Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dragon Ball Super 21-25

We are here once again and to be honest, I'm not a fan of how things are progressing.

Okay so, let's start with Krillin.

On one hand, it is amusing to see Frieza offering a planet to whoever kills Krillin. It's just the right amount of ridiculous and petty you expect from the guy.

On the other hand, seeing Krillin intimidated at all by these guys is... eh.

While I can easily buy Krillin having confidence issues, it would certainly not be against these guys.

He can sense energy for crying out loud!

Also, what's up the 'get send to another dimension to train' plot?

It's just redundant. If you want to have it, you could have done it before Frieza arrived at Earth.

Seriously. Training Montages are things that exist and this arc missed a big chance there. They could have shown both the Saiyans and Frieza having their respective training montages. 

As it is, it just comes across as another unsubtle attempt to pad things out.

If there is one thing I liked here is the use of Tagoma. In the movie, Frieza just killed him. Here, he ends up as his training partner and thing change because of it.

The bull guy is no longer the strongest guy around. He doesn't give Piccolo problems and he is not even a threat to Gohan. 

It makes sense. He didn't train with Frieza this time around. Tagoma did.

It was a neat change. As for the Ginyu thing? Not going to lie, I found that amusing.

Serious misuse of Gotenks, though.

I'm way less satisfied with Piccolo's death.

It was really unexpected, a big departure from the movie. At the time, it lacked  impact. They are trying to evoke those Saiyan Saga moments, but since it has already been done (and better to boot) the moment is not as strong as it could be.

As for the Gohan stuff, honestly, I can take it or leave it.

The fight between Goku and Frieza is... pretty underwhelming so far to be honest.

Then again, it was the same in the actual movie so... no, still bad.

Effort, Toei. Effort. It's not a hard concept to grasp.

I am, however, glad we got to see Champa and Vados again. The Goku vs Frieza stuff is just a rehash and not really a good one.

It says a lot that one of the most entertaining parts of the fight is Frieza kneeing Goku in the face repeatedly. This happens entirely off-screen while Beerus and Whis are talking.

However, I have high hopes for the Universe 6 Arc.

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