Spoilers will 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.
Finally, after weeks of build up we’re at the start of the Tournament Of Power! So what went down and who got eliminated first from it all? Let’s not waste any more time and simply dive in quick and fast into the review!
We pick up right where we left off in Episode 96, all of the eight universes that are partaking in the Tournament Of Power are on the arena floor with the Grand Minister recapping the rules that everyone already knows on top of adding in the fact that the center pillar of the stage will act as a timer. Every time it goes down, five minutes will pass in the battle royal and once it’s fully down whoever is still left standing will have survive the tournament. Also since killing is not allowed at all, you have to physically throw your opposition off the stage in a Super Smash Bros sort of way. After this, the Grand Minister flies away and the tournament begins proper after a few dramatic shots of a few of the notable teams like Universes 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11.
Its pure chaos as everyone is fighting everyone, except Goku’s Universe 7 team. Gohan, being the team leader starts to tell everyone to form up with their backs to each other so they don’t get caught off guard. But Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, 17 and 18’s egos get the better of them and they just head off into the massive melee happening in the arena, leaving only Gohan, Piccolo, Master Roshi, Tien and Krillian to fend for themselves.
While that’s happening, one of Universe 3’s robots that we met a few episodes ago who had a survival program built into it begins spinning around like a top pushing everyone in it’s way closer to the edge. It takes a combine effort of Universe 6’s Hit and Universe 4’s Basil to stop it by crushing it’s hands. After this, we focus more on Universe 4’s Basil as he takes on a Universe 10’s fighter who has fairy wings. He easily overpowers her with his fierce kicking attacks and pushes her off the edge, leading her to be the first ones eliminated. As she falls into the abyss of the Null Realm she ends up right-side up again and sitting in the spectator’s stands.
Here, she gets scolded at by Gowasu’s Universe 10 God Of Destruction — the elephant one. Gohan and the others who are standing their ground for Universe 7, notice that this is the outcome of falling off the stage and that it’s not as bad as they once feared — which was eraser from falling off. However, things are about to get bad for Gohan’s side team as they are soon greeted by Basil and a few other Universe 4 and 6 opponents. Gohan and everyone fires off their strongest attacks at them to blow them back, but it doesn’t phase them at all.
Goku on the other hand is looking for Universe 11’s Top, but stops when he see’s Jiren instead. They’re about to throw down when suddenly Goku is grabbed from behind in a massive reverse bearhug by a Universe 3 fighter. No matter what Goku does, he can’t break free from the grip and is dragged to the edge. Turns out the Universe 3 fighter wants to take Goku out with him and almost succeeds but at the last second Goku turns Super Saiyan Blue! It’s enough to break the grip and send the Universe 3 fighter out of the ring and back into the stands while he, himself, held onto to the edge of the ring. Goku pulls himself back up but is instantly greeted by Basil and a few other fighters ready to gang up on him. The episode then ends on this note and it’s revealed that everything that just happened has only been the first minute of the Tournament Of Power and there is still another forty-seven minutes left to go!
So as you can see, Episode 97 is a pretty big and important episode with the start of the Tournament Of Power, but at the same time it was all over the place in terms of action. We focused on a majority of the key universes that have been showing up over the course of the series so far, while the other universes we never really got to see fully are treated more like fodder, which sadly includes Gowasu’s Universe 10 as well. The only time we got breaks between all the chaotic fighting was with Beerus, Whis, Supreme Kai and Elder Kai in the stands (along with their other universal counterparts) to add some comedy into the first minute of the tournament. But speaking, that’s so weird how so much, plus all the talking that went on in the stands, can just be a single minute of the forty-eight minute tournament! It’s like we’re back on Namek again and the planet got five minutes left before it explodes, but we got another forty-eight episodes left. Ahh, anime tropes!