Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly [Review]

“The theme for this remarkable new film will be “Saiyan”, the strongest race in the universe. Since “Battle of the Gods”, Gokuu has undergone new forms from Super Saiyan God to Super Saiyan Blue to other evolved forms that have gone up against many invincible warriors from multiple universes. This new story will focus on the origin of the Saiyans’ strength and what it means to be Saiyan.” -Official Site

Dragon Ball is, needless to say, is famous for its high-intensity fighting. And while its story is entertaining it follows the Shounen Formula: the appearance of powerful enemy, training, epic battle, rinse and repeat. Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly is through and through Dragon Ball to its core. The fight scene with Broly took up about half of the movie, the rest was the origin story of our favorite Saiyans, Broly included!
Artwork & Animation:
The art and animation were on a whole other level and tied with the incredible cinematography the fight scene was legendary. The quick cuts during the Broly fight from an outside perspective to a first-person perspective through Broly’s eyes was slick! Most of the movie was traditional drawn animation but there were some scenes in the Broly fight where the art switch from the traditional 2D to more 3D and CGI based animation, was disorienting. Regardless, the fight scene was impeccable and well worth the wait!
The origin story of Broly, Goku, and Vegeta also introduced us to a set of new characters, their parents! While their screen time wasn’t long, it was a great development for the overarching story in the Dragon Ball Universe. Broly is the main focus of the show and it was interesting to see how his origin would play out throughout the show.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
I went and watched the English dubbed version of the movie and it was great, no complaints from me. The soundtrack, as you may already expect, is comprised of powerful orchestral pieces all for the Broly fight scene. My favorite part was the chanting that was part of the music, gave it a somewhat barbaric feel and intensity as the fighters clobbered each other senseless, but the best part was the words they were chanting! “GOKU GOKU, BROLY BROLY!!!!!!!,” while it did break the immersion of the movie, I still enjoyed every bit of it.
There wasn’t a chance of me missing a Dragon Ball movie in theaters and I got a ticket as soon as I could! But as I’m extremely behind on anime in general, I’ve yet to be able to watch any of the newer Dragon Ball (ex. Dragon Ball Super), so some of the material in the movie went over my head. But I honestly enjoyed the entire movie, the back story for Goku, Vegeta, and Broly was really engaging and now I understand where Vegeta gets his pride from. And of the course the animation and fight scene had me holding my breath the entire time!
Overall: Score 9
Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly was a spiritual journey through the origin story of Broly, Goku, and Vegeta. You won’t want to miss this movie with its stellar and flashy fight scenes!
Best Girl: Gine

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