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.
Episode 90 is Dragon Ball done right. It’s such a straight to the point episode that isn’t much of me to critique or lament about. So let’s get right into the review, shall we?
We start off with Gohan and Piccolo out in the mountain ranges, Piccolo states that Gohan has improved by leaps and bounds under such a short time and there’s only one person left who can push Gohan to the next level. We then cut to Goku, Tien, Chatzou and Master Roshi sitting in a restaurant eating up after their exploits in the last episode. Goku being Goku is actually eating so much that he’s making Tien even more broke — who’s paying for everything. As Goku and the others wonder what they’ll do to pass the time now that everyone has assembled for the team, Gohan and Piccolo walk in. Gohan then challenges his father to a fight.
Next we cut to a mesa out in the wilderness, the fight is actually a two on two fight with Goku and Tien on one side and Piccolo and Gohan on the other with Roshi and Chatzou looking on from the distance. The fight follows the typical Tournament of Power rules and that is all four will be active in the fight and if they step off the mesa then their team will lose. The fight is fast and hard with Gohan actually doing a lot of damage and showing off his new techniques against both Tien, who he easily outmatches and then against Goku who he’s on pair with! Eventually the fight boils down to Gohan protecting Piccolo — who is building up for a super power attack, with a stance that looks similar to his Special Beam Cannon attack. Gohan is moving so fast in the fight that he is easily outpacing everyone and stops Tien from nailing a Tri-Beam on Piccolo; and eventually Piccolo lets out his strongest attack ever which totally engulfs Goku like a Spirit Bomb. However, Goku survives through it without a dent of damage, but it was just a decoy as Gohan warps right in front of his dad and nails him with a devastating gut punch.
But before the match can go any further, Tien stops the match with the reason that they shouldn’t go all out anymore with the Tournament of Power being just hours away and also the mesa they were fighting on is practically destroyed. So the tag team fight is called off by everyone, except Gohan still wants to fight against his father. Goku agrees to one last fight and powers up into his Super Saiyan form. We cut to a commercial break on this.
When we come back from the break, we actually pick up on what Gowasu is up too for his Universe 10 team. He’s been so stressed out that he hasn’t even form a team yet, but his own God of Destruction and their attendant — Whis’ youngest sister — have gathered a team of brutes to fight for their universe. Gowasu stresses that he needs a team with a good mind and logical battle awareness. Universe 11’s God Of Destruction however says they just need raw power and his fighters all start drinking protein shakes randomly. Cause, according to them, that’s what buff fighters do every hour on the hour.
We’re back again to Gohan and Goku, and they seriously ramp it up against each other. Goku asks Gohan to unleash his power and Gohan enters his Potential Unleashed form. Goku wonder’s if his son will also go into a Super Saiyan form while like this, but Gohan says no. He wants to achieve a power that is far beyond just going Super Saiyan and all it’s variants and wants to achieve something better. Goku likes this new train of thought from his son and they begin to duel.
Their fight isn’t just confide to the destroyed mesa but instead they are fighting all over the wilderness, pushing each other to their limits. They’re firing off beams at each other and moving at super sonic speeds. So much so that it’s felt all the way at Bulma’s house where Vegeta, Whis and the others are all sensing the fight happen. At this point though, Gohan know’s that his dad is holding back and forces him to transform into his Super Saiyan Blue form. They fight for a seconds, but then Gohan wants his dad to even go further and gets him to transform into Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken form — this is Goku’s absolute highest form. The fight then becomes a test of will between the father and son. It becomes so much so, that each make a mad flying dash where they both land a powerful hit on each other. It’s that dramatic final hit you see between two fighters in most anime. However Gohan took the worse of it and collapses, falling out of the sky with Goku flying in and catching his son. Goku admits that he’s proud of his son and what he’s achieved and gives him a sensu bean to get back on his feet. It was very similar to how Goku saved Gohan decades ago back on Namek in Dragon Ball Z.
The episode ends with everyone huddled together in the crater that Gohan was falling into and Goku nominates his son as the team captain for Universe 7. We then cut away to the Tournament Of Power’s ring being built — this is now a weekly thing — and the narrator states that there’s only 4 more hours to go until the start of it. The previews for next week’s episode show’s that we’re going to take a break from Universe 7 and instead focus on Universe 8 as HIt tracks down the villainous Frost.
As you can see, this was such a straight forward episode that it was surprising good. Dragon Ball has always been at it’s best when it’s about the fighting and the story that comes from that, compared to filler episodes like Episode 89. You find out more about the fighters when the fist starts flying. Next week while not as action pack, is actually welcomed since it flushes out a few of the new Universe 8 returning characters that we got a custom of seeing over the course of Super’s run.
So in closing, I absolutely LOVED this episode and what it did for Gohan’s character. He’s finally back to being a badass like he was against Perfect Cell or Super Buu! Hopefully, in the future, he can finally achieve that new power level he’s been seeking!