Dragonball Z: Trunks – Prelude to Terror (Mania.com)

Review Date: Friday, March 01, 2002

What They Say
Welcome Back Goku:
After handily beating Frieza and his evil father, King Cold, the mysterious stranger announces the exact time and place of Goku’s arrival on Earth. But can this young Super-Saiyan predict the future?! Gohan and the others are determined to find out!
(Episode 106)

Mystery Revealed:
After testing Goku in combat, the mysterious stranger reveals his true identity! But what does his timely arrival portend?! In a startling conversation with Goku, this powerful emissary from the future tells all!
(Episode 107)

Goku’s Special Technique:
The future has been written – or has it? That’s what Goku and the rest of the Z Fighters must decide as they learn of Trunk’s ominous warning. The Androids are coming! And they might be bringing the end of the world along with them!
(Episode 108)

The Review!
Moving on from the first Trunks Saga disc, we check out the second and final Trunks Saga disc. In my opinion 2 discs is too short to be considered a saga, but there you go. While there is some degree of action on this disc, it mostly serves a plot enhancement for the upcoming sagas.

Forever sealing this release of the series as low grade in my opinion, the audio is limited to the English dub. Yep, no option for the Japanese track. There are no technical problems with the dub track though, a fairly centered and clear sounding stereo mix.

The video is serviceable, but is rarely superior to TV or VHS quality, thanks to the age of the source materials. It’s a bit soft, but scratches and film damage are pretty minimal.

After inserting the disc and sitting through the Interpole warning, Madman Entertainment and Funimation title screens, it leads directly onto the US DBZ is next program clip and then the opening titles before you even see the menu. The main menu is the default Madman DBZ standard, circular in nature with art of Trunk as the main background on this disc. The menu is easy to navigate with options to play the three episodes in large with scene selection underneath and to head for the Extras page. Clicking on any of the three scene selection options takes you to a single scene selection page with the choice of replaying the US DBZ is next/opening titles, four chapter points per episode and the end credits.

This disc has the same extras as the first volume. The previous saga guide provides two pages of brief description for all the sagas before the present Trunks Saga on this disc (i.e. Saiyan, Namek, Captain Ginyu, Frieza, Garlic Jr Sagas). The character guide has 10 profiles on some of the major players in DBZ: Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Frieza, Garlic Jr, Captain Ginyu and Raditz.

There is also a short 13 second promo for the official Australian Dragonball Z site, dragonballz.com.au.
At least some things remain the same as the US discs, with a trailer for the upcoming Androids saga on VHS. The final option on the Extras menu is the DVD credits, listing the three guys at Madman Interactive to thank for this DVD, after you point out the flawed nature of this disc lacking the Japanese language track.

The packaging has a close-up of Trunks holding up Frieza’s planet destroying energy ball. The cover is pretty much identical to the Region 1 version, apart from minor changes like the changed region globes (2 and 4), PAL format tags, Madman Entertainment emblem and the M 15+ rating sticker. I don’t find these ‘Uncut’ versions, at least on this disc, any more bloody or violent than the G TV version or the PG VHS version. The M 15+ rating means that only older fans can buy these, and that might scare off parents from buying the DVD versions for little Jimmy, heading for the ‘safer’ VHS version.

Like the majority of all Australian R4 discs, the use of a clear case means we have a double-sided cover instead of an insert. On the front side we have an ad for Androids – Invasion, below which are ads for the first three Madman released DBZ DVDs, though the Z Warrior Prepare cover is the Goku’s Ordeal one instead of the group shot actually used. Disc side features small shots of Vegeta carrying a dragon ball and Super Saiyan Goku, the seventh dragon ball under the disc’s hub and the URL for the Australian Dragonball Z site. The disc itself is the usual, dull yellow and four stars to mimic a dragon ball.

Finishing off the Trunks Saga, this disc shows us the fate of Frieza (Hi Frieza, Bye Frieza) but for the most part these episodes lay the ground work for the Androids Saga and Dragon Ball Z’s future.

After slicing and dicing Frieza and blasting King Cold with little effort, the mystery boy then sits downs and drinks soda while waiting for Goku to arrive. After the pro-longed drag-on fights on Namek, this makes quite a change, and the Z Fighters (or Earth Special Forces…freaking dub…) don’t know quite what to make him. How can he be a Super Saiyan, when only Goku, Gohan and Vegeta are the last Saiyans left? Why does he resemble Vegeta and wear Capsule Corp insignia? How can know the exact time and place that Goku will return?

But his words prove true and Goku lands close-by. The youth, named Trunks, requests a audience with Goku, and quickly retells his past/Goku’s future. Three years in the future, two Androids will appear and begin laying waste to the planet, also killing the majority of the Z-Fighters. While Goku worries about revealing secrets, Piccolo has overheard it all and tells the entire group the basics of what will come to pass, before Trunks activates his time capsule.

With Trunks returned to the future, Goku gets his turn to act as exposition boy, revealing how he escaped from Namek and a new trick he learned, the Instant Transmission. Afterwards a planing session for fighting the Androids takes place and the group splits up to begin training. Piccolo, Goku and Gohan spar against each other, Tsen trains with Chazu, Krillin with Master Roshi, Vegeta demands Dr Brief build him a 300x gravity training room, while Yamcha seems to be eyeing girls more than training hard. Whatever their methods, they have but three short years before the Androids arrive to try and change their fate.

Trunks – Prelude to Terror provides a suitable beginning for Madman’s DBZ releases, though it offers less action than the first disc, the plot points revealed will soon become very important. Pity about the lack of Japanese language track, just adequate video and lack of extra episodes mean this is probably not worth the extra $4 dollars you’d save by buying the VHS version.

English Language,Character guide,Previous Saga guide,Next Saga trailer

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: C-
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 4 - Australia / South America
Released By: Madman Entertainment
MSRP: 24.95 AU
Running time: 62
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z