As both Goku and Beerus continue to pour more energy into their blasts, the effects of so much concentrated energy starts to have adverse side effects. Both the elder kai and Whis himself say that the Earth, as well as other solar systems could very well be destroyed as a result of this conflict.
Mr. Satan tries to chip in by begging Whis to call off the fight before anything bad can happen to his daughter and impending grandchild, but it falls on deaf ears. Even the offer of an “all you can eat” deal doesn’t sell him. It’s still one of the episode’s stronger moments as it is rather heartwarming.
It was odd to see Whis say that he can’t protect them with his powers. Isn’t Whis more powerful than Beerus? OK, it’s kind of cheating to bring it up as that was established in ‘Battle of Gods’ and not in the series proper, but it still seems like a valid point to bring up.
Things look grim and it looks like all is done for. While it’s a fake out (and you kind of know that it would be) the moment was still effectively executed, augmented by a strong score that really sold the weight of what could have happened.
In an interesting twist, it’s revealed that it was Beerus who averted catastrophe by negating all the energy that had accumulated. While Goku notes that it’s impossible, Beerus responds by saying that it’s only possible if he uses all of his power.
Yeah, it turns out that Beerus was lying when he said he was using all of his power before. It’s a matter of pride as he didn’t want to have to do that against a mere Saiyan, even one that has ascended to godhood. That gets scrapped, and the two begin to fight in earnest.
It’s a good fight, though Supreme Kai notes that the universe seems to be remaining intact. While one could say that Goku is continuing to manage the aftereffects of his own volition, Elder Kai says that there are no repercussions as it is just a brawl. It doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense as the two are still punching each other really hard, but they needed a way to keep the fight going.
It may be a moot point anyway as Goku reverts to the regular Super Saiyan form. Even those on Earth can feel his ki again. It doesn’t bode well as Goku doesn’t stand a chance. Even Beerus thinks that the fight is over, until Goku keeps fighting, seemingly unaware of the change.
Not only that, but Goku actually lands some hits. At first it seems like the result of Beerus letting his guard down, but Beerus notes that his strength is the same as it was before. He even has to point out to Goku that something has changed. It leads to a rather humorous moment as Goku turns to Beerus to explain what’s happened and why he doesn’t feel any different.
It’s not really explained, something about the god energy fusing with his body completely like some sort of alien symbiote, but it gives Goku the chance to fight with his more iconic look.
The whole idea of forms is more or less irrelevant at this point, isn’t it? First Vegeta fights better at Super Saiyan 2 than Goku did at 3, and now Goku is able to fight as well as a regular Super Saiyan as he did in his godform. Yeah, Goku’s not wrong in saying that it’s still him either way, but still.
As the last few episodes have before, this one ends with the fight between the two resuming. The difference here is that the narration implies that the next episode will resolve this arc and settle things with Beerus once and for all. Whether the show resumes after what one could assume is the “season finale” with the next arc (Frieza’s return?) or if there is a hiatus remains to be seen. Still, next week’s entry should make for an interesting watch.