There Are Some Spoilers In Our Dragon Ball Super Episode 115 Review – Discussion
So the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super just aired and in this one Goku and the newly fused saiyan Kefla both battle for their survival in the tournament of power.
It’s a big episode for both Goku and Kefla, the two are both the strongest of their universes at the moment and either of their eliminations would place their universe in peril. Goku has been fighting both Kale and Caulifla for quite a few episodes now and while he hasn’t really had much stamina, he’s slowly been powering up.
In watching this episode and seeing Goku go slowly to full power, I think that actually he’s kind of pretending about his stamina issue. The reason why I think this, is because he didn’t really rest to recover his energy as Caulifla and Kale had to by hiding out for a couple of episodes, Goku was given his energy by Frieza. Krillin has been pointing out for some time now, that this is how Goku likes to fight, he doesn’t push himself to full power right away and that’s what he’s doing here, he only powers up to the level he needs to be. I might be completely wrong, but I just feel maybe this is what Goku’s doing.
We see in this fight that Goku’s Super Saiyan God red form is really no match for Kefla. Kefla even at one point grabs him by the legs and spins him around multiple times before tossing him really far away. All looks to be going Kefla’s way until Goku powers up to his blue form. Things don’t fare that much better for him in this form and although the two manage to hold well against each other, Goku is slowly pushed back.
It’s here in the battle that Goku realises that Super Saiyan blue just won’t be enough and I think it’s here where we start seeing the title of the episode bear its meaning the most “Goku Vs Kefla! Super Saiyan Blue Defeated?!”. Goku now needs to push into his Kaio Ken power up in order to match Kefla’s power and at first things are looking good. Goku does manage to use the added speed to get ahead of Kefla, who makes an error in her positioning. Kefla takes a massive hit from Goku and is sent accross the arena. She is winded from that, but not defeated and manages to land a blow to Goku in return, this knocks him down and sends him back to his base form.
Everything looks to be over for Goku and again the title of the episode resonates strongly here, Kefla has defeated Super Saiyan blue! Of course as the audience we know that Goku has another form, his ultra instinct form. But we don’t know if he can use it, just before Goku is going to be knocked off by Kefla, I guess his saiyan blood just won’t let it happen and he goes into Ultra Instinct yet again. This time, to fight Kefla and that’s where the episode leaves us.
I don’t think that Kefla will be able to best Goku in that form, if he can maintain it, he should win as I think that’s the form he needs to master to beat Jiren. But Kefla is something we haven’t seen Goku go up against in a long time, she’s a saiyan and we all know that Saiyan’s can fight for a long time against stronger opponents, we’ve seen that with Goku, Vegeta and even Gohan in the past. I wouldn’t count Kefla out just yet.
Other parts of this episode took some time to show us what a few of the other characters are up to at the moment. We saw Android 18 and see that she’s wounded at the moment and has hurt her leg, the police suited character from episode 114 that was ignored by Frieza challenges her, but she’s saved by her brother Android 17. Frieza is still watching Goku fight and isn’t interfering, but I think might step in if things start to go badly for him as he did with Gohan against Jimeze. Vegeta is still in battle with Toppo and while this should be a massive fight, and Toppo looks to be focused on Vegeta, Vegeta is more occupied with Goku and seems to be just stalling with Toppo. What could Vegeta be planning at the moment I wonder?
Overall this was a good episode. I love to see the two saiyans fight each other and I love this new Kefla character. The animation I thought was not as great as last week, which seemed to have some nicer shading on it, but it must be hard to keep things looking that great every week. The return of ultra instinct Goku is a massive turning point for his character, but we’ll have to wait until next week to find out if he can control himself in that form yet. Maybe he’s about to gain the ability to do that, as we saw Kale do with her berserk form last week. Either way, next week’s episode is going to be a big one.