YouTube, as we know it, is the Thunderdome of some of the loudest voices on the Internet. Views are king, and YouTubers will do absolutely anything for even a moment of fame in the hopes of wriggling up the ladder of content creators. Shameless top YouTubers, embraced wholly by the platform itself, have even gone as far as to film a suicide victim’s corpse, or paid freelancers to hold up a sign reading “Death to all Jews.” The antithesis to this vile degradation of the spirit, however, also resides on YouTube — and he is reviewing Taco Bell.

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Trying to keep the iron hot and moving into Super Android 13. With this one, I just assumed it would be bad. Even in the video games you can’t play as Android 14 or 15, so if they weren’t mildly interesting as roster padding then there is no way that this one could be good.

I was wrong.

Krillin explaining that women flock to martial artists. He marries Android 18, all criticism is nulled.

This one was all about bucking tradition. For starters, this is like the second time out of seven movies so far that doesn’t start with some kind of actual camping trip. …


As the world pivots more to the integrated and homogenized Web 3.0 that we are used to, we run the risk of losing some of the more obscured gems of the previous decades. In Web 1.0 and 2.0, with a much more decentralized Internet, oftentimes cult classics such as Yume Nikki could only be shared through word of mouth. Born in the depths of the earliest imageboard era networking, Yume Nikki managed to crawl out of the gutter of obscurity and become a cultural touchstone, influencing future works and storytelling within games for decades.

Originally posted on 2chan, a Japanese…


After a failed attempt at a double header resulting in a five month break, I’m looking to grind out the earlier movies so that I can get closer to the ones I am most excited for (Bojack, Wrath of the Dragon, Fusion Reborn). After a gentle reminder from my friend, I realized I had gotten lax in my mission. Forget getting plat in Apex, I got a job to do.

Thank you.

Alright, I’ll be honest. I expected this one to suck. Pretty much any time a DBZ movie villain comes back, it is bound to be bad. I am…


I took a 6 month hiatus from my meticulous curation and review of the Dragon Ball Z movies, but I have returned and seek to do justice. I actually watched Cooler’s Revenge back in September, but wasn’t inspired to write after and just let things sit while I moved cross-country. Well, I’m moved now, so we must return to form.

Krillin and Oolong ready to go camping.

This is the first DBZ movie to take place post-Frieza, so things start off with a flashback to Bardock’s mutiny and death at the hands of Frieza while Goku is sent to Earth via escape pod. Cooler, who is watching…


Air Gear is not a household name. Many people might have missed it in its original run, or might only know of it as the poorly adapted anime. I am here to explain why Air Gear is my personal favorite manga of all time, and why you should read this obscure masterpiece.

Penned by Oh! Great, Air Gear is a manga that begins with a group of high school delinquents squabbling over turf, and ends with a high speed descent from space in order to save the world. Detractors criticize this, saying that it ruins the immersion or is just…


Lord Slug! For some reason, this movie was infamous to me, despite having never seen it before. In my mind, this one was going to be a necessary hurdle in order to watch the better ones further down the line. I was actually pleasantly surprised! Especially after Tree of Might was a serious letdown.

Piccolo being stunned by Gohan’s whistling.

Usually the beginnings of Dragon Ball Z movies are pretty simple misadventures, but this one is really out of left field. It opens with Piccolo enjoying his solitude, meditating in front of a waterfall, when Gohan and Icarus (the dragon he rescues in the last movie)…


Today, we arrive at the third Dragon Ball Z movie. This is actually the first movie in the series that I am previously familiar with, having played some of the DBZ video games over the years that covered the story of Turles, Goku and Raditz’s other brother.

Gohan, Krillin, Bulma, and Oolong reviving the forest.

The story begins surprisingly benign, with Krillin, Bulma, Oolong, and Gohan going on a simple camping trip. Unbeknownst to them, a saiyan pod crashes far off into the distance and causes a large fire. After the forest is destroyed, the heroes go on a mission to find the Dragon Balls and revive it.


After Dead Zone, I was slightly worried about some of the earlier movies. I feel that before Dragon Ball Z introduces fan favorites like Vegeta, Trunks, and other characters that join the ensemble over time, that perhaps the storytelling well would run dry at times. Alas, I was (at least partially) correct.

Oolong dreaming of his wish from Shenron.

The movie begins with another ill-conceived hunt for the Dragon Balls spearheaded by Oolong with Gohan in tow. Seconds in, we already see that a stranger is gathering the Dragon Balls at rapid speed, revealed to be the infamous Dr. Kochin later.

This is actually a problem with…


The very first Dragon Ball Z movie, released in 1989, a whole 30 years prior to the most recent Dragon Ball movie. The colors are crisp, saturated, and show the highlights of Toriyama’s style — ultimately ushering in the wave of animation that would define the 90's.

This one is set between the events of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, serving as a prelude to the latter, evidenced by the film’s opening remark that Piccolo is going to “wipe the floor with Goku’s face” at the next World Tournament. At this point, Goku and Piccolo are the two strongest…

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