Dragon Ball Super Episode 117 Review: Showdown of Love.

Goku targeted

Goku is developing a terrible pattern. He is constantly see-sawing in his energy levels as he goes from normal to Ultra Instinct and back again. His power in and of it’s self makes him a target. This has the undesirable effect of putting his Universe 7 on constant alert. While this episode centered on Goku original, it shifted focus to Android 17 & 18. Ribrianne and Rozie from Universe 2 have been surprisingly annoying and yet the episodes featuring them are the most humorous. This episode is no different.

Android 17 & 18 verses Ribrianne and Rozie

The androids rescue Goku from Universe 2, and face off against Ribrianne and Rozie. 18 annoys Ribrianne with her dodging, 18 tells her that “she didn’t come to fight, but she came to win.” Ribrianne looks at Krillin and tells 18 that she doesn’t believe that he’s all that attractive, because he doesn’t have a nose. I though this was funny, especially considering that Dragon Ball sometimes ignores the fact the Krillin doesn’t have a nose.

Ribrianne and Rozie are defeated

17 & 18 use their team work to pit Ribrianne and Rozie against each other accidentally. Ribrianne shoots “Max Love Cannon” at 18 while she’s in midair, 18 uses her ki to propel herself out of harms way leaving Rozie to be hit by it. 17 uses this opportunity to knock her out off the stage. After being hit by 18, Ribrianne reverts to her original form. However, she does manage to trap 18 in her “Big Armor’s” technique, then using the power of the “love” from her teammates she becomes “Giant Super Ribrianne.” Feeling the love of Krillin 18 powers past her, with the aid of 17 and defeats Ribrianne. Ending the most annoying and funny characters in this arc.

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 113: Goku vs Caulifla and Kale

Goku vs Caulifla

Caulifla transforms into Super Saiyan 2 and begins to fight against Goku. She asks that Goku teaches her to reach level Super Saiyan 3. Goku agrees to do it, but tells her she needs to “beat him first.” Due to his fatigue Goku will not begin fighting at level 2. Goku easily dominates the fight, his better martial arts skill on full display. Caulifla lands a hit on Goku and he responds by using his after image technique. Caulifla is annoyed by the technique, accusing him of “cheating.” Goku tells her that if “she can’t figure out his Afterimage technique, she will never achieve Super Saiyan 3.”

Super Saiyan 2 Goku vs Super Saiyan 2 Caulifla

Caulifla begins to adapt well to Goku’s fighting ability and he finally transforms. Caulifla and Goku trade blows as they shock the other fighters. Goku is impressed with her improvement and suggests that she could end up surpassing SS3. Goku points points to Kale and she joins in on the fight as Caulifla invites her. She is ecstatic to join her “sister.” Unsurprisingly, Beerus is shock at Goku’s suggestion.

SS2 Goku vs SS2 Caulifla and Kale

Together Caulifla and Kale manage to land hits on Goku. Shin is worried about Goku’s chances against two super saiyans, however, Krillin states that “that pushing himself to the edge to further himself is who Goku is.” Goku is able to handle himself against the both of them, but Goku is eventually knocked backward. Kale and Caulifla shoot 2 ki blasts at Goku, but he counters them with his aura as he transforms briefly into Super Saiyan 3.

Kale becomes the Berserker Super Saiyan, exciting Goku as he prepares to fight. I like the fact that the series has managed to make older Super Saiyan levels relevant. Super Saiyan 3 was always an unappreciated form, with SS2 even taking greater prominence in the series. Goku’s tendency to help his opponents get stronger has always been annoying, but it never seems to actually backfire on him. It will be interesting to see how a fatigue Goku will handle Kale in her current form.

 

Dragon Ball Super Episode Review: Goku’s transforms

At this point in the Dragon Ball Series the number of transformations is starting to get ridiculous, or probably did a long time ago. However, what can really be done if Goku keeps getting stronger and facing even stronger opponents. In episodes 109 and 110 of Dragon Ball Super, Goku finally faces off against the stoic Jiren. Presented throughout the “tournament of power” as a unique power, Jiren mostly resisted full on combat with anyone, but displayed tremendous if not mysterious abilities. Furthermore, Goku singled out Jiren from the beginning.

Goku verses Jiren

Jiren walks towards Goku alarming the remaining fighters, he’s told by Belmond to unleash his full power and defeat Goku. He begins to tests his power against Jiren beginning with a Kamehameha wave. Jiren isn’t bothered, shielding this attack with energy. Goku increases his power incrementally starting with Super Saiyan, then Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan God forcing Jiren to block for the first time, then finally Super Saiyan Blue. Khai explains that the battle between Goku and Jiren is important for the tournament. If Jiren defeats Goku the rest of the fighters will lose their will to fight.

The good old spirit bomb

The spirit bomb is a technique that always manages to change the tide of battle if not out right ending it. Goku asks all of Universe 7 to give him the energy needed to create the spirit bomb. Surprisingly, it’s Vegeta not Freiza that refuses to give his energy.The spirit bomb, however, was ineffective against a largely unfazed Jiren who deflecting the spirit bomb back. Goku needed to use all his efforts to simply return it back. He fails to do so and is sucked into the void created when the spirit bomb implodes.

Ultra Instinct Goku

Unsurprisingly, Goku returns in a pillar of light and in a new form. His new form is called Ultra Instinct, it’s a state taught by Whis to both Beerus and Goku. Ultra Instinct is “is the fundamental concept of moving one’s body, via pure reflex, faster than the speed of thought—i.e., faster than the speed of nerve signals. By circumventing the body’s nervous system, an Ultra Instinct user is capable of moving and reacting at speeds normally impossible, allowing them to react to incoming attacks they would normally be defenseless against.” The problem with Goku’s latest form is that he burns through the energy too quickly. He manages to go toe to toe with Jiren and begins to get the upper-hand until he runs out of power. As Goku lies on the ground next to Vegeta, he is taken by Freiza who appears to be charging an attack against Goku.

I mentioned early that I’ve tired of all the transformations, but this one was actually cool. At this point the creators have got to be running out of ideas in terms of designing the new forms, other than the silver eyes and aura, Goku appearance doesn’t change much. I believe that Goku somehow will manage to use the form a second time, because that is the only logical way he could win. Regardless, no one has been knocked off since episode 108. Will the series ignore the fact that most of the universe 7 fighters gave their energy towards the spirit bomb? Finally, what is Freiza thinking? The penalty for killing a fighter is erasure so I doubt he will do that, he mentioned the events on Namek, which I think is telling. If you recall when Freiza was dying at the end of his fight with Goku, he was giving Ki to survive by Goku. I think that this is what Frieza will do but we’ll see.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 103: Gohan shows no Mercy

Magical Girl Ribrianne vs Android 17

Ribrianne is furious at Android 17 for defeating her friends, Kakunsa and Vikal. She calls him an “evil, cruel, heartless man who harms fragile maidens.” Android 17 accepts his role as villian considering Universe 7 is also in danger of being erased. She matches 17 in hand to hand combat, meanwhile, Magical Girl Rozie faces off against Goku. Her Yacchaina Fist managed to confused Goku for a while, however, he eventually realizes how her fighting style works. Android 17 and Goku gain the upper hand, Ribrianne and Rozie, flee with Yardart.

Gohan vs Botamo

Gohan and Piccolo run into Botamo, Gohan asks Piccolo to “let him handle it.” Gohan continues to punch Botamo in the stomach, despite the fact that he takes no damage and has infinite stamina. However, Gohan manages to lift him up with his constant hitting, moving him towards the edge. Botamo attempts to shoot Gohan with ki, but misses, Gohan then finishes him with a blast of Ki, knocking him off the edge.

Universe 10 meets it’s end

Piccolo battles Rubalt, while, Gohan faces Obuni. Obuni honors Gohan as a warrior, meanwhile, Piccolo uses his Hellzone Grenade on Rubalt knocking him unconscious and then off the edge. After Rubalt’s defeat Obuni is the only warrior of universe 10 remaining. Gohan takes his hits and counters as he uses his internal shifting ability. Obuni uses too much energy and runs out, Gohan takes advantage and uses Kamehameha knocking him off. This off course means that universe 10 is defeated and therefore will be erased. The episode attempts to create some since of saddeness as universe 10 vanishes but none of the characters are important enough or familiar to really care.

 

Dragon Ball Super: Episode 97, the tournament begins

The rules are established

The tournament of power begins and the Great Priest establishes the rules. The time limit is 100 taks or the equivalent of 48 Earth minutes. The pillar at the center of the battle stage will disappear into the stage when the time is up. The fighters can’t fly, use weapons or kill.

The strategy fails

Gohan wastes his time going over the strategy for the tournament. Unsurprisingly, the Androids (17&18), the full saiyans (Goku & Vegeta), and of course Frieza quickly part ways to fight on their own. Goku goes directly towards Toppo, but is interrupted by Ganos.

The battle begins

Narirama, the robot from Universe 3, uses a spinning move called “Super Survival Mode,” it successfully knocks some fighters away. However, Hit and Basil stop the robot and the female warrior, Lilibeu from Universe 10 faces off against Basil. She is the first to get knocked off and it reveals that when a fighter gets knocked off you are transported to the bench.

Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien, and Master Roshi are surrounded and they use a combo of an energy barrage from Gohan, Tien’s Solar Flare, Piccolo’s Special Beam Cannon, Krillin’s Destructo Disk, Roshi’s Kamehameha, it has no effect. Basil is fighting against Napapa, a pink Sumo-wrestler, he fails to knock him off the stage. Goku mindlessly stares at Toppo, then Jiren and allows Nink to grab him.

Nink attempts to sacrifice himself, along with Goku. However, Goku uses Super Saiyan Blue at the last moment, saving himself. Goku wants to save his power for later. Goku is surrounded by several warriors, as the episode ends with 47 mins. left. I wonder if each episode will be one minute of the tournament, but I doubt it.

Regardless, I like the start so far. Basil was the center of this episode which was surprising. He seemed to be the most capable fighter from his universe. Goku is one of my favorite anime characters but his stupidity does get on my nerves sometimes. While, it wasn’t believable that Goku would fall off so early, he really didn’t need to wait so long to get loose. Gohan and the remaining Z fighters are in trouble considering that they don’t make a dent in their opponents. At some point they will get separated and it will be interesting what the results will be then.

 

Dragon Ball Super: the battle royal begins

Iwne V Arack V Liquiir

As the Supreme Kais, Gods of Destruction and Angels arrive for the Tournament of Power, they comment on the “plainness,” of the stage. They question how sturdy the fighting stage, The Great Priest states that the stage is made with Kachi Katchin. The Great Priest offers the Gods of Destruction a chance to test the stage. Liquiir, God of Destruction of Universe 8, Iwne, God of Destruction of Universe 1 and Arack, God of Destruction of Universe 5, all decide to battle each other.

The three Gods do battle, moving at speeds that render them barley visible. They destroy the stage during the battle, ended with the three colliding huge energy blasts creating a large crater. Despite showing that the stage has flaws, the Gods are tasks with repairing the stage before the battle begins.

Universe 7 are ready

Frieza arrives with Goku, finally completing the Universe 7 group. Unsurprisingly, Frieza begins to mock some of the Z fighters, many of whom he has personally killed (Krillin, Vegeta). Vegeta mocks Frieza for his Halo and he offers to give Vegeta his own. Goku is adamant that he will control Frieza.

Shin explains that the group should work together, avoid fighting one on one. Goku and Vegeta, being 100 % Saiyans find the idea of fighting in groups unacceptable. Gohan and Piccolo decided that they will take control of the teamwork. Whis calls for the team to form a “friendship circle,” and team 7 are teleported to the fighting stage.

Meet the competition

After Universe 7 arrives, team Universe 4 arrives and Android 18 notes to the group that the side of the stage leads to pure darkness. The fighters aren’t permitted to fly in the tournament, even though bird-like warriors are allowed. Meanwhile, Universe 6 arrives, and Frost introduces himself to the group, specifically to Frieza. Cabba, Hit, Caulifia and Kale are all introduced to the group.

Caulifia is hostile toward Goku, while, Frost and Frieza plot with each other. Team Universe 11 arrive shocking Goku, Vegeta and Cabba with their Ki. Goku introduces himself to them and is surprised by Jiren’s speed. The two Zen-Oh welcome everyone as the Tournament of Power begins.

I have been disappointed by Dragon Ball Super. The animation early on was disappointing but it has improved since. I’m excited for this Tournament of Power and curious how the battle royal will work. I predict that some fighters will pair off and some of the fighters will remain a team. I wonder how Frieze and Frost will work together and when they will form a plan. Finally, how does Kale (Female Brolly) factor into the battle.