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Why did it take me so long to stumble upon this masterpiece? Genius! :XD:

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I can't believe I'm making my second "R.I.P." journal in a row for a fiction creator, and so soon after the last one.

Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants" has passed away at age 57. 

Yes, I know SpongeBob has gained a lot of negative attention in later years due to its drop in quality, but one can't deny how big it was in its prime. Not to mention age 57 is too early to die. May he rest in peace. 
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Stan Lee, the legend of Marvel comics and the comic book world in general, has passed away at age 95. 

You gave us many wonderful characters and many creative stories. May you rest in peace. 
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Hey, everyone! :D

I've been meaning to do this for a while now but never got round to it. I've decided to open commissions. :nod:

In the past the problem was that I didn't have a PayPal account. Well, now I do so I can receive payments. :XD:

Here are the rules of the commissions:
- I draw both OCs and mainstream characters
- I draw comedy scenes, action scenes, perverted scenes (but not outright nudity) etc. pretty much anything you can already find in my gallery
- obviously I don't draw things that are against DA rules.

THE PRICE LIST

Line art pic (one character) - $10
Colored pic (one character) - $20

Line art comic (one character) - $20
Colored comic (one character) - $40

Any extra character (line art pic or line art comic) - $5
Any extra character (colored pic or colored comic) - $10
Speech bubbles from off screen characters do not count as extra characters. Also, if a character is completely engulfed in shadow (which is something I do in my Hellsing fanart) it also doesn't count as an extra character. 

Here are examples of what the pic format will be:
Hanging around by fireheart1001  Random Alu by fireheart1001  Oh shoot... by fireheart1001  Crispy by fireheart1001  Grab'em by fireheart1001

Here is an example of what the comic page format will be:
Hellsing bloopers 70 - Quickly by fireheart1001 

If you're interested, just send me a note. :XD:
Also, feel free to ask any additional questions if something is unclear. :D
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So, in my last journal entry I brought up a story posted on Daily Mail. A news story about some of Stan Lee's blood allegedly being stolen, mixed with ink and put on comic books to sell them for a higher than usual price. To my surprise, I was told that the source I used wasn't reliable (don't really read Daily Mail often so I had no idea of its reputation). :shrug:

Wanting to see if this was fake news, I decided to dig a little deeper. And by "dig a little deeper" I mean "do a quick Google search". :XD:
There are actually quite a few media outlets reporting on it. I basically Googled "Stan Lee blood" and had news articles and threads going for several pages:
www.thedailybeast.com/was-stan…
www.tmz.com/2018/04/05/stan-le…
www.cbr.com/stan-lee-stolen-bl…
www.cinemablend.com/pop/239889…
www.ktnv.com/news/comic-legend…
io9.gizmodo.com/report-stan-le…
www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic…
and so on.

I'm not sure how reliable these sources are, but I'm finding it kind of hard to doubt all of them. What do you think? :nod: 
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I don't know if I'm late to the news or not, but apparently this story is circulating around the internet now: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic…

Basically, someone stole some blood from Stan Lee (the famous comic book author) and used it to make ink to sign Marvel comic books and sell them for a high price. I have no idea if this story is true or not, but IF it is, that's just sick. What horrible disrespect. -_-

Does anyone know anything more about this?  
 
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So.... Easter and April Fools on the same day. Did this happen before? It just feels so weird to me. :XD:

Anyway, happy Easter (and April Fools) everyone! :D
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Toppo: Jiren... have you always been such a coward?

And Toppo still keeps his title of Master of Roasting. :XD:

Well, there we have it folks. Dragon Ball Super is officially over... for now. As long as it makes money it will never end. XD
But seriously though, the series is taking a loooooooong break due to the upcoming DBS movie so this technically IS the finale for now. So let's dive into it. 
Let's address the artificial plot armored energy barrier wielding elephant in the room first (admit it, you knew it was coming ;p ).

How do I feel about Android 17 winning the Tournament of Power?


Let's get the bad out of the way first, since there are legitimately good things to talk about in this episode. :nod: 

What is there left to say that I haven't already said in my previous journal entries. Cases where power scaling makes no sense and plot armor takes over are nothing new in Dragon Ball, but I honestly don't remember them ever being as extreme and obvious as they were in DBS with Future Trunks and Android 17. You can practically hear the writers screaming "We have to make these characters as important as possible, no matter what!". Of course if a character who hasn't been in the series for a long time is coming back you're supposed to show them respect. It's common sense. Why would you bring them back unless you did that. But at least put some thought into it and don't make it so obviously forced. 

Oh but it's not just 17 winning the tournament. Oh no, we can't stop there. After 17 makes the wish (that everyone in the fandom predicted) of bringing back all the erased universes, it's revealed that this was the Omni-Kings' plan all along. They were anticipating the winner to bring back all the universes and if they didn't the Omni-Kings would have punished the selfish behavior by erasing everything, including quite possibly the non-participating universes. That's right. Not only is Android 17 the winner of the biggest tournament in the history of Dragon Ball, not only is he the hero of the event with arguably the biggest stakes in the story so far, but he possibly, literally saved all of reality in the timeline. All of it. Everything except the Omni-Kings and probably the angels and Omni-Kings' guards. He is arguably the biggest hero in Dragon Ball's history now. And he earned none of it. We never see his training. We never get details how he got to that level. He never did anything to deserve such an honor. He is just absent for several sagas and when he comes back he is much more powerful, much smarter and much more competent than he's ever been before, just because he trained off screen, and then he just gets to the top. The writing was lazy and forced to the absolute maximum. 

"But wait, FH! You were a Freeza supporter during the whole tournament, and he got his off screen power boost in a probably shorter time period than 17. What gives?"

You're absolutely 100% correct. And, again, I believe this has to do with writing and how the power boosts were handled. Freeza revealed that he had never trained a day in his life and was just a natural prodigy. Only 4 months of training was enough for him to reach SSB level, which is absolutely ridiculous and I addressed this when I talked about the Resurrection F movie. However, even after achieving that power-up Freeza still loses to Goku. Then manages to win with Sorbet's help. Then loses again to Vegeta in a brutal beatdown. Then he wins again by blowing up the planet. Then he finally loses completely when Whis reverses time allowing Goku to kill him and send him back to Hell. Next time we see Freeza he reveals that he has actually grown stronger while in Hell. In order to "survive the torture" he used mental training (a technique established in the Dragon ball universe a long time ago) to perfect his Golden form. So, did Freeza achieve his power too quickly? Yes. Is it a lazy plot device to get him to the level of the heroes? Definitely. Does it feel unearned? No. We have Freeza hype himself up by claiming what a prodigy he is. We see him suffer two humiliating defeats at the hands of the heroes and still keep trying to use his tricks to win. We see him lose and die again, completely blowing his chance for revenge and getting sent back to Hell. We later learn that despite suffering in Hell he still didn't give up and kept training through mental concentration. That's the main difference between Freeza and 17. Freeza's power boost feels earned . The lazy and forced writing definitely helped him too, but that's only one part of it. We see what Freeza went through in order to become both as strong and cunning/cautious as he is now. And even then his arrogance still gets the better of him sometimes which has always been a major character flaw for him. We get none of this for 17. He is strong, smart, level-headed and competent no matter what the situation is or how much stronger than him his opponent is, and we never see even glimpses of the process he went through in order to become like this. It's like he is an OC that simply looks like Android 17 and uses similar moves. 

Now I am more curious than ever to see how the DBS manga will handle the ToP. I actually stopped reading the manga after the anime overtook it. I simply lost interest. The two versions of DBS handle the events differently. The anime tends to ignore power scaling more often and tries to show more respect to side characters with mixed results. The manga has a much better grasp on power scaling but it doesn't give much attention to the side characters (Future Trunks is far less useful in the DBS manga, while Krillin and Tien got completely screwed over in the manga version of the ToP). It's a real shame we don't have an "in-between" version with the manga's power scaling and the anime's attention to characters. Anyway, I am genuinely curious to see if 17 winning the ToP was in Toriyama's original script or if it was all TOEI's idea. Supposedly there is a statement somewhere that Toriyama told TOEI how each U7 character will be eliminated, implying 17 wins the ToP in his script as well. However, the statement is not completely true as shown by the fact that Tien got eliminated completely differently in the anime and manga. Time will tell. :D

Also, we NEVER find out what Jiren's wish was. We know Jiren's backstory, we know why he is the way he is, but we have no clue what his wish was. Come on, writers, are you really that lazy? :iconfacepalmplz:

*phew* Okay, so much for the bad. Now let's focus on the good parts of the episode. And yes, imo pretty much everything else about this episode is good. :dance:

I don't think I need to comment on the animation. It was top notch. For a series that had such a nasty reputation for being badly animated, it went out in a great way. The fantastic angles in the final confrontation with Jiren, the fight choreography, the lighting, the colors, the shadows when the universes get revived. Everything fit the tone perfectly (and showed that TOEI has a lot of money obviously :XD:). Same thing goes for the music. :nod:

Dat Goku/Freeza tag team doe! :headbang: 
17 is the winner of the Tournament but it was Goku and Freeza who eliminated Jiren. The catch is they had to sacrifice themselves for it (I have no idea which is harder for me to say - that 17 won or that Freeza sacrificed himself). The fact that they are the ones who technically won the battle for U7 but had to drop out so that 17 can get credit is dissatisfying. But the actual team-up was fantastic. Vegeta's face when he saw them team-up however... I think his life just got 30 years shorter. Poor guy. :rofl: I especially loved the scene when Goku throws Freeza at Jiren. It came out of nowhere and made me go "OH COME ON! YOU'RE REALLY DOING THAT!?" :XD: The fact that before this fight they actually speak to each other, Goku confirms his promise to resurrect Freeza and they have to agree to the team-up instead of just randomly doing it makes the fight even better since you know things will get serious if these guys are talking this way. And then it starts with the epic music. Also, Jiren, my man. Never ever ever EVER smile during battle again. You're scary as hell when you do that. Or maybe that's a good thing when you're fighting someone? Okay, keep smiling. :psychotic:


Jiren's character development. After his defeat at the hands of MUI Goku, Jiren was in terrible shape both physically and mentally. The beating he took from Goku took its toll on his body. Having him lose to someone with opposite principles to his own crushed him psychologically. He lost his confidence and determination. This enabled Freeza and 17 to gain the upper hand on him, and almost defeat him. But then Toppo steps in and gives a motivational speech. It's easy to see why he's the leader of the Pride Troopers. It's as cliche as you can possibly imagine but man was it intense when Jiren regained his confidence. Also, Freeza, that was the slowest death beam charging process I've ever seen. I know you have a bad sense of time with the whole "5 minutes" thing, but you could have charged it faster. :XD:

The sequence when the universes get revived. As I mentioned when I talked about the animation - the shading and lighting when the universes are revived is absolutely beautiful. The music and the revived combatants looking on into the sky was a great combination. Ironically, the universe that got me the most was the worst one - universe 9. We all know their universe is basically a hell hole, but seeing them on those rocks looking happy despite the state of the universe they live in (just being happy to be alive) really felt heartwarming to me. Especially Sorrel sitting all cheerful and Bergamo standing all serious like a proud leader. Toppo's conversation with Jiren which the quote I posted at the top of the journal is from also cemented Jiren's change in personality (again, as cliche as it was XD). I did not like the fact that Super Shenron was much smaller than originally. Or did the big form swallow the World of Void and they were already inside him? :D

Cabba: You kept your promise, Master!

No, Cabba. It wasn't Vegeta. It would have been a far better scenario to have Vegeta finally be the hero of a saga which he seriously deserves by this point since both Goku and Gohan got to do it. Also, having the Prince of a mass murdering race be the one to revive not just U6 but the other universes would have been both awesome and would have had some emotional weight to it. Not to mention he actually made a promise to do it (well, U6 at least), so it would have made sense for him to keep it. But nope, the writers were too much in love with 17 to allow a much better scenario to take place. Nevertheless, the revival of the universes is still wonderful. XD

Freeza being resurrected. 
Okay Whis...seriously? You have the ability to resurrect people? Really? All the abilities you demonstrated so far aren't enough? You have the ability to resurrect people too? Come on! We should just rename the show "Whis" since he's probably going to start granting wishes in the future too. :XD: 
Anyway, I love how Freeza immediately admits that he isn't going to change his evil ways. He doesn't even try to hide it. I was also genuinely not sure if Freeza would survive to the end of the series or would do something stupid and get himself killed/erased. I'm glad he survived, although I have no idea what they're going to do with him now. I bet they'll somehow ignore/retcon the fact that he can become insanely powerful by training for a short time because if they didn't, he'd probably defeat the El Grande Padre (man, I'm late to that meme) after a year of training. :XD:

The final scene.
The ending credits, Freeza returning to his army and Goku and Vegeta sparring. I must say I did not expect Goku to lose UI. I am kind of glad he did. I don't know why but I just love the idea of him never surpassing Beerus. Having Beerus be an immature but powerful "boss" of Goku is something I really liked in DBS and I hope they keep it going for as long as they can. However, if Goku lost UI doesn't that mean Vegeta is stronger than him now since he has the dark blue form? Or did Vegeta lose his form too? :shrug:


And there we go. The final episode of DBS. As you can see, the episode is genuinely good. It just has that one bad element that drags it down. The ending is satisfying and opens up a lot of opportunities for future series (so that they can milk the franchise until the end of time XD). 

Now, as I said, there should be a new DBS movie coming out this year, but I'm really not sure if I'll do a review of it since it REALLY didn't grab my attention so far. We'll see. :w00t: 
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Sorry everyone, you're going to have to wait a little longer for the review/recap. It IS technically the series finale for now, and there's a lot to cover. :XD:
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Goku: I don't think I'm a hero of justice or anythin'. But those who'd hurt my friends... I won't forgive! 

Wow, Goku, what an epic line! Well done! :clap:
Too bad it's completely false considering quite a few of your friends have hurt or tried to kill your other friends in the past. You DO remember that, right? Right? No? Just me then? Okay. :XD:

Episode 130 of DBS is out and it's amazing. There are cliche and cringey things about it, but the presentation was just so epic it can be forgiven. Also, congratulations, Jiren, you have officially crossed the "likable character threshold". It took you a looooooooooong time to do it, but I finally like you as a character. Also, R.I.P. Jiren facts, you shall be missed. :D

Okay, let's get serious now - I really did like this episode a lot. It was one of the few Saiyan related fights at the Tournament that I really enjoyed purely because the animation was top quality and because I REALLY wanted to see just how strong MUI (Mastered Ultra Instinct) Goku really was. The form definitely did not disappoint. Yes, the toll on Goku's body eventually messed him up but the actual form definitely lived up to its hype considering even full powered Jiren couldn't defeat it. Nevertheless, Jiren still put up an epic fight and even managed to gain the upperhand initially when he went full power. :headbang:

As I pointed out, there were cringey and cliche things in this episode but the presentation made them work imo. What I'm talking about is Goku's "my friends give me strength" deal and Jiren's "strength is all that matters, not friends" deal. We've seen it a million times before, but again, the presentation made it work. Seeing the stoic Jiren get visibly frustrated and actually try to KILL Goku's friends really caught me off guard. He did this to prove a point to Goku that his friends can be gone just like that, just like how he (Jiren) lost everyone. I also liked how Goku made sure to mention that even though he cares about his friends he is NOT a hero in the strictest sense of the word. This has been a subject of much debate regarding Goku's character for quite a while now and I like how DBS tries to make it clear. :nod:

Goku losing MUI is one of the most intense and painful looking scenes in DBS. At first I thought Jiren surprise-attacked Goku and stabbed him in the gut. Then, when I saw that Jiren was just as shocked, I thought Freeza death beamed Goku from the back but I quickly shot (no pun intended) that theory down since Freeza isn't so stupid. Then it was revealed what the problem really was. Having a visibly worried Whis explain it was a very nice touch. :XD:

However, after Goku's MUI form backfires, Jiren gives one of the cringiest lines in the series "you shall live on forever in my memories". Geez Jiren! I know you have bad social skills but damn! That was horrible! :rofl:

Nevertheless, the events after and especially before that line make up for it. Jiren accepts his defeat and clearly doesn't like the fact that he won because Goku ended up losing his power. One of my personal favorite scenes in the episode is the close up of Jiren's eyes trembling when Belmod is telling him to attack Goku. I love those small details. They show how conflicted Jiren is and how much he hates what he's supposed to do. :D


And that's about it. Nothing else worth mentioning happened in this episode. :D
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Just like that doctor from "Courage the cowardly dog" used to say:
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You REALLY want to keep reading don't you? You REALLY want me to address it don't you? Well I WON'T. :XD:
If you've been following my journal entries you know how I feel about him lasting this long in the ToP. You can probably guess for yourself how I felt when I saw him in this episode. :XD:
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Beerus: You lot. Shut up and watch. 

THANK YOU Beerus. I'm glad you're also tired of spectators giving us useless and annoying comments. :rofl:

Well here it is. The episode many people were waiting for. Goku's full new form revealed (like soooooo many others before it and probably soooooo many others after it in the future XD) - the white/silver haired complete ultra instinct (UI) form. :D

The battle between incomplete UI Goku and Jiren was good, but I didn't find it to be anything too special. I did like the Omnikings' reactions to it. They're basically a stand-in for the audience. :XD:

Vegeta's roast to Belmod and speech to Goku was amazing. It's always nice to see the friendship these two have. :nod:

But the highlight of the episode was the complete UI form. Seeing the Gods of Destruction (even those that are not participating) rise out of respect was such a beautiful moment: 



But let's not count Jiren out just yet. The next episode preview shows him doing something scary - he's going to take off his shirt. And we all know what that means in Dragon Ball. :XD: 
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Reporter: So, Mr. Jiren, your aura of invincibility was damaged in the last episode, but now it seems you have lost it completely. Or at least that's what the reaction of some fans seems to be. How do you feel?
Jiren: Get lost. See, Belmod? You shouldn't have given away my backstory. It makes characters vulnerable.
Belmod: Well... shit. 

DBS episode 128 is here and is titled "Noble Pride to the end! Vegeta falls!". Gee, I wonder who'll get eliminated in this episode. XD

Well, Vegeta has fulfilled his "gets defeated by the main antagonist before Goku steps in" role again. I was a bit surprised that he got eliminated halfway throughout the episode though. Still, it was a good call not to stretch out the beating he would take from Jiren during the length of the entire episode. :XD:

Am I the only one getting bothered by the episode constantly cutting away from the fight and back to the spectator's seats just to have characters go "Wow" and "He did this" and "He's unfazed by that"? Seeing characters react to amazing feats is good but if you do it too often it becomes annoying. -_- 
At least in this episode they had non-universe 7 members comment as well (especially those from universes that weren't participating).  

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with Vegeta's performance in the tournament. He defeated a lot of enemies, even managing to knock out Toppo in his most powerful form. :nod:

Also, dear DBS writers... I'm sure you're already aware of this but there is a gag in the Dragon Ball fandom that Goku is a terrible father and husband. And you people are NOT helping. :XD: Having Goku unlock Ultra Instinct again because he was thinking about his friends and comrades was cliche and has been done before, but it kind of works in-universe. However, why would you have him think about FREEZA but not CHICHI or GOTEN??? :rofl: I couldn't help laughing when I saw Freeza among the people Goku used to motivate himself. It's official - Vegeta is a better father and husband than Goku. He actually thought about his family when fighting Jiren. XD

Congratulations, Jiren, you have just lost your aura of invincibility. It's hard for me to consider you an invincible powerhouse after a punch like that, but I guess I do like you more as a character now. The thumbnail speaks for itself. :D

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............wow. I mean....just......wow. DBS writers, have you been to the doctor lately? I don't think a healthy person (and especially a professional writer) can love a fictional character as much as you love Android 17. This was just pathetic. -_- 

Well, episode 127 is out, it had good parts and bad parts like any other episode. Let's get the obvious out of the way. No, I don't feel sad about Android 17's death. Then again, it can be difficult to feel sad about anyone's death in Dragon Ball since they'll just come back later. This being Android 17's last episode in the Tournament apparently, the writers just ramped up the love they have for him to a ridiculous level. He injures Jiren..... let me repeat that - Android 17 is the first character in the Tournament of Power to legitimately INJURE Jiren. And the writers didn't stop there, heaven forbid should the almighty Android 17 be eliminated from the Tournament. Oh no, we can't have that. That would be too embarrassing for someone like him. Let's have him sacrifice himself for Goku and Vegeta, because nobody is allowed to eliminate him. He is even the reason we finally learn Jiren's backstory. Android 17 was just horribly written during the Tournament. He should not be this strong, competent nor important. The only reason he is is because the plot says he must be. It's the DBS Future Trunks scenario all over again. :iconfacepalmplz:

All right, so much about that nonsense. Now let's mention some of the good things. :XD:

The action scenes were pretty good as always. :headbang:

The Vegeta fangirls will be in love with this episode due to Vegeta's shirtless fight scenes. :D 

Freeza's mental breakdown while he's fighting Jiren was beautiful. XD

And it's nice to finally learn Jiren's backstory. The only problem is that it's far too vague and generic. The strongest mortal in a universe where the God of Destruction and Angel look like the Joker and Harley Quinn respectively has the backstory of Batman. Seems legit. :rofl: 
But hey, at least seeing Jiren as a kid was cute. :aww: 
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"If justice can't protect our universe, then it's worthless."

The writers really love to give Toppo awesome lines, don't they. :XD:

Sadly, badass lines are all he has left. His performance in this episode was underwhelming compared to the previous one. Not only did he struggle with 17 AGAIN, but he struggled with FREEZA. Yes, the same Freeza that got his ass brutally kicked by Toppo in the last episode. He's back, he's laughing again and he's fighting back. While it's fun seeing a 17 and Freeza tag-team, I just don't feel any emotional connection to that team, for the simple fact that they've never interacted before. The only "interaction" they may have had was 17 possibly dying when Freeza destroyed the Earth if the Resurrection F saga. I still feel it really would have been better if 17 sacrificed himself against Dyspo and Gohan was the one teaming up with Freeza now since their tag-team is much more fun to watch due to their past. :nod:

But anyway, seeing Toppo's duel with Vegeta was fantastic. Toppo throwing everything that made him who he was for power, and Vegeta throwing nothing away, but embracing it and using it to ultimately win was good writing. :thumbsup: 

Also, the Vegeta fangirls will be very happy since he lost his shirt. Yeah, for the first time in Dragon Ball I think (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) we have a shirtless Vegeta in battle instead of Goku. :D

But, the most shocking thing about the episode is undoubtedly JIREN'S SMILE!!! O_O
Yes, he can actually smile. I thought he had some kind of weird medical condition where the sides of his mouth couldn't bend into a smile and so he wanted to use the Super Dragon Balls to fix that but nope. He CAN smile and he's FINALLY showing some real personality. He criticizes Toppo for losing and congratulates Vegeta for winning without throwing anything away (except his shirt XD). It seems getting stronger without sacrificing who you are is something Jiren values very much. Not a bad personality trait for him. :nod:

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"Worthless. Justice... is worthless now."

That line gave me chills. To think Toppo would say something like that. O_O

Episode 125 is here, and man, what an episode. Toppo's God of Destruction (GoD) form is epic and his manipulation of the Destruction energy is really creative. I love it when characters use their powers in creative ways. :XD:

Seeing Jiren stop fighting just to observe and comment on Toppo also adds a little bit depth to Jiren as well (since he REALLY needs it at this point). 

Another plus is that the episode doesn't focus much on the Saiyans, instead on Toppo, Freeza and *sigh* Android 17. -_- 

Freeza finally gets a real ass-kicking at the Tournament of Power and, honestly, it was really brutal. You can see something is terribly wrong when he tries to stop Toppo's energy ball like he did with Sidra's... and it's not working. I loved how Freeza slowly loses his composure as he realizes he can't manipulate the energy:



Well done, Toppo. You're almost a badass now. Why "almost"? Because there's one thing dragging down this episode's quality - Android 17. I know I'm probably being annoying with this by this point, but it's honestly getting sad how much the writers love this character. Having him actually resist pre-GoD Toppo in a beam struggle for a while? Having GoD Toppo be incapable of just speedblitzing Android 17 and eliminating him? Having GoD Toppo need to rely on destroying the surroundings to be able to hit 17? Well of course. It totally make sense that 17 while doing his job as a park ranger and training in his free time would be able to cause some trouble to a candidate for a God of Destruction, right? Right? Ridiculous. Lazy writing in its purest form. 17 is slowly becoming just as bad as Future Trunks was in the Zamasu arc. Sorry Toppo, you may be able to break 17's energy barrier but his plot armor is still too strong for you. 

And that's it. Quite a few good elements in this episode and one really bad one that I feel seriously needs to go already. :nod: 
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Hohohohoho Dr. Gero, you old dog you. :XD: 

I'm sure most if not all my watchers know about Dr. Gero, the android building scientist in Dragon Ball Z. Well, some time before the author of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama, revealed in an interview that Dr. Gero had a son who was a soldier for the Red Ribbon Army. He died to an enemy bullet and Dr. Gero modeled Android 16 after him. So, yeah, Dr. Gero had a son who looked like Android 16. This is already interesting. But, now we know what his wife looked like too. :D

In a recent Dragon Ball related video game a new android was revealed - Android 21. There were different speculations about her, but it's heavily implied in the game that she was Gero's wife (or was at least modeled after her). :nod:



Now of course, you can have a whole debate of whether or not she's canon due to appearing in a game and so on, but nevertheless, this is a very interesting concept. Poor Dr. Gero. It seems he had a beautiful family. :D
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I didn't do any recap/review of episode 123 simply because I didn't really find it all that interesting. Sorry. ^^;

As for episode 124.....really writers? Really? GOHAN is eliminated before ANDROID 17? Just.... really? I'm seriously starting to dislike 17 by this point. He really should not have lasted this long. -_-

But on the other hand, at least Gohan had a lot of great moments in the tournament, and his tag team with Freeza this episode was awesome. These two really came a long way from this:


to this:


Also Toppo looks scary as hell in the next episode preview *crosses fingers that Android 17 gets some well deserved beating from him*.
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Well, episode 122 is out and the ultimate clash between U7 and U11 is here. :D

Vegeta faced off against Jiren. It ended just as you would expect. Poor Vegeta always gets an ass-kicking. :XD: 

Freeza vs Dyspo was HILARIOUS! The way Dyspo pulls Freeza by the tail should be a meme. :rofl:

Why is Android 17 there? Why do the writers love him so much? The battle would have been so much better and would have made more sense if it had been Piccolo instead. 17 should not be this powerful and he should not have lasted this long. I hope Toppo gives him some well deserved JUSTICE!!!!! thrashing. :D

I LOVED how they made all the spectators sit closer together. You know there's going to be funny moments between them. XD

Also, for the first time we see Vados nervous. Seems Marcarita knows how to piss off her sister. ;p 

Overall, an okay episode but, once again, too much focus on the Saiyans. :nod:
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:XD: I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! :XD:




If you have any New Year's resolutions, feel free to post them in the comments. If not, doesn't matter (neither do I XD). 
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Thank you all for the wonderful holiday wishes! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! :santa::boogie:

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