Is Dragon Ball Super a Good Anime, Yet? – Anime Review

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When Dragon Ball Super was announced I was beyond hyped. Having grown up with both Dragon Ball and DBZ I had HUGE expectations. Coming hot of the heels of a second theatrical movie release Dragon Ball Super started some what with a lackluster bang. The first set of episodes featured beautiful animation, a killer theme song and no fighting. Instead we got to find out what our heroes had been up to since the Buu saga and aside from a few laughs it was kind of boring. I was annoyed but I gave the series the benefit of the doubt. They are world building…we have to let them build a setting to get everyone back in the fight, but turns out all that building was just leading us into retreading the last 2 movies with a few minor changes. Having already seen the movies I was pretty bored watching these episodes as well. Leading me to ask, is Dragon Ball Super a Good Anime?

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Giving up on Dragon Ball Super?

I was thinking about giving up on the show because frankly, while it looks good, it’s kind of awkward most of the time. It also spends a lot more time focusing on an off kilter humor that Dragon Ball Z wasn’t known for. On top of that it spent a strange amount of time on character development for characters that didn’t have any before, like Goku. I mean character development is good but it just feels weird to be doing it so late in the game. Dragon Ball (the original) did a great job with this but by the time the show became Dragon Ball Z much of that was thrown out the window.

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Needless to say, Dragon Ball Super wasn’t the show I expected. Still, I held out hope because someone had leaked info about the next arc and it wasn’t something I already saw and it apparently featured fighting. I dug in and while the show still retained the weird pace, the odd humor and the development it was starting to feel exciting. It was starting to feel like something I wanted to watch vs something I was obligated to watch. Each week, as the fights continued i grew more and more invested until the show hit a fourth arc that is easily one of the best things I’ve seen in years and it’s still happening?

VERDICT: Is Dragon Ball Super a Good Anime?

So as a whole is DBS a great show? NO WAY. But is it finally gaining ground? Yeah and it’s about time. With Black Goku, Future Trunks, Fights and a growing Dragon Ball Universe that allows for Goku to be beaten I have to say I’m starting to really get into this show. If you’re going to watch this show, enjoy with a grain of salt and maybe skip over the first two arcs and watch the movies, then skip over the first 3 episodes of the next arc and you’ll be in a good place to enjoy a series that’s finally figured out what it’s audience wanted all along. What do you guys think of Dragon Ball Super? Is good, is it bad or am I just over thinking things?