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Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Opening Date
27 Dec 2018
PG13 Some Violence
100 mins
Japanese with English & Chinese subtitles
Action, Animation, Fantasy
Tatsuya Nagamine
Vic Mignogna, Christopher Sabat, Jason Douglas
Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they've faced before.
By Jason Lin  24 Dec 2018
Any Marvel Studios or DC Extended Universe superhero would pale in comparison to the key characters in Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
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Being one of the most popular manga series in the world, the latest entry by Tatsuya Nagamine sought to heighten senses and stakes where the premise set some of its strongest characters up for a massive showdown in the second half of the movie.
By the Saiyan race, every individual would be judged by their latent abilities at birth where their destiny would be predetermined. Those with perceived weak latent abilities would be sent away to some distant inhabitable planets as outcasts while the strong ones would be retained and trained as future warriors and rightful heirs of the civilisation.
Kakarot was born as a weak Saiyan, but his father decided to take matters into his own hands by sending Kakarot to Earth in hope of allowing him to grow in a more conducive environment. This subtly but firmly emphasised that everybody deserves a fighting chance in life no matter how great the odds stack up against one.
Another Saiyan that was born with overwhelming latent abilities was also sent away at birth. Broly was eventually raised by his father to become a great but miserable warrior of massive strength. The audience would see how civilisations tend to embrace normalcy - those who were too weak and those who were too powerful tend to be treated differently.
Several decades later, Kakarot grew up into a fine warrior known as Goku – something that was achieved against predetermined odds as mentioned earlier. Hard work and a disciplined mindset enabled Goku to battle the odds and would serve as a great example to the adolescent to never give up and strife for achievement in life no matter what.
Viewers might note superficial storytelling as Dragon Ball Super: Broly was keen to deliver what fans would be seeking. Fans might be delighted to know that the second half of the 100-minute running time would be flooded with boisterous fight scenes between key characters. The power and energy wielded by these characters were so boundless as obscene displays of might. Any Marvel Studios or DC Extended Universe superhero would pale in comparison to any of them. Another subtle reminder that no individual should be entrusted with too much power and authority in life.
While the battles were loud and blatant for some, it served as a reflection of the power of imagination where there would be no limits for the characters as they command immeasurable power at quantum physical levels. There was also a scene where two characters merged to fight off a power opponent – a simple trait that used to be familiar to one during childhood where strength lies within collaboration and partnership.
Despite being a vague appeal to the general audience, Dragon Ball Super: Broly would best be consumed by fans who had welcomed and praised this latest entry.
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