Dragon Ball Super: Broly Review – A Fight Heavy Love-Letter To Fans

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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January 19th, 2019

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast


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On January 19, 2019
Last modified:January 20, 2019

Summary:

Decades ago, audiences were blown away with the emotionally driven fights in Dragon Ball Z, and that continues with “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” that delivers a grandiose punch.


Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On January 19, 2019
Last modified:January 20, 2019

Summary:

Decades ago, audiences were blown away with the emotionally driven fights in Dragon Ball Z, and that continues with “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” that delivers a grandiose punch.

A planet destroyed, a dominant 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!

Akria Toriyama’s Dragon Ball (1984) series has been a hallmark in Japanese animation for decades, with the muscular Saiyan warriors providing hours of epic battles and even transcending into the film industry. And that continues as Japan's Toei Company releases the twentieth movie in Dragon Ball's long history, titled Dragon Ball Super: Broly which is set to reintroduce the legendary Broly to audience and canon.

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It’s hard to recommend the latest Dragon Ball film to individuals with zero knowledge of the franchise, with Dragon Ball Super: Broly feeling like a celebration of all things Akira Toriyama. With his colourful, strange and exciting characters working wonders on screen. Long-time fans of Dragon Ball will be in for a groundbreaking ride, which doesn’t hold back with compelling backstories and beautifully animated action scenes that look great in IMAX theatres.

Instead of focusing on mindless action, Dragon Ball Super: Broly surprisingly contains a considerable amount of personality-driven character development as each of the remaining Saiyans has complicated backstories. The cheerful and eagerly competitive Goku, the determined Vegeta and the gentle giant Broly. Even the first act of the film is mostly flashbacks, which delve into the history of Saiyan races and the events which lead to the destruction of their home planet.

Tatsuya Nagamine brings out the most character-driven Dragon Ball experience with an unprecedented pace which sets it apart from previous movies. It focuses on simple storytelling makes for a more streamlined adventure, which makes the otherwise bombastic action have an extra layer of tension — something which feels like a different approach to traditional anime tropes. Broly the main character here: is given tons of slow dialogue scenes in-between those gorgeous battles which surprised the hell out of me. A hulking muscle-bound warrior gets given healthy development, which feels so different from his mediocre beginning in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993).

Does it stand alone?

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No. “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” does not stand alone as it rewards fans of Goku’s adventures, which is a downfall to proceedings as newcomers will most likely be confused by all the callbacks. It’s a celebration of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball (1984) series. Prior knowledge of previous stories will make Dragon Ball Super: Broly even more exciting.

Unlike previous Dragon Ball movies which felt like standalone experiences. “Broly” feels like a conclusion to the short running “Dragon Ball Super” anime instead of its own experience. Toei Animation did a brilliant job in focusing on nostalgia instead of watering Dragon Ball down.

So homework goes a long way.

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How is the Muscular Saiyan God? Does Mr. Broly take over proceedings?

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He is a threatening cuddly bear who brings some of the best action in franchise history, as the legendary Saiyan doesn’t hold back against both childish Goku and serious the Vegeta. Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues) also delivers some outstanding voice acting as the iconic Dragon Ball character, and he has a booming voice which works wonders in cinema sound systems. Making paying extra for an IMAX screening, feel worth it in the end.

Naturally both Christopher Sabat (Dragon Ball Z) and Sean Schemmel (Dragon Ball Z) both deliver their goods, with some great comedic moments. Making good use of their savage screams during battles, that adds another layer of emotion behind each of those punches. Goku’s childish glee alone put a solid smile on my face during “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” lavish runtime.

Fans should be happy with the latest adventures with these legendary anime characters.

How anime is it? And does it change Dragon Ball forever?

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Very and Yes! “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is not afraid to embrace it’s inner anime tropes and that’s what makes it such a joyous ride for many. With Akria Toriyama’s script feeling like a love-letter to the 1990’s as the hulking villain Broly takes his shirt off and powers up. Everything in the film embraces Dragon Ball’s wacky world and great characters. Toei Animation allows Akira Toriyama to go wild.

Without question “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” know what it is, and doesn’t hold back in expressing it.

The bottom line: It’s a great celebration on all things Dragon Ball

Decades ago, audiences were blown away with the emotional driven fights in Dragon Ball Z and that continues with “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” that delivers a grandiose punch. Akria Toriyama writes which in my opinion is the best Dragon Ball film in years, which needs to be experienced in IMAX 2D. Do not skip this one.

Broly has returned. ComiConverse is looking forward to more adventures with the muscular madman.

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