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‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ NYCC 2018 Panel: English Trailer Makes a Debut

The Dragon Ball Super: Broly panel at New York Comic Con 2018 brought the stars of the 20th Dragon Ball film to Madison Square Garden.

Masako Nozawa and Sean Schemmel, the voices of Goku, are in attendance. So is Chris Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Ian Sinclair (Whis), Monica Rial (Bulma), Jason Douglas (Beerus) and Vic Mignogna (Broly). The Japanese director of the film, Tatsuya Nagamine couldn’t make it so director Akio Iyoku and producer Norihiro Hayashida joined the panel instead.

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In her opening remarks Masako Nozawa said that she is “basically Goku” after all the years of playing the character. The panel discussed how Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama created the story for this film and, as a result, has been more involved with this film than any other in the series. Nozawa said she learned that her voice inspires Toriyama.

“It's flattering to hear that when Toriyama hears my voice  he writes the fight from there,” she said.

The panel made note of how Toriyama’s designs have gotten slimmer as he has gotten older while discussing how Art Director Kazuo Ogura took Toriyama’s art from the manga to adapt to the anime. Animation Director Naohiro Shintani is doing the same for this movie.   The recruitment process for the movie was vigorous, as everyone involved wanted to make this as true to Toriyama’s art as possible.  Iyoku explained to attendees that they went through a long process to find the right people for the job.

So, what can fans look forward to?

“My lips are sealed I don't want to ruin it for anyone,” Nozawa said at the panel.

“I can say we are using Broly as the villain in this one,” Hayashida said sarcastically. “But we can say that the fighting scenes are top notch in this movie.”

Nozawa agrees. She said there’s so much action she wondered if she’d have much of a job at all.

“I was in the studio and I had to ask myself if there was any dialogue because there was a lot of fighting scenes,” she said.

Sean Schemmel, who provides Goku’s voice on English dubs, said his approach to the character hasn't changed. “It's the one constant in the universe. It gets harder to scream as I get older but I have to keep up with her badass lungs,” he said.

“You have a problem?” Nozawa teased. “I'm old and I have no problem.”

Some discussion centered around Broly as a villain. Mainly, whether or not he’s pure evil.

“He’s misunderstood,” said Mignonga (big surprise since he voices Broly after all). Nozawa admitted she also saw some potential in Broly saying “he's a villain but maybe there's a fraction of good.”

The Dragon Ball Super: Broly NYCC 2018 panel also included the premiere of the English version of the movie’s second trailer. Some characters still do not have English actors cast, or at least actors who have been shared with the public. Gine, for example, has no confirmed actress for the English version.

In terms of match-ups fans will see Goku vs Broly, Vegeta vs Broly and Frieza vs Broly.

The latest Dragon Ball movie will re-introduce the classic villain, Broly, as an official canonical character. It appears from the first two trailers already released that his origins will be a bit different — but there’s still a lot that’s being kept secret.

Broly’s relationship to Goku and Vegeta, on the other hand, seems to be tied to Frieza’s takeover of the Saiyan planet, Vegeta. The second trailer in particular shows Frieza when he first takes control of Vegeta, and retells the story of Bardock and Goku’s childhood. Many Dragon Ball fans will recognize scenes from the special manga, Dragon Ball Minus, as the Broly movie will introduce Goku’s mom, Gine.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is set to release in the U.S. on Jan. 16.

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