|Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans|
VHS box art
|Directed by|| Original: Shigeyasu Yamauchi|
Remake: Yoshihiro Ueda
|Produced by|| Original: Kōzō Morishita, Seiichi Hiruta|
Remake: Tomoaki Imanishi, Hiroyuki Kinoshita
|Written by|| Takao Koyama (screenplay)|
Akira Toriyama (original series author)
|Starring|| Masako Nozawa (Son Gokū / Son Gohan / Tullece)|
Ryō Horikawa (Vegeta)
Toshio Furukawa (Piccolo)
Takeshi Kusao (Trunks)
Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma)
Naoko Watanabe (Chi-Chi)
Toku Nishio (Mr. Popo)
Tomiko Suzuki (Dende)
Ryuusei Nakao (Freeza / Coola)
Hisao Egawa (Monster / God Guardon)
Yūsaku Yara (Slug)
Shinji Ogawa (Dr. Raichi)
Joji Yanami (Kaiosama/Narration)
|Animation director||Masahiro Shimanuki (orginal)|
|Chara design||Tadayoshi Yamamuro|
|Music by|| Keiju Ishikawa (original)|
Hiroshi Takaki (remake)
|Editing by|| Shinichi Fukumitsu (original)|
Kenta Katase (remake)
|Release date(s)|| August 6, 1993 (original)|
November 11, 2010 (remake)
|Running time|| 60 minutes (original)|
30 minutes (remake)
Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans (ドラゴンボールZ外伝 サイヤ人絶滅計画, Doragon Bōru Zetto Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku; lit. "Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans") was the first Dragon Ball Z original video animation (OVA). It was originally released on home video cassettes in Japan on August 6, 1993, between episodes 195 and 196, as an Official Visual Guides to the Famicom game Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku. The OVA has since been re-released on DVD in Japan as an extra feature of the Dragon Box collection in 2003.
Coming as a bonus with every copy of Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 in 2010, the OVA was completely reconstructed, re-scripted, and re-edited, finally seeing release in North America and Europe. As announced in December 2011, this remake was streamed online as part of the Dragon Ball SSSS project.
Dr. Raichi is one of the only survivors of the Tuffles, a race that once lived on Planet Plant before the coming of the Saiyans. The Saiyans not only massacred the entire Tuffle race, but also stole their technology and conquered the planet, renaming it Planet Vegeta in honor of their king. Raichi managed to escape with a capsule and found refuge on the Dark Planet, a world at the end of the universe. Now, his only wish is to eradicate the last remaining Saiyans.
To do this, Dr. Raichi puts devices on Earth that emit Destron Gas and destroy all life, and he sends many monsters to protect this Destron Gas emitters. When Mr. Popo/Bulma finds out that only a few hours are left until the planet's destruction, Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Future Trunks, and Piccolo rush to destroy the evil devices located around the planet. They manage to destroy all but one that is protected by an impenetrable energy barrier. However, Frieza, Cooler, Turles and Lord Slug appear and engage the heroes in individual fight. It is revealed by King Kai that the villains are Ghost Warriors, and will continually come back to life when killed unless defeated in the same way their lives were originally ended.
Uchū-Hen: Fighting HatchiyackEdit
The heroes track Dr. Raichi down to the Dark Planet and engage him, discovering that his Ghost Warriors are generated by a machine called Hatchiyack, a device powered by the hatred of the Tuffles. It is also revealed that Dr. Raichi is a Ghost Warrior himself, generated by Hatchiyack. The heroes manages to destroy Dr. Raichi, but he re-materializes himself. Fortunately, Vegeta manages to vaporize Dr. Raichi preventing him from re-materializing again. However, Dr. Raichi's spite towards the Saiyans causes Hatchiyack to exceed its limit and appear in a powerful android body, whose power match or perhaps even exceed Broly's according to Goku. Hatchiyack devastates the heroes until the Saiyans, after having transformed into their Super Saiyan states, combine their powers together into one massive wave of energy; with Goku using Super Kamehameha, Gohan using Super Masenko, Trunks using Burning Attack, Vegeta using Final Flash (but fired it in a Maximum Flasher-style), and Piccolo using Special Beam Cannon (Piccolo participates in the final struggle only in the 2010 version), thus ending the threat of the Ghost Warriors. Before the entire planet exploded due to the fierce battle, Goku and the Z Fighters were transported back to Earth via Instant Transmission.
Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans was released following the Famicom game of the same name, Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku, in the form of two VHS cassettes dubbed "Official Visual Guides" as the OVA served as a sort of "animated walkthrough" for the game. In 1994, footage from the OVA was turned into two video games for the Playdia console (Chikyū-Hen and Uchū-Hen).
Some arguments about gaining the license to release it on DVD in English started when news about Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! was first heard. However, this became a reality when an English version was announced to be releasing with Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2. According to Namco Bandai, "The exclusive new feature entitled Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans is a completely reconstructed, re-scripted and re-edited version of an original Japanese episode that has never been released in the U.S or Canada, offering something unique to fans of the series. Everyone who buys the game can watch this exclusive anime straight out of the box. Namco Bandai has confirmed that the footage will not be English dubbed but instead have English subtitles.
Some scenes were deleted and other were changed from the original movie. The Z Fighters never encounter and fight the monsters guarding the Destron Gas machines. There are machines in Satan City and Jingle Village. When the Z Fighters find the Destron Gas machine, the Saiyans are in base form, and only Vegeta transforms to destroy the machine, the others transform for the fight against the Ghost Warriors. In the original, they are all already in Super Saiyan form. Also, it is Bulma who comes help the Z Fighters after they are pinned down by the Ghost Warriors (scene not present in the original, except for the in game scenes when the player loses the fight), instead of Goku being helped by King Kai. Goku does not fight God Guardon on Raichi's planet, instead travelling through space to get to him. During the original movie, Piccolo did not join in on the Beam Struggle against Hatchiyack, and he did not bring the Senzu Beans, shortening a bit the fight.
Releases on Home MediaEdit
The original was released on VHS in 1993, but only in Japan. The OVA later appeared in the Japanese version of the Dragon Boxes in 2003. The 2010 remake also appears on a bonus DVD that bundled with the March 2012 issue of Saikyō Jump and which also contains the 2011 anime adaptation of Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock.
The storyline of this movie is supposed to take place during the ten-day wait prior to the Cell Games, after the events of Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (as Goku states that Hatchiyack might be even stronger than Broly). In the OVA, Vegeta can be seen performing the Final Flash, a technique that he developed in his Super Vegeta form against Cell's perfect form (which occurred in the episode 146, "Trunks Ascends", maintaining continuity), Goku is still alive (his death occurred during the Cell Games), and Bulma even wears the clothing from before the Cell Games when she was repairing Android 16.
The movie fits here in the timeline but, like in Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, Gohan and Goku are seen outside their Super Saiyan forms, which they were supposed to not transform out of during that period. Also, after training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in the series, Trunks lets his hair grow, but in the OVA, Trunks has short hair (his hair was long in Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan). The notion of Turles and Slug having menaced Earth at some point is a slight issue, as their respective movies seem more difficult to fit in continuity.
- Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans establishes the history of the Saiyans arriving on Planet Plant and taking over of Planet Plant/Vegeta (basically expanding on the story told in the anime).
- The concept of a villainous Tuffle out for revenge on the Saiyan race would later turn up again in the form of the villainous Machine Mutant, Baby.
- Outside DBZ video games, Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans is the only time Frieza and Cooler are shown interacting. This is also the only film where Vegeta confronts Frieza while in his Super Saiyan form (Goku and Trunks have already done so, while an adult Gohan confronts Frieza in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn). It is also the first and only time Future Trunks and Vegeta encounter the villains Turles and Lord Slug, as well as the first and only time Future Trunks encounters Cooler.
- Against the Ghost Warriors, the battles are as follows: Gohan vs. Turles, Piccolo vs. Lord Slug, Trunks vs. Frieza and Goku vs. Cooler. It is interesting to note that Vegeta is not shown during this scene, as there are not enough villains to go around. He is shown shortly after the fight sequences, looking disheveled from battle (despite not being shown fighting) when it is revealed that the Ghost Warriors are harder to defeat than their original counterparts, and later when he provides a finishing attack on the Ghost Warrior Cooler after Bulma restores the Z Fighters' use of ki with a neutralizing agent for the Destron Gas.
- Even though it was stated in the original version that Ghost Warriors can only be defeated by the same way they were killed when they were alive, none of the Ghost Warriors are defeated in that way.
- The remastered version featured in Raging Blast 2 is the first Dragon Ball Z movie with Dragon Ball Z Kai music.
- In the 2010 remake, the Destron Gas machine in West City makes a sound similar to the 8 bit sound of the world map from the original NES/Famicom game.