TKA wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:49 pm
This reads like fanfiction.
I agree with this sentiment overall, but I hesitate to describe it as "fanfiction". That term carries a lot of other baggage that I don't think fits here, but there does seem to be an outright refusal to step outside of the established sandbox...at the moment, anyway.
More so than Cell, Moro seems to be a culmination of a bunch of threats that Goku & co. have already faced. He's ancient like Piccolo Diamo but much more so. He absorbs energy like No. 19 & 20 in a way that is more versatile and oppressive. He relentlessly kills those who stand in his way like Freeza but more dramatically. Etc. I think the sense of scale compared to these previous threats is certainly felt, but because everything feels a bit too familiar, the impact isn't proportionally scaled to match.
That aside, I don't really agree with the sentiment that this arc feels like a Toei film so far. Could someone who feels that way elaborate on that thought?
Overall, I found plenty to enjoy in this chapter. The action is great, but as I said in my previous post, that's not really what I'm looking for post-Broly. The gags and scenes that cut away from the action were a breath of fresh air. Can't wait for more Jaco/Bulma/Satan/Boo!!
When Goku and Vegeta were drained, I actually thought they might be dead. I was excited about that possibility, but alas...
As for the Namekian Savior, I really enjoyed that moment. I think it's a well implemented use of Toriyama's "betraying fan desires" method. I first heard of this concept through DB Multiverse, but apparently the idea is pretty common among fans. Admittedly, it's one that I thought was pretty cool, but not something that I realistically thought Toriyama would ever play straight. Here, I like that they're entertaining the idea, but only long enough to shut it down entirely. I thought the depiction of the mid-flight merging was well executed. This story beat was only funny to me in the way that it was so typically emblematic of Dragon Ball disappointment.