(This is Dragon Ball Super: Broly film review, which is a Japanese animated film based on the mega popular Dragon Ball franchise)
Dragon Ball can be considered one of the classics in Japanese animation that remains popular to this day. And Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the symbol of its longevity since the series was created decades ago. Now, the film brought back one of the most iconic antagonists in the series but with a different interpretation.
The film was directed by Tatsuya Nagamine, who has directed many famous anime series such as One Piece. This film is also the third time Akira Toriyama is involved directly with the film production, and is the first Dragon Ball Super movie series.
Without further ado, let’s delve fast into the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film review below!
The film revisits the history of Dragon Ball and shows the coming of Broly which is different from the previous films that depicted him. Here, Broly is shown to be a kid with unlimited potential that has been banished to a distant planet, due to the fear of him going rogue.
With only his dad accompanying him, young Broly has to survive in the tough planet through any means necessary. Years later, when a help arrive from Frieza, Broly and his dad are summoned to Earth to fight the remaining Saiyans. Could Goku and Vegeta manage to defend Earth from this biggest threat yet again?
Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film Review
The story is actually pretty simple and has not much complex storyline. It essentially is a remake sort of for Broly character, but with more focus on his history. We are shown his unlimited power potential as well as the history of Planet Saiyan being destroyed by Frieza. And his connection to Goku and Vegeta are not as strong compared to the previous iteration.
The story basically revolves around Broly being manipulated by his Dad to fight with Goku and Vegeta. He has no reason for doing so, but as Broly is easy to be controlled, Frieza decides to let them fight. So the story involve fighting for 90% of the time.
For those wishing for it to have a deeper story, you will be disappointed. But for those who want to watch a cool cinematic Dragon Ball-standard trademark fights, then this film won’t disappoint. Brownie points go to the appearance of Goku’s dad and his heroic action in the beginning.
The pacing is pretty good when the film does not take its time explaining the history behind the Dragon Ball universe. As this film is aimed at fans, it already assumes we already know most of them anyway. So, it still manages to give some crucial information but skips out most of the less important parts.
This makes the film focus straight away on the fights between Broly and our famous heroes. And here, the pacing and animation are one of the best I have seen in an anime film. Imagine watching a fight that lasts as long as 45 mins non-stop. Normally, we would be bored straight away, but Dragon Ball fight has that magical ability to retain our attention with its trademark fast action and bright coloured lasers KAMEHAMEHA.
The animation is very top notch in showing the intensity, strength and force of the fights. Only a few of the elements are 3D computer generated, while the essential ones are still faithfully hand-drawn. The fights are wicked with teleportation and the character power transformation are shown clearly with much needed visual bang! Overall, this is one hell of a great animated fight that shows why Dragon Ball popularity never dies out.
Also, the pacing is filled with some genuine comedic scenes that only Dragon Ball characters could act out, so more brownie points to this!
The character Broly has a more reasonable changes compared to his previous iteration. Now, he has a reason to be angry as he is banished from his homeland for being too powerful, even as a kid. Broly’s early childhood allows us to view him from a different perspective.
I like how we are shown that Broly is actually a kind guy inside but is being forced by his Dad to become ruthless. Added to the fact that his unlimited power basically makes him unstable, now he has become a character that is more imperfect, and thus is easier for us to sympathise with him. No longer is he a bad guy in and out, but a living Saiyanman with feelings.
In fact, this film is made for the fans only
However, do not expect many growth development in the characters. That goes for Goku, Vegeta and Frieza as they are basically only here to fight Broly. In fact, this film is made for the fans only, so the creators already assume that all viewers already know their personalities and characters well enough.
The soundtrack is a remix of old anime openings and some new ones that sound like a tournament fight with Broly and Goku names being mentioned. But aside from that, they all make the fighting scenes look so cool and badass! I have to praise the sound effects for making the fight even more intense and powerful, with each blow and crashes creating the ultimate fight watching experience!