Knowing that there are increasingly powerful forces in the universe that he has yet to encounter, Goku spends all of his time training to achieve even greater strength. But, one fateful day a mysterious new Saiyan appears before Goku and Vegeta: Broly. How can a Saiyan—a member of the proud warrior race that was completely annihilated after the destruction of Planet Vegeta—appear here on Earth? With Frieza’s return from hell, a fierce battle awaits the three mighty Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is an anime film directed by Tatsuya Nagamine and written by Akira Toriyama.
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Broly’s Super Return!
In all my years of being a Dragon Ball fan, you were to ask me who is the most popular Dragon Ball Z movie villain, I would say it’s a tie between the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly and Frieza’s older brother Cooler. Broly is a real popular antagonist in Dragon Ball among the community. He appeared in most of the video games from the earliest titles like Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 and Dragon Ball Z Sagas to recent titles like Dragon Ball FighterZ and the Xenoverse games. It didn’t matter if Broly was noncanon, he was loved by everyone. However, in 2018, with the series Dragon Ball Super ending, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama stepped up again and announced another new movie. In a teaser, we see Dragon Ball Super in a whole new design designed by Naohiro Shintani and we see Goku preparing himself to fight against a Saiyan enemy. Some didn’t know who was the antagonist and some thought it was Bardock, Goku’s father, or a Saiyan named Yamoshi, the first Saiyan to become the Super Saiyan God.
Also going on around 2018, Funimation and Toei Animation was re-releasing classic Dragon Ball Z movies in limited screenings which was Fusion Reborn, Bardock: The Father of Goku and Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan. Funimation and Toei confirmed that the new villain was Broly and this Broly was redesiged by Akira Toriyama himself and will be part of the canon story.
Everyone was excited because this means if Toriyama was involved with this movie, it means Broly will finally be canon. Also becoming canon was the fusion character named Gogeta (a warrior fused by Goku and Vegeta through the dance ritual). Broly’s father Paragus was coming back and Goku’s parents Bardock and Gine appeared this movie. Overall, Toriyama also retcon of the Sayian history and it revealed more about King Vegeta and Bardock. With Broly coming back, this also meant the veteran voice actor Vic Migogna was happy to return to this screaming violent Saiyan. In this review, I am going to talk about my opinion on this movie and inform you if this Broly was either better or worse than the classic Broly.
Before we begin, I am going to be blunt with you. I am not going to bring in the Vic Migogna controversy. I am not going to talk about my position and where I stand. This overall post is going to be all the anime review. If you’re going to comment, please don’t bring up comments in regards to #IStandWithVic or #KickVic . Keep it to yourself.
Story – The origin story of the Saiyans and the clash of three Saiyans
The beginning of the movie gives us a prologue story about the citizens of Planet Vegeta and how did the Saiyans was annihilated. Born in the same day, King Vegeta’s son Vegeta rests along with another baby Saiyan named Broly. After seeing Broly’s power level go above his own son, he gets disgusted after hearing the idea that someone could be stronger than his son and decides to send Broly to a distant and hostile planet called Vaspa. After hearing that King Vegeta disposed Broly, Paragus, the father of Broly, betrays the king and seeks out to find Broly and raise to be a warrior. Meanwhile, Bardock, the father of Kakarot also known as Goku, suspects something Frieza is plotting something malicious sends out to save his son Kakarot. With a tough goodbye, Bardock and his wife Gine sends Goku to Earth where he can be safe.
Fast forward in time, taking place after the events of Dragon Ball Super, after the Tournament of Power, Goku and Vegeta train hard while also enjoying some R&R with Bulma, Beerus and Whis. In the lone galaxy, Frieza is collecting the Dragon Balls with his remaining soldiers of the Frieza Force; Frieza steals the Dragon Balls from Bulma. In the Frieza Force, we have the new recruit, Cheelai and her partner Lemo on a mission and during their mission, they come across Broly and Paragus. When Frieza finds out about these two Saiyans, he hears that Paragus wants revenge against King Vegeta and wants to Vegeta to die by the hands of Broly. Goku and Vegeta vacation comes in a abrupt end when they see that Frieza is back on Earth with his new allies Paragus and Broly. The main event of the story is when Paragus sends out Broly to kill Vegeta and then also Goku.
Overall Review – An Epic Saiyan Showdown
After seeing this movie many times, I want to say that this movie was epic! First of all, the animation was surprisingly good. I remember watching the trailers and at first, I was bit skeptical on how they were planning to do this movie. Later on, I accepted the animation because personally, it felt like it was trying to lean more to the manga designs. I really like the history behind the Saiyans and the connection with them with Frieza. Unlike the DBZ movie Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan, I like the concept and revised character development of Broly. In DBZ Broly, Broly was character fueled with hate and destruction all because he was born in the same day as Goku and his constant crying tormented Broly. This led to Paragus using his son’s violent behavior to craft him into a killing machine with a soul purpose of killing Goku and everything he holds dear. In DBS Broly, Broly is actually different and his character is a huge improvement thanks to Toriyama. Broly, in this movie, was like Tarzan where he was raised in wild by himself and had to learn how to fight. When he meets people that cares about him, he appears confused and has the innocence of a child. Having Broly appear as innocent as child than having him like a Hulk was surprisingly good. Voice actor Vic Migogna once again nails it as Broly and I think like both his raging voice and calm voice. Speaking of characters, I really like Cheelai. Toriyama really knows how to create cute and tough girls. The fight scenes with Broly facing against warriors Goku and Vegeta was amazing. I like the teamwork on how they both tried to tackle down the raging Broly. The fighting style of Goku and Vegeta were different when facing Broly. Vegeta wanted to destroy Broly, but Goku wanted to defeat him and give him a second chance believing he’s not all evil. Seeing Goku and Vegeta work together reminded me of the episodes where they fought Black and Zamasu. The music in this music got me pumping with excitement. When you pay attention to fight moments like Gogeta vs Broly, you can hear the chants such as “GOGETA” or “BROLY”. To be honest, I thought it was entertaining and kind of funny. In my head, I was actually chanting Broly’s name.
Despite this movie being entertaining, it may not appeal to all fans. In regards to the chanting, I hear some people find it distracting and really turns off people. The movie does start off slow because the beginning of the movie talks about the Saiyan’s past and the epic fight comes in the middle of the movie. Even learning about Broly adds on to the delay of the fight. This movie does take place after the anime of Dragon Ball Super so unless you already finished watching the anime, you are going to get spoiled. The main focus on the movie is mostly going to be whoever was mentioned in the trailers such as Goku, Vegeta and Broly. If you were expecting people Yamcha, Gohan or any of Goku’s friends or even someone from one of the universes, get ready to be disappointed. The main cast of the movie is small. The retcon story of Bardock may not appeal to most fans especially if you remember watching the classic anime movie Bardock: The Father of Goku. I like him, but I am too accustomed to the DBZ version where he had visions of the future and took on Frieza’s minions alone.
Is Dragon Ball Super: Broly worth watching? I have to say, yes if you are a hardcore Dragon Ball fan. The movie has rich animation and music and the movie brings in some delicious fanservice. We get an epic fight with the popular Saiyans Goku, Vegeta and Broly. Broly is now canon and his new character development adds a new, but similar twist to the Dragon Ball universe. The new characters Cheelai and Lemo offers some funny and tender moments and gives Broly a new appeal for the fans. Frieza in this movie was actually surprisingly funny and when you watch the movie, you will find out why he wants the Dragon Balls. The only big complaints I could think about that people might not like is that it does take place after Dragon Ball Super and revising the backstory of Bardock. Dragon Ball Super is finished but the anime consists approximately 130 episodes and unless you don’t mind spoilers, you are going to have watch the anime first before jumping into the movie more specifically the last arc of the anime The Tournament of Power. Bardock’s character is different and it leans more to the manga chapter Dragon Ball Minus. He is more caring for Goku and his family. This movie gives Broly another chance on the big screen and gives us fight worth seeing more than once.
What did you think about the movie? Comment down below. I want to eventually write a spoiler review so I can go into details.