The way the last episode ended, you’d think that Goku had the fight in the bag. The combined might of his blue form, kaio-ken technique, and a gigantic Kamehameha wave should, by all accounts, end the battle. Such isn’t the case, however, as it is revealed that Hit used his time leap ability to evade the blast. Thus, the fight resumes.
It’s a fairly entertaining watch. Not only do both sides land some solid hits but the dynamic between the two fighters continues to become more favorable as more time goes on. Both are incredibly respectful of the other’s ability and Goku’s good natured demeanor is so powerful that the cold, ruthless assassin actually cracks a smile. Even the universe 6 kai is blown away by that particular development.
Despite the fact that the kaio-ken is taking its toll on Goku’s body, he actually attempts to escalate the fight by asking Beerus to revoke the tournament rules. It seems like an odd request, but he notes that Hit is holding back on his more powerful attacks. Even Hit seems taken aback, but it is consistent with Goku wanting to fight opponents at their peak, even if it is a detriment to him.
While Champa is on board with the plan, Beerus objects, leading to some bickering. It’s largely played for laughs, but it does have more serious repercussions. For one thing, Champa alluding to the two teams just being pawns in their game sets both Goku and Hit off. Though neither does anything about it that moment, it could lead to something later on down the line.
On top of that, the fact that the twin gods can’t come to an agreement leads Goku to just hop out of the ring, telling Hit that they can have a rematch some other time without the constraints. Goku’s nonchalant approach stands as a stark contrast to everybody’s stunned response to this.
Of course, Champa is pleased with the result, while Beerus isn’t. Goku’s insistence that they still have Monaka as a trump card only adds salt to the metaphorical wound as it seems like Universe 7 has no chance of winning.
Even Monaka seems terrified about having to step into the ring. We don’t see much, but what we do see isn’t impressive. Monaka seems slow and stiff. Even the leap into the ring ends in failure as Monaka crashes and lands head first. It only goes downhill from there as Monaka attempts to throw a punch.
It’s clear that it had no effect, but (in rather hilarious fashion) Hit throws the fight and flies out of the ring, acting like it was the result of Monaka’s blow. Credit where it’s due, that was an interesting and certainly unexpected way to resolve the plot line. It was also nice to give the lesser known fighter a chance to bask in the limelight for a while.
It’s short lived, however, as Champa seems poised to take the role of the arc’s ultimate villain. He’s none too pleased with the results and voices his intent to kill every member of his team. Cabba does try to talk the god down, but it’s to no avail. While Champa was always portrayed as somewhat bumbling and pathetic, here, he’s legitimately creepy and no one takes the threat he poses lightly.
It would have been cool to see the whole team battle the god, though considering how the Z warriors fared against Beerus, it probably wouldn’t have lasted long. Goku shows his desire to help when it looks like things are going South, but alas, his body is too strained from his use of the kaio-ken technique. You’d think that the others would at least step up, but they don’t seem too concerned with what’s happening.
It’s a moot point anyway as a new player enters the field and draws everyone’s attention. His arrival is enough to scare both Champa and Beerus. The reaction is goofy, but at the same time it achieves the desired result of showing you just how big a deal this new character is. Who is this new character? Well, we don’t get a name, but the two gods of destruction refer to him as “the king of everything”.
This was a fun episode. The healthy dose of humor helped add to what would have just been an entire episode of fighting. There were also some great character moments peppered throughout. The addition of yet another “god” figure could be ridiculous, but with that title, I have to assume that we’ve hit the top of the “Dragon Ball” divine hierarchy.
It makes for a great reveal and opens up new questions, such as why he’s even there in the first place. It should make for an interesting episode next week as we learn more about both the king and the workings of the multiverse.