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Dragon Ball Super: Episode 8 “Goku Makes an Entrance! A Last Chance from Lord Beerus?” Review

In the last episode, Vegeta went into berserker mode due to an attack on Bulma. Will he defeat Beerus? Clearly no, if you read the title of the episode you can assume Goku shows up at some point to probably save the day.

Now the question is, when will Goku show up? Probably at the end of the episode, because that’s how Dragon Ball works. So, I guess the real question is, how well will Vegeta do against Beerus? That, we don’t know.

Battle of Gods arc – Episode 8/14

Despite being hopelessly outmatched by Beerus, Vegeta manages to get a few shots in, surprising the God of Destruction.

However, at the end of an impressive display by Vegeta, Beerus remains unscathed; he declares that Vegeta is not a Super Saiyan God, and therefore no archrival of his. With a slap of his hand, Vegeta is taken out of the fight.

Beerus remarks that Vegeta’s battle was more entertaining than his battle with Goku; Beerus says that he used 10% of his power to defeat Vegeta, a feat not accomplished in millennia. So, does this mean that Vegeta surpassed the power of Super Saiyan 3 without ascending to the level of a Super Saiyan 3?

Following the battle, Lord Beerus initially makes a declaration to destroy the Earth, however he then rescinds after seeing more food. Bulma stokes this fire with the prospect of many foods yet untasted.

We then get a brief glimpse back to the Pilaf gang as they row away from the boat, debating on whether to return to the cruise ship or not.

Beerus decides to give Earth a second chance by playing “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. He picks Oolong (the pig) for this chance due to his resemblance to Buu, thinking they are the same species. The match commences, and Oolong manages to tie Beerus, both using scissors.

They try again to the same results.

On the third attempt Oolong, goes for scissors again, while Beerus picks rock (oh my god, I’d never thought I would be commentating on a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors when I was in grad school).

The Z Fighters say their farewells as Beerus makes his Earth destroying energy ball.

As Beerus is ready to throw the ball he is halted with a line from Meatloaf: “Stop right there!” (look it up kids) as Goku makes his triumphant return at the last second.

Goku stalls for time with Beerus by asking if he could enact a plan he has to find the Super Saiyan God. Beerus relents as Goku reveals his idea to ask Shenron (I won’t reveal who Shenron is to avoid spoiling this one for those who don’t know, but we do know we need to Dragon Balls to summon him).

And the episode ends with a last lingering hope that we’ll find some way to save the Earth.

Battle of Gods Movie Link

Battle of Gods to Super Time Correlation: ~1 hour 1 minute to ~1 hour 6 minutes

Vegeta’s attack on Beerus in the movie seems much more effective, but in the end, also useless. However, I find that Whis’ attitude in the movie appears to be much more flippant towards Beerus than in the series (at least up until this point) and Beerus even seems to put up with it.

The movie continues just as the episode, complete with a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, which happens to end after just one round. And just like in the series, Goku shows up as Beerus has made up his mind to destroy the Earth.

So, during this segment, the TV series exactly mirrors the movie, except more drawn out in every aspect.

Episode Thoughts and Feelings

Besides the eternally long game of Rock, Paper, Scissors that this episode deemed worthy to torture us with, this was an “ok” episode. I greatly enjoyed the fight with Vegeta, and Beerus’ surprised expression was priceless.

Vegeta’s power is also interesting here. He is clearly at Super Saiyan 2 level but the amount of power he exerts is apparently beyond even Goku’s level. I wish they had allowed Vegeta to go Level 3, but alas, that transformation is kept from me.

So what do you think Goku is going to ask from Shenron? How will they counter Beerus?

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Dragon Ball Super: Episode 8 “Goku Makes an Entrance! A Last Chance from Lord Beerus?” Review

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