With Goku having gotten his second wind and a surge of new power at the end of the last episode, the clash of titans is able to resume. The result is something of a mixed bag.
The episode does a good job of showing the side effects of a fight between gods as the shock waves from their punches start to break the universe. Even the realm of the Kais isn’t safe as the Elder Kai explains that it will only take a couple of more hits to annihilate everything.
It’s a little odd that neither party seems to realize what’s happening. You’d think that they’d notice the effects as everyone else seems to. Beerus might not care as he’s a destroyer anyway, but Goku wouldn’t be OK with people getting killed as a side effect of their brawl. Even when Supreme Kai psychically interjects, he only tells them to stop and offers no reason for doing so. If he had said, “hey, you guys are going to tear existence asunder if you don’t stop” maybe they would have listened.
Fortunately for the universe, it’s revealed that Goku did know and had developed a way to negate the effects of their strikes. The physics majors will most likely face palm at this reveal as it doesn’t seem to make any sense, but they’re gods and the writers needed some way to keep the fight going whilst keeping the universe intact.
Speaking of the fight, it’s a tad underwhelming. The effects are jaw-droppingly devastating, no doubt, but the two only end up punching each other’s fists. It isn’t particularly engaging. It gets more gripping when the two challenge each other’s energy attacks, though, so it wasn’t a total bust.
On top of that, the two go back to almost friendly banter, which was rather nice to see. Beerus even offers to move the fight further away from the planet when he notices that their auras are putting Goku’s friends in danger. It was rather gracious of him.
Here’s a question, what was up with the dragons? At one point, the two channel their energy into dragon forms. You’d think that the two dragons would fight each other or go after the fighters themselves, but they just circle around and go back to where they came from. Even stranger, it seems to give the two a surge of energy despite the fact that it was their energy that made them in the first place. It looked cool, sure, but it literally accomplished nothing.
As expected of the franchise, a good chunk of the episode features the two powering up. Yes, it eats up the run time, but it’s a staple of the show. It was odd to see Beerus actually start powering up. He even says that he’s using his full power now, which was unexpected. It’s a change from the movie where Beerus is always stronger no matter what level Goku hits.
That idea gets alluded to here as Goku seems incapable of deflecting Beerus’ attack with his kamehameha wave, but he gets another surge of energy that forces the attack back. Even Beerus expresses shock (and possibly mild frustration) at this as it seemed like he had the fight won.
As was the case last episode, this episode ends with Goku getting more powerful, suggesting that the tide may be turning in their favor.
Oddly enough, some of the episode’s highlights come from the smaller character moments that occurred on the sidelines. They inject a bit of humor into the proceedings that worked out really well.
There’s a scene where Whis tries to make small talk with Vegeta, who is still focused on the fight. Suffice it to say, it doesn’t go well. Even when Whis conjures up an image of the fight, Vegeta refuses to acknowledge it and just stares up into the sky despite Whis’ warnings that he’ll hurt his neck.
There’s another where a reporter calls on Mr. Satan to help when the shock waves start to get really bad. When asked where he is, Satan answers honestly that he’s at a birthday party. This, naturally, doesn’t go over well as disaster is afoot, forcing him to come up with a story about how a criminal organization is using a birthday party as a front to do crime and he is in the process of infiltrating it. This leads to a follow up about whether the two are connected, which Satan answers positively. Sadly, he can’t come up with specifics on how the two would be connected and has to go to the old “feign a bad connection and hang up” stratagem. Couldn’t he have just said he wasn’t sure how they were connected as he was still investigating? Either way, it was still pretty funny.
This episode had its faults, but it was an enjoyable entry. The humor worked well and the stakes were effectively raised.