Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Doragon bôru Z: Moetsukiro!! Nessen retsusen-chô gekisen) Reviews
The eighth "Z" film, the eleventh overall, showed some improvements to the structure by taking its time until the climax's trigger cracks - or by stalling to keep the wanted length when the unfolded events were already obvious of what or what's going to happened (not saying it's predictable). But it didn't cut straight to the main action though like how the other films were structured as that's the main reason of their short lengths.
The usual structure of these films is that we see a pattern flowing as the story progresses in separate paths: one path is the cause of an impending danger or danger approaching, while the other path shows the heroes living their lives on Earth before they were called to help and stop the danger. In this film, the structure was like what I've seen before in the later action fantasy and superhero flicks: the story developing with a fight stirred up to end the first half, and just wait until the problems arises and the climax then triggers with the main fight of the film.
For most of the other films, the fight takes from a half to two-thirds of the film, which shows signs of underdevelopments. The episodes took their time developing their plots. Although the films might've showed those necessary length of developments, they just need to be understood. The main focus that these movies done to justify their existence is to put the characters and the battles from the smaller screen to the bigger screen, while retaining the same nature that the "Z" series holds (including the coolness that the characters brings). To the series that are mostly based on the manga, the battle sequences are supposedly the main attraction when presenting moves and techniques that takes talents to animate it on such scale to match the power level seen on the screen.
Starting from the fourth "Z" film "Lord Slug," eight more films started using heavy rock music to back up the approaching danger and the battle sequences. The kind of music is a nice touch to the experience of watching the series. (A different enhancement showed up in the fourteenth "Z" film "Battle of Gods" in enhanced animation with little CGI around the borders.) The heavy rock music were exclusive to the films, and they've defined the tone of the series' way on tough battles. ("Dragon Ball GT" revives that style through its own background music.)
While the other films in the original bunch may not qualify to be reviewed due to not having enough length, they're still good to watch, even though few of them weren't able to amp things up than the previous. The animation shows some differences in their stylize shade while being typically good as being a colorful makeup for the film and as a performance during the battle sequences. The Dragon Ball [anime] films may be treats for those who watches the series, but they do welcome those who finds and sees elegance in a film with nice action, occasional humor, good soundtracks compilation that fits, and a general sense of fun and adventure seen in good-natured anime films. (B+)
(Review's not finished yet; full review coming soon)