Goku and Krilin have completed their training under Master Roshi and are now on their way to participate in the World Tournament, which is sponsored by the young emperor Chaotzu. Meanwhile, the Crane Hermit and his younger brother Tao Pai Pai are using the young emperor to gather the Dragon Balls, which they plan on ultimately using against him; Bulma, Yamucha and the others have also started looking for the Dragon Balls. At the start of the Tournament all parties will come together, and their mystical adventure shall begin!
Anime in 200 Words: Dragon Ball Movie 3: Mystical Adventure Premise: This movie is a reinterpretation of the second World Martial Arts Tournament and the repeating quest for the dragon balls, but unlike the other three Dragon Ball movies, it’s successful! Required Watching: I suggest you watch through the second martial arts tournament, because knowing who Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan really are is nice when viewing this movie. Canon Issues: Chiaotzu isn’t royal and he never held a tournament. Beyond that, the World Martial Arts Tournament was never related to the dragon balls; they were always alternating arcs! Redeeming Qualities: This movie actually took things like the Crane Hermit’s manipulative nature and the friendship between Tien and Chiaotzu into account when making the film. Instead of being a disastrous retelling, this movie seems more like a “what if?” scenario. Problems: There are two inherent weaknesses in this film. One, it’s a spin-off movie, and two, it’s altering the canon plot. Overall: I watched Dragon Ball before Mystical Adventure, so the score is probably a bit lower than it would have been if I had only watched this movie. Still, everything considered, Mystical Adventure is as entertaining as an average anime.
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