Do you guys remember walking home after a bad day at school having to face with bullies the next day? Arguments with friends? The isolating thought of not having many friends at all? Those thoughts clouded in my mind during my childhood during the early adolescent years. I wanted to be stronger.
To have fun and have more adventures with friends. I know a show that embodies an image in my head and it was Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball.” It was like an adventure every time it would air on TV. It broke records and boundaries. The show was the gateway to help me make meaningful friendships as a child.
However, did this modern success translate the spirit of the original beyond communicating the story of self-improvement adventuring friendship? How was it that this anime captures the hearts and minds of new and old generations of fans throughout the world?
I am yours truly, Michael, and join me today as I tend to explore complex emotions surrounding why I loved it and maybe even why you loved it.
As I dive into the most colorful, light-hearted action thrill ride ever created, let’s get right to it!
It has been over a decade since Japanese audiences had a new Dragon Ball anime TV to watch. With the original series created by Akira Toriyama, I am sure Toei Animation did not expect Dragon Ball Super to take off like it did across the world. However, unlike Dragon Ball Z, it has more of its fair share of criticism seen as one of the most popular Japanese properties in the world.
From enormous production issues throughout, to try and figure out just what it was that attracted and kept so many people watching. Why is the show so popular?
No. I am not going to go over that. Today, I am just going to explain why I love ‘Dragon Ball Super.’
Why it resonated with me and how I felt about its ending? If you guys disagree or felt something else entirely, that is cool. This post was called, “Why I Love Dragon Ball Super.”
Piccolo, Goku and baby Pan are enjoying the night scenery!
Dragon Ball Super is not going to be perfect
That is what I told myself right before watching the very first episode back on July 5th, 2015. On March 25h, 2018, I watched the very last episode of ‘Dragon Ball Super.’ That felt incredibly strange to say just now. I mean, the series has become an enormous part of my life over the last 3 years. Having watched the episodes week-to-week.
Writing about it and researching it.
It has been no secret to me that the show had huge struggles during this time on the air. The show has not been perfect, not by a long shot. For some reason. That does not matter to me. Sitting beside my sister while watching the last episode unfold in front of my eyes, I could not help but remember the show has brought me on throughout the years.
Goku versus Beerus!
Whether it be the ball of anxiety and excitement I was moments before the episodes airing, the shock of episode 5 was brought to everyone, which ultimately led me to an anime community that I am a part of today.
Goku goes into Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken!
The feeling of lying in bed as Goku screamed Kaio-ken with excitement.
The countless theories surrounding the identity of Goku Black. The crazier the better (laugh).
Goku & Frieza working together against Jiren!
There are countless other engaging experiences that I got to share with you all, thanks to this show. Despite not being perfect while watching the last episode, I had a huge smile on my face as Goku and Frieza, my two favorite characters, fought alongside together to bring Universe 7 to victory.
Dragon Ball fans watched the last episode on a giant screen!
Thanks to the internet, things like this felt like a worldwide experience. In various countries across the world, there were giant screens set up in public squares.
Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks!
Now don’t get me wrong. I can point to certain instances where the show falters, melts and flat out makes no sense quite easily, but I cannot help but love it all the same. (Took a deep breath).
3 years ago, I felt miserable and had no job to take care of myself and my family. Shortly after, Dragon Ball returned and inspired me to try something new, to become a “Content Writer” at Vocal Media. When I first start writing about Dragon Ball, at the time, I wanted to be anyone other than me.
Goku & Vegeta in Super Saiyan Blue forms!
I can confirm with absolute certainty that is no longer the case and I am incredibly proud of how far I have come since then. I could not have done it this without the endless support of you guys. Dragon Ball Super is not perfect, but it has allowed me to have the ability to write and discuss what I love about Dragon Ball fans every week.
Through Dragon Ball, I have the honor of making wonderful new friendships with the likes of Neo, Zeal Champ, CJsepticplier, and countless others. So, while watching the last episode, as the chaos of the tournament has concluded, and it began to shift, I felt a feeling like what Dragon Ball Z left me with as a child.
A Happy Goku!
Similar, not identical. When I first saw Dragon Ball Z, I was 10 years old. The show helped me, an awkward shy kid, to socialize with other people my age and find my footing in my formative years. When Dragon Ball Z ended, I genuinely felt as though a friend had left for good. If that makes any sense. When Dragon Ball Super began, I was 23.
It helped me find my way out of a dark place through hard work, perseverance, and determination. The show made me laugh, leap out of my seat with excitement, and inspired me to follow my dreams.
Krillin trying to keep up with Goku!
From Krillin struggling to keep up with Goku.
Vegeta is trying to catch up with Goku or the countless experiences I shared with all of you over these last few months.
It has been one of the most eye-opening magical experiences in my life. Dragon Ball has something that sets itself apart from every other form of entertainment out there for me. It without fail made me turned into a kid again. At any element of action during an episode, I immediately took a back seat as I was launched into this wonderous action-packed thrill ride.
Beerus destroys Zamasu!
It is not perfect, but I could not help it. I got caught up in the gut-punching, earth-shattering screaming supernova that was…’Dragon Ball Super.’ I, without reservation, loved the series. No matter what way I look at it, it just fills me with happiness. I love the series not because I cannot see anything wrong with it, but I loved too much about it to care about the bad.
As the episode began to wind down, and we were greeted with the last two characters that many of us had grown up with, you might have felt emotional, mist Alysia, and or indifference.
We will see you later Goku!
I could not help but look on with that same white-eyed smile I had when I was a kid. Dragon Ball Super was not perfect, but it was more than enough for me. I want to take this opportunity to thank those who produced the series behind the scenes and through all its hardships. You are the real heroes of this series.
Through all the trials and tribulations, they managed to deliver the best ending series ever, in my opinion. This series is the strongest stand-alone series I have ever seen. I want to thank every one of you for reading this post. I am not going to say goodbye to Dragon Ball.
Until we meet again Goku, see you later!
This is why I love 'Dragon Ball Super!'
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