Dragon Ball Super: Broly premiered in the United States on January 16, 2019. It earned an amazing $7 million dollars on its opening day alone. This impressive performance echoes the film's record-breaking totals in Japan, where it earned over 2 billion yen in just 11 days.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly tells the story of the Legendary Super Saiyan. It also unites eras, story lines, and characters with its flashbacks and time skips. The film is chock-full of cameos, details, and blink-and-you-miss-it callbacks to Dragon Ball Z and the manga. Here are 10 things fans might have missed in Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
10. Abo and Kabo
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is Broly's first appearance in the official Dragon Ball canon. Because it follows his entire life story, it's no surprise that the film features a large cast of characters. There are several cameo appearances from minor characters who have only appeared in OVAs or individual episodes of Dragon Ball Super. Abo and Kabo are two minor characters who have appeared in card games and OVAs, but perceptive viewers might spot them in scenes with the Frieza Force in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. These cameos help tie Dragon Ball Super: Broly to Dragon Ball Z, the original Dragon Ball manga, and other story lines by showing that everyone has a role in the new united story.
9. Saiyan Society
Dragon Ball Super: Broly shows Bardock and Gine sending their son Goku to a distant planet called Earth. Before he sends Goku away in a capsule, Bardock says that his son is only a low-class Saiyan warrior. This low-class title seems to confirm Vegeta's attitude towards Goku in Dragon Ball Z. However, in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Broly and his father are also insulted by King Vegeta. The king looks down on Saiyans like Broly and Goku even though their power levels are much higher than his. This means that the Saiyans on Planet Vegeta always had a strict class structure. Strength didn't matter, and even the best warriors could be considered low class.
8. Frieza's Form
In a scene on Planet Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the young Lord Frieza appears to be wearing a new kind of armor or protective vest. Unlike the usual Saiyan armor he wore in Dragon Ball Z, Frieza's armor in Dragon Ball Super: Broly only consists of a lighter chest plate. Frieza also seems to have been designed with a red or pink skin tone, but sharp-eyed fans might notice that Frieza's color scheme closely matches his design in the manga. Frieza's role in the Broly saga and the destruction of Planet Vegeta follows the original story, but his design in the movie is likely a nod to the manga.
7. Vegeta's Brother
Vegeta's brother Tarble has made a non-canon OVA appearance in the Dragon Ball universe. However, a brief line in Dragon Ball Super: Broly confirms that he is now part of the official Dragon Ball story. Fans suspected that he was a canon character when Shenron mentioned the existence of six Saiyans in 2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. Dragon Ball Super: Broly ends the debate when Nappa asks Vegeta if his brother survived the destruction of Planet Vegeta. In previous films and episodes, only Nappa, Raditz, Vegeta, and Goku survived Frieza's attack. This scene confirms that Dragon Ball Super: Broly has made yet another character canon.
6. Call Me Kakarot
Goku refers to himself as “Kakarot” near the end of Dragon Ball Super: Broly. This is the first time that Goku has ever used his original Saiyan name, even though Vegeta and Raditz called him Kakarot in previous seasons. Goku tells Broly to call him Son Goku or Kakarot, and some fans have questioned the change. Unlike the other Saiyans, Goku's journey has always been about increasing his strength and protecting his home. It is possible that Goku is only using his birth name to gain Broly's trust, but it may also be a sign that he is showing respect to his Saiyan heritage and strength.
5. Ultra Instinct?
Goku has used Ultra Instinct against characters like Jiren and Kefla in Dragon Ball Super. However, he doesn't use the technique in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie... or does he? During the intense battle with Broly, Goku's eyes seem to flash with the silver-blue Ultra Instinct color. His hair also turns white for an instant. It is unclear if the scene was supposed to be Goku's failed attempt at using Ultra Instinct, or if it was merely an Easter egg for perceptive fans. Ultra Instinct is a relatively new technique in the world of Dragon Ball, but it is definitely one of the strongest. It allows users to unconsciously react to enemies and attack them at the same time.
In Dragon Ball Z, characters like Raditz, Vegeta, and Nappa used compact scouters to measure power levels and locate others. However, the Saiyans of Planet Vegeta originally used larger, bulkier scout scopes, as revealed in the 'Saikyo Jump Dragon Ball Super Book' that was released when the movie came out in Japan. The film also shows how the Frieza Force gave the smaller, more effective scouters to the Saiyans on Planet Vegeta. The Frieza Force originally brought 500 new model scouters to the Saiyans. In the film, Frieza Force members Cheelai and Lemo also use these scouters, but they can only read power levels up to 9,999.
3. Oozaru Power
The Super Saiyan Oozaru form has not made an official appearance since early Dragon Ball Z, but it returns in a unique way in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Viewers might remember the Super Saiyan 4 form from Dragon Ball GT, but this transformation is not considered canon. However, in the new movie, Broly shoots a Gigantic Breath attack similar to the mouth energy wave used by Oozaru. Broly does not need to fully transform into the Great Ape to use this attack. Instead, he is able to harness the energy while in human form. This small detail might be a reference to Dragon Ball GT's Super Saiyan 4 form, or it could just be another example of Broly's legendary strength.
2. Gogeta's Debut
Dragon Ball Super: Broly marks Gogeta's first canon appearance in the storied Dragon Ball universe. He appears just as Goku and Vegeta are about to be overpowered by Broly. Their combined strength makes Gogeta a worthy opponent for the Legendary Saiyan. Gogeta's first canon appearance has several subtle nods to the history of the characters and the manga. Gogeta wears pants similar to Gotenks, and he briefly poses in Goku and Vegeta's legendary fighting stances in one scene. He also shifts back and forth between Vegeta's cocky attitude and Goku's respectful demeanor. Gogeta almost destroys Broly with a Transcendent God Kamehameha, but a wish to Shenron saves the Legendary Saiyan just in time.
1. New Dimensions
Dragon Ball is now a multiversal franchise. We've met Gods, Angels, and even Omni-Kings from different universes in Dragon Ball Super. Dragon Ball Super: Broly also introduces a new dimension that rips open when Gogeta and Broly power up and attack each other. This dimension-breaking power is similar to Super Buu's Vice Shout in Dragon Ball Z. The film references this ever-expanding universe several times, including what might be the first usage of the word “multiverse” to describe Dragon Ball. The colorful world that rushes past Gogeta and Broly during their fight could also be a new, unnamed realm in the Dragon Ball universe.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly was an exciting, fast-paced film, but it also took the time to reference the manga, Dragon Ball Z, and even Dragon Ball GT. It combined non-canon characters and story lines with the classic story and characters fans know and love. It also revealed Broly's integral role in the story -- and the multiverse.