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Dragon Ball Z Episodes

The Tree of Might

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English titleThe Tree of Might
Series
Z Ball
Saga[[]]
Episode number (position in saga)46 (46)
English airdateNovember 15, 1997

The Tree of Might is a three-part episode of the edited Namek Saga placed between Episodes 45 and 46, "Immortality Denied" and "Big Trouble for Bulma". It originally aired on November 15, 1997 and November 22, 1997. It is a highly edited version of the original 1990 film Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might.

Summary

Part 1

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Turles' men plant the Tree of Might

The Z Fighters face a new threat that starts with the burning of a forest, caused by the impact of a cosmic object, in which Gohan and Krillin rescue the forest animals and a small dragon named Icarus. Although they are able to restore the forest to its normal state with the Dragon Balls, Icarus does not return and stays with Gohan, much to Chi-Chi's fury. Goku then shows a nearby cave to let Gohan keep the dragon with him. Later, the cosmic object that crashed and caused the forest fire earlier reveals itself to be a probe, and shortly thereafter, the Earth is visited by an unfriendly group of aliens under the leadership of a Saiyan. Upon arriving, they plant a seed which grows the Tree of Might, a plant that sucks the life of the planet on which it was planted and leaves it a desert.

Part 2

At King Kai's request, Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu investigate and try to destroy the Tree, but they are unsuccessful. They are then confronted by the aliens whilst their leader watches from inside the spaceship. Eventually, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu are defeated by the aliens, with only Goku remaining as the one who can hold his own against them.

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The Z Fighters and friends gather at Goku's house

During the ensuing battle, Chiaotzu is rescued by Gohan, who had just arrived, and demonstrates his incredible fighting skills by easily taking out Lakasei. He is then encountered by the aliens' leader Turles, a Saiyan who bears a striking resemblance to Goku. Turles gives Gohan a choice to either join him or die. Gohan refuses to join Turles, and is saved in time thanks to the arrival of Piccolo. However, Turles ambushes and blasts him from behind, having Gohan where he wants him. He notices Gohan's regrown tail and creates an artificial moon, forcibly turning Gohan into a Great Ape and sets him on Goku, who is almost crushed to death in Gohan's hand until Icarus arrives and calms Gohan down. But when Turles attacks Icarus, Gohan is angered and turns on Turles, who fires an attack at Gohan. Before the attack can make contact, Goku manages to cut Gohan's tail off and restore him to normal. Cradling his son in his arms, Goku promises to defeat Turles.

Part 3

Turles's henchmen attack Goku, who easily defeats them all with the Kaio-ken, while Piccolo unsuccessfully fights Turles again. Goku and Turles then fight, with Goku having the upper hand, until Turles pushes his power further by eating a fruit from the Tree of Might. With his new power, Turles dominates Goku and beats him to the point that he is no longer able to fight, even with the use of the Kaio-ken x10.

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The evil Saiyan Turles

Slowly recovering while Turles is distracted by the rest of the Z Fighters, whom he dispatches of, Goku decides to use the Spirit Bomb. Despite gaining energy from the living, he is not able to attack Turles as he counterattacks with the Calamity Blaster, neutralizing Goku's Spirit Bomb. Unable to gather more energy from living beings, Goku decides to steal energy from inside the Tree of Might itself. Eventually successful in creating the Spirit Bomb, Goku fires it at Turles, who tries to counter with his own ki wave. He is carried up the trunk of the Tree of Might and destroyed along with the Tree when the Spirit Bomb explodes. With the terror now over, the Z Fighters return to their normal lives once again.

Quotes

Part 1

"Now focus, become like a cloud... only through discipline can one achieve such... heights."
— Piccolo (to himself)

"Strangers have... launched an evil against the Earth, I don't know how the Earth will be able to support such a thing, unless Goku and Earth's Special Forces can defend against it."
— King Kai (to Gregory)

"Looks like that's that, now it's just a matter of time."
— Lakasei (to the Crusher Corps after planting the Tree of Might)

Part 2

"But judging from some of the power levels we picked up Kakarot must be a strong warrior."
Cacao (to the Crusher Corps)

"A strong warrior? humph. You can all just leave that weak excuse of a Saiyan to me. All we need to do now is wait for the fruit to mature."
— Turles (to the Crusher Corps)

"You planted this Tree in our land? Well it's gotta go!"
— Goku (to the Crusher Corps)

"You want some of me flyface!?"
— Yamcha (to Cacao)

"Have a seat!"
— Goku (to Cacao)

"Pick on someone your own altitude!"
Daiz (to Goku)

"I'm your worst nightmare."
— Piccolo (to Turles)

"I'm trembling in my boots."
— Turles (sarcastically to Piccolo)

"That's it, get an eye full, let's see what you're made of kid."
— Turles (forcing Gohan to look into the fake moon)

"What have you done to my son!?"
— Goku (to Turles)

"Beaten up by your own son huh Kakarot? You weak excuse for a Warrior. Don't you worry, I'll look after your son now that you're gone!"
— Turles (to Goku)

"...I just can't believe it, the strongest of all Saiyan blood and he has a soft spot for this little creature. You did not raise this Saiyan well!"
— Turles (to himself and Goku)

Part 3

"I'll crush you like an ant, you should know better than to fight someone with such a higher power level. I'll enjoy beating you just like i beat your son."
— Turles (to Goku)

"Oh... you wanna play. Hehehe, so go for it."
— Turles (after being confronted by the injured Z Fighters)

"Nature. Give me strength, from the forests, and rushing brooks and streams. For people everywhere who can't protect themselves...for the animals of the wild, and for life it's self. Give me strength for them. Thank you."
— Goku (gathering energy for the Spirit Bomb)

"It's over... it's all over. There's nothing more we can do. I'm sorry. I failed my son, my friends and allies... my planet. There's nothing now but... darkness."
— Goku (after his Spirit Bomb fails)

"I have the power of nature in me. A man's true strength comes from the world. I won't let you take ours away for your own greed."
— Goku (to Turles)

Releases

The episodes were aired in first-run syndication on November 15 and 22, 1997 during the initial Funimation/Saban dub of Dragon Ball Z. They later aired packaged as a movie on Toonami, premiering on January 29, 1999. Unlike Pioneer's 1998 uncut dub of The Tree of Might, this edited version was initially never released on any Home Video format until FUNimation included all three Ocean dubbed movies as seen on Toonami in the 2013 DVD box set "Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition". On this release, it was not presented in the episodic format in which it originally aired, but rather as the stand-alone movie version that aired on Toonami.

Edits

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The infamous Gohan censorship edit.

  • Blood has been removed from all characters.
  • There is an infamous censorship edit to Gohan's face while it is being held by Turles, in which digital paint is used to cover Turles' fingers.
  • The scene where Gohan is falling nude after Goku cuts off his tail is edited using digital light to cover Gohan up. The scene where Icarus wakes up a nude Gohan is edited using a digital bush, also covering Gohan.
  • Various digitally painted "stars" are used to cover blows to the head. A white fog-like substance was also added for the same reason.
  • Turles' henchman Cacao can be heard breathing heavily after being defeated by Goku. This could have been an attempt to imply that he hadn't actually been killed by Goku, just knocked out.
  • The violence in the fight between Goku and Turles is toned down. For example, two kicks to Goku by Turles from when he uses Kaio-ken x10 are cut.
  • Other edits include the addition of footage from the TV series; including when the Eternal Dragon is summoned, a shot of outer space, and some of Piccolo and King Kai's scenes.

Credits

Cast

Character Name Voice actor Notes
Goku Ian James Corlett Appears in all episodes
Turles Ward Perry Appears in all episodes
Gohan Saffron Henderson Appears in all episodes
Krillin Terry Klassen Appears in all episodes
Piccolo Scott McNeil Appears in all episodes
Yamcha Ted Cole Appears in all episodes; has no dialogue in part three
Tien Matt Smith Absent from part one
Chiaotzu Cathy Weseluck Absent from part one
Amond Paul Dobson Appears in all episodes
Daiz Scott McNeil Appears in all episodes
Cacao Alvin Sanders Appears in all episodes; has no dialogue in part one and part three; his voice was electronically altered
Lakasei Alec Willows Appears in all episodes
Rasin Don Brown Appears in all episodes
Chi-Chi Laara Sadiq Absent from part three
Bulma Lalainia Lindbjerg Appears in all episodes
King Kai Don Brown Appears in all episodes
Bubbles Doug Parker Appears in all episodes; only makes noises in part one
Gregory Doug Parker Appears in all episodes; has no dialogue in part two and part three
Master Roshi Ian James Corlett Absent from part one
Oolong Alec Willows Appears in all episodes
Icarus Doug Parker Appears in all episodes
Puar Cathy Weseluck Appears in all episodes; has no dialogue in part two and part three
Shenron Don Brown Only appears in part one; his voice was electronically altered
Little Girl Cathy Weseluck Only appears off-screen in part three; her only line of dialogue is "it's snowing gold!"
Narrator Doc Harris Only appears in episode recaps and previews; not featured when the dub was packaged as a movie

Music

Background music and theme song by: Shuki Levy, Kussa Mahchi and Ron Wasserman.

Trivia

  • This is the only Dragon Ball Z movie dubbed in association with Saban Entertainment, although the Ocean Group voice actors who appear in this dub would later redub this film along with the first two Dragon Ball Z movies in association with Pioneer (now Geneon).
  • This is the only Dragon Ball Z movie to feature Shuki Levy's score.
  • This was the last Dragon Ball-related production to feature Ian James Corlett as the voice of Goku, as the actor quit after it was dubbed due to a pay dispute.
  • It is unknown exactly why The Tree of Might was made part of the television series, although it could be due to the film being similar to the Saiyan Saga, which had already been dubbed at this point.
  • It aired in the middle of the Namek Saga. It did not fit in the timeline, as the prior episode "Immortality Denied" had Goku in space, Gohan, Krillin and Bulma on Namek, and Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu at King Kai's planet in the Other World.
  • This dub of the movie is also the only English version in which Goku shouts "Kaio-ken" as he uses the technique on Turles' henchmen. In the uncut Ocean dub, the AB Group dub and the Funimation dub, Goku simply does a power-up shout as he is engulfed in the Kaio-ken's red aura, while in the Malaysian-English dub he shouts "you die".
  • King Kai refers to the Tree of Might as the "Tree of Death" and later states that Goku had "destroyed the mighty Turles". In most other episodes produced with Saban, usage of the word "death" (or any similar euphemism) was strictly forbidden.
  • The script for FUNimation's 2006 redub of The Tree of Might was based on this version's script, instead of the more accurate 1998 Pioneer script.

Censorship Gallery

External links


Namek Saga (Uncut Episodes)
Picking Up the Pieces · Plans for Departure · Nursing Wounds · Friends or Foes? · Held Captive · Look Out Below · The Search Continues · A Friendly Surprise · Brood of Evil · Frieza Strikes! · Defying Orders · Namek's Defense · The Hunted · The Prince Fights Back · Unexpected Problem · Vegeta Has a Ball · The Past and Future · Zarbon's Surprise · Guru's Gift · Piccolo vs. Everyone · Zarbon's Mission · Gohan, the Hunted · Unknown Enemies · Destination: Guru · Bulma's Big Day · Hidden Power · New Ally, New Problem · Guldo's Mind Binds · Recoome Unleashed · Let the Battle Begin · Goku's New Power · A Legend Revealed
Namek Saga (Edited Episodes)
A New Goal... Namek · Journey to Namek · Friends or Foes? · Hunt for a Dragon Ball · Who's Who?! · Touchdown on Namek · Face-off on Namek · The Ruthless Frieza · The Nameks Versus Frieza · Escape from Dodoria · Secrets Revealed · A Collision Course · Stay Away from Frieza · Zarbon Transformed · The Eldest Namek · Get Vegeta! · Vegeta Revived · A Heavy Burden · Immortality Denied · Big Trouble for Bulma · Scramble for the Dragon Balls! · Arrival of the Ginyu Force · Elite Fighters of the Universe... The Ginyu Force · Time Tricks and Body Binds · No Refuge from Recoome · Enter Goku · Goku... Super Saiyan?

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