zarmack wrote:Manga Jiren is far more inconsistent than his Anime version. At first he is shilled up as being much more heroic and less of a jerk than his anime version, only to reveal that in most of arc he does absolutely nothing to help out his teammates and coldly dismisses them when they lose (how is he different?)
It at least tracks with the idea of him being put on a superhero team and deciding to adopt the idea of fighting for justice at the behest of the master he's trying to please. He was told to uphold justice, so until he gets approval, he's going to be the best damn champion of justice there is (much like how he thought he was supposed to get stronger, so he became the strongest there is). But his loner nature still prevails.
The anime version may be a more consistent asshole, but it's also hard to buy this Batman-esque superhero out for his own justice as the same guy who takes time to specifically trash-talk opponents when they're about to die ("How does your last victory taste?") or chastise his teammates for losing. Manga Jiren just quietly lets them fall because he thinks he's the only one who can finish it, and better off alone.
And UI in the manga is extremely underwhelming, especially the Omen (which accomplished nothing in the manga, making it a wasted transformation).
Why's it have to be one? It's what it says on the tin—a prelude to the complete UI. I liked how seamless that all was. The aura-less, slimmed-down approach to UI itself also helps it communicate the pure, mastered self Omen projected in the anime, but which was then tossed out for the flash and awe of the completed form, which the direction on 130 presented more as a standard Saiyan power-up.
And how is UI in the manga the antithesis of DB usual powerscaling when it follows the blueprint?: New form -> increases powerlevel -> improves Goku's chances at winning.
Jiren himself highlights it this chapter when he complains about Goku targeting openings rather than relying on true strength. UI Goku is weaker than Jiren, but has the upper hand regardless due to his automatic defense and perfect exploitation of openings and weak points for attacks. That's completely different from any transformation beforehand, which were always about straight-forward power advantages, and presentation-wise, it's a trait of the completed UI I buy much more readily in the manga. (It's also nice that its automatic technique itself has drawbacks unless fully mastered, and that it doesn't save the day except for unfortunate timing, as the anime' would have.)
I also actually buy this UI as something anyone, provided a cosmic level of mastery of other elements, can obtain, rather than it being hard to see as anything other than a standard transformation as in the anime.