Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Super – Part 10

The tournament of power comes to its epic conclusion within the tenth, and final instalment, of Dragon Ball Super; so let’s take a look and see what this Blu-Ray release has to offer.

Synopsis:

Universes bid their sad farewells as one by one they’re wiped from existence. With only the strongest warriors left in the ring, it’s time for Universe 7 to face Jiren head-on. But even if Goku and Vegeta combine their powers, will it be enough to take down this juggernaut?! Time is running out, and so is everyone’s energy. It’s down to the wire in the epic conclusion of Dragon Ball Super!

Our View:

All good things must come to an end, and for the Tournament of Power arc of Dragon Ball Super it comes to an explosive conclusion that far outpaces, and outreaches, any past Dragon Ball experience. Characters once thought good, turn towards the dark side and characters that were once evil lend a helping hand in delivering the final destructive blow in a battle that ensures survival. It’s not your typical Dragon Ball experience; but at the same time it delivers that shonen styled action you would expect to receive from a Dragon Ball product and leads in nicely to the events of Dragon Ball Super: Broly the Movie.

The continuation of this epic fight that has spanned more than a quarter of the entire Dragon Ball Super series resumes with Gohan and Piccolo fighting against Universe 6’s own Namekian counterparts and Android 17 and 18 fighting against the remnant of Universe 2.

A split focus for the start of this tenth instalment, but one that highlights the combo attack styles of both Universe 7 teams; and a dual fight that ends with Universe 7 being victorious. Personally it’s great to see these characters, who until now have been relatively unused in the Drgaon Ball franchise, be given the screen time they deserve.

This type of combination continues when the next selection of fights see another combination of mysterious fight styles and combining robots delivery sneak attacks and destructive blows to those involved. The Stealth attack fight sees a completely new and unique fight take place, with a warrior that is only a inch tall, while the combination of Universe 3’ robots sees a huge monster appear within the ring.

This monster, known as Agnilasa, reminds me of the creature from Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Eradicate the Sayians with his appearance while his attack patterns draw in inspiration from Janemba from Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. Whether this is intentionally or not remains to be seen, but they are subtle references to fans of the Dragon Ball franchise while delivering on their own entertaining forces of combat.

These fights are ultimately the prelude of more explosive battles, as when the dust settles the remaining fighters from Universe 11 rise to accept the challenge from Universe 7; with Dyspo, Top and Jiren left fighting against Frieza, Vegeta and Goku respectfully. These fights initially start off as one-on-one attacks but as Top and Jiren unleash godly powers the remaining Z fighter soon team-up to take down the most fiercest opens known in the cosmos.

What’s surprisingly interesting about these fights in the character developments that happens within them. Whether it be Top’s hidden recruit as a god of destruction and being able to wield destructive magic, Jiren’s obsession with gaining strength or even Android 17’s own personal lifestyle plans. Elements you wouldn’t usually see within a normal fight are outplayed within these fights; further highlighting that while everyone is fight for survival we can still learn about the characters that inhabit the worlds they are fighting to protect.

Dragon Ball Super – Part 10 ends abruptly as it starts, with an explosive bang, but as a result of this continued non-stop-thrill-ride of universal battles we learn of the alternate powers that exist within the universe(s), the characters that wield those powers and the agendas that bind them to their own personal mindset. Fast-paced, explosive and beautifully animated but a quick end to what has been an exciting arc of fun.

Extras:

As with the previous nine instalments of Dragon Ball Super, Manga Entertainment UK are once again opting to use disc masters authored by their North American partners at FUNimation. The result is unity across all ten parts and a simplistic selection of bonus features and this tenth instalment is no different as fans will receive textless opening and closing songs as well as an Interview with the voice actors for Gohan and Jiren.

As far as bonus features go then it is a simplistic selection of content that remains consistent with previous parts; but the Interview with Kyle Hebert and Patrick Seitz does provide some insight into the English Dub production of Dragon Ball Super and how these actors portray their characters on screen.

Kyle for instance has been a long time voice actor on Dragon Ball Z projects and as such provides some nostalgic experiences to his time with the franchise as well as his own interpretation on how Gohan would be portrayed. Either way for fans of the English Dub cast it’s well worth watching; especially if you have a spare twenty minutes.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:03:08 (Disc 1), 2:16:53 (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 final instalment of Dragon Ball Super brings the Tournament of Power arc to its conclusion with Top and then Jiren proving to be the most difficult fighters within the cosmos.  Initially this conflict starts with support characters such as Gohan, Piccolo, 17 and 18 given a fair amount of screen time before having to team-work to defeat a giant threat that offers subtle references to past Dragon Ball Z experiences. The fight(s) we have been waiting for however, which see Top and Jiren unleash everything they have to offer, is the real talking point of this instalment.

The fights between Jiren and Top span more than half of the episodes within this instalment, but despite however I describe the events it pales in comparison to actually viewing it. The drama, the intensity, the back stories; it all unfolds to deliver something more than just a simple fight between multiple power houses and instead delivers purpose within the story it is trying to tell.

That purpose being the salvation of all universes and living in harmony amongst each other regardless of origin or back story. An interesting set piece for an ending; but it’s the type of story you would expect from a series with Goku as the protagonist. Fight all he might, but at the end he has no hatred towards those he fights and as such finds new friends in those that deliver hurtful words and situations to him.

In simple terms the episodic events within Dragon Ball Super – Part 10 is another selection of fist fights of epic proportions that rush towards the ending of the arc; but it does so in spectacular fashion – especially the ending which sees Goku, Frieza and Android 17 team up to deliver the final blow.

A unique sight indeed and one that sparks a new future for the history of Dragon Ball. Regardless of the events this Blu-Ray release sees the remaining selection of episodes across two discs and presented in the same consistent quality as previous releases with simplistic bonus features and English and Japanese audio. Nothing new here; but worth mentioning at least.

Naturally Dragon Ball Super – Part 10 is catered towards those that have been watching the entirety of the series so far and it remains consistent by continuing to deliver the over-the-top action you would expect while offering something new in its consistent manner – which is not a simple thing to do.

Its a great ending to a revitalised franchise; but the abrupt ending does leave more than what it is desired – but then again thats how all Drgaon Ball endings have been presented; including the follow up movie which is also available from Manga Entertainment UK on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Score: review-stars-5

Dragon Ball Super – Part 10 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from the 24th February 2020.

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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