English: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Synonyms: Dragon Ball Z 2013, DBZ (2013), Saikyou Shidou
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ: 神と神
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 30, 2013
1 hr. 25 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.641 (scored by 15536 users)
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SynopsisThe film is set between the 517th and 518th installments of Akira Toriyama's original manga. Specifically, it is set during the "lost decade" of story time after the end of the battle with Majin Buu. Kuririn, Piccolo, Vegeta, and other familar characters will appear in the film. The film is not a spinoff, but a story in the official history of Dragon Ball.
Related AnimeParent story: Dragon Ball Z
Sequel: Dragon Ball Z Movie 15
Characters & Voice Actors
Its been a long time since I've seen a DB/DBZ Movie, and honestly unlike all the other usual macho good guy vs bad guy films that I've seen in the past of this franchise before.
This film takes an interesting alternative within the series and starts to proceed in a different dimension in this movie compared to the other usual movies in the past.
It would seem that this movie is actually cannon to the series as this takes place 3 years after kid buu's defeat and 4 years before Uub's appearance at the world martial arts tournament within the anime.
Story - 7
If you have seen previous movies of this franchise, you will know that the premise within its own story is usually Basic and don't have much depth to them since its main focus is on Mindless and intense fights most of the time.
The action scenes in this movie are few and have been tone down just to show a lot of the characters from the series within the film. This movie mainly follows a God by the name of Birusu/Beerus/Bills (however you address his name), is woken up by his flamboyant assistant and caretaker Wiss after a 39 year slumber.
Wiss informs Birusu of Frieza's death at the hands of a mysterious Saiyan (Goku) who transformed against him during their epic battle. upon hearing this, Birusu recalls a prophesy 39 years before his sleep, About an Oracle fish that told him about a So called Super Saiyan God to compete against him in the future.
Having witness Goku's Super Saiyan transformation against Frieza,
Birusu and Wiss decide to find the remaining surviving saiyans after the destruction of planet vegeta in order for birusu to test his God Powers against the one who possess this SSG power which eventually leads them across the galaxy to King Kai's planet where both Goku and Birusu face off for the first time.
Ultimately the story starts of really well with its introduction and brings a fresh new look to the progression and feel of the characters from the anime however as soon as it gets to the middle where Birusu and Wiss arrive to earth and enter Bulma's 38th birthday party (Which by the way who even celebrates their 38th birthday anyway? since she is so Loaded.) its during these moments in the film where things for me personally became more tedious and a little too random at times.
The movie had some nice comedy and interaction scenes with many of the characters within the set pieces of this film.
But during the middle it started to drag on and it made the pace of this film a little awkward to watch which is understandable since this film has a more lighthearted tone to it especially about the desert scene which perhaps could of used a different scenario perhaps. I know some people who did not like this scene involving a dispute between Birusu and Buu over a pudding
(which believe me I've seen worse). but ultimately I found it hilarious XD.
This didn't turn me off instead it kept me hyped for the tension and action that was happening and through the Last quarter of the film we find out the revelation of this Super Saiyan God and after the incredible main event fight between Birusu and Goku which ends up taking place in many awesome locations from the city, forest, desert, mountains, cliffs, river, from underground labyrinth to the skies above and into the outer atmosphere of space itself (puff) it literally was Outstanding to watch!!.
Art - 9
A really Great plus to this movie was the animation as it looks awesome, which was also one of the reasons it was worth seeing and not only that but this film is also the first anime film to be shown on screen in IMAX.
The locations throughout this film looked amazing as well as the action scenes, the CGI looked ok within the angles even though its a little tricky to see here and there it still works really well. The character designs were nice apart from a few the super saiyan god form whether you like it or not I felt they could have done a better design (mainly the look of the hair and few other things) but also not to mention how goku gains his SSJG transformation seems a little off,
Also ox king (Seriously what is he wearing?) and I could also say the same about the look of Wiss too. Also I felt Trunks and Goten could of looked a little bit older but that is just a minor nitpick.
But anyway despite those nitpicks I felt that the most unique design was Birusu who has this Egyptian Siamese Cat God look to him that brings a lot more of a unique look to his character other than the typical generic steroid looking villains that we are so use to seeing in most Dragon ball movies.
Sound - 6
Not much in this music score stood out to me unfortunately. A few tracks suited some good moments and some other scenes in different parts of the film including the original opening and closing reboot in a heavy upbeat was good however i found the music score to be generic at times especially with Goku turning into a super saiyan god and some of the fight scenes. I didn't mind the heavy metal use in the fight between Goku and Birusu in the forest which was cool. but apart from that the music i feel was a bit of a let down.
Characters - 8
The characters are pretty much the same as always, there are a few changes in the behaviour of the characters like Goku, Vegeta, King Kai for reasons mainly due to the story which viewers will find out while watching it and not to mention some old faces DB fans will remember from the past like Emperor Pilaf, Mai and Shu included also, But again 1 of the most interesting characters that stood out to me in this film was of course Birusu.
Birusu has a casual, easy going yet playful manner about his personality which is not something you get in a lot of db/dbz villains he is quick to anger especially over pudding which sounds very silly. But believe me people I have seen MUCH worse.
He is not only a powerful fighter, but hes also both very quirky and entertaining at the same time which made me like his character a lot. Wiss despite his appearance also seems casual like Birusu and mysterious at the same time.
Enjoyment - 9
The thing is honestly I love how different this film is to a lot of the other films in this franchise, To me there were interesting moments I enjoyed besides the action. there were some nice comedic moments of nostalgia especially for those who like the Dragon ball series with a few hidden stories closely related to the Dbz series which will keep fans interested. And most of the characters from the Dbz series are in this film too along with some old familiar faces which is Great, they might not get as much screen time in this film but at least they are there in the film regardless.
Towards the end of the film it leaves off on a cliff hangar and one that will raise some questions from there on in. Also this had some decent and memorable moments as well like for example Birusu final attack in outer space in the film which I like to call (Star Blaze of Judgement) which is basically like the sun being thrown at goku's face i have to admit was awesome! (Bulma getting slapped by Birusu was also 1 of my favorite moments too ) I'm sorry to any bulma fans out there but that had me in stitches XD.
Overall - 8
I would like to say personally this wasn't the best DB movie but it is one of my favorites alongside Wrath of the dragon, Cooler's Revenge and Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan and for some fans and others, its a Film where i feel its not going to be for everyone,
sure there is some hiccups in places here and there I can't deny that.
But this did not stop me from enjoying it since it had many parts catered to fans of this series.
Note: you should remember that this is cannon material to the actual series created by Mr.Toriyama himself and for Db/Dbz fans its more than enough reason for this movie to be seen, Whether the creator Akira Toriyama would want to make a series or a set of movies or specials for the franchise only time will tell.
But for hardcore fans looking for a Bunch of straight up intense explosive action (Its over 9000!!) well there is action but not as consistent enough to meet everyone's needs like some of the other movies, but despite that as a fan, the film is still worth a watch. read more
So the story in this film involves Beerus, the God of Destruction, learning of the defeat of the galactic overlord Freeza by the hands of Son Goku. Seeking an opponent worthy of his power, Beerus, along with his companion Whis, travels to the north galaxy to challenge Goku to a battle.
First off I have to say I really liked the story in this film. It wasn’t overly complicated or dark a moody, just simple stuff that is straight-to-the-point. The film felt just like the days of Dragon Ball with DBZ aspects meshed together, it felt so nostalgic and new at the same time and I think that is due to Akira Toriyama’s involvement in the film as you can feel is presence here. One thing I didn’t expect was the amount of humour, much like the recent Iron Man 3, Battle of Gods plays the balancing act between seriousness and humour and for the most part it works. There is a lot to laugh at it is thanks to some good jokes and comedic timing when it comes to the dialogue and physical stuff. Another great thing about this film is all the ties to previous DB history whether it be flashbacks of verbal mentions, it is littered with references and I loved it. Now I will say that the story isn’t your straight-up action adventure, there is a lot of down-time and very silly moments throughout the film, some secondary characters also get ignored, some things happen to no consequence and there is an anti climatic nature of the film. Some of these elements will probably turn a few fans off but for me it wasn’t too much of an issue.
As for the characters they are all pretty much exactly how you remember them. Goku is still the loveable oaf who is super strong and always wants to battle the next strongest fighter. Vegeta is still the prince with a lot of pride and moodiness, but he is given a lot more screen time than I thought he’d get and has one of the most unexpected funny moments ever int his film. I also really liked Gohan’s contribution to this film, the return of Emperor Pilaf, Mai and Shou was very welcomed and Buu was another funny guy as well. Now let’s talk about the big new bad guy Beerus, man he was not what I was expecting, he’s like the nicest, quirky and most odd bad guy ever. He is very eccentric, lazy and confident, but he has anger issues and one small thing can make him switch like a light. I loved his more light-hearted side because it lend to some really funny dialogue moments. As for Whis, Beerus’ partner, he was very strange, but also funny.
Considering how great Toei are with One Piece films, it should come as no surprise that Battle of Gods looks awesome. Everything is visually crisp, vivid, full of colour and the fluidity of the animation is INSANE with some of the most crazy dynamic tracking shots and camera angles that have ever been used for a DB animation. The character designs are also very nice, detailed and are familiar and yet slightly new. This film also employs Toei’s use of blending a lot of 2D and 3D animation and for the most part it works, though there are times I wish it was more 2D.
The soundtrack by Norihito Sumitomo is another aspect I like about this film, it is very good and suits every situation it is used in. I especially like it when the music when it ramps up and gets all epic when something serious is going down on-screen. Also the cover of Hironobu Kageyama’s “Cha-La Head-Cha-La“, the original opening theme of DBZ, by the rock band Flow is alright, it has its moments but it never gets as exciting as the original version.4
In conclusion Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is a lot of fun and is another solid addition to the animated world of Dragon Ball. The film feels new but at the same time incredibly familiar thanks to its comedic tone, memorable characters and chaotic action sequences. Some fans may be turned off by the more light-hearted tone, villain personality and the overall ending of the film, but if you’re a true DB fan who enjoys this franchise then this is the film for you. It is all sorts of awesome.
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Ending Theme"Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by FLOW
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