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Broly to become canon ‘Dragon Ball’ character

By: - Content Strategist
/ 02:59 PM July 11, 2018

Image: Twitter/@ToeiAnimation

“Dragon Ball’s” most powerful Saiyan, Broly, will soon be inducted into the popular anime franchise’s canon list of characters.

Toei animation has planned a new movie from the “Dragon Ball Super” series to feature Broly. The movie will also serve as Broly’s entry into the canon storyline of the long-running “Dragon Ball” franchise.

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A short commentary from “Dragon Ball” creator Akira Toriyama described how he wanted to integrate Broly into the “Dragon Ball Super” universe. His words suggest there will be some design changes, but will mostly stick to what fans know of Broly from his first appearance.

“Naturally you’ll get to see fierce combat, bot also, the encounter between Goku, Vegeta and Broly. It also involves the Frieza Force and the history of the Saiyans, which end up having a major connection to everything. The story content turns out to be very large-scale and dramatic,” wrote Toriyama.

Image: Twitter/@ToeiAnimation

Broly debuted in the 1993 stand-alone movie “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan” and was personally designed by Toriyama. However, Toriyama had not been involved with the movie’s production and thus, its story did not get included in “Dragon Ball’s” canon history. Despite the circumstances, Broly went on to earn a following among “Dragon Ball” fans. “Dragon Ball Super” even paid tribute to Broly’s fanbase through Kale’s super Saiyan berserker form, which coincidentally resembled Broly’s legendary super Saiyan form.

At the time of the movie’s release, Broly represented the greatest adversary that Goku and his friends had ever fought against. Events from Broly’s birth and childhood left him with an unstable mental state and a deep-seated hatred for Goku, whom he refers to in his Saiyan name “Kakarot.”

Broly would later appear in two follow-up movies, which were both released in 1994: “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming” and “Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly.” In all three movies, Goku and the Z-fighters were barely able to defeat Broly, and only managed to do so with great desperation.

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” will premiere in Japan on Dec. 14. Ticket pre-orders will begin on July 20, which will come with one of two special charms of Goku and Vegeta. The charms react to heat and will change color accordingly. Only 50,000 pieces will be in stock so it will be a first-come-first-served basis for fans. “Broly” will be the 20th animated movie in the “Dragon Ball” franchise with Toriyama handling both scriptwriting and character design.  /ra

Image: DBmovie-20th.com

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