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s0to

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The DragonBall movies have always drifted in a strange limbo outside of the actual canon storyline, spawning fan discussions (you know the kind!) at what point they are actually supposed to take place. In the end, they are more little 'what-if' scenarios that can't really be placed, existing mainly to entertain. Which is why they neither really offer anything groundbreakingly new nor strive too far from the formula of the main series. 

In this way the majority of these movies aren't anything to write home about, they are just there to sate the viewers lust for 'more-of-the-same'. Incidentally, Cooler's Revenge is exactly that. 

The story introduces Frieza's brother Cooler, who comes to Earth to take revenge on Goku. So he and three of his lackeys arrive in the middle of a camping trip Goku is on with Krilin and Gohan. Not terribly original, but it's fine. Goku actually gets badly injured for the first half of the movie, so Gohan has to get some Senzu beans to cure him, while Piccolo and Kirllin hold their opponents off. Is there any real doubt he will be healed? Not really no, but it still creates some tension in the first half and establishes Cooler as a threat. 

Speaking of which, Cooler is mostly Frieza 2.0. They try to make him more menacing by giving him *gasp* one MORE final form than his brother. Other than that there is not much to him. If you thought Frieza was a cool villain, you'll probably like him too. Same goes for his henchmen who have a similar vibe to the Ginyu force. 

                                               

Since the is movie only 47 minutes long character-development is non-existent. Aside from Goku and Cooler, the others are only there as support. Gohan gets some moments because of his rescue mission and Piccolo is in a few scenes, including saving Gohan, because that is what he does in every single movie he's in. 

The animation is pretty nice overall. After watching Super it became really obvious to me how much I missed Z's animation-style. Everything just feels like it has more weight behind it and the choreography of the fights is exciting. Even if the story is not that original, the animation, for lack of a better word, just packs a lot more 'oomph' than it does in the never adaptions. 

          

Sound wise there is not much to say. The (Japanese) voice acting is solid. Cooler has the same seiyuu as Frieza, which makes sense I guess, but because of that he also becomes more generic. A different voice might have helped to distinguish him more from his brother. What also needs to be mentioned is the Japanese credits song, which has no business being as catchy as it is. You can listen to it here.

Final Verdict: 5/10 (perfectly average)

Closing words: Not all that tobikkiri, but fun enough (seriously listen to the song) 

4/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
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