Kale and Caulifla have merged into the invincible being, Kefla! Is there anything an already weakened Goku can do against their combined might?! Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it online. And if you’ve got any questions or comments, hit me up on Twitter @SageShinigami.
1. Over the last month, I’ve gotten to the point where I start a timer on every new episode to see how long it takes before I get to the point where I say “I hate Super”. This week, I made it five minutes, forty-five seconds. Exactly at the point where Beerus rightfully points out how absurd it is that Caulifla and Kale even got to use the Potara earrings to fuse into a singular being, only for both Zenos to respond: “But fusion is cool!” and start chanting “fusion, fusion” like a pair of imbeciles who have way too much power for their own good. It’s like if Donald Trump had a twin and they both ran not just the White House, but the known universe.
The worst part of it is, this isn’t some cool new stage of the tournament, where the Supreme Kai start tossing in their fusion earrings and we get to see cool fusions from all these heroes from different universes. Immediately they consider the idea, then write it off for various reasons…or don’t even offer reasons and claim it’s “not necessary”. It’s annoying enough that the “rules” really should’ve been “there are no rules”, but if you’re going to do that then go all out. This series barely makes sense to begin with.
2. As the team with the most members remaining, it’s really no surprise that the Universe 7 team would find itself with its back against the wall this episode. Piccolo and Gohan are still facing off against the Nameks in a battle that’s way too close for its own good considering Gohan’s been in base form the vast majority of this tournament. Meanwhile, 17 and 18 are finally deciding to team up after 18 catches an injury, and suddenly the tease that these two might fuse in the near future doesn’t sound too far out of the realm of possibility, even if it does feel a tad…overkill?
Lastly, Vegeta’s still struggling with Toppo, who in theory he should be stronger than since he was stronger than Goku after the Goku Black saga and Goku wiped him out, but hey, who pays attention to continuity?
3. A brief shout out to the false time compression in this tournament. This whole thing is supposed to take 48 minutes, but after two or three months we’re only 29 minutes in. And I get that they’re all moving at hyper-speed so a lot can happen in a short period of time…but the people talking on the sidelines aren’t TALKING at hyper-speed, are they? Because that’s the only way this time scale even makes a little sense.
4. I knew this show was going to rely on as many asspulls as possible once I learned it was a battle royale. As cool as it is to know there are dozens of fights happening all over the field at once, the fact that these guys aren’t being given time to rest and heal back up is resulting in characters being capable of some pretty insane leaps in power just because “the plot needs must”. Goku went from being barely able to move in base form, back up to Super Saiyan Blue in something like five minutes in universe, but because Kefla’s gotta be “just under Jiren” in terms of threat level, even that’s not good enough and suddenly it’s Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, and before the episode is out, he’s forced into Ultra Instinct.
This isn’t even about being a power level geek. The show’s as bad as the tournament itself, setting up its own rules and immediately breaking them shortly afterwards so things can look cool…and so Goku can be the most important part of the episode instead of letting him step aside just for three or four episodes.
Now, hopefully next episode they’ll explain a little bit about what Ultra Instinct means power-wise because the first time it was all vague hints and shock from all the gods of destruction.
5. Next Episode:
This could be a translation issue since I don’t always watch Crunchyroll’s version. Still.
…Goku, you got some kinda nerve! Kefla’s definitely talking way too much about having “beaten the strongest Saiyan” making her the strongest, while conveniently ignoring that she’s only fighting him after someone else nearly exhausted him, but still. HER endless power-ups?! For those who don’t care to count, Goku came to this tournament with six power-ups, and in the middle of this tournament gained a seventh. He’s the last dude who ever needs to bring up endless power-ups.
Having said that, I’m guessing that after this episode Kefla’s out, and now Universe 6 is REALLY up against the wall with only two competitors remaining. They’ll drag the Namekian stuff out, but before long we’re going to have to say goodbye to the most well-developed universe aside from the main one. Seems like it’ll be sad.
Dragon Ball Super is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.