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Let’s Talk Anime # 1 | Dragon Ball Super

Updated: Apr 24, 2022


First Impressions


When I first heard that Dragon Ball Super was coming out, I didn’t believe it nor did I want to believe it. After all, look at how GT went. Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against DBGT and I understand that it is not canon, but there were a few things about GT that I did not like. However, it was still pretty tolerable and I actually kinda liked it overall. In addition, DBS seemed like a way to milk the series, and I genuinely didn't know what Akira could possibly do more of at first.


I mean, Goku was already ridiculously strong and he would always find a way to save the day and best his enemies. What more could be done with someone like that?


Lastly, I will say that I tend to get nervous when anime series (and even TV series) come back with more seasons - especially after such a long time. For example, the second season of Tokyo Ghoul was a complete failure to me; it didn't hold a candle to the first season and if anything, Tokyo Ghoul seemingly got worse and worse as it continued. Also, will the author even remember everything that he wrote and stay consistent? Usually, that is another issue that rears its head and makes me pretty nervous as well.


It's overall risky in my opinion, but when it is done right, the payoff is probably worth it. Let's get into the next section where I'll discuss my issues with Super.


Future Trunks


I don't like his design in Super. Personally, I don't feel like it is true to his original design and it's not. Originally, his hair was always a lavender-like color and his eyes were blue and he wasn't slim; Trunks had more of a bigger build due to training 24/7 and that was because he had to due to being the only warrior left in his timeline. I also detest the fact that he is paired with Mai out of all people.


It makes no sense.


For one, Mai is older than Goku; Mai was around in Dragon Ball and existed before Trunks, Gohan, and Goten was even born. You seriously mean to tell me that someone as old as Mai, who has been around since Goku was a KID, should be paired with Trunks? I have nothing against anyone that ships those two, but that is insanely weird to me; I honestly feel like there could have been a way better match or just no one at all.


Lastly, I do not like how his edge is somewhat gone. I'm not sure if it's because there's been peace for quite a while, but Trunks doesn't seem as serious or as strong as he was back in Z. However, that's just my opinion. Let's move on to my next issue!


Kefla

I am always up for a strong female character and one that can hold her own; I always love that - especially if they're not overly sexualized. However, if it's written poorly, I find it very hard to enjoy. As we all know, Kefla happens to be a result of Kale and Caulifla using the Potara earrings. This is where my complaint comes in, as well as my biggest complaint with Super. Why were they able to transform so easily? It was bad enough that Trunks and Goten were able to skip the hardship that Goku and Vegeta faced to obtain the Super Saiyan transformation.


But this?


This takes the cake.


They made it look like nothing and were literally ascending back to back during their fight.


Goku and Vegeta bust their asses for that transformation and that made it all more impactful, yet you have Kefla and Cabba doing these transformations with ease? It really sullies the impact of ascending and I don't like it one bit. If anything, that really bothered me. On the other hand, I do enjoy how the women are having more involvement and aren't just being used as eye candy, but on the other, this would have been ten times better if it was done right.


Goku's Regressed


Why is it that Goku appears as if he's regressed as a character? Even Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto matured as well as Vegeta. I understand that they make the main characters of Shonen idiots and dense; that is like a standard across the board and I can respect that. However, when exactly is Goku going to progress?


When will he see that it is literally more to the world than just fighting? It really boggles my mind that Vegeta has had more character development than Goku. It's even more mind-boggling that Vegeta even makes time for his family compared to Goku. I think part of watching Shonen is not only just for the adventure, action, and fights but we're supposed to see the progression of the male main character from boyhood to adulthood.


That is literally what Shonen is about.


That scene where Goku claimed to not know what a kiss was in Super just irritated me further than I could ever explain. This would be a lot better if Goku actually acquired some depth to his character. I sometimes wonder if Goku was someone that shouldn't have been paired with anyone, but then we wouldn't have had Gohan and Goten.


Android 17


For some reason, I have always loved the concept of the Androids and I found 17 and 18 to be very likable and cool characters. Nevertheless, I don't like how strong Android 17 was able to get off of training with animals. I could be missing something here, but it just doesn't make sense to me. Even Luffy from One Piece was shown training with animals for a bit, but it wasn't for long which makes it more plausible.


I think if we got more clarification on how long 17 trained with animals, it would probably help. Again, I could be missing something here, but I found it hard to believe that 17 trained with animals to the point he was able to fight a Super Sayian Blue Goku. In DBZ, the last we saw of 17's power was when he went against Vegeta and the gang; he and 18 completely overpowered a Super Saiyan.


It just seemed like an exaggeration to me, but if anyone feels differently, don't be afraid to comment or reach out. Was there anything about Super that bothered you? Do you agree or disagree with my dislikes about Super? Be sure to let me know!









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