Movie Guide

Dragon Ball Super (2018 Theatrical Film)

ドラゴンボール超 ブロリー

Doragon Bōru Sūpā Burorī

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

General Information

Premiered: 14 December 2018
Running Time: TBD
Box Office: Unknown
Theme Song: TBD

Movie Premiere & Promotion

In the film’s original release announcement, no mention of the film being connected with the Dragon Ball Super brand name was made; rather, it was announced as being the twentieth theatrical film for the franchise. In March 2018, several months following the original announcement, additional details regarding refreshed character designs and key staff were announced, as well as the movie’s official premiere date. It was here that Naohiro Shintani was revealed as the film’s animation supervisor and character designer, alongside his new design for Son Goku, which served as the movie’s key visual for various pieces of promotional material. The announcement also included a new comment from original author Akira Toriyama teasing the movie’s story and unveiled the movie’s teaser poster. Shortly following this, a promotional flyer featuring the movie’s key visual and Akira Toriyama’s comment soon began appearing in movie theaters across Japan.

Shortly after the movie’s teaser poster was unveiled, Toei released a teaser trailer for the yet unnamed Dragon Ball Super movie, which was first shown on 20 March 2018 during a live stream event hosted by Bandai Namco to promote the upcoming Dragon Ball Legends mobile video game.

Teaser Trailer
Running Time: 33 seconds
Official Trailer
Running Time: 1 minute, 35 seconds

The movie’s official sub-title, “Broly”, was eventually announced on 09 July 2018 alongside the release of movie’s official poster, which was accompanied by another new comment from Akira Toriyama introducing the movie’s main antagonist, Broli. Just 10 days later, on 19 July 2018, the movie’s first official trailer debuted at Funimation’s hour-long Dragon Ball Super panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The panel featured voice actors Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Christopher Sabat (Vegeta), as well as Toei Animation producers Akio Iyoku and Norihiro Hayashida.

Advance tickets for the movie went on sale 20 July 2018, with 23,866 tickets sold within the first three days. This marked a 270% increase compared to the first two day advance ticket sales for the franchise’s previous movie, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.

In the months leading up to the movie’s premiere, joint promotional campaigns and product tie-ins were launched with several major companies in Japan, such as Bandai Namco, 100 Year Housing, and Mister Donut. To further increase hype for the movie, a “Dragon Ball North America Tour” was hosted at seven conventions across the continent between July and October 2018 by various Dragon Ball copyright holders, including Toei Animation and Shueisha, as well as Funimation, the franchise’s North American license holder. Each tour location was setup to imitate the “World Martial Arts Tournament”, with a check-in table at the center and numerous products and promotional items on display throughout, as well as large character statues.

Original Concept

  • Producer Akio Iyoku, the head of Shueisha’s “Dragon Ball Room”, revealed in an interview that in the spring of 2017 the movie’s producers approached original author Akira Toriyama with the idea of producing a new movie. Several different story suggestions were provided during this initial meeting, with Toriyama ultimately deciding on the movie’s story.

    First, around the spring of 2017, we presented Toriyama-sensei with several different story suggestions for the new movie. I believe there were also suggestions that weren’t in his strike zone at all, but using what we threw his way as a reference, we got him to come up with the story.

    This was later elaborated upon by Toei Animation producer Norihiro Hayashida, as he noted at Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Legends live stream event that the movie’s production, and more specifically the refreshed character designs, had begun in February 2017 just as the TV series’ “Universe Survival” story arc was beginning.

  • Akira Toriyama noted in his second official movie comment that the idea of including Broli as the main antagonist was pitched to him by the movie’s producers.

    So, about Broli. I hear these days he’s still very popular not only in Japan, but also overseas. Based on that, those in charge asked, “Won’t you have Broli appear in this next movie?”

Refreshed Artistic Style

From the onset, the movie’s promotional campaign centered around the shift in artistic style of the series’ character designs. Akio Iyoku, the head of Shueisha’s “Dragon Ball Room”, noted in an interview leading up to the movie that the producers felt that the timing was right with the Dragon Ball Super TV series ending to refresh the franchise’s character designs to fall more inline with Akira Toriyama’s current art style. With this in mind, the producers held auditions in which numerous animators submitted artwork to be reviewed and critiqued by Akira Toriyama, who ultimately selected Naohiro Shintani as the movie’s animation supervisor and character designer.

Son Goku was the first of Shintani’s new character designs to be unveiled, which was prominently featured on the movie’s teaser poster, official website launch, and numerous other promotional items. This design, as well as later character designs, showcased a drastic departure from what had become the franchise’s standard stiff, muscular, and overly-emphatic designs from character designer Tadayoshi Yamamuro. In contrast, Shintani’s new character designs feature a slimmed down look with lean muscles and flowing, wavy hair. An emphasis has also been placed on how the character’s clothes fit, allowing for a more natural and comfortable look.

In addition to falling more inline with Akira Toriyama’s current art style, Akio Iyoku also noted that the movie’s color palette has been adjusted to be closer to the colors of the original comic. The following are a select number of character design sheets released thus far as part of the promotional campaign:

As a part of the movie’s official trailer debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego, several new character designs were showcased to the audience. These included Super Saiyan God Vegeta and Super Saiyan Broli.

Son Goku Character Designs — Normal, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan God, SSGSS, Arctic Clothes

Vegeta Character Designs — Normal, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan God, SSGSS, Arctic Clothes

Broli Character Designs — Rugged, Normal, Powered, Super Saiyan, Full Power

Movie Characters

  • Chelye (チライ; Chirai)
    Character design debut in the August 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine:

    The only female introduced among the characters this time!! She looks pretty gallant with that gun.

  • Lemo (レモ; Remo)
    Character design debut in the August 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine:

    A man sporting a scouter and gun like Chelye. Does this mean these two are comrades…?!

  • Kikono (キコノ; Kikono)
    Though he looks similar to a character in the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected edition, no explicit connection has been established as of this guide’s creation. Character design debut in the August 2018 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine:

    Kikono wears some rather familiar-looking battle fatigues!! He doesn’t seem too powerful, but…?!

Movie Notes

  • This movie marks the 20th produced for the franchise, with the first movie premiering 32 years prior in December 1986. It is also the first movie under the Dragon Ball Super brand name.

Name Puns

  • In keeping with the Saiyan vegetable theme, Paragus and Broli’s names come from “asparagus” and “broccoli”, respectively, with some of the syllables removed.
    アスパラガス (a·su·pa·ra·gu·su)  ›  パラガス (pa·ra·gu·su)
    ブロッコリー (bu·ro·k·ko·ri·i)  ›  ブロリー (bu·ro·ri·i)
  • Chelye’s name is likely an anagram of “lychee”. This underlying name pun source was previously used for Dr. Lychee in the 1993 Nintendo Famicom game Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans (and its various remakes), as well as the alien Lychee, seen during the brief “Fake Planet Namek” filler sequence in the Dragon Ball Z television series.
    ライチ (ra·i·chi)  ›  チライ (chi·ra·i)
  • Lemo’s name is likely taken directly from the word “lemon”, with its final syllable removed.
    レモン (re·mo·n)  ›  レモ (re·mo)
  • Kikono’s name is likely an anagram of kinoko, the Japanese word for “mushroom”.
    きのこ (ki·no·ko)  ›  キコノ (ki·ko·no)

Movie Credits

The movie credits below are those currently announced and are listed in no particular order. This section will be updated as more detailed information becomes available.

Cast Credits


Son Goku


Masako Nozawa




Ryō Horikawa




Ryūsei Nakao



島田 敏

Bin Shimada



久川 綾

Aya Hisakawa




Toshio Furukawa



草尾 毅

Takeshi Kusao




Kōichi Yamadera




Masakazu Morita




Katsuhisa Hōki

Production Credits


Original Author, Script, & Character Design

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama


Art Director


Kazuo Ogura


Animation Supervision


Naohiro Shintani




Tatsuya Nagamine




Norihito Sumitomo


Color Design


Rumiko Nagai


Special Effects

太田 直

Nao Ōta


CG Director

牧野 快

Kai Makino


Production Manager


Tetsuo Inagaki