Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Goku and Vegeta stand together to fight again in Resurrection ‘F’. Will it be enough to overcome their foe? Photo Courtesy: Toei Animation

By Taylor C. Berrier

Honor and pride. These two qualities are the most important to a warrior. Able to carry one through war while making one stronger. They can heal even on the brink of death. They are both the strengths and the weaknesses of two soldiers in particular – Goku and Vegeta – because unchecked, they can produce instability, but if balanced out equally, they are an unstoppable force not to be reckoned with.

This isn’t the same old story of a hero and his sidekick. It’s not sci-fi adventure, nor is it an action comedy with your typically happy ending. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is another chapter in the epic of the antagonists we all know and love, the Z Fighters. The Dragon Ball Z series and the Dragon Ball universe have delivered some of the most loved heroes and villains of all time, and once even raising the question, who would win in a fight, a Super Saiyan or Superman. There are some pretty bold implications happening in the subtext of that question as Superman has been called the planet’s savior time and time again.

Resurrection ‘F’ is a gift to the fans, mostly to the ones who have been there since the beginning. It’s not too indepth of a progression within the story of Goku or Vegeta, but is more of a reflection to their own personal growth as characters within this universe. It’s not much of a spoiler that Frieza is the one to make a triumphant return in all his golden glory. And the best thing here is that he has even more of an attitude than last, resolidifying his place among the villains that have threatened vengeance on Goku or the earth.

In preparation for Resurrection ‘F’, I spent much of the month of July watching in order the entire dubbed version of the anime. I ponied up the monthly subscription fee to add Funimation to my repertoire of streaming apps and set aside most other shows I was currently watching so I could benge them later. I started from where Kai currently was being aired right around the time of the entrance of the Ginyu force and circled my way around through GT, the original Dragon Ball, and back to the Frieza saga. Never has there been a story that seems to only constantly escalade throughout the entirety of its telling. The characters have their flaws and weaknesses, but they never stop getting stronger. Goku and Vegeta are the fuel to each other’s fires and also a perfect balance of honor and pride. And that’s what makes them my favorite protectors of earth, not the Justice League or the Avengers or even the Doctor.

Resurrection ‘F’ is a real treat for the fans, but if you aren’t familiar or haven’t seen the show or read the books at all, then I’m afraid you will be too lost to understand even in the least bit the importance of what is taking place. But if you are all caught up and are currently watching Dragon Ball Z Super, which is even ahead of myself, then it might be the best movie ever. It’s going to give you everything you would want out of a Dragon Ball movie and you couldn’t ask for more.

I’m very thankful that one of my childhood shows is making a comeback and is as relevant now as when my friends were battling it out on the playground with make believe energy beams and super speed. Not only does it hold true to the original, but with the advancements in film and animation since it’s creation, Resurrection ‘F’  is even more beautiful and spectacular. Graphics and action sequences are uncomparative to even the remastered episodes and the later GT series episodes.

I always felt proud that much of this show spawned from work done here in Dallas and Ft. Worth. Before the movie begins, audience members will get a little sneak peak and some chit chat with the English voice actors inside their very own recording studio, the OkraTron 5000 based in Richardson.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is only in select theaters nationwide August 4, 5, 8, and 11 as part of the Fathom Events series, so get going if you are going to see it. Go see this fantastic continuation of the Dragon Ball universe on the big screen, as it is a much better way of viewing the insane battles and fighting of a Saiyan warrior. You can see a teaser trailer below that doesn’t give away many spoilers: