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Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (ドラゴンボールZ この世で一番強いヤツ, Doragon Bōru Zetto: Kono yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Guy") is the fifth Dragon Ball film and the second under the Dragon Ball Z banner. It was originally released in Japan on March 10, 1990, between episodes 39 and 40, with it premiering at the 1990 Toei Cartoon Festival (along with movies from the Akuma-kun and Sally the Witch series). It was first translated into English by FUNimation Entertainment in 1998. FUNimation's title is The World's Strongest, while AB Group's is The Strongest Guy in the World.


The movie begins with Gohan and Oolong searching for the Dragon Balls that have all been gathered in the frozen Tsumisumbri Mountains (with the latter obviously wanting to wish for underwear). Before they reach them, Shenron is summoned by Dr. Kochin, who wishes for Dr. Wheelo and their laboratory to be thawed from an unbreakable ice. Later, Piccolo is ambushed by three mysterious warriors and knocked out cold while trying to defend Gohan and Oolong from. Later on, Gohan has a weird dream about him and Piccolo.

Gohan's Weird Dream (World's Strongest)

Gohan's dream

Kochin then kidnaps Master Roshi and Bulma, thinking that Roshi is the world's strongest and a suitable body for Wheelo, whose own body was destroyed, leaving him only as a brain. Roshi is tested by Kochin's Bio-Warriors, and despite putting up a decent fight while being outnumbered three to one, is ultimately defeated. Bulma then reveals to Wheelo and Kochin that Goku is the world's strongest, just as the Saiyan hero approaches Wheelo's fortress to save his friends (having been informed by Oolong as to what happened).

Krillin Enters (World's Strongest)

Krillin's arrival in Wheelo's fortress

Upon reaching the fortress, Goku is attacked by the Bio-Warriors, but easily defeats them with the Kaio-ken, and is also joined by Gohan and Krillin. They then arrive at Wheelo's lab where Bulma is being held, but run into Piccolo, who was brainwashed into returning to his old ways when he was captured earlier. Goku and Piccolo then fight each other, but Gohan's anger causes the mind-controlling device on Piccolo to break. Kochin tries to shoot Krillin and Bulma with his machine gun-arm, but is disarmed by Roshi.

Goku & Piccolo (World's Strongest)

Piccolo holding Gohan and Goku with the Power Pole

Wheelo then breaks out of the wall, revealing his brain to be inside a huge robot; Dr. Kochin accidentally dies in the resulting reveal. Realizing that he was being controlled, Piccolo attacks Dr. Wheelo, only to be brushed aside. As Wheelo jumps into the air, Goku, Krillin, and Roshi fire the Master-Student Kamehameha, which does nothing to Wheelo. Gohan attempts to attack Wheelo with the Power Pole, but is knocked out before he can. Goku then blasts Wheelo with the Kaio-ken Kamehameha (x4) and shoots Wheelo into space. Wheelo decides to destroy the Earth with his Planet Geyser energy wave, but Piccolo and Gohan (Krillin comically tries) are able to stop him for a while. Goku uses the previously collected energy for a Spirit Bomb; and launches it at Wheelo, destroying the mad scientist.

Timeline placement

From Goku’s dōgi having a "Kame" mark on the breast and a "Kai" mark on the back, it seems this is an event from between the battle with Vegeta and Goku's arrival on Planet Namek. However, there are also inconsistencies such as Gohan being on Earth when he should be in the middle of fighting on Planet Namek.[2]


Dragon Ball Z The World's Strongest the Movie

Ultimate Uncut Special Edition cover

The World's Strongest was originally released on VHS and Laserdisc in Japan. In 2006, Toei Animation released The World's Strongest as part of the final Dragon Box DVD set, which included all four Dragon Ball films and thirteen Dragon Ball Z films. These were presented in a new widescreen transfer from the original negatives with a 16:9 aspect ratio that was matted from the original 4:3 aspect ratio.

World's strongest pioneer

Pioneer DVD cover

The World's Strongest was released on May 26, 1998 to VHS and DVD by Pioneer in conjunction with FUNimation. The DVD included the original Japanese audio and the uncut version of the Ocean Group dub and was presented in an unmatted 4:3 aspect ratio. The movie also aired several times on Toonami in a slightly edited format. Pioneer re-released The World's Strongest in a box set alongside Dead Zone and The Tree of Might on October 9, 2001.

FUNimation acquired the DVD rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004. On November 14, 2006, FUNimation released The World's Strongest, along with Dead Zone and The Tree of Might, in a DVD boxset entitled "First Strike." The movie containing a brand-new in-house dub with an original score done by Nathan Johnson and the original Japanese audio.


Double Feature Blu-ray

FUNimation re-released Dead Zone and The World's Strongest on DVD and Blu-ray on May 27, 2008 as part of their "Double Feature" line. This new set featured a brand-new widescreen transfer from Video Post & Transfer and a new audio mix for the English dub featuring the original Japanese score done by Shunsuke Kikuchi in addition to the replacement score done by Johnson.

FUNimation repackaged the Double Feature DVDs into three new thinpak sets, the first of which was released on November 1, 2011 and included Dead Zone, The World's Strongest, The Tree of Might, Lord Slug,, and Cooler's Revenge. These three sets were also released together in the Canada-only Dragon Ball Z: Complete Movie Collection featuring reversioned artwork of Goten and Trunks from Bio-Broly on the cover.

FUNimation released The World's Strongest, along with Dead Zone and The Tree of Might, in its edited format as it aired on Toonami, on August 13, 2013 as a part of the Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition.


Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese / Toei Animation) Voice Actor (English / Ocean Productions) Voice Actor (English / AB Group) Voice Actor (English / FUNimation Entertainment)
Goku Masako Nozawa Peter Kelamis David Gasman Sean Schemmel
Gohan Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil Paul Bandey Christopher Sabat
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Sharon Mann Sonny Strait
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows Brad Jackson
Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Lisa Ann Beley Cynthia Cranz
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Don Brown Paul Bandey Mike McFarland
Turtle Daisuke Gōri Scott McNeil Doug Rand Christopher Sabat
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Paul Bandey Christopher Sabat
Bio-Men Alec Willows Doug Rand Chris Cason
John Burgmeier
Dr. Kochin Kōji Yada Paul Dobson Paul Bandey Troy Baker
Kishime Yukimasa Kishino Paul Dobson Doug Rand Chris Rager
Ebifurya Ken Yamaguchi Don Brown Paul Bandey Matthew Tompkins
Misokatsun Daisuke Gōri Ward Perry Robert McCollum
Dr. Wheelo Kōji Nakata Ward Perry Doug Rand R. Bruce Elliott
Narrator Jōji Yanami Doc Harris Paul Bandey Kyle Hebert


  • Opening Theme (OP)
    1. "Cha-La Head-Cha-La"
      • Lyrics: Yukinojō Mori, Music: Chiho Kiyooka, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama
Gohans Dream

Gohan's dream during "Pikkoro-san Da~isuki♡"

  • Insertion Song (IN)
    1. "Pikkoro-san Da~isuki♡"; ピッコロさん だ~いすき♡ (I Lo~ve Mr. Piccolo♡)
      • Lyrics: Chiroru Taniho, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Masako Nozawa (Son Gohan)
  • Ending Theme (ED)
    1. "Ikusa (I-KU-SA)"; 戦(I・KU・SA) (The Battle (I-KU-SA))
      • Lyrics: Dai Satō, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama

Dub music

The initial 1998 Ocean-voiced dub kept the original Japanese soundtrack. FUNimation's 2006 redub featured an new sci-fi influenced musical score by Nathan Johnson, although most releases also include the English voices with the Japanese Shunsuke Kikuchi score as an alternate audio track.



Like with Dead Zone, Anime News Network grades with a C+.


  • This is the second Dragon Ball Z movie, and its name is similar to the original second episode of the anime, "The World's Strongest Team". Also in the AB Group release of the movie had a cover featuring Goku and Piccolo as they went off to fight Raditz in that episode.
  • The wish Oolong wants to make with the Dragon Balls in this movie is exactly the same wish he made in the Dragon Ball anime (specifically the episode "A Wish to the Eternal Dragon"). However, Shenron will not grant the same wish more than once, though it is likely Oolong does not realize this.
  • A scene that takes place during the anime, Piccolo sacrificing himself to save Gohan from being killed by Nappa, is shown when Gohan falls asleep during studying.
  • Bulma's appearance in this movie is nearly identical to her appearance while a spectator during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Master Roshi's clothes are also very similar to the ones he wore when he, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu were collecting the Dragon Balls in the King Piccolo Saga.
  • The villains in this movie are named after food from Nagoya, the city Akira Toriyama is from.
  • In the Ocean dub, Dr. Wheelo's name is pronounced Dr. "Willow" while in the FUNimation dub it is pronounced as Dr. "WHEE-LO" as it is spelled.
  • This movie is known for using the correct Japanese pronunciation of "Kaio-ken" in the Ocean dub. Although in FUNimation's redubbing of the movie, it is still pronounced "KEI-O-KEN".
  • This movie starts the three-movie chain for main villains killed by Goku using a Spirit Bomb. Dr. Wheelo, Turles (from The Tree of Might) and Lord Slug (from Lord Slug) are all killed by Goku's Spirit Bomb.
  • Scenes from this movie are shown in the Dragon Ball Z Original English anime opening, "Rock the Dragon".
  • Even though Frieza does not appear in the movie, his theme is played when Dr. Wheelo attempts to transfer his mind into Goku's body.
  • The 11th Shunsuke Kikuchi music package for the franchise starts here. The cues were designated "M9XX" codes, and this package would make its series debut in Namek's Defense.



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