April 6-7, 2024
Dragon Ball Super: Broly opens in Australian cinemas this Thursday, and although it may have already aired in Japan and the US, those of us who’ve chosen to avoid spoilers and want to go into it with fresh eyes have a lot to look forward to, especially judging by the impressions coming from overseas.
So, with no spoilers, here’s a little bit more info and speculation to build your excitement for the big day, including a few words from the Prince of all Saiyans himself, Supa-Star alumnus Chris Sabat!
Theories about this film have been abundant since its first trailer, and a lot of what we’ve seen has hinted at the history of the Saiyans being a big part of the movie, particularly focusing on the “three destinies” of the legendary Saiyans, referring to Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. With Tatsuya Nagamine directing, who handled One Piece Film Z, we can safely expect a really personal story about the three warriors growing up, enduring their own hardships, and finally coming to their fated final showdown.
Fans have wanted to see more of the Saiyans’ history ever since they were introduced in Z, and Chris Sabat (voice actor) is no exception.
“These are the things on what I want to see… some good backstory about Goku and Vegeta, some Saiyan legacy stuff. I’m interested in the Akira Toriyama backstory on Broly and what he thinks is the real story,” Sabat said.
“Real story” obviously referring to the new canon version of Broly and Bardock’s backstories. We previously saw these stories in earlier DBZ movies, with varying levels of canon-inity(?). Broly’s movie was never canon, however Toriyama liked the Bardock special so much he incorporated elements of it into the official canon. That was, of course, until it was retconned in the short Dragon Ball Minus manga, which is what the backstory in the movie is based on.
Frieza is also back after the events of Dragon Ball Super, no doubt planning something nefarious as usual, but we’ll have to wait and see what his ultimate goal is. Regardless of whether the story goes as hard as we’re hoping for, the narrative has never exactly been the main feature of DBZ, we’re here for the brawls! DBZ has always been about big brawls, but sometimes, and let’s be honest for a second, the fights don’t always hold up as well as we imagined in our heads. Well, forget that, because this is the glow up fans have been waiting for.
If all else about the movie fails, what we know for certain, is that it will look incredible. Take it from Sabat himself, “…all I can say is, that it is absolutely stunning. It is so, so stunning. It is what you want from a Dragon Ball film. It’s gonna blow your freaking minds!”
An endorsement from the man who’s been with this franchise since the beginning of the anime is golden to us. He has stood in the booth and watched some pretty immaculately animated scenes over his legendary career as a voice actor, he knows what he’s talkin’ ‘bout, not to mention we’ve got confirmed cuts of the movie from the DBS fight god himself, the man responsible for Goku vs. Beerus in Battle of Gods and Goku vs. Jiren in Super, Naotoshi Shida, and the poster boy for old-school DBZ throwbacks, Yuya Takahasi.
You may not know their names, but if you are a Dragon Ball Super fan, you know their work, and you’ll definitely remember them after seeing Dragon Ball Super: Broly!