Shenron makes his Super debut as Goku summons him to help find the Super Saiyan God. While we don’t have Bruce Faulconer’s score, the moment is just as awe inspiring as one would expect. Even the voice sounds very similar to the dubbed version, marking the first character where this is the case.
Things seem to be turning around as Shenron says that bringing the Super Saiyan God is an easy enough task. He immediately backpedals, however, when he’s spooked by Beerus’ presence. It was really weird to see the dragon drop his gravitas and immediately start stammering over himself. It’s meant to be an indicator of Beerus’ power, but it was still jarring to see.
Shenron explains that the Super Saiyan God is a form brought about when five righteous Saiyans pour their hearts into one. There’s some debate about whether or not Vegeta counts, but both Roshi and Chi-chi stick up for the guy and point out that he’s a good father and has been on the heroic side for some time now.
Of course, it’s kind of moot as they barely have enough as it is. As such, Gohan, Trunks, Goten, and Vegeta begin giving Goku their energy. It was surprising to see Gohan go Super Saiyan. It seemed like after the whole mystic transformation, the form was left behind, but it does make things look more unified.
In an interesting twist, Whis clarifies that it’s not a matter of building up energy, but something more spiritual. More than that, they need six Saiyans (five Saiyans pouring their heart into another) to complete the ritual, meaning that they’re still one Saiyan short.
With that, Beerus decides that it’s over and begins charging up an attack to destroy the planet.
Videl, however, jumps into the fray and asks if an unborn Saiyan would count. It turns out that not even Gohan knew that she was expecting, leading to a rather heartwarming moment as everyone celebrates the good news. The scene’s odd placement as Earth’s existence hangs in the balance is noticeable, but the moment is still nice as everyone is genuinely excited about the news.
Well, everyone except for Beerus, who just wants them to get on with it and bring about the god already.
Fortunately, it turns out to be enough as Goku is able to transform into the new form. The transformation itself plays out differently from others. One might expect rousing music, but this goes for a more classical approach. It gives off the divine feel that they were probably going for.
Sadly, the animation once again gets rather shoddy. It’s one thing to cut corners during an elaborate fight scene, but six characters standing in a circle and looking at something shouldn’t be something that requires the animators to rush out inferior product. These aren’t quick cuts either, the shots linger on character’s faces for extended periods of time, making it that much more glaring.
This was one of the more underwhelming entries so far. While there were some big developments, it didn’t seem like things moved forward all that much. Oddly enough, the more mundane announcement about the impending birth (and the subsequent rejoice) was the highlight. Beyond that, it was rather flat.