(NOTE: Written on 7/7/2017)
Ayy what’s up ya! Since I’m about do some light partying tonight at Anime Midwest, I’m going to leave you guys with a quick, simple, but emotional ending to an anime series – Dragon Ball GT’s ending montage.
The ending montage showcase the series iconic and memorable events from the entire Dragon Ball series prior to Super. The montage starts with Goku’s first encounter with the teen genius, Bulma. This marks the start of Goku’s grand (animated) adventure ehich would span for over 10 years. Next, we see his training with the legendary martial arts master, Muten Rosh, his epic battle against the Demon King Piccolo and defeating his son, Piccolo Junior.
The montage transitions into the moments of Dragon Ball Z with Goku supporting Gohan against Cell with the Father-Son Kamehameha, him destroying Kid Buu with the Spirit Bomb, his rivalry with Vegeta, and of course – the debut of his legendary Super Saiyan transformation, and using the form to defeat Lord Frieza.
Finally, scenes of GT are featured such as the death of Baby and the battle against Omega Sheron. The montage also features a credit scroll of everyone who’ve worked the series production – from voice actors, animation staff, writers, etc., thanking them for their hard work and effort they put towards the series.
The montage is set to GT’s Japanese theme song “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku (lit. “Bit by Bit My Heart Is Charmed. Despite being a love ballad, the nostalgic and emotional tone of the lyrics and music fits it. We were charmed the story of Goku – an innocent, small, yet powerful child of everlasting superhuman strength and feats who grew up into a paragon of raw power and fighting; combating against terrifying foes and villains such as the Red Ribbion Army, King Piccolo, Mercenary Tao Pai Pai, Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, Baby, and the Shadow Dragons.
To this day, fan opinions of Dragon Ball GT are split. Some fans love the cool ideas presented, the Super Saiyan 4 transformation, bringing back classic characters and powers. Others despise it. However, most, if not all Dragon Ball fans agree that GT’s ending montage was a perfect moving sendoff for Dragon Ball. Fans have even cried while watching the Montage and I can’t even lie, I found myself teary eye as well. We believed that tribute and ending would be the last time we saw Goku and company in animation form.
Dragon Ball had that much of an impact on its fans.
‘Know who you are dealing with – do NOT offend the wrong person.’ -Law 19 of the 48 Laws of Power
I’m going to say this: Don’t fuck with people. Don’t offend people. Don’t underestimate people. If someone tells you to leave them alone, do it. Don’t assume everyone will react to your actions in the same way or won’t do anything. It’ll cost you more than what it is worth and in some cases – your life. Perfect Cell of Dragon Ball Z and Ritsuko of Higurashi: When They Cry, learned the incredibly barbaric way that underestimating and offending “weak” people isn’t worth it. They believed their targets couldn’t do any harm to them, thus thinking they’ll be okay.
How wrong they were.
Son Gohan Vs. Cell
‘At last, has Gohan’s rage exceeded it limits?’
I can’t fault Perfect Cell for his pride and overconfidence. When your genetic makeup has the features of the prideful Vegeta and the ambition Lord Frieza, you’d be on some arrogant shit too. Ever since birth, Cell was told that he is become perfect. He’s like the child whose mother told him that he can become whatever he dreams of if he put in the work. Well, Cell put in the work to become the perfect warrior. He hunted down Androids 17 and 18, absorbed them both, and achieved his boyhood dreams.
He became perfect!
So, fast-forward to the Cell Games. Goku has just forfeited to Cell after an intense and destructive match. Goku tells the bio-android that he’s no match for him. Hell, he and Cell both knew that he couldn’t defeat him. Dude just wanted to fight someone strong. Goku assured Cell that there was somebody stronger than him. Someone who could provide Cell with more entertainment that he could provide.
That someone – Son Gohan: Son of Goku.
Cell is introduced to the peaceful, young, but powerful kid by Goku. When Cell directs his attention to the rice child he just scoffs and laugh; believing that Gohan couldn’t possibly this super powerful warrior his father hyped him up to be. Nevertheless, he entertains the thought of fighting Gohan.
After some prep talk from his pops, Gohan steps up to Cell with delay. The kid really does not want to fight the monster and attempts to talk the dude out of it with reason. Gohan tells Cell that he won’t pursue him if he just cancels the tournament and leave earth. Cell just laugh as if Gohan channeled his inner George Carlin and told a humorous and politically incorrect joke. Being the naive that he is, Gohan again tells Cell he doesn’t want to fight – he sees no joy in it unlike his father.
In fact, he even gives dude a warning of his hidden power – a power induced by rage. Gohan is quite scary when he’s angry.
Cell ain’t hearing none of Gohan’s shit and proceeds to beat him like if Gohan was cosplaying as Tina Turner, and Cell as Ike Turner, and they wanna really get into their character roles(Cell was just missing the shoe). Cell starts taunting Gohan, begging the child to unleash his inner rage and special power that he was braggin’ about! The man wants a challenge, not a living punching bag. Assuming Gohan may had just been all talk, Cell turns his action towards Gohan’s friends and father.
Cell figures if he harms Gohan’s love ones, he could draw out his hidden power. So Cell reproduces himself, creating seven “Cell Jrs.”. Cell orders his seven mini-mes to attack Goku and his crew. The Z Warriors go on the defense, but the brats are too much. They’re are quickly overpowered and savagely beaten. Cell starts taunting Gohan once more, demanding that he sees his hidden power, or he’ll have the Z Warriors slaughtered.
As a last ditch effort, Android 16 (who survived a failed suicide bombing attempt against Cell) begs Mr. Satan to throw his head towards Gohan. Android 16 was inspired to become a motivation speaker, decided to use his newfound passion to tell Gohan to stop being a little bitch, and unleash his power against Cell. 16 knew that Gohan is a gentle person like himself and understand Gohan’s feelings of peaceful resolve. However, 16 tells the kid that there’s nothing wrong with using his rage for justice and protecting others. As 16 begs Gohan to protect the nature and animals he came to love in his short life, Cell walks over to the android, talk some bullshit, and crush his head, killing him.
Gohan blanks out. He’s in a trance. This goes on for a few seconds until he release all of his inner rage, hidden power, and finally – Super Saiyan 2. The same Cell who was taunting and underestimating Gohan earlier is now fearing for his life. He realize that he just made a fatal mistake with his offense.
Cell fucked up.
Gohan charges at Cell with great anger and pure ruthlessness. Cell tries to fight back, but to no anvil. Gohan vows to make Cell suffer for his evil deeds and tortures him. Cell has no chance of recovery and Gohan knows this. As one final act to embarrass “Perfect” Cell, Gohan gut checks the monster, forcing him to vomit up Android 18; resulting in Cell reverting to his Second Form. Gohan has victory in sight! He won! He just need to blast Cell away with just one good energy blast and the nightmare will be finally over!
Unfortunately, Gohan’s justice boner and unethical method of torture against Cell would go to his head. Cell (who’s utterly embarrassed and humiliated) decides to say fuck everything and everyone, pictures himself as an ISIS suicide bomber, gathers massive ammounts of ki in a last ditch effort to destroy Earth and. With no other choice (due to his son’s fuckery) Goku teleports in front of Cell, grabs him, teleports to King Kai planet. Cell has no choice but to blow himself up on King Kai;s, killing everyone on the planet besides himself because plot demands that Goku shouldn’t grab Bubbles, King Kai, and Greg and teleport back to Earth.
Congratulations Gohan. You played yourself.
‘Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.’
-Law 47 of the 48 Laws of Power.
Cell survives, somehow learns Goku’s teleport , and uses it to teleport back to Earth (he also regain his perfect form because plot). He greets everyone by blasting a hole through Trunks’s chest. He dies. Vegeta snaps, finally admitting to the world he’s actually a big softie who loves his family, blasts Cell but he lives. Cell is too much for everyone thanks to that Zenkai boast he earned from blowing himself up. Everyone starts to lose hope until Gohan gets that classic Shonen power-up, get a prep talk from his dead dad, and then kill Cell! YAY!
Everyone lived happily ever happy expect for Chi-Chi who just became a single parent thanks to Gohan’s and Goku’s bullshit.
Rena vs Ritsuko
Speaking of single parents, you shouldn’t fuck with the daughter of a single father, especially if she’s a daddy’s girl and they all they got.
After being cucked by his ex-wife (which lead to her being pregnant by the man she was sleeping with), Mr. Ryuugu and his daughter Rena Ryuugu moved to the peaceful and lovely village of Hinamizawa to start over. For those unawared of the Higurashi series let me fill you in on some information. Rena is crazy. Like, she’s not psychotic crazy like Yuno Gasai of Future Diary, but she’s pretty crazy (that’s of course, if you ignore the one time she tried to blow up her school). Her madness is triggered when somebody tries to mess and offend her or somebody she cares about – like her father. She’s your classic yangire; a usually sweet person who becomes violent due to extreme emotional stress.
So Rena and her pops are chillin’ and livin’ peacefully in Hinamizawa until one day, Papa Ryuugu hooked up with the alluring ho Rina Mamiya (a.k.a Ritsuko). Rena’s dad instantly falls in love with Ritsuko, believing the woman is better than his former wife. He showers her with gifts, praise, and even buys her a luxurious condomimum! Papa Ryuugu has finally found the perfect woman! That or he’s on some rebound shit after dealing with his ex-wife, but I don’t like to rain on people parade, so let’s pretend he’s actually happy and not being played like a sucker.
And boy – he’s being played.
A couple of days into their “relationship”, a man in a $5 Walmart Hawaiian shirt comes a knockin’ at the front door of the Ryuugu house. Mr. Ryuugu answers, and is suddenly attacked by this guy claiming to be Ritsuko’s man. The man, A Pimp Named Slickback Teppei, threatens if Mr. Ryuuguu doesn’t fork over a couple of millions of yen for sleeping with his girl, he’s going to do some horrible things to him. Like forcing him to watch the anime version of Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. Or blow his head off with a gun I don’t remember the details.
Mr. Ryuguu suck at picking women, doesn’t he?
Anyways, Rena overhears Ritsuko and A Pimp Named Slickback Teppei boasting about their latest Badger Game, with her dad as their current victim. The two are proud that they’ve ruined a man and his daughter’s lives. They’re about to cash out like Bobby Shmurda and get this illegal money quick. Or so they believed. Rena is pissed. She wants revenge.
You do not fuck with people’s family.
Now, Rena could had just gone crazy and kill Ritsuko right then and there, but Rena is extraordinary wise for her age. She knows if she just rush and try to confront either Ritsuko or Teppei, it would spell doom for not only her, but her beloved father as well. Rena comes up with a plan. She’s just gonna use her innocent and naive charm to lure both Ritsuko and Teppei into a murderous trap. For all they know, she is unaware of their plan to entrap her father.
‘Play a sucker to catch a sucker – seem dumber than your mark.’ -Law 21 of the 48 Laws of Power
Rena hits up Ritsuko to come and kick it with her at her hide out spot: The Garbage Dump. The two meet up at Rena’s super-duper ultra-edition secret hideout and the two have a lovely girl chat about…well I’m not a girl so I don’t know what girls like to discuss in private. Ritsuko asks Rena about her hideout place and Rean tells her it’s a secret place that only she knows about, describing how peaceful, quiet, and serene the place is if you can ignore the smell of rotting garbage. Ritsuko then brings up that her and Rena’s dad are to be married soon and if Rena approval of the marriage.
Rena flats out tells Ritsuko no and explain to the scam artist that she’s hip to her and Teppei’s plan to entrap her father, and scam him out of his fortune. Rena goes further, telling Ritsuko that she hates her and to remove herself from their lives. Ritsuko snaps, berates Rena, beats her, slams her to the ground and starts choking her. She becomes overconfident, believing that she can get away with killing Rena at her private hideout. Yeah. Rena’s private hideout. Ya know, the same hideout that Rena lured her into as if she wasn’t prepared to fight against her if shit went south.
As they’re struggling on the ground, Rena grabs a piece of glass and slice Ritsuko’s stomach open. Ritsuko freaks out, favoring her wound. Rena grabs a lead pipe, gets up, and enters her yangire rage mode. Ritsuko starts begging for her life as Rena raises the pipe above her head, asking for pardon, but it’s far too late. Rena brings down the pipe with power, speed, and accuracy – craving in Ritsuko head. Rena continues her assault chanting “Die! Die! Fucking die!” with each strike until she snaps out of her rage.
Confirming her kill, Rena hides Ritsuko’s battered body in a fridge and makes her way home. As luck would have it, Rena encounters Teppei at her house, attacking her father. Rena hides behind a tree as she watch Teppei contitiune his assult on her dad and threatening him for his money.* As Teppei walks away, Rena greets him sweetly. She tells the man that she’s the daughter of the man he just beaten, and that she and Ritsuko have become close. Rena tells Teppei that Ritsuko needed to see him to ask him something. Teppei is confused but follows Rena to her hideout.
*(So I totally got the time order of Teppei arriving at their house assaulting her dad mixed up. Whoops.)
Rena lures him to her hideout the same fashion as she did Ritsuko. As Teppei questions why Ritsuko needed to see him in the garbage dump, Rena cleaves his head in two with her billhook, killing the man instantly – gaining revenge on the two who offended her.
The following morning Rena snitches on herself to her friends about the murder but since they’re good friends they help her chop up their bodies and bury their remains.
Later, Rena repays her friends back by taking them hostage at their school, which was infested with homemadee bombs and gasoline. Depending on which universe you wanna follow, either Rena and Keiichi have an epic showdown on the top of their school which ends with Keiichi forgiving Rena (as she did for him in another universe), or Rena blows everyone up in the school, killing them all!
Kids, do not fuck with people. Do not offend or hurt them in any way. It’ll cost you more than what’s it worth. Cell learned the hard way with messing with Gohan and Ritsuko with Rena. Learn from their mistakes.
Arc System Works’s (ASW) Dragon Ball Fighterz must be successful in order to lay down the path of future anime fighting games based off other anime/manga series. Currently most “fighting games” based off anime series (Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm and Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse) are average, bland, noncompetitive, 3-D arena, smash “X” on the PS4 pad over and over for punches and kicks, 100+ plus characters but only five are actually being used, bullshit tripe that are not and should not get any type of respect from the fighting game community (FGC).
Dragon Ball Fighterz appears to lack the problem mentioned above. Basing this off word-of-mouth and seeing gameplay videos from e3, the Dragon Ball Fighterz play like your traditional 2D anime fighting game with mechanics influenced by Guilty Gear (make sense given ASW are creating the game) such as dusting (ground-to-air comboing) and combo linking (linking from normals to specials to supers to ultras), creating an in-depth and high learning curve. Further more, this leads us to an expansive meta game unlike in Xenoverse. It’s safe to say that Dragon Ball Fighterz will be far more advance, deeper (perhaps superior), and complex compared to Xenoverse 1 and 2.
To be completely honest, it’s what a Dragon Ball fighting game needs: complexity. Yes, it can be and should be simple and easy to pick up for casual and new players, but hard to master for the more advance and competitive player. You know, the same players who are willing to put in 8-12 hours a day, just to master a main and sub character for tournaments and money matches. The ones who are willing to spend an entire day learning each little detailed of the gameplay and characters to dominate the FGC scence. If Dragon Ball Fighterz can do that and receive a highly positive feedback from both Dragon Ball and fighting games fans alike, just imagine what other anime and manga series could benefit from the potential success.
Naruto I would say would have the greatest benefit from Dragon Ball Fighterz success. No more of that arena bullshit like Ultimate Ninja Storm. In fact, what if we could apply the cool accepts of that series and put it on a 2D fighting game with the Naruto brand? One Piece fighting game, but it plays like Blazeblu? And ya already know ya boy loves Sailor Moon. I would love it if Arc System Works did a Sailor Moon anime fighting game with not only just the Sailor Scouts, but their enemies and series villains too!
But we can not have any of those pipe dream fighting games if Dragon Ball Fighterz tank or do not get community support, feedback, or success.
So please, please support Dragon Ball Fighterz when it’s released. Please provide Arc System Works with feedback to help improve the game once the closed beta drops. We must support Dragon Ball Fighterz and ensure it’ll become a success. The future of any other anime/manga based fighting games rest on Dragon Ball Fighterz.
The second opening theme song of Dragon Ball Super, performed by Kiyoshi Hikawa (signed with Nippon Columbia). Debuted in Dragon Ball Super on Episode 77, the start of the Universe Survival Arc.
‘Get excited! To space, let’s go!
The latest obsession! Join the flow?
I’ll hold in my hand’
Too anime for me to analyze
‘I wanna laugh like a crazy!
I’m used to bein’ confused!’
When you’re so used to going through the same bullshit day in and day out, not receiving any results that makes you happy, you can only just simply laugh as if you’re insane. Besides, you’re used to dealing with confusion (may it be from general life bullshit or what not). It’s second nature, why not laugh about it? ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’
This is Goku to a tee. He is consistent with is training for self improvement and he is always seeking new, stronger warriors as he’s not satisfied with his current state of power. His drive to become stronger and combat against people as strong or stronger than himself is one of the catalyze of the Tournament of Power.
In the real world, this can be applied to anyone with drive and passion. People who reach their personal best want more in life, thus feeling unsatisfied. This create a desire to push themselves to a new heights, to explore new things to curb the thirst as to speak.
(woo-hoo) Becomes a stone
Before it gets too heavy and falls (Let’s fly high)’
Stones are heavy. Stone can drag you, slowing down your process or your entire life. Bored people, people who aren’t doing anything with their lives, are dragged down by it. When people apply their dreams, drive, passion, and thoughts into action, they do not allow any stones to drag them down. In fact they refuse to be dragged down.
In short, be obsessed with your passions, or be average and boring.
‘(woo-hoo) Let’s spread
(woo-hoo) Our wings of excitement’
Open your wings and soar high. Let others know about your excitement and influence them. ‘Let’s go to the next world’
Go to the next level in life. Do you want to stay in the same place as always No? Then go do something about it!
‘The door of possibilities is still locked
Oh well, I’ll break through the wall again’
Opportunities. Advancements. Desires. At times, they’re locked behind a closed doors, blocking your path to achieve greatness. Sometimes, you have to force your way to gain what you want in life, may it be breaking down walls or destroying road blocks. Those who are used to facing roadblocks and locked doors in life just tend to say “screw it” and destroy the barriers as usual.
‘Now! Shoot past the limit! Shout “It’s piece of cake”!
The Invinclbe Me is waiting there’
Again, Goku to a tee. As Beerus stated in the “Battle of the Gods” movie, Goku is a fighting genius. A title Goku truly earned has he has shot past his personal limits with his Super Saiyan forms, discovering new forms of Super Saiyan overtime.
In the real world, those who push themselves will always go past their limits, achieving new heights no matter what.
Tupac said it best; “Real niggas do what they wanna do, bitch niggas do what they can do.”
‘Dragon Ball Super!’
It’s the name of the fucking anime it’s not deep at all. ‘Even Zen-Oh Sama will be blown away!’
It’s not that deep. Lord Zen-Oh is a kid who can be impressed very easily. Granted, he was super excited from watching the exhibition fights earlier in the arc. Perhaps he will be blown away by the tournament.
Before I begin I want to say two things:
1. These leaks have yet to be confirmed until we have scans from the official Japanese TV Guide (usually provied by Herms98 over at Twitter). Take these leaks with a grain of salt. However, Toru Furuya (voice actor of Yamcha) posted a tweet that may confirmed the truth of these leaks.
2. You assume the risk of being spoil if these leaks are legit. If you do not want to take that risk, turn back now. You have been warned. With that said, let’s go!
Today has been a wild news day for the Dragon Ball community. Recent leaks from 2channel have surfaced containing major spoilers for Dragon Ball Super episodes 95-98. Let me say that (these spoilers are some straight up game changers for the Tournament of Power of the Universe Survival Arc (assuming if they’re real of course) . Freiza betraying Universe 7 and joining Universe 4? Universe 11 recruiting warriors from different universes to target Universe 7? If you fall off the arena, not only you will die, your existence will be erased as well?!
Man, this is crazy! Let’s break down the episode spoilers and I shall give my opinions on each!
Episode 95 (Airdate: 6/10/17)
Members of Universe 9 decide to take a nice and fun little universe studies field trip to Universe 7 meet their favorite people in the whole wide universe: Goku and Frieza. No, not so they can get their autographs or anything cool like that. They wanna kill them both before the tournament begins. If you remember from episode 93 of Super, Universe 4’s God of Destruction Quitela hired spies to scout Universe 7’s warriors and discovered that Goku recruited Frieza for the Tournament. Surprised that Universe 7 have went as far as inviting dead warriors within their rank, Quitela starts plotting with Sidra (God of Destruction of Universe 9) to assassinate Frieza. Frieza and Goku, for the very first time, must join forces to take out the assassins of Universe 9. They decide to waste no time, as they have little of it before the tournament.
Do not get too content with Frieza and Goku being buddy-buddy for long.
Episode 96 (Airdate: 6/17/17)
Oh no. Oh my. Frieza doesn’t wanna work with Universe 7 after all. He betrays them, linking up with Universe 4 instead. Man that’s so fucked up. I can’t believe that this man Frieza would backstab Goku like that. Are you surprise as much as I am? Well, I dunno how Quitela managed to get Frieza on his side, but he got him. Maybe Frieza is playing mindgames with both Universe 4 and 7, killing members off of Universe 7 first, and then betray Universe 4 and will kill them off as well just for his own personal and selfish gain.
Welp congrats Frieza, you played yourself! Say goodbye to the deal of you coming back to life with the Earth Dragon Balls (as if he could had use them to come back to life again). Beerus might just reward him with a stupid prize (Hakai) for playing stupid games. Well, Goku boy is short a member, again. Universe 7 enters the Tournament of Power with just nine warriors. But wait! Who is the 10th member entering at this 11th hour!?. Who is “He”?
Well, there aren’t any information within the spoilers about who’s the new 10th member, but some rather interesting “meta” information have came out on Twitter within the last 24 hours or so of this writing. There are talks in the Dragon Ball community of Yamcha being the possible 10th member of Universe 7th. How do we know this? Well, let’s check out this tweet by Yamcha’s voice actor, the legendary seiyu Toru Furuya.
“I was tired talking a lot with Yamcha.” (Gotta love Google Translate) Hmm. And he can’t go into further details about what he was talking about. That’s rather suspect, isn’t it? Yamcha has been featured in a few episodes of the Universe Survival arc, waiting for Goku to recruit him (poor fellow) but perhaps he’ll finally have his chance to prove his worth with Frieza’s betrayal and leaving Universe 7 one member short. I for one can’t wait to see Yamcha shine! Plus, I figure Toei needs to sell some Yamcha figures and toys because there’s a fan demand and market so why not!
Enough about Yamcha, let’s move forward to the next episode, and my lord, the Grand Priest’s new information is grim, scary, and depressing.
Episode 97 (Airdate: 6/24/17)
Finally! After 20 episodes, the Tournament of Power kicks off with this episode (I’m gonna have some beers and trees on standby for this one). The warriors of the eight universes gather at the World of Void to combat for their survival! Before doing so, The Grand Priest drops some dire news: whoever falls off the arena will not only die, but their existence will be erased on the spot! That’s it. Game over man. You’re gone for good! Yea, I mean this is Dragon Ball, nobody (good) stay dead forever. It’s pretty obvious the victor will use the Super Dragon Balls to revive all the universes that were erased, but this is some pretty grim shit.
Now that I think about it, the “no killing allowed” rule make sense. In the world of Dragon Ball, if you die, your spirit will either go to the Other World or Hell depending on if you were evil or good in your life. You will still exist unless you either die again in the afterlife or if a God of Destruction erase your existence.
So let’s imagine if a warrior in the tournament was killed by say Frieza. Their spirit would enter either the Other World or Hell, and tell the rest of the dead folks some shit like “Hey, so I was just killed in a fucked up tournament in which if our universe loses, we all being erased. Let’s go to this World of Void and revolt against the Onmi King and his priests! Also Son Goku of Universe 7 caused this to happen so let’s kill his love ones!”
You know how chaotic things would be if word of a tournament of this nature got out to the other universes? Pretty great insurance policy the Grand Priest installed by banning killing. Eh, I’m just hopefully speculating at this point. Let’s move on to the last episode leak.
Episode 98 (Airdate: 7/1/2017)
The warriors are divided into two groups: Those who’ve joined forces with Universe 11 to take out Universe 7 , and the rest who do not wish. Universe 11 were going around recruiting fighters from outside their own ranks to link up and take out Universe 7’s warriors. Goku, being the asshole he is, is just sitting back enjoying his own allies being targeted by Universe 11 and their new temporary teammates. This is interesting and we had clues that this might happened. First off, let’s check out a screenshot of second opening of Dragon Ball Super.
It’s possible that the woman in the background next to Jiren is new best girl Kale of Universe 6. I can only assume and speculate that Universe 11 managed to recruit Kale to join the assault on Universe 7. Now, this is interesting to say the least. Universe 6 and 7 are counterparts. Warriors such as Cabba and Hit hold Universe 7 in high regrades. To see Kale on Universe 11 side to attack Universe 7 will create conflict within Universe 6.
Also, remember that Universe 11 pride themselves as being warriors of justice, yearning to rid the universe of any and all evil by any means necessary. Let’s take this one step further by examining some lyrics Dragon Ball Super’s 7th ending theme “An Evil Angel and A Righteous Devil”:
‘”For all that is righteous, destroy this evil!”
They say, “The whole world is waiting for you!”
“’For all that is righteous, fight this evil!”
They’ll say “You’re our hero! You’re the one!”
As stated earlier, Universe 11 prides themselves to their oath to destroy all evil and defend righteousness. I can imagine members of that universe sweet talking somebody like Kale to use her powers for justice to attack Universe 7, the evil doers. Plus, as fucked up as this sound, it’s probably easy to convince like Kale (who has self-esteem issues) to join forces with a group like Universe 11 to give them some confidence in themselves.. Just tell them “Hey, Goku and his team are evil and we’re the good guy. They’re the reason why we’re in this situation!” Some fucked up game of politics if you ask me.
I really hope these leaks are true because if so, this makes the Tournament of Power and the Universe Survival Arc in general interesting as all hell. Frieza betraying Universe 7 and joining Universe 4, Yamcha may make a comeback, Universe 11 recruiting warriors of other universes to attack Universe 7, and the rule of not only dying, but being erased if you lose?
In my last post, I explored bullying as a possible source of Kale’s rage, which served as a catalyst for her faux “Legendary Super Saiyan” state. Supported by theories such as her shyness , timid nature, and socially withdrawn, I theorized that Kale may had been bullied in the past, and bottled her anger of being bullied within her. Bottled up until Cabba managed to enrage her, sending her over the edge, and triggering her transformation. Caulifla managed to chill her friend out, telling her that she wasn’t into Cabba romantically (which Cabba assumed was the source of Kale’s anger from his interactions with Caulifa). Hearing this, Kale reverts to her normal state and passes out with a smile on her face. Kale was pleased to know that the two weren’t that close and that her mentor respects her. Maybe Kale likes Caulifa beyond that of a friendly relationship, and seeing Cabba and Caulfia all chummy with each other might had been the cause of her rage.
Is jealously the true link to Kale’s rage? Let’s examine this theory!
In the previously episode, Kale is “spying” on Cabba training Cauifla to become a Super Saiyan. She smiles when Caulifla snaps on Cabba for making her angry. Kale becomes at awe, amazement ,and admiration when Cauifla obtains Super Saiyan with ease. Kale is impressed by her mentor’s achievement, but beats herself up as she states she could never be a Super Saiyan like her. Later (in the following episode), Cabba and Caulifla are encouraging Kale how to become a Super Saiyan. Cabba attempts first. He focus his energy and displays the Super Saiyan form to Kale, who is completely unimpressed by his power.
When Caulifla shows Kale her Super Saiyan transformation, she starts blushing and flash a bashful smile towards her. It’s clear that Kale is more impressed by Caulifla’s efforts. Perhaps Kale has a secret gay crush on Caulifla or just really looks up to her.
Either way, Kale has a strong interest towards Cauifla. Too strong maybe, as Kale ggets rather jealous with Cabba and Caulifla’s interaction. Kale assume that they’re too friendly just to be that close. It’s possible that Kale gets jealous quick. A little too jealous for the good of her friend’s sake, and her own sake.
Kale’s jealously (and inner rage) hits maximum when Cabba and Caulifla are trying their absolute damn best to help Kale tap into the power of the Super Saiyan. After a barrage of insults by Cabba, Kale becomes agitated and discouraged. She loses hope of becoming a Super Saiyan, telling Caulifla that she’ll never reach that level, and that she’s just an useless and pathetic excuse for a Saiyan. Cabba’s words triggered Kale’s emotional state, causing her power to soar. She loses control of all sense and self awareness and finally achieves the Super Saiyan transformation! However, there’s something quiet different about transformation compared to Cabba and Caulifla.
Kale transform into a hulking monster, influcned by her rage and jealously. She focus her attention towards Cabba, and vows to make him her first victim. She lunges at the man with furious anger, completely ignoring Caulifla, who seems to be pretty excited that her friend achieve a greater level of Super Saiyan. As Cabba and Caulifla tries to combat against the berserk Kale, Cabba theorized that Kale’s rage is rooted in assuming that Cabba and Cauifla were a bit wee too close to be just friends.
Caulifla just scoffs at Cabba’s theory and tells Kale that she isn’t so cheap that she would be romantically involved with such a low class Saiyan like Cabba (ouch). Kale hears this, and stops her attack. Caulifla then praises Kale, admiring her superior power. Kale calms down, reverts to her base form, loses consciousness, and falls towards earth. As Kale is falling , Caulifla rushes towards her, catching her in her arms. Cauilfla praises her friend once more, smiling at her sweetly. Despite her unconscious state, Kale herself wears a warm smile across her face , happy to know that Caulifla and Cabba aren’t an item as she originally believed, and her mentor lauding her power.
With the examples provided, I can conclude that Kale’s initial transformation was inspired by her jealously towards Cabba. She assumed that Cabba was romantically close with Caulifla (whom I can assume Kale may have a possible crush on). In addition of Cabba’s insults and her own frustration of feeling useless and fear of failure, Kale unlocked her Super Saiyan form out of pure hatred, jealously, and rage. Thankfully, with Cauilfla’s calm words of respect, and reassuring her that she does not like Cabba, Kale managed to snap out of her rage.
With that all said I hope you’ve enjoy reading my theories on Kale’s power as much as I’ve enjoyed analysiing and writing about it! Stick around for more theories and thoughts on Dragon Ball and other anime series in the future!
It’s safe to say that Kale (the new Broly-inspired female Super Saiyan of Dragon Ball Super) stole the spotlight of episode 93 of Dragon Ball Super with her powers and Legendary Super Saiyan influenced transformation. Clearly she’ll be an astonishingly teammate of Universe 6 for King Zeno’s Tournament of Power, just as long as she can showcase the same raw, brute strength that she has shown Cabba and Caulfia during their training. Now, we know that her power is prominent compared to her Saiyan friends, there’s no debate about it (not yet at least), but what is the source of it?
I have two theories I came up with: From either being bullied in the past or jealously towards Cabba. To start off, let’s go with my first theory: her being bullied. When we’re first introduced to Kale, we can see that she’s very timid, shy, and socially withdrawn; common traits of children (as well as teens and adults) who’ve been bullied.
Children who’ve been often bullied tend to have a lot of anger and rage build and bottled up inside. Like her inspiration Broly, what does Kale has a lot? Rage. Pure rage. But unlike Broly, she probably knows how to hide it “well”…or at least somebody starts taunting her with cruel words. Cabba learned this the hard way.
Since anger is a great tool to transform into a Super Saiyan, Cabbas uses this tactic to help Kale achieve this state. And by “help” her, I mean he starts insulting the poor girl with horrible words and phrases such as “useless”, “pathetic excuse for a Saiyan”, and “stupid”. Kale starts crying, losing whatever reminding confidence she had and doubts herself. She states that Cabba is right; she is a useless no-good Saiyan, and that she’ll only get in Caulifla’s way in the tournament (Kale got some unresolved self-esteem problems). Caulifla is rather pissed, upset at Cabba for making her student cry. She tries to calm Kale down and wants her to stop beating herself up, but it’s too late.
Kale gets emotional and loses all logical sense and reasoning. Cabba’s words totally had an effect on her, as she starts transforming into a Super Saiyan, but not just any ol’ average Super Saiyan. Cauifla notices Kale’s transformation is a little wee different compares to her own and Cabba’s. Cabba tells Kale that she doesn’t need to put out so much energy, but Kale has completely lost it.
Kale finishes her “Legendary Super Saiyan” transformation, directs her attention towards Cabba, and vows to kill him first, marking him as her first victim. She’s pissed. When bullying victims had enough, they will snap. They’ll go after the source of their pain and anger, and attack. It can be assumed that Cabba’s words were the last straw for her.
I assume in her young life, Kale was often bullied and teased. Maybe she had a vicious tormentor that called her useless and pathetic at any chance. Maybe, this tormentor got her on a really bad day, and she was already piss off about something. The tormentor does their usual bullying towards her. Kale may have been like “please stop”, but the tormentor just laughs and laughs, insulting Kale further. All the anger that she bottled prior starts to overflow and she can’t contain it.
Kale snaps, transform into her monstrous state, and attacks the bully violently. I doubt she killed them (she seems like a very sweet girl who wouldn’t purposely kill somebody), but did enough damage to scare the fuck outta her tormentor into not trying that bullying shit towards her again.
After she regain herself and transforms back to normal, she saw the damage she caused, regretted her actions (despite the bully being a piece of shit), and vows not to allow herself to get that so angry that she transform into that state again.
Of course, this is just all my headcanon/theory, and we may not yet get an official in-depth backstory about Kale and her powers in the immediate future. Anyway, that’s it for part one of my theory about Kale’s. Part two will explore how I think jealously and a possible crush Kale has on Caulifa might be the source of her powers.
This past week, news from 2channel (Japanese image board) surfaced citing the return Freeza to Dragon Ball Super (DBS) for the Universe Survival Arc. I didn’t care at first; the major Dragon Ball YouTubers (Geekdom 101, Qaadman’s Land, Dragon Ball Nation, etc.) I follow and trust didn’t believe it was legit news. The lack of a secondary and more trustworthy source made it less believable. It’s 2channel. Any ol’ (Japanese-reading) nerd can post some fake ass shit on there and pass it off as “legit” news.
However, long-time Dragon Ball news translator Herms98 posted his translations of the upcoming Japanese TV Guide Dragon Ball Super episode synopsis; confirming the return of ruthless tyrant. Freeza will replace Majin Buu in the Tournament of Power (whom once again, has gone to sleep right before a major tournament).
I’m honestly not happy with Freeza returning. I mean yeah, having a different warrior outside of Goku’s clique representing Universe 7 is refreshing. We didn’t need ten warriors from Earth as a team that suppose to represent a vast universe.
Yet, Freeza replacing Buu just seems like lazy writing on Toei’s end. The Majin Buu falling asleep trick is old. We’ve seen Freeza returned ten times throughout the series. We get it; Toei has a hard on for Freeza. Some of us fans do not.
Toei, please end the Freeza dicking riding session.
While I’m not happy Freeza is coming back, I do look forward to his interactions with the Z Warriors. Especially with the ones he has a storied history with (Piccolo, Krillin, Goku, and of course Vegeta: prince of no one). Piccolo’s home planet was invaded by this man. Krillin pretty much has PTSD from Freeza torturing and killing him. Vegeta and Goku’s entire race was wiped out by this dude; with Vegeta being misled about Freeza’s killing his.
I doubt Freeza wants to work with past enemies, but if it means getting out of that damn cocoon surrounded by pretty stuffed animals and fairies as a bargain, then I guess he’ll have to work with folks he don’t like.
But seriously Toei stop the dick riding of Freeza.
Herms98’s translation of Freeza’s return
Spoilers for DBS eps 90-93. Yes, it's true: Fortuneteller Baba will be making a long-awaited return appearance! pic.twitter.com/HBU19IpOps
When you’re reading lyrics to an anime opening theme song and you can’t help but to think that certain lines can relate to your short and long term goals in life.
“I can’t get no satisfaction” struck at me the most and not because of the near perfect English of the singer.
It stuck at me because that’s how I am feeling with my life. I’m not satisfied with it right now. I want to push myself further with my skills, drive, and desires. Reach the next level of my growth rather than being stuck doing the same shit.
You know, I don’t wanna be left behind while everyone advances in life. I want to push myself beyond my self-doubts and my limits.
I also love the lines “The doors of possibilities is still locked” and “Oh well, I’ll break through the wall again”. Like fuck trying to unlock that door that’s blocking me from my goals. I rather destroy the wall next to the door and get what I work my ass off for.
Lets break some walls. Lets get some satisfaction for ourselves.
“The invincible me is waitin’ there.”
-Kiyoshi Hikawa (Limit Break x Survivor)
Alright everyone here’s a little status update for this blog and my plans for this month! Thank you for your support and taking time to read my posts by the way!
I will be at the anime convention Naka-Kon in Overland Park, KS this weekend (March 10th-12). There will be small, quick posts about my adventures and pictures as well.
I’m currently working on two Sailor Moon S and one Dragon Ball Z essay projects.
The first is a rather passionate essay on how I fell in love with the series based on the infamous episode 117, my first episode of the series.
The second is an in-depth analysis on the theatrical themes of the Infinity arc. I am looking forward to having a lot of fun researching and writing about the themes!
Finally, for the Dragon Ball Z analysis, I’m planning on an essay on the pure stupidity of series’s “hero” Son Goku.
Because I desire to have these three essays to be of high quailty, I won’t be posting here as often in the past for this month. I may have a few quick posts here or there, but the main focus are these three pieces.
Anyway, I hope you guys have a great and exciting March!!
I would never imagine that one day I would be playing defense for Dragon Ball, a incredibly popular anime series, against typical anime elitists.
You know, the ones who have a false sense of superiority cuz they took deep, more artistic anime series way too seriously. Not that there’s anything wrong with deep anime.
The depth of Dragon Ball gets slept on because people have this common misconception that Dragon Ball Z is nothing more then mindless Shouen battles.
It’s actually deeper than that.
The Dragon Ball Z series have various theatrical theme such as nature vs. nurture, fathers-and-sons, accepting your racial heritage, and unity.
The Saiyan and Frieza saga revolves around Goku’s struggle with accepting his Saiyan racial background . A struggle brought on because he believed himself to be an Earthling all his life prior to Radtiz arrival. As the Saiyan and Frieza saga progress, Goku slowly appreciates his racial background.
He realize his battle hungry nature is a result of his Saiyan nature. The reason why Goku spare Vegeta was because he wanted to challenge him again. Dude never fought anyone as strong as Vegeta before.
(Goku did not spare Vegeta because he saw good in him. That was a bullshit 90s dub change. Sorry English-speaking blinded 90s nostalgia fanboys who refuse to watch DBZ Kai or the series in Japanese!)
The Buu saga is strong with the theme of unity. Goku and Vegeta fusing to defeat Kid Buu. The average non-powered humans coming together, giving Goku energy for the spirit bomb. Majin Buu and Satan befriending one another. You get the point.
Also, we can not forget the theme of redemption of this arc. Vegeta’s atonement of past sins with his sacrifice to save the world. Majin Buu expelling the evil of his heart after Satan show him love and friendship. Speaking of Satan, he also redeemed himself in a way. He managed to unite and convince everyone on earth to donate energy for Goku’s Spirit Bomb.
Guess that kinda makes up for him lying about saving the world from Perfect Cell.
Dragon Ball is fuckin deep. Sad that some folks don’t make the effort to explore the themes of this amazing series.
A Dragon Ball vs. Sailor Moon crossover fighting game would be dope. Broken, a nightmare to balance, and to equalize everyone but dope.
Gameplay wise, it should play like a weird cross between DBZ Hyper Dimension with the multi-tier levels system from that game and the face pace action of a Guilty Gear game. Throw in a tag system similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Both series deal with team work so a tag system make sense. Lord Frieza and Queen Beryl vs. Goku and Sailor Moon.
Think about it.
DBZ and SM characters interaction would be something to see. Imagine Sailor Pluto dogging Future Trunks on the ethics of time travel. Professor Tomoe (manga) and Dr. Gero working together on genetic engineering, using Tomoe’s Daimon technology, and creating more cyborgs. Plus both are experienced in the fine art of turning young girls into robots.
Hell, imagine the younger Z Warriors, (was that the legit name of that team or a dub name) Goten and Trunks up against the younger Sailor Scouts, Saturn and Mini-Moon. Granted, Trunks and Goten would have to fuse into SSJ3 Gotenks to even have a chance against Saturn and Mini-Moon cuz hax lol.
Balancing and power scaling would be a nightmare. Sailor Moon verse is stronger than the DBZ verse due to hax so there are issues with that. Stats will have to be equalized. It would not be a fun game if the Sailor Scouts just body everyone on the Dragon Ball side.
Finally, a Vegito Blue vs. Neo Queen Serenity beam struggle. Imagine that.
Super Saiyan 4 Goku will be making a return to Dragon Ball Super on the March 3rd episode of Dragon Ball Super as Goku taps into his SSJ4 state from Dragon Ball GT against Universe 9’s Crusher Bergamo. Confirmed by Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation in JUMP magazine.
Fans will be pleased of the return of the popular SSJ4 state after nearly 20 years of the transformation not being seen on Dragon Ball tevelvisison media.
I’m going to be honest with you guys: Obvious bullshit clickbait was obvious. Please do not believe these misleading clickbait articles, websites (coughcoughBlastingNewscoughcough), YouTubers in the Dragon Ball (and anime) communities.
Misleading clickbaiters like to prey on your love of your favorite series and characters. These folks use that to their advantage to generate traffic, thus gaining money from lies.
If the author or YouTuber doesn’t have credible or official sources, they’re most likely being dishonest.
However, this is not to say mistakes do not happen.
There are innocent content creators who mean well and do not know they’re spreading lies and misinformation. Educate them to help them improve their content with trustworthy sources.
Clickbait isn’t inherently evil. Clickbait images and titles are useful as long as you’re truthful about the subject matter in relation to the image and title in your video or post.
Just don’t fuckin’ lie about your shit.
FURTHER READING (as in legit DBZ news not bullshit BlastingNews or double4anime trash. These niggas don’t bullshit.)
The Universe Survival” arc of Dragon Ball Super introduce fans to a brand new ending theme song for the series titled “An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil” by Japanese rock band “The Collectors” (ザ・コレクターズ).
The song is told in the perspective of a man stuck between an angel and demon with an unnatural friendship. The man doesn’t know who is right and reflects on the options given to him by the pair. Towards the end he realizes whatever choice he makes will ultimately have the same sorrowful result.
Just like in the film and television industries, the anime industry use lyrical theme songs to narrative the plot for animated series’s arc (season) and Dragon Ball Super is no exception.
As both an anime and music fan I love when the ending theme of an anime provides clues to the story. Music helps tells the narrative of any show in my opinion. In this post I will give my analysis on the song and what possible clues and theories it may have in relation to the current arc.
(NOTE: This is all speculation and holds no solid truth to anything for the arc.)
“An angel and a demon are sitting together like friends I’m in the middle Which way do I face?”
The friendship of the demon and angel confuses the character. This results in him not knowing who to face. Normally demons and angels opposed one another but we have these two just chilling like bros. It doesn’t help that the angel is evil and the demon is righteous.
It’s a twist on the classic Shoulder Angel and Shoulder Demon trope. Rather than the angel and demon fighting one another to win you over, they’re on friendly terms. Seems pretty suspicious.
Dragon Ball fans have theorized that the angel and demon may have some influences on the Tournament of Power or at the least influences on a certain character.
“Either destroy myself or destroy everything else.”
The character has two dire choices.
Choice 1: He could destroy himself to escape the politics of the tournament, the demon and angel who shouldn’t be friends by nature, and the tournament itself.
Choice 2: Fuck everything else. Destroy them all for all he cares,
The theme of destruction is interesting in this line and for the arc as a whole. Remember that the losing teams of the Tournament of Power will have their universe’s existence destroy. Survival means destroying all others to protect your universe. In short: It’s destroy or be destroyed.
“They scream it in my ear all night.
Is there a right answer to this?”
All sides are presenting the character with voices but none are the clear, right answer. This is assuming if there are any at all.
An interesting note: The music video of this song portrays a solider at war dealing with the politics behind it. Now, I am not a solider and I have never been in a war. However I can assume being a solider at war is about making unclear moral choices and questing what you’re doing is right.
The Tournament of Power can be seen as a war. You’re fighting a war to ensure the survival of your people. As a warrior you must do anything to come back home safe and alive.
What more is that you’re fighting for not only yourself, not even your love ones, but the universe you live in. You must kill the opposing sides. It’s doesn’t matter if the other sides have generally good people. This is survival.
“The masks of angels on the faces of demons” The Grand Priest and his children might be demons masquerading as angels.
They may not be literal demons but their actions and personalities may as well paint them as such if they’re the ones orchestrating the tournament.
Organizing a tournament were the losing teams have their universe destroy and taking advantage of the two Zeno Kings’ innocent and naïve nature are pretty demonic things to do.
Angels, for the most part, are perceived as good in fiction. However, good isn’t always righteous. How can pitting different people against one another for survival can be righteous? Controlling two childlike beings who do not know better for your own personal greed isn’t good.
“They beckon to me and say to me
‘For the sake of goodness destroy all evil right now'”.
The demons and/or angels are attempting to manipulate the character into thinking whatever he is doing is right because it’s justice.
Destroying evil for the sake of goodness may seem like a great idea. However, you must realize people views of what is good and evil differs. Some views on justice are twisted and perverted.
We saw this with Zamasu and Goku Black in the previous arc. They believed wiping out humanity and killing the other Gods was “justice”. Killing others for the sake of justice isn’t justice. It’s murder.
“They say the world is waiting for me.”
This smells like a false promise from the demons and angels. They want the character to believe the world needs him as a savoir. They want to soup up his head to make him think what he is doing is for justice. He’s doing this for the greater good of humanity .
It’s all bullshit.
While I did say I would focus on the TV size version of the song, there’s a verse in the full size single I found interesting. It’s a depressing reflective on the impact resulted from the action the character selected to follow through:
“Even if angels are demons and demons are angels
Even if the line between justice and evil are muddled
I will not be manipulated to worry about losing or winning
Because at the end of the day, any sort of action will only bring everyone sorrow”
The character knows that whatever action he decides to select at the end on will only cause the sadness for all. Everyone wants to manipulate the character for their own gain.
It doesn’t even matter if he wins or lose the fight as long as the ones behind everything have their own greedy goals achieved.
Good and evil. Justice and injustice. War is still war. War and fighting only brings in sadness, pain, and suffering.
As an artist, musician, or writer, you often hear people tell you that you should always promote your craft. Always work on skills. Always improve on your work because you never know who may be checking you out.
Having the right person enjoying your craft could lead your passion and hobby into a career or even working along side with your idol.
Dragon Ball Super manga artist Toyotaro is a prime example of this. Toyotaro started out as a Dragon Ball manga artist. As a doujin artist he is best known for his Dragon Ball AF doujin manga; a fan project that landed him a job with JUMP Magazine working along side with series creator Akira Toriyama.
A fan working with a series creator man. That’s perhaps one of the greatest honor you can have that nobody can ever take away from you.
Think about it: Toyotaro had a hobby of making Dragon Ball manga. He probably never imagined in his life that his passion and love would lead him to working with famed manga artist Akira Toriyama. He gets paid to create art of his favorite series with the creator.
If you’re a producer keep making beats. A musician? Keep playing. A writer? Keep writing. An artist? Keep drawing. Keep promoting yourself and putting you works out for the world.
You really never know who may be enjoying your work.
Imagine this: Your homeboy gets you caught up in his bullshit. You had no involvement to his actions prior but this doesn’t mean anything. Your careless ass friend managed to drag you into their mess. If you do not get involved, the dire consequences will impact not only him but you as well. And it ain’t gonna be pretty.
In the recent episode 78 of Dragon Ball Super, Goku is that careless friend. Goku manged to drag his associates, friends, and family into his bullshit. Goku defiantly went against Beerus’ prior warning to not to remind Lord Zeno (Zen-Oh-Sama) of the Tournament of Power.
The Tournament of Power (a.k.a the Omni King All Universe Survival Tournament) the all universe tournament hosted by Lord Zeno, king of all. There are no rewards in this tournament sans your universe not being wiped out of existence if you’re declared victor in addition to using the Super Dragon Balls. There’s at least that. Yay!
So, because Goku wants to fight so badly he endangered not only endanger his friends, family, and planet, this man put the existence of his universe at risk of being wiped out.
Goku, for the very first time in his life, has to take responsibility for his actions. Beerus had to threaten him to do it of course. Thank god for you Beerus. Thank god for you.
Goku enlists his son Gohan and friend, Majin Buu to fight in this tournament and explains If they lose, goodbye to their universe existence. Mr. Satan tags along but he ain’t doing shit. They ain’t too please about Goku getting them all caught up.
They ain’t the only ones you know. You already know word got spread quick about this tournament. You already know you got niggas from all 12 universes who want to come after Goku. They have to fight not just for surivivial, but for their existence because Goku needed a good challenge.