Monday, August 11, 2014

Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods Review

Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods
Director: Masahiro Hosoda
Cast Headliners: Various
Original  Japanese Release Date: 2013

American Release Date: August 5th, 2014

  Dragon Ball whether in its original arcs or in Z or GT incarnations, was one of the cornerstone action animes of the 1990’s and 2000’s.  The storyline finished and it’s been awhile, but now a new film has reached its way in English stateside with Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods. It’s like 14 years since the last film release have never even passed.
            The main antagonist of the movie is a pair of new villains named Beerus and Whis. Beerus is a Egyptian Anubis/cat/rabbit like god of destruction and has been woken up by his assistant Whis after an extremely long slumber.  He wants to fight a Super Saiyan God, and will scour the universe till he finds one. Typical DBZ movie stuff:  a new villain raises the bar for being a threat and the Z-fighters have to stop them.
            This one is a bit different however. Simultaneously, it’s Bulma’s birthday party and all of the old crew is gathered to celebrate. The movie is really a love letter to fans and reunion for the series. Every old voice actor and actress are back, and there are a lot of references and jokes to the series’ past.  This is surprisingly funny, and the humor is something even a non-fan could enjoy.

            This is supplemented by beautiful new animation and thrilling action scenes. It’s more of a light hearted reunion comedy than a dark epic, but that’s a fine thing. It’s a gift to DBZ who have been waiting YEARS for something new. Beerus is a classic new villain, and this movie is a new classic entry.  With another scheduled for 2015, it looks like the Year of the Dragon may have begun again.  8.85 out of 10

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