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The hundredth episode of Dragon Ball Super is something of a celebration. And how better to celebrate than to have some good old Super Saiyan-on-Super Saiyan action.

The current arc of Dragon Ball Super is centered around a tournament with the fate of eight universes in the balance—including that of Universe 7, the home of our Dragon Ball heroes. Each universe has picked their ten strongest warriors to fight in a 48-minute team battle royale. But in the end, only the team with the most remaining members will survive. All other teams—along with their respective universes—will be erased from existence.

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In the lead-up to the tournament, we got glimpses of the other teams being formed across the multiverse—including the happenings in “Universe 6.” Universe 6 is the one most similar to Goku’s and even contains Saiyans of its very own.

Herein lies one of the coolest things to come out of the current arc of Dragon Ball Super: the appearance of the anime franchise’s first female Super Saiyans, Caulifla and Kale. In their first few appearances, it became clear rather quickly that the pair are special—even amongst Saiyans like Goku and Vegeta.

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Back in episodes 92 and 93, Caulifla found an entirely new way to become Super Saiyan (without relying on anger) just by having what it feels like to transformation explained to her. Then, only minutes later, she managed to go Super Saiyan 2 for the first time.

Kale, on the other hand, transformed into a rage-powered version of Super Saiyan unlike anything we’ve seen in any of the TV series proper (though said form does look awfully similar to a certain notorious Saiyan seen in the films).

However, it’s not till episode 100 that we finally get to see how they actually stack up to Goku himself.

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Caulifla is clearly a genius fighter with raw talent far beyond any other Saiyan we have seen before. With an ego on par with Vegeta’s and a love of fighting equal to Goku’s, she’s confidant that she can go Super Saiyan Blue just by seeing it. Goku is a little less certain, but upon watching her master Super Saiyan 2 just by observing him, he admits that her becoming Super Saiyan 3 by the end of the Tournament is not out of the question.

Or to put it another way, she is so talented she could do something in under an hour that it took Goku years—and being dead—to master.

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But, the real star of the hundredth episode is Kale. Kale is unlike pretty much every Saiyan we’ve seen in the franchise. Rather than a warrior, she is so timid that she’s more likely to cry than get angry when being attacked. In her default form, she lacks the power to even hurt the other fighters in the Tournament of Power—though it’s entirely possible her weakness is psychosomatic.

Kale has serious self-esteem problems. When people taunt her, she takes the comments to heart. After all, they only confirm what she already believes: that she is worthless, weak, and deserving of anything that happens to her. However, she does have one thing she feels even stronger about than her own self-loathing: her love of Caulifla.

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Caulifla is always there to support and praise Kale—she’s the one truly positive voice in Kale’s life. So even while she feels unworthy of Caulifla’s friendship and attention, she revels in it. She has found a place in the world where she is happy and appreciated—i.e., by Caulifla’s side. Losing that place, even for a moment, is more than she can bear.

It’s the one thing that can truly make her angry. And for Kale, that anger grants a power that brings the tournament to a halt.

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Transformed Kale is a berserking monster with one goal: to kill the one who has taken her place in Caulifla’s heart. To do that, she’ll carve a path through anyone to reach her goal. But what’s even more terrifying is that Kale doesn’t dodge anyone’s attacks—she doesn’t need to. She is capable of walking through Super Saiyan Blue Goku’s Kamehameha with no apparent effect.

Kale is an enemy unlike any Goku has faced in the various TV anime—she’s not so much a martial arts fighter as she is an unstoppable beast of pure rage. So he finds himself wildly unprepared for her unrelenting attacks and takes quite the beating in the process. And he’s not the only one. The two others who get in Kale’s way meet with their own swift defeats.

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It’s only after Jiren, likely the strongest individual in the tournament, blindsides Kale with an immensely powerful attack, that she is stopped. But even then, “stopped” doesn’t mean defeated. She is simply left untransformed and unconscious. (And the next episode preview shows her already conscious again.)

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All in all, focusing on the Universe 6 Saiyans was a smart decision for this milestone episode. Longtime fans are treated to a fight reminiscent of Goku’s battle with Broly. Lapsed fans, or those who just know about Dragon Ball through cultural osmosis, get to see that Dragon Ball’s first female Super Saiyans are no pushovers—even when compared with Goku and Vegeta. And with both Caulifla and Kale still in the fight, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more of the pair as the tournament continues on.

Dragon Ball Super is streaming on Daisuki, FUNimation, and Crunchyroll and is airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami with an English dub.

Comments (8)
  1. Please, please make this bad fanfic show die already. It’s the biggest insult since Evolution; the creators aren’t even trying, all they do is using characters people just want to see in action. That’s it. Nothing is genius about it nor is it done well as the power scaling is more retarded than Toriyama’s memories from original DB/Z.
    And just because there are tons of people liking it, it doesn’t mean they:
    -don’t have low standards,
    -watched a lot of Anime in their lifes (because the show has WAY too many generic Anime vibes which it didn’t have in the old series),
    -remember enough from DB/Z,
    -aren’t plain ignorants/dumbasses who give no shit about logic as long as they get anything DB-related because Toriyama is a GOD to them.

    Additonal note: I dunno if that’s just me, but posting topics like this one (for feminists or girls to make them “feel appreciated as a females”) is cringey as hell – you’re acting as if they were little kids who need to be guided by you to survive in this big, oh how terrible world that… doesn’t make cartoons about strong females as often as males -_- Yeah, I get the intention but it actually feels like some sort of pity as a result.

    • Wow so just because you don’t like it its pandering and crap?

      Get over yourself.

      • It’s not an opinion if the show is a BAD CONINUITY objectively. Give me all the reasons why it’s a great continuation, I’ll wait.

    • What? DBSuper is great. I happen to think I have pretty high standards. The end of Black was so-so and I just didn’t bother to watch the shit ass anime in the start of the show and fillers, what little there is as they’re just standalone comedy episodes, I guess, without a manga?

      Regardless, I’m not getting that “generic” vibe at all. I remember from DBZ. I dunno what logic has to do with appreciation of a piece of art, but what ever.

      Also, what the hell did you need to bring feminism and women into this? In universe six , the one that is a mirror to universe 7, the Legendary Super Saiyan is a woman and the Saiyans are still a warrior race so why shouldn’t there be a strong female Saiyan? She had her own space pirate crew in a reality where most of her race are basically cops. She’s a badass by default, while complain?

      • Please, tell me everything great about each arc you thought is great.
        Also, I put the “feminism” piece there just to point out how some people just HAVE TO create topics like: “Oh, look! It’s a powerful WOMAN! It’s so cool that the creators didn’t forget about this gender that I’ll make entire topic about it!”. That’s just pathetic in my eyes.

        • And literally replacing Broly with that abomination, and then making her being effortlessly stronger than SSJB Goku who needed ultra super hiper mega training to be in the position in which he is now (plus help of “gods”) makes it even worse.

          And how the hell can you not notice typical Anime vibes? That rip off of Broly acts like typical helpless girl (when not transformed), there is a sumo, catgirl, bird in chinese clothes as the opponents and some blob which attacks with ice spikes. Not to mention the alien which, after K.O’ing Broly’s rip off, posed as if he was some darn power ranger, lol.

          Oh, amd power of LOVE! YAAAY

    • Someone’s having a bad day… Go for a walk, get a cup of milk, sleep, something. Just relax a bit lol

      • Nope, thanks. The only thing that’s bad is Super. Seriously, nothing else did make me go so far with hate that I felt the need to point out its mistakes everywhere I see some retarded love towards it. But Super has so little effort put into writing, it fucking hurts.

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