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Otaku Evolution Episode 117 - Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

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My final entry in this year's Dragon Ball Month is the eighth Dragon Ball Z movie, that one with the mountain of muscles who dumb people seem to enjoy. Seriously, Broly is a complete waste, because he's not even really a character. He's such a two(at best)-dimensional villain, and yet they give him this back story to try to get us to sympathize, or at least understand. Sorry, but that only works for characters with personalities. With Broly, it's just a lot of wasted potential. Granted, at least they tried, but maybe they should have shifted that effort into giving him something that defines his role, aside from a lot of screaming, and cry-induced insanity. Sure, most DBZ movie villains are shallow, even in the better movies, but this is a case of aiming high and falling low.

Top 10 Shunsuke Kikuchi DB/Z Tracks

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Few people talk about Shunsuke Kikuchi. While not the quality of say, Yoko Kanno's contributions, or the emotional power of Hiroshi Miyagawa's work, Kikuchi has been in the business of incidental music (that is to say, background music) for decades. Cutting his teeth on tokusatsu programs, Kikuchi got work scoring the anime adaption of the popular Akira Toriyama manga Dr. Slump. He is best known, however, for scoring the anime adaptation of Toriyama's most popular work, Dragon Ball. Taking cues from old films, Kikuchi is a little Wang Fu-ling and a little Bernard Hermann.

 

Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies Re-Release Cast

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Funimation has announced the cast for the new English dub for the new DVD release of Dragon Ball Movie 1, "Curse of the Blood Rubies" (1986):
 

SON GOKU ..... Colleen Clinkenbeard
BULMA ..... Monica Rial
OOLONG ..... Bryan Massey
ROSHI ..... Mike McFarland
YAMUCHA ..... Chris Sabat
PU'AR ..... Brina Palencia
PANSY ..... Cherami Leigh
GURUMES ..... Jeremy Inman
PASTA ..... Kate Oxley
BONGO ..... Jonathan Brooks
SHENLONG ..... Chris Sabat
NARRATOR ..... John Swasey
 

This movie is largely a retelling of Goku's first encounters with Bulma, Oolong, Yamucha, and Roshi, with a new context added involving new characters like Pansy, Pasta, and Gurumes, a king who has been transformed into a monster.
 

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