Well before starting this review i would like to say that there are some technical aspects that i am going to intentionally avoid, you may ask why and the answer to that is simple. The Dragonball Series has been a part of my childhood , it made me love anime’s and if it wasn’t for this i would have never watched other amazing anime’s such Death Note, Code Geass, Naruto, Bleach etc. Simply put Dragonball is the series that made me understand anime in general. If you haven’t noticed, we have been over the years going back and reviewing the older Dragon Ball movies as a labor of love to catch everyone up to the present moment. Now, in 2013, we have Battle of Gods. The movie is everything a classic Dragon Ball fan like myself wanted, the classic planet destructing battles, overpowered villains with ridiculously edgy personality and Goku once again doing whatever it takes to beat the stronger opponent.
It is the first film in the series to be considered an official part of the Dragon Ball storyline, being set between chapters 517 and 518 of the original manga during the ten year time skip, with original creator Akira Toriyama deeply involved. The plot involves Birus, the God of Destruction, learning of the defeat of the galactic overlord Freeza by the hands of Son Goku. Seeking an opponent worthy of his power, Birus, along with his companion Uis, travels to the North Quadrant of the universe to challenge Goku to a battle. Birus is the God of Destruction of the Seventh Universe, with each universe having its own God of Destruction. After returning to the temple, Uis knocks Birus out and remarks that Birus will wake up again in three years. The animation and visuals are as good as ever and the voice acting is also very consistent with the original ones, the sound was used very cleverly and suits the whole Japanese classic theme very well. The story is also very intriguing and oozes a certain sense of adrenaline throughout the whole movie.
So, without spoiling the movie, I can say the film isn’t perfect, in fact far from it. The writing is a mess, but I have a feeling DBZ enthusiasts won’t care. You may notice in this Manga Goku looks like a child – this is because in the original story line, Goku was accidentally transformed into a living child of his former self during a 7xBall dragon wish, so he had the mind, memories and powers of his adult life with the body of a child. Goku’s grandchildren who were older looking than him, called Goku Grandpa – pretty confusing. For the movie they elected to portray him in his full adult body form, so it appears more consistent with previous DBZ Movies. Why did they decide to do this? Who knows.
Those last few lines made realize that this ending just opened up a ton of new possibilities for future Dragonball series and movies, I can only hope that this movie succeeds worldwide and that success will provide enough motivation for Akira Toriyoma to get going again, so we can all enjoy another era of Dragonball. There have been 17 Dragon Ball movies released in Japanese theatres since 1986, and we have pretty much covered them all, but the difference between this film is I was genuinely hyped for its release. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was released in Japanese theatres on March 30, 2013. There is currently no word on an international release. When an English dub gets released worldwide, we will let you know.