Having beaten Goku, Beerus arrives on Earth to see if Vegeta knows about the fabled Super Saiyan God.
For Vegeta’s part, he’s amazed that Beerus was able to take down Goku in two strikes, but at the same time, he can’t shake the feeling that he’s heard the name before. The episode does a good job of showing Vegeta’s growing paranoia as he ponders what’s coming, a feeling that Beerus is all too happy to fuel with a few mind games and taunts before he makes his big entrance.
It is here when the pieces come together and Vegeta remembers where he heard the name. We get a flashback to Vegeta’s childhood when he saw his father beaten by the god for not delivering the universe’s most comfortable pillow. More specifically, King Vegeta had a more comfortable pillow, but kept it for himself.
At first, it seemed like an unessential flashback as the fact that Beerus beat Goku so easily is reason enough for Vegeta to be scared, but it also showcases how fickle and quick to anger the god is.
The triggered memory puts Vegeta into a state of panic. It only gets worse when Bulma comes along and invites Beerus and Whis to her party. From here on out, he spends the entire episode in fear that they will incur the god’s wrath through some minor offense.
It isn’t unjustified, but he does more to make a scene than anyone else. Beerus actually seems to get along well with everyone. He likes the food and seems more than willing to just enjoy the festivities. It’s oddly endearing.
There is one close call when Trunks accidentally sprays Beerus with a squirt gun during a fight with Goten. Luckily, Vegeta is able to create a distraction that allows Beerus to calm down.
It isn’t until Majin Buu decides to hog the pudding that things get bad. To Beerus’ credit, he and Whis are as courteous as one could expect when asking for some. Sadly, Buu’s child-like nature comes to the forefront as he claims it’s all his in a bratty fashion. When things start to get tense, Mr. Satan does try to act as a peaceful mediator, but his effort is for naught as he is effortlessly shoved aside.
Now, you might think that this will be a good match up. If something is going to challenge a god, a nigh-unstoppable magical construct might seem like your best bet. Sadly, this is the same version of Buu that could barely hold his own against Kid Buu. He doesn’t fare much better here and the episode ends with Vegeta declaring that the end is officially here as Beerus looks like he’s about to kill Buu once and for all.
Thankfully, the episode didn’t have any glaring drops in animation quality. It was pretty light-hearted for the most part, though it took Beerus seriously when it needed to. There are some weird lines of dialogue that pop up here and there. Russia is alluded to, as is “the war”. What war? Since when does Russia exist on this world? It isn’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it was a peculiar addition nonetheless.
Vegeta’s behavior here might bother some. He’s right to be scared, as he has no hope of winning that fight, but at the same time, seeing the proud prince act this way can be hard to watch at times.
I’m expecting the next episode to be action packed as the entire Z-team attempts to challenge the god. Hopefully, things will start to kick into high gear.