Did You Catch ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Latest ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Throwback?

Dragon Ball Super isn’t afraid to give a nod to its predecessors, and Dragon Ball Z is the latest series to get a throwback. Over the week, Toei Animation’s newer series saw Goku go head-to-head against the female Super Saiyans of Universe 6, and he needed the help of Yamcha to take the girls down.

No, really.

Dragon Ball Super’s 114th episode saw Super Saiyan God Goku get more than he bargained for by fighting Kale and Caulifla. The two girls proved their teamwork, and their tag-team takedown of Goku first made the Universe 7 hero give a shoutout to Tien Shinhan.

After being cornered by the two Super Saiyans, Goku gave a quick apology to Tien before taking one of the martial artist’s moves for himself. Goku busted out a Solar Flare to distract the girls so he could put some distance between us, but Tien didn’t seem phased at seeing his move get borrowed.

After all, it isn’t like Solar Flare has not been borrowed before by the Z-Fighters. Tien introduced the technique back in the 22cd World Martial Arts Tournament, but Krillin came to adopt the move into his usual line-up. Goku and even Cell also used the attack in Dragon Ball Z, but the Saiyan has borrowed other techniques.

In fact, Goku used another one of his comrades’ techniques against Caulifla, but the hero did not apologize to the fighter for using it. After knocking back an attack at the Universe 6 warrior, Goku managed to manually direct the energy blast to hit Caulifla. The move looked almost exactly like Yamcha’s Spirit Ball. The Z-Fighter developed the technique during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, but Goku’s take on it doesn’t appear to be a pure one. The hero doesn’t actually form his own energy ball; Goku hijacks the one Caulifla made, but there’s no doubt the hero found inspiration for his counter through his old friend.

Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” saga is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami airs the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.

Dragon Ball SuperSunday at on Fuji Television Network

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