Dragon Ball Super — Episode 85 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.

We take a slight detour with Goku heading to Dende’s in order to find and recruit Android 17 for the Tournament of Power and instead focus on the Supreme Kais, the Destroyers and even other fighters outside of just Goku and his team in Episode 85. The opening moments of the show picks up shortly after where we left off last week with both Goku and Gohan flying to Dende’s in searching for 17, but Gohan splits up from his father and instead flies off to find Piccolo to ask him to join the team. A few minutes later Goku finds an explosion happening in a nearby town and goes to investigate.

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We don’t follow Goku right away but instead head off to an undisclosed location where the Supreme Kai of Universe 11 summons all the other Supreme Kais — except Universe 7’s Supreme Kai that we all know and love — via monitors for a secret meeting about what to do with the Tournament Of Power situation. Supreme Kai of Universe 11 proposes that they get together to talk to the Omni Kings and get a reprieve from the upcoming tournament. His belief is that by stalling for time, the universes would be better equipped for the tournament then just having two days worth to prep. But the meeting disintegrates before the Supreme Kai of Universe 11, with each other kai arguing with each other over petty things. They finally all log off of the monitors leaving the Supreme Kai of Universe 11 revealing that he wasn’t worried at all and instead is confident in his fighters, being that they are the strongest in all of the universes.

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Finally, we get back to Goku and it turns out that the explosion from earlier was actually Hercule training Majin Buu for the tournament. However, they trained so much so that Majin Buu actually lost weight and is now leaner, meaner yet still nicer, Fit Buu! Eventually this leads to both Goku and Fit Buu training above Hercule’s house using the rules of the tournament to test out how strong Fit Buu is — however they can still fly, which from what I remember is restriction for the tournament. Goku notes how fast and stronger Fit Buu has become, maybe even more smarter too. Fit Buu launches a volley ki blast at Goku, who begins to block each of them but this leaves him wide open for Fit Buu to appear at close range and smack him, sending Goku flying off the property of Hercules house and scoring a ring out victory for Fit Buu! Goku thanks Fit Buu for the match and then flies off towards Dende. Hercule, ominously worries if their team will be strong enough to win. Fit Buu on the other hand is finally dead tired from all the training and just wants to nap.

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After the commercial break, we pick up on an unspecific planet of Universe 11 and catch up on Top’s post-Zeno Expo whereabouts. Turns out he’s actually a well known hero throughout his universe — think Superman like — and adored by everyone. He catches up with another member of the Pride Troopers, the General and they talk about what’s troubling Top. Turns out its Goku and the Saiyan’s antics in the Zeno Expo and how power he got near the end before the Grand Minister ended the fight suddenly. But the pair have no time to truly talk about it and instead get a distress call by another Pride Trooper, Dispo and his need for help against a Dorakiyan and a giant Araghne — think a piranha like Frieza and a giant Malboro from the Final Fantasy games.

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Meanwhile in the cosmos, the Gods of Destructions and their attendants from all the universes have their own secret meeting — excluding Beerus and Whis, due to this whole thing being Goku’s idea. They all argue over what to do as well just like the Kais did and then leave their monitors in anger. Champa then reaches out to Cabba and orders him to get a team of Saiyans together after deducing that in order to fight the likes of Goku, Gohan and Vegeta they’ll need strong Saiyan’s of their own.

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Now back to Universe 11, Dispo puts up an impressive fight against both villainous aliens but gets caught by them and almost eaten by the bigger alien, yet luckily Top and the General come in out of nowhere for the last minute save.They do their dramatic Super Sentai pose and then lay waste to the pair of evil aliens. Afterwards, back on their Pride Trooper ship, Top informs Dispo of the Tournament Of Power and then talk about the mysterious Jiren who is considered to be the strongest of them all and someone they must seek out immediately. He’s currently MIA from the Pride Troopers and on some random planet meditating away.

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The episode finally ends with Goku arriving at Dende’s and the young Namekian agreeing to go with Goku in order to find 17, who’s off on some island in the south-western part of the world. Gohan, on the other hand, meets up with the older Namekian, his teacher, Piccolo. But before he can even ask for Piccolo to join them, Piccolo wants to test Gohan and see how strong he’s gotten. The closing seconds of the episode is just 17 driving in his jeep down a hill and we end with a close up of one of his eyes.

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It was a decent episode for Super, especially for the fight scenes and how it flushed out a lot for Universe 11. What should have been kept short though were the separate meetings between all the Kais and the one for all the Gods of Destructions. They both achieve nothing but reiterating the fact that they can’t stand each other which has been well known in the series long before the Tournament Of Power saga started. If we had less of that, maybe we could have had a longer fight between Fit Buu and Goku or even showed off more of the Pride Troopers, instead we just had pointless babbling between Universe.

I do admit though, it’s nice to see Cabba back though, it’s been far too long without seeing the young Saiyan of Universe 6. My biggest grip though is the fact that Goku for the second week in a row hasn’t used his Instant Transmission technique to warp over to Dende and completely getting rid of the flying segments for him. I said it last week and I’ll say it again this week, it makes zero sense for someone who can instantly get somewhere to take the long way to get somewhere, especially when the clock is ticking with the Tournament Of Power just a day or so away! Also the wait for the eventually Goku meeting up with 17 is like waiting for Namek to explode, like honestly, hurry it up already!

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Author: Mark Francis

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