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There's something different about this scenario, but I can't place my finger on it...
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure is the third Dragon Ball Movie, set in an almost entirely different continuity than that of the manga and anime.
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The story is that Emperor Chiaotzu of the country of Mifan is looking for his doll wife "Ran-Ran" and sets up a tournament at the advice of his advisor Shen to locate the Dragon Balls. Goku and Krillin are invited to said tournament and the gang are roped up in a grand journey of martial arts, treachery, and adventure.

The movie is a condensation of the Red Ribbon and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, but in an entirely different setting and with several twists to the stories of both.


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This film provides examples of the following:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Blue is depicted as a loyal servant to the emperor who has his best interests at heart.
  • Advertised Extra: Arale only gets one action scene before she promptly disappears from the plot. Granted, it's an important action scene, but still.
  • Alternate Universe: The events of this movie are entirely secluded to this film alone.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Chiaotzu went from a part of the ensemble to the freakin' emperor!
    • Bora gets significantly more screentime than he did in the Red Ribbon Arc.
  • Bad Dreams: Chiaotzu has one the day before the tournament, and in one of the movie's more touching moments, Tien comforts him.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Chiaotzu is the very young emperor of Mifan.
  • Compressed Adaptation: While the setting is unique, the movie takes several elements from the Red Ribbon Arc and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai Arc, stitching them together to create a unique, yet similar story.
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  • Death by Adaptation: Shen actually has Pilaf, Shou, and Mai killed in this continuity!
  • The Ditherer: Tien is in a position where he struggles to choose a side between Shen or Chiaotzu.
  • The Dragon: Mercenary Tao to Master Shen.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tien rebels against Shen to protect Chiaotzu.

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