Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is finally in theaters here in North America. The new movie is a direct sequel to the Broly movie that was initially released in 2018, and turns the focus away from Goku and Vegeta in favor of Gohan and Piccolo. There are new and interesting tales to get into, so let’s break down the ending and where it falls into the general Dragon Ball canon.
Dragon Ball Super: Explaining the end of the superhero movie
We have new shapes! It’s always nice to see the lovable characters continue to grow and we see that in Gohan and Piccolo this time around. Given how much of the Dragon Ball Super series revolves around Goku, Vegeta, and the Tournament of Power, everyone stays out of the spotlight for the most part. Now we have Broly bricks, the return of the Red Ribbon Army, and the settlement of Gohan and Piccolo. Arguably the most hyped moment in the movie is seeing Gohan Beast for the first time.
Before that, we see Gohan in his potential unleashed form, which we first saw in Fusion Saga. It took Gohan seeing Piccolo nearly die to push him over the ledge to unlock the new shape. It makes you wonder if Piccolo planned this too because he was tricking Gohan with Pan shenanigans. The entire fight is reminiscent of Gohan and Cell during the Cell games, but with Piccolo in place of Goku – obviously not great entertainment, but it’s a great remix of one of the series’ biggest fights. Either way, it’s a pretty cool moment to see this new look that resembles his Super Saiyan 2 hair, albeit noticeably longer with a silver tinge, with this new look being much stronger than that.
Next of course, we have Piccolo’s new “super” Namikian transformation, which Piccolo calls “Orange Piccolo.” Not the most creative, but not wrong either. Piccolo visited Dende hoping to further unlock his potential, but suggested using Dragon Balls instead of course because they could. With Shenron’s help, Piccolo unlocked his potential and activated his new form in the middle of battle. Right before the change, you can see the Namekian Pride symbol glowing on the back. Similar to Gohan, this is an upgraded version of the potential Unleashed model. It’s great to see the student and teacher rise in a similar way considering their long-term relationship on the chain. Not to mention seeing Gohan completely use the Special Beam Cannon for the first time in his last attack. This is an emotionally charged moment.
Speaking of taking the Special Beam Cannon, Cell is back…kinda – in the form of Cell Max. We have new androids and another cell. crazy. This hive is completely different though in many ways. First, Cell Max didn’t seem to have the ability to absorb others which caused much anxiety in DBZ, fans remember. Compared to the original Cell, Cell Max looks almost monstrous – in its first three forms, Cell was quite talkative and prone to speeches. He just went berserk from the gate. This might be due to his lack of mastery, but it clearly didn’t affect his fighting abilities – or stunt his growth.
Then we have Dr. Hedo, grandson of Dr. Gero, who created the new androids, Gamma 1 and 2, as well as Cell Max. We finally find him looking to turn himself in after the chaotic events of the final battle. He really seems to be a good guy compared to his grandfather. His overall goal was to create “superheroes” to stop potential threats to Earth, which he was tricked into thinking he would lead the Capsule Corporation. However, Bulma invites Dr. Hedo to join the capsule company to make better use of the skills. So far, we have ex-villains joining the good guys in back-to-back films. A bad guy becomes a good guy, after all, typical of most villains in the DragonBall universe. We have Cheelai, Lemo, Broly in the last movie and now Dr. Hedo and suppose Gamma 1 too. Although Gamma 2 sacrificed itself, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it again hopefully… even though Avengers: Endgame’s particle dispersal seemed quite certain.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Post-Credits scene
Finally, we have the post-credits scene in this movie that shows the end of Goku and Vegeta’s off-screen battle during Piccolo and Gohan’s adventure. Goku calls it quits giving Vegeta an extremely rare win because she collapses to the ground. If you tell someone that the new Dragon Ball movie ends with Vegeta defeating Goku, that might not be the way they imagine it – but hey, it’s a great bonus for Vegeta fans who are tired of Goku always showing up on top. Meanwhile, Broly had a front row seat to all of this, so he might have learned a few new tricks. But who knows when we’ll see him in action again – and that’s our biggest question:
The future of Dragon Ball
What’s next for Dragon Ball? Broly has cleaned up at the box office, and it looks like Super Hero will follow suit. Could there be a new series on the horizon or does the series’ future lie in more films? There are rumors that new Dragon Ball episodes are currently in production, which is set after Universe Survival Arc, which is said to be slated to return in 2023. A new DBS movie set after Super Hero is also said to be in pre-production, with Toei planning to release films Every two to three years. We’ll have to wait and see if everything comes true in the future when Toei Animation officially confirms what’s next for the popular anime series.
What do you think of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, and what do you want Goku and the other Z Fighters to appear in – a new series, another movie, or both? Let us know in the comments below. And please, there are no manga spoilers for anime viewers only.
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