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 10365 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
Characters & Voice Actors
Taking placing a few years after the final battle with Buu comes a new threat, Birusu, The God of Destruction. He is feared by even the Kaious and Kaiou-shin himself. After a 39 year slumber (since the destruction of the Planet Vegeta), Birusu awakens and wonders how Freeza is doing and always talked about fighting him. Apparently, his assistant informs him that Freeza was defeated by Gokuu and that he obtained the form of Super Saiya-jin. During his slumber, Birusu had a dream about fighting the Super Saiya-Jin God and wishes to do battle with him. Always loving a good fight for the sake of the fight at times, Gokuu tries to challenge him but sees that he is strong and must find a way to defeat him.
For a good percentage of this movie, up until the ending, this will follow the basic DBZ formula. I won't give away the ending, but all I can say is it does something very different and will probably be controversial amongst western fans of the franchise. The movie does a good job of justifying the way that it ends and I think this movie deserves credit for doing something different. On one hand, you don't really expect to see it coming, but on the other hand, it does make good sense. What you can take out of this ending is how we all interpret Dragon Ball and the spirit of it.
Overall, this movie brings back a good portion of the charms of this series. The humor, the action, the intensity, and so on. So hardcore fans may enjoy this but the ending is very disputable at this point. Birusu as a villain is very distinct from other villains in Dragon Ball. I won't get too much into him since they would be spoilers, but I do think he is rather unique.
The action is pretty much in tune with how Dragon Ball Z always has been. Very destructive, explosive, and hyper paced. I wish in terms of special moves it was more diverse but it is more centric on hand to hand and the flying combat. I won't get into too much of what I think should have been used since they would be spoilers. The CG used in this movie isn't top notch. It is PS3 DBZ game quality, but the imagination I feel is what it counts. It demonstrates the devastation and the intensity very effectively and that is enough for me.
As for Birusu's style, his posture is a lot like Freeza's where he will wrap his arms around his back but he will use hands while fighting. As for his mannerisms, he does remind me of Thanatos from Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas. He is very powerful and a bit of a show off when it comes to demonstrating his strength against the other DBZ characters.
As for the general animation and design, its very much in tune with the franchise overall so no other complaints.
The music from the TV series and old movies is not present and is mostly using new BGM tracks. The tracks are more techno and a bit more orchestrated. It brings a more fresher feel to the series and it works in its own way. The only ending spoiler I can give is that the ending song is a new rendition of Cha-La Head Cha-La which I thought was ok.
The voice acting is still in tune with the original TV series. Nozawa Masako still captures Gokuu and doesn't sound like she's aged. She also does Goten and Gohan very well, too. She still has a great grasp of the character. Horikawa Ryo still does a great job as Vegeta, but due to the writing in context of the story, it does allow Horikawa to show more of his other voice talents in this portrayal of Vegeta. Horikawa Ryo is a very versatile actor and he did a great job of playing Vegeta. I think this is probably one of his best performances with the character. Last, Yamadera Kouichi plays Birusu. Yes, it is the voice of Spike from Cowboy Bebop. I didn't recognize his voice at all throughout the movie and when I saw the credits, I was surprised it was him. His voice as Spike had this really distinct charm to it while in this one, he is also a playful character but also something of a sadist. I think he captures the character in his own way where he is scary and also has his own distinct charm. Other voice actors are back that are still alive and reprised their roles did a great job with re-capturing their characters. And there will be some surprise cameos from some other characters.
I say this movie is certainly a give it a shot movie for the fans. I say people not familiar with Dragon Ball Z will be slightly confused and some familiarity with the franchise should be a prerequisite before watching. Like I said, a lot of the things are still the same, and some things will be different this time around. I don't think it is as good as the first Brolly movie or the Cooler movies, but it does bring a refreshing feel to Dragon Ball at some capacity. I think when this movie is made internationally available, it will get people intelligently discussing about the movie and franchise based on the ending. I am still trying to in-take it but I do understand why the movie chooses to go with the ending it has but I do have some issues with it. But feel free to watch it when you can. read more
Its been a long time since I've seen a DB/DBZ Movie, and in all honesty this movie 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 story is very Basic and don't really have as much depth to them because its mainly focus on Mindless and intense fights most of the time.
The actions 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 aka Bills? (Stupid name by the way). is woken up by his flamboyant assistant and caretaker Wiss after a 39 year slumber.
Wiss informs birusu of frieza death at the hands of a mysterious saiyan (Goku) who transformed against him. 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 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.
Ultimately the story starts of really well with its introduction and brings a fresh 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 make it to earth and enter bulma's 38th birthday (Which by the way who even celebrates their 38th birthday anyway??) this is where things for me personally become more tedious and a little too random at times.
There was a nice flow of action, comedy and interaction with many of the characters within the set pieces of this film but it started to drag on a lot within the middle of this film which makes the pace of this film a little awkward to watch for some people which is understandable especially about the desert scene which perhaps could of use a different scenario.
But this did not turn me off instead it kept me hyped for the tension and action waiting to happen. By the Last quarter of the film we find out the revelation of this Super saiyan God an 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) its literally Outstanding!!.
Art - 8
A Great plus to the film was the animation as it looks awesome which was also one of the reasons it was worth seeing this and not only that but this film is the first anime film to be shown on screen in IMAX.
The locations throughout this film looked amazing especially with the action scenes, the CGI looked great within the angles even though its a little tricky to see here and there but still works really well. The character designs were nice apart from a few the super saiyan god form whether you like it or not could have been a better design (mainly the look of the hair and few other things), ox king (Seriously what is he wearing?) and I could also say the same about the look of Wiss too.
But despite those nitpicks i felt that the most unique design was Birusu who has this Egyptian 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.
Sound - 6
Not much in this music score stood out to me and its unfortunate because it has some good moments and fight scenes in different parts of the film including the original opening and closing reboot in a heavy upbeat way was good however i found the music score to be generic at times especially with goku turning into a 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. apart from that the music was a little bit of a let down.
Character - 7
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 but again 1 of the most interesting characters that stood out to me was of course Birusu (I'm not saying bills thank you)
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 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 - 8
I love how different this film is to a lot of other films in this franchise, to me there were interesting moments I enjoyed besides the whole over the top, balls to the wall action. there were some nice comedic moments of nostalgia especially for those who like the Dragonball 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 including some old familiar faces, they might not get as much 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 the sun being thrown at goku's face i have to admit was awesome! (bulma getting slapped by birusu was 1 of those moments too ) i'm sorry but that had me in stitches XD.
Overall - 8
I would say that this isn't the best DB movie considering my favourites were The history of Trunks and Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan which i feel left more of an impact and for some fans its a Film where not everyone is going to like it but at the same time I didn't dislike it either, sure there is some hiccups in places but this did not stop me from enjoying it especially if you are a fan of this series.
Note: you should know that this is cannon material to the actual series and I felt that as for Db/Dbz fans its worth seeing, Also we can try to see where toriyama is taking this story. Whether the creator akira toriyama would want to make a series or a set of movies or specials for the fanchise only time will tell.
But for hardcore fans looking for lengthy straight up explosive action (Its over 9000!!) well there is action but not enough to meet everyone's needs like some of the other movies, despite that the film is still worth a watch. read more
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