Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013 anime movie review)


Movie: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Studio: Toei Animation
Year: 2013


Back in 2013, it was presumed that the Dragon Ball Z series was done since it’s been finished for years even with the Kai series resurrecting the DBZ franchise. When it was announced that a new movie was in the works, it was a must to go watch it just to have that nostalgic feeling back once again for one of the most successful anime series in history.


After a long sleep, Whis wakes up Beerus, The God of Destruction, to notify him that a Saiyan named Goku had defeated Frieza which brought excitement to a potential new challenger. Beerus longed for a strong and worthy challenger, so he went on a quest to seek out his next opponent. Goku not only has to go into combat mode to improve as a martial artist, but he now has to potentially defend the planet once again.


It was great to see the DBZ characters and fights once again. It brought me back to childhood when I wanted to be like Goku and Vegeta. The Dragon Ball Z Kai series never did it for me and many people like myself longed for something new, not a rehash.

Not only did we get that nostalgic feeling, but we get new things like the new characters Whis and Beerus. We also get new transformations as there’s now a “God” mode for the Saiyans to achieve. We got fan service that was new and old.


There weren’t too many negative things as the movie definitely caters to all kinds of fans from hardcore ones to the casual ones. It catered to longtime fans to brand new ones. No matter what kind of fan you are, you can easily get the story line.


Turns out that this movie would kick off a new series called Dragon Ball Super and that the movie would be canon to the series taking part in the first story arc. In the past, the movies have always been a side story and never involved with the story lines.

Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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