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.
We’re officially at the halfway mark of the Tournament Of Power timer and with Episode 111’s elimination of a fan favorite character, we’re also halfway through all the competitors in the tournament too. So just what went down after Goku’s Ultra Instinct transformation ran out and who was the unlucky fighter to be eliminated? Let’s get right on down to our recap and review to find out!
We pick up the episode with Goku at the mercy of Frieza, who saved our favorite Sayian from getting eliminated at the hands of Jiren at the end of Episode 110. At first it seems like Frieza is actually going to attack Goku, since they’re actually on the blind spot of the arena away from the Grand Minister, the Omni Kings and even all the other gods in the stands. Frieza charges up a giant purple ki blast right at Goku and fires it, but instead of hurting it actually heals Goku to full strength! Goku, back on his feet again, is left with the parting words of Frieza saying what the new Ultra Instinct transformation is called. Goku after this starts to lay low in the rubble and scout around, looking for Jiren.
Speak of, Jiren is still holding Hit’s punch from Episode 110’s ending. Hit tries every single Time Skip technique he can think of to get the one up on Jiren, but nothing works. Jiren is just that strong and can seemingly counter/phase out of Hit’s time skip at just the right moments to counter the counter attack. Universe 6 in the stands is in complete disarray as Champa looks on in a panic. Goku sneaks on over to check out what’s happen. Unaware to Goku though, a pair of Namekian fighters see him and are about to fire some Ki beams at him but are stopped just in time by Gohan and Piccolo. Elsewhere, we catch up with Vegeta who is still fighting Ribrianne and is about to one up here when suddenly the other Universe 2 fighter, Rosa — I believe is her name — shows up and kicks Vegeta away. The two Universe 2 fighters go and hide, here Ribrianne loses confidence in herself but Rosa slaps some sense into her.
We then shift over back to Jiren and Hit’s fight. Hit is still trying to Time Skip against Jiren, but it still isn’t working. Eventually Jiren has had enough and sends Hit flying through a bunch of boulders near Cabba. It’s at this point Cabba, Caulfia and Kale are looking onward towards Hit. Caulifa and Kale both want to jump in and help Hit, but Cabbe tells them to hold back since he believes that HIt has a plan in place now. Cabba is correct, as Hit blasts through the rubble and beings to fight against Jiren. Thanks to Hit’s Pure Progress ability, he’s able to counter a counter of Jiren’s into another counter. It’s here that he lands a directly hit against Jiren, the same heart punch that he did against Goku. It doesn’t kill Jiren but it’s enough to send Jiren sliding towards the edge of the Tournament Of Power arena. It’s here that a Time Skip aura engulfs Jiren and it traps him. Hit is holding him back from making any sort of comeback attack, and then orders the rest of Universe 6 to start going on the offensive in the tournament as he keeps Jiren at bay. Valdos comments that this is the first time that Hit has taken a leadership like role for the team and quips that he was also a lone wolf type of person.
Jiren however, is just too strong for Hit’s trap and keeps pushing forward towards Hit. Hit, does a gamble move. He charges up his hand that’s holding back Jiren and says that if this works, Jiren will be eliminated but if it doesn’t then he will be eliminated instead. Hit charges at Jiren head first with a fist full of ki but Jiren’s intense glaring eyes breaks through everything and cancels out Hit’s gamble! Jiren then goes to town against Hit and delivers a series of rapid punches, so fast that they seem like Hit got shot at instead. This then sends Hit flying up into the air, and Jiren ends it by firing off one of his massive Maximum Impact ki blast — the same one he used against a berserk Kale episodes back — to eliminate Hit from the Tournament of Power!
Its at this point that the Grand Minister states that the Tournament is at the halfway point both in time and the number of competitors fighting. The skies begin to change a greenish hue as well, it’s not longer dark and empty. Meanwhile in the stands, Hit is praised upon by Valdos who says that his bravery has inspired the rest of the Universe 6 fighters to fight on in the Tournament. However, Valdos does says to Champa, that Hit was one of their best/strongest fighters and their chances in the tournament greatly diminishes.
Back in the arena, Goku is still spying on Jiren and even he notices Goku looking at him, but he doesn’t care. Instead Jiren goes and begins to meditate, while Dyspo and Top stand watch. A pair of fighters, a robot and a guy in a sentai suit show up. It’s not stated what universe they’re from but the robot tries to take on Dyspo and Top while the Sentai guy leaps over them and charges at Jiren. However even in Jiren’s meditative state, he’s ways too powerful and blows back the Sentai guy away. Top then states that only the strongest can ever break through Jiren’s mediative state and no one in the tournament can. The episode ends on Goku saying that he will get stronger somehow in 30 minutes and break that barrier Jiren is in.
This wasn’t a really bad nor a really great episode of Super. It felt like something right down the middle to be honest. I really loved the fight between Hit and Jiren and how Goku was looking on. But at the same time anything that didn’t deal with this felt awkward and just there to explain why Vegeta, Gohan and Piccolo isn’t fighting Jiren right after Hit is eliminated. It’s also weird how the episode did little to explain the two Namekians and the Robot and Sentai guy pairing. Just what universe where those four from? It also sucks that Hit was eliminated so decisively by Jiren and toss out of the arena with ease. Yet it does make sense to showcase how powerful Jiren is to Hit, since Goku would always have trouble against Hit as is. Now the question remains, will Goku finally get to tap into Ultra Instinct fully and how exactly will/can he do that in 30 minutes or less?
Also shout out goes to the dubbing error of the Grand Minister saying Hit was from Universe 11, he’s actually from Universe 7. But at this point, I take it up for the Grand Minister just losing track of it all in the past 30 minutes of the tournament.