I have recently got back into Dragonball Super, playing catch up with the tournament of power and felt like I needed to put my thoughts on paper. Or e-paper. Whatever!
Also note, there will be spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
Firstly, I know the controversy surrounding Kefla and how she hands SSGSS Goku’s ass to him on a silver platter and I’m going to toot my feminist trumpet and say I don’t care about that; it’s about time we got a relatively central female character who can fight with the best of them.
When it came to the pair as individuals, I think I prefer Caulifla over Kale due to her attitude and finding Kale’s incredible level of nervousness irritating (but not even nearly as annoying as the whole of universe 2. They were insufferable!). This could stem from the fact that I have always liked Vegeta over… well… anyone else in the original cast. I think the fight between Goku and Caulifla + Kale, then Kefla when they fuse together, is my favourite fight in the entirety of the Dragonball anime. Period. I’m 26 years old and I was on the edge of my seat, eyes glued to the screen for the whole thing. I knew Goku was going to win, that’s how this anime works, but I was still hopeful; hopeful the pair of Saiyan women from universe 6 would at least put up a respectable showing.
And did they ever. Wow.
Secondly, I liked how Hit took a bit of a central role during parts of the Tournament of Power, fighting against Jiren and actually putting up a decent showing. The thing about Hit is that he’s an assassin, not a warrior. He’s a talented fighter, but he doesn’t really have the skills needed to fight a warrior on the same level. I like how he actually came up with a plan to trap Jiren, although his plan did not factor in just how ridiculous Jiren was unfortunately and Hit was taken out by Jiren after his plan to constantly use time skip on him failed. Regardless, I liked Hit and he is definitely one of my favourites in Super.
I am curious to see how Goku will defeat Jiren in the coming episodes, or at least how universe 7 triumphs over the remaining Pride Troopers of universe 11. As I said earlier, Goku always wins and I don’t think the Pride Troopers are interesting enough characters for them to make a total spin and start a new series with universe 11 as the main characters. I think universe 7 will triumph, and I sincerely hope they bring universe 6 back as I want to see more of Hit, Caulifla, Kale and Champa! Ultra Instinct will be used, if Vegeta attains it too, I would literally die from too much happiness (that’s lethal!) as I have always loved Vegeta as a character, but apart from in the Buu saga he was always just… kind of there to be 2nd best.
I will name a few things I don’t like, however.
Universe 2 can go away and never come back. Seriously, I hated them. They were seriously cringeworthy and I was so happy when they were eliminated (but it was bittersweet because my favourite universe, universe 6, also got eliminated at the same time!
Also, I will literally throw a tantrum if that is the last we see of universe 6. I want more universe 6!
And finally, Vegeta has once again taken a total backseat in this arc, with barely any screen time. Though I will say when he saved Cabba and promised to resurrect them with the super dragon balls when he wins the tournament… I almost shed a tear.
Looking forward to the next few episodes. Only universe 7, with Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza and Android 17 left, and universe 11 with Jiren, Toppo and… the rabbit dude I can’t remember the name of right now. It’s going to be big and I want to see how universe 7 will triumph against these three, as while Jiren is insanely powerful, the other two are no slouches either!