DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY EXPLODES ON THE BIG SCREEN

Synopsis and information obtained from Rotten Tomatoes.
Edited by Ariel Landrum

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CHA-LA! HEAD-CHA-LA! Dragon Ball Super has finally returned! While the English dub of the hit anime series is still airing on Adult Swim, it has been well over a year since any new Dragon Ball Super content has been produced. While the series has ended on a happy note, the door was left wide open for more story. Thankfully, Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama, has more story to tell.

Broly begins 41 years prior to the present day on the Saiyan planet Vegeta. The Saiyan King Vegeta III exiles the unusually powerful newborn Saiyan Broly to a desolate planet for fear that he may one day overshadow the night of his own son, Vegeta IV. Broly’s father, Paragus, goes after the infant in another spaceship, but the two crash land and remain stranded on the desolate planet Vampa. Paragus vows to raise Broly into a mighty warrior and one day take his revenge on the Vegeta family.

In the present day, after the finale of the Dragon Ball Super series, we see our heroes Goku and Vegeta sparring and longing to tap even more into their hidden potential. Vegeta’s wife Bulma receives a call from their son Trunks telling them that their Dragon Balls were stolen, but they’ve traced the thieves location to the Arctic. Our heroes head to the frozen continent to find that their arch-nemesis Lord Frieza is waiting for them, and he’s brought Broly and Paragus with him, having found them on Vampa. While Goku and Vegeta are shocked at the revelation that two more Saiyans survived the cataclysm that destroyed their homeworld, Paragus makes no hesitation to unleash his son’s raw, untamed power on Vegeta.

With an original script, story, and character designs by Toriyama, Broly succeeds on a level that that none of the other Dragon Ball films have reached. The film spends the first twenty minutes tapping into the backstories of the three main characters (Goku, Vegeta, and Broly) which is something we as an audience have only heard about up until this point. The film should also be noted for completely reconstructing the character of Broly, who was previously known as a mindless brute force, and making him a sympathetic man who for many years suffered under the abuse of his vengeful father. The animation and visual effects are also astounding, with certain aspects of the fight sequences switching between 2D and 3D animation.

With top notch acting, direction, animation, and story-line, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a MUST for all fans of the franchise.

Rated: PG (for prolonged frenetic sequences of action and violence, and for language)
Director: Tatsuya Nagamine
Staring: Masako Nozawa, Aya Hisakawa, Bin Shimada, and Ryo Horikawa
Screenwriter: Akria Toriyama
Genre: Animation

Synopsis:

A planet destroyed, a powerful race reduced to nothing. After the devastation of Planet Vegeta, three Saiyans were scattered among the stars, destined for different fates. While two found a home on Earth, the third was raised with a burning desire for vengeance and developed an unbelievable power. And the time for revenge has come. Destinies collide in a battle that will shake the universe to its very core!

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