Dragon Ball Super — Episode 81 Review

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.

Here we are at last, as Goku faces off with Universe 9’s Bergamo in the explosive final match of the Zeno Expo! We also get more of the rules for the upcoming Tournament of Power and also finally get to see who’s under the cloak in Universe 11’s stands to. So without further ado, lets get on with the review!

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Before any fisticuffs can be had between the two fighters though, Bergamo, in a passionate speech to all the other universes in attendance, capitalizes on the breaking news of the losing universes in the upcoming tournament being wiped from existence and turns everyone on Goku. Painting the hero of the series as the big villain for giving the Omni-Kings the idea in the first place for the tournament. To be fair, Bergamo does have a point and it’s brought up by Beerus as well later on, that all of this wouldn’t have been a thing if Goku had just kept his mouth shut and been content with where he was at power level wise. Bergamo also pleads with the Omni-Kings to ask for them to spare the universes if he wins the fight against Goku, they agree but under the condition that Goku doesn’t hold back either against Bergamo for if the Saiyan does, then they would wipe out the universes from existence and the two fighters agree to these terms.

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As the fight between Bergamo and Goku begins, it’s very typical even in anime standards with no tricks being made. It’s just a simple slugfest between the two, that is until Bergamo dares Goku to hit him freely. Which Goku does easily multiple times, but this is all a ploy by Bergamo to unleash his hidden technique, which is to absorb any physical damage he takes and grow in size. This quickly overwhelms Goku as Bergamo grows in size and channels any extra energy into his fist for stronger punches. Goku quickly goes Super Saiyan to even the odds, but Bergamo is still crazy strong and quickly covers the arena more so then before. However weirdly, just before the commercial break, Goku ends up smiling over the situation.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 81
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When we come back from the break, Goku is still at it with Bergamo but he quickly wraps up the fight by going Super Saiyan Blue, which to the shock of all the other universes’ gods in attendance didn’t know a low-mortal can achieve the power of the gods. Goku, takes it a step further, and goes Super Saiyan Blu Kaioken and flies into the air to fire off a God Kamehameha which Bergamo tries to counter but Goku powers through and effectively ends the match. Bergamo depowers from his giant state and falls down with Goku and the rest of Universe 7 declared the winners. But before Bergamo is dragged out of the ring by his brothers, he warns Goku that he has a target on his back as every other universe’s fighters will be gunning for him now.

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After this, the Grand Minister and the Omni-Kings reveal the rules of the Tournament Of Power. Here victory can only be achieved by ring out, can be no outside weapons/items in use and also no killing at all. On top of this, it will be a 48 minute tournament all together. Whis then quips to his father, that there couldn’t possible be any time to have all the universes fight each other in one on one matches. But his father, The Grand Minister corrects him and says it’s not an actual tournament… It’s actually team based, where all the universes will fight in a massive 84 man battle royal all at the same time! Victory will only be counted once the time is up to which ever universe has the most surviving members.

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Before the shock amongst all the universe’s gods and angels can sink in, Universe 11’s mysterious cloaked figure jumps onto the arena floor and challenges Goku. The Grand Minister is no amused and asks for who this person is, the cloak figure says he is Universe 11’s Pride Trooper leader, Top and he is here to face the “villain” Goku and to test out his strength. The Omni-Kings have no objection to this bonus match and let Top fight Goku. Goku is strangely excited for this bonus match as the episode ends with a close up of Goku’s eyes being focused on Top.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 81
Photo Source: Funimation/Toei Animation/Cartoon Network

The best part about the episode was not the fact that we got the official rules for the Tournament Of Power, or the really quick fight between Goku and Bergamo or even Tops reveal at the end. But instead, it was the fact that all the universes have officially called out Goku’s antics that is dooming them all, that even Beerus made a quip about halfway through the episode. And the thing is, they all have a right in saying so! Goku as of late has become the annoying character that is only focused on fighting and getting stronger, compared to his son Gohan — who actually knows when there is a time to fight and a time to not. Goku at the power level he is at, which is equal to Beerus and just below Whis’ should be content with this, but he isn’t. Hopefully in his upcoming fight against Top, he’s able to see the error of his ways and find out that fighting isn’t the only solution, sorta like how he was in Dragon Ball Z all those years ago.

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Author: Mark Francis

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