WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for Dragon Ball Super: Broly and various other Dragon Ball Z films.
Dragon Ball fans have had quite an exciting few years. There were the franchise's first new movies in almost two decades in 2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and 2015's sequel Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', which were great and, for the first time, involved franchise creator and manga icon Akira Toriyama. Then came Dragon Ball Super, a brand new anime set in the 10-year time gap between the end of Dragon Ball Z's Majin Buu Saga and its final episode.
The series retold the stories of those new movies and added more epic adventures for the Z Warriors (and, despite ending in March of 2018, is still airing on Adult Swim in the United States with new episodes on Saturday nights). In video games, there was the best-selling Xenoverse series and the instantly beloved fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ.
And now comes Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which takes a beloved fan-favorite villain from three earlier movies -- that'd be Broly (Vic Mignogna in the English cut), the unstoppable, feral Saiyan warrior -- and fleshes him out into a sympathetic, tortured monster, all while setting new standards for CGI in anime, offering some of the most thrilling fights in franchise history and, without question, being the best Dragon Ball film that's ever been made.
Surpassing Its Own Limits
Since Japanese readers first met him in 1984, Son Goku (Sean Schemmel) has always striven to protect his friends and family, battling fierce opponents for the fate of the Earth, universe and more, and surpassing his own limits along the way. Accordingly, Broly reaches for the stars, surpassing every other film in the series.
In 1993's Broly -- The Legendary Super Saiyan (which Funimation re-released to select theaters last fall), Broly was a silent co-conspirator of his father, Paragus (Daemon Clarke), who swore revenge on Vegeta (Christopher Sabat) after his father and namesake exiled them due to Broly's astronomical power (a situation repeated in Broly).
While he was creepy, Broly had no real personality. That only got worse in his next two appearances, 1994's Broly -- Second Coming and Bio-Broly, where he didn't even speak at all. In the latter, his striking design was even replaced by a weird cross between Hulk Hogan and a slime monster.
So for its first trick, Toriyama's screenplay for Broly recasts the titular character as a victim of child abuse. Cruelly sent away by King Vegeta so as to not upstage his own son's power, the then-infant Broly is sent to the inhospitable, monster-infested world of Vampa. Paragus steals a ship, catches up to him and then spends the ensuing decades training Broly (who now has a spiffier design) to be the perfect warrior above all else.