Chuquita wrote:Re: screen time
We're only 1 episode in on Super; there's no saying Gokû won't get temp-sidelined here the way he did in Z. He hasn't really fully main-charactered since the 23rd tournament.
That said, I don't want any new main character replacement because I can't unsee it as someone making their OC fanfic dreams come true and I just can't bring myself to care about a replacement. I was disappointed enough having ssjg replaced by blueper. Replacing Gokû himself would make me drop the series.
Goku, beyond anyone else in any given time in the series, and Dragon Ball are pretty much synonyms. The only time all the way throughout all the arcs in DB and DBZ at which they really seemed to deliberately have someone else "replace" Goku as the main protagonist (on a permanent basis), or at least have that fighter be on par with him, was when Gohan surpassed him by becoming Super Saiya-jin 2 in the Cell Games saga, overcoming his (and everyone else's) level of power, being the one to (be able to) defeat that particular villain (Cell). Even the opening from the Majin Buu arc in DBZ reflects that, Gohan is shown pretty much as the intended "new Goku" (they even "killed" Goku back in the Cell Games to ensure this would go even more smoothly), but it just didn't work out and Goku was again the one not only to finish off Kid Buu and, in more recent events, achieve a level of power closer to the likes of Beerus and Whis. Even Vegeta has surpassed Gohan by Fukkatsu no F, and we need to remember that there are many instances in which Gohan is stronger than Vegeta, for example when he reaches his "Ultimate" form. Before DBSuper/Fukkatsu no F, Vegeta was still below Gohan's level of power, but Gohan lacks the same "always-training-to-get-stronger" fighting-maniac spirit both Goku and Vegeta possess, as pure Saiya-jins. They're clearly going for the setting in which Goku and Vegeta are the only "good guys" from the Z team - and everything we've been seeing lately in BoG, Fukkatsu no F and DBSuper confirms it - that seem to be able to keep up with these new insanely powerful enemies, who go beyond even the strongest form of Super Buu or Super Vegitto.
I can't really see the need some fans have to have him "pass the torch" to someone else and let the "new generation" take over in terms of power/protagonism. Let it go, Goku will always be the main one, followed/seconded by, or, at most, ALONG with Vegeta. All the others will get their screen time, fighting time and proper character developments and interactions, and they most definitely should have, but in terms of power and protagonism we're down to Goku and Vegeta. They even had Vegeta reach new stages and overcome the degree of the gap in power between him and Gohan which was present at the time of the end of the Majin Buu arc, in order to fit the purpose of having him not only be the second-main protagonist after Goku, or along with Goku, in terms of power, by achieving SSJG and SSJGSSJ.
Gohan fans might be a little (or quite a lot) disappointed at the way they're treating Gohan in BoG, Fukkatsu no F and DBSuper as a protagonist and/or fighter, even in terms of degree of power, but he had two chances to become the strongest Z fighter during DBZ (Cell Games and when he became Ultimate Gohan and thrashed Super Buu) and failed to reach new stages and get stronger and stronger even that that, which is partially what Dragonball is all about.