An update on Dragon Ball Super’s Tournament of Power Saga

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Goku and Jiren finally had their clash that had been teased all summer and leaked online in late August. For the first time in DBS, Goku unleashed the Spirit Bomb. We got a tease of how powerful Jiren was when he one-shotted Kale out of her Legendary Super Saiyan form and knocked her out.

Then we found out that was just a fraction of his full power.

Goku went Super Saiyan Blue + Kaioken x20 and it still wasn’t enough to threaten Jiren. So he unleashed his trump card: The Spirit Bomb. Unlike Kid Buu, Jiren repelled it and sent it back at Goku, who took his own attack in full. When the dust settled, Goku revealed a new form:

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Beerus, clearly irritated by Goku’s new transformation called it “Ultra Instinct”. Clearly it was a form no mortal was ever meant to attain, let alone dream of reaching. Then again, there were the rumors among the other Gods of Destruction and Kais that there was mortal somewhere so powerful their universe’s God of Destruction could not defeat him.

…That mortal is Jiren.

His Universe’s GoD prettymuch confirms it as he watched Jiren fight Goku. Apparently both Jiren and Toppa had been candidates to succeed him as Universe 11’s GoD but they both declined. Anyway, Goku had the same problem he had when he became Super Saiyan God vs. Beerus for the first time: Since it was new, he couldn’t maintain it for too long and lost. Universe 7’s wildcard Frieza steps in and shares some of his energy with Goku. It was an obvious reference to that time Goku shared some of his Energy with Frieza on Namek after their fight.

While Goku took time to recover, Hit stepped in to challenge Jiren. Despite using Time Skip, Jiren had no problem landing blows. Hit resorted to using his trump card: Trapping Jiren in a time warp. The plan was to keep him contained until time ran out but Jiren was just too powerful. How do you defeat a warrior whose powerful transcends time? Good question. After eliminating Hit and shooting a look in Goku’s direction, Jiren plainly states “There is no one left for me to fight.” and behins to meditate. A fighter from another universe tries to ambush him but is repelled by the energy field surrounding him. Jiren will only fight someone capable of piercing his energy field. With Hit dropped out that leaves Goku but only if he can attain his Ultra Instinct form again.

 

  • Earlier, Frieza fooled everyone when it appeared he and Frost had teamed up. It turns out Frieza had been biding his time and waiting for the opportunity to turn on him, eliminating his Universe 6 counterpart. Frieza has been keeping to himself for most of the tournament to conserve his energy. As he said to Goku, he wants nothing to do with Jiren and is content to bide his time for now.
  • Master Roshi and Tien were both eliminated, bringing the number of Universe 7 fighters down to 7.
  • Cabba is saved from ring-out by Vegeta, who reminds him of the promise they made when they fought each other before. Cabba goes Super Saiyan 2 for the first time to defeat an opponent but is then eliminated by Frieza. Before being eliminated, Cabba notes Caulifla and Kale might be Universe 6’s secret weapons. Could it be because they’re more powerful than him or another reason?
  • Speaking of the female Saiyans of Universe 6. The last episode ended with Caulifla challenging Goku to a fight. Their last exchange was interrupted when Kale went Broly on them. According to the trailer for the next episode, he fights them both at the same time and goes Super Saiyan 3. Should be interesting at the very least!

 

…Again, you can watch Dragon Ball Super on Crunchyroll. I will provide another update after the Tournament of Power Saga is done. Two universes have already been eliminated and let’s be honest, Universe 7 obviously survives. The question is how will this tournament end? Who else will survive?

Also: Vegeta and Cabba both promised to bring back the other’s universe if one of them survives with the Super Dragon Balls. Should be real interesting to see how this tournament ends!

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Alot to look forward to on Crunchyroll these days

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…So much that for the first time, I got a 12-month Premium subscription last month.

This has been a really good year for Anime fans in general. If you watch Dubs on Funimation or Toonami, you’ve seen a number of Anime debut or premiere. We have also seen the simulcast of Attack of Titan Season 2: Two weeks after its premiere in Japan, the English Dub premiered on Toonami. They wrapped up two weeks apart, too.

Since Crunchyroll and Funimation have partnered, Anime have been getting Dubbed faster. At the same time, distribution has sped up on both sides of the Pacific. It’s win-win.

Here’s a short list of the Anime in my Crunchyroll Que that I am currently watching and is still in progress:

 

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations *
  • Dragonball Super
  • My Hero Academia *
  • My Life as a Cenataur
  • Restaurant to Another World *
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma *
  • Knights & Magic *
  • Fox Spirit Matchmaker
  • Aria The Animation *
  • Yona of the Dawn *
  • Katsugeki Touken Ranbu *
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
  • Ninja Girl & Samurai Master

 

A * Means it is will likely get an official English Dub

…Of that list, Dragon Ball Super has an official English Dub that is now airing on Toonami. My Hero Academia is shaping up to be the heir apparent to past hits such as Naruto, Bleach amd Fullmetal Alchemist. It has universal appeal and the Superhero theme will make it extremely easy to market it mainstream in the U.S. Most of the other Anime in the above list that may be dubbed…I think it’s more likely they will be stream and DVD/Blu-Ray only releases.

I can only see My Hero Academia guaranteed to premiere on Toonami and only because of how freaking popular it already is. Even better is unlike Attack on Titan, they won’t have to worry about pushing it too hard in the beginning. I feel like that’s why the live action Attack on Titan movies (Japan) tanked so hard: They rushed them out and it showed.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is basically a high school version of Iron Chef and is amazing. The one drawback to it that I feel takes away from it a bit is the over the top fan service dressed as foodgasms. Yeah, no way in hell Toonami can run something like that despite the rest of it being such a solid anime.

All in all, now’s as good a time as any to watch Crunchyroll. Speaking of watching: Crunchyroll announced a few weeks ago that they will no longer be updating the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii U Apps. The current versions of both will still work though.

As a reminder, Crunchyroll is free BUT you get all of the following with a Paid Subscription:

  • No Ads
  • 720 and 10780 HD Video and Audio
  • New episodes available an hour after airing in Japan
  • Ability to give a 30-day premium pass to a friend each month
  • Free Swag at Conventions (see the Crunchyroll booth for details)
  • Can stream from 2 or 3 devices simultaneously

…CR actually has a Premium++ which grans Simulcast: You can watch new episodes as they’re aired in Japan. This is in addition to all of the above¬† and of course, it costs more than their baseline premium package. In comparison, Free accounts lack all of the above plus you have to deal with ads AND wait 24 hours after a new episode has aired in Japan.

 

Dragon Ball Super’s Universal Survival Arc just got REAL interesting

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Dragonball Super’s Universal Survival Saga just finished its 5th episode since the Battle Royale began. Universe 9’s 10-man squad was the first to be eliminated. The remaining participants watched as Zen-Oh Sama wiped Universe 9 and everyone in it from existence once the whole team was eliminated from the fight by ring out. That brought home the reality for the remaining fighters what they were fighting for: Survival. Universe 11’s team is made up of the Pride Troopers and they have lost 6 fighters so far–5 in this week’s episode. We’ll get to that in a minute. 3 Episodes passed before we would see someone from Universe 7 get eliminated: Krillin.

In case you haven’t been f0llowing DBS on Crunchyroll since the Universal Survival Arc began, Universe 7 was forced to recruit Frieza last-minute to replace Buu. Buu fell into a coma-like sleep after undergoing intense training for the tournment and won’t wake up for at least two months according to Mr. Satan/Hercule. Left with no other choice, Goku prettymuch mades a deal with the devil and recruits Frieza to replace Buu. Mind you, not that much time passed since the Ressurrection F Arc but for Frieza, working with his archnemesis is preferential to being in Earth’s Hell (LOL!).

Frieza reveals after he was sent back to Earth’s Hell by Goku, he’d been mentally training himself and can now maintain his Gold Form for much longer. Excluding Beerus, Goku and Vegeta are easily the two most powerful fighters in Universe 7 for different reasons but Frieza easily rounds out the top 3. This was explained better in Dragonball Z Kai but #17 and #18 are both humans who were artificially enhanced by Dr. Gero. They’re technically still human but they are for all intents and purposes, immortal. One huge advantage they have over their opponents is as a reminder, their energy can’t be sensed. This makes them virtually invisible if you can’t see them. LOL.

 

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…Getting back to the two Female Saiyans from Universe 6. Kale is Universe 6’s Broly. The difference, of course being now the Legendary Super Saiyan is officially canon. We saw a preview of her “Broly” form before the tournament began. When she transforms during the tournament for the first time, everyone else is suddenly in danger. Jiren from Universe 11 effortlessly takes her down, knocking her unconscious after they lose a team member during a previous skirmish. Toppa dispatches 5 of the remaining team members to take out Goku but Kale and Caulifla end up getting pulled into it along with #17 and #18.

Kale transforms again to help Caulifla but this time she is able to control her power. After decimating Universe 11 in one sweep, Kale passes out. She can now maintain control while in “Broly” Form but can’t maintain it for too long. Thanks to Kale, we now have a better understanding of the Legendary Super Saiyan form. Referenced back during Dragonball Z’s Namek and Frieza Sagas, The Legendary Super Saiyan is the most powerful of all Saiyans with overwhelming power. They are extremely rare and it’s said you only see one every 100 years.

For Universe 7, that was Broly. Now, Broly and Goku were born on the same day on Planet Vegeta. Goku was born with a Power Level of 1. Broly was born with a Power Level of 10,000. It’s probably safe to assume his mother didn’t survive childbirth. King Vegeta (Vegeta’s father, who he is named after) ordered the newborn Broly be killed along with his father. Despite getting knifed through the heart, Broly survived both that and the destruction of Planet Vegeta. We would find out later Broly got drunk off his own power as it grew faster and faster to the point his father fashioned a device to keep in in check. The limiter worked until Broly met Goku and prettymuch snapped. At full power, Broly was unstoppable. The Goku that beat him was Super Saiyan 2 and only after being fed energy from Vegeta, Preteen Gohan, Piccolo and Future Trunks. In the second movie, we got confirmation deep down Broly was pure evil. At half-power, he literally threw Goten and Trunks around like rag dolls.

…Kale is a different story. It’s obvious she was unaware of her own power before she transformed for the first time. Unlike Broly, Kale actually is a Wallflower (Broly pretended to be one before he was found out). Like Caulifla, she’s clearly a Saiyan: When she transforms for the third time, she maintains control. When Goku became a Super Saiyan for the first time, it took everything he had to keep the power from controlling him. When Caulifla went SS2 while fighting Goku, she immediately reverted to SS1 after he told her about SS2’s drop in speed in exchange for raw power. If we’re gonna theorycraft here, The Legendary Super Saiyan form is an offshoot of SS2 with the speed of SS3 but powerful enough to match Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS), also known as Super Saiyan Blue (SSB).

 

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Caulifla obviously found out for the first time when she transformed but you can’t help but wonder if she could sense Kale’s dormant power before Cabba introduced them to Super Saiyan. Speaking of, Goku dropped a strong hint he’s gonna show Caulifla what SS3 looks like. Goku hasn’t used it since he sparred with Beerus on King Kai’s planet. There is fan theory Caulifla could go SSB so…yeah.

In closing, let me give my Universal Survival predictions. Like Beerus and Champa’s tournament, there appears to be a hidden purpose behind this Battle Royale. Let’s be honest, Zen-Oh’s child-like personality makes him easy to manipulate. I think most of the universes will be wiped out but more than Universe 7 will survive. All that’s left is to see how things play out ^_^

 

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Seems most prefer to get out of paying to watch anime if they can

…At least, that’s the vibe I’ve been getting since about a week before Anime Boston.

Now me, I have always and will continue to maintain the mindset those who don’t want to pay for it don’t deserve to enjoy Anime. At the end of the day, those who make Anime don’t do it for free. They do it to make money. That’s the reality. While yes I do believe most who make Anime and Manga truly do enjoy their art and do it for the fans, they also need to make ends meet. After all, it’s an industry. It’s important this be kept in mind.

Now, a few months back I saw a publication I will not name in my Facebook feed that said something to the effect “Crunchyroll and Funimation have done more harm than good to Anime.” Why? Because they’ve opened up Anime to U.S. Fans? Because now fans can legally watch mega-popular Anine subbed? Because both companies recently entered a partnership?

…Give me a break.

Every other message I see on my Facebook feed on the subject of Anime is someone asking “Where can I watch anime?”, followed by someone providing the link to an unlicensed streaming site.

Unlike most folks here, I remember what Napster was like before the RIAA was created to take it down. It was a filesharing service. After the takedown, it became a legitimate online Music store. An entire industry was born because of that one filesharing site: Digital distribution. It kicked open the door to give unknown artists a platform to share their music.

How folks forget how hard Anime was to come by until about 12 years ago. Your only choices were Toonami, Blu-Ray/DVD, digital download or if you were REALLY lucky, YouTube. Back then, there were no official subs. You had no choice but to look to YouTube or sites that flew under the radar for fan subs. If you wanted to watch Anime dubbed, your only choices were Blu-Ray/DVD, Toonami or digital download.

This is no longer the case.

Crunchyroll is a free service but if you upgrade to premium, you can both watch in HD and get Simulcast (Anime becomes available as it does in Japan) progranming. No longer do you need to scour the internet for unofficial websites for subs.

…Me, I pay for all the Anime I watch. 100%. If not through Crunchyroll or Blu-Ray/DVD then digital purchase from iTunes, Xbox Live or The Playstation Network. Not to support the industry but because I know I am getting my money’s worth. That and if I like an anime that much, I will go out of my way to buy a digital or physical copy.

It took me TEN YEARS to get my copy of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion on Blu-Ray. Almost 10 years to the day I saw the final episode air on Toonami. It took me a year to buy all 7 seasons of InuYasha + Final Act + All four movies on DVD. I own a physical copy and two digital copies of the Persona 4 Anime. I liked it that much. And that’s my point: If you like an Anime that much, just buy it. If money’s tight, do what I do and put money aside a bit at a time until you have enough to make the purchase.

I’m sure I’m in the minority in regards to this but I still want to say it. I’ve attached a poll to this blog post. Please pick all the choices that you feel apply to you.

 

 

Twin Star Exorcists ends with Episode #50

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…Can’t help but wonder if it’s more than a coincidence TSE and Naruto Shippuden had their respective finales a week apart on Crunchyroll. That said, I’m sure I’m reading a bit too much into the subject. LOL.

I’m fairly certain this Anime will get an official English Dub. It’s already mega popular in the U.S. thanks to Crunchyroll. I started watching TSE last Fall purely by accident and knew it was something special. Watching how the lead protagonists developed and matured was pretty cool. Even though the series is done, there is plenty of material available to make a spinoff series or something.

Most of the cast was quite memorable. The only two I absolutely hated overall were Kinako and Yuto because of how 1-dimensional and shellow they both felt for separare reasons. Kinako’s Benio complex aside, he was clearly meant to be the comic relief but Rokuro can hold that role down just fine on his own. Yuto’s Rokuro complex aside, he got virtually no development. At least Kinako got a proper backstory. With Yuto, it’s revealed he was never supposed to exist in the first place and has no reason to exist. In fact, his existence was a mistake and shouldn’t have happened while his twin sister Benio was fated.

The show is so-named because Rokuro and Benio, who are the most powerful Exorcist couple alive were destined to give birth to the most powerful Exorcist ever. Having saved the world and befriended some Kegare and Basara by the end of the series, rules are meant to be broken. The irony of course being Rokuro and Benio fall in love for real in the end. Having saved the world themselves, their original “purpose” is no longer necessary and the worldwide threat of Magano has been neutralized. Even so, their kids will be insanely strong. Comes with Rukuro technically being a Kegare and Benio having the most dense spiritual power.

TSE is the first Anime series to have over 26 episodes in several years now. If you watch, you can take it slow. Overall I give the series an 8/10.

 

 

Anime Boston 2017 Day 1 Done: So much Anime!

…I’ve been home for about an hour now and man am I exhausted. LOL. I got to the Hynes around 11AM but decided to eat at a nearby restaurant before going inside. I went in the Boylston St. entrance just as the Dealer’s Room opened.

I walked out with the following Anime on DVD and Blu Ray:

  • Fruits Basket
  • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
  • Cowboy Beebop
  • GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka
  • Angelic Layer
  • Michiko and Hatchin (Blu-Ray)
  • Attack on Titan Junion High*

* Got it on Sunday of the Convention

 

…It is the most Anime I have ever bought in one day physical or digital. I got a deal on all of them too. Oh and yes, I’ve seen all of them before either via Netflix (Fruits Basket and Angelic Layer), Toonami/Adult Swim (Michiko and Hatchin,¬† Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and Cowboy Beebop) or Crunchyroll (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka). Speaking of, I also bought the Boruto movie digital via iTunes and no, I haven’t seen it before.

Oh, speaking of Boruto: Congoers can buy the first Volume of the Manga in the Dealer’s Room. What makes it a big deal: It doesn’t hit store shelves until May. I asked a friend of mine working one of the booths selling Manga and he told me the dealers apparently received advance shipments of Boruto were given permission to sell them at conventions ahead of the official release. I also bought Volumes 18 through 20 of Attack of Titan and the first four volumes of One Punch Man. I plan to buy the other 6 available volumes on Sunday when they will be discounted further than they currently are at my go-to vendor. Other than that and maybe getting a few more volumes of Persona 3 and Persona 4, I doubt I’ll start any new Manga series this weekend (LOL!).

One other thing before I forget: I got Attack on Titan and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm for the PS4 yesterday. When I finish the main story of each game, I will post my review of them on this blog since they’re based on Anime.

 

 

Naruto Shippuden (FINALLY!) comes to an end with Episode #500; Boruto Anime to Premeire April 5

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10 years after Naruto Shippuden premeired, the final Episode aired on March 23, 2017. It is now truly the end of an era. Combined with the first Naruto Anime series, the franchise spanned nearly 650 episodes combined. A smash hit on both sides of the Pacific, Naruto burst onto the scene back in 2003 first in Japan and then came to the U.S. in 2004. With the stable of memorable characters, it goes without saying Naruto/Naruto Shippuden has more than earned its spot on the Top 10 List of Greatest Anime Of All Time.

While Naruto introduced the main and support characters and most of the recurring characters, Shippuden provided the backstory and the history of the Naruto Universe. The first part of the series opened with Naruto returning after training with Jiraiya for 3 years. He reunites with Sakura, who are joined by the socially awkward Sai. Former Anbu Yamato is appointed temporary leader of the reformed Team 7, which renewed its goal of finding the missing Sasuke Uchiha. The missing former member of Team 7 joined forces with Orochimaru to gain the power he would need to slay the man responsible for wiping out his clan: His brother Itachi, who had since joined the Akatsuki. The Akatsuki is a shadowy organization made up of powerful rogue ninja. Their goal is the capture all of the tailed beasts for a much larger and more sinister purpose.

Shippuden reveals the previously unknown story of Naruto’s origins and Kakashi’s past: Naruto’s father is actually the 4th Hokage, Minato Namikaze (which you should know if you read my blog post featuring him). Naruto’s mother Kushina Uzumaki comes from a clan that specializes in sealing and restraining chakra. She was chosen to be the Jinchuruki of Kurama, the Nine-Taled beast before Naruto. On the night Naruto was born, a mysterious man attacked the village. His goal: Release Kurama and unleash his power on the village, which he does for a time. With Kushina severely weakened from giving birth and having Kurama ripped out of her, Minato is left with no choice but to make their newborn son Naruto the next Jinchuruki. He seals half of Kurama’s power in Naruto and takes the other half with him to the grave.

The man responsible is later revealed to be Obito Uchiha, a former member of Minato’s first squad and one of Kakashi’s teammates. In a cruel twist of fate, Obito in revealed to have been manipulated to bringing Madara Uchiha back to life. That ended up being necessary along with assembling The Tailed Beasts to summon the world-ending Ten-Tailed Beast, which Madara summoned once before. This was all part of a much larger plan to bring back Kaguya, the Mother of Chakra who had been sealed away many eras ago. In the end, only Naruto and Sasuke’s combined powers are able to not only withstand her God-like power but ultimately reseal her and this time forever. With the world safe, Sasuke challenges Naruto to one final duel to decide who is the greatest and most powerful Shinobi in the world.

While it would be fair to say the series truly ended with Naruto and Sasuke’s final duel, the episodes that followed both provided closure for several memorable characters and ended with the wedding of Naruto and Hinata. Sasuke left the village to atone for his past crimes and manages to solve an intricate mystery involving exploding zombies. Shikamaru, on the other hand breaks up a town of cultists looking to end the peace the world is now enjoying. The last 7 episodes, which clearly take place after the events of The Last: Naruto The Movie focus on the village’s wedding plans for Naruto and Hinata.

…All this said, those waiting for the Dub will probably not see it until 2019 or 2020. It will take some time to say the least.

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The finale ended with confirmation Naruto’s son Boruto is getting his own Anime series. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will premeire on Crunchyroll on April 5.

There are serious questions regarding Naruto’s status that may force a retcon of the storyline. This is a massive spoiler for those who don’t know but at some point in Boruto, Naruto is killed. Then it’s revealed Naruto isn’t really dead. Or something? Like I said, Naruto’s actual status in terms of Boruto is unknown since the Manga is apparently being rewritten to make things more clear. According to several insiders, the orignally planned death of Naruto is being retconned entirely because of the confusion around it. As for why I’m being vague, I haven’t read the Boruto Manga myself.

Not yet, anyway. I just wanted to finish watching Naruto Shippuden first. Now that I have, I’ll get started reading some Boruto on my iPad ^_^

Before I forget: Boruto and Sarada (Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter) are both playable characters in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One).