A fresh, fun and visually-stunning take on the iconic anime villain that will impact the franchise to come - Dragon Ball Super: Broly review roundup

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 15, 2019 at 12:46 p.m. PST

Of course, we need to preface this article by saying that Dragon Ball Super: Broly is not a fighting game, but it is something close to ours and the larger community's hearts. The film will also impact Dragon Ball games going forward including FighterZ.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the latest film in the franchise's long history to hit the theaters and the first since 'Resurrection F' back in 2015 that started around the same time as the latest anime series that Broly is built around, and it's also the first officially canon Dragon Ball movie with the previous two having been remade in the DBS show / manga.

The film originally hit theaters across Japan last month in December, but now it's North America's chance to see the Super Saiyans on the big screen yet again beginning tomorrow, January 16. In anticipation of its release, we've collected a number of the biggest reviews for Dragon Ball Super: Broly here in one roundup.

Critics and fans have been largely kind to Broly's new incarnation with many expressing joy that they've expanded the title character's personality beyond insane villain to the point where he can easily be seen as a sympathetic figure as he's essentially a slave fighter forced to fight for his father's revenge.

Speaking of fathers, DBS: Broly delves deeper into the Dragon Ball and Saiyan lore expanding upon — and redoing some of it — with a focus around the start on the backstory of Vegeta, Goku and Broly's fathers before the fall of Planet Vegeta with the king, Paragus and a different take on Bardock. Reviewers generally praised the added context, but felt it was a little too short to have much of a meaningful impact.

While the movie is not currently on Metacritic, Dragon Ball Super: Broly has a 79 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a much higher amount of positive ratings than negative ones present.

Visuals have been a sticking point for the film since its first trailers debuted with a real 80's / 90's style anime aesthetic that feels perfectly at home in the Dragon Ball franchise in contrast to the glossier appearance of Super's anime. Goku, Vegeta, Broly and everyone else look great in stills and in the movie's extended fight scenes that take up the brunt of run-time.

With the attention and scores DBS: Broly is receiving, the new version of Broly and Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta may be a lock for Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 though we'll need to wait until at least the World Tour Finals to find out. You can check out the full review roundup after the jump.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Review Roundup

IGN - 8.5 / 10

Den of Geek - 4.5 / 5

Forbes - "Fantastically good Dragon Ball movie"

ComicBook.com - 5 / 5

Anime News Network - B+

The Austin Chronicle - 2.5 / 5

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