Dragon Ball Super — Episode 118 Review

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.

Desperation for Universe 2 and 6 hits an all time high in Episode 118, as both universes are down to their very last fighters in the Tournament Of Power. Universe 2’s final three fighters are up against Goku, 18 and 17, after the later trio of Universe 7 fighters eliminated both Ribrianne and Rosa of Universe 2. Elsewhere we finally got to see what was up with the two Universe 6 Namekians as they stood their ground against both Gohan and Piccolo. So did Universe 2 and 6 overpower a weakened Universe 7, or did Universe 7 have just enough to eliminate two more universes? Well, lets get right on into the review!

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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We pick up shortly after the events of last week’s episode, as we see that Universe 2 was actually broadcasting the entire Tournament Of Power to every single planet in their universe with Ribrianne talking to everyone and telling them to believe in the power of love still. This belief in love then ends up transforming the final three fighters of Universe 3 into more powerful forms — they honestly just wore the exact costumes that Ribrianne and the other maidens worn, but the visual gag was that they were melodramatic men in dresses, cause Japanese humor. Anyway, the actual power boost was that Ribrianne and her maidens had transferred their own power and onto the men of the team to give them a significant boost. The men gave out a very passionate-yet-melodramatic speech about stopping Goku, 18 and 17 who all hammed it up and acted like “villains” against them.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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We then cut to the other big fight happening and that was Gohan and Piccolo against the Universe 6 Namekians. Here it was a no holds barred fight between the two pairs as Piccolo instinctually knew that something wasn’t right against the Universe 6 Namekians. The twist was that the two Namekians actually bonded/fused with nearly all of their other brothers back on their Universe 6 Namek — similar to how Piccolo did years ago with both Nail and Kami — to get a substantial power upgrade that dwarfed Piccolos. So instead Gohan had Piccolo hang back, charge up his Special Beam Cannon and fire whenever he’s ready, and he himself will fight both Namekians on his own. At first things were going well but then Gohan got caught by the faster of the two Namekians and this forced Piccolo to fire off his move prematurely which didn’t even dent the two Namekians. Instead the big one countered back a gigantic mouth blast right at Piccolo! Thankfully Gohan got there in time and blocked the attack.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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When we came back from the break, the episode ramped up in pacing and we dealt with both of these fights happening in simultaneous fashion! With the Universe 2 fight, the trio of men combined all of their energy together into a massive heart shaped black hole that they launched directly at Goku, 18 and 17. Under the crushing weight, they could barely move! Back on over to the Universe 6 fight, things are becoming much more in Gohan and Piccolos favor, but Gohan knew that he keeps this up he wont have enough energy for anything else. So he begins charging up a Kamehameha attack to launch it at both Namekians. It’s at this very same moment, that Goku is doing the same thing while tried up the gravity attack. He goes Super Saiyan Blue and charges up a God Kamehameha and launches it. Both of the father-son Kamehamehas break them out of a tight bind and are launched directly at their respective opponents.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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For Goku is takes some time to break through the gravity attack and Gohan has to contended with the bigger Namekian’s mouth blast. However while Goku’s breaks free, Piccolo comes in for the save and finally launches his Special Beam Cannon just as the small Namekian tries to grab Gohan. It ends up piercing both Namekians in the gut, giving Gohan to blast them out of the tournament with his Kamehameha. The same can be said for Goku’s God Kamehameha that knocks all of universe 2’s fighters out of the tournament. And with that both Universe 2 and 6 have been eliminated from the Tournament of Power, and with this elimination also comes total erasers from the Omni-Kings, which they do just that in a bittersweet moment.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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The other interesting tidbits of the episodes, is that we still had Beerus and the others in the stands providing commentary and making note of how tired Universe 7 is starting to become. We also had Valdos showing signs of worry once she realized her Universe 6 is soon on the edge of elimination. Then elsewhere we also caught up briefly with Frieza, who was watching the entire Universe 2 fight from safety surprised that Goku didn’t go Ultra Instinct then and there. We also got a quick glimpse at Vegeta who is super pissed off and still fighting against that Super Sentai guy from one of the other universes.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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I don’t really have any issues with the episodes besides the fact that they low-key tried to make the Universe 2 men fighters being in dresses a visual gag. I get that Japan has different cultural standards when it comes to stuff like this, but it is 2019 after all, lets be a bit more progressive in execution of an idea now Toei Animation. What I really loved the most about the episode was the duality of the Father-Son Kamehameha, which while not the exact same thing that happened in the Cell games decades ago is this is probably the closest we’ll get to something like that again. The other thing I loved is how Gohan saved Piccolo, it’s a call back to how Piccolo did the same thing for a younger Gohan when Nappa did the same mouth blast attack. Thankfully this time, no one died. However, it’s weird how the Namekians back in the stands still where alive and well after taking a Special Beam Cannon right through the chest, well that is until the Omni-Kings erased them all!

Dragon Ball Super Episode 118
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