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Dragon Ball Super — Episode 109 Review

Goku finally faces off against Jiren, but is anything effective against the Pride Trooper? Read our review to find out!

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.

Only the strong remain now in the Tournament Of Power, as Goku took on not just the red fighter of Universe 2 but also another fighter that has been secretly hiding his powers to everyone since the whole Tournament began, Jiren! So what exactly went down and how did Goku fair against these two powerful fighters? Lets get right on into the review!

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We first pick up, exactly where we left off in Episode 108 with Goku fighting the red fighter of Universe 2, who is actually called Ribrianne — It feels great to finally put a name on her, haha. They are completely evenly matched, but eventually Goku gets the upper hand in their initial exchanged forcing Ribrianne to undergo another transformation thanks to the help of her teammates in the stands. They lend her some of their energy and she transforms with wings on her back, allowing her to fly around. She finally catches up to Goku power wise, and shoots out a giant attack made out of a heart that looks similar to a small Spirit Bomb. She launches it at Goku and leaves an impression of a giant heart cutout on the tournament floor. However, Goku dodged it all at the last second and delivered a fierce kick at Ribrianne and sends her crashing through a bunch of rocks and boulders. Eventually though she’s stop due to landing into Jiren’s feet.

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Jiren, does not say a word at all as Ribrianne scurries about and hides behind a boulder. Jiren receives a telepathic order from his God Of Destruction of Universe 11 and telling him that its time for him to unleash his power and eliminate Goku. Goku, meanwhile, is moving towards where Ribrianne is but comes across Jiren, who finally unleashes his a sliver of his power. It’s a massive swirl of air that spooks every single fighter left in the tournament. It’s so tremendous that it has Beerus trembling over such power. All Goku can do is block this gust of wind moving in his direction and eventually it dissipates. Goku then goes on the attack, first in his base form throwing punches at Jiren. But it’s not phasing him, Jiren created a pocketed aura around him from that air. Goku takes a jump back and fires a Kamehameha at Jiren but still nothing.

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In the stands Supreme Kai is wondering why Goku isn’t going all out against Jiren in his Super Sayian Blue form and Krillian states that Goku is an expert martial artist, he wants to test out the limits of who and what Jiren is. So this is why he’s not going full power, at least just yet.

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Goku then goes Super Sayian to see if anything will affect Jiren, it still doesn’t with each of his attacks not even connecting. Goku then goes Super Sayian God and while he is faster in this form it is still not enough to even make Jiren move. Eventually Goku does go full Super Saiyan Blue in a dramatic fashion — similar to how he transformed for the first time against Frieza way back in the Resurrection F saga/movie. This form is enough for Jiren to lift a finger against, like literally, he lifts a finger to block most of Goku’s attacks. Eventually the only thing that actually manages to start hurting Jiren though is when Goku combines his Super Saiyan Blue with Kaioken. Goku manages to break through, but it’s still not enough and Jiren just demolishes Goku! So far in Super, outside of Fused Zamasu, Goku hasn’t had this much trouble fighting anyone. However, things are looking extremely grim for our favorite Saiyan.

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In the stands, Universe 11 is having a discussion among themselves. Their God Of Destruction is wondering why Jiren is just toying around with Goku and waiting for him to reach Super Saiyan Blue, and then their Supreme Kai says it’s actually to make a statement. He believes Goku is the only other strongest fighter in the tournament next to Jiren, so if Jiren can get rid of Goku at his strongest form then that will frighten the other fighters and may even cause them to forfeit the tournament outright leaving Universe 11 standing as the winners.

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Things get even more dire for Goku though, as Jiren unloads on Goku another set of savage attacks. One attack is so fast and powerful that Jiren doesn’t even move at all and it sends Goku flying so far away that he almost suffers a ring out. The rest of Universe 7’s fighters are in shock over what they’re seeing and at the speed of which Jiren moved. Goku however, is barley hanging onto the edge of the tournament stage and climbs up, he then charges at Jiren with everything he has left. But Jiren still knocks Goku around and instead of tossing him out, smacks him to the left and into a bunch of boulders. Krillian in the stands is not sweating at all though and says that Goku with a mix of his Super Saiyan Blue and Kaioken X20 abilities should be a perfect match against Jiren, but he’s immediately countered by Whis and Master Roshi, who both say that Goku tried that in the last charge he did and was easily defeated by it. Beerus is having a panic attack in the stands at this point.

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Goku has one last shot left though and that is to use the Super Spirit Bomb against Jiren. He ask Jiren if he can get some time to charge up his best move to use against him. Jiren, being honorable like his teammate Top, agrees to this and allows Goku to try to him with the best move possible. In his base form, Goku climbs up a small peak overlooking Jiren and begins to charge up the Spirit Bomb. Everyone from the Universe 7 team in the stands and out on the field to even Frieza of all people, lend their strengths to Goku. The only exception however is Vegeta, who’s pride is too much for him to even help Goku out and he vanishes away.

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As Goku is charging up, Ribrianne tries to go for a sneak attack on him, but is stopped at the last second by Vegeta who chastises Ribrianne for a dirty move. It’s super ironic since 17 did the same thing against her episodes back and she got super angry for him doing that to her.

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Thanks to Vegeta’s timely save, Goku is able to launch the Super Spirit Bomb at full power against Jiren, however instead of the move connecting with him. Jiren is able to push the Bomb away from him and starts a tug-o-war between the fighters. Goku is giving everything he has against Jiren and powers back up to his Super Saiyan Blu plus Kaioken X20 form to push it back! It seems like it’s working but then suddenly Jiren is able to push it back and it engulfs Goku entirely as the episode suddenly ends on a cliffhanger!

This was basically the Red Wedding episode of Dragon Ball Super with Goku getting his ass kicked for a good 17 minutes against Jiren. It’s scary how strong the Pride Trooper really is in his base form and it might need to take a complete team effort to finally stop him. But if they do that, will they have enough to take on the other two Pride Troopers, Top and Dyspo as well? It’s clear from this episode though, that Jiren will most likely eliminate all the weaker fighters from the tournament eventually and just leave the field down to the strongest of the strongest. My picks are that Frieza, Vegeta, Hit, Caulifa, Kale and maybe Gohan might be left to take on the Pride Troopers in the next few episodes. I don’t think Goku is out just yet, but with how the episode ended I don’t think he’ll be in any fighting shape for the rest of the tournament until the very end.

A few things that I liked about the episode was how the Universe 7 team in the stands provided commentary on what was going on in Goku’s mind and not just having Goku pull an internal monologue. This help sell the fact that Jiren is at and above Goku’s martial art’s level in every sense of the word. However, for Ribrianne’s transformation, would it be consider cheating to have help from the stands to ensure a transformation, especially if its from a device? She ended up using a rave, glow stick for such a thing. But hey, I guess the Omni-Kings let it slide and gave the “okay” for Goku to do slightly the same thing with the Super Spirit Bomb moments later, yes?

Overall it was a great episode, but man did that cliffhanger of an ending left me wanting more. The sudden cut to the closing credits was jarring to say the lease, but I guess that’s what makes it effective and gets us to tune in for Episode 110. The landscape of the Tournament Of Power has dramatically change, I’m excited to see where this all goes!

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