Ah yes, I finally got the chance to watch the new Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO movie (I’ve been broke), and after thinking about it for a few days, it was actually good. Is the film perfect? Not really, but I had a hell of a time watching it. Let’s jump into the rest of the review, with some spoilers.
The Red Ribbon Army, the organization that was destroyed by kid Goku back in Dragon Ball, is back once again in Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO! Two new ultimate androids created by The Red Ribbon Army, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, call themselves “Super Heroes,” and start attacking Piccolo and Gohan. What is the objective of the New Red Ribbon Army? It’s up to Gohan and Piccolo to stop them before with their new awaken powers before things gets worse.
When it comes to the story of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, it was fun. The film basically went back to the formula of what makes Dragon Ball, which is the adventure, comedy, and amazing action. Also, I loved that the focus was on other characters and not the Goku & Vegeta show.
Even though the film promotes it being a Gohan and Piccolo film, the film was more so about Piccolo overall until the 3rd act of the film. I thought he was written great. Also, I enjoyed Gohan getting some justice to his character as well because us Gohan fans can’t catch a break.
The new characters like Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 were good additions to the franchise, which I would love to see them return again one day. And regarding The Red Ribbon, they were fun to watch on screen again, plus I don’t think I would ever get tired seeing them return. Cell Max was just alright, I think I would rather have both Gammas fuse than going the Bio-Broly route, but at least there was some good action.
Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO is a nice slice of life story, and I’m open to more stories like this in the future for sure. Sometimes the slice of life parts of Dragon Ball be the best parts.
The cast for Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO doesn’t disappoint. I’ve only seen the film in Japanese, so I won’t be giving my opinions about the English cast. If you’re familiar with the Japanese cast of Dragon Ball, then you know we always get heat, plus the some of the new cast members did great as well.
Masako Nozawa just never miss a beat when voicing Goku, Gohan, and Goten. She killed it, especially when voicing Gohan in the movie. Toshio Furukawa did amazing as Piccolo, I loved the range he gave the character in the film.
I really enjoyed the performances for as Hiroshi Kamiya Gamma 1 and Mamoru Miyano Gamma 2, I thought they did a swell job. The same goes for Miyu Irino as Dr. Hedo, Volcano Ota as Magenta, and Ryota Takeuchi as Carmine. These were great castings for the film.
How can I not mention the other cast members?! Aya Hisakawa as Bulma, Ryō Horikawa as Vegeta, Mayumi Tanaka as Krillin, Takeshi Kusao as Trunks, Yūko Minaguchi as Videl, Yūko Minaguchi as Pan, and more were awesome to hear. Overall, everyone deserves their flowers.
Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO went with a full on CGI route with the film, and honestly, I was impressed. Some of the scenes did looked a bit off, but once the second half of the film gets going the CGI in the action scenes were insane! I will say that every time they showed 2D animation in the film, which was beautiful, it was the ULTIMATE cock tease! I’m open to more Dragon Ball CGI films, especially with how solid this one was.
I also loved a lot of the visuals and cinematography in Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO. Some of the shots in the films looked gorgeous, especially during the action scenes. I got to give kudos to the team behind the film because this is one of the few times where we see CGI works in an anime.
The character designs were all great! From Orange Piccolo, Gohan Beast, the Gammas, Pan, and Cell Max just all looked good. I’m curious how these characters will look in manga and 2D animation if they show retell the scenes? Anyway, loved it all.
And the score, it slapped! I thought the music throughout the film sounded great. Everything just meshed well like PB&J, which made me happy.
Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO is such a fun film. This just has the heart of Dragon Ball from beginning to end, and that’s something I love. If there’s another film where Goku & Vegeta isn’t the full focus again, then I’m all up for it (depending what the story is of course). Piccolo and Gohan fans, we’re eating good with this movie!
I recommend this film, especially people who aren’t too familiar with Dragon Ball. I think anyone who watches this movie is going to have a great time for sure.