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- 1) Dragon Ball Super’s animation is better
- 2) Fans can see their favorite villains fight alongside the heroes.
- 3) Dragon Ball Super makes characters more powerful than ever.
- 4) Dragon Ball Super expanded the universe into a multiverse.
- 5) Goku Black is one of the coolest new antagonists in the series.
- 6) Fans see their favorite characters grow up.
- 7) Ultra Instinct is Goku’s most powerful transformation so far.
- 8) Vegeta has earned his place as a co-star.
- 9) The Tournament of Power is an epic tournament arc
- 10) The universal hierarchy is more established than ever
Dragon Ball Z is regularly considered the most influential anime series of all time. With such a reputation, expectations for Dragon Ball Super were very high.. Although Super is still fighting an uphill battle that it cannot win in many ways, Akira Toriyama and Toei animation have nevertheless applied the lessons they learned to improve their product.
Even though Dragon Ball Z will always hold a place in the hearts of fans, Super still offered an exciting anime experience that built on the characters developed in the first two iterations of the Dragon Ball franchise. In some ways, it’s even better than those that came before it.
1) Dragon Ball Super’s animation is better
Dragon Ball Z having been launched in 1989, it goes without saying that anime animation standards have increased exponentially since then. That’s why Super took the action-packed battles that defined the series and took them to the next level with modern animation techniques.
Super Animation Made Dragon Ball Action Smoother Than Ever. Even better, the new animation has given a whole new dimension to the series’ beloved characters.
2) Fans can see their favorite villains fight alongside the heroes.
Dragon Ball Z introduced the world to some of anime’s most memorable villains. Over the episodes, fans got to see some of them change their lives and become friends with Goku. In Super, this dynamic is taken to the next level during the Tournament of Power, as the fate of the entire universe brings everyone together.
Characters from every arc of Z have joined the fight to save Universe 7 from obliteration in the Tournament of Power. Goku is surrounded by almost every major Z antagonist, with the exception of Cell. He is joined by Vegeta, Frieza, and Androids 17 and 18. Even Majin Buu joins the fray during the preliminary fights. It’s the ultimate fan service.
3) Dragon Ball Super makes characters more powerful than ever.
The Z Fighters were already powerful enough to destroy entire planets with the sheer force of their battles. At the very beginning of Super, the fight between Goku and Beerus is enough to make the universe itself tremble, which demonstrates a marked progression in power level from Z.
After battling the universe’s strongest fighters throughout Dragon Ball Z, Goku and the Z Fighters have finally established themselves as the universe’s greatest warriors. Unfortunately for them, the universe is just the beginning, and Beerus’ arrival on Earth makes them realize that.
4) Dragon Ball Super expanded the universe into a multiverse.
With Beerus being a God of Destruction and the Z Fighters now capable of literally shaking the universe with their attacks, the logical next step for the series was to expand into the multiverse. This newest stage in the series paves the way for even greater threats and even more powerful enemies than Goku and his friends could ever have imagined.
When looking at the events of Dragon Ball Z, the world-threatening enemies that Goku took on seemed quite small compared to the problems of the multiverse. After all, Zeno could obliterate the entire multiverse effortlessly.
5) Goku Black is one of the coolest new antagonists in the series.
Zamasu, also known as Goku Black after taking over Goku’s body with the dragon balls, has become one of the series’ most popular new antagonists. The idea of seeing Goku as a powerful villain with a darker look was enough to draw fans to the character of Zamasu, but the plethora of unique abilities he employed made him a fan favorite.
In addition to the basic attacks and powers that Goku already possessed, Black Goku had many unique abilities that came from having God Ki. LOne of his strongest powers is the ability to make a sword out of ki, which then turns into a scythe, which adds to Black’s darker look and attitude. And of course, there’s also the awesome Super Saiyan Rosé.
6) Fans see their favorite characters grow up.
Throughout Dragon Ball Z, fans got to watch some of their favorite characters grow up and start families. Super takes this trend and takes it even further by showing what happened to the Z Fighters after the events of the first series.
It’s heartwarming to see characters like Vegeta settling into a foster home and Piccolo caring for Gohan’s daughter. Additionally, new characters such as Vegeta and Bulla, Bulma’s daughter, are introduced, and Trunks and Mai even develop quite an interesting relationship.
7) Ultra Instinct is Goku’s most powerful transformation so far.
The Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue transformations that Goku and Vegeta undergo throughout Super have become fan favorites and truly demonstrate that Saiyans can still push beyond their limits to reach greater heights than ever before. However, one of the coolest transformations in the entire series is that of Goku’s Ultra Instinct form.
The white hair, silver eyes, and glowing blue energy aura truly characterize the almost enigmatic quality of this transformation, and the fact that the Gods themselves respect this form only adds to its charm.e. Goku continues to push his limits in Super, and Ultra Instinct shows that Akira Toriyama isn’t done pushing the limits of his character design.
8) Vegeta has earned his place as a co-star.
Vegeta is the prince of all Saiyans. Considering he’s royalty, fans expect him to get that kind of treatment. Unfortunately, in Dragon Ball Z, he was often left as a supporting character with a few great moments, but usually giving it all away to Kakarot.
In Super, however, Vegeta gets a much more central role, and fans have been happy to see him take center stage more often.. It’s no longer Goku as king and Vegeta as prince, but rather two kings side by side with mutual respect and equal power, like true rivals should be.
9) The Tournament of Power is an epic tournament arc
Tournament arcs in shonen anime have become a staple of the genre for obvious reasons. These types of arcs take powerful characters that have developed over the course of a series and pit them against each other in battles fans could only have dreamed of. Tournament arcs give scriptwriters an excuse to demonstrate the unique strengths of secondary characters.
Dragon Ball was the leader for this type of plot, and Super’s Tournament of Power Arc really reinforces why the Dragon Ball franchise is best for tournaments. There’s probably never been a tournament arc in an anime with higher stakes of loss than Multiversal Extinction, and the Tournament of Power makes that its focal point.
10) The universal hierarchy is more established than ever
With the introduction of characters such as the Gods of Destruction, Angels, and Zeno, the Dragon Ball mythos became even more complete than ever. Not only do the battles have even higher stakes, but Goku and his friends still see the path they have left in terms of their power to pose any threat against beings like the Angels or Zeno.
The introduction of this system of gods and angels into the story also adds a level of depth to the world of Dragon Ball that the series never had before. It offers new implications to the actions of the main characters with almost religious overtones that may lead to an interesting new direction for the series.