Dragon Ball Super | Episode 5 | Review

FINALLY! We have lift off!

The action really gets shaking in the fifth episode of Dragon Ball Super, as “The Ultimate Fight on King Kai’s Planet! Goku Vs the God of Destruction Beerus” kicks off addressing that huge cliff hanger and some highbrow comedy befitting of only a Kai. We’ve got a good amount of face time from some of the best character combinations, and we finally address one of the main plot points that have been simmering so slow, and oh yeah, GOKU, of all people, throws some punches! What a novel idea for a show called Dragon Ball Super…

The action that we have here isn’t some of the finest or most precise high-stakes game of intergalactic combat, but compared to what we’ve sat through thus far, this episode is like a crisp senzu bean after a long and tough battle.

Not only did “The Ultimate Fight on King Kai’s Planet! Goku Vs the God of Destruction Beerus” take a stroll down the first three aisles of the Super Saiyan Market; there were some very genuinely funny scenes scattered throughout the episode, peaking with the Vegeta joke about Yamcha that might just have been the funniest moment of the entire franchise so far.

The beginning of Dragon Ball Super has such a unique tone compared to its predecessor; it basks in a more ironic atmosphere and with a lighter overall feel compared to the start of Dragon Ball Z. This is one of those episodes where animation does indeed reach peak-poop-levels at points, but we knew this was coming. More importantly, Dragon Ball Super is finally taking off, and Episode 5 comes closest to the type of series that fans fell in love with many years ago.

There are important distinctions between Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z, but those lines are blurring in the best possible way and it feels like “The Ultimate Fight on King Kai’s Planet! Goku Vs the God of Destruction Beerus” is a prelude to some positive things…