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And so the Universe Survival Saga finally draws to a close. Man! What a ride, huh? Well if I had to describe the Saga in a few words, I would call it a mixed bag. While it certainly had its epic moments, it had some not-so-epic ones. Let's run through them, shall we?
Conclusion: Despite having a lot of filler and a predictable ending, the Universe Survival Saga is not slack in its promise of epic fights and is a good way to end the series on a high note. Well, onto the movie.
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.
Conclusion: The Universe 6 Saga is a truly awesome saga that provides quite a few Call Backs to the original series while wowing fans with awesome fight scenes and memorable characters. Now let's see if the Universe Survival Saga can top this.
Dragon Ball Super has some really neat concepts, and unlike Dragon Ball GT, it has a better grasp of the series tone. But people will hate it, no matter if its original creator is involved. The product was doomed from the start, as most of Dragon Ball Super flaws are the same problems it had during Z.
Well, yes. You can't expect Akira Toriyama, who is known for improvising a lot and not thinking really clearly about things, to create a good story after he was dried out. You can't really expect the same studio to produce a really good show when they have little to work with (After all, they only got some basic outline from Toriyama and had to work through it).
Goku's idiocy is not inconsistent. People just generally think he was smarter in Z when he wasn't really: he was out of commission most of the time, Out of Focus, as the story was focusing on Gohan's point of view. Alright, it's inconsistent, I'll admit: but is because Toei Goku was generally more heroic than his original counterpart, who didn't even hugged his second son the moment they met. Now that Toriyama, who had aged and doesn't hold the same views as he had in the 90's and 80's, is more direct in the production, you will notice his writing flaws more (Hell, the anime at least tries to give Goku some resemblance to his older Z self, the Super manga version of Goku is even dumber and the characters do even less, and yet, people call it the superior version. My ass with that statement.)
I would compare Dragon Ball Super to the Star Wars prequels: A product that came 20 years later and have the original creator aboard; they aren't as bad as people think they are, but the overall reception will be of disappointment and criticism of the writing decisions despite their success, with the spin-offs making a better use of the concepts.
I don't hate Super. Why should I? It offered many characters the opportunity to shine, unlike GT had a better understanding of the series tone (As Super feels just like it was written alongside the Majin Buu saga, while GT felt like some odd mess between the original Dragon Ball and the Saiyan saga movies), have some really good moments, and some of the best concepts, but it was still a really flawed mess that was rushed and not thought out, but hey: the franchise wasn't always known for their writing decisions.
I qualify Super as an interesting series, with some good talent behind it, but they are sadly not in the hands of someone who knows how to further escalate things. Akira Toriyama is not Tohishiro Yogashi, or even a Eiichiro Oda. He is just a guy who thinks about things and tries to make it work.
Don't have high hopes for the movie coming out in December of 2018.
By the way, I thank the fandom for making me enjoy the series further. You guys are the best.
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.
Overall, the arc was fun to watch, flaws and all.
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.
Overall, this was a great retelling of the film and if this is Super's way of saying it's going to get better, then it's off to a great start.
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