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Movie Review – Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)

Dragon Ball Super: Broly, 2018.

Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine.

Featuring the voice talents of Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Vic Mignogna, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait, Emily Neves, Erica Lindbeck, Bruce Carey, Veronica Taylor, and Sonny Franks.

Synopsis:

Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they’ve faced before.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the best, most inspired Dragon Ball film to date. Popping and pulsing with vibrancy and vigor, Akira Toriyama’s triumphant return to the franchise catapults the Saiyan saga to glorious new heights, with unexpectedly emotional results. Fans yearning for a planet-splitting brawl won’t walk away underwhelmed; Toriyama’s smart, lean script allows for plenty of explosive Saiyan-to-Saiyan combat that dwarfs the stakes of the Tournament of Power. It’s all exciting, suspenseful stuff that absolutely remembers to cram in interesting lore and obligatory fan service. Die-hards will rejoice.

Part character study for fans, part contextual supplement for franchise newcomers,
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'Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F' Clip Brings Frieza Back to Life

'Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F' Clip Brings Frieza Back to Life
Following the new trailer that arrived last month, IGN has released a new clip from Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F. The animated movie is set for a limited theatrical release from August 4 through August 12 in the states, and fans can purchase tickets from DragonBallZ.com. This new clip features a fearsome dragon asked to bring the powerful villain Freiza (Chris Ayres) back to life. And it's done with unexpected results.

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans. The film is set to feature the return of cast members Sean Schemmel as Goku, Christopher Sabat as Vegeta/Piccolo, John Burgmeier as Tien, Kyle Hebert as Gohan, Mike McFarland as Master Roshi, Monica Rial as Bulma, Sonny Strait as Krillin, Ian Sinclair as Whis,
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One Piece Collection 9 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 575 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s taken over 200 episodes but the Straw Hat Pirates have finally made it. Not to their destination of course, but in to the fantastic world of widescreen. The first episode of the latest set is the conclusion to the Navarone arc, but after that the colours are brighter and the image stretchier, just like Luffy himself. This allows for more of the brilliant artwork to be seen, and also lets the action sequences take place on a wider canvas. We’ve all come to take widescreen for granted, so this transition is a stark reminder of just how much more we are treated to.

Unfortunately the latest arc isn’t exactly the
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One Piece Collection 8 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

One Piece continues its fantastic voyage, now crossing over the 200 episode mark. Not only that, but this collection manages to show all the great bits of such a brilliant series. It contains the action, adventure, and sheer joy of exploration.

This set sees the conclusion of the Skypiea saga, which does rather brave examination of Gods and religions. We see powerful men willing to exploit others and abuse their power, while also criticising blind followers. A series of episodes that explores the past of Skypiea and its mythology also provides a welcome break from the main story, while chronicling a sweet and honourable bromance. Such tangents from the main stories in anime can sometimes be a curse,
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One Piece Collection 7 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Taking us into the land of Skypiea, this 7th collection of One Piece episodes, taking us from episodes 157-182, adds a new dimension to the usually water set saga. Although the water is pretty much just replaced with clouds, there are plenty of new dynamics, interesting beasts, and a world of religious intrigue, which all helps to prevent the series from getting stale..

The characters are once again split up, which does allow for a lot of individual character development. Best of all, this development usually presents itself in the fight sequences. Being an archaeologist, Robin is more concerned with her surroundings when fighting and the damage done to ancient relics. Choppers, as a doctor,
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One Piece: Strong World Blu-ray Review

Director: Munehisa Sakai

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Cho, Ian Sinclair

Running Time: 109 minutes

Certificate: 15

With One Piece: Unlimited World Red released on gaming platforms this Friday and One Piece: Strong World arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this upcoming Monday, it’s never been a better time to be a fan of Eiichiro Oda’s mange/anime. This is the first film released in the UK despite being a cinematic entry from 2009. This means that certain elements may be jarring for those who have been following the DVD releases of the series over the last year as we encounter characters not yet introduced in the dubbed run. Those who have kept up with the show in its original Japanese language will be more settled though.
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'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods' Trailer

'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods' Trailer
Funimation has debuted two new trailers for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, along with the announcement that the upcoming animated adventure will debut in a limited theatrical event from August 5 through August 9 in over 350 theaters nationwide. We also have a new photo gallery, along with the official synopsis and the full English-language voice cast for the first Dbz animated movie in over 17 years, directed by Masahiro Hosoda. Check out the trailers and images below, then clickHere to find out if Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is coming to a theater near you.

Following the events from the internationally renowned animated television series, Dragon Ball Z, 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 rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet,
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One Piece Collection 6 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Like with any anime series following a huge arc, One Piece settles into a few smaller adventures during its sixth boxset. Each one makes a strong effort to be more than simple filler though, elaborating on characters or making sure the individual adventures are fun and engaging. This is leagues away from becoming anything even close to stale, which may be down to the general theme of exploring. Other animes seem to become bogged down in overcomplicating stories and having to add new elements, whereas One Piece has an entirely imaginative world to explore as our heroes make their way to their goal but become distracted by
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One Piece Collection 5 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

In terms of story, this 5th collection is the most ambitious yet. Picking up from where the last set left off, we now find Vivi and the Straw hat Pirates, in Vivi’s homeland where rain has not fallen for years. A conspiracy is uncovered that looks set to erupt in civil war if Vivi and the Straw Hats can’t put an end to a reign (or should that be rain?) of terror from the mysterious Crocodile A.K.A. Mr. Zero. Confidently setting character development and focus on the protagonists aside, One Piece once again shows how it can handle the more mature plot strands.

With a dark sense of tragedy throughout this very extensive arc,
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One Piece Collection 4 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 15

These releases certainly come thick and fast, but it’s an output most should be happy with. After all, One Piece isn’t a show you merely dip into every now and again. It’s a show that becomes an addiction, and like all drugs it can leave you wandering the streets begging for your next hit. This is something that could be said for many of the long running anime shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and Naruto, but it has to be said that One Piece has that little something over those other popular, and often entertaining shows. Variety is the key to One Piece, as it goes way beyond setting up
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Dragon Ball Z Season 9 DVD Review

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Starring: Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, Daisuke Gouri, Stephanie Nadolny, Naoko Watanabe, Eric Vale, Miki Itou, Christopher R. Sabat, Ryo Horikawa, Dameon Clarke, Takeshi Kusao, Kyle Hebert, Toshio Furukawa, Sonny Strait, Jeremy Inman, Chuck Huber, Mike McFarland, Tiffany Volmer, Cynthia Cranz,

Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: PG

It’s been a long and winding road for the characters of Dragon Ball Z, but this is the final season. Dragon Ball Z is a show that I first approached with resistance, unwilling to accept that 5+ hour long fights could be anything but repetitive and dull. But it has gradually become more hospitable, if only for the fact that the show is demonstrably addictive. Set aside the fact that reviewing anime is one of the things I do for the site, this show would have sunk its claws into me and refused to let go no matter what. This final season
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C Control DVD Review

Directors: Kenji Nakamura

Starring: Kouki Uchiyama, Todd Haberkorn, Daisuke Hosomi, J. Michael Tatum, Haruka Tomatsu, Brina Palencia, Masami Kikuchi, Sonny Strait, Mayumi Asano, Martha Harms, Saori Goto, Monica Rial, Takahiro Sakurai, Scott Freeman

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

Anime and arranged battling often go hand in hand. Whether it’s the monster based strategies of Pokémon or the card oriented Yu-Gi-Oh, there’s always some way of solving differences without pulling out traditional weapons and going at it. In C Control the weapon of choice is money. Set against a world where Japan has been rescued from financial ruin, certain members of society are now invited to an alternate reality known as The Financial District where they can get involved in fights in order to gain more money. It’s an attractive get rich quick prospect, but comes with a lot of small print.

The set-up is fantastic, and it’s
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One Piece Collection 3 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

With Monky D. Luffy and shipmates continuing towards the Grand Line, but as One Piece has proven time and time again, it expertly mixes in individual arcs while the main plot drives forward. It makes for a show that is ever so easy to enter for new fans, or those returning from a long break, without making old fans feel as though they are being forgotten. This is the first collection where the core cast of characters feel at ease with each other. All the conflict and suspicions have been left behind and the writers have done a tremendous job at making the cast feel like a close-knit family while also relating them to the audience.
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Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Blu-ray Review

Director: Sayo Yamamoto,

Starring: Kanichi Kurita, Sonny Strait, Miyuki Sawashiro, Michelle Ruff, Daisuke Namikawa, Mike McFarland, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Christopher R. Sabat,

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

Lupin The Third is one of anime and manga’s best loved characters. A master thief who gets caught up in a series of adventures, his tales mix very Japanese themes with a hint of Franco-Belgian comics such as Tin-Tin and Lucky Luke, only more adult orientated. In Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, we are treated to adventures set in the early years of Lupin’s thievery, as well as detailing his relationship with later series regulars, femme fatale Fujiko Mine, samurai Goemon Ishikawa Xiii, and former bodyguard Daisuke Jigan. Therefore, this is the perfect entry point for new fans as well as elaborating on details for old fans. It also happens to be one of the most impressive anime ever made.
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KenIchi The Mightiest Disciple Collection Two DVD Review

Director: Hajime Kamegaki,

Starring: Tomokazu Seki, Josh Grelle, Tomoko Kawakami, Carrie Savage, Hiroshi Arikawa, R Bruce Elliot, Hiroya Ishimaru, Sonny Strait, Issei Futamata, Vic Mignogna, Juurouta Kosugi,Kent Williams, Mamiko Noto, Trina Nishimura,

Running Time: 613 minutes

Certificate: 12

Picking up where the last set of episodes left off, Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple makes its intentions clear from the outset. Although the comedy, romance, and action are still very much intact, this is also a much darker affair. The previous box set hinted at how affecting the violence and suffering could be, but now with its use of a more foreboding colour palette, Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple proves itself when handling drama.

The show should be celebrated for managing to expand its core cast of characters, each with their own individual motivation and emotional context, without detracting from previously setup storylines and individuals. The majority of the new characters add something new to the story,
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Dragon Ball Z Season 8 DVD Review

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Starring: Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, Daisuke Gouri, Stephanie Nadolny, Naoko Watanabe, Eric Vale, Miki Itou, Christopher R. Sabat, Ryo Horikawa, Dameon Clarke, Takeshi Kusao, Kyle Hebert, Toshio Furukawa, Sonny Strait, Jeremy Inman, Chuck Huber, Mike McFarland, Tiffany Volmer, Cynthia Cranz,

Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: PG

Picking up where Season 7 left off, Season 8 really should begin to crack under the pressure of continuing a fairly simplistic series for so long. In actual fact, this is one of the best seasons the show has to offer thanks to some amazing character development, interesting and meaningful fight sequences, and even sections of heartfelt emotion. It all begins with the regular gang of heroes travelling to take on the evil wizard Babidi, son of Bibidi, and yes there is also a Buu. Babidi wishes to awaken the ultimate fighter, Buu, in order to take over the word.

The lead up to
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One Piece Collection 2 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Picking up directly where Collection 1 left off, One Piece returns to complete its introductory arc. The last member of the crew, chef Sanji, joins the gang but just as it looks as though everything is in place, we discover that navigator Nami may not be everything she appears. After a gruelling battle with Don Krieg, the show clearly announces that although violence isn’t going to be used on a regular basis, the show isn’t afraid to use it when creating conflict and consequence. This fact becomes even more obvious during the next arc of the show that focuses on Nami’s past and her connection to the dreaded fishmen. Fish-men hybrids that are super song,
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KenIchi The Mightiest Disciple DVD Review

Director: Hajime Kamegaki,

Starring: Tomokazu Seki, Josh Grelle, Tomoko Kawakami, Carrie Savage, Hiroshi Arikawa, R Bruce Elliot, Hiroya Ishimaru, Sonny Strait, Issei Futamata, Vic Mignogna, Juurouta Kosugi,Kent Williams, Mamiko Noto, Trina Nishimura,

Running Time: 613 minutes

Certificate: 12

Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple is a fighting anime with a few twists and turns along the way. For starters, the protagonist isn’t exactly carved from heroic material. Kenichi is a rather lame character at first, and is also very annoying in parts. This works as both a positive and a negative for the series, as he is both relatable and down to Earth, while at the same time deserving of a punch or two. What it does allow for is some massive growth in terms of character.

Kenichi is a student who loves a bit of martial arts and doesn’t let his cowardice get in the way of enjoying his favourite sport.
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One Piece Collection 1 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s finally arrived! One Piece is one of the longest running animes, sitting alongside the likes of Bleach and Narruto, and yet it isn’t until now we are getting a box-set here in the UK. Not only that, but it’s also the uncut FUNimation and Japanese dubs of the show and not the butchering 4Kids version. A company that treated the show with such little respect (as it does Pokemon) that 144 episodes were edited down to 104. Still, that’s all in the past now and we can explore the show as it was meant to be seen, and what a show it is.

One Piece starts with the simplest of prologues before
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Dragon Ball Z Season 7 DVD Review

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Starring: Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, Daisuke Gouri, Stephanie Nadolny, Naoko Watanabe, Eric Vale, Miki Itou, Christopher R. Sabat, Ryo Horikawa, Dameon Clarke, Takeshi Kusao, Kyle Hebert, Toshio Furukawa, Sonny Strait, Jeremy Inman, Chuck Huber, Mike McFarland, Tiffany Volmer, Cynthia Cranz,

Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: PG

Dragon Ball Season 7 is one of those points in a long running anime that can be seen as an easy ‘jumping-in’ point. Whereas the last two seasons required lengthy mythology and background knowledge to receive much of the enjoyment, this season will welcome newcomers and reward dedicated fans alike. Season 6 was an incredibly long tournament based season, with much of the action focused around a single fight. Season 7 has a lot of tournaments to get through too, but it also gives a wide range of fights and competitors, as well as supplying us with some heartfelt character moments and exciting new storylines and characters.
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