I am a fan of Dragon Ball. I watched it as a kid, I’m watching it today as an adult today in the form of Dragon Ball Super and that is what I am here to discuss.
I started watching the series half way through the Universal Tournament Arc that pitted Universe 7 against Universe 6 and I really like it, even though that the ending for the arc was rather stupid since that Hit, who had beaten Goku and Vegeta, threw the final fight costing Universe 6 the tournament. For me it was a good way to introduce a new status quo for the series since that for the entirety of Dragon Ball we just had one universe that was split into four different quadrants and the only time that we ever saw the different races was in the Otherworld Tournament and we never saw them again since then. With introducing the multiverse into Dragon Ball, it did bring back the idea of using other races. So, after this arc we are then have a few filler episodes where it appears that Vegeta could die but of course that turned it be rather stupid. But this then lead into the next arc which I was looking forward to Future Trunks.
This arc was one of the first arcs I paid full attention to for some of the first part of the arc and then I think that it seemed to get rather long-winded. In this arc, Future Trunks heads back to the past since that in his timeline a new enemy has emerged and all from what we knew was that this enemy was Goku or a Goku look-a-like. Future Bulma manages to create the fuel needed to travel through time but in the end Goku Black nearly stops this from happening but Trunks manages to head back in time where on arrival he is discovered by Kid Trunks who tells his mother that a Time Machine has appeared and she then informs that Trunks has returned. After Trunks recuperates he sees Goku thinking that it was Black but Bulma manages to stop him and he then informs them on what has happened in his timeline, that a new threat had emerged and he had taken Goku’s body and this interests both Vegeta and Goku who decided to help.
Throughout the arc there were a few things that I did really like. The first was the relationship that blossomed between Trunks and Mai in the future was well handled. There was a lot of feelings for the pair especially when Trunks thought that Mai died before he went through time. But when he discovers that Mai is still alive they start to have more feelings towards each other and in the end, they end up having an actual relationship in the end in their safe universe at the cost of a second Mai and Trunks also being in that timeline. The second thing that I liked about this arc was the way that Trunks was learning about this new universe and what had happened since he left, including finding out that Krillin had married Android 18 and had a kid with her and that Gohan had retired from fighting. This seemed to rather annoy Trunks since that in the future Gohan was his mentor but after seeing what his life had been like now he understands why he retired.
But we then get to the worst about the series and that was the villains of the series that being Zamasu and Goku Black, who ended up being the same person. They were both rather annoying and preachy characters portraying beings of being justice and good when they ended up just causing chaos and disorder. Then the second thing that I did rather hate about this arc was that it did show more of Goku’s intelligence and how he ended up forgetting a lot of things that could have helped them such as the Mafuba Jar and that it ended up getting destroyed and he also forgot the seals for the jar to seal Zamasu in the jar. But in the end they were able to get rid of Zamasu by bringing the Zeno from this timeline and he destroyed the planet and then Goku did something good and rescued him to then have the Zeno from the current timeline could have a playmate.
Unfortunately we then get into the more bad traits from Goku in this latest arc for the Universal Survival where he suggests to the Zeno’s to host a tournament to battle people from the different universes. The only person that is happy about this is Goku since that he gets to fight against strong opponents but it turns out there is a price to this. The universes that lose this battle royal are going to be destroyed and Goku doesn’t seem to care that much that other people’s lives are at risk just because somebody wanted to fight. Then in the exhibition matches the rest of the universes find out that Goku was behind this they are all pissed at him. But one thing that I like about this was that Bergamo pleading his case to rest of the Gods and to the Zeno’s to recede the idea of the destruction of the universes and he does but that comes with a price and that is if Bergamo can beat Goku they won’t destroy the universe but if Goku was to go too soft in the fight they would just destroy them right there. But in the end Goku wins the match but then one of the members of Universe 11 called Toppo who challenge to a fight with Goku and Toppo is owning him but the fight is called due to the Grand Priest and Toppo brings up that there is a warrior in their universe that is stronger than himself (who is shown fighting Goku in the opening credits of the arc). But when Goku and company return to the Kai home world Beerus berates Goku for his negligence which is true, its Goku’s fault for arranging the tournament and that if they fail to win it their Universe is going to be destroyed.
So now it’s up to them to recruit a team to take on the rest of the universes and I got to say when I saw the team line up I thought it was okay, except for one. First, we have Goku, Gohan and Majin Buu who took place in the exhibition which is a good idea since that now the rest of the Universes do know who they are and the techniques they use. Next, we have Vegeta another good choice since that he is another fighter with a god energy to put against the other competitors and Vegeta’s warrior spirit could help him here. Then we have Krillin and 18 another good duo since that Krillin has had experience with tournaments and 18 was the finalist in the last world tournament who only lost to extort Mr Satan. Next, is Piccolo and Tien Shinhan another good duo since that they have been up against a lot of tough opponents along the years as well as battling against the Freeza’s warriors in the second arc. But then we have two wild cards the first is 17, who has barely been seen in the show and I think the last time that he was seen was for a brief moment on during the Kid Buu arc where he is a Park Ranger and we don’t know much on what has happened to him since then. But the most wild of all wild cards is Master Roshi who’s last big fight scene was against Freeza’s army and I still think that there could be a better choice to replace him and that is in Otherworld and his name is Pikkon for the fact that he was one of the strongest fighters from his quadrant and I think that the only reason why he isn’t referenced is because the writers forgot about him which is rather annoying since that Pikkon would be stronger than Roshi, 17 & 18 and possibly even Piccolo.
Hopefully when the actual part of the arc starts maybe something good might happen but I don’t know. But I do hope that after this arc they start doing more world building since that I know that there are a lot of people who are curious, like myself, about what life is like in the different universes and the only time that we’ve actually seen anything from a different world was the episode where we saw Hit take out a guy and we also see that Frost is wanted. I would like to know what it’s like on the Saiyan home world in where Cabba comes from and to see what has happened since he was able to reach the Super Saiyan transformation and what had changed.