Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018 anime movie) review


Movie: “Dragon Ball Super: Broly”
Studio: Toei Company/20th Century Fox Japan
Year: 2018


As a longtime fan from the original Dragon Ball to the more recent Dragon Ball Super, I would be doing myself a disservice if I wasn’t going to watch a theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly especially since many people in the anime community were going to watch it. I didn’t want to be left out in the dark and many people had already said good things about it which made it really hyped for me.


In the distant past, Frieza becomes the king of Planet Vegeta and has the Saiyan race under his command in a conquest to take over planets. King Vegeta hopes that his son, Prince Vegeta can one day take the reigns and be the one to free his people from Frieza. At the same time, there was another kid that exceeded the power levels of young Vegeta which happened to be Broly. Broly is exiled to another planet in fears of his tremendous powers.

Years later, Bardock returns to the planet when Frieza was still in command. Frieza became paranoid upon hearing of a legend of a Super Saiyan that would one day defeat him in combat. He had an idea to exterminate the Saiyan race to stop any potential uprising. Bardock figured that it was imminent, so he sent his son, Kakarot aka Goku to a far away planet where he can grow up with a normal life. He was able to do so but was unable to stop the planet from annihilation from Frieza. The race of Saiyans are wiped out except ones that were not on that planet like Vegeta, Goku, and Broly. Broly and his father grew up in isolation hoping to one day get their revenge on Vegeta training daily.

Fast forward towards what happens after Dragon Ball Super and life is peaceful until Frieza’s henchmen find the Dragon Balls. Goku and Vegeta must team up to stop Frieza but Frieza has plans of his own and recruits a very angry Broly to his side.  Earth once again is in danger.


What really made this movie very special was that it was canon to the Dragon Ball Super story line. Broly also became part of the timeline of the entire story as some of the events take place before and after Super.

The action scenes were fun and fantastic and the movie theater environment justified going especially where some of the fights take place.  The visuals were also stunning.


If you were going to watch the movie for a full out nostalgic feeling hoping to get the entire cast, forget it. No Krillin, Master Roshi, Gohan, or a lot of the most beloved characters were going to appear in this movie which definitely would hinder the casual fans’ experience. There wasn’t much of the classic music like “Head Cha La” and a small taste wasn’t enough.


I did watch this movie dubbed which may have altered my experience as I’m used to watching it in Japanese, but English was the only version available. Watching it dubbed also changed a lot of the characters’ dialog and personality, so I’ll eventually have to watch it again to get a better sense.

The movie was good, but it wasn’t as amazing as everyone on social media made it seem. I felt like it was over hyped.

Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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