Anime / Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
aka: Fusion Reborn

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Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (known in Japan as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Fukkatsu no Fusion!! Gokū to Vegeta; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn!! Gokū and Vegeta") is the twelfth movie based on the Dragon Ball Z anime. It was originally released in Japan on March 4, 1995, between episodes 258 and 259. It was again released to select theaters in the United States on March 17, 2006, making it the first Dragon Ball movie to be released theatrically there, with Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler following.

When a worker at King Yemma's spiritual check-in station is accidentally covered in spiritual waste, he is transformed into a powerful monster named Janemba, who destroys the barrier between the real world and Other World, allowing the dead to walk the Earth. As the living Z Fighters fend off the dead, it is up to Goku, Pikkon, and Vegeta to stop Janemba.

Not to be confused with the latest DBZ film, Fukkatsu no ‘F’, which stands for a completely different ‘F’.


This work contains examples of:

  • Adolf Hitlarious: The Dictator was never taken seriously for even one second.
  • Advertised Extra: The movie is incredibly guilty in regards to this trope. As seen in the poster, characters such as Cooler, Nappa, Raditz and Lord Slug are advertised but don't appear in the movie. And the villains that do appear on the poster and in the movie don't get any dialogue apart from Freeza. And even Freeza doesn't get that much screentime before Gohan one-shots him. One also has to wonder, where the hell is Cell when this is all happening?
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Do we really need to address how The Dictator fits into the trope?
  • Back from the Dead: The deceased characters who make cameo appearances in this film include Freeza, Zarbon, Cui, Jeice, Burter, Recoome, Bojack and Zangya.
  • Blood Knight: Really debatable with Janmeba's first form, definitely the case with the second; as he laughs manically seeing his sword crumble due to Vegeta's power.
  • Big Red Devil: Janemba's true form is not all that big, especially compared to his original form. But it is still very tall.
  • Bishonen Line: When Janemba transforms into his Super Mode, he becomes much leaner and smaller - but also more muscular, focused and sadistic.
  • Bowdlerise: When the movie was reaired on Nicktoons during the Kai hype, the scenes involving the Hitler expy were removed.
  • The Bus Came Back: Happens in epic style for Vegeta.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
  • Deader Than Dead: Gogeta completely destroyed Janemba, allowing the ogre he posessed to be reformed/freed.
  • Evil Army: What The Dictator has under his control.
  • Expy: Janemba is one for Majin Buu. They're basically demons that start out fat, dimwitted and comical. They become a lean, far more menacing and powerful new being with the simplest English translation being to add Super before the name, and are overwhelmed by a fusion of Goku and Vegeta. Possibly lampshaded in the Shin Budokai arcade game, where they become friends.
  • Fusion Dance: What Goku and Vegeta resort to doing to defeat Janemba. The first attempt was hilariously botched as Vegeta didn't bend his fingers. The second time it worked flawlessly.
  • Ghostapo: The Dictator is a zombie Nazi.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Janemba's Super Mode is this to Vegeta and Goku, getting them to agree to fuse.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Mr. Satan contributes by defeating a rush of skeletons and zombies, then complains that nobody witnessed it.
  • Harmless Villain:
    • The Dictator is really kind of an idiot. He only keeps Trunks and Goten busy due to the sheer number of his zombie troops.
    • Frieza too. See Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Kaiju: Janemba's first form.
  • Killed Off for Real: With the movie taking place after Vegeta had performed a Heroic Sacrifice in the Anime, his arc in this movie is framed in a way to be Vegeta's last big hurrah. Naturally, this proves to not be the case.
  • Laughably Evil: Janemba in his first form. He's the embodiment of evil and is very dangerous, but extremely jolly and playful. His second form throws out the Laughably part, replacing it with Laughing Mad.
  • Made of Evil: Janemba is literally the embodiment of all the evil in Hell condensed within one person. When Gogeta hits him with the sparkly, light-based "Soul Punisher" attack, he dissolves into nothingness.
  • Manly Tears: Vegeta breaks down crying over the fact that the gap in strength between him and Goku has only grown wider.
  • Meaningful Name: Janemba's name appears (though has never been confirmed) to be a combination of janen ("wicked thought") and shōnenba (a situation that reveals one's true character). His true character is a mass of pure evil from all the souls that have passed through the washing machine.
  • No Name Given: "Dictator" is just his name in the credits.
  • One-Winged Angel: Janemba goes from fat and jolly to full Cerebus Syndrome.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Once again, Vegeta's motive for saving Goku when the newly transformed Janemba has him cornered.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: All of the risen dead in Fusion Reborn are undead of some sort (mostly zombies and skeletons, but some ghosts). The Dictator is apparently also a zombie, but inexplicably well-preserved.
  • Putting on the Reich: Again, The Dictator. It's obvious he's based on Hitler.
  • Pokémon Speak: Janemba talks like this in his first form.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Janemba in his first form.
  • Razor Wind: Janemba doesn't cut things with his sword. He cuts things with the draft from swinging it.
  • Reality Warper: Janemba notably turned Hell into a jelly-bean covered playground, and revived all the deceased villains.
    • The Power of Creation: Hints of this. After all, the "jelly beans" seems to come from nowhere but the air itself, and in one instance during his fight with Goku, he counters his Kamehameha by creating a miniature Goku doing the same technique with just as much power. Even he seemed impressed by that.
  • Rubber Man: Janemba gains this ability in his Super Mode.
  • Series Continuity Error: Several, as this is a Non-Serial Movie.
    • For starters, Vegeta is dead while Goku is alive, so this movie would have to be set during the midway part of the Majin Buu saga. During this period Super Buu was still rampaging about and no-one had any real time on their hands.
    • Despite supposedly happening in that period, Goku is still fighting in the Other World Tournament against Pikkon.
  • Shout-Out: The Dictator is a big fat parody of, you guessed, Adolf Hitler.
  • So Last Season: Pretty much every villain before Majin Buu has become old hat and are literally no threat whatsoever in the movie. Gohan's "fight" against Freeza takes this to the logical extreme. And once Freeza bites the dust, literally every other villain runs away scared for their life.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Janemba can alter reality in every form possible. From physically altering, deconstructing and reconstructing the mass of objects, to cutting holes through dimensions and creating and travelling though portals. His power over dimensions is capable of transforming the entire universe into his image, including the Other World. He possesses great matter manipulation powers as well since he was easily able to pick up a club and alter its molecular structure, turning it into a sword.
    • Gogeta, being able to make quick work of Janemba and create stardust energy strong enough to tear apart his evil, takes this trope Up to Eleven.
  • Super Mode: Janemba's second form, although it appears to be permanent.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Interestingly, Vegetto from the TV series is this trope to Gogeta. Akira Toriyama didn't want to step this movie's toes by stealing one of its big selling points, so when the time came for Goku and Vegeta to fuse he came up with the Potara earrings, which resulted in a similar but distinct character.
  • Sword Beam: Janemba's sword can produce beams strong enough to cut through dimensions.
  • Thinking Up Portals: While in his first form, Janemba attacked Goku by punching into small portals big enough for his fists. By doing this, Janemba was able to hit Goku with a series of punches from a distance away.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Hercule actually gets to face supernatural entities he can beat for a change, namely a horde of zombies.
  • Unexpected Character: Pikkon. This movie takes place in Majin Buu arc, which he debuted in albeit in filler, but he's not featured in any form of advertising for the movie. He isn't even on the poster. It's even more jarring when it's realized how much of a crucial role he plays throughout the entire movie.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Janemba is strongly implied to have serious issues with this, especially in his first form, as at times he seemed perplexed by the extent of his own powers, and Goku gave him a good run for a good portion of their fight before he turned Super Saiyan 3 and forced a transformation to fix this.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Since no-one in their right mind would let him improve while dead, Freeza is so outdated Gohan can one-shot him. Again, this is not to be confused with Fukkatsu no ‘F’, where the reverse ironically happens.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite all the villains appearing in the movie, Cell was the only one not among them. Which is odd, considering he was the one who instigated and led the attempted break-out in the anime.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: As a powerful as Janemba is, he's still like a sensitive child and can be literally hurt or have his hold over a realm broken…by childish insults.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Dictator orders his troops to fire on Goten and Trunks as soon as he sees them while assuming they are just civilians.
  • Zerg Rush: It's how The Dictator runs rampant over the city, and how he and his soldiers end up destroyed by Gotenks' ghosts.

Alternative Title(s): Fusion Reborn

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