Dragon Ball Z Movie 03: The Tree of Might
Dragon Ball Z Movie 03: The Tree of Might
Gohan, Krillin, Bulma, and Oolong are spending a peaceful day camping, but that night, a huge fire breaks out in the nearby forest. Using their strength, Krillin and Gohan put out the fire and save the animals. The next day, the group find the Dragon Balls using the Dragon Radar, and summon the wish-granting Eternal Dragon, Shenron, to restore the forest. Afterward, Gohan befriends a purple dragon which he and Krillin rescued from the forest’s destruction by the fire and names him Icarus (Hire Dragon in the original Japanese version). Unbeknownst to the group, the fire was started by a space probe landing. The next morning, the space probe begins scouting the area and it is soon revealed that it was sent by a Saiyan, Turles, who has chosen the Earth to plant the Tree of Might. The Tree of Might absorbs the world’s energy, storing it in its fruit, and whoever eats it is granted godlike power.
Turles’s minions land and create a fissure in the earth to plant the seed. In the Other World, King Kai recognizes the Tree of Might and warns the Z-Fighters of the Earth’s imminent devastation if they don’t destroy it immediately. The Z-Fighters head out and find the Tree of Might. They fire their energy attacks at it, but they don’t even leave a scratch on the Tree of Might. To make matters worse, Turles’s minions soon appear and a battle breaks out as their master watches on from their spaceship. The Z-Fighters attack with all they have, but it soon becomes apparent they are no match. Gohan, arriving on Icarus, also joins in to help his friends out.
Noticing Gohan in the battle, Turles learns that the young boy is a Saiyan and appears before him. After claiming his knowledge of Goku whom he calls by his real name “Kakarot”, he attempts to convince Gohan to join him and help him conquer the universe. Gohan refuses and tries to attack Turles, but he blocks his punch and prepares to kill him in a last-ditch attempt to get him to change his mind. Luckily, Piccolo intervenes and confronts Turles in an effort to save Gohan. Unfortunately, Turles tricks Piccolo into catching Gohan, before appearing behind him and blasting the mighty Namekian away, leaving Gohan at Turles’s mercy. When Turles sees Gohan’s tail grow back, he decides to have a little fun and creates an artificial moon (Power Ball), before forcing Gohan to look at it and transform into a Great Ape. Goku notices this and comes to help, only to be attacked by Gohan in his Great Ape form. Just as Gohan begins to crush Goku, Icarus appears and calms Gohan down. After seeing this, Turles shoots Icarus, causing Gohan to go into a frenzy and attack Turles. Dodging Gohan, Turles then fires a massive energy attack at Gohan, but Goku severs his tail with a Destructo Disk, returning him to normal just in time so that the attack misses him.
Enraged at Turles for treating Gohan like this, Goku quickly kills Turles’s minions and heads off to take on his foe. The two Saiyans’ one-on-one showdown begins and Goku has Turles on the ropes. However, the fruit of the Tree of Might has finally developed and Turles grabs one, taking a bite. With the sudden surge of power, Turles quickly turns the tables on Goku, but the Z-Fighters (except Gohan, who is exhausted after his Great Ape transformation) come to his aid. As they take on Turles, Goku begins to form a Spirit Bomb, but the Earth barely has any energy left. While Turles defeats the remaining Z-Fighters, Goku fires the Spirit Bomb at him, but Turles shoots an energy blast that destroys the Spirit Bomb and knocks Goku out cold.
Surprisingly, the energy from the Tree of Might suddenly flows into Goku and the Spirit Bomb is recreated. Goku confronts Turles and they both unleash their final attack. Goku’s Spirit Bomb ultimately overwhelms Turles’s attack and hits him head-on, sending him flying through the Tree of Might and destroying them both. Now that the Tree of Might is gone, the stolen energy is returned to Earth. With peace returned, the group enjoys another camping trip.