DB Super – Jiren, Goku, Hit and many many more

Sorry for the prolongued absence. I’ve been a bit busy with the tutorials website which took a lot out of me. But now, I should be getting back to a more regular schedule.

It has been quite a while since I talked about anything DB Super related. As usual, there will be spoilers, up until the most recent episode (which for this post is 111) and a few from the next ones. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to get spoiled, do not read beyond this paragraph.

Many things have happened in DB Super since the last time I talked about it. With 2 universes gone and quite a few shockers in the last few episodes, the story has evolved quite a bit. And I don’t know about you, but I am quite enjoying this arc, so far anyway. So, here are a few things worth noting, some subtle things that may shape the outcome of the second part of the tournament and some opinions on what has been good and bad so far:

1. Jiren is everything I was imagining he would be…with one exception

The way Jiren beat Goku, even with the Ultra Instinct transformation, and the way he managed to overpower Hit have cemented this guy’s power and status as the supposed mortal stronger than Gods. I wanted him to be insanely overpowered (you know, because of the hype) and he is. The only gripe I have with him so far is that there is no explanation to his powers and strength. Adding a backstory to this guy might make him more interesting, because so far his only trait is that he is strong.

2. So…how does one beat Jiren?

I don’t know…I really don’t know. And while hoping for a random Gogeta appearance to make him part of the main series is what I am doing at times, I do feel that this won’t happen because it’s way too obvious. Also, I’m not sure Vegeta knows the dance. I mean he did see Goten and Trunks perform it, but I don’t know if he knows exactly what needs to be done. And the last thing you need in a Tournament of Power that decides your fate is Veku.

3. Freeza’s return is majestic

I like Freeza. And I also liked Golden Freeza, at least the one from the Revival of F movie. To hear that he was coming back got me hyped up, but I was skeptical at first…until he transformed against those assassins. And the way they handled him in the tournament so far was even more awesome. The way he played Frost and his overall attitude during the tournament was very well written.

4. Vegeta may have something up his sleeve

Vegeta has been a pretty good team player during this tournament, even though he still has his “I am Prince Vegeta” attitude at times. I mean he did help Goku against Universe 9 and against that sniper fellow. However, he did not give Goku his energy for the spirit bomb and he was less than impressed with the Ultra Instinct transformation. This leads me to believe that he knows something or has a technique he’s been saving. Only time will tell though.

5. Ribrianne might be here for the long run

Let’s take a step back in time. When Cell decided to host The Cell Games, who was the first one to fight him? Hercule. And when he got knocked out, he kept going on and on about how it’s all a trick. Now replace Hercule with Ribrianne and tricks with love and you got the exact same scenario with Jiren being the one to beat. This is a stretch and maybe Ribrianne is just a troll character which will be thrown out pretty soon, but I do believe there is a reason she is still in the tournament. And since future episode spoilers haven’t said anything about her going out, I think she still has quite an important role to play.

So yeah, those are my thoughts on the recet events in Super. I am really curious as to where the story is going to go. Part of me thinks Goku is going to get the Ultra Instinct form again and that will be that. But then again I also thought Hit was going to last until the end, so I guess it’s safe to assume the most obvious resolutions aren’t always the oens that Toei and Akira will use.

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DB Super – So, it’s for kids, eh?

Dragon Ball Super episode 98 aired yesterday and it was one of the most intense ones yet. If you haven’t seen it, then be warned of spoilers and as usual, do not read beyond this first paragraph if you don’t want this episode spoiled.

With the Tournament of Power finally getting to a start the previous episode, this one picks up where the other one left off, with Goku being surrounded by the U9 fighters. The whole episode is very focused on the guys from U9, with Goku, Vegeta and Freeza taking turns in fighting with them. Well, in Freeza’s case, not so much as fighting, rather…flailing angrily, but hey, it still counts.

So Goku starts fighting these guys, but having to stay in base form so as to conserve stamina, taking on 8-9 fighters at a time is actually hard. Vegeta, having finally stopped punching the same guy over and over again apparently, joins in and helps his best-buddy in combat.

And holy Dragon Balls was their fight awesome. With the U9 fighters coming up with various techniques, Vegeta almost getting cut in half by some Wolverine-like claws, Vegeta getting his hand frozen by one of the fighters but still managing to hold his own fairly well. And don’t get me started on the Trio de Dangers 3-beam attack and Goku and Vegeta’s Final Kamehameha move (first time we see that with them not being Vegito or Gogeta), because I daresay it was the best fighting sequence of all of DB Super and one of the best in the whole of Dragon Ball.

Goku and Vegeta manage to knock out each and every one of the 9 fighters they were against from U9, with the 10th one calling it quits so as to avoid being tortured by Freeza some more and this is where things take a turn from action-packed fight sequences to downright sad and terrifying.

With all the U9 fighters out of the fight, The Grand Priest tells everyone that U9 is going to get erased and sure enough, the 2 Zenos raise their hands and bam!, Universe is gone…except of course for the Angel, Mohito I think his name is. The more interesting part about all of this? Mohito started smiling after his Universe got destroyed, adding more fuel to the fire with regards to the Angels and The Grand Priest being up to something. It doesn’t help that the Grand Priest had this saddistic look on him after U9 gets Ctrl-Alt-Deleted.

The episode ends with Beerus, Goku, Vegeta and the others in a state of shock as they, as the narrator rightly says, realize the gravity of the situation they are in. Goku seems to be very annoyed with The Grand Priest and here I am HOPING he himself realizes the seriousness of the outcome of this result.

All in all, the episode did not dissapoint and it also helps in setting up quite a few interesting possible scenarios. I actually have a theory regarding The Grand Priest, which I’ll discuss in a separate post. As for the next episode, it seems U4 is the next in line to challenge U7. We’ll just have to wait and see where this goes. I can only hope that this episode shatters this silly idea that DB Super is for kids. U9 getting erased is the most saddistic moment in the entirety of the Dragon Ball series, which also contains Super Buu killing every human with a single attack, Freeza torturing and killing Namekians and their children, Freeza destroying a planet just because he was scared of Super Saiyans and Goku Black and Zamasu killing off Gods and mortals for their beautiful world. Tell me again how Dragon Ball is for kids?

DB Super – it has finally begun!

So Dragon Ball Super episode 97 aired yesterday and, as the title suggests, it’s finally happening guys, the Tournament of Power has begun. I will delve into spoilers from this episode, so if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to find out what is going on, do not read beyond this first paragraph.

The episode was pretty lit in every way, shape and form, but what I enjoyed for the most part is that it would appear that we will get a fair share of action from every Universe, not just U7. I mean Basil from U9 was kicking all sorts of ass out there and I actually enjoyed seeing him on screen, as opposed to the demo match where he and everyone else from U9 came about as annoying.

We also had that cool technique from Narirama of U3, a robot like fighter who started sweeping everyone of their feet (literally). And the technique proved very effective until Hit broke one of his arms in his typical badass way and Basil again broke the other one…and also gloated for a bit, which was funny to see.

Another interesting thing to note is that Goku, Vegeta, Freeza and Androids 17 and 18 are fighting on their own. I mean I expected as much from Freeza and in a sense Vegeta, but the others…I dunno, I’m guessing no one really respects Gohan that much. But I loved the scene with Gohan, Piccolo, Roshi, Krillin and Tien actually respecting the teamwork plan when they were surrounded. That was awesome, and they way they actually used their signature moves was something to remember for some time.

Finally, there were some rumors/leaks that stated that warriors who fell from the edge would get erased immediately, but is seems that the only thing that happens is that they get sent to the spectator’s lounge, at least for the moment.

All in all, a very good episode that appears to be setting up something very big, maybe even bigger than that. I can only hope someone knocks some sense into Goku before he does something stupid though…

DB Super – the emperor unleashed

Spoilers ahead, you know the drill by now.

A great deal of leaks have appeared in the last 2 weeks with regards to this Tournament of Power that should FINALLY start in the next episode(s). And I wanted to talk about them, but only after I knew for sure they were real, which doesn’t appear to be the case. And that’s a good thing, because I’ve actually had enough twists for the time being.

Anyhow, in this latest episode, we get to see Frieza doing Frieza stuff in the most violent and bloody way possible. In the previous episode Goku and Frieza were ambushed by a league of assassins (though, not very good ones) who were sent by U9, along with a nifty piece of God of Destruction energy. I don’t know how those guys were able to hold the energy without getting erased, but roll with it like I did.

Anyhow, Frieza starts demolishing the group of assassins one by many until the dog like being releases the energy mentioned before. Through a very clever trick he manages to hit Frieza with it and it would seem that his return was cut short…until he manages to pull himself out of the energy and use it on Goku, who lets his guard down ONCE AGAIN! Frieza then tries to persuade U9 into enrolling him as a member in their team, but before Sidra and Roh can decide, Beerus shows up and saves Goku from that energy.

Our lovely emperor resurrected then realizes there is more to this manipulation than meets the eye, no doubt plotting something that apparently involves Beerus as well. The episode then ends with a little sparring match between Goku and Frieza, which ends in a draw. In the episode preview we finally see the warriors gathering to the stage built by The Grand Priest, but in typical DBS fashion, this will probably happen at the end of the episode, with the actual fighting starting in episode 97.

All in all, a good episode which for the moment negates the leaks regarding Frieza joining Universe 4 and Yamcha filling the 10th slot. I say this mostly because in the preview you see Frieza alongside the other fighters of U7. Should he decide to betray them, which seems very likely given his nature, it will happen probably during the Tournament. All we need is just a little patience *acoustic guitar strums*.

DB Super – tingling sensations

Dragon Ball Super episode 93 aired yesterday and I’m so glad it did because I can finally use the name Freeza again in my posts. Well, technically I could have used it since last week, but I was too lazy to come up with a post then. With that being said, I am going to discuss events from this latest episode, so if you don’t want any spoilers, do not go beyond this first paragraph.

In this episode, a lot of stuff has happened. From Caulifla and Cabba trying to get the Broly out of Kale, to Goku going to convince Freeza to fight and with Universe 4 sending spies over to Universe 7 in order to come up with a back-up plan. Let ut start with Universe 6.

So Caulifla managed to become a Super Saiyan by lstening to Cabba’s description of nhow, when he’s a Super Saiyan, it kind of feels like a tingling sensation in the back. Of course, the Dragon Ball community took it well…seriously, people need to grow up, Goten and Trunks also became Super Saiyan just cause, so there is no right to complain here. Anyhow, in this episode, they’re trying to help Kale, Caulifla’s protegee, become a Super Saiyan as well. The tingling sensation and insulting methods worked rather well I’d say, with Kale ending up crying. But, when all seemed lost, Kale went berserk when she saw Cabba and Cauligla being too friendly to one another. And I loved seeing this, because her overflowing ki and the way she concentrates energy in her hand right before the blast is exactly like Broly. The fanboy in me was satisfied.

Next up, we have Goku going to Hell to bargain with Freeza. Freeza was not so shocked or annoyed to see Goku there, which I though was weird…combine that with Goku talking and looking very much like Goku Black and we may have some possible hints about a slight shift in Goku’s personality, though I do believe it is far fetched. Freeza doesn’t seem interested, but when Goku leaves, he changes his mind and, appealing to Goku’s thirst for strong opponents, seemingly makes him agree to his terms, which are of course to be resurrected after the Tournament should Universe 7 win. Should be interesting to see how this develops.

And finally, we have a sort of beef between Beerus and the God of Destruction of Universe 4. And I loved the fact that they made this beef between a cat like God and a rodent like God, kind of mouse looking. I don’t know, I just enjoyed it. It would seem that Universe 4 has some weapon up their sleeve, but as of yet we don’t know exactly what it is…or who it is, should it be a fighter.

All in all, a very good episode and lots of food for though for the upcoming ones. I can only hope that this Tournament will start before the 100 episode mark. We’ll just have to wait and see.

DB Super – subtle things that may shape the outcome of this arc

There have been many theories and what-if scenarios about this upcoming Dragon Ball arc but during some of the older episodes there were some events which, put into the context of the Tournament of Power, may give us hints about the outcome of this arc. I figured I’d go through some of them here.

1. Zamasu and Gowasu have travelled 1000 years into the future of Universe 10

During the Goku Black arc, present Gowasu was trying to convince Zamasu that mortal beings are not that bad and he decides to go to a planet in Universe 10. And seeing as how the life on that planet was just beginning, there weren’t many rules or logic behind the lifestyles of the beings on that planet. So in order to further convince Zamasu that mortal beings are cool, Gowasu travels 1000 years into the future of the same planet. This wasn’t simulated as far as I can remember and it was the present Gowasu who did the travelling, so could this be a hint that Universe 10 actually survives this whole ordeal?

2. The laid back attitude of the Angels

Ok, so the fact of the matter is that the Angels become dormant when their Gods of Destruction get hakai’d. So why is it that most of them (see the next entry on this list) don’t seem to care about the fate of their Universe? This only helps in adding fuel to the fire when it comes to the theory of the Grand Priest being up to something. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens I guess

3. Whis doesn’t care about U7’s fate…and then does

Whis was like: “yeah, I am your assistant and Angel at the same time Lord Beerus, I have a different treatment than you yadda yadda”. So then…WHY did he speed up Bulma’s pregancy with arguably the biggest asspull technique seen in Dragon Ball? I mean you could trace this back to the beginning of DB Super when he told Vegeta that he would train him only if he would become the next God of Destruction (though I do believe that is off the table…or is it?). I don’t know, it struck me as an odd decision. Maybe he just doesn’t want to lose the Earth because of the food, who knows.

4. Beerus’s bad omen dream

When Goku was off trying to convince Android 17 to join the team, Beerus fell asleep and had a bad dream that Goku dies in an explosion. This sort of became a comic relief moment because of the reaction that Beerus had when he woke up but I still think there is more to this than meets the eye. Remember the other dream Beerus had, with the whole Super Saiyan God fight?

5. Future Zeno’s hand gestures

Yeah, this one was mentioned quite a few times. I’m talking about whenever the 2 Zenos raise their hands, future Zeno always switches between hands in order for him to have the same hand risen as present Zeno. I dunno, maybe it’s far fetched, but it’s always the little things like this that you look back on and say: “huh, it was right under our noses all along”. One of the theories involving future Zeno is that he was somehow possessed by Zamasu, which would be a cool feature and one that actually hasn’t been done before in Dragon Ball.

Hopefully, we get a good story regardless of these hints or not. One can only hope this Tournament will finally get going and we’ll finally get to see what’s going to happen.

DB Super – so, it’s actually happening?

So, Dragon Ball Super ep. 91 aired today and it was centered around the gathering of the fighters for the much anticipated Tournament of Power. Now there is a tidbit of information revealed in this episode which links up well with a spoiler I discussed in a previous post. If you do not wish to find out what is going to happen in the next few episodes, do not read beyond this first paragraph.

So since you’re here, you’ve either not become bored yet or you want to know what I want to discuss about future events in our beloved anime. Well, the tidbit of information I was mentioning is of course the fact that, from what it would seem, Majin Buu actually fell asleep and won’t be able to wake up in time for the Tournament. This was revealed near the end of the episode, which was centered on the gathering of fighters in each universe. Well, not each, we saw Hit recruiting Frost, some weird Sailor Moon homage in Universe 2 and Toppo and Dyspo trying to reach their general. We also saw that Gowasu likes his GodTube likes and Roshi is trying to overcome his perverted attitude. That was actually a funny scene.

But, on to the big reveal of Majin Buu’s sudden need to sleep. It would appear, at the moment, that Freeza’s 3rd comeback is a thing, not just some one-off gag episode
shamelessly used to inexplicably delay the start of this Tournament. I mean I am expecting more reveals in the next two episodes but as far as I can tell, Lord Freezer might actually be in on this whole ordeal. There is also the matter of a pic showing him with a halo appearing on Toei’s official website which all but confirms his reappearance. What his exact role will be remains to be seen, next time(s) on Dragon Ball Super.

The next episode seem to focus more on Cabba teaching Caulifla and Kale how to transform into a Super Saiyan, which should be cool to watch. We also say Kale seemingly becoming enraged and we might see an evolved form of hers, not necessarily the Broly form, but something beyond Super Saiyan (or, one can only hope we’ll see it). There also appears to be the matter of Krillin and No. 18 wanting out of the 10 fighters…and there is also the matter of Elder Kai possibly finding a way to unlock Goku’s potential, similar to how he unlocked Gohan’s back in Z. It was mentioned in this episode, but due to the lack of time, we might not get to see it. Unless they all remember a certain Time Chamber than can be used in times where time itself is actually very limited (assuming of course Vegeta allows them to enter).