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Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Japanese release poster
Directed byTatsuya Nagamine
Naohiro Shintani (animation director)
Kazuo Ogura (art director)[1]
Screenplay byAkira Toriyama
Story byAkira Toriyama
Based onDragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
Music byNorihito Sumitomo
Distributed byToei Company
20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Running time
100 minutes

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Japanese: ドラゴンボールスーパー ブロリー, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Sūpā: Burorī) is a 2018 Japanese anime science fantasy martial arts film, the twentieth movie in the Dragon Ball series, and the first to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding. It is directed by Tatsuya Nagamine and written by Akira Toriyama. It will be the third Dragon Ball film personally supervised by creator Toriyama, following Battle of Gods in 2013 and Resurrection 'F' in 2015. The film will be the first traditionally animated film to feature the eponymous character since 1994's Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, and the first to feature a reworked version of the character as part of the series' official continuity written by Toriyama.


The film takes place after the Universe Survival Saga depicted in Dragon Ball Super. Under the tagline "the greatest enemy, Saiyan", the film will depict the fate of series protagonist Goku and Vegeta as they encounter a new Saiyan called Broly. The movie will include the connection of the Frieza's army, and the history of the Saiyans.[1]

"This is the story of a new Saiyan. Earth is peaceful following the Tournament of Power. Realizing that the universes still hold many more strong people yet to see, Goku spends all his days training to reach even greater heights. Then one day, Goku and Vegeta are faced by a Saiyan called 'Broly' who they've never seen before. The Saiyans were supposed to have been almost completely wiped out in the destruction of Planet Vegeta, so what's this one doing on Earth? This encounter between the three Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies turns into a stupendous battle".[2]


Character name Japanese[1] English[3]
Goku Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Vegeta Ryō Horikawa Christopher Sabat
Broly Bin Shimada Vic Mignogna
Frieza Ryūsei Nakao Christopher Ayres
Bardock Masako Nozawa Sonny Strait
King Vegeta Banjō Ginga Christopher Sabat
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Christopher Sabat
Bulma Aya Hisakawa Monica Rial
Goten Masako Nozawa Kara Edwards
Trunks Takeshi Kusao Alexis Tipton
Beerus Kōichi Yamadera Jason Douglas
Whis Masakazu Morita Ian Sinclair
Paragus Katsuhisa Hōki Dameon Clarke
Cheelai Nana Mizuki TBA
Lemo Tomokazu Sugita TBA
Kikono TBA TBA
Berryblue TBA TBA
King Cold Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Jason Douglas
Nappa Tetsu Inada Phil Parsons
Raditz TBA TBA
Shenron Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Christopher Sabat



Gen Fukunaga, Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel speaking on the Dragon Ball Super panel at San Diego Comic-Con International.

The film is produced by Toei Animation. It was originally announced under the tentative title of Dragon Ball Super - The Movie on December 17, 2017, during Jump Festa with the general theme being "The Strongest Warrior Race in the Universe, The Saiyans".[4] A poster was released on March 13, 2018, 11 days before the airing of the final episode of Dragon Ball Super, featuring an entirely new traditional animation design by Toei animator Naohiro Shintani,[5][6][7] as opposed to veteran Dragon Ball character designer Tadayoshi Yamamuro. One week later, the first trailer for the film was released publicly through Toei Animation featuring the all–new character designs and an enigmatic new villain.[8] Akira Toriyama wrote the story, screenplay and designed the characters, Tatsuya Nagamine is film director, Naohiro Shintani is animation director, Kazuo Ogura is serving as art director, Rumiko Nagai as color designer, Naotake Oota is in charge of special effects, and Kai Makino is the CG director.[9] The film includes elements of the 2014 "Dragon Ball −(Minus): The Departure of the Fated Child" story written by Toriyama as canon.[10]

On July 9, 2018, the movie's title was revealed to be Dragon Ball Super: Broly, revealing the unknown villain to be the titular character Broly who first appeared in the 1993 film Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan. Toriyama stated the character and his origin will be reworked, but with his classic image in mind.[1] With this movie portrayal, the character will become part of the series official canon.[11][12][13][14] Other new characters introduced in the film are Goku's mother Gine,[15] Kikono, Berryblue, Cheelai, and Lemo serving in the Frieza's army,[16] and Saiyan Beets.[17]

Music and soundtrack

The film score will be composed by Norihito Sumitomo.[9][18] The original soundtrack, containing 35 tracks, will be released on 12 December, by Avex Trax.[19] In August 2018, was reported a rumor that the Dragon Ball Z iconic theme song "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" will be also featured in a new arrangement.[20][21] In October 2018, it was announced that Daichi Miura will perform the film's theme song "Blizzard", which will be released as a single on 19 December, by Sonic Groove.[21][22]


Billboard in San Diego advertising the North American release.

As a promotion, pre-order ticket holders in Japan, limited to fifty thousand, starting on July 20 will receive one of two charms of the characters Goku and Vegeta, whose hair changes based on the temperature of the figure.[1]

The film was promoted through the "Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018 with Bandai Collectibles" sponsored by North American anime distributor Funimation, which was held in seven cities in the United States and Canada, starting with a San Diego Comic-Con International panel on July 19, and ending at Dallas Fan Days on October 21, 2018.[23]

Due to the upcoming release of the film, in September and November was held a limited theatrical release and debut of the original film Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993), and TV special & film Bardock - The Father of Goku (1990) and Fusion Reborn (1995) jointly titled as Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Double Feature, by Fathom Events and Toei Animation in the United States, with the audience receiving an exclusive limited edition content.[24][25][26]

To promote the North American release of the film, a Goku balloon will debut on the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018.[27]


The film will be distributed in Japan by Toei Company in cooperation with 20th Century Fox, while its international distribution rights are owned by 20th Century Fox. Funimation bought the rights for theatre screen in the United States and Canada, as well other release and broadcast rights.[23] In addition to regular screenings, it will be also screened in IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX.[1]

On July 19, 2018, trailers for both the subtitled and dubbed versions were released online after being shown at San Diego Comic-Con.[28][29] On October 5, 2018, the second official trailer for both the subtitled and dubbed versions were released online after being shown at New York Comic Con during the Dragon Ball Super: Broly panel at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.[30] The third and final trailer was released on November 7, 2018, only subtitled.[9]

The world premiere of Dragon Ball Super: Broly was held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on November 14, 2018. This event was limited to only 1,000 guests that were selected via lottery through Weekly Shōnen Jump No.47 and the December V Jump.[31] Broly will open nationwide in Japan on December 14, 2018, while Funimation's English dub will have its world premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on December 13 followed by its United States and Canada release a month later on January 16, 2019 by Funimation Films.[32]


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