It’s been four years since the franchise Dragon Ball last came out with a theatrical release. That movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, reset the franchises future with the original creator coming back to the helm. Akira Toriyama is back as the character creator and writer of the screenplay and series. Resurrection F would send us into the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Toriyama decides to follow up with the Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie that released for one day January 16, 2019.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the movie that redeems some Planet Vegeta lore and mainly the character Broly. The one hour and 40-minute movie is directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, who worked on: One Piece: Heart of Gold, One Piece Film Z, and Digimon: The Movie. His resume speaks for itself in the anime industry.
Toriyama coming back allows him to reconstruct the back story of Broly and his father (Paragus) while on Planet Vegeta. There are many key things we learned about King Vegeta, Prince Vegeta, King Cold, Frieza, Raditz, baby Goku, and Goku’s parents Bardock and Gine. Thank you Toriyama for making all this better and make perfect sense. The story overall is very complete, well-paced, with so many hidden gems you must see for yourself.
In the U.S. dubbed version many of the original voice actors come back for another round. Monica Rial (Bulma), Chris Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo, King Vegeta, Shenron, Gogeta), Sean Schemmel (Goku, Gogeta), and more. Vic Mignogna, a good friend of ours, reprises his role of Broly. This time around Broly talks and it makes him more relatable instead of just a headcase monster. He screams and powers up a lot less too. It’s the best Broly we will ever see.
The main fight is most of the movie and it’s some of the best Dragon Ball fighting I’ve ever seen. It’s quick, fluid, with quick power ups, quick blasts, and actual combinations. Gogeta makes his second appearance ever whom is created by Goku and Vegeta doing the fusion dance. He talks and is brilliant in the movie with his own personality. Seeing him in blue form with 30 minutes on the clock is enough time to take out anyone.
There are a ton of production teams on this project. The companies are: Toei, Fox International Productions, Shueisha, Fuji Television Network, Toei Animation, Bandai, and Bandai Namco Entertainment. It shows all throughout the movie as the animation changes many times. A lot of anime titles are doing this for big fight scenes. It shows that Toriyama is at the top of his craft. As of Jan. 17 the U.S. release grossed $10.4 million and worldwide release $67.6 million. This doesn’t include the one billion dollars grossed solely in Japan. I’m not sure how you can see it, but you must get this one and watch.
Here at Anime Pad we give Dragon Ball Super: Broly
There were some key things I noticed in the fight. Rage has always been the key to a Super Saiyan transformation. In Vegeta’s first seen anime transformation to God Mode, we see him calm his spirit to transform. It’s almost as if he channeled his spirit into a God Form resulting in a physical form. I had to keep from yelling out in my seat as it was awesome to see.
In this film Goku returns to more of his Dragon Ball fighting style. His style with Master Roshi as a kid, he even throws in some Kung Fu. At a point in the film Goku transforms into God Mode and tries to contain Broly with his spirit. It seems as a God that it’s possible to control other Saiyans on lower levels. Broly eventually powers through and sort of absorbs Goku’s God chi throws it back at him. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen Goku really get thrashed in a way that was believable. Goku also uses a sort of Rasengan, which is the main jutsu of Naruto from the anime Naruto. He uses it on Broly a couple of times with no results.
Now, at one point, Goku is done messing around and decides to go Blue. Between his transformation between God and Blue, for a second we see him in Ultra Instinct. My speculation on that is that you must have the perfect balance of Rage and Calmed Chi to obtain Ultra Instinct. Goku’s already relaxed nature and simpleness makes it easier to obtain; than Vegeta whom is more uptight and easily enraged.
If you’ve read this far you might notice that Bandai Namco Entertainment is on the production list. This is because during the last parts of the fight between Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta and Broly things get wild. At one point they seem to break the dimension entering the 3D-4D realm. The animation at this point is almost purely like watching a match on the game Dragon Ball FighterZ. It really adds a great touch to the movie. Then they transition back to a 2D realm and finish the fight.
Kid Vegeta on another planet before Planet Vegeta blew up, tells us that he has a couple of other brothers. I wonder if this will ever play out some way in Toriyama’s future series? Finally, and lastly Broly is beaten and sent back to the uninhabited planet with is new girlfriend and pal. Goku instant transmits to him and sets him up with a nice home, food, and clothing. This of course is all courtesy of Capsule Corps., and the great Bulma. Before leaving Goku says can I see you again and train with you Broly obliges.
What’s up Toriyama’s sleeves for this open ending with Broly being back in his right mind and possible friends with Goku? We’d like to thank Marcus Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 for having us out. Check out coverage of our hosting event on our YouTube Express Team Wave.