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1. Pour one out for a real one. It might be because he’s so clearly a parody of Kamen Rider that I’ve grown such a strong attachment to him, but I really wish they could go a bit more in depth on Katopesla and his whole story. He wasn’t just some weird alien, there really was a person underneath that outfit, and a pretty valiant one at that. He went head to head with some of the most powerful people on Universe 7’s squad (consequently, some of the most powerful people in any universe)–from Frieza to Android 17, all the way up to Vegeta. And the sad part is, by the end he wasn’t even taken out by anyone important–despite standing up quite well to SSJ Vegeta, he wound up being eliminated by an invisible chump that he quite possibly could’ve beaten.
As a sidenote, a series that’s best known for its absurd power-up sequences probably shouldn’t be poking fun at other genres for their tropes. Series that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
2. Ya’ll thought I was playing, but I was really ready to send the e-mail off to cancel this show if Vegeta went out. Fortunately, the Super writers don’t seem to hate the Prince of All Saiyans nearly as much as Toriyama did back in the day, and he saved himself with a last second catch.
Seriously, how lame would that have been?? Vegeta’s easily the second strongest member on the team, and he goes out to an invisible geek that hasn’t even been built up before this episode? No thanks. Still, Universe 4’s missing invisible warriors finally made themselves known this week, and once more I accept the genius of this battle royale format. In simple one-on-one competitions, a guy like this couldn’t have lasted longer than a few seconds, but like this Shantza was able to pose quite the threat to the heroes of Universe 7.
3. I’ll admit, the one flaw with shonen series is that a lot of times you feel like every new battle technique has been done already. Three times over. Take this for instance–when they set up these illusions for Piccolo and Gohan to beat, I was so certain that it was going to be one of those annoying cases where the illusions could hit our main characters but it was going to be almost impossible for them to be hit back. Fortunately, there was a pleasant surprise in store for me when they revealed that wasn’t the case at all, and our two “invisible” opponents were simply working together in order to play a fast one.
I also want to say one more time how much I love seeing Piccolo and Gohan’s combination. Father and son working together, such a beautiful thing….
Welp. That’s over.
4. The real secret weapon of Universe 4 turned out to be this fellow, Damon. A tiny (but powerful!) bug person that moved so quickly it was impossible for Goku and the rest to see him, nevermind actually harm him. Still, as much as Universe 4 are obvious cheats, it’s sad that they had to lose, if only because this little guy is too cute to get erased. Look at ‘im! Even Goku tries to pick him up out of bewildered amusement at his size.
Speaking of erasures, it’s starting to be more and more obvious that these things aren’t permanent, as people are having more comical reactions to it instead of taking the whole thing seriously.
5. Next Episode: Desperate to remain, the warriors of Universe 3 reveal their hidden ability! But can the exhausted universe 7 fend them off?
Count time. With twelve minutes remaining, the fighters are really beginning to dwindle. Universe 4’s been eliminated, and there’s only sixteen fighters left. Universe 3 is technically ahead, but just to match up against Universe 7 and 11 they’re going to combine four of their remaining fighters into a single giant robot. If I had to guess, Gohan’s going to go out in a blaze of glory finishing off these four robots, leaving only the scraps of Universe 3 before we move on to the main event.
It’s hard to comprehend, but we could really be looking at a showdown between Universes 7 and 11 where seven has almost twice as many fighters and is still in a desperate situation, due to the attrition and the sheer power possessed by the ace of U11. Am I right about any of this? Be here next week to find out!
Dragon Ball Super is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.