Anime, Manga

Dragon Ball Super – Tournament of Power Arc (Part 1)

Dragon Ball Super is an anime that debuted in the summer of 2015, which is the squeal to the hit anime Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Super takes place in the 10-year time skip that happens between Goku killing Kid Buu with the spirit bomb and Goku fighting Uub (Majin Buu’s reincarnation).

I’m going to say this right now; this post will contain SPOILERS. So, if you don’t want this arc to be spoiled for you then I suggest you click away now, don’t worry, I understand. Have a great day!

The Tournament of Power arc (also known as the Universe Survival arc) is the fifth and final arc of the Dragon Ball Super anime. The Tournament of Power planned by Zeno begins, with eight of the twelve universes partaking—with each universe having a team of 10 fighters who battle alongside each other. The arc features continuous debuts of elites from each universe. However, this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. If a team has all 10 of their members eliminated, then the universe they come from will be destroyed immediately. The last universe standing gets a wish from the Super Dragon Balls (Basically the regular Dragon Balls but they are the size of a planet and they have no limit).

Now, I’m starting this by saying that this is my all-time favorite arc in Dragon Ball Super, and I’m going to explain why through each thing I talk about.

The first part of this arc is Goku find members for his team for the tournament. Of course, there is Goku will be fighting and Vegeta took some convincing because his daughter wasn’t born yet but then comes around to join but who else will there be? Goku first recruits Gohan and Piccolo, at this point Gohan is very weak from not training, so Gohan and Piccolo go and train so that Gohan can get his fighting sense back and get and for them both to get stronger for the tournament.

The next set of fighters Goku recruits is Master Roshi, and a character we haven’t seen since the Resurrection of F arc, Tien. I know what you are thinking, these characters aren’t that strong, how are they supposed to compete in a tournament against strong opponents from other universes? Well, Master Roshi is a martial arts master and start training martial arts at a young age (he is currently over 300 years old now). Tien has always been training hard and at this point in the show, he has his own martial arts school where he teaches many students. So, they are both qualified for this tournament. This brings us to six out of the 10 characters needed for the tournament.

The next fighters Goku gathers is Krillin and his wife, Android 18. While on the way to their house Goku runs into Buu, who now has a new form (skinny Buu) and agrees to fight so he can use his wish to help Mr. Satan (awwwww, cute!). Krillin and 18 agree to join the tournament so that they can keep their daughter safe. This brings our count to 9, who will be the last contestant?

While at Krillin and 18’s house Goku asks 18 if she knows where Android 17 is! At this point, we haven’t seen Android 17 since the Cell Saga of Dragon Ball Z (besides for the brief second in the kid Buu saga). This is the first time that Goku and 17 met for the first time because back in Z Goku was away when 17 was around, so they never met until this moment. Android 17 agrees to fight under the condition that his wish is that he gets a giant cruise ship so that he can use to take his family around the world on.

This makes 10 fighters for the tournament! but, in typical Dragon Ball style, something happens. Like what happened in the universe 6 arc, Buu falls asleep and won’t be awake for the tournament so Goku must find a new member.

This part of the arc surprised me because Goku got someone that no one was expecting, Goku goes and finds Fortuneteller Baba (another throwback character), and he asks her to give Frieza 24 hours on of life so he can fight in the tournament. Goku and Frieza both must fight off enemies from another universe who are trying to take out contenders before the tournament starts. Frieza agrees to fight if he gets revived after the tournament is over. Goku and Frieza get into a fight after this and both end of knocking each other out. They bring Frieza back to the group. Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Android 17, Android 18, Master Roshi, and Tien, these are the 10 participants who are fighting for the survival of Universe 7.

Just a quick side note, this tournament is supposed to be the strongest fighters across the universes fighting against each other and universe 7 found all their participants on Earth? Like, they didn’t search very hard, but I digress.

Now that universe 7 has gathered their full team for the tournament they gather together and get teleported to the world of the void, which has nothing in it besides the fighting arena. As the other 70 fighters from different universes are coming in no one is really paying much attention until universe 11 shows up. Once they show up it gives us the old school Dragon Ball Z feel when a strong enemy appears with everyone acting surprised about how strong they are, especially the leader of the universe 11 team, Jiren the Grey, the man who is said to be stronger than the universe 11 God of Destruction.


Will Goku and his friends survive this tournament? What foes will they have to face and what obstacles will they have to overcome? The tournament of power is getting ready to commence!

Another side note, the tournament is supposed to last 100 taks (42 Earth minutes) but from the start to the end of the tournament starts on episode 97 and ends on episode 131, so true Dragon Ball fashion.

This is part 1 of a 2 part post. This post I just covered some character and backstory and the next post will be all the major fights and events throughout the tournament.


Today’s question is, what is your least favorite anime/show and why?


Thank you for reading, and as always, have a great day!


-Alex (a.k.a UnrestrainedDarkness)



Dragon Ball Super – Universe 6 Tournament

Dragon Ball Super is an anime that debuted in the summer of 2015, which is the squeal to the hit anime Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Super takes place in the 10-year time skip that happens between Goku killing Kid Buu with the spirit bomb and Goku fighting Uub (Majin Buu’s reincarnation).


The universe 6 tournament arc is the third of the five arcs that take place in this anime. This arc takes place right after the resurrection of F arc. While training on Beerus’ planet with Whis, two people crash onto the planet and it happens to be someone who looks a lot like Beerus and a gender-bender version of Whis. This happens to be Champa, the God of Destruction of universe 6 and the brother of Beerus and the female who is accompanying Champa is Vados, the sister of Whis.  While Beerus and Champa are taking Goku and Vegeta earn that they are not the only universe, they are in universe 7, and Champa and Vados come from universe 6, they also learn that there is a total of 12 universes in total. Beerus and Champa make a tournament where they put 5 fighters together and see which universe is the strongest, but you will have to watch the anime to find out the prizes for the winning universe 😛


We have finally gotten through the garbage arcs of this show and now only have great arcs coming, finally! I’m going to start by saying this, this arc was fantastic, we got to meet a bunch of new character in this arc. We got a couple we could care less about, like Mageta, Botamo, and Frost. But we got Cabba, a sayian from universe 6, and Hit the assassin. These 5 characters make up the team for universe 6.


The team for universe 7 consists of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Buu, and Monaka (another new character we get and who Beerus says is the strongest opponent he has ever fought). Before the tournament even starts Buu falls and is disqualified from the tournament.


This arc was fantastic, the art and animation were great, we got the nostalgia factor from them bringing back moves like the galick gun, final flash, and the kaioken. We see Vegeta get some character growth and teach the new young sayian even while fighting him, we see Goku push his limits and combined his new super sayian blue form with the kaioken to keep up and surpass Hit’s time skip technique.


At the end of the tournament, we get to meet another new character, Zeno or also know as the king of all. Zeno is at the top of the chain, there is no one higher up than him, he controls the 12 universes and decided which universe stay or go. This is shown when we are told there use to be 18 universes but Zeno erased 6 of them because he was bored, and the best part is he is very short and a child but he has the power to destroy everything in a second. Zeno watched the whole tournament between universe 6 and 7 and loved it so much that he wanted to see another tournament in the near future, this gives foreshadowing for the final arc of the series the universe survival arc, also known as the tournament of power arc.


I have to give this arc an 8/10. Everything about this arc was great and it is what we needed after the last 2 arcs of the series.


My question for today is if you had to pick 5 characters from one show/anime/book to defend the universe, who would you pick and why? They have to be from the same universe, so no picking characters from other shows or etc.

And as always, have a great day!

-Alex (a.k.a UnrestrainedDarkness)




Dragon Ball Super – Resurrection of F

Dragon Ball Super is an anime that debuted in the summer of 2015, which is the squeal to the hit anime Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Super takes place in the 10-year time skip that happens between Goku killing Kid Buu with the spirit bomb and Goku fighting Uub (Majin Buu’s reincarnation).

Continue reading “Dragon Ball Super – Resurrection of F”


Dragon Ball Super – Ball of Gods Arc

Dragon Ball Super is an anime that debuted in the summer of 2015, which is the squeal to the hit anime Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Super takes place in the 10-year time skip that happens between Goku killing Kid Buu with the spirit bomb and Goku fighting Uub (Majin Buu’s reincarnation).

The Battle of Gods arc is the first of the five arcs that take place in this anime. This arc is about Goku and the rest of the Z fighters finding out about the God of Destruction Beerus and his servant/teacher Whis and how there are gods and angels out there that are a lot stronger than anything they have encountered before, this of course excites Goku because that means he has a new “enemy” to train for and fight. Beerus is looking for a being known as the “Super Saiyan God” which he foresaw in a dream. This is the plot of the Battle of Gods arc.

Let me start by saying this, Dragon Ball is one of my favorite anime of all time and seeing it come back and being able to see all the characters again that I grew up watching made me happy. Now, to get in my review of this arc.

This first arc is a great way to bring back Dragon Ball and for them to bring nostalgia for the die-hard fans and for them to bring in a new audience through the younger generation who have never seen Dragon Ball before. This arc had some problems. The main problem being the art and animation throughout this arc was just god awful (pardon the pun). Some episodes and frames looked like they were made in Microsoft Pain by a drunk 4-year-old (see images on episodes 5 to see what I’m talking about). Goku doesn’t look like Goku and Beerus looks like he was made with crayons and flattened by a steamroller. When the animation team behind Dragon Ball Super was harassed by fans and questioned on why the animation was terrible they said that they were doing there best with the time they had, and it was hard to keep up with the demand of putting out an episode every week. I found this to be complete bullshit because when Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z came out on T.V over a decade ago, their episodes were coming out weekly and they looked 100x better than what we saw during this arc. I believe it was the fact that they had people who were new to animation and animating so much in a shorter period of time than what they were used too, and their lack of experience showed. I do have to give credit where credit is due, there are some frames and scenes where the animation is very clean and nice looking, but there are not many of these moments throughout this arc.

Other than that, I don’t really have any other complaints about this arc, it has a great story, I got to see the character I grew up watching as a child fighting again, and it was a great way to revamp the series and bring it back.

If I were to rate this ark on art and animation alone I would give it a 3/10, but honestly, I rate this ark a solid 7/10. It was a great way to bring back Dragon Ball and it introduced new characters to the story that people fell in love with instantly, but the animation dings this rating hard. I would recommend just watching the Battle of Gods movie over watching the show itself, it has the same storyline, progression and fight scenes but the art and animation of the movie are stunning.

This has been my review of the Dragon Ball Super arc Battle of Gods. Hope to see you for my next review. Have a great day!

-Alex (a.k.a UnrestrainedDarkness)