Starting from a manga (Japanese comic) which was first published in 1984, Dragon Ball then developed into a very popular franchise. The anime series adaptations graced television. As well as dozens of feature films spread throughout the world. Including, to America. Which, incidentally, is not a fan country of manga and anime.
Initially, people in America thought the Dragon Ball series was a children’s show. However, over time, they realized: Dragon Ball anime and manga films, which are full of violent scenes, are, in fact, more suitable for adults to watch or read. In Japan, which is the country of origin, Dragon Ball manga is aimed at teenage boys.
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Although the fans, perhaps, are fewer than in Japan and America, Dragon Ball is quite popular here. Especially, for the generation of the ’90s. The former also liked Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, and Sailor Moon. Which series often adorn the television screen.
And, the good news is, in 2019, Dragon Ball fans can be happy. Because the latest Dragon Ball movie is back in theaters in the country starting this Wednesday (20/2). By carrying a fresh story and a different concept.
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The film, which is circulating under the title Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018), is the 20th film in the Dragon Ball franchise. Which is also the first film that carries the Dragon Ball Super brand. In addition, this Toei Animation film is also the third Dragon Ball film that directly involves its creator: Akira Toriyama. Who, this time, acted as the screenwriter.
The story of Dragon Ball Super: Broly itself is set after the events of the Universe Survival Saga. The two main characters, Goku and Vegeta, are back. As the title implies, in this film, they are told to face a very powerful Legendary Super Saiyan. The one named Broly.
Before appearing in this Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, actually, Broly’s character has appeared in three Dragon Ball films. Namely: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993), Broly – Second Coming (1994), and Bio-Broly (1994). However, the three films are not canon films. So, it was only in this anime film by director Tatsuya Nagamine that Broly appeared in the canon version. The story was written by Toriyama himself.
Besides telling Broly’s background,
Dragon Ball Super: Broly also reveals the history of the Saiyan nation. Including, among other things, the origins of the royal family from Planet Vegeta. So, at the beginning of this 101 minute film, the audience is brought back to Planet Vegeta. To uncover the past of Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. Where the origins of the three are closely related to each other.
By carrying out the new story, Dragon Ball Super: Broly received quite a positive response from old fans and critics. This Japanese-language film is considered to have succeeded in raising one of the fans’ favorite antagonist characters. By giving him a fresh new background.
As a result, with this positive response, since its release in Japan on December 14 2018, Dragon Ball Super: Broly has been able to triumph at the box office.