Dragon Ball Super: Broly Trailer released

Dragon Ball movies are rarely plot heavy, sometimes the story is ever incoherent. However, is that really the most important part of this series? My answer would be no. Fighting is the most important aspect of this series and this latest movie trailer shows that this will be continue to be the hallmark of the series. What surprised me was that it appears to be a remake of the DBZ film “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan.”

This movie focuses on the Broly, a saiyan with immense power. When he was born he had a power level of about 10,000. King Vegeta saw his power as a threat and ordered his execution. King Vegeta was unsuccessful as Broly and his father survived. Broly having matured became rather violent and manic, even for a saiyan. It’s unclear that this story will retell that one, or what changes will be made. One change, Frieza verses Broly, is something I want to see.

Trailer courtesy of IGN.

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Dragon Ball Super episode 127: Android 17’s sacrifice

Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), Vegeta (Beyond Super Saiyan Blue), and Android 17 vs. Jiren

After Jiren powers up, surrounding himself with a flaming energy. He impresses everyone with his aura, Vegeta mocks him for only getting serious after his teammates defeat. He attacks him head on, forcing 17 and Goku to follow. Jiren is barely phased by the now 3 verses 1 imbalance, Jiren focuses on Vegeta but 17 intervenes. Vegeta is not amused by 17’s aid and claims that he alone will defeat Jiren. Vegeta attempts a punch that is complimented by Jiren, while he easily blocks it. Jiren lands a massive fiery punch in Vegeta’s gut, knocking him out of SSB.

Goku attacks him with a Kamehameha wave, that is easily obliterated by Jiren’s uppercut. He manages to knock Goku down, as he approaches him 17 catches him by surprise and hits him with a massive attack from behind. Android 17 is caught in his own attack and is a little injured. Goku takes note that Jiren “can be damaged if hit unguarded by such a large attack.” They plan to use a coordinated attack to accomplish this, Goku and Vegeta distract Jiren, as 17 attacks.

Jiren deflects his attack, claiming that he “won’t fall for for the same trick twice.” He turns his attention towards 17, who uses several barriers back to back to no avail. 17 shoots a beam at Jiren which he blocks with ease, Vegeta and Goku also fire beams from three directions. Jiren blocks all of them with his aura, then knocks them down. Frieza finally reappears attacking him Jiren furiously, he becomes enraged stating that he will “kill,” Jiren. It doesn’t matter however, as Jiren knocks Frieza out.

Jiren’s backstory

17 shoots at Jiren, who asks “what can do on his own.” Belmod asks Android 17 what “he will do if his universe survives and use the Super Dragon Balls.” He responds that “he wants to wish for a cruise ship so he can travel around with his family.” He asks what Jiren’s wish is, but he doesn’t get a clear answer. However, we get Jiren’s backstory, when he was a child “his parents were killed by an evil-doer. Jiren himself was rescued by a man who went on to become his martial arts master.”

During his training “Jiren gained a number of comrades, and they fought together when that same evil-doer returned. However, the enemy was still too strong for them, and many of Jiren’s comrades were killed, including his master. Even his surviving comrades abandoned Jiren, causing him to view trust and emotions as worthless and place his faith in strength alone. It was Jiren’s thirst for strength and his solitude that attracted Belmod to him.”

Android 17’s sacrifice

So far in this arc Android 17 has been the most surprising. Compared to Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Frieza, 17 wasn’t suppose to matter this much. However, he turns out to be the most pivotal member of Universe 7. He attacks Jiren by suggesting that he just used his teammates, Jiren says that “strength is absolute, and forgives everything, even the past.” Jiren sends a large attack at the remaining members of Team 7, 17 tries to hold it back with his barriers. He tell’s Goku and Vegeta that “he’s giving up on the cruise ship.” He sacrifices himself by self destructing, nullify Jiren’s attack and saving Vegeta and Goku.

Death in Dragon Ball is never permanent. It use to be that you could ONLY died once, but now it doesn’t matter at all. So knowing this, Android 17’s death isn’t really his end and to be simply matters less. That said his death seemed to have some effect on Goku and even Vegeta. However, the idea that Android 17’s gave Vegeta and Goku enough time to recover even a little seems implausible. Finally Frieza, he’s been humiliated by Jiren so far in this fight and appears to have very little ability to face him. He must factor into this fight at some point, having Goku defeat Jiren while Frieza is unconscious seems like a waste. Will he sacrifice himself for the greater good? That would be profound, even if he’s already dead. Anyway, 3 minutes remain in the Tournament.

 

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

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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.

 

 

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 12

30 Day Anime Challenge

Saddest Anime Scene

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Vegeta’s Death’s

A character in DBZ is never truly death, however when Vegeta died twice in the series both times were significant. Those who don’t know who Vegeta is, he is prince of the fallen Saiyan race. As royalty he is rather arrogant and prideful. He began the series as a cold blooded ruthless killer. Over the series Vegeta changes for the better and his two death’s are example’s of this change. The first death was at the hands of Frieza.

When Goku arrived Vegeta tearful explained the horrible treatment he received at the hands of Frieza. This was an important changed in his character. Showing his vulnerable side (just before he was killed) made him more sympathetic. His second death was more of a suicide in order to save earth. In his fight against Majin Buu he is rather easily defeated. In a last ditch effort to stop Buu he decided to sacrifice himself. Vegeta hugs his son goodbye, a sign of love he rarely shows and proceeds to use his “Final Explosion”.

Anime Movie Review – Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

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Let me just say this Best. Dragon. Ball. Z. Movie. Ever. This movie had it all good animation, action, character growth and humor. Dragon Ball Z movies generally center around on super powerful enemy and has the entire cast appear at some point. The main bad guy in this movie was Bills, God of Destruction. Unlike previous villain’s Bills seems more comical than evil. I would attribute this to the fact that he’s a God and destroying this (like earth) are probably beneath him. During his extended slumber Bill’s has a dream depicting the “Super Saiyan God” and aims to learn more and fight him. Bill’s power is so superior to those that have precessed him that he takes out super saiyan 3 Goku with two hits.

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After beating Goku Bill’s and his companion Whis head to Earth. On Earth Bulma is throwing herself a lavish 38th birthday party, and everyone (except Goku) is in attendance. Vegeta having been given the heads up by King Kai looks to intercept Bills as he arrives. Vegeta remembers meeting Bills in the past and Bills question’s him about the super saiyan God. Bulma arrives and Bills and Whis are rather pleasant with her. Bulma’s party feature’s the most humor of this movie. With Piccolo singing, Whis and Bills obsession with human food and even Bills break dancing. The Pilaf gang arrives to steal the dragon balls and end up being invited to the party. Mai puts a gun to Trunk’s head and (after Gohan goads her) shoots at Gohan. Gohan reflects each bullet hitting Videl in the leg and Bills in the forehead. Bills getting shot in the head pisses him off and he aims to destroy earth. At this moment Vegeta shockingly begins to perform a bingo song much to everyone’s surprise. This succeeds in stopping Bills rampage.

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Whis informs Bills of pudding and how delicious it is. Bills notices Buu hogging all the pudding a rather politely asks for one or two. Buu being childlike said no and proceeds to lick all of them. This is the reason Bills finally attacks. The Z fighters finally engage Bill and unceremoniously defeats them with single strikes. Even Vegeta is quickly defeated until Bulma intervenes and strikes Bills. BIlls returns the favor triggering Vegeta’s anger resulting in a power up. Vegeta’s was still unsuccessful and was quickly knocked unconscious. Goku arrives with a plan “ask Shenron”. Even Shenron has heard of Bills and is respectful. He also has an answer to give Goku on how to become a super saiyan God.

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Shenron ” reveals that they need the light of five righteous Saiyans to infuse their power into another Saiyan for him to turn Super Saiyan God”. Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and Goten all volunteer, they fail. Whis reminds them that Shenron said five saiyans must contribute not just four. In responses it is then revealed that Videl is pregnant and she joins completing the five. Finally “Super Saiyan God Goku” and Bills go at it. This battle is the usually DBZ styled battle, fast pace, destruction and blast. The ending however is surprising instead of having Goku win he still loses. Bills denotes that Goku is actually the second strongest warrior he’s fought Whis being the strongest. Bills states that “this world is the Seventh Universe, but there are twelve universes in total” and that Goku should expect more powerful being in existence.

Highlights:

  • Bills and Whis (not quite villians, which is good)
  • Goku and Bills battle
  • The humor
  • Baby Gohan
  • Super Saiyan God
  • Vegeta’s transformation to a loving husband (kind of)
  • Vegeta singing and dancing

Rating

Animation: 9.0

Style: 8.0

Story: 8.5

Action: 8.5