As he is scared out of his gourd at Beerus’ arrival, King Kai tries to be as gracious as possible. He offers the god some food, but Beerus declines, choosing instead to eat his own supply.
Despite their best efforts to hide him, Beerus knows Goku is there and the Saiyan is eventually called out to answer Beerus’ inquiry about the Super Saiyan God. Oddly enough, the fact that the Super Saiyan itself was a legend for a long time never actually comes up. Instead, Goku just says that he has no idea what it was, prompting Beerus to want to go to Earth to ask Vegeta.
Before the god departs, though, Goku asks for a sparring match as he wants to see what the god of destruction is capable of. Beerus is surprisingly reasonable about it and agrees to let the Saiyan test his mettle.
A lot of the fight is just Beerus dodging Goku’s attacks as he slowly makes his way up the Super Saiyan levels. On the one hand, it feels a bit lackluster, but at the same time, Beerus should be commended for showing so much restraint given how fickle he can be.
While Beerus notes that Goku’s strength increases significantly at each transformation, it isn’t until Super Saiyan 3, that he starts to take the fight even somewhat seriously. I was amused at how Goku made a point to say that SS3 was the strongest level. I have a hard time believing that wasn’t an intentional jab at GT, but it was funny either way.
Even at Goku’s peak, he is no match for the god as he is put down in two strikes. They aren’t even really hits in the traditional sense. Beerus flicks Goku in the forehead, sending him reeling and follows that by patting him on the shoulder. The latter hit sends Goku plummeting to the ground and knocks him out cold.
Oddly enough, when Goku comes to, he is rather gleeful. Beerus is a powerful opponent and Goku seems excited at the possibility of ascending to godhood. Considering he’s already significantly more powerful than King Kai and Supreme Kai, you could argue he’s already there, but this seems to be something different.
In any event, with Beerus en route to Earth, Kai warns Vegeta about what’s coming. There’s a slight change from the movie here as Vegeta vaguely recognizes the name, but can’t recall how. As such, he isn’t too fazed compared to the movie where I read that he knows what Beerus can do and doesn’t want to start anything.
The weakest aspect of this episode is the animation. By and large, it’s the normal style, but once the fight starts it gets half-hearted. You can especially see it with Goku. His facial expressions are off and his hair looks like no effort was put into it. It’s a shame as the action sequences are where the animation should really shine, but for some reason they decided not to put as much effort into it this time around. Considering that this is the first major battle of the series, it makes it that much more of a let down.
Hopefully, future episodes won’t drop the ball the way this one did. With the action heading to Earth, I’m expecting things to be kicked up a notch as the other fighters are finally brought into the plot. I also hope that the shoddy animation is an isolated incident. It would be a shame if that became a recurring problem for the newly launched series.