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  • Approval of God:
    • Many animators working at Toei were very positive about the Shintani-style redesign for the characters due to how animation-friendly they are.
      • Yuya Takahashi, freelance animator and possibly one of the most popular animators of Dragon Ball Super, has approved of the designs, calling them animation-friendly and closer to the Namek saga style.
      • Naotoshi Shida, an animator known for working on episodes 110 and 130 of the Tournament of Power saga, among others, has called the new designs "wonderful!"
      • Masaki Sato, the animator responsible for Goku's first transformation as a Super Saiyan complemented the third trailer, specifically, a really detailed shot of Broly with huge veins on his face drawn by popular newcomer Yuya Takahashi. He says that he had trouble animating the Super Saiyan transformation since adapting the visual sound effects from the manga wouldn't be realistic, so he interpreted it with veins coming out of Goku's face, and is happy to see it in the movie.
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    • Ricardo Brust (Broly's voice actor in Latin America) approved of this fan edit of the dubbed first trailer that added an echo to Broly's screams since the trailer lacked them.
  • Bad Export for You: American copies on Blu-ray have a green tint to the footage due to Funimation's footage being damaged. This isn't an issue with the English release in other regions, such as the Australian release handled by Madman, which do not have the green tint.
  • Content Leak: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was datamined after a patch. While Broly was obvious (and was indeed found in the datamine), placeholder data for Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta was found, long before a trailer even announced the character was appearing.
  • Creator's Favorite: Director Naohiro Shintani said that if he were to choose a favorite character in the movie, it would have been Paragus.
  • Disowned Adaptation:
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    • Tadayoshi Yamamuro, who made his Animation Supervisor debut in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, didn't like the movie. He was dissapointed in how he wasn't called to work on it despite "creating Broly", and couldn't finish watching the movie due to how fast the camera movements were.
    • Takao Koyama, the writer of the Dragon Ball Z movies and the creator of Broly, which he himself is very fond of, has remarked he is not interested in the new interpretation as Broly wasn't fearsome. He never saw the movie because during the premiere he was sick.
  • Dueling Dubs: There's two Latin American Spanish dubs of the film dubbed in different countries, which is is something unusual in that region for the Dragon Ball franchise, as all the animated works are dubbed in Mexico since day one. In this particular case, the theatrical version of the film was done in Mexico based on the Japanese version, while another new dubbing is made in Argentina based on the Funimation dub. The Argentinian dub is used exclusively in the U.S. for the Starz network.note 
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  • Executive Meddling: Reportedly, the original script clocked in at three hours long. That said, it was forced to be cut down to closer to two.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The Super incarnation of Broly has been called "Neo Broly", "CANON Broly", "Male Kale" and "Super Broly" to differentiate him from his original counterpart. He has also been called "Tarzaly" due to his reinterpretation being quite similar to Tarzan.
    • Broly's final transformation is officially called "Super Saiyan Full Power". It's still referred to by fans as the "Legendary Super Saiyan" for nostalgia purposes and because the Daizenshuu guide books use the name to refer to Goku and Gohan's mastered Super Saiyan forms.
      • Promotional material and videogames lean on this a bit, also calling Broly's "Super Saiyan Full Power" form it's prior name of "Legendary Super Saiyan."
    • Chirai has been called "Green Bulma" and Berriblue "Edna Mode" due to their similar designs.
  • God Never Said That:
  • He Also Did:
    • One of the animators working in the film is Takashi Hashimoto, known for his gorgeous special effects in the movie Your Name (the opening with the comets blazing through the clouds being one of his scenes), among other works.
    • Yoshihiko Umakoshi (character designer for My Hero Academia, Casshern Sins, HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, etc) is in charge of part of the climax of the movie involving Gogeta.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Unlike the version of old that was regarded as the "Saiyan of legend", this incarnation of Broly is called a mutant by King Vegeta. This was actually a popular theory about both Broly and Kale in many circles.
    • Bulma's use of the Dragon Balls to de-age herself by five years. Many fans theorized this as a way to explain how she actually looked younger from Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on forward, and the movie finally confirmed it.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • It is the 20th Dragon Ball anime movie. Its Working Title was, in fact, "Dragon Ball 20th Movie Commemoration Project."
    • The film was also released 25 years after the original movie with Broly was made.
    • On the English side of things, the English dub's release is in 2019, 20 years after Funimation's original English dub of Dragon Ball Z with their Texas-based cast first premiered.
  • Missing Episode: On the US Blu-Rays, the bonus feature advertised; "Vic Mignogna Answers Your Questions", was left off the final release. Vic is also absent from the other bonus features you'd expect him to pop up, despite being one of the stars of the movie, most likely due to the allegations against him that came out after the movie was dubbed.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: In the SDCC 2018 trailer, Goku had an Oh, Crap! reaction to Broly transforming, with Goku internally saying "He's...getting stronger!" as Broly rises up from the ground. In the movie proper, Goku just assumes a fighting stance again and remains calm under pressure when Broly transforms.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The first trailer features a shot where Broly attacks Frieza while in his "Rage" form. Broly is actually a Super Saiyan by this point in the film itself; the trailer simply recolored his golden hair to black.
  • No Export for You: The movie won't be released in Venezuela since 20th Century Fox stopped releasing films in 2017 for reasons not officially clarified.note 
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Paragus' original voice actor, Iemasa Kayumi, passed away in 2014, and was replaced by Katsuhisa Hoki, who voiced him in Dragon Ball Heroes.
    • With Hiromi Tsuru passing away on November 15, 2017 at the age of 57 of an aortic dissection, Aya Hisakawa takes her place beginning with this film.
    • Defied again speaking of Frieza, at least with the English dub trailer. Chris Ayres was unable to perform any kind of voice acting since March 2017 due to his combat with COPD. Daman Mills, his understudy, is now the official voice actor of said character. However, Funimation has allowed the former to record in his condition for the English dub trailer (which is rather puzzling). The official English poster revealed that Ayres will actually voice Frieza in the finished movie, rather than being The Other Marty to his understudy as was previously speculated.
    • The one voicing Broly in the English dub trailer is confirmed not to be Vic Mignogna, though this has been speculated as due to the limited time before the San Diego Comic-Con, and Vic himself has expressed wanting to reprise the role. Vic was eventually confirmed to be replaying him once the official English promo poster was revealed.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub of Dragon Ball Z, the movies and Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta as a child was voiced by Luis Daniel Ramírez, but in Broly he is voiced by Xóchitl Ugarte.
    • In the Italian dub, Stefano Mondini replaces both Diego Reggente and Vittorio Bestoso as Paragas's voice.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Akira Toriyama had planned for Gogeta to appear in the Buu Saga, but upon learning that Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn was in the works, replaced him with Vegito, with this film becoming Gogeta's introduction to the main continuity.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Many of them in the Latin American Spanish dub:
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: This film's English dub was Vic Mignogna's last portrayal of Broly in the Dragon Ball franchise. Years of sexual harassment allegations against Mignogna came to prominence in 2019 as a result of the dubbed movie's release.
  • Role Reprise:
    • As usual, Bin Shimada reprises his role as the Japanese voice of Broly, as does Vic Mignogna for the English Dub.
    • Dameon Clarke returns as Paragus for the English Dub.
    • Chris Ayres returns to his role as the English voice of Frieza, after medical issues forced him to take a hiatus from voice acting in 2017.
    • Ricardo Brust, the now-retired voice actor of Broly and many other characters in Dragon Ball plays the character again after Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming was released in 1999 in Latin America, twenty years later.
    • Likewise, Roberto Sen, also retired, reprises his role as Paragus 20 years later after the release of Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan in 1999 in Latin America.
    • José Luis Castañeda, who voiced several characters in the franchise, came out of retirement to reprise his role as Nappa since he last appeared in Dragon Ball GT, which was in March 2000.
    • Lupita Leal returns to voice Baby Broly as she did 20 years before.
    • The Italian dub haves Mario Bombardieri reprising his role as Broly from the first dub of the original movies.Explanation 
  • Sleeper Hit: At least as far as mainstream US box office is concerned. While Broly was anticipated to perform well for Funimation and Toei for a limited release, with the film receiving a rather sizable marketing push including a Macy's Parade balloon and a billboard in Times Square, nobody really expected the film to perform far beyond what the previous movie, Resurrection F, did. As stated below, this clearly was not the case, as the film grossed $7 million on its opening day, topped the box office for that and the following day, and it ended the weekend with a whopping $21 million haul, performing admirably against mainstream fare such as Glass (2019) and The Upside, as well as baffling many box office analysts in the process.
  • Spoiled by the Format: There was a limited double-feature with the TV special, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku and Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. The latter brings the biggest surprise out of all of them, because this epically reveals that Gogeta is involved.
  • Swan Song: Broly would be the last time Chris Ayres voiced Frieza before his passing away in 2021, having come out of a medically-induced hiatus while prepared to stop recording in mid-session and leave for a lung transplant if need be.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: When the film was released in Japan, rumors spread quickly by viewers that Frieza mentioned having an older brother. This lead people to claim Cooler was canon and would be the focus of the next film. In reality this was untrue; Frieza never mentions having a brother(Vegeta does), and neither does King Cold in his brief appearance.
  • What Could Have Been: The movie had originally a three-hour script, but a lot of the content had to be cut for the final movie that has an hour and a half of content. Reportedly, the cut scenes are worth 70 minutes of content, with scenes of Raditz fighting Nappa and Vegeta, but since it was pointless to the story, it was cut.
  • Write What You Know: Nagamine, the film's director, used his vacation photos from his trip to the town of Amalfi in Italy as reference material for Bulma's vacation home.
  • Word of God:
    • Akira Toriyama was suggested by his editor that the film should include Broly since he has a fanbase in the west. This allowed Toriyama to flesh out Broly's character as he saw fit, meaning the original intentions for the character (i.e being an insanely powerful fighter) will be kept, but his original backstory and generic villainy will be intentionally Adapted Out.
    • The soundtrack includes two songs (Kakarot vs Broly, Broly vs Gogeta) that have an announcer hyping the fight between the characters. According to Nagamine, they were added because of how Goku vs Jiren was hyped and shown illegally in many parts of Latin America.
    • Series creator Akira Toriyama confirmed in an interview back in early 2018 that the movie is set "after the Tournament of Power that's currently airing on TV". Adding on to this, movie director Tatsuya Nagamine said that the reason for the absence of Ultra Instinct in the movie itself is due to him thinking that the TV series "broke its limits" and he didn't want limits being broken again so soon after the Tournament of Power while also wanting to showcase how much of a difference there is between Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue. The inability of Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken and Super Saiyan Blue Evolution to turn the tide in their favor seems to play into Goku and Vegeta's decision to use the Fusion Dance instead. Both interviews confirms that the movie is set in the Super anime's continuity, with the latter interview having both the interviewer and Nagamine mentioning the TV series as the base for the movie's fight scenes.

Other trivia

  • The movie has sold 23,866 advance tickets in Japan during the first two days, a 207% increase from Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
  • In order to promote the movie, Toei Animation released three remastered movies in North America theaters: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. These three movies were the direct source of inspiration for the film.
  • While the movie was set to premiere on December 14, there was a limited premiere a month earlier with 2000 people being invited. There was a controversy regarding two hundred persons being left out of the theater, despite seats being available and as an apology, they got a free ticket for the official premiere. Despite this, many people posted their complaints online, which got the uninformed western fanbase (especially those affected by clickbait content from sites like Youtube) that the Japanese fanbase hated the movie, which is far from the truth, as the movie was a box office success, even dethroning Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • In the United States, the movie's opening day garnered $7 million, blowing away Resurrection F 's opening weekend and is the first anime film since Pokémon: The First Movie to reach #1 at the box office. It held the #1 position on its second day with over $3 million and topped Resurrection F's final total in just two days.
  • Many animators in the industry who were dissatisfied with Tadayoshi Yamamuro's designs and animation since Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (among those critics, Yoshimishi Kameda from Fullmetal Alchemist) have approved of the new animation style from this movie. Among those names are:
    • Yuki Hayashi, an animator that used to work with Toei and is now working with Studio Bones (My Hero Academia), has called Shintani "so talented!"
    • Gen'ichirou Abe (an animator on the Monotogari series) has shown his support for the new style.
    • Arifumi Imai, a star animator in Attack on Titan, praised the movie visuals, saying it had great fluidity and character designs, alongside a nostalgic feeling to it.
  • Hiroshi Matsuyama, the CEO of CyberConnect2 (same company that worked in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot), praised the visuals and character designs by Naohiro Shintani, but called the script "a disaster".
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