The tournament begins in earnest, with Goku facing off against Botamo, a giant bear. Rather than rely on brute strength, as you would expect, Botamo uses his mass in other ways.
His most effective attack is to bounce around the dome, gaining momentum to the point where he becomes a large pin ball. While this could have put Goku out of the fight for good, Botamo’s pride gets the better of him and he decides to toy with Goku for a while.
From here, Botamo essentially turns into the Blob (the X-Men villain, not the alien monster from the movies) as none of Goku’s attacks seem to do any harm to him. Botamo’s ability seems to even put Majin Buu’s to shame. At least there, it seemed like the hits were registering to some extent, with Botamo, he just stands there and doesn’t even flinch. It would have been interesting to see those two fight, but what can you do?
Even though we never see Goku transform in this fight, it still puts Goku at a disadvantage. It’s possible that transforming would have yielded better results, but it doesn’t matter as Goku finds a work around.
Botamo barely puts up a fight, but the defeat is still treated as a major upset. Champa tries to call shenanigans, but is only met with groans. Botamo himself doesn’t take it too well, either. You could say he couldn’t bear to lose.
With that, the next fighter in the roster steps up. Enter Frost, the Universe 6 fighter who the others noted bore a striking resemblance to Freeza. Much like how the young saiyan was a stark contrast to the saiyans we’ve seen in universe 7, Frost stands as a stark contrast to Freeza. Where the latter was a ruthless tyrant, we learn (through a clumsily inserted exposition dump) that Frost is a noble champion of justice who seeks to bring an end to the war that plagues his universe.
It’s kind of weird to see, in all honesty. Frost shakes Goku’s hand and even takes a moment to address the universe 7 audience to let them know that he bears them no ill will and hopes that they enjoy the tournament. Even Goku notes that Frost’s polite demeanor is throwing him off.
At face value, it’s not a bad fight. Both get good hits in and it is pretty well choreographed. However, there isn’t much in the way of tension as Goku isn’t anywhere near his peak. He spends most of the fight in his regular form and only goes to regular Super Saiyan in the latter half.
Again, there isn’t much in the way of tension as we know that Goku is only playing possum. One plus side is that it reinforces the idea that even just being a Super Saiyan is a big deal. Everyone is stunned at Goku’s abilities and it acts as a nice reminder that even hitting this put Goku in the echelon of legends.
Of course, Frost eventually hits his final form. In a nice bit of character development, he explains that he was reluctant to use this form, not because he was saving it for later, but because he has a hard time controlling the power and doesn’t want to seriously maim or kill anyone.
Not that it matters anyway as Goku is still more than capable of besting his opponent. Sadly, Frost has no golden form. Oddly enough, the episode still uses the ominous chanting that accompanied Freeza’s return. It made sense as it gave a sense of foreboding doom, but Frost is perfectly well intentioned.
In fact, his participation in the tournament is explained as he wants Champa to help him in his endeavors. Why you would go to a god of destruction to bring an end to war is left unexplained, but it does give Frost a personal stake and a reason to keep getting up, even when it’s clear that he can’t win this one.
The episode ends on an odd note as Goku suddenly becomes woozy, allowing Frost to knock him out of the ring. I suspect that he threw the fight to help Frost in his endeavors, but the episode plays the cliffhanger rather straight. We’ll have to see how things play out.
This was a decent episode. The fights didn’t have as much tension as they probably could have had, but they worked well enough. There was some good banter and Frost was interesting to see. It may not be a standout episode, but it was a good watch.