Dragon Ball Super: What Bothers Me

So by now, you’ve probably heard the news. After many, many, many years, Dragon Ball gets a new installment in the form of Dragon Ball Super. Specifics have been scant to say the least, so it’s probably somewhat premature for me to say that I’m bothered by something. However, I think for a franchise like Dragon Ball, which has been criticized for being overrated compared to more complex and contemporary anime.

As has been released, the story will follow the Majin Buu saga in time frame, and deal with Goku and the rest of the Z-Fighters attempting to protect the peace that Buu’s defeat has brought to the universe. Sounds fun and definitely par for the course for the franchise. However, what bothers me most is that…that’s so Dragon Ball.

If you're not here, you're not important.

If you’re not here, you’re not important.

The Dragon Ball series have always been billed as the adventures of Goku and his friends. However, by the Android Saga and it was clear that a portion of the Z-Fighters were highly outmatched. Though Yamcha was well on his way to becoming a joke, there was a clear shift that became evident by this point, as Tien, Yamcha, and Krillin—mainstays in Dragon Ball history—were rendered obsolete by the Super Saiyans (and Piccolo,) with their collective triumphs amounting to Tien nearly killing himself while doing no damage to Cell and Krillin getting thrown a bone in the form of a hot wife. Oh, and Yamcha taking another step towards becoming a running joke for DBZ: Abridged.

The Majin Buu Saga took this another step further, by giving Piccolo the role of master planner in a series where brawn beat brains nine out of ten times. After Majin Buu became a threat, unless you were a Saiyan you were pretty much useless. Now, I love Goku and all of the Saiyans as much as the next guy. However, I’m not so sure I’m up for The Saiyan Show.

Just five of 18 heroes from DBZ: Heroes.

Just five of 18 heroes from DBZ: Heroes.

Recent films have shown that the Dragon Ball universe is a vast place, with even more powerful figures than the Saiyans living in it. While Goku has and always will be the cornerstone of the franchise, perhaps the world is ready for a new story and new characters to take the reigns. Maybe not completely, but even Gohan was pegged to take over for Goku at one point, so the idea is not totally random.

Perhaps a story could take place in the future, where Humans have learned from the example of Saiyans, along with other races, and since then, become far more powerful than previously? Maybe the Namekians are due for their own series. Rebuilding a race nearly destroyed twice can’t be an easy feat. Especially when your Warrior cast no-longer exists.

I just feel like Akira Toriyama missed out on an opportunity to branch out more with the Dragon Ball franchise. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the series for the most part, but I can’t help but think that at the end of the day, I’ll be bothered by what could have been.

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  1. Sephiroth420

    at first i thought you were just pissed off because the humans were weak, but now i can see what you mean by making the other characters more powerful and making them relevant again, maybe they will do something to help make them stronger, like a wish from the dragonballs, dragonball had some epic fights with the humans but i cant really see them bringing them up to par with goku or even piccolo.

    • TysonJ

      No, no, no. Not pissed at all. Bummed is a more accurate term, but I like the Saiyans and all the characters really. The problem is, if you’re a fan of Yamcha (like me,) or Tien or any other human it’s hard to justify and a new series would have been a great opportunity for those characters.

      Or even introduce a new story where Humans can share the spotlight equally with the aliens, like the story for Dragon Ball: Online or Heroes.

      • Sephiroth420

        yeah i totally agree, it wouldve been a great chance for them to beef up the humans and make them relevant in fights rather than just fighting the grunts or getting owned by whoever the bad guy is, maybe the series will surprise us and make them stronger but i really doubt it :(, i enjoyed dragonball online, its a shame that it ended :(. not too long to wait now, im really looking forward to it.

        • TysonJ

          I feel the same way. Hopefully I’m wrong. I wouldn’t mind being wrong on this occasion, but I just feel like we’re gonna get a lot more Saiyan spotlight than anything else. Maybe Piccolo does something awesome, but I wouldn’t count on it.

          Never got a chance to play DBO, but I was really intrigued by the storyline. Sounded awesome.

          • Sephiroth420

            yeah it certainly looks that way with the addition of ssj god and ssjgodssj, which sounds so stupid, they couldve come up with something a little better sounding. do you think they will add more saiyans to the series? id love to see something like Piccolo training with Whis aswell. i get the feeling Akira doesnt have much love for the humans lol.

            oh you missed out on a great mmo there 🙁
            it was a little annoying till the proper translation came, and then it got scrapped :(. you never know they could go in a completely different direction with the next game and have some alternate universe where everyone is similar in strength.

            have you been playing xenoverse? if so what was your take on that?

          • TysonJ

            Yeah, but this is something I know a lot of people have been iffy on from the overall design to of course the name. It’s actually going to be the basis for another Dragon Ball article I’m working on. I think at this point, Akira really doesn’t care much for the humans because he knows they’re not the star of the series and at this point, they just can’t compete.

            Yeah, I’d heard there was an English patch for it, and considered getting it, but school has been taking up most of my time, among other things. Though at least they sort of adapted the awesome story into Xenoverse, and I was actually thinking of getting it, but what I want to do is wait for a “Game of the Year” edition since it’s been getting a lot of positive press, especially for a DB game. I’m gonna wait and see if there’s an announcement and if not then I’ll go back and get the game. I’m just really cautious like that haha.

          • Sephiroth420

            Hey sorry for the late reply, I didnt clock you replied till last night. I’d like to read that article too, could you link me to it when you are finished with it? yeah I got that feeling too, I guess humans are pretty boring compared to all of the other races in the Dragonball Universe.

            There was an English translation and I thought it was dead up until now, well the original version is anyway but people have resurrected it and put it on a different server, i dont think its entirely finished yet. I guess the original devs could be bothered continuing the original version, which is a real shame, as this was a really good MMO in my opinion and I usually dislike MMO’s as they can get boring. the website is

            yeah i dont blame you for being cautious, especially after all the shit games they’ve churned out over the years, did you fall for Ultimate Tenkaichi too? i would’ve gladly snapped that disc day 1 lol, Xenoverse is very much like Raging Blast with a few control differences, but you can set it to that control scheme. i can see there being a game of the year edition, but you know theres always a way to torrent it and then buy it if you still support it, most people frown on torrents but i think it helps you get a feel for the game and its not like the pc has any demos for any games. you can also play online with it even if it is cracked.

          • Tyson Jones

            It’s all cool. My bad too. Lot of stuff going on over here, but yeah, no doubt. The article is hopefully coming out sometime next week, but I’ll be sure to let ya know when it’s live.

            Thanks for the link. I’m hoping to get a new computer here in the next few weeks if all goes well, so I’d love to try it out. With that said, I’m surprised they didn’t do more to market this game. I’m sure it would have been huge worldwide, and I’ve always wondered why it didn’t really get much publicity. I only found it by chance, but I look forward to playing it, myself.

            Actually, my friend gave me his copy of Ultimate Tenkaichi it was so bad, and to this day it’s the only DBZ game I’ve never beaten the story on. I got up to the end of the Frieza Saga and I couldn’t play anymore. I think I sold it for two bucks at Gamestop, which is honestly one of only a handful of times I didn’t feel like they jipped me. I’ve honestly thought about torrenting, but that just seems like a bit of a hassle to me, and I figure I’ll give it til about August and if there’s nothing announced, I’ll go ahead and buy the game and maybe a few DLC.

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