Clash! Freeza vs Son Gokū! This is the Result of My Training!
Dragon Ball Super‘s take on the Resurrection ‘F’ storyline is nearing its conclusion as the main battle between the heroic Goku and the villainous Frieza is all set to commence. But who will come out on top in the rematch of the century? To quote good old J.R.,”It’s gonna be a slobber-knocker!”
Spoilers lurk beyond this point…
When Goku and Frieza fought on Namek many moons ago in Dragon Ball Z it was a fairly straightforward ‘mano a mano’ affair, with nothing to distract the pair from kicking the crap out of each other for several hours once Goku had everyone else teleported off the planet. This was a wise move by the Saiyan warrior as now, in Dragon Ball Super, we see exactly why you shouldn’t have bystanders when fighting such a wily foe. Always looking to get a competitive edge over his opponent, Frieza takes potshots at Goku’s friends as a means of distracting him. Funnily enough, Vegeta steps in to save Bulma, but is nowhere to be seen when it’s poor Krillin in the line of sight. Obviously, a good guy like Goku won’t let someone like Krillin get blown up, so he goes out of his way to deflect Frieza’s energy blasts, leaving himself open to being caught off-guard. As Frieza once said, “It’s not always the strongest warrior who wins the day, but often the smartest” and he’s really putting that philosophy to good use here.
The fight between Frieza and Goku is suitably brutal, with Frieza’s aforementioned sucker punching giving him an early advantage. He’s not above going for the eyes or pulling Goku’s hair either, who responds in kind by grabbing a hold of the space tyrant’s tail at different points of the fight. Perhaps the most visually impressive moment in this veritable clash of titans is when Frieza spins Goku rapidly above his head, creating a whirlwind in the process. There is also a strange looking, but fairly cool, moment when the two fly into each other at full speed, headbutting in the process. We’ve seen plenty of times in the past where Dragon Ball combatants do this with their fists, but this is a first (to the best of my memory). While it may seem odd, it makes about as much sense as anything in the Dragon Ball universe when you stop to think about it.
As the battle rages on, Vegeta gets frustrated and intervenes, attacking Goku. While Frieza and Tien interpret this as Vegeta declaring his allegiance to Emperor Frieza, it’s not the case. Vegeta goes on to offer Frieza a rather sarcastic greeting, complete with an overly long clapping routine which infuriates Frieza. The whole sequence just goes to show that, beneath the stony-faced seriousness, he actually does have a sense of humour and remains a master when it comes to winding people up.
When Vegeta reveals the cause of his frustration; the fact that Goku has been holding back throughout the fight, both Goku and Frieza agree to go full power. Frieza allows Goku to go first, but attempts to shoot him while he powers up (something which nobody ever seems to have attempted in Dragon Ball before now for whatever reason). After a stern telling off from Goku, Frieza allows him to complete his transformation and we get our first glimpse of the refined Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (seriously, these names are getting ridiculous at this stage – let’s just call it Super Saiyan Blue from now on) in Dragon Ball Super. Of course, this won’t be new to anyone who has seen the Resurrection ‘F’ DBZ movie, but such is the way of Dragon Ball Super retelling the recent movie stories.
Episode 24 of Dragon Ball Super ends with Goku powered up to Super Saiyan Blue and ready to step things up a notch. Frieza has yet to power up to his ‘Golden Frieza’ form but that seems to be an inevitability at this point, seeing as this form is shown in the saga’s opening montage, thereby refuting rumours of a possible redesign (some Dragon Ball fans had expressed disappointment that Frieza’s new form looks the exact same as his last ‘final form’, only in a different colour – not me though!). Things should get pretty epic once episode 25 rolls out in two days’ time.
As a side note, there is an interesting comedic moment in Dragon Ball Super Episode 24 where Bulma and co. ask Jaco the Galactic Patrolman if he is in fact related to Frieza as he looks quite a bit like him, something Jaco denies vehemently – perhaps too vehemently… Granted, the similarities are most likely superficial but,for entertainment’s sake, here comes a wacky fan theory that is probably wrong:
It is noted that, in addition to his overall colour scheme, Jaco’s ‘ears’ resemble those of Frieza. Granted, in an earlier episode of Dragon Ball Super he removes them and maintains that they are in fact state of the art headphones as opposed to actual ears. Remember though, members of Frieza’s race grow their own bio suits, including the ‘ears’ – could Jaco’s headphones be some sort of contrived extension of this? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate!