Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Super – Part 7

The adventure continues in Dragon Ball Super – Part 7 but what does this latest instalment into the long running Dragon Ball franchise have to offer? Let’s take a look at the Blu-Ray and find out.

Synopsis:

In an effort to teach Future Zeno about martial arts, Zeno calls for an exhibition match between the 7th and 9th Universes. Afterwards, Goku searches for the 7th Universe’s ten best fighters. With only 48 hours until the Tournament of Power officially begins, will he put together a strong enough team in time, or will the Z Fighters be at a major disadvantage from the get-go?

Our View:

The seventh part of Dragon Ball Super returns to form with a mix of explosive fights and comical action that seems oddly nostalgic. A new opening theme, of which is also available in English and sung by NateWantsToBattle, and a slightly different animation style begins to deliver a better Dragon Ball Super experience.

Following on from the comical antics of the sixth part, of which saw side-story and spin-off styled content, the different universes have been summoned by Zeno to take part in a preliminary tournament before the main Touranment of Power takes place; with Universe 7 and Universe 9 being at the centre of this battle. In this case three fighters from each universe compete against each other, not only to appease Zeno but to demonstrate to the other Universes what the Tournament of Power could be like.

Each of these four episodes focuses on a specific fight and character match-up, with Buu, Gohan and Goku taking to the stage in order to do battle with strong-willed opponents. In true ‘Dragon Ball Z’ style each fight is intense and entertaining and it rekindles that nostalgia from the original Dragon Ball Z story. Interestingly these are not simple fist fights as each battle illustrates the different skills and abilities that people can pocess; but more importantly it shines the spotlight on characters that we do not often get to see; namely Gohan and Buu.

With the Zeno Expo Tournament over, and Universe 7 declared the winner, the rules of the Tournament of Power are revealed; with it being a battle royale with ten fighters in each universe and as such each universe races off to find their list of able fighters. From here Dragon Ball Super takes an even more interesting approach by bringing back characters that, until now, have had little screen time. Goku ventures across the globe recruiting fighters for the tournament with each episode focusing on a single character; with characters including Android 18, Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo, Tien, Master Roshi, Vegeta and even Android 17 – a character we haven’t seen since before the Cell Games.

These recruitment episodes are just as entertaining as the individual fight episodes from the Zeno Expo as it sees familiar characters, of which we haven’t seen on scene for some time, take center stage and do battle in order for Goku to test their strength. Some of these recruitment episodes are comical, such as Master Roshi’s , while others present a decent sub-story of wanting to protect anaimals from danger. It’s not just Universe 7’s character recruitment that gets the focus either; as we get to see the recruitment process from other universes as well – including new saiyan characters from within Universe 6.

Dragon Ball Super – Part 7 starts off with the fists flying and continues to do so throughout the set; but more importantly than that it is a natural pacing of fights, comedy and story progression that goes beyond the realm of just Goku, Vegeta and Beerus. It’s a nice change of pace; but it definitely is the calm before the storm for the Z Fighters.

Extras:

As with past Dragon Ball Super releases Manga Entertainment UK are once again using disc masters authored by FUNimation and as such we receive the same selection of supplementary content as our friends in North Ameirca; including a Question and Answer session with Rawly Pickens and Chuck Huber.

The Question and Answer Session with Rawly Pickens and Chuck Huber is the obvious highlight of the bonus features as it sees these two voice actors answer questions from the FUNimation Twitter community; each of which receive some unique responses. In addition to this Twitter Q&A session we have textless songs for the different opening and endings used in this part of the series as well as trailers for other FUNimation related products such as Black Clover, Twin Star Exorcists and One Piece.

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:

The seventh part of Dragon Ball Super continues to deliver the story multi-dimensional fights and deities that have nothing better to do than eat food. In this selection of episodes Goku, Gohan and Buu take part in a prelimary fight against another universe in order to demonstrate to the bored Zeno’s what the tournament of power would be like. Following on from these highly entertaining fights is a selection of individual episodes and stories that see Goku recruitment new members for the tournament as well as Gohan training to become a better fighter. All of the episodes act as a build-up to the tournament of power; but at the same time they act as individual stories that further explore each characters abilities and personalities – something which we very rarely see within the Dragon Ball franchise.

As with past Dragon Ball Super releases Manga Entertainment UK are using disc masters produced by FUNimation and as such all of the usual functionalities, such as consistent picture quality and white subtitles locked on the Japanese audio track, remain. Additionally the opening and ending songs are presented in English (if watched dubbed) with the Japanese audio track presenting the songs in Japanese (with English subtitles). It may be a new instalment; but the presentation, menu layout and designs remains true to form; but if it isn’t broken then it’s not worth changing.

Sadly this also means that the “previously on Dragon Ball Super” portion still can’t be skipped – as it does not have a chapter marker – but it does mean that you can watch the episodes on Marathon mode; which is becoming a nice trait for long-running-shows such as this. Alongside the consistent presentation we have a selection of supplementary content that goes beyond the show to provide a Q&A session with English dub voice actors along with trailers for other FUNimation related shows.

Dragon Ball Super – Part 7 delivers what one would expect from a Blu-ray release, while the episodic contents of each disc delivery exactly what you would expect from a Dragon Ball series; explosive fights and comical banter through colourful animation and quirky characters. Dragon Ball Super – Part 7 is the prelude to the big fight; but despite its praise the episodes within can sometimes feel a bit repetitive if watched in one long session. Basically it’s Dragon Ball and you kind of know by now what to expect; with the only difference being familiar characters receiving screen time and better animation.

Score: review-stars-5

Dragon Ball Super – Part 7 will be available on Blu-Ray (and DVD) from the 12th August 2019 within the 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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