Coola (Dragon Ball)

Dragon Ball Z: Return of Cooler

Dragon Ball Z: Return of Cooler, known in Japan as , is the sixth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally released in Japan on March 7 1992 between episodes 130 and 131. It was released on DVD in the United States on August 13, 2002. It also had a special theater presentation (as part of a double-feature with the U.S. premier Fusion Reborn) on March 17, 2006. These movies are the first Dragon Ball-related movies to receive a theatrical release in the United States.This film, alongside Coolers revenge is set to be released in November alongside season 7 of the TV show.

Plot

A few years prior, the tyrant Frieza destroyed the Planet Namek during his battle with the newly transformed Super Saiyan Goku. The peaceful Namekians found themselves without a home for months. Eventually they had a new planet created for them with the help of the Dragon Balls. For three years or so they lived in peace on their new planet. One day however, a strange metal planet began to absorb New Namek within itself. The star buried its way and wrapped around the planet, absorbing it's energy. Dende, who is now the Earth's guardian, senses the plight of his people and calls Goku to ask for help.

Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Oolong, Yajirobe and Master Roshi arrive and encounter an army of strange, large, silent robots. We learn that Cooler, Frieza's older brother, that Goku was thought to have killed a few years earlier, is the one who deployed the robots on the planet to enslave the Namekians, whom he plans to use as biological fuel for the Big Gete Star. Goku then fights Cooler, while the other Z-Fighters battle Cooler's robots.

At first the Z-Warriors have trouble penetrating the robots' armor, but Piccolo instructs them to concentrate their energy to one point, and doing so allows them to destroy a few of the robots. However, there are far too many to handle and all the warriors, except Piccolo, are captured along with a village of Namekians. Piccolo is left behind, and destroys all the robots. He then makes his way to rescue those who were captured. Throughout the battle, Goku is distracted by a familiar face - that of Cooler, who he was sure had perished years ago. Goku battles Cooler, but it is apparent that Goku is no match for Cooler's new metallic form which gives him the ability to regenerate himself. Cooler also reveals his ability to use the Instant Transmission technique, which Goku also uses. Goku continues to struggle even after becoming a Super Saiyan. Cooler reveals that the Big Gete Star constantly monitors his body, and fixes any flaws that may occur, in this case Cooler's arm being torn off by Goku.

Just before Goku is choked to death by Cooler, Vegeta shows up just in time to help Goku. The two Super Saiyans attack Cooler and they soon are able to kill him. However, the Big Gete Star once again corrects a flaw in Cooler's design. In this case the flaw was having only one body. So, the computer gave Cooler one-thousand bodies. Outnumbered and exhausted, Goku and Vegeta are captured and transported to the Big Gete Star's core to be used as energy. As Cooler is leeching their Saiyan strength via strange wires, Goku and Vegeta regain consciousness and release all their Super Saiyan energy to the wires, overloading the system. They then blast the true Cooler with the last of their energy, causing his ultimate demise. Meanwhile, Piccolo arrives in the Big Gete Star, and meets up with a clone of Cooler, which explodes. Eventually, all the other clones of Cooler, and every other robot, in the Big Gete Star explode. Piccolo and the rest escape before the Big Gete Star explodes in New Namek's orbit.

Goku and Vegeta fall from the sky near the rest of the Z Fighters, and everyone rejoices. They then realize that Vegeta is nowhere to be found, and Goku looks up at the sky. Vegeta is shown flying in space in his spacepod with the last remaining chip of the Big Gete Star in his hands. He then crushes it, ensuring that Cooler will never return again, and heads back to Earth.

Homages and Inconsistencies

This movie is inconsistent with the main Dragon Ball storyline, and is thus considered non-canon, or a separate timeline altogether. Since Goku and Vegeta are both Super Saiyans already, this event would have occurred in the same time as the Android Saga, which presents a problem as the Z-Fighters may have been too preoccupied with fighting Dr. Gero's cybernetic machines, and Goku would be bed-ridden with the heart virus at the time, so may not have even considered traveling to Namek. Even so, there are several themes in this film related to the Android Saga such as cybernetic warriors (Dr. Gero and his creations in the main storyline and Cooler and his robot soldiers in the film), and a old enemy of Goku's returning as a cyborg to gain revenge on him (Frieza and Dr. Gero in the main storyline and Cooler in the film respectively). Interestingly, Dende is already the Earth's new guardian despite this not happening until as far as the Cell Games Saga, although no reason for this is explained as Kami would have merged with Piccolo, and would achieved greater strength than both Goku or Vegeta, yet he is shown fighting against weaker enemies even though he would've fared better than Goku or Vegeta against Cooler, contradicting the fact that Goku is portrayed in this film to be the strongest. One explanation for Dende's new role is that as the manga is ahead of the anime, Dende may have already become Kami of Earth in the manga.

Cast

Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Gohan Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Vegeta Ryo Horikawa Christopher Sabat
Master Roshi Kôhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bradford Jackson
Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Mike McFarland
Dende Tomiko Suzuki Laura Bailey
Mr. Popo Toku Nishio Christopher Sabat
Moori Kinpei Azusa Christopher Sabat
Meta Cooler Ryuusei Nakao Andrew Chandler
Narrator Joji Yanami Kyle Hebert

Music

  • OP (Opening Theme}
    1. "CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA"
  • ED (Ending Theme)
      • Lyrics: Dai Satō, Music: Chiho Kiyoka, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama & Yuka

Funimation Dub

Mudvayne - Death Blooms, Soil - Halo, Spineshank - New Disease, Soil - Unreal, Saliva - Lackluster,

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