Recaps for Dragon Ball Super

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 128: "Noble Pride To The End! Vegeta Falls!!" Review

If Universe 7 has any hope left, it’s in Goku and Vegeta. The two heroes lay broken before the might of Jiren, but not defeated. Episode 128 is about their unending resolve and how each draws from their values differently to fuel their power. Not all the story moments hit their mark, but those that did had such a great impact that their ramifications will be felt for many episodes to come. The Prince of all Saiyans has fallen, and while there was a lot of good that came from his scenes, his defeat does leave me a bit disappointed in Super. The Tournament of Power has offered great opportunities to invigorate interest in other characters outside of Goku. Having Goku fall and someone else save Universe 7 would have been a drastic but welcome shift away from the norm that’s been established. Vegeta has had many outstanding moments over the years, but he hasn’t had his time to shine as the hero. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 127: "The Approaching Wall! The Final Barrier Of Hope!!" Review

Episode 127 opens on Jiren powering up and promptly laying into our heroes with vicious attacks and near-death inducing ki blasts. For all the great action though, Episode 127, unfortunately, mishandles what could have been intense emotional moments and delivers unsatisfying backstories. Responding to Jiren’s force, the remaining Universe 7 fighters team up for some great action. At no point did the animation feel lacking. Even with so many characters and explosions happening at once, the brawl was easy to follow. Super has wisely made sure that each person’s ki-related abilities have a signature color, a far cry from the days of nothing but the yellow glow of Super Saiyan’s everywhere. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 126: "Surpass Even A God! Vegeta's Desperate Blow!!" Review

Time is running short for the Tournament of Power, and Toppo has decided that enough is enough. The entire episode is an escalating struggle as our heroes try to topple this new God of Destruction, and while Super does rely heavily on battle montages and huge blasts to satisfy visually, it’s the personal stories behind them that sell the experience. Episode 126 opens effectively with Android 17 nearly losing his life. He’s been the one character to consistently perform well throughout the tournament, outsmarting his enemies at every corner. He also has years of history with the franchise as an intimidating, ruthless villain. Adding all this together only to see him get crushed by Toppo makes his defeat hit home extra hard. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 125: "With Imposing Presence! God Of Destruction Toppo Descends!!" Review

With Dyspo knocked out, it falls to Toppo to battle our heroes from Universe 7. While we’ve already seen lots of Toppo before, the amazing interactions that he has with Frieza, along with his epic, drawn-out battle with Android 17, make this a thrilling episode and leaves me excited for the conclusion. It’s no surprise that everytime Frieza is on screen, something awesome happens. Episode 125 takes Frieza’s arc to its natural conclusion as we see him be his cocky, boisterous self now that he’s happily eliminated Dyspo and Gohan in one blast. Wisely then, Super immediately throws him against a foe who utterly crushes him, as God of Destruction Toppo wastes no time putting Frieza in his place not once, but twice. Episode 125 wasn’t content to just physically beat him, though, and it’s the breaking of Frieza’s psyche that made things truly unique. In many ways, Frieza’s defeat mirrored his original one at the hands of Goku on Namek, and it’s interesting to see after all the changes he’s gone through, at his core, Frieza is still the terrible villain we know him to be. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 124: "The Fiercely Overwhelming Assault! Gohan's Last Stand!!" Review

Just as things are heating up between Jiren, Goku and Vegeta, Super makes a hard pivot and instead focuses on Gohan, Frieza and Dyspo. While taking the time to highlight the remaining fighters is a great idea, the execution left much to be desired. By the end, Gohan, a proven fighter, ended up removed from combat in a less than interesting way. Frieza and Dyspo are interesting in their own right, so seeing them paired up and battling made for quite an entertaining episode. Although the pace of combat was slower due to Frieza’s talkative nature, it worked well, particularly when Frieza tried to bargain with the Universe 11 warrior. Dyspo was an excellent counter. His no-nonsense, fast-paced battle tactics worked well here, and his foresight to see through the ploys of Frieza helped set him apart from the many others who have fallen victim to Frieza’s devious tactics. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 123: "Body And Soul, Full Power Release! Goku And Vegeta!!" Review

With time running out, things are looking worse and worse for Universe 7. New and interesting ideas come into play to try and remove the mighty warriors from Universe 11 as Universe 7 gets more desperate. While their attempts were unsuccessful, they made for quite the intense episode as lives were risked in dangerous maneuvers, and Vegeta, as persistent as ever, manages to push himself to a new level of power. Following up on Episode 122’s success, Super again impressed by merging three ongoing battles into one episode. It’s helped make the fights feel far more connected than earlier in the tournament, even if they rarely directly interact. It’s also been nice to see the banter between the various spectators now that they are forced to sit together. Although it hasn’t led anywhere meaningful yet, I’m hopeful this will lead to some intense interactions when things get more heated. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 122: "For One's Own Pride! Vegeta's Challenge To Be The Strongest!!" Review

The final battle has begun as Universe 11 and Universe 7 finally meet. What follows is an action-packed beat down as Episode 122 makes it clear Universe 7 is battling an enemy far out of its league. Tense dialogue and character growth from Vegeta help make this an excellent start to what will surely be the craziest fight in the Tournament of Power. Vegeta and his persistence took the spotlight this week as he stepped in for an incredible battle with Jiren. His determination to continue the fight despite his disadvantage against Jiren culminated in a fantastic moment that showcased what makes his character so special: his ability to admit fault. Acknowledging his arrogance from his "Saiyan Pride" – something he’s fallen back on throughout Dragon Ball – as a weakness was powerful. Even more powerful was his vow to turn it into a source of strength. Of all the characters in Dragon Ball history, Vegeta has seen some of the greatest growth and again we see that displayed. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 121: "All-out War! The Ultimate Quadruple Merge Vs Universe 7's Full-scale Attack!!"

Things are looking bleak for Universe 3, but they have one more trick up their sleeve: the mighty Anilaza. While this powerful foe didn’t offer much on his own for the story, Episode 121 still delivered a fun, dramatic episode and featured a great team-up between all our heroes, something that had been sorely missing from the Tournament of Power. The Tournament of Power has had interesting combatants for the most part. In fact, some of the antagonists like Jiren have been built up to such a great degree that Super would be remiss to not bring them back for future stories. However, Anilaza, the giant fused robot from Universe 3, is anything but interesting. Virtually no background story is given to the character as a whole or its individual robotic components and instead just exists as a giant, powerful threat to force our heroes into working together. The end result might be an interesting fight, but it lacks any depth or significance. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 120: "The Perfect Survival Tactic! Universe 3's Menacing Assassin!!" Review

With so few warriors left in the Tournament of Power, it was Universe 3 that decided to step up and battle our heroes. Unfortunately, Universe 3 didn’t quite provide the excitement needed to make a strong episode, and although Episode 120 wasn’t bad, there was little in it to make it memorable when compared to the rest of the Tournament of Power. Gohan hasn’t had too much time to shine yet, and sadly Episode 120 doesn’t change that though he’s in the middle of everything. While his character does have some great action moments, such as his Super Kamehameha, it’s rather par for the course at this point in time. Gohan has long been considered one of, if not the strongest warrior after Goku and Vegeta, so it seems weird that so deep into the Tournament of Power we’ve yet to truly see his character fully utilized. READ MORE...

Dragon Ball Super Episode 119: "Unavoidable?! The Fierce Stealth Attack!!" Review

With only four universes remaining in the Tournament of Power and time running short, Universe 4’s team decides it’s time to unveil their secret plan. This plan quickly crumbles, and while there are moments where some great ideas could’ve been explored (such as a God of Destruction rebelling against Zen-Oh) Super instead glosses over them and hastily ushers Universe 4 to their doom. While the erasure of Universe 4 was inevitable, it’s a shame that it happens now and in such a lackluster way. Episode 119 sees several of its warriors getting blasted out of the ring in such rapid succession that the impact of their loss is never truly felt. The comical nature of the characters and the combat they are in also didn’t help things, particularly with how things ended surrounding Damon, the insect-sized warrior. He was strong and fast enough to knock Piccolo out of the arena, but the entire battle with him afterward had a comical undertone that undermined the truly grave situation he and the rest of Universe 4 were in. READ MORE...