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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Movie Review

Posted on April 7, 2013 AT 01:45pm

At this point in time, I can almost bet that everyone reading this knows or has a bit of knowledge as to what Dragon Ball is. Even if you haven’t read the manga, I’m sure you’ve come across the television series and the video games.

The first Dragon Ball movie was released in 1986 and there have been 16 more since then. The last movie given to us was Dragon Ball: Path to Power back in ’96. but almost 17 years later comes another DB movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

                                                                                  ***SPOILERS AHEAD***

So one thing we know about Dragon Ball is that there’s always an overpowered villain that just lays waste to any and everyone he/she comes across. Battle of Gods introduces us to Bills, a god of destruction who awakens every thirty years to destroy a few planets before returning to his slumber…or cat nap.

The interesting thing about Bills is that he seems more entertaining than menacing. There wasn’t really a feeling of him being ‘evil’, but more of “Hey, this is just what I do and I’m rather bored with it.” Bills becomes aware of a “Super Saiyan God” and jumps at the chance to take him on. Bill’s power is so far advanced than the other villains before him that it only takes him a few seconds to take out Super Saiyan Goku 3.

The major difference between Bill’s encounter and the other Dragon Ball villains is that instead of Goku and the gang losing early on, then Goku going somewhere far, far away to train, then coming back at the last minute to save the day with enough unimaginable power to humiliate the villain, Bills even takes out the new Super Saiyan God! When is the last time we saw this happen in the DB universe?

Battle of Gods is a testament to how far animation has developed over the years. The use of CG animation sparks of the most gorgeous fight scenes in this movie. Dragon Ball fights have always been about explosions, power ups, bright pulsating lights of all colors and it’s extremely amazing to to witness the enhancements in the art and camera effects.

Ok. So can someone remind me what transformation we’re on? Let’s see. There was Super Saiyan, Ascended Super Saiyan, Ultra Super Saiyan, Full Power Super Saiyan, Legendary Super Saiyan. Let’s not forget about Super Saiyan 1, 2, 3, 4, as well as the fusion forms. Now we have a Super Saiyan God. That’s right, there’s another form for Goku to master. What’s next? I mean, where do you go after becoming a god?

Like all of the other movies, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was very entertaining to watch. There were funny moments that literally make me laugh out loud as well as moments that had me gripping the arms of my chair. The fight scenes do not disappoint. I wish I could say that Battle of the Gods brings something different to the series, but it doesn’t and that’s not necessarily bad. If you enjoyed the others, then you’ll enjoy this one. If you didn’t like the others, then there’s a good chance that everything you found wrong with them will still be in your face here.

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