Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 3

Dragon Ball Super Part 3 includes Episodes 27-39 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 3
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: February 20, 2018

The first episode in this set finishes off the retelling of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ anime film. Like with the last set, I wonder why FUNimation didn’t bump the first episode of Part 2 onto Part 1 in order to complete that arc in one set. By doing that, this arc could have concluded in Part 2.

But after that first episode, everything else in this set is a completely new story arc that has never been seen in any anime form before. While we had hints to a couple of characters previously, they are formally introduced in this new story arc. One is Champa, Beerus’ fat twin brother, and Whis’ older sister, Vados. They make an unannounced appearance on Beerus’ planet while Goku and Vegeta are training there. We learn that there are a total of 12 universes in this world, and that Goku and the others are in the 7th universe. Champa is the God of Destruction in the 6th universe. After fighting over which universe has better food and discovering that the Earth in Universe Six has been destroyed, Champa proposes a tournament where the winner will be allowed to swap Earths. Oh, and there’s also the introduction of the Super Dragon Balls, which are literally planet-sized Dragon Balls.

And thus begins the Universe 6 saga, where each universe brings forth five fighters for a Tenkaichi Tournament style contest on a vacated, nameless planet located between Universe 6 and Universe 7. Beerus insists on choosing one of the contestants but tells Goku and Vegeta they are free to choose two others. They choose Piccolo and Majin Boo, but Universe 7 loses Majin Boo when he falls asleep during the written portion of the contest and is disqualified.

The contestants from Universe 6 are interesting. One is a Saiyan, and his people’s history and attitude are vastly different from the Saiyans that we know in Universe 7. In a lot of ways, Caba (the Saiyan from Universe 6) almost comes across as what Vegeta might have been like if history had taken a different course in Universe 7. There’s also Frost, who is Universe 6’s version of Freeza. Botamo is a bear-like creature, while Magetta is a robot-like alien. The final contestant from Universe 6 is an assassin named Hit, and his face reminds me of Cell in his “Perfect Form.” There’s also a secret about Monaka, the fighter Beerus picked and claimed to be the strongest in the universe, that’s revealed near the end of this set. With the way the matches go, it would be bad news is Goku is knocked out of the fight he’s in at the end of the set. Unfortunately, we don’t see the resolution of Goku’s fight with Hit at the end of this set, so the viewer is left with a major cliffhanger.

My favorite part of the Universe 6 saga is at the beginning of the tournament, with the performance of “The Anthem of the Universe.” It was hysterical, and I was cracking up when I saw it. If I had to choose a “moment in show” for the episode it appeared in, this would have won hands down.

Another favorite moment was during Vegeta’s fight with Caba, and how he was ultimately giving Caba a lesson on turning into a Super Saiyan, but not making it obvious to those watching what he was up to.

So this new arc gives us another Tenkaichi Tournament, although there are definitely some differences that start popping up as the fights progress. So far, it seems like Dragon Ball Super has been working at trying to recapture the humor and light-heartedness from the first Dragon Ball series, and this Universe 6 arc is doing a good job at achieving this goal. At first, this shift in tone took a little getting used to when I started Dragon Ball Super, but I’ve gotten used to it at this point. I’m enjoying Dragon Ball Super at this point, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the Universe 6 saga will continue in the next set.

The Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

There are a total of four bonus features included on this release. The first is an interview with Sean Schemmel (the English voice of Goku) and Jason Douglas (the English voice of Beerus) that took place during Anime Expo 2017. This feature ran for about 18 minutes, and to me, it was one of the better interview bonus features that I’ve seen. Sean and Jason had a good chemistry during the interview, and I liked what they had to say about their roles and about Dragon Ball Super.

The only other bonus features are textless opening songs, textless closing songs, and trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 3 to your anime home video library.

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