Dragon Ball Super: Broly – My Review!

A planet destroyed, a powerful race reduced to nothing. After the devastation of Planet Vegeta, three Saiyans were scattered among the stars, destined for different fates. While two found a home on Earth, the third was raised with a burning desire for vengeance and developed an unbelievable power. And the time for revenge has come. Destinies collide in a battle that will shake the universe to its very core! Goku is back to training hard so he can face the most powerful foes the universes have to offer, and Vegeta is keeping up right beside him. But when they suddenly find themselves against an unknown Saiyan, they discover a terrible, destructive force.

So this is the first Dragon Ball Super Movie and I was so excited for it! Even though it was the fourth Broly movie in the Dragon Ball Franchise. I really enjoyed this movie! As many of you may know, I am a very big Dragon Ball fan and I was very excited for more Dragon Ball content since the end of Dragon Ball Super. So if you are ready, let’s get into my review of Dragon Ball Super Broly!!

While fans know of Goku’s origin story, we’ve only seen parts of it and not the full version of what happened to the Saiyans. This is where this new movie starts off, by not only introducing us to the mighty power of Frieza but also three very important Saiyan children; Prince Vegeta, Broly, and Kakarot (mainly known as Goku).

Due to Broly’s insane power level, King Vegeta banishes Broly to a faraway planet where his survival would have been slim to none. His father, Paragus, believes that King Vegeta did this out of jealousy, as Broly’s power level was far greater than King Vegeta’s son. Either way, Paragus rushes off to save his son and just in time to avoid Frieza’s destruction of planet Vegeta.

Just prior to this we also get to see more of Goku’s father, Bardock figuring out that  Frieza’s paranoia surrounding the legend of the Super Saiyan. It’s here we actually get something previously only shown in the manga, that of Bardock and his wife Gine sending the young Goku away to Earth.

In any case, it’s not long until we are re-introduced to Broly and Paragus on their planet, where Cheelai and Lemo from the Frieza Force rescue them and bring them back to the reincarnated Frieza.

We also have a sub-plot of stolen Dragon Balls, with both Bulma and Frieza having comedically insane reasons for wanting them but the return of Broly and Paragus takes Frieza’s attention and it is here we get to this movie’s big set piece.

Before I get to that though, this version of Broly is quite different from the original version, who was just an insane villain. This iteration is far more sympathetic and innocent and simply exploited by an abusive father desperate for his revenge on King Vegeta.

Naturally, Frieza wants Broly to fight Vegeta and Goku and this battle takes up a large portion of the movie and it is very impressive throughout. Considering that Dragon Ball as a franchise is one of the most successful in the world, it makes sense that for a movie like this there would be a serious production budget behind it.

Put simply, if you thought the animation in One-Punch Man was impressive, then the fight between Goku, Vegeta, and Broly is something else entirely.

It’s difficult to break it down but this battle is both epic and excessive in equal measure. One particular part did stand out though, which was near the start of the fight with Goku and Broly, and you see the fight from Broly’s viewpoint. That makes you feel and understand what it is like to be a Saiyan, albeit briefly, and that was incredible to watch.

Obviously, I don’t want to spoil too much, suffice to say that Goku and Vegeta need to perform a rather funny Fusion Dance to become Gogeta to fight Broly on equal terms. Which still amazes me because in every one of the Broly movies it just took a normal Super Saiyan to defeat him, but you know, power scaling and such.

The finale involves Shenron intervening and leaving this new story arc open to some interesting developments. After all, Akira Toriyama was more involved in this movie’s story and has set up Broly to be something different, interesting and new from his original counterpart.

The movie also retains much of Toriyama’s warmth when it comes to characterization, especially with Broly and Goku, not to mention Lemo and Cheelia. I also really liked how it treated the Saiyans as the original bad guys of Universe 7, as that is something that Goku’s upbeat and generally kind demeanor hides somewhat.

Overall, this is a fantastic Dragon Ball movie and one that fans of the series will clearly enjoy. Not only is it visually sumptuous, with a great art style but also sets up some interesting new story points surrounding what Broly actually is and what that means for Goku and Vegeta. My only advice is that you need to see this in the theater, as when the Saiyans finally start their epic battle you definitely want to experience that on the big screen.

Today’s question is, would/have you seen this movie yet and what are your thoughts on it and if you didn’t watch it, why?

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read this post, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to have a great day!

-Alex

 

 

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