Jaga Bada, Mr. Satan's old sparring partner, has invited Satan to his personal island to hold a grudge match. Trunks and Goten decide to come for the adventure and Android #18 is following Satan for the money he owes her. Little do they know that Jaga Bada's scientist have found a way to resurrect Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan.
Before I start reviewing and giving reasons, I'd like to say this is not a spoiler free review. If you're a Dragonball Z superfan, make sure you watch this at least once and give it a chance, you may like it, and may regret not watching it. Now, I'd like to say this really was the worst anime movie I've ever seen, I would never even consider watching this again, now onto my review.
To me, this movie was dragged out, they was desperate for ideas, oh I know, lets create a bio-broly...ooo what a great idea...not! Bad idea. Wtf was they thinking? Lets make a
biologically poisoned green broly and make goku kll him AGAIN. I mean cmon guys, Goku has killed him AND gohan? Why do we want 3 story's of the same bad guy? 2 Points for lack of originality.
This really was nothing special so I gave it a 6 the characters don't seem to be thought about much more than the story was, nothing new that impressed me like the animation from other movies tried to add something new and additional. Bio-broly didn't impress me at all for originality.
This wasn't too bad but yet again, nothing special.
Same as Dragonball Z with a super pathetic attempt to re-introduce Broly for the third time? Maybe forth? Since I haven't watched all broly movies I'm not 100 pct sure...but yea, dragged on and on...
I didn't enjoy this at all, and to be honest I wish I could refund the time it took me to watch it.
I saved Bio Broly for last in my trilogy of reviews for the 3 terrible DBZ movies. Why? If you were to ask 100 DBZ fans which is the worst DBZ movie, about 75 of them would say Bio Broly. This is by FAR the most hated film by the DBZ fandom. Today I will be examining whether or not this film is truly deserving of all the hate it gets.
Before diving into movie 11, we first have to examine the character of Broly. For those of you who are new to DBZ, Broly is the Legendary Super Saiyan and the most naturally gifted member
of the strongest alien race in the universe. This guy is like the Hulk. He is an unstoppable force of primal rage that everyone thinks is an awesome badass. However, Broly doesn't really have a lot of character depth. Broli's driving motive in all 3 films he appears in is his burning hatred for Goku...because Goku was born on the same day as Broli and annoyed the 1 day old Broly by crying continuously. Yep. That's really why Broly HATES Goku. How does Broly remember what happened when he was 24 hours old? Why does he care that some other baby cried and somewhat annoyed him when they were infants? None of this is ever explained. All we know is that BROLY MAD, BROLY SMASH! When he was first introduced in DBZ movie 8, Broly actually had some menacing dialogue and engaged the Z fighters in one of the most brutal, non-stop fights in the entire series. Movie 8 also used the technique of taking a previously established badass (Vegeta) and making him look like a total BITCH when faced with this new guy. This narrative technique called "jobbing" in Pro-Wrestling makes the newly introduced character look really cool because he just made the guy you previously thought was cool look like a complete pussy! EVERYONE jumped on the Broli train and this shallow Hulk ripoff became one of the most popular characters in DBZ history! DBZ Movie 8 was extremely enjoyable and easily one of the best DBZ movies, but the writers felt they needed to milk more out of Broly and brought him back for a lesser sequel. It wasn't good, but it wasn't THAT bad. Unfortunately, they decided to bring Broly back AGAIN and we got this piece of shit!
Bio Broly is about how some rich dude wants revenge against everyone's favorite buffoon, Mr. Satan. The rich guy tries to kill Mr. Satan by forcing him to fight against his genetically engineered "Bio-warriors", one of whom happens to be a blob monster version of Broli created from a sample of Broli's blood left over from the last movie. Apparently Goku and Vegeta are dead during this movie and it is after Android 18 threw the match to Mr. Satan during the Buu saga. However, none of the movies are canon and all of them have massive continuity problems that make them impossible to logically fit into the timeline, despite the best efforts of some DBZ fanboys. Apparently it is up the comedic duo of Goten and Trunks to take down the blob monster version of Broli. I guess Gohan and Piccolo are busy? This of course means that this movie is going to get VERY silly and have some ludicrously stupid action scenes. The plot and action in this film is shit, but I will now get to the reason I actually don't consider this the very worst DBZ movie.
Most of the DBZ movies follow a very specific formula: Bad guy shows up, Goku fights bad guy, Goku kills bad guy with the Spirit Bomb. Now that Fukkatsu no F has been released, I can say that Goku has killed or otherwise defeated the bad guy in 13 of the 15 DBZ movies! This one of only 2 movies in which SOMETHING different happens. We get to focus on the more comedic characters: Goten, Trunks, Mr. Satan, and my first anime "waifu" Android 18. These aren't characters that we really get to see too often, so it is a refreshing change. This movie fails as an action film, but sort of works as a comedy. By contrast, movies 4 and 6 don't work in any category! Therefore, I would argue that while this movie indeed sucks it is NOT the worst DBZ movie after all! However, don't confuse that statement with a recommendation. Just because this isn't the absolute worst DBZ movie, doesn't mean that you should actually watch it.
Ah. Well. Let's cut to the chase. If anything I'm a defender of the Dragon Ball Z movies. It's a simple series that shouldn't be that difficult to write for, and a decent portion of the non-canon material has contributed cool new characters to the franchise and worked just as well as some of the better moments of the canon material. Yet even though Dragon Ball Z requires little more than ultra violence, an intimidating villain, an appropriate use of the existing cast, and well-choreographed fights, a few of these movies have failed to gather all of these things in a single entry. The "Broly
trilogy" are universally some of the worst attempts at Dragon Ball Z movies. They're cut a lot of slack for introducing Broly who's a popular fan favorite character even though everything else about them is very weak. To be fair, Broly is one of the best new villains the movies introduced. He fits that earlier requirement of being very intimidating, and he's one of the few important non-canon Saiyans.
But the first Broly movie was mostly an incredibly long, boring exposition with a dull climactic fight where everyone just gets beaten to death until Goku suddenly turns it around with no suspense whatsoever. The next movie somehow got worse, as superior characters Goku, Gohan, and future Trunks were all basically gone. Gohan settled things halfway through the movie, and everything before that is terrible slapstick and some more literal slapping as Goten and Trunks tease Broly and get their asses kicked for it. Not before pissing on him and ruining whatever goodwill Broly's coolness factor gave to him, though. In the stunning conclusion to one of cinema's greatest trilogies, an old rich rival of Hercule challenges him to come fight against his army of genetically-engineered creepy alien warriors, threatening to reveal Hercule wet the bed once as a kid if he refuses. It's riveting stuff, and since our heroine Android 18 was there valorously blackmailing Hercule into paying her millions for throwing the world martial arts championship she decides to tag along. And so do Goten and Trunks, because for some reason these derivative silly kid characters must be really popular in Japan.
Well, it turns out that the annoying shaman from the previous Broly movie stole a frozen sample of his blood and somehow knew Hercule's rival would be interested in obtaining it to make another bio-warrior. So because of this moron Broly is back and in Goten's words "the whole universe is in danger!" This time Broly is looking rather pathetic, nothing more than a big, dripping green vomit man with a few golden locks sticking out of the back of his head being the only thing reminding you that this is Broly. Depending on your point of view, it could be considered less humiliating than being pissed on by a little kid. Regardless, not even the writers can take the threat of Broly seriously at this point. The token character to come in and save the day is Krillin of all people, and as always he fails and does nothing to change the situation. Meanwhile huge mounds of purple goop from the bio-warrior factory is spilling out and melting everything in sight. It takes Goten and Trunks far too long to realize they're obviously not going to beat Broly, just like they couldn't beat him last time at the same power level. Trunks comes up with the idea to spill some of the ovulating ooze onto Broly and melt him. Because apparently this man-made sludge is stronger than super-powered space aliens. Too bad they couldn't just throw this stuff on Frieza!
Against all common sense, Trunks's plan succeeds and Broly dies a shameful death, changing his ice cream flavor from lemon-lime to the inferior grape. But wait, obviously the grape juice absorbs Broly's power and now, according to the presumably genius scientist who invented it, nothing can stop it and the world is doomed etc. Moments later it turns out seawater, one of the most basic substances on Earth, turns all the goop to stone for some reason. But wait! A giant Broly rises out of the sludge! And then promptly becomes stone. Well, all things considered that was pretty easy. No one is stronger, no lessons learned, and one of Dragon Ball Z's few victories won without brute force doesn't even make sense.
Well, I learned my lesson, albeit a bit too late. Don't watch Bio-Broly. But of course you're going to watch Bio-Broly, you're probably reading this because you're like me and don't want to put those hundreds of episodes and $12 figurines from your childhood to waste. Even if you're interested in Bio-Broly for the lore, it's a waste because it's referenced by almost no other Dragon Ball Z media. I've never even seen one of the video games use Bio-Broly's appearance. This is the only Dragon Ball Z movie that's been practically erased from the franchise's history, and for good reason: it has nothing to offer. Unless you really like Hercule. At least there's no post-grunge music in the dub this time around. The final scene of the movie straight up shoves its butt into the audience's face, as the dead Goku is told that Broly is literally raising Hell and King Kai wants Goku and Pikkon to stop him. This sets up yet another unwanted Broly sequel that ironically wasn't made for once, and also ironically sounds like a far more interesting scenario than what we got. Still, please don't come back, Broly.
Being a long time Dragon Ball Z fan, I will try not to allow my bias affect my review for this film. However Dragon Ball Z has always produced a long line of low grade straight-to-DVD films, with this film being no exception, however while a lot of the Dragon Ball Z films are well worth watching, this one however does not make the cut. With a mediocre story and very little character development, (a hallmark of a Dragon Ball Z movie), followed by a continuation of the Broly story arc which should have stopped at Second Coming, Bio-Broly will have you wanting those 50
minutes of your life back.
Edward Elric. Zero Kiryuu. Broly. Vic Mignogna has an impressive voice acting resume, and it's only getting longer. I sat down with him at Anime Weekend Atlanta to talk theater, anime, fandom, and faith. Was there alchemy? Read on!