“Dragon Ball Super” Episode 022

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Change! An Impossible Revival! The Name’s Ginyu!!

Episode Summary: 

Gohan is recovering from his beating, but problems persist. Sensing Tagoma’s ki, the others admit that he is on a different level than all of them. Gohan hypothesizes that Tagoma might even be as strong as he was at his prime, when he fought Cell. Jaco is not worried, since five against one sounds like a good chance to beat him. Bulma reprimands him for not helping the others.

Tagoma decides to get the fight over with. He promises Sorbet, whom he dares address as “san” rather than “sama”, a low position as a baggage boy when he becomes commander. Tagoma descends, and Piccolo volunteers to be the first to fight him. He is easily stopped right in his tracks. His punch to the face had no effect, as Tagoma had to bear much harsher attacks from Freeza daily during their period of training, as a result hardening his body many times over. Tagoma grabs hold of Piccolo’s arm and rips it off, Piccolo speedily regenerating it after Gohan diverts Tagoma away from him. He takes a senzu and recovers instantly.

Just then, Gotenks arrives and charges into Tagoma’s crotch at full speed, immobilising the enemy for a while. Everyone questions just what the boys are doing here, and they proclaim it is unfair to be left out of the fun. They will not leave either, as their cocky attitudes convince them that they are invincible when fused. Their confidence quickly turns to fear when they run out of fusing time and revert back to their normal selves. Freeza instantly recognises the iconic face Goten bears, and he even recalls seeing Trunks’s face somewhere before, comparing him to the second Super Saiyan from the future who defeated him on Earth. Noting their Saiyan heritage, Freeza is angered to see their race proliferating once again. Freeza calls out to Tagoma, still shaking in pain on the ground. Just then, a familiar frog appears and writes something on the ground. The word is Ginyu’s activation phrase for his signature ability: “Change”. As a result, Tagoma and Ginyu switch bodies, a second unexpected resurrection! He greets Freeza with his signature pose, revealing his identity to the others. Jaco explains their status in Freeza’s army, being the strongest unit of elite warriors, and Ginyu informs Freeza on how he became a frog and was transported to Earth in the first place through the help of the Earth’s Dragon Balls, via a flashback back to the Namek days. Bulma also remembers that frog and trouble it caused her, but she refuses to talk about what happened. Freeza sends him to battle the others. Before he attacks, he promises to get Gohan and Kuririn back for the mess they helped cause him back on Namek. Then, he charges, knocking every one of them out with a single punch. Somehow, Tagoma’s body has gotten even stronger! But, he was holding back before. Ginyu, even though he is not used to this body yet, brought out much more power than Tagoma himself did, showing that Ginyu’s plan of attack is a full offence. Though the circumstances seem grim, Gohan stands back up, unwilling to give in and volunteering to fight more.

Meanwhile, Bulma plans to send in reinforcements. She grabs a strawberry parfait from the ship with the intention of contacting Whis to send Goku and Vegeta to Earth.

On his planet, Beerus enjoys pizza. Whis questions Beerus’ decision to send Goku and Vegeta to “that place”, but the deity assures his caretaker that those two will be fine and will only get stronger being pushed into a corner. Beerus wants them to become as strong as possible so he can play around with them.

In a familiar setting of vast, spacial nothingness and hot, suffocating feeling reminiscent of the Room of Spirit and Time, Goku and Vegeta struggle to even move. However, Vegeta quickly learns that the trick to movement in this place is to forbid his ki from leaking out of his body. This is the secret to the ki of a god, and the reason mortals cannot sense such a presence. Goku quickly masters this trick too, and the two of them are impressed by the massive amount of pressure on their bodies, holding their vast amounts of ki inside of them. Realising the similarity to that of the previous training room, Goku worries about the rate at which time flows, and that there is no exit around them. The two set out to seek a building like that of the Room of Spirit and Time, but all they have to follow is Whis’ staff standing tall not far from them.

Gohan begins his counterattack against Ginyu. His opponent blocks every one of his punches. Gohan cannot bring out his full power anymore, for he has slacked off in his training. After he is easily thrown into a wall and blasted with a barrage of energy blasts, Gohan decides to go Super Saiyan, the only trick he has up his sleeve. However, he doesn’t even know if his body can handle the transformation for long. Now, Gohan is able to fight back, knocking Ginyu to the ground with only a few blows. Gohan’s familiar dialogue and position relative to Ginyu triggers a memory repressed in Freeza’s mind, when the boy’s father subjected him to the exact same scene of humiliation of being spared his life by a lowlife Saiyan monkey. Enraged, Freeza relentlessly attacks Gohan from a distance and decides to end the Saiyan by himself and vowing to kill everyone else on the battlefield as well. He also promises to make Gohan suffer as much as possible before dying, mercilessly sending him one Death Beam after another while mocking him verbally, excited by Goku’s reaction to his son brutally being murdered when he eventually arrives. Gohan is forced back into his base form and Freeza sadistically orders him to cry out for mercy, only to be killed anyway. The beam meant to end Gohan’s life instead penetrates Piccolo’s chest, to Gohan’s shock. In a familiar scene once again, Piccolo takes the attack, saving the boy’s life, but what of Piccolo’s!?

    Next time on Dragon Ball Super…

Chikyū ga! Gohan ga! Zettaizetsumei! Haku Kite kure Son Gokū!!
The Earth and Gohan in Dire Peril! Come Quick, Son Goku!!

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Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. Dragon Ball Super takes place exactly 6 months following the defeat of Majin Buu. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.