Super Dragon Ball prepared to adapt Dragon Ball Z‘s iconic ending with an exclusive conversation explaining why Goku will ultimately compete with and train Buu’s reincarnation Uub. Unfortunately, the way Super actually played out ruined what made the franchise’s original finale so special, in part because it robbed him of the ability to showcase one of Goku’s greatest qualities. The scene is also full of unnecessary editing.
In Super, Dende volunteers to help Goku find Android 17 for the Tournament of Power, and along the way, he decides to show the Saiyan a boy named Uub in chapter 31 of Dragon Ball Super by author Akira Toriyama and artist Toyotarou . Dende reveals that Uub is the human reincarnation of Buu and since he is a prodigy Goku should train him.
Goku can no longer rely on his best qualities
This setup contradicts what Goku said at the end of Dragon Ball Z. Goku just assumed that Uub was the reincarnation of Buu. He is somewhat convinced by the fact that Uub is Buu’s reverse name. More importantly, Goku can feel it. The fact that he wished this to happen helped convince Goku that someone was definitely pulling his strings. If true, that means he will have someone powerful to fight, and the best way to test his theory is to compete against him in the next Strongest Tournament Under the Sky. With Super’s retcon, Goku can no longer make these assumptions nor rely on his “consciousness” anymore because Dende actually told him who Uub was, that he was a god copper and Goku should train him.
Aside from the obvious retcon, Super’s change is frustrating because it doesn’t allow Goku to exercise one of his greatest traits – his naive trust in the strength and abilities of others. Goku has always had the innate ability to sense a warrior’s abilities when others know nothing about them. Honestly, this skill almost seems mystical because he is always right. Without a doubt, one of the most infamous instances of this happened in DBZ when he put all his faith in Gohan’s hidden power to take down Cell. Although Piccolo later convinced Goku that his theory was deeply flawed, it came true when Gohan reached Super Saiyan 2 before anyone else and destroyed Cell. In addition to this moment, there are many scenes in which the characters, especially Vegeta, mock Goku for having feelings for someone.
Goku can no longer complete Master Roshi’s most important lesson
This particular retcon is especially annoying because it messes with how the series originally ended before Super rebooted the series. Having Goku rely on his common sense and faith in others is a perfect way to end Dragon Ball, especially since Master Roshi himself taught a young Goku to always strive for himself based on the fact that There will always be someone stronger out there. .
Now, Goku will do what Dende told him. Of course, Super Dragon Ball maybe one day go beyond that scene in DBZ and end differently, but for now, all it does is ruin an ending that doesn’t give fans any hope of a better ending.
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