Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is much the much awaited cinematic return of every 90s kid’s favorite anime franchise. The return of Broly is also highly anticipated as he proved to be an extremely popular character. This time, the franchise has been able to reach new heights by telling a story that seems modern but also has a touch of nostalgia to it.
The highlight of this movie is the much awaited, canon appearance of Broly! Fans first met Broly in 1993 movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan. This movies expands more on the backstory of Broly and explores the context of the animosity between him and his fellow Saiyans Goku and Vegeta.
The movie goes into details about the relationship between Broly and his father as well as the parental relationship of Goku and Vegeta to explain how and why these 3 characters left Planet Vegeta.
This Dragon Ball Super has the one and only Akira Toriyama on board and this gives it the quintessential Dragon Ball feel in terms of the classic visual style and witty use of humor, which successfully captures nostalgia while presenting new themes.
The story of Broly and his father Paragus seems to have drawn some inspiration from the father-son relationship you could see in a Japanese family. Similar to how a parent believes it is in the best interest of their child to study hard and shun entertainment, Broly’s father forced him to train like a Spartan warrior so that he may be used to exact revenge on King Vegeta.
While the film remains nostalgic, new themes such as the father-son relationships between our characters can make this film resonate with the original fans who have now grown up and will soon experience these relationships of their own or even new and younger fans still experiencing it.
Another interesting commentary the film makes is that of Goku’s father Bardock, a man who is a brave and imposing warrior has been retconned here as a someone who places the welfare of his family above all else, while this may be odd it interesting to see Toriyama and his team make the necessary changes to ensure the film feels modern.
Dragon Ball Supper: Broly features important themes such as passing the baton to the new generation and the bond between parent and child. These themes have seen a rise in popularity during recent times and this approach makes the story relatable on an emotional level.
You might wonder why the franchise has opted for a slimmer roster of characters than usual and it comes to down to the fact that the story focuses largely on the history of Goku, Vegeta, and Broly, this will allow them to delve into the history of the characters and improve the storytelling! Broly appropriately balances this great action with the comic relief fans of Dragon Ball have come to know in Super.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly delivers in terms of awesome action, but more than that, it uses the fathers of Goku, Vegeta, and Broly to link back to the late-1980s and the early-1990s heyday of the series to add a relatable and thoughtful subtext. It’s a humorous movie that bounds into the world of imagination and is gripping to the end.