With Beerus asking somebody to “say something” moments after the death/erasure of his twin Champa in episode 118 of Dragon Ball Super, fans are speculating if this was meant for Champa, the Angel Whis, or the narrator/audience (breaking the fourth wall). While I understand that there are reasons to believe Beerus was talking to the narrator (as the narrator spoke immediately after), I’m led to think that Beerus was talking to Champa. Beerus just lost his twin brother. Yes, they did bicker. They did fight and argue. But that it’s natural for brothers to act against each other.
At the end, Beerus still loved his brother.
You can theorize that Champa’s death has yet to sink in for Beerus. Therefore, he’s in a state of disbelief. If you have ever lost an one love, then you can understand that it’s something unexpected and sudden Minutes before, the twins were mocking and messing with each other in the bleachers. They took turns taunting each other as warriors from each one’s universe were dropping out. Then, as Universe 6 was down to just two warriors, Beerus’s attitude changed. He wasn’t his cheerful self as Whis pointed out.
The defeat of Universe 6 meant its erasure – and of his beloved brother.
The time came. Soon after the defeat of the Universe 6 Namekians, Universe 6 was erased. Despite facing death, Universe 6 was cool: as if they accepted their fate. Champa stands up and yells out for Beerus.
Beerus, acting stoic, looks over. Champa inhales deeply as if he is going to say a meaningful goodbye. But it’s Champa, so he did not. Champa sticks out his tongue and pulls down his eyelid. He keeps this goofy look on his face for his brother as a final, playful taunt before being erased. Beerus stares at the spot where his brother once stood, turns his head back towards the arena. He retains his stoic expression.
It is the emotional writing behind Episode 118 and Beerus’ reaction to his brothers’ death that makes me wish that the Tournament of Power arc was a series finale arc. Universe 6 will be brought back. It’s Dragon Ball: the important characters never remain dead. But still, I just wish that this was it. Beerus’s sadness of losing his brother would have been the perfect end of his character arc – especially if the Super Dragon Balls didn’t have the power to bring back erased universes. Just imagine how utterly upset Beerus would have been upon hearing that the Super Dragon Balls couldn’t do something like that.
What did you guys think? Do you believe Beerus was speaking to his brother? Was this just a simple fourth wall trick? Let me know in the comments below. And thanks for reading!
‘Winning or losing doesn’t benefit anyone –
Everyone is simply hurt, crying in the end.’
-“An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” by “The Collectors” (Dragon Ball Super’s 7th ED)