ahill1 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:47 am
spill the beans.
Very well. The third medium that adapted Future Trunks saga was the video-game, more specifically Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (well, it is currently the only other place that adapted it).
That says a lot, though. If it is a game, then it is more closely based on the Toei version. But it did what no other medium did (and what they both should have done): it knew how to expand and explore the possibilities.
Firstly, I would like to say that they stated a year for when the events occur in Trunks timeline. And what's better, unlike certain people behind Dragon Ball Super: Broly who don't seem to know basic math, the year given (AGE 796) does not bring any contradiction, except for those who consider all the times Shenlong was summoned (since the beginning of Universe 6 saga) and filler events, which is something one shouldn't be doing.
Since stuff happen very similar to what was seen in the anime, I'll skip to what makes this version better: The battle against Goku Black after he opens a portal in the sky. He says he does not know what it is, and speculates what it can do, maybe one could go to the past? To the future? Or even to another reality. Dimps, knowing better, did not waste opportunity and used it to bring a few villains from another dimension. This is what modern Dragon Ball should be about. It is time to get the hell out of the safe zone and start expanding itself gloriously. You're finally applying Akira Toriyama's words (spoken in Daizenshuu 6) in-universe. It is time to acknowledge and explain how the movies stand and work in this grand scope to your broader audience. If you are already taking a lot from comic books' features (hell, even the protagonist has a backstory that perfectly mirrors a comic book superhero), why stop there now?
By using the access to another dimension, you don't need to keep rebooting characters, let them be what they are (except Janemba, he really needs a "reboot" in his personality so that he can be the greatest villain). Anyway, later on, that same rift that Goku Black open served another purpose. During the confrontation between Trunks and Merged Zamasu, his "Genki-Dama Sword" received even more energy thanks to the rift being connected not only to another dimension, but also to the past and "our present", as we see Goku, Pan and Trunks (another dimension), Trunks and Gohan (past) and Gohan and Piccolo (our present) also helping Trunks out. Once again making me put a huge smile on my face. It made more sense because I don't think the energy took only from what's left on Earth would be enough to take down Merged Zamasu.
I clapped when I saw that Dimps cleverly used that rift to do all of this. This is exactly what I was expecting to see and was hoping it would happen back when Future Trunks saga was airing. Dragon Ball has potential, and unfortunately it seems only games know how to use it. All of this can bring a lot of possibilities in the future to work with, other great stories that are not stuck with the same characters, in the same place.
Since it was confirmed that Dragon Ball Super Trunks is the same as the Time Patroller Trunks in XV2, I assume Trunks became a Time Patroller after the events of Future Trunks saga. Which means the end of the saga is also better here. I wanted to punch someone when I saw that they would end the saga with Trunks going to live with himself in another timeline. That is the WORST. ENDING. EVER. They could have done anything but they chose the worst of all. Hell, Trunks was even wearing a green pullover, the same seen underneath his black coat as Time Patroller, I thought they would finally make things right...
So this is it. I pretty much prefer Future Trunks saga by Dimps. Though there were some cool stuff in the other media, such as the love for Super Saiyan 2, it was nice that Trunks got it (despite Toei screwing it up by not changing Trunks hair properly) and Vegeta using it once again in the manga. Super Saiyan God Vegeta finally appeared, and Dende knows how badly I wanted to see Vegeta in that form as I always thought it would look better on him and I was right. I also liked that they "gave Trunks his Majin Buu saga", here's to hope games adapt it (though I know games tend to adapt what's in the anime. And what was seen in the anime was literally nothing. Damn you Toei!), it goes without saying that Toyotaro did it best here. They both did some cool stuff of their own (but also some bad stuff, such as Vegetto who shouldn't have been brought back in the first place. It should have been either Gogeta or Vegenks) but there's no contest here. In these modern times, we need more than just "cool stuff".