Matches Malone wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:08 pm
Jack Bz wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:47 pm
Goku is explaining to Moro where he went wrong and why he lost.
Goku: You know how you nearly killed all of us and it took the power of angles to take you down ?
Moro: Yes ?
Goku: Well, if you go to prison and somehow find a way to train, you'll get a lot more out of it then simply eating planets.
Moro: So if I go back to prison and happen to escape when you're not looking and start training, I'll be stronger ?
Moro: OK then, I'll go to prison.
Do you see how bad that would be for everyone if he took Goku up on his offer ? No matter how you look at it, Goku's written terribly here.
Goku is talking to him about training and self improvement and the benefits martial arts can give you to see if there's any glimmer of hope in Moro at all to not commit to eating planets. He's saying there is another path that doesn't involve destruction and death, and it will reap even better rewards. It was a long shot, but as he said in chapter 63, "I'll fight them as many times as it takes, and maybe, just maybe, they'll join the good side". He tried, but still concluded that Moro does in fact need to die and is a lost cause. He's giving him less mercy than he did to Piccolo or Vegeta.
People are talking about Goku not learning from his mistakes, but the only time it has ever backfired for the Z fighters to spare an enemy (and the consequences were still practically non-existent) was when Goku spared Freeza. Piccolo, Vegeta, the androids etc all joined the good side. You could say sparing 18 caused problems with Cell, but that's on Cell rather than 18. Usually being spared leads to a path where the character eventually turns around.
Goku giving but the tiniest of graces to a villain who he rightfully thought had absolutely no chance against him isn't absurd. The worst thing about this moment is that there have been plenty of other fakeouts with Moro, and this is the latest in a long line of them
. Goku's characterisation isn't the issue, it's fatigue at the concept of Moro again evading defeat. But this is the one time where Moro has evaded defeat where it has actually had some foreshadowing (Goku and Merus' conversation, the hand grabbing Merus' neck earlier) and that has made the most sense. Moro eating 7-3 out of nowhere was worse than this for sure.
Also sorry for being pedantic: but every time you mention angels, you spell it as angles, as in the angles of a triangle etc