Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 5

Dragon Ball Super Part 5 includes Episodes 53-65 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 5
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: October 2, 2018

All of the episodes included on this set continue the arc about Goku Black, which is commonly referred to as the “Future” Trunks Saga. The set opens with Beerus, Whis, and Goku visiting the Supreme Kai of the Tenth Universe, Gowasu. They also meet his apprentice, Zamasu. Goku challenges Zamasu to a sparring match, which Gowasu allows. Zamasu is surprised that he’s outmatched by a mere mortal like Goku, and Beerus and Whis sense that Zamasu’s ki is similar to Goku Black’s. Unfortunately, this visit only strengthens Zamasu’s anti-mortal ideology. The first episode also has a great scene of Future Trunks learning that in this timeline, Android 18 is married to Kuririn and that they have a child together. Trunks’ reaction is priceless, and I can’t blame Android 18 for teasing him about it.

Meanwhile, Gowasu decides to temporarily promote Zamasu to Supreme Kai in the hopes that this will help him reconsider his views on mortals. They use a Time Ring to observe the progress of a new race on Planet Babari. Unfortunately, Gowasu is unable to change Zamasu’s mind, and Zamasu kills a Babari that attacks them (which goes against Gowasu’s teachings). Unfortunately, Gowasu doesn’t realize at this point that what he’s doing now is going to give Zamasu the tools and knowledge he needs to be able to pull off his plans and affect the timeline that Future Trunks comes from.

We get a short reprieve from this storyline when Zeno, the Omni-King, summons Goku to see him. From what we learned in Dragon Ball Super Part 4, it’s not surprising that Beerus freaks out when the summons is received. But both he and Whis instruct Goku not to say anything about Goku Black or about time traveling. If Zeno finds out about the time traveling, he could become quite upset. It turns out Zeno’s summoned Goku because he wanted a friend to play with when he feels like he wants to have fun. Goku promises to bring someone better to play with next time, but as we learn later, Goku didn’t have anyone in mind… he just said it so they could get on with the Goku Black situation. Oh boy… hopefully Goku can figure something out.

Future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta take the repaired time machine to Future Trunks’ timeline, and not surprisingly, the freedom fighters mistake Goku for Goku Black. Fortunately, Future Trunks is able to explain the situation to the freedom fighters. In addition to Future Mai, we discover that Future Yajirobe is part of the group as well. I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t think the beard and moustache complimented him all that well. Yes, Yajirobe is older, so he isn’t going to look like he did when he was younger, but there’s just something about that beard and moustache that aren’t entirely working for me. Oh well. But there’s one point in the episodes that are set in Future Trunks’ timeline that we get to see Yajirobe act like the coward that we knew him as back in both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. At least that hadn’t changed.

Goku Black makes an appearance, along with Zamasu, who says he is Goku Black’s partner. Zamasu is now immortal, which makes things difficult, especially when combined with Goku Black’s strength. Just as things look dire, Future Yajirobe whisks Future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta to a safer location, and then those three use the time machine to return to the present.

We see the Zamasu in the current Tenth Universe start to formulate his plan, which includes forcing Master Zuno to tell him about the Super Dragon Balls. After coming up with some theories, Shin takes Beerus, Whis, and Goku to the Tenth Universe to determine if their theory is sound. Beerus manages to destroy Zamasu after realizing that he’s going to murder Gowasu, but as we learn with another trip to the alternate timeline (which includes Bulma this time), Beerus’ actions didn’t prevent what happened in Future Trunks’ timeline. Truths are revealed, which show that the theory Whis and the others came up with wasn’t entirely accurate. After nearly being destroyed in the alternate timeline, the group returns once again to the present.

Realizing that they don’t have any way to destroy Zamasu, Piccolo brings up the Mafuba to trap him inside a container. For viewers who have seen the first Dragon Ball anime, they will recognize this as the technique that Roshi used to contain Piccolo’s predecessor. I thought this was a wonderful throwback to the early days of the franchise, and it also makes sense to use this on an opponent who’s immortal like Zamasu. Goku trains with Roshi to learn how to do the technique, but he makes the mistake of not getting the charm from Roshi before heading back to the alternate timeline. Oops!

The end of the set sees Future Trunks figuring out the Mafuba technique and using it on Zamasu. Unfortunately, it ultimately fails due to not having the necessary charm to seal the container. Zamasu is so shaken by this event, that he and Goku Black use their Potara earrings to merge into an immensely powerful being. The battle with this new being is just getting started when the set ends. There’s definitely a reason to continue on with Dragon Ball Super Part 6 if you’ve become invested in this storyline. A lot takes place for this storyline during this set, and it appears that we’re getting pretty close to the end of it. I suspect that there should only be a small handful of episodes on the next set in order to finish it off.

Another new ending theme was introduced near the end of this set, and I have to say that I liked this one even less than the ending theme that was introduced on the previous set. Musically, I thought it didn’t work as an ending theme, and reading the lyrics for the song in the subtitles, I was like, “How does this even fit in with Dragon Ball Super?” At this point, unless something can beat it, I think this ending theme is the worst one to be released for the entire Dragon Ball franchise.

When it comes to this release, 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.

The only bonus feature that’s truly worth anything is “Coffee Break with Mai and Trunks.” In this feature, Eric Vale (the voice of Future Trunks) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (the voice of Future Mai) are talking to each other about these episodes at a coffee shop. While it was an interesting idea, I don’’ think it worked as well in its execution as it could have. In the end, I was just kind of “meh” about this one. Outside of that, the only other bonus features are a textless version of the opening, textless versions of both of the ending themes that appeared in this set, 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 5 to your anime home video library.

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