Monday, December 29, 2014

Film Review: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)

Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (Review)
Japan/1993
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...my favorite Dragon Ball Z movie ever."

King Kai senses a powerful and destructive force causing havoc in the South Galaxy. Fearing the North Galaxy will be next, King Kai contacts Goku to investigate and neutralize the threat...

Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan follows Goku as he tracks the powerful force. Meanwhile, Vegeta is contacted by another Saiyan, Paragus, who claims to have created a New Planet Vegeta for the prince. However, Vegeta must first face the “Legendary Super Saiyan” who is destroying the South Galaxy. Joined by others, including Trunks and Gohan, Vegeta travels to the New Planet Vegeta, and eventually they'll cross paths with Goku. Together, they face a Super Saiyan who was born with a power level of 10,000. The final battle is epic, and the ending is great – the ending is a little abrupt, especially considering some of the wording, but it's great.

I probably should have said this early on in the review, but this is for those more familiar with the Dragon Ball Z universe; in other words, I really can't explain every little detail, or this review or it would be over a thousand words long. I apologize if you don't recognize the names or the references. Anyway, this is my favorite Dragon Ball Z movie ever. (note: I had not seen Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, as of this writing.) I've watched this film dozens of times, and love it every single viewing.

It has the characters we know and love. More importantly, it introduces an iconic villain – the bad-ass character Broly, who has been my personal favorite in the DBZ universe. It has an ominous buildup for the Legendary Super Saiyan – very effective for those who don't know what they're getting into. And, it has an amazing action climax – most of the second half of the film is pure, explosive action! The only issue I had with the film is its contrived and convenient story (a lot of the plot points are way too convenient). Otherwise, I really don't have a lot complaints for this film – especially major complaints, nothing negative really sticks out.

The Blu-ray version of this film, which features the entire trilogy, has both an English and Japanese dub. Although I usually watch all of my anime in the original dub, I tend to watch Dragon Ball Z in English more often. (I suppose it's the nostalgia.) And, I think it's a great dub; the English voice actors perform very well. The soundtracks also differ between versions, it has the original and a rock version – again, I like both. The animation and character design is also great, I am a fan of Akira Toriyama's work. Director Shigeyasu Yamauchi does well in crafting a consistent and epic action movie; the screenplay by Takao Koyama and story by Akira Toriyama are also great, although a bit convenient.

Overall, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan is a fantastic anime film for fans of the series. It may be a bit difficult for those unfamiliar with the series to jump straight into this film, but it is a very satisfying action movie if you can. Not only does the film engage with an interesting story and a lively cast of characters, it also introduces an amazing villain – the villain you love to hate. This review may stink from nostalgia, but I can't help but write what I feel.

Score: 9/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood.

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