Reviewed by Colton Bird
Christopher Sabat – Vegeta, Gogeta, Piccolo, Shenron, King Vegeta
Sean Schemmel – Goku, Gogeta
Vic Mignogna – Broly
Chris Ayres – Frieza
*All listed are the American voice actors.
By blending 3D animation of the newer Dragonball Super action scenes and the 2D detail drawing from the Dragonball Z, Dragonball Super Broly shows off both art styles in the best ways possible. From the new character designs to the intense action scenes are more than enough to bring any fan to the film and love them.
The music is fitting for every scene it’s in, but most importantly the theme is in the film.
Spoiler- Free Review:
As a new threat appears the Goku and Vegeta the two must rise and save their planet.
Roughly 40 years before the events of the movie, the Saiyan homeworld, Planet Vegeta, is under the rule of King Cold, who arrives on the planet to publicly pass command over the Saiyans to his son Frieza. As frieza’s frist degree brings scouters to the Saiyans to read power levels more efficiently. Seeing that the meeting is under watch, Frieza takes out several saiyan watch towers.
The Saiyan King Vegeta pridefully perceives his son Prince Vegeta as a prodigy destined to liberate the Saiyan race. King Vegeta learns that a Saiyan baby named Broly has an abnormal power level greater than that of his son, so he exiles Broly to a distant planet called Vampa. Broly’s father, Paragus approaches King Vegeta demanding to know what is being done with his son. As King Vegeta explains that Broly has been exiled and that he should be happy that he didn’t excute him, Paragus jumps from the throne room and goes after his son, but the two of them are stranded on Vampa after their ships are damaged. Paragus vows to raise Broly as a mighty warrior to exact revenge on King Vegeta.
A few years later, Frieza calls for all Saiyans to return to Planet Vegeta, and a Saiyan low-class warrior named Bardock becomes suspicious of Frieza’s orders. Walking through his village , being greeted by everyone meets his wife Gine, the first time we ever see Goku’s mother on screen. Bardock and Gine decide to send Kakarot, later called Goku, to Planet Earth. His suspicions are confirmed when Frieza destroys Planet Vegeta after hearing about the legend of the Super Saiyan which could defeat him. All the Saiyans besides Broly and Paragus, Goku, Vegeta with his comrades Nappa and Raditz (Goku’s older brother), and Vegeta’s brother Tarble, die in the cataclysm.
In the present, Goku and Vegeta are training on an island with Bulma, her daughter Bulla, Beerus and Whis. Goku and Vegeta are intensely training coming to blows with each other, when Trunks contacts Bulma to inform her that six of the Dragon Balls have been stolen by beings that are wearing Frieza soldier armor. Frieza’s soldiers. Goku, Vegeta, Bulma and Whis travel to the Arctic to find the seventh Dragon Ball before Frieza can get it. Meanwhile, Broly and Paragus are discovered on Planet Vampa and are rescued by Cheelai and Lemo, low-class soldiers from Frieza’s forces who were searching for recruits. They bring the pair back to Frieza, who recruits them to help him defeat Goku and Vegeta. While in a mess hall, Broly stands up for Cheelai as she is harassed by another soldier, and as Broly begins to lose control it is revealed that the necklace he is wearing is basically a shock collarused to bring him back under control. The two groups come face-to-face in the Arctic, where Paragus orders Broly to attack Vegeta. As Broly fights Vegeta we see that Broly learns as he fights and his power level continuously grows, even coming to blows with Super Saiyan God Vegeta. Wanting to fight Goku takes his turn with Broly only to be matched with him up to his Super Saiyan God form, but he’s outmatched when Goku powers up to Super Saiyan Blue. Frieza has an idea and murders Paragus, and Broly’s rage over his father’s death causes him to transform into a Super Saiyan. He overwhelms Goku and Vegeta with his new power, so they trick him into attacking Frieza instead and then teleport to Piccolo’s location. Goku and Piccolo teach Vegeta how to use the Fusion Dance technique; after two failed attempts, Goku and Vegeta successfully fuse together into Gogeta and teleport back to the battlefield. Gogeta defeats Broly and is about to obliterate him with a powerful Kamehameha, but Cheelai and Lemo, who had formed a friendship with Broly, use the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron and use their wish to transport Broly back to Vampa at the last moment, saving his life. Frieza retreats, promising to return another time. Goku meets with Broly, Cheelai and Lemo on Vampa, wishing to be friends, and finally accepts his Saiyan heritage and name.
This film is a must see for every Dragonball fan! With the retconning of the Bardock story and elaboration of the Saiyan backstory, this film proves all that doubted and disliked the idea of it. With action bright and flashy, reminiscent of its Dragonball Z days, should be enough to make any fan smile.