One thing you should know about me is that I am a huge fan when it comes to comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, as well as Japanese animation (referred to some as ‘anime’). If you were to login to my Instagram account right now and navigate through my news feed, then that’s all you would find. These are the things that entertain me on a daily basis whenever I’m on social media or the internet in general. One piece of material that’s been satisfying me recently is the success of the new film within the ‘Dragon Ball’ series called ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’.
‘Dragon Ball’ is a Japanese media franchise that was created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. The novel, which was written and illustrated by Toriyama himself, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995. In total, there’s 519 chapters of action-packed content collected in 42 volumes, which was released by a Japanese publishing company called Shueisha.
The TV-adaptation, produced by Toei Animation, is what really immersed me into the world of this series and I’ve been watching the show ever since I was a little kid. Seeing the new film doing so well today really puts a smile on my face and the fact that it’s breaking records at the box office is emphasizing the longevity of the franchise while also showing where it’s headed in the future in terms of narrative and aesthetic. The show also gave me an appreciation for how hard the work goes in to making an animated feature. As an illustrator myself, I’m always looking for ways to make my work look dynamic, yet original at the same time. ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ only sparked this appreciation even more and prior to the release of the movie, I was always checking to see how the animators and illustrators were going to push the bar for the franchise and deliver on a grand scale.
This is one of the main characters within the film, Broly.
Another design sheet featuring Broly in his combat uniform.
The process needed to make these TV productions is a long, strenuous one. For me to go out and support this film was really important to me as a long time ‘Dragon Ball’ fan and artist. So to wrap up, this is what is currently making me happy on the internet. Good storytelling, beautiful graphics, and one helluva fight to the death. This is the make-up of ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’.