Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 10

Dragon Ball Super Part 10 includes Episodes 118-131 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 10
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: January 14, 2020

The 14 episodes included on this set not only conclude the Tournament of Power arc, they also conclude the Dragon Ball Super anime series.

The set starts off with Gohan and Piccolo up against Saonel and Pilina from the 6th Universe, Goku, Android 17 and Android 18 up against three fighters from the 2nd Universe, and Vegeta is against Catopesra from the 3rd Universe. By the end of this episode, Gohan and Piccolo defeat their opponents, and Goku and the androids defeat theirs. With these defeats, both the 2nd and the 6th Universes are erased. Even though the erasure of the 6th Universe means Beerus’ brother, Champa, also disappears, Beerus shows no visible emotion over the loss of his brother. In a lot of ways, that’s not surprising, though, since the two of them have been depicted throughout this series as never really getting along with each other.

From here, Catopesra is weakened by Vegeta, but is ultimately knocked out of the ring by something that can’t be easily seen. At this point, the second episode on the disc focuses on our protagonists going up against fighters from the 4th Universe. Piccolo is knocked out of the tournament during this episode, but by the end, the remaining fighters from the 4th universe are defeated, and that universe is erased.

Now that the Tournament of Power is down to three universes remaining, the rate of progression for the tournament and for the story slows down. At this point, the action becomes fighting between the 3rd Universe and the 7th Universe. Instead of lasting for one episode, the two universes battle it out for two episodes. It turns out some of the 3rd Universe’s fighters can transform into one robot, and at first, it looks the robot could have the upper hand in the fight with Gohan, but with help for Goku and Vegeta, the robot seems to be defeated. But Dr. Paproni, one of the fighters in the 3rd Universe, merges with the robot and becomes Agnilasa, their universe’s most powerful warrior. During this fight, Android 18 sacrifices herself to keep Android 17 from being eliminated. Thanks to the teamwork from most of the remaining members from the 7th Universe (I say most, because I think Freiza didn’t participate in this battle), Agnilasa is defeated, and the 3rd Universe is erased.

At this point, it’s down to just two universes left: the 7th Universe and the 11th Universe. The fighters left on the field include Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Android 17, Freiza, Jiren, Top, and Dyspo. The remaining episodes in the series focus on the battles between these two universes, which reach an exciting climax. And during this final melee, there’s also important backstory revealed for Jiren, which helps the audience to better understand Jiren’s motivations and actions throughout the series. This backstory didn’t bog the pacing of the series down at all, and it provided a short break from all the fighting. Also, the final battle really boils down to being a battle between Jiren’s philosophy and Goku’s philosophy for fighting.

In the end, the audience knows which universe has to win, but the last person standing isn’t necessarily who the audience expects it will be. I had already guessed what the wish on the Super Dragon Balls had to be as well, but I still enjoyed seeing the finale to find out how what I had predicted would come to pass.

After being a little unsure about Dragon Ball Super initially, I found that I came to really enjoy this series. I also appreciated that with the way it ended, it leaves open the possibility of more stories in the future. I thought this was a great idea, since the Dragon Ball Super manga is still ongoing and that there are more stories to tell if it’s ever decided to continue this anime. And even if there ends up never being another Dragon Ball television anime series, the ending also works as the ending for the overall television anime 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 major bonus feature on this set “Dragon Ball Super: Interview with Patrick Seitz and Kyle Hebert” (they are the English voice actors for Jiren and Gohan, respectively). Over the course of this feature, the two of them talk about their involvement with the Dragon Ball franchise, their characters, Dragon Ball fans, and the Dragon Ball Super anime series. These two voice actors seem to get along well during this feature, which helped to make this a great viewing experience. This feature also ran for the right amount of time. It didn’t feel too short and it didn’t feel too long. Other bonus features include a textless opening song and a textless closing song.

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 10 to your anime home video library.

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