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.
With Hit’s elimination at the hands of Jiren in the previous episode, its up to Cabba to step up and take the leadership role for Universe 6. But will Cabba have what it takes to take on not just a strong universe 4 fighter but then the Evil Emperor, Frieza himself? Lets get straight into our recap and review, and find out shall we?
We start Episode 112 on a really quiet note. Jiren is still meditating and Goku is looking onward at him. All of the angels, gods of destructions and their supreme kais are quiet as well. It’s then all universally agreed that no one will eliminate Jiren from the tournament, so now with only 30 minutes left everyone decided to just be the team with the most members left standing. Doing this will also cause your universe to survive erasure by the Omni Kings. Universe 3 then also notice that this is the perfect time to attack Goku and get him out of the way, so three of their robotic fighters go right after him.
A giant explosion goes off and we cut to over Gohan and Piccolo facing off agains the two Namekians that attacked them last week. Piccolo wants to rush over to help Goku but Gohan says not to. He has faith in his dad for pulling through and they should focus on getting rid of the Namekians. The two do some spiffy team attacks as we cut to another side of the tournament.
We now finally catch up with Cabba, Kale and Caulifa who are still in hiding after Hit’s elimination. They don’t get any time to themselves to catch their breath and instead are intercepted by a Universe 4 fighter, Mona who arrives picking a fight with Caulifa. But then suddenly Cabba steps up and chooses to fighter Mona instead and orders Caulifa and Kale to get far away from there. Cabba believes that Caulifa is their best bet in wining the tournament for Universe 6 and that she needs to save her strength to fight more powerful fighters like Goku. Reluctantly Caulifa, along with Kale leave Cabba’s side and start running.
Mona is clearly outmatching Cabba, especially in her other form which is a giant boulder moving at high speeds. Which sends Cabba flying like a ping pong and extremely close to the edge of the arena, where Cabba tries to trick her into running off the edge; but she adjust midway and knocks Cabba out instead! All seems lost for Cabba and it looks like he’s the next Universe 6 fighter eliminated but suddenly he’s saved by someone. It turns out that it’s his Universe 7 mentor, Vegeta!
Back from the commercial break, Vegeta lifts Cabba up onto the arena and they have a mentor/student conversation. The reason why Vegeta saved Cabba is because of their deal way back near the start of Super, where Cabba said that he wanted to introduce Vegeta to the king of Planet Sedala — where all the other Saiyans of Universe 6 live. Vegeta then says that when he wins the Tournament of Power, he’ll wish for Universe 6 to come back. Cabba says the same for Universe 7 in return, but Vegeta glares at him and says that will not be happening and he will win the tournament. He then leaves Cabba with that and lets him go another round with Mona.
Mona still has the advantage on Cabba in her boulder form and constantly keeps pummeling him, on top of berating him. Saying that he is pitiful and can’t save Caulifa or Kale. Eventually though all of this belittling actually causes Cabba to snap and unlock his Super Saiyan 2 form, which easily stomps all over Mona’s boulder form and he successfully launches her out of the arena.
After this, we cut over to Vegeta quickly who’s now face to face with Top. Vegeta instantly goes into Super Saiyan Blue and they begin clashing viscously. With Vegeta preoccupied and Cabba drained from his fight with Mona, Frieza finally makes his move on the Universe 6 Saiyan who has zero back up at this point.
Cabba not wanting to waste around with someone like Frieza fires off one of Vegeta’s best moves, the Galick Gun straight at the Emperor. But this sadly has no effect on Frieza and in his golden form attacks Cabba with a series of Death Beam attacks in his golden form. This drops Cabba to the ground and Frieza violently eliminates him out of the tournament!
We then cut back to Vegeta, who gains some distance from Top. Goku eventually joins him and they are back to back against each other while facing their respective opponents on both sides — Goku’s still fighting the robots at this point and confirms what Gohan knew earlier, he was just stringing them along until he gets his strength back. However, before Goku can make a move against the robotic fighters all of them are knocked out cold by Caulifa. She finally steps up against Goku and wants to face him as the episode ends.
Episode 112 was such a packed episode. So much so, that even the usual intro to the show was cut short. I actually thought something happened to my recording of it and made it skip, but that wasn’t the case. It was nice to put the spotlight on someone like Cabba, though who has been almost absent this whole time from the Tournament — besides last week’s episode and the start of the whole thing. The other thing I’m liking is how devious Frieza is now. While he is of course out for himself in the tournament, he is fighting smartly against everyone and not holding back like the way Goku and Vegeta would when it comes to fighters they’ve known. Frieza doesn’t care and will eliminate you if he has the chance.
Things that I’ve found awkward though is probably the thin explanation as to why Caulfia didn’t come to the aid of Cabba when Frieza had him. Frieza is probably one of the strongest fighters in the tournament and could be someone Caulifa could gain experience from fighting, but instead she goes straight for Goku again. Also where is Kale too, now with Jiren gone into deep meditating, she’s technically one of the strongest fighters now who should be no match for anyone. This was my only grip with the episode though, the rest of it was solid and I’m curious about the Top/ Vegeta fight that’s coming up. Well, that is if it does happen in the next episode?