Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Opens Thursday In Canadian Cinemas
The first all-new Dragon Ball theatrical film since 1996 is getting a brief run in Canada and the United States this week. For two nights only, fans can witness Goku take on Beerus, the God of Destruction, on the big screen in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The film will be presented in English with a dub by Funimation’s cast on August 7th and 9th.
Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over 17 years! Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumours of the Salyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Salyan God and stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is one of the few films featured on this blog that I’ve actually seen. I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that the trailer and description above are a bit misleading. Battle of Gods isn’t like the other Dragon Ball Z films. It’s comedic with a tone more evocative of early Dragon Ball than an all-out brawl like the Broly flicks. There’s definitely a big battle but this film also brings back a certain trio of goofballs.
With that warning out of the way, I enjoyed the movie. I have some grievances with a couple of the plot points, character actions, and of course Toei’s shoddy animation, yet I think it’s the best Dragon Ball film to date. If you’re a fan of these characters and the world they reside in, you’ll find a lot to like in Battle of Gods. Just don’t expect Goku to be cracking skulls.