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).

DB Super – The big spoiler talk

So, a few spoilers with regards to episodes 90-93 of Dragon Ball Super have surfaced in the past few days and I thought I’d take the time to dissect them a little bit. Well, not all of them, just one major one. If you don’t want to find out what is going to happen, then you should stop reading after this first paragraph, since I am going to discuss upcoming events. If you don’t care about spoilers then hey, feel free to stay.

So, thanks to a guy called Herms I think, we got the English translations for some upcoming Dragon Ball Super episodes and there is one major talking point with regards to the events from episode 93. So, it would appear that one of the 10 members of the U7 team might become incapacitated and will have to be replaced. That member of course is Majin Buu, because they haven’t done that already…oh wait.

Anyhow, with the team now incomplete, Goku starts to look for a replacement. His chosen one? Freeza. Yeah, that guy. And I have to say I have mixed feelings about it. I mean, I like Freeza, I absolutely loved his Golden Form when it appeared in the Revival of F movie, but I don’t know what to say. I guess it depends on how this plays out. If Freeza were to join, I don’t want him to become a good guy, because it makes absolutely no sense given how much of a backstabber and generally evil character he is. That being said, Fat Buu is probably my least favorite Buu form, even though he showed a lot of potential both in the Zen Exhibition Match and in training afterwards. So having him replaced with a guy I actually enjoy seeing is a good thing, for me anyway.

What excites me the most if Freeza joins is his interactions with Goku and Vegeta. I mean come on, Vegeta hates Freeza with a passion and Freeza hates both him and Goku with an eevn bigger passion, but can you just imagine if they all had to work to achieve the same goal, which in this case is survival? People say that Freeza would just say no simply because it would mean that Goku and Vegeta would be erased as well if U7 loses, but I don’t think his pride and his ego would let him do that. Another potential plot point if he joins is Vegeta finding out that Beerus ordered the destruction of Planet Vegeta. Now THAT would be something…

On the other hand, this could just be a gag episode and Buu eventually wakes up and order will be restored, which would probably annoy me even more than reviving a character for the nth time, albeit one that I enjoy seeing on screen, simply because I hate gag episodes like this which are meant only to create artificial hype (see also, Goku vs Hit). What will actually happen remains to be seen, I guess all we can do now is be patient.

DB Super – Oh my, there’s a twist (spoilers)

So Dragon Ball Super ep. 89 just aired today and…I’m a bit confused. If you don’t want any spoilers then please stop reading this post after the first paragraph because I am going to discuss the events from this episode and from the previous one.

As I’ve said, I am confused. Well, me and several other fans who thought Caulifla is the female version of Broly. But Akira decided: “hey, you know what? We have 2 female Saiyans now”.

In this latest episode, Goku goes on to convince Tien and Master Roshi to participate in the Tournament of Power, but I don’t want to waste time on that, because it’s the same old “I don’t want to participate but because of some random event I will come and join you Goku”.

In other news, we once again take a look at Cabba’s quest to gather the strongest fighters for U6’s team. And, as suggested by his former captain in the previous episode, he went to Caulifla, his former’s captain’s sister. Trouble is, she’s not really interested in fighting, until Cabba turns Super Saiyan and tells her that he would teach her the form and that there are even further heights to reach. Caulifla seems to be willing to participate now, because she is curious about this power, as any Saiyan usually is.

And here’s where the best part comes. There is another female Saiyan in Caulifla’s gang, and she appears to look identical to the one we first saw in the ending a few episodes back when the Universal Survival Arc was first hinted in the anime. The ponytail, the tame look…she seems to have Broly written all over her character. As opposed to last week, I don’t want to say for certain that this character (who’s name I think is Kale) is actually female Broly, but she does seem to fit the personality of Broly a lot more than Caulifla. And of course, the fact that she does appear to be the same character as the one in the ending a while ago and in the opening…I don’t know, we’ll probably get this answer some time in the next episodes.

All in all, a pretty meh episode, aside from this reveal. From what I understand, next week’s episode is the last episode before the Tournament actually starts. I actually can’t wait for that moment, I don’t mind filler episodes, but it seems to have dragged on a tad too much. Nevertheless, I hope we get to see some more reveals next time. Until then, let the theories come.

DB Super – Caulifla reveal and Gohan’s return

Once again, not Monday’s post 🙂

So Dragon Ball Super episode 88 aired today and it was brilliant. It starts off with Piccolo and Gohan training and Piccolo revealing that he knows of U7’s fate should they lose the upcoming Tournament. And they start their training, only light at first, but with Piccolo, you know that’s not going to last for long.

Meanwhile, we get a glimpse on Vegeta’s amazing diaper changing technique as he helps Trunks take care if his little sister, with Beerus wondering why they’re so carefree when the fate of the Universe hangs in their ability to win. Whis points out that it’s because they don’t know about the stakes. We then get a very funny what-if scenario of Beerus telling everyone about the whole U7 gets erased if they lose.

We then move on back to the training grounds where Piccolo starts to take the training more seriously and tells Gohan about his weakness of getting drunk on power, much like he did with Super Buu and Cell, and dropping his guard as a result.

Elsewhere, we join Cabba and his quest to gather strong fighters. He pays a visit to his former trainer Renso, a former captain of the Sadala Defense Force and he asks him to enter the Tournament. But with a wounded leg, he feels he is not up to it and would not be able to help them in their battle. But, he tells Cabba of someone who is even stronger than him and who could very well be what he was looking for. Who is that person? Renso’s sister, Caulifla…or, Female Broly as we used to know her until today. When I saw Cabba going around and looking for fighters, my hype meter was dialed to 10, because I knew where this was going…after all this time, we finally get to see the first glimpse of one of the more anticipated characters of this arc.

After her appearance we move back to Piccolo’s training ground, where Gohan is still fighting as a Super Saiyan. Piccolo points out that this was not his full power. And, for the second time, my hype meter was dialed up, to like 15 this time, since I was already at 10, and sure enough, he’s back. Ultimate Gohan is back! I also loved the fight that ensued after he transformed, with Piccolo using a cloning technique and seemingly giving up when Gohan chops one of his arms off, only for Piccolo to blast him from behind with that same arm because Gohan had let his guard down once again.

We end the episode with a Gohan who seems to have a better understanding of what it needs to win the Tournament of Power and with a teaser that he may get a power boost soon enough. The final scene is a very funny one involving Yamcha and what he should respond to Goku when Goku will come to invite him to participate in the Tournament. It was a very fun way to end the episode.

So yeah, I very much enjoyed this episode, because it was action packed, we got to see teasers for both Caulifla and Gohan, and we also learned a thing that most everyone expected: Gohan is back, and he will become stronger in this arc.