Now that many Dragon Ball Super fans have the original Dragon Ball Super Anime and Tournament of Power behind them, it’s only right that Toei Animation delivers Dragon Ball’s next story arc, Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
Even the strongest of Dragon Ball fans have never heard or seen Goku’s origin story explained like this. The movie almost serves to retcon many films and scenes throughout Dragon Ball Z. Including all instances of Broly and a majority of the instances of Bardock. Dragon Ball Super: Broly provides Dragon Ball fans with the ultimate fan service. In addition to introducing fans to a young Broly and Goku. They also introduce us to a young Vegeta, Frieza, Nappa, Raditz and more. This orgin story for Broly and Goku feels much more natural. It provides more background than any Dragon Ball backstory ever has.
Broly’s backstory, while very close to the original finds Broly being banished to a uninhabitable planet by King Vegeta. Broly’s insane power level cause jealousy in the king’s heart. He didn’t want any child to surpass the power level of Prince Vegeta. Shortly after being banished, his father, Paragus quickly follows him to make sure that his son remains alive. This conveniently places him off the planet Vegeta when Freiza decides to annihilate the entire planet. With the backstory fleshing out more. Dragon Ball fans also get a first look a Goku’s mother Gine and a reimagined Bardock as they send Goku to earth.
I really enjoyed the scenes of Planet Vegeta. Getting to see more of Planet Vegeta was a welcomed touch. Up until this movie came out. Our views of Planet Vegeta and other Saiyans amounted to only a handful. My biggest gripe with this film is the massive time-lapse that happens after these flash back scenes. They’re sure to lose anyone who hasn’t been a fan of the series for years. While this is a film for the fans. A bit of information of what occurred in-between the two-time periods would help newer viewers keep up.
After the historic backdrop is set, a hilarious sub-plot between Bulma and Freiza over the Dragon Balls ensues. This paired with Freiza’s men discovering Broly and Paragus created a fun, fast paced film. You’ll notice nods to older Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z themes all throughout the film. When you notice them, they are enjoyable.
To be quite frank, I’m not the biggest fan of this version of Broly. He’s far different from the non-cannon Broly of past Dragon Ball movies. The insane villain hell-bent on destroying Goku for crying next to him as a baby will be replaced with this version. While the earlier backstory was a bit silly, made little sense and did nothing to develop the character. That Broly nonetheless felt like a real antagonist. The Broly we get here, althought exceptionally strong, could potentially join the Dragon Ball Gang and begin defending the galaxy with Goku.
The best part of Dragon Ball: Broly is the animation during the fight between Goku, Vegeta, Freiza and Broly. With various camera angles and even a view that allows you to see the fight from Broly’s eyes. Dragon Ball Super: Broly has some of the best animation we’ve seen from any Dragon Ball series or movie to date.
We also are re-introduced to a newish fusion character. Overall this is a great Dragon Ball movie It’s just beautiful to look at. Animation wise this is my favorite Dragon Ball movie to date. Although it’s plagued with issues that have plagued the Dragon Ball franchise in the past. One for certain is the stakes just not feeling high enough. While Broly is a new challenge and is extremely formidable. Viewers are seldom given the feeling that Broly is truly an enemy. You tend to ask if he’s even capable of winning against fighters as seasoned as Goku and Vegeta?
For Broly’s next appearance I’d love to see him square off against Kale as there are so many similarities between the characters. While much of the movie feels rushed and the story feels not as thought out as we’d like. I can recommend that you see Dragon Ball Super: Broly in theaters. Not only for what the movie offers now but for what’s to come.