Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball Super (Japanese: ドラゴンボール) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation that began airing on July 5, 2015 and ended on March 25, 2018. Its overall plot outline was written by Dragon Ball franchise creator Akira Toriyama, while the individual episodes were written by different screenwriters.
With the defeat of Kid Buu four years prior, peace has returned to Earth and Son Goku (now a radish farmer) and his friends now live peaceful lives. However, a new threat appears in the form of Beerus, the God of Destruction. Considered the most terrifying being in the entire universe, Beerus is eager to fight the legendary warrior seen in a prophecy foretold decades ago known as the "Super Saiyan God".
Why It Rocks
- Dragon Ball Super doesn't go into full-blown action-packed episodes from the start like Dragon Ball Z, instead beginning with a more funny and story-based start.
- The premiere episode has that Dragon Ball feeling that you experience during every single episode, and it really sets the tone for what's to come in the future episodes.
- The faces of the past are scattered across the episode as the characters embarked on their own small stories that are sure to collide soon.
- With the new antagonists of the series defined and the foundation of the narrative established, the series is sure to become a favourite amongst all fans of the original manga and anime.
- The first episode ("The Peace Reward - Who Will Get the 100 Million Zeni?") succeeds in setting up the series ahead as well as telling us a new and entertaining story, which is more than anyone could ask for.
- Many of the characters are still lovable.
- Intense action, humor and anticipation are all blended into a seemingly never-ending story that keeps you wanting more.
- The variety of new characters that this new series brings is especially wonderful - it's both wide and thoughtful.
- Funimation's English dub is great, and adds unique jokes and references that weren't in the original Japanese version.
- The Future Trunks Saga and the Universe Survival Saga were generally well-received by fans.
- Great intros and outros.
- Super lacks a story with significant weight, edge, tension and seriousness, unless you kinda count the Future Trunks Saga. While Dragon Ball indeed tells a simple story, at least Z and GT put up a decent storytelling and world-building.
- This is especially apparent in the Tournament Saga, which opens with Champa and Beerus fighting over a birthday cake and destroyng planets in pure rage only for getting scolded by Whis and Vados later on beacause of the destroyers' petty scuffles.
- The occasional drop-down in graphics quality (especially in episode 5, "The Ultimate Fight on King Kai's Planet! Goku vs. the God of Destruction Beerus") due to time constraints for production is noticeable and damages the quality of such a legendary series.
- The first two sagas are remakes of the two most recent Dragon Ball Z movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F and are often negatively viewed by fans.
- Not to mention, hardly any of the characters were given focus or character development, a recurring problem since the Buu arc.
- The transformations (except Ultra Instinct and Rosé) are interesting concepts but have hardly any execution put into them. For example, the Super Saiyan Blue form is just a god-energy enhanced version of the first Super Saiyan state. That's it, unlike its Rosé counterpart which at least lets its user create elaborate ki weapons.
- The power-scaling is nonsensical, even for shonen standards, as there are characters like Kale and Caulifla who somehow keep up with a veteran like Goku despite having very little experience in combat, which is ludicrous even by their race's standards.
- Goku has been flanderized, going from a serious hero with the mind of one and a great courage that made up for his stupidy into an absolute idiot who is dumb to the point he doesn’t even know what a kiss is. Not to mention he also became a fight-mongering jerk with an overexaggerated desire to fight stronger opponents, even at the cost of universes getting erased. This is partially due to the series trying to portray him to be accurate to the manga.
- Vegeta was unfairly treated in the first saga as he was downgraded into a moronic comic relief and Beerus’ personal butler.
- Most of the slice-of-life episodes are forgettable and not that interesting.
- Hiromi Tsuru, the original Japanese voice actress for Bulma Briefs, passed away on November 16, 2017 during the production of the Universe Survival Saga. Episode 116 ("The Sign of a Comeback! Ultra Instinct's Huge Explosion!!") was subsequently dedicated to her memory.
- Before it was announced that the show would be airing on Toonami on Adult Swim, it was rumored that it would be airing on Disney XD even with some making fake promos.