Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 7

Dragon Ball Super Part 7 includes Episodes 79-91 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 7
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: April 2, 2019

The first four episodes in the set focus on the mini tournament between the 7th Universe and the 9th Universe so the Zeno from the alternate timeline can get to experience the excitement of a tournament before the actual Tournament of Power. The first fight is between Majin Boo and a wolf-like creature named Basil. Mr. Satan couched this to Boo as a time to play around, so Boo treats the fight as such right as first. But when Mr. Satan is injured during one of Basil’s attacks, Boo gets very upset and takes the fight seriously. In the end, Majin Boo wins the match. During this mini tournament, there are no official rules in place yet, so anything goes. I was surprised that Boo didn’t try to use his power to turn his opponent into chocolate. But I guess they need Basil for the actual Tournament of Power, so this move wouldn’t have been feasible.

The second tournament is between Gohan and Lavender, who is Basil’s brother. I knew this was going to be an interesting fight to watch, since Gohan is out of practice for fighting since he’s been focusing so much of his time on being a scholar. Lavender uses a poison to blind Gohan, and Gohan refuses to take a Senzu Bean from Shin. Instead, Gohan uses the fact he’s blinded to heighten his other senses and to use those heightened senses to fight his enemy. This is a tactic that I’m not surprised to see Gohan using. While Gohan puts up a good fight and does well, both he and Lavender collapse, so this match is declared a tie.

The final fight is between Goku and Bergamo, the brother of both Basil and Lavender. At this point, everyone knows that it was Goku’s idea for the Tournament of Power, so he has become enemy number one among the universes who are at risk of being eliminated (the ones who have Mortal Levels below 7). Bergamo makes a deal with the Zenos: if he wins, the tournament penalty at the main tournament will be rescinded. Bergamo is a formidable foe, especially with his ability to absorb an opponent’s attack in order to increase his size and power. But even with this ability, Goku finds a way to defeat him. However, after this win, a fighter from the 11th Universe challenges Goku to battle. Even though this fight was not part of the mini tournament, the Zenos let it happen. It gets to be a good fight, but the Grand Minister ends it because either one of them could have been killed.

The remaining episodes in the set focus on Goku trying to convince enough people in his circle to participate in the Tournament of Power in order to have the required 10 members for the 7th Universe’s team. The first person he tries to recruit is Vegeta, but he keeps saying he can’t participate because Bulma is very pregnant and could give birth at any time. Well, Whis decides to make things easier on everyone by using his time warp ability to speed up the birth of the child. I’ve got to say, that Bulma’s delivery of her baby girl was probably the easiest labor in history. LOL! But with the birth of Bra, this frees Vegeta up to participate in the upcoming tournament.

Next, Goku and Gohan go to visit Kuririn and No. 18 to convince the two of them to participate. No. 18 doesn’t want to participate, but Goku convinces her by telling her a lie that there’s a 10 million zeni prize for each winning participant. Well, this makes No. 18’s greedy heart happy, so she becomes more than eager to participate. Gohan, meanwhile, challenges Kuririn to a sparring match in order to test Kuririn’s power, since Gohan has been put in charge of coming up with strategy for the tournament.

After this, Gohan goes to recruit Piccolo, who has already learned about the tournament from Goku. He readily agrees to participate, but also spends time training Gohan. Since Gohan has spent more time focusing on being a scholar instead of fighting, Gohan isn’t utilizing his power to its fullest extent. Piccolo takes on the task of trying to help Gohan rediscover his strength and his abilities in the short amount of time they have before the tournament.

Goku, meanwhile, goes to see Dende to try to locate where No. 17, the twin brother of No. 18, is. The only lead No. 18 could give was that her brother is now working at a wildlife reserve, but she has no idea where it’s at. Fortunately, Dende locates him and takes Goku to that location. It was interesting to see No. 17 again and to find out how much he’s changed since we saw him in Dragon Ball Z. No. 17 and Goku had never met in person prior to this point, so all No. 17 knows about him is what Dr. Gero told him for his mission. The two have a sparring march, although No. 17 stops it in the middle in order to prevent the island from being destroyed. After the match, No. 17 refuses Goku’s invitation to participate in the Tournament of Power. But after the two of them work together to stop a group of space poachers, No. 17 agrees to join the team for the tournament.

Goku then tracks down Tien, who is now teaching martial arts at a dojo, and Master Roshi is there serving as an honorary instructor. A former student of the Crane School that Tien once studied at is taking out revenge against Tien, using paper talismans to control his students. Goku, Tien, and Roshi must work together to stop the students from destroying the nearby village. Tien agrees to be on the team for the tournament after Goku tells him about the ten million zeni prize, because he thinks the money could be used to repair the village that his students damaged.

There was one thing about the recruitment sections of the storyline that kind of bothered me. We never once saw Goku use Instantaneous Movement, even though time was of the essence for recruiting the team members for the tournament. It almost felt as if the writers forgot that this ability existed, but then it was mentioned in a line of dialogue said by Yamcha, so the writers did remember that it existed… but they just seemed to forget that they could have utilized it to help add a sense of urgency to the recruitment process.

Everything seems to be going great as the participants train for the upcoming tournament. However, right near the end of the set, Mr. Satan calls and says that Majin Boo has fallen into a deep sleep and won’t be available to fight. Unfortunately, this means that the team is now short a member, and the set ends before they can come up with a solution to fill the hole left by Majin Boo.

While most of these episodes focus on Goku recruiting the members for the 7th Universe’s team., we also get some scenes of some of the other universes and what they’re doing. It was nice to see some setup happening for the teams from the other universes, but it makes sense to focus on Goku and his team, since they are the main characters of the franchise. But it was kind of fun with the 7th Universe’s recruiting to see where some of the characters have ended up, like Tien and No. 17. Since there’s now the issue with replacing Majin Boo, I suspect it’s going to take a few more episodes before the Tournament of Power finally gets going. But hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

We get a new ending theme that appears on this set. I actually liked it quite a bit. Musically, it’s not something I would have expected for the Dragon Ball franchise, but it works.

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 major bonus feature on this release runs for about 15 minutes, and it features voice actor Chuck Huber and production crew member Rawly Pickens answering questions submitted by Twitter users. This was an OK bonus feature, but I don’t think it was a strong as the voice actor interviews that have appeared on previous Dragon Ball Super sets. Outside of this, there are also textless versions of the opening song and the closing songs, as well as 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 7 to your anime home video library.

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