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.
Episode 105 was all about Master Roshi taking on the spotlight, as he went against three Universe 4 fighters by himself. Did the old turtle hermit have what it took to survive against three youthful fighters? Lets get into our review and find out!
We start off with the Omni-Kings checking their tablets, seeing who is all left in the Tournament of Power. They start counting but lose track of it all and eventually give up. Next we’re down in the battlefield following Master Roshi around, he’s causally strolling and evading a lot of the tougher fighters. Instead he’s taking it all in, realizing that less then half of the fighters remain and is trying to understand each fighter left to figure out their pattern of attacks. However his study is spoiled when a young female fighter from Universe 4 gets the drop on him.
Roshi, on the other hand already knew of her about to attack and had studied her techniques earlier, was able to dodge her and appears on a cliffside. Roshi states that he was well aware of her and can easily read her, however she on the other hand said that she has one more technique that Roshi can’t overcome. She starts to take off her cape and shows off her figure to Roshi, who his trying his best to resist the temptation of being horny to her. Roshi at first is resisting, while Krillian is hyping up Roshi’s training with Puar to Beerus and the others in the stands, but sadly it’s not enough and Roshi goes flying towards the beautiful fighter in a horny jump.
As Roshi is jumping after her, she gets out a ki spear and is about to stab him; but Roshi at the last second is able to evade it and then block a second ki spear attack, breaking the spear in the process. Roshi then gives a monologue about how he has overcome a lot and is not someone to be underestimated, he begins to bulk up. This freaks out the Universe 4 female fighter so much that she runs away screaming, so much so, that she runs off the arena and gets eliminated!
Roshi doesn’t have much time to celebrate, cause another fighter from Universe 4 shows up. It’s another female fighter, but instead of using beauty to one up Roshi, she uses darkness to her advantage. And because half of the battlefield has multiple dark spots for her to use, she is able to trick Roshi with different dark illusions. At one point she is even able to turn into a giant and smack Roshi around. However Roshi being a crafty individual, uses the Demon Containment Wave — last seen by Future Trunks against Zamasu — on her and traps her easily into a tiny bottle.
This technique however causes Beerus and Universe 4’s God Of Destruction to clash in the stands over the use of items. Beerus says that it’s perfectly fine since a Universe 4’s fighter used talismans earlier in the fight. But Universe 4’s God Of Destruction counters that and says that the talismans were a part of the fighter but the bottle for the Demon Containment Wave isn’t a part of Roshi. This then causes the Omni-Kings to interject and glare menacing towards both Gods of Destructions, saying that it’s okay for Roshi to use the bottle this one time. We then cut to Krillian, who says that with Roshi using the Demon Containment Wave it takes a giant toll on his body and things might be bad for him. However Roshi, yells out to the stands that he’s fine and throws up peace signs and a laugh to them.
Roshi has zero time to rest though as another fighter from Universe 4 show up — it’s the one from episodes back that spied on everyone at Bulma’s house — who gets so enrage for Roshi eliminating two of his teammates that he transforms into a monstrous bird form. In this bird form, he takes the fight to Roshi, but since he’s so slow Roshi is able to dodge everything on top of knowing his fighting techniques from studying earlier. He’s an easy read for Roshi. However it’s explain that this fighter actually learns the more time he spends with someone in a fight, so eventually Roshi is caught off guard and takes a few hits. This causes Roshi to do some desperate moves, first he tries to cause the fighter to fall asleep using hypnosis but the fighter just zaps himself to stay awake. Roshi then pulls out the one thing that may just kill him and that is him at Max Power — his big buff state — giving a 100% powered Kamehameha. Roshi gives a short monologue thanking both Goku and Krillian, charges up to Max Power and fires off a Kamehameha at the fighter scoring his third ring out.
However, all of these fights have taken a toll on Roshi and he actually dies in the ring! Krillian wants to get back into the ring but Beerus and the others hold him back and saying that he can’t, so Krillian yells out for Goku to go get Roshi. Goku hears it and jumps over. Roshi isn’t breathing at all and so Goku tries to use a Ki blast to revive him, similar to what he did to himself when Hit killed him. After a few tries, Goku is able to get Roshi back to the land of the living. The show then closes with Beerus asking Krillian what he called Roshi, as Goku and Roshi walk deeper into the battlefield.
This episode was actually well done, showing off a smaller battle happening in the grand scheme of things. The Tournament Of Power works best when it focuses on these little character bits instead of just going totally crazy with the full on fights, showcasing the other fighters and giving them the spotlight. It was nice to know that Roshi still has it and is basically older version of how Gohan fights, the logical fighter who studies everything and then goes into battle. At first you would think the episode would have taken a comedic route with how Roshi took on the first female fighter, but once he snaps out of that love spell it went down a different route and showcased just how much of a fighter Roshi is. It’s amazing the old turtle hermit can still move gracefully.
Did I worry that Roshi was going to die by the end of the episode, not at all. Dragon Ball tends to cop out when it comes to actual character deaths, no one really dies in the series unless you’re erased by the Omni-Kings like Zamasu was. Hell, even Frieza has returned time and time again in the series after getting sliced, chopped up, blasted and what not. Death means nothing in Super at this point compared to how Z handled it. Next week’s episode, based off of previews, seems to be focusing more on Vegeta which is a good thing, since maybe we’ll find out what the hell Cabba has been up too as well for the past half hour of the tournament!