Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Super – Part 5

The fight to protect the future continues in Manga Entertainment’s Blu-Ray release of Dragon Ball Super – Part 5; but what can one expect to find within this set? Well let’s take a look and find out!

Synopsis:

Following their first encounter with Goku Black, the Saiyan trio are itching to dish out some payback! It’s a mystery as to why Black has a Time Ring, so it’s off to the Tenth Universe for a discussion with the Supreme Kai and his suspiciously well-mannered apprentice. Meanwhile, Earth’s attacker continues to wreak havoc in the future. How could the Kais possibly tie in with someone as evil as Black?

Everyone’s lives are on the line, and it’s up to the Z Fighters to either face the problem head-on or try to alter the timeline at the source!

Our View:

Once again featuring thirteen episodes across two Blu-Ray discs this fifth installment into the Dragon Ball Super franchise continues the Goku Black Story Arc; but unlike the previous installments the episodes contained within have a nostalgic vibe to them. Old-school Dragon Ball Z with a modern ‘Super’ twist and despite a few scenes of questionable animation this fifth installment features some of the best episodes to date; with everything (past, present and future) being put on the line for salvation.

Continuing from where the fourth part left off we find that Goku Black has returned to his own time frame, with Goku, Vegeta and [Future] Trunks formulating a plan on how to defeat this new foe. Disturbed by Goku Black’s appearance and energy, Whis and Beerus, along with a very energetic Goku, take a trip to Universe 10’s sacred world of the Kai’s in order to locate the time ring – a ring used to travel through time and an item Goku Black was seen wearing. It’s this curiosity which introduces a more ‘official’ form of time travel and a new selection of characters.

Upon arrival though Beerus, Whis and Goku encounter a Kai in training named Zamasu; with his energy offering a similar vibe to that of Goku Black. Elsewhere Trunks and Vegeta have some ‘father-and-son’ training with Vegeta demonstrating his new Super Saiyan Blue (previously known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) form – much to the surprise of [Future Trunks]. This bonding between father-and-son further highlights the developing relationship that was left-off in Dragon Ball Z when [Future] Trunks returned to his own timeline; and it’s nice to see it picked up again here.

These episodes, along with a rather comical episode which sees Zeno summon Goku to his palace (much to the dismay of Beerus), act as a prelude to the continuous fight between Goku, Vegeta and [Future] Trunks. In this case following on from Vegeta & [Future] Trunks training (as well as Goku’s trip to the Kai’s in Universe 10) all three travel forward in to the future where [Future] Trunks came from in order to save his timeline by defeating Goku Black.

In doing so they begin to learn how destroyed the world is and how hard [Future] Trunks has had to fight for survival; but this brief moment of relaxation is cut short with Goku Black’s arrival. It’s an intense battle which sees both Goku and Vegeta going Super Saiyan Blue; but even with this combined power they are are unable to hold their own against Goku Black.

This battle becomes even more difficult when this timelines Zamasu appears to aid Goku Black in his destruction of the saiyans. Alas Goku, Vegeta and Trunks find themselves defeated and once again return to the current timeline. At the same time, and In the current time frame in Universe 10, Zamasu’s twisted views of mortals begin to surface with the Kai of Universe 10 scolding him for his decisions on wanting to destroy all mortals. This darkness in Zamasu’s heart is what led future Zamasu to join up with Goku Black in destroying Mortal’s across the universe – and his goal will not be complete until everyone is destroyed.

It’s not just the fight between Vegeta, Goku, Goku Black, Zamasu and [Future] Trunks that makes this fifth installment of Dragon Ball Super fun to watch; as the ever developing story line of the past – which sees Zamasu’s true desires come to fruition – give that small break from the ever explosive fight between Kais and Super Saiyans.

Naturally it’s a nice change of pace from previous episodes and it feels more true to form as a Dragon Ball Z experience; with some violence and old-school trash talking battles – most of which is animated very well. It’s not just the ‘nostalgic’ vibe either as the unique pacing that sees the story jump from past, present and future means that events do not feel as drawn out as usual Dragon Ball related content.

Extras:

Just like with the previous releases of Dragon Ball Super, Manga Entertainment UK have opted to use the disc masters authored by FUNimation and as a result we receive access to a wide-variety of supplementary content; including a rather amusing American piece of content that sees the voice actors for [Future] Trunks and Mai discussing their roles over coffee.

This ‘Coffee Break with Mai and Trunks’ feature allows English Dub fans a closer look at the voice actors as well as their experiences with working on the series and the characters they are representing. It’s an interesting feature and something that we do not usually see happen with other anime franchises.

In addition to this we have different text less opening and closing songs as well as trailers for other FUNimation licensed shows such as Gintama, One Piece, Fairy Tail Dragon Cry & My Hero Academia. It’s an ‘as expected’ release but at least it offers something a bit more than your typical bare bones FUNimation related release.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:28:15 (Disc 1), 1:32:39 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

In Dragon Ball Super – Part 5 the fight to protect the future begins with Goku, Vegeta and [Future] Trunks making two trips into the future in order to defeat a mysterious new enemy known as Goku Black. His origins and power are initially unknown but upon viewing this rather continuous fight we learn that Goku Black has a heart of evil; more so than that of Beerus. Regardless if you like trash talking dialogue, self-righteous kais and new forms of Super Saiyan power than this collection of episodes has got you covered.

As per the norm Manga Entertainment have opted to use FUNimation’s disc masters which means we receive the same content (and product) that was released in North America. While this is a good thing it also comes with a few of its own issues. Firstly while Audio and Subtitles are presentable and readable, and chapter markings in correct positions, a chapter marker is missing (as with all previous volumes) in the recap/prologue portion to the episode. In other Dragon Ball releases the recap moments could be skipped; but in Dragon Ball Super that is not possible. I can only assume this is by choice rather than an actual error; but its worth noting.

Additionally the opening and ending songs are presented in English (when watching in English) and can only be watched in Japanese when changing audio to Japanese. It’s a minor pet peeve of mine (and something that FUNimation do for One Piece sets as well) but it’s worth mentioning. Of course those wishing to ignore these portions can do so by using Marathon mode (which skips the opening and ending elements and connects the episodes together) for three hours (or so) of consistent Dragon Ball entertainment.

Overall Dragon Ball Super – Part 5 starts off relatively slow, with it focusing on team building, discovery and mindless banter, but beyond this we have a selection of episodes which see an all night fight between new foes and abnormal powers that can rival a god. Additionally we get to see a fusion which we’ve only ever witnessed once in the entire Dragon Ball timeline. A worthy addition to any Dragon Ball fan; but the collection of episodes will easily be liked by those who enjoyed Dragon Ball Z.

Score: review-stars-5

Dragon Ball Super – Part 5 will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD from the 8th October 2018.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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