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|Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon|
|Directed by||Mitsuo Hashimoto|
|Written by||Takao Koyama|
|Based on||Dragon Ball|
by Akira Toriyama
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Edited by||Shinichi Fukumitsu|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
|Box office||¥2.3 billion (est.)|
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Can't Do It, Who Will? (ドラゴンボールZ 龍拳爆発!!悟空がやらねば誰がやる, Dragon Ball Z Ryū-Ken Bakuhatsu!! Gokū ga Yaraneba Dare ga Yaru) or by Toei's own English title Dragon Ball Z: Explosion of Dragon Punch, is a 1995 Japanese animatedscience fantasymartial arts film and the thirteenth Dragon Ball Z feature movie. It was originally released in Japan on July 15 at the Toei Anime Fair. It was later dubbed into English by Funimation in 2006, just like most of the other Dragon Ball films. It was also released on VCD in Malaysia by Speedy Video with the subtitle Explosion of Dragon Punch.
Set after the events of the final battle with Kid Buu, the film focuses on the efforts of an evil magician, Hoi, to release the deadly monster Hirudegarn (ヒルデガーン, Hirudegān) onto the Earth, forcing Goku and his friends to enlist the aid of a warrior named Tapion (タピオン, Tapion), who may be the only one capable of defeating the monster. Series creator Akira Toriyama designed the Tapion and Minotia characters.
On an unknown world, a young humanoid is crushed to death by a gigantic monster, which then vanishes as an unseen entity laughs and announces that he is headed for Earth.
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In a city on Earth, Gohan and Videl, acting as their superhero personas Great Saiyaman and Great Saiyaman 2, stop an elderly, alien-like man from committing suicide. The man introduces himself as Hoi and presents them with an enchanted music box, claiming that a hero named Tapion is trapped inside and may be the only chance to stop an approaching evil. The magical Dragon Balls are used to open it. Tapion is released but expresses anger at having been freed, explaining that inside of him is half of the ferocious monster called Hirudegarn that only the box was keeping at bay. Tapion flees into isolation but is visited by Trunks who takes a liking to him. The lower half of Hirudegarn soon appears and begins attacking the city and Gohan and Videl find that the monster is invulnerable to their attacks. Tapion plays a tune on an ocarina which weakens Hirudegarn and causes him to vanish. Hoi claims that Tapion is the true threat and that the ocarina must be destroyed, so he attempts to steal the instrument and in the ensuing scuffle, Trunks takes possession of it and chooses to side with Tapion. Hoi flees and Tapion accepts Trunks as a friend.
Tapion relays his story to Bulma and explains that centuries prior an evil race of alien wizards set out to destroy all life in the universe by awakening Hirudegarn. Their conquest eventually brought them to Tapion's planet where during the battle, a priest discovered an enchanted sword and two ocarinas capable of stopping Hirudegarn. Tapion and his younger brother Minotia kept the monster at bay with the ocarinas while the priest cleaved it in half with the sword. In the aftermath, a war council decided to seal Hirudegarn's two halves inside of Tapion and Minotia and seal them inside music boxes to be sent to opposite ends of the universe. Hoi, one of the surviving wizards, found and killed Minotia and now seeks Tapion's in order to complete Hirudegarn's revival. Bulma builds Tapion a specialized bedroom so that he can sleep without the monster escaping. However, a nightmare causes Tapion to destroy the bedroom and Hirudegarn's lower half reappears. In desperation, Tapion begs for death in order to destroy Hirudegarn's upper half, but the beast manages to escape.
His revival complete, Hirudegarn lays waste to the city and is confronted by Goku, Gohan, and Goten who are no match for the monster's powers. Vegeta soon arrives to join the fight but is quickly defeated as well while Trunks and Goten fuse into Gotenks and bombard Hirudegarn with energy blasts. Hirudegarn then transforms into a more powerful form and defeats Gotenks effortlessly. Tapion attempts to seal Hirudegarn inside of himself again by playing the ocarina and asks Trunks to kill him with the sword once he does. Trunks hesitates and Hirudegarn escapes yet again, destroying the ocarina in the process. As Hoi gloats over his apparent victory, he is crushed to death by the monster. Goku realizes that the monster is only vulnerable when provoked and he takes a beating until Trunks intervenes and cuts the monster's tail off with the sword. An enraged Hirudegarn is made vulnerable allowing Goku uses his Dragon Fist attack to finally kill it.
Finally free of his curse, Tapion uses Bulma's time machine to return to his planet before it was destroyed. Before departing, Tapion presents Trunks with his sword as a farewell gift. In the ending credits, Future Trunks is shown slaying Frieza with a similar sword.
|Character name||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor|
|Goku||Masako Nozawa||Sean Schemmel|
|Tapion||Hiro Yuuki||Jason Liebrecht|
|Vegeta||Ryō Horikawa||Christopher R. Sabat|
|Trunks||Takeshi Kusao||Laura Bailey|
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Tiffany Vollmer|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Sonny Strait|
|Videl||Yūko Minaguchi||Kara Edwards|
|Master Roshi||Masaharu Satō||Mike McFarland|
|Minotia||Sachi Matsumoto||Aaron Dismuke|
|Hirudegarn||Shin Aomori||Robert Howard|
|Shenron||Masaharu Satoh||Chris Sabat|
|Hoi||Shigeharu Matsuda||Tripp Fontaine|
|Oolong||Naoki Tatsuta||Brad Jackson|
|Narrator||Jōji Yanami||Kyle Hebert|
A second English dub produced and released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown voice cast.
The score for the English language version by Funimation was composed by Nathan M. Johnson. He learned to play the ocarina for Tapion's theme. The remastered release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dub with original Japanese background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi.
At the Japanese box office, the film sold 2.4 million tickets and earned a net distribution rental income of ¥1 billion, equivalent to estimated gross receipts of approximately ¥2.3 billion ($24 million).Asa vpn load balancing configuration.
In the United States, the DVD release has grossed $4,770,466 in sales, as of 2014.
It was released on DVD in North America on September 12, 2006, It was later digitally remastered and released in final Double Feature set with Fusion Reborn for Blu-ray and DVD on May 19, 2009, with featuring HDwidescreen format. The film was re-released to DVD on January 3, 2012 in remastered-widescreen set containing the final four Dragon Ball Z movies.
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Goku and his companions were told about the sealed legendary hero after encountering a mysterious old man named Hoi.
Tapion, the hero, was freed by the Dragon Balls, yet he disappeared after leaving many mysteries behind.
That very night, a giant monster suddenly appeared and wreaked havoc as he tore through the streets!
There is a chance to recruit new characters including Trunks (Kid) in this event!
Moreover, a new Support Item effective against Hirudegarn that appears in the Dokkan Event is also available!
Please note that the event content and dates are subject to change without prior warning!