Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Super – Part 6

Dragon Ball Super continues to provide a mixture of explosive fights and comedy; but this time the focus is left mostly to the comedy. It might not be to everyone’s taste but this sixth part of Dragon Ball Super goes back to the roots of Dragon Ball to provide that comical fun.

Synopsis:

It’s time to decide the fate of the future! Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks take on the mighty Fusion Zamasu in a final epic confrontation of good vs. evil.

When the dust settles and they return to the present, the Z fighters face even greater challenges. A baseball game grudge-match between gods and a mysterious attempt of Goku’s life are just a couple of events keeping our heroes in top form. But as quickly as one calamity ends, another is just around the corner. The Tournament of Power is finally underway!

Our View:

The fists keep on flying and the episode number continues to increase in this sixth instalment of the Dragon Ball Super franchise. However while it does finish off the Zamasu Arc of the ‘Super’ storyline the episodes contained within do nothing but act as a ‘stop gap’ to the final talking point of the franchise. The Tournament of Power.

Featuring thirteen episodes, split across two Blu-ray discs and presented in both English and Japanese audio; Dragon Ball Super – Part 6 returns to the high octane action with Goku,Vegeta and Trunks fighting off against a Fused Zamasu. This battle of ‘godly power’ all changes when Goku and Vegeta agree to use Portra Fusion – a fusion technique passed down from the Kai’s which see the characters fuse together after wearing earrings bestowed upon them from the Kais. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as Zamasu and Goku Black not only used this technique BUT Goku and Vegeta have also used it against Buu within Dragon Ball Z.

Regardless; this boosted power sees the fight continue for another round; but just when all hope seems lost – especially after Zamasu is assumed defeated by Vegito – Trunks steps-in to deliver the final blow with his Spirit Bomb themed Sword attack. It’s an attack which, much like the Spirit Bomb, sees all energy focused into a single spot for a devastating single strike.

With the battle won and peace returned things take a drastic turn; both for Trunks and Mai (Future Variations) and in the present for Goku and Vegeta. For the former it is the realisation they can not return home due to time travel shenanigans that fix the current timeframe; while the latter results in Gag manga characters and spin-off adventures that make fun of past experiences.

It’s here where this sixth instalment of Dragon Ball Super begins to go off its consistent rails and focus more on the comedic elements originated from the original Dragon Ball material. Arale for instance; a character from the Dr Slump manga, makes her anime appearance and challenges Goku and Vegeta to a fight.

Another episode meanwhile sees Universe 6 and 7 do battle (once again) but this time in the form of a baseball match. Even Gohan, in his Great Saiyaman outfit, gets to steal the spotlight for a handful of episodes when a feature-length-film about his escapades are made. Of course comical elements aside, as well as an assassination attempt from Hit, the story dwindles along until the final two episodes which begin the discussion for The Tournament of Power.

Official filler content is what I would call Dragon Ball Super – Part 6. Sure, enough it wraps up the events of one saga and begins the start of another but in-between all that we have content that is comical at best and disappointingly boring at its worst. Fans of old-school Dragon Ball will no doubt enjoy the references and off-topic comedy but for fans of Dragon Ball Z it does little to entertain. I’m not saying it’s terrible, as it does make a nice change of pace, but these episodes aren’t why I enjoy watching Dragon Ball.

Extras:

Although the episodic contents within this sixth instalment of Dragon Ball Super may not be to everyone’s tastes, including my own; it does however provide a wealth of English focused supplementary content in the form of English Dub cast interviews with Sonny Strait (Krillin), Matthew Mercer (Hit) and Kyle Herbert (Gohan).

Of course that’s not all that is included as fans will also find different variations of the textless opening and closing song, including the ‘Tournament of Power’ song (with English Dub lyrics sung by Nate Likes to Battle) and a selection of trailers for other FUNimation released titles.

The cast interviews are easily the highlight of the bonus features as each interview, of which was recorded at Anime Expo 2018, gives a different insight into the dubbing process of Dragon Ball Super as well as personal experiences on how these actors became aware of Dragon Ball. For instance Sonny Strait goes into great detail about his specific episode with Krillin which saw him voice other characters (such as Android 18, Chi-Chi and Goku) using the voice of Krillin just like in the original Japanese version. Kyle Herbert meanwhile goes explains how excited he was about the prospect of Dragon Ball Super and what it could mean for the future; especially after the success of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F films.

Whether you love or loathe the English Dub of Dragon Ball Super these Interviews with the English Cast provide further insight and give the production of the English Dub additional insight that fans wouldn’t usually get to see; and it’s great to see them included (and retained) in this UK Release. The additional materials meanwhile are ‘as expected’ but it is surprising to see so many variations of the same opening; but look closely and you’ll notice the minor changes.

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:

This sixth instalment of Dragon Ball Super holds back the punches to deliver a more laid-back comical approach to Dragon Ball that’s not been seen since the original manga and anime series. Gone (mostly) are the godly powers of destruction and instead the focus is on the ‘mini-arcs’ of comedy that see Gag Manga characters, such as Arale from Dr Slump, and Universal battles in the form of baseball games. Even Gohan manages to steal some spotlight by becoming (once again) Great Saiyaman in his own fentre length film about his past.

The episodes within this set aren’t the Dragon Ball Super fans would come to expect; but at that same time it provides a refreshing pace of highlighting fan-favourite characters (such as Tien, Yamcha and Gohan) alongside characters from Universe 6. Fortunately this is just the clam before the same as while the first two episodes of this set focus on the closure of the Zamasu arc, the last two episodes focus on the beginning of The Tournament of Power arc. This arc, which also introduces an increase in animation quality and art-style, is the build-up to the end; a big build up it is and a destructive over-the-top ending is ensured.

The events aside for a moment this Blu-Ray release of Dragon Ball Super, which has been published/distributed in the UK by Manga Entertainment UK, and authored by FUNimation, once again rekindles all the elements we enjoy about a ‘good’ Blu-Ray release. A simple easy-to-use menu with English and Japanese (with English subtitle) options are included while the selection of bonus features, although tiny, is entertaining and provides an insight into the English production world of Dragon Ball Super via the eyes of the actors.

Overall it is another well-rounded release for Dragon Ball Super; but sadly the episodic contents – although potentially surprising – are nothing worth shouting about. A stale release that continues to tell of Dragon Ball Super; but naturally a worthy addition to any ‘Super’ fan collection.

Score: review-stars-3

Dragon Ball Super – Part 6 will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD from the 18th February 2019 within the UK via Manga Entertainment UK.

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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