenplay by Takao Koyama
Based on Dragon Ball 
by Akira Toriyama
Starring See Cast
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Mark Menza
Cinematography Toshiharu Takei
Edited by Shinichi Fukumitsu
Production
  company
Toei Animation
Distributed by Toei Company
Release date(s)
  • January 4, 1996 (1996-01-04)
Running time 50 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget 12.7 billion yen[citation needed]

Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, known in Japan as 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 Doragon Bōru Zetto Fukkatsu no Fyūjon!! Gokū to Bejīta?), is the 12th film in the Dragon Ball series. It was originally released in Japan on March 4, 1995 at Toei Anime Fair, and dubbed into English by FUNimation in 2006, originally receiving a theatrical release along with Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler before going to DVD.

Plot[edit]

In the Other World, a teenage "oni" guarding a spirit cleansing machine turns the volume of his walkman up so loud that he fails to change the evil essence tank when necessary. Due to the overload of evil essence, the machine explodes and the "oni" is transformed into a huge-childlike monster with power over the laws regarding the worlds of the living and the dead. As a result, both worlds are thrown into chaos: in the living world, several deceased are brought back to life, while in the other world, beings who were allowed to keep their bodies turn into spirits, and vice versa.

While fighting in the final of another Other World Tournament, Goku and Pikkon are interrupted by the appearance of a crystal-like substance all over the place, and are sent to see to the disturbance. They find the Check-In Station and most of the Other World encased in crystal-like jelly beans which are immune to their energy attacks. From inside the station, King Yemma directs them to the culprit, sitting on the roof. The monster, who is unable to say anything other than its own name, Janemba, refuses to put the barrier back after Pikkon insists. Goku decides to lure Janemba down to Hell to fight him while Pikkon tries to free King Yemma.

Earth comes under siege by an array of villains, one of them a comical parody of Adolf Hitler and his Wehrmacht, as well as an army of deceased past villains led by Frieza. Gohan makes quick work of Frieza, causing the villains to scatter. During the fray, Goten and Trunks gather the Dragon Balls, summon Shenron and ask him to put the barrier between the living and deceased worlds back up, but Shenron claims that he cannot grant the wish, since only King Yemma has that kind of power. In Hell, Goku and Janemba engage in a game-like fight, with Janemba taking the upper hand against Goku. Goku realises that despite Janemba likely not meaning any real harm, he is nevertheless a danger to both worlds, and powers up to Super Saiyan 3. In his new form, Goku dominates Janemba and literally smashes his head in, but Janemba merely transforms into a much smaller but more powerful and sinister form and again takes the upper hand, almost killing Goku, but Vegeta, having regained his physical body, arrives in time to help. Both Goku and Vegeta are no match for Janemba and are forced to hide. Goku proposes fusion, but Vegeta refuses to join bodies with Goku, given his pride.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, most of the villains are defeated. Pikkon continues to try to free King Yemma, but to no avail, and in his anger, insults the crystal substance, causing it to crack. But even Pikkon's worst insults cause the crystal to crack only slightly, and he eventually gives up and rushes to aid Goku and Vegeta. After much persuasion, Vegeta agrees to fuse with Goku via the fusion dance, but Vegeta fails to extend his forefinger at the last minute and the fusion fails, resulting in a weak, obese "fighter" 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 try the fusion again, this time successfully fusing into Gogeta. Gogeta easily pummels Janemba around, but rather than kill him, uses his power to cleanse him of all evil inside him, reverting him to his teenage "oni" form, who runs away from Gogeta in horror.

With Janemba gone, his hold over the Other World disappears and the deceased return to the Afterlife. After sharing a good-natured farewel with Goku, Vegeta reverts to spirit form and disappears. While flying home, Goten and Trunks tease Gohan and Videl after having watched them kissing earlier on. The film closes with the still-summoned Shenron, asking if anyone wants to make a wish.

New characters[edit]

Janemba[edit]

Janemba (ジャネンバ Janenba?) is the main villain in the movie Fusion Reborn. He is a demon of pure evil whose power was unleashed when a clumsy teenage ogre from Hell carelessely made the spirit cleanser explode. Janemba's first form is a giant, yellow, and repugnant demon (almost similar to Majin Buu) who is very childish. In this form he does not know any other words other than his own name which he repeats. Fat Janemba has many unique abilities like opening portals, creating doppelgangers, and even spawning miniature versions of himself. Despite his power he transformed when Goku more than stood a chance against him when he was Super Saiyan 3. Janemba's second form is about human size (though very tall), has red skin covered by violet armor, and his voice is deeper and more demonic. In this form he doesn't speak at all, but laughs maniacally and is built for fighting. Like his previous state, he has many unique abilities like teleportation, being able to destroy the fabric of interdimensional gates (which break off into little glass pieces that target his enemy), and can generate a sword. This Janemba was too much of a match for Goku and even Vegeta upon arriving to help him. Goku and Vegeta then fuse into Gogeta, who puts up more than a fair fight, and defeats Janemba, and is restored back to the little ogre boy whose body was taken over by him. Janemba is voiced by Tessho Genda in the Japanese version, and Jim Foronda (first form) and Kent Williams (second form) for the English version.

Gogeta[edit]

Gogeta (ゴジータ Gojīta?) is the fusion of Goku and Vegeta featured first in Fusion Reborn through the fusion dance. Gogeta wears a fusion jacket and always appears as a Super Saiyan. In Fusion Reborn, Goku and a reluctant Vegeta fused to become him when they couldn't stand a chance against Janemba. However, the fusion first failed due to Vegeta's uneven finger positions and became a fat warrior dubbed Veku by the South Kai. Gogeta overpowers Janemba by far and quickly gets rid of him with his Stardust Breaker attack. Gogeta can be considered canonical to the anime's chronology, as Goku and Vegeta fuse once more in Dragon Ball GT, both in their Super Saiyan 4 state to create a Super Saiyan 4 version of him. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta has red, semi long spiky hair and fur and also wears a fusion jacket. Unlike his Dragon Ball Z appearance who is very serious and has no time to waste, Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta is cocky and playful and fools with Omega Shenron before the fusion wears off. All of Gogeta's forms are done by the combined voice actors of Goku and Vegeta.

Cast[edit]

Character Name Voice Actor
(Japanese)
Voice Actor
(English)
Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Gohan Masako Nozawa Kyle Hebert
Goten Masako Nozawa Kara Edwards
Vegeta Ryo Horikawa Christopher Sabat
Kid Trunks Takeshi Kusao Laura Bailey
Mr. Satan Daisuke Ghori Chris Rager
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Chi-Chi Naoko Watanabe Cynthia Cranz
Videl Yuko Minaguchi Kara Edwards
Pikkon Hikaru Midorikawa Kyle Hebert
Shenron Masaharu Satou Christopher Sabat
King Kai Joji Yanami Sean Schemmel
South Kai Toku Nishio Dameon Clarke
West Kai Bin Shimada Kyle Hebert
East Kai Keiko Yamamoto Stephanie Nadolny
Grand Kai Ryuji Saikachi Evan Jones
King Yemma Daisuke Gori Chris Rager
Janemba Tesshō Genda Jim Foronda
Kent Williams
Frieza Ryuusei Nakao Linda Young
Gogeta Masako Nozawa
Ryo Horikawa
Sean Schemmel
Christopher Sabat
Gotenks Masako Nozawa
Takeshi Kusao
Kara Edwards
Laura Bailey
Narrator Joji Yanami Kyle Hebert

Music[edit]

  • ED
    1. Saikyō no Fusion (最強のフュージョン Saikyō no Fyūjon?, "The Strongest Fusion")
      • Lyrics: Yukinojō Mori, Music: Tetsuji Hayashi, Arrangement: Yūzō Hayashi, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama

The score for the English-language version was composed by Nathan Johnson; however the remastered release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dialogue and Japanese background music.

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