Cel of the Day – Broly Attacks!

27 02 2010

I am not an active collector anymore.  Well, at least not right now.  But I have been around the web and I know a few tips and tricks to anyone considering collecting anime cels.  I’ve even got some Dragon Ball specific ones that I’ll be divulging with-in this blog.  Among them are where to find some of the best cels, how to make sure what you’re looking at is the real deal and not a fan made cel and other such things.

But right now, I’m not gonna do that!  Next post I will!  What can I give you though for now?  How about the “Cel of the day” which is what I’m going to start posting.  Let’s start with one I used to own!  The one below of Broly charging towards Goku with an energy blast!

Such a bad ass pose.

Oh Broly/Brolly/Broli... how I miss you!

I bought this cel while I was still in High School.  It was probably my first “high caliber”  cel I owned.  I got a ridiculously good deal on it in the most unlikely of places.  Okay, I’ll divulge one Collector tip today, eBay is NOT a good place to find great shots like this or rare cels.  But I got lucky.  I think I bought this at the very beginning of my collecting!  Around Christmas time too!  It was my present to meeee!  Not all collector’s are like me though.  A lot have money haha.  Back then I had even less so then I do now, so in order to continue collecting I would often sell or trade to acquire new ones.  Sometimes I had to do it for school, which was the case with this one.  I held onto it for 3 or 4 years before selling it.  But I feel good knowing that one of the biggest American Dragon Ball Collectors, and one of my good friends, now owns it.  So it’s being taken care of.  I don’t think I have to mention that this is from Dragon Ball Z movie 8 do I?  Well it is.  In any case here is the sketch below that went with it.

I'm too lazy to remove the old watermark. Sorry.

Incidentally, I remember when I first bought Movie 8 on a fan subbed VHS cassette in 2000 or 2001.  I watched it around the same time the Cell Games or Android saga was airing for the very first time on Cartoon Network.  I seem to recall that it blew me away.  You have to understand, to my young teenage mind Dragon Ball Z was already freaking everything  you could want.  Epic battles, explosions and the like.  Each saga kept topping the last one in scale.  It’s like a God of War game, where every boss keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Well, I remember watching Broly (the spelling of his name is varied so if you don’t like that one, whatever) pick Gohan up by the head and drag him through a building and just completely own (pwn?) all of the “Z fighters” … gah that feels like such a dub term … and it just was ridiculous.  Broly was such an unrelenting, unforgiving villain!  I particularly loved a line in the fan sub that they kind of messed up in the dub.  I think it was something along the lines of, well, one character says that he is like a devil and Broly retorts “No, I AM the devil.”  Something like that.  I can’t remember exactly.  Of course, now the movie doesn’t seem as good, you have to kind of see DBZ in order and be invested in the characters for it to properly have one-upped all you have already seen.  But in any case, this cel exemplifies all those qualities I remembered in one awesome pose with an evil smile attached.