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Dragon Ball Super: Broly (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
EIRIN Code: TBD
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Box Office: Unknown
Theme Song: “Blizzard” by Daichi Miura

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 (Version 1)
Running Time: 1 minute, 35 seconds
Official Trailer (Version 2)
Running Time: 1 minute, 35 seconds
Official Trailer (Version 3)
Running Time: 1 minute, 33 seconds
“Blizzard” Music Video (Movie Version)
Running Time: 1 minute, 59 seconds
Official Trailer – Gogeta Joins the Battle!
Running Time: 25 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 revising Broli’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

  • Cheelye (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 Cheelye. Does this mean these two are comrades…?!

  • Kikono (キコノ; Kikono)
    Kikono first appeared in the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected edition, which was confirmed on the franchise’s official website. 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. Beets’ name comes directly from the word “beets”, which is a root vegetable similar to the radish.
    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)
  • Cheelye’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)
  • Beriblu’s name is likely a rearrangement of the Japanese spelling of the English word “blueberry”, with the vowel elongations removed.
    ブルーベリー (bu·ru·u·be·ri·i)  ›  ベリブル (be·ri·bu·ru)

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

孫悟空

Son Goku

孫悟天

Son Goten

バーダック

Bardock

野沢雅子

Masako Nozawa

 

 

 

 

ブルマ

Bulma

久川 綾

Aya Hisakawa

ベジータ

Vegeta

堀川りょう

Ryō Horikawa

ピッコロ

Piccolo

古川登志夫

Toshio Furukawa

トランクス

Trunks

草尾 毅

Takeshi Kusao

フリーザ

Freeza

中尾隆聖

Ryūsei Nakao

ビルス

Beerus

山寺宏一

Kōichi Yamadera

ウイス

Whis

森田成一

Masakazu Morita

神龍

Shenlong

大友龍三郎

Ryūzaburō Ōtomo

パラガス

Paragus

宝亀克寿

Katsuhisa Hōki

ギネ

Gine

渡辺菜生子

Naoko Watanabe

ベジータ王

King Vegeta

銀河万丈

Banjō Ginga

ラディッツ

Raditz

千葉 繁

Shigeru Chiba

ナッパ

Nappa

稲田 徹

Tetsu Inada

チライ

Cheelye

水樹奈々

Nana Mizuki

レモ

Lemo

杉田智和

Tomokazu Sugita

キコノ

Kikono

菊池正美

Masami Kikuchi

ベリブル

Beriblu

斉藤貴美子

Kimiko Saitō

ブロリー幼少期

Young Broli

森下由樹子

Yukiko Morishita

ビーツ

Beets

桐本拓也

Takuya Kirimoto

モロコ

Moroko

江川央生

Hisao Egawa

シトウ

Shito

谷 昌樹

Atsuki Tani

リーク

Leek

阿座上洋平

Yōhei Azakami

ダイゲン

Daigen

松山鷹志

Takashi Matsuyama

執事

Butler

青森 伸

Shin Aomori

ブロリー

Broli

島田 敏

Bin Shimada

Opening Credits

原作・脚本・キャラクターデザイン

Original Author, Script, & Character Design

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama

製作

Production

東映

Toei

集英社

Shueisha

フジテレビジョン

Fuji Television Network

東映アニメーション

Toei Animation

バンダイ

Bandai

バンダイナムコエンターテインメント

Bandai Namco Entertainment

企画

Planning

森下孝三

Kōzō Morishita

プロデューサー

Producer

林田師博

Norihiro Hayashida

冨永理生子

Rioko Tominaga

企画協力

Planning In Cooperation With

集英社

Shueisha

ドラゴンボール室

Dragon Ball Room

Vジャンプ編集部

V-Jump Editorial Department

Ending Credits

CAST

[ Cast Credits ]

音楽

Music

住友紀人

Norihito Sumitomo

主題歌

Theme Song

Blizzard

Blizzard

作詞

Lyrics

作曲

Composition

編曲

Arrangement

Vocals

三浦大知・Nao’ymt

Daichi Miura & Nao’ymt

Nao’ymt

Nao’ymt

Nao’ymt

Nao’ymt

三浦大知

Daichi Miura

(SONIC GROOVE)

色彩設計

Color Design

永井留美子

Rumiko Nagai

特殊効果

Special Effects

太田 直

Nao Ōta

CGディレクター

CG Director

牧野 快

Kai Makino

製作担当

Production Manager

稲垣哲雄

Tetsuo Inagaki

美術監督

Art Director

小倉一男

Kazuo Ogura

作画監督

Animation Supervision

新谷直大

Naohiro Shintani

監督

Director

長峯達也

Tatsuya Nagamine