Slight spoilers may be talked about below, so please be sure to watch the latest episode before reading on! This review is based off of the dub version of Super that currently airs on Toonami.
We pick up right where we left off with the Grand Minister — Whis’ dad — announcing the Tournament of Power to Goku and the others on Supreme Kai’s world. Here, we get a bit more details about the said tournament, such as the location being a realm outside of time and space, and the winning universes getting the Super Dragon Balls. He also mentions that the two Zenies wanting a small two universe, three men vs. three men exhibition matches that the present Zeno wants to show off to his future time displaced counterpart — who doesn’t know a thing about fighting.
But the biggest news is that the upcoming Tournament of Power, just became a must-win situation for our Universe 7, since any universe that is eliminated from the tournament is also erased from all of existence by the Zenies! This causes Beerus, once the Grand Minister left, to completely go off on Goku and his idiotic nature for dooming all of reality, but Beerus can’t yell at Goku all day about this universal blunder since they also have to find two more fighters to team up with Goku and take on Universe 9’s three fighters fast. However, before leaving, Beerus warns Goku to not mention anything about failing the tournament to anyone back on earth.
Goku next ends up at Bulma’s house trying to get Vegeta to join him for the exhibition matches, but Vegeta wants none of it and insist on staying next to Bulma’s side as she enters childbirth. Vegeta then mentions for Goku to ask his son, and we shift our focus to Goku watching Trunks and Goten train in the backyard. Goku mentions that while Goten has skill, he won’t be strong enough to take on whoever Universe 9 brings. Goku then gets a train of thought and remembers he has another son, Gohan — who Vegeta was actually mentioning without saying.
At Gohan’s, Goku tries to get his older son to join him but Gohan want’s nothing of it and says that he’s not a fighter anymore — besides that one time a few episodes back that was all about him saving the day from an alien parasite, cue the eye rolling by this reviewer. Goku then lets slip that in the actual tournament if they don’t win, then their whole universe will be erased. This causes Gohan to panic, and especially more so when Videl steps outside to talk to the two, who then unaware of the grave stakes involved encourages Gohan to enter the tournament and also the exhibition fight. Gohan, reluctantly agrees, just so he can save his own family that he has for himself. Goku on the other hand doesn’t have to look far for his next teammate…
Pan, Hercule and Buu enter the scene! Turns out Pan was at her maternal grandfather’s house for the day and just came home. Hercule tries to greet Goku but the Saiyan totally bypasses the world’s savior and instead goes straight for Buu and asks him to help him out with the exhibition match which Buu agrees after some coaxing from Hercule.
Goku, Gohan, Buu and Hercule are all back at Supreme Kai’s world after the commercial break and Beerus runs down everything that’s happening with the Zenies. With Supreme Kai’s help, the entire group that also consists of Whis, Elder Kai and Kubito head to the Zenies palace. There Beerus strictly orders Hercule to not do anything foolish and to not say a word unless spoken too by all the other Gods of Destructions, Angels, Supreme Kais and even the Zenies. This causes Hercule to change his character instantly over how serious the situation is.
As they are all following the Grand Minister down a dark hallway, they come across Universe 9’s God of Destruction, Angel, Supreme Kai and their 3 fighters that all look like wolves. The two Universes greet each other as the Grand Minister converts the area below them into the Exhibition arena — which looks sorta similar to how the Universe 7 and 8 tournament a few saga’s back looked. Here, all the Gods of Destructions, Angels and Supreme Kais are accounted for as the Zennies make their appearance.
Remember how Beerus warned Hercule to not act out of line or do anything foolish earlier? Well, Goku does all of that and acts totally causal to the Zennis, getting up close to their throne. Confusing the Omni-Kings, the Grand Minster and everyone else there with Beerus in absolute panic attack mood. He races up to Goku and slaps him back down to the tournament stands and apologies nonstop to the Zennies. The Grand Minister then tells Goku that at moments like these his nonchalant attitude is frowned upon and not needed. Causing Goku to change his tune about everything when it comes to the both the Zennies and the Grand Minister, quieting him down and getting him focus for the upcoming fight. On top of this the Grand Minister mentions that while the exhibition matches may have no actual reward to the victors, but if the fighters are poor and unable to show off their skill then may risk being erased both as a person and their whole universe by the Zennies.
And with that big bombshell, the exhibition match between Universe 7 and 9 begins with the red wolf, Basil of Universe 9 entering the exhibition ring. For the first fighter of Universe 7, Goku as captain picks Buu to enter first. But off camera as everything was happening Buu actually fell asleep, causing everyone on Universe 7 to panic until Hercule is able to wake up Buu with a chocolate bar and telling the playful Majin to go play with Basil. Buu, in the way that only Buu can, agrees to it and jumps to the exhibition floor.
Basil moves at a lightning fast speed and knocks Buu all over the place with Buu not even fighting back. Basil eventually kicks Buu so hard that the Majin goes flying and lands on the floor as Universe 7 enters a panic mode. However we end the episode with a close up Buu, laying on the floor and smiling.
For what it’s worth, this was a solid episode of Super as it added so much to the lore when it came to the other universes. We got glimpses of a few of the Supreme Kais, Gods and Angels with one paring being a homage to the Joker and Harley Quinn. One of the Supreme Kais looked like a weaker Zamasu from the Future Trunks Saga and speaking of, we even saw the return of Universe 11’s Supreme Kai, Gowasu! So it was nice to finally see this world… I mean, universe building finally being made in the series as we march closer to the end.
One of the best things I like though, is how everyone DOES blame Goku for making this tournament in the first place. They call him out on his stupidity in wanting to fight stronger opponents which in turn if they lose the tournament they are all wiped from existence. Beerus especially has had enough of Goku being the way his is and wants his pupil to shape up into the true Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan that he can become. On top of this Beerus actual quips that Gohan is the one with the brain when comparing the father and son for the first time.
Also, props to the animation team in this episode. While there were no major fight scenes — except for that brief Buu/Basil scuffle at the end — the whole episode had some nice polish to the animations between all of the characters. There’s this weird anime-movie quality to the visuals ever since the Master Roshi episode a few weeks back, it’s a big step up from how Super first started nearly a year ago to now. You can tell the animators learned from their mistakes in the Beerus Saga and improved on it all to get to us here. The difference is very similar to how Dragon Ball Z started with Radditz and that choppy quality to how it looked so much better by the Kid Buu saga.
With the voice dubs, I have no complaints whatsoever. To me, Dragon Ball related stuff will always be that one anime that I need to watch in dubs compared to something like Sword Art Online where subtitles are fine. The english voice actors of Dragon Ball are as iconic to me as the DC Animated Universe of the 90’s were. I can’t imagine listening to Beerus without that dry-cranky voice or Goku being that spunky-upbeat fighter.
However, I hope next week’s episode we don’t spend time with heavy expository dialogue and instead get right into the three exhibition matches. It’s been so long since we last had a good fight on Dragon Ball Super, we’re overdue for some fisticuffs!