Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (Doragon bôru Z: Moetsukiro!! Nessen retsusen-chô gekisen) Reviews
Starring: Eric Vale, Bin Shimada, Ry? Horikawa, Mayumi Tanakam, Toshio Furukawa, Masako Nozawa, Naoko Watanabe, Hiromi Tsuru, and K?hei Miyauchi
You know for a guy who doesn't like Dragon Ball and sees it as a joke thanks to that 2009 live action film I freaking enjoyed myself with this picture. It was tons of fun.
In this Dragon Ball film it introduces the super-villain Broly into the franchise. When a spaceship touches down during a picnic, the saiyan Paragus tries to persuade Vegeta to rule the new planet Vegeta. There, Vegeta enlists Paragus's powerful son, Broly, to help him investigate a series of interplanetary attacks. But when Broly comes face to face with Goku, his long buried rage sends shockwaves through the universe.
This films was purpose I believe was to go along with the dragonball storyline for fans while being enjoyable for other kids who didn't see the show at the time. It has great animation and great action sequences for a cartoon but to be honest I wasn't heavy on the plot. But it does seem interesting which is a good thing. You know my brother in law would always have a conversation about the superman movie Man of Steel and he would say to me its Dragon Ball because of the fight scenes, And I would say I've always wanted to see that kind of fight and he would say you have basically have always wanted to see a dragonball fight.
The film is short of course I think this needed rto be longer if it were to hook me because I did not like that opening with Goku going for a job interview with CHi Chi I think that's how you spell her name. But later it got my curiosity then quickly my attention.
Dragon Ball Z: Broly: The Super Saiyan is a fun time, with a some what interesting story, all the characters you know and love and great action sequences I give it a three out of five.
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)