Dragon Ball Super steals the plot from the original Broly movie

A major plot line in Dragon Ball Super’s final arc borrows heavily from fan-favorite Dragon Ball Z movie: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan.

Warning: Contains spoilers for Dragon ball super chapter 71!

A major plot in Dragon ball super‘s last arc comes straight from a central moment to the original, uncanonized Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, as the Granolah the Survivor saga revives plot details that the series has lacked since.

Before the relaunch of the franchise with Dragon ball super, the Dragon ball z The era was broadened by a series of films, but all of those films were notoriously non-canon. This upset some fans who wanted to see some villains expand into the regular-air series, although many changed their minds once it emerged that some of the films (and their villains) were exceptionally bad. Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan stood above the rest of the field in terms of quality and has been a fan favorite since its release in the early ’90s. This is why fans rejoiced when Dragon ball super announced that Broly’s story would not only be reworked, but canonized. The final result, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is considered by many to be superior to its predecessor, and even to the series itself, but even then some aspects of the original film did not carry over.

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In Broly’s original film, a mysterious alien spaceship lands on Earth and a Saiyan named Paragus introduces himself to Vegeta, bowing and referring to him as “King.” Paragus tells Prince Saiyan that he has created a new planet for Vegeta to assume the throne as ruler. While Vegeta is unsure of ruling the new Vegeta, he agrees to help Paragus upon learning that the legendary Super Saiyan is rampant in his new kingdom. Prince Saiyan has no reason not to trust Paragus, but it soon becomes apparent that his invitation is a trap. In fact, Paragus hopes to avenge King Vegeta’s attempt to assassinate his newborn son, Broly, the true legendary Super Saiyan.


In Dragon ball superThe arc of Granolah the Survivor, titular villain and sole survivor of the Cereal Race seeks revenge on the Saiyans for wiping out his people while in the employ of Freeza. Upon learning of Goku and Vegeta’s existence, Granolah hatches a plot to lure the Saiyans towards him so that he can destroy them with the help of the Heeters intelligence group. The Heeters send two of their minions to Earth who request to use the services of Vegeta and Goku to help them defeat an anonymous but powerful enemy. The two Saiyan warriors quickly agree to help and set off on the alien spaceship, unwittingly playing Granolah’s game.


This particular trope was non-existent in the official Dragon ball canon so far, as most villains come straight to Earth with plans to annihilate or enslave the world – notable in an increasingly famous franchise for repeating ideas. The main difference, however, is that Dragon ball superthe interpretation of this particular plot strips the mystery of the original Broly movie. Long before Heeters’ henchmen arrived, the readers had already been introduced to Granolah and knew about his plan to draw the Saiyans to him. Fans were not aware of any such thing while watching the original Broly film for the first time. For all they knew, Paragus had told the truth, just as Vegeta believed. This only made Broly appear as an enigma before he was finally revealed to be the legendary Super Saiyan.


While this twist is absent from the Granolah the Survivor saga, the alien plot drawing endangered Goku and Vegeta to a hostile planet by asking for their help against a staggering threat is only truly seen before in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, allowing fans to experience this particularly pleasant plot, finally in continuity thanks to Dragon ball super.

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