Reviews: Dragon Ball Super
Future Trunks Saga Review (Anime version)
Ah, the Future Trunks Saga. One of the most recognized arcs in Super. The Resurrection F saga was what drew me to the series, but this arc was what kept me watching it. But while it was definitely awesome, it's far from perfect. Pros:
- Goku Black. Do I need to say any more? The "evil Goku" thing has been done before, but he's an evil Goku done right. He's everything you want in a Dragon Ball villain: Dark, threatening, powerful, cunning, mysterious, pragmatic, and somewhat charming. He's easily one of the best things to come out in Super. Though The Reveal kinda hurt him with me as I'll explain below.
- Likewise, it's always a pleasure to see Future Trunks back again. And Future Mai is the epitome of the Badass Normal. Their scenes together are the most heartwarming moments in the Saga.
- Equally heartwarming is the pep talk Future Trunks gets from his younger self.
- The fight scenes are as awesome as ever. Special mention goes to the rematch with Vegeta and Black and the fight with Fused Zamasu and Vegito Blue.
- On that note, the epic return of Vegito is easily one of the highlights of the saga. Though I'm not too happy with the retcon behind it.
- The return of the concepts such as Cell's Time Machine and the Evil Containment Wave. It's nice to see that the series hasn't forgotten its roots.
- While the build up made for an impressive mystery, The Reveal that Goku Black is actually Zamasu in Goku's body was kinda anticlimactic. Mostly because I just don't find Zamasu that interesting and I just can't see the two characters as the same person.
- Zamasu... Wasn't that interesting a villain. An evil Supreme Kai sounds good on paper, but not so much in execution. For one thing, his motives are kinda dumb. He's a Kai who hates mortals because he feels that they are stupid and violent and Goku beating him in a sparring match only reinforces this sentiment. Okay. But if he really hated mortals so much, why not just use the Super Dragon Balls to wish them out of existence instead of going through this convoluted Zero Mortals Plan? Future Zamasu is particularly annoying because the only thing he has going for him is immortality. The only version of Zamasu that I like is Fused Zamasu, and that's only because his design and powerset is kinda badass.
- While a Super Sayian absorbing the power of a Spirit Bomb has been done before, Future Trunks managing to somehow create a Spirit Bomb without even thinking was a blatant Ass Pull. Frankly, Xenoverse 2's adaptation handled it much better.
- The ending. While I understand that the writers wanted to do something other than use the Dragon Balls to make everything better, I don't understand why they didn't just let Future Trunks stay in the present with the others? His new Super Sayian Rage form would be quite useful in the Tournament of Power.
Universe 6 Saga Review
When I reviewed the Resurrection F Saga, one of the people who commented on it told me to watch the Universe 6 Saga because it really got interesting. Of course, Lazy Bum that I am, I never got around to it. But now that the anime has entered the Universe Survival Saga, I figured I should watch this first to better familiarize myself with the characters. Honestly, I wished I had watched it sooner. It really does get interesting. Pros:
- The Universe 6 team boasts a colorful cast of characters with unique abilities and fighting styles. Cabba, Auta Magetta, and Hit are my personal favorites.
- The fights are as epic as ever, but what I like the most is that they focus more on strategy rather than strength (Goku throwing Botamo out of the ring when brute force doesn't work, Piccolo letting Frost shoot him in the leg to distract him, Goku learning to counter Hit's Time-Skip).
- On the subject of fights, the fight with Vegeta and Cabba is right below the final battle with Hit as the best fight in the Saga. Not just because it's awesome, but because of how it demonstrates Vegeta's Character Development. Watching him act as a Stealth Mentor and borderline surrogate father to Cabba as he teaches him to go Super Sayian is simultaneously heartwarming and badass. The fact that he even tells Cabba to be stronger than him, something pre-Character Development Vegeta would never say, really shows how far he's come since his debut. Hard to believe this is the same man who once sold his soul to an evil wizard for the strength to beat Goku.
- Likewise, the fight between Goku and Hit is truly a satisfying end to the saga.
- The return of classic techniques such as the Kaio-Ken, Galick Gun, and Final Flash can make a Dragon Ball fan weep with nostalgic pride.
- The debut of Super Shenron and the beautiful animation accompanying it is truly a sight to behold.
- Beerus using the Super Dragon Balls to restore Universe 6's Earth and its population is surprisingly heartwarming.
- Champa is incredibly annoying and tends to suck the fun out of some of the fights.
- The fact that Frost is a villain seems like such a waste of a character. A genuinely heroic counterpart to Frieza would've opened the door for so many potential plots, but no, every member of Frieza's race has to be a complete sociopath. Though given that he and Frieza both will play a role in the Universe Survival Saga, I have a feeling my opinion of him may end up changing.
- The fact that Cabba never interacts with Goten or Trunks is rather disappointing. Would've been fun to see some interaction between them.
Resurrection F Saga review.
When I heard about Dragon Ball Super was retelling the Ressurection F film, I decided to watch to see if it would improve on the film. After watching it, I can gladly say that the saga was the film done right. This was how the film should have been done.
- While the fight isn't as impressive or fast paced as the film, it's great that the Z Fighters get their day in the sun. Krillin even makes a delightful Call-Back to the Saiyan Saga by using the same attack he used to kill the Saibamen. Also, Frieza's army lasts a bit longer than in the film.
- Frieza, and surprisingly Tagoma, are much more darker and effective villains thanks to their Adaptational Badass treatment. Frieza in particular has more control over his Golden Form and holds his own against Goku for far longer before his stamina gives out.
- Likewise, the fight between Goku and Frieza is far more epic and there are no sudden CGI shifts to disrupt the flow of the battle.
- Captain Ginyu, of all people, makes a surprise appearance when he steals Tagoma's body. Likewise, Trunks and Goten pull a humorous Big Damn Heroes.
- Piccolo getting shot by Frieza was a surprisingly nice twist and motivates Gohan to undo his Badass Decay.
- On that note, Gohan's Badass Decay is somewhat toned down. He gets one-shot by Tagoma before he can even turn Super Saiyan, but he does managed to defeat the Ginyu-possessed Tagoma on his own. (Tagoma at the time was the strongest soldier in Frieza's army).
- Beerus and Whis are less jerkish and are more entertaining in the arc than in the film.
- Much like the film, the arc never really expands on Frieza's training, nor on how Vegeta was able to become a SSGSS on his own when they could have made episodes detailing that.
- Jaco's Adaptational Wimp treatment. Really writers? One of the few Badass Normals in this show and you turn him into a wuss?!
- While the fight is awesome, it takes a while before it really kicks into high gear. Frieza and Goku spend the first half of the fight trading more barbs than blows. I found myself actually agreeing with Vegeta when he told them to stop talking and skip to the good part.