- Awesome Music:
- The song "Prelude" by the band Slaughter that plays when Trunks finds Gohan's dead body and transforms into a Super Saiyan in grief and rage is awesome.
- The VHS version has music from Dream Theater, particularly the opening to "Beyond This Life" during the amusement park fight, and "Through Her Eyes" can be heard playing just before the credits.
- The Japanese credits music "Aoi Kaze No Hope" is a triumphant end to the special and really instills the hope that Trunks will right the wrongs of the Androids once he returns.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Many feel that the special is a little too dark and hopeless. Some even believe that it's nihilistic.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Future Gohan is popular, more so than his main timeline counterpart at the same age. Future Gohan is seen as more badass with a tearjerking backstory, as opposed to main timeline Gohan who while popular in his own right is often chided for abandoning his combat prowess on many an occasion.
- Harsher in Hindsight: While the special is depressing enough, it ends on a note of hope since we know that Trunks will return stronger than ever from the past, kill the androids, and restore peace. However, this message is undermined by Dragon Ball Super with the introduction of Goku Black, who wrecks future Earth again. Not only that, things become far worse as the saga goes on. Trunks slices Merged Zamasu, only for him to become an Eldritch Abomination of multiversal proportions to the point of ending humanity with only Trunks and Mai left. Goku has to resort to summoning Future Zeno, who wipes out the multiverse. Needless to say, everything Trunks did to preserve his timeline is All for Nothing.
- He Really Can Act:
- Eric Vale's performance as Trunks has been widely praised, so much so that many believe that it solidified him as one of Funimation's top tier voice actors.
- This special is often considered to be Tiffany Vollmer's best performance as Bulma, and she herself says it was the most difficult work she ever had with the series.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Many feel that the TV special's somewhat different retelling of the story is much better overall than the original manga chapter it's based on. Super seems to agree as it shows the events of this special instead of what was in the original manga in the Future Trunks Saga.
- Moral Event Horizon: If Androids 17 and 18 slowly destroying humanity for their own amusement isn't enough to cross the line, they definitely crossed it when they brutally murder Gohan. They pin him to a building and shoot him with energy blasts until he dies. The entire time, Gohan's screaming in agony.
- The dub has some of this going on, largely due to the lack of swearing in lines that really sort of called for it. For example, Bulma's response to hearing about how the androids have destroyed another city is:Bulma: Darn those two!
- Krillin's death is described as "EVEN KRILLIN WAS DESTROYED BY THE RUTHLESS DUO!" Considering his status as a Butt-Monkey, many have a hard time believing that such a description is warranted.
- The AB Group dub. Like all of the "Big Green" movies, this one is absolutely loaded with narmful moments. Trunks' growls while trying to go Super Saiyan takes the cake, though. His actual Super Saiyan makes it unintentionally hilarious when his voice actor makes him too close to Broly.
- The dub has some of this going on, largely due to the lack of swearing in lines that really sort of called for it. For example, Bulma's response to hearing about how the androids have destroyed another city is:
- Signature Scene: Trunks going Super Saiyan for the first time after finding Gohan's dead body.
YMMV / Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks