Remember how great the fight between Kefla and Goku looked during the Tournament of Power? An upcoming Dragon Ball Super is about to look as good, if not better.
The animator behind some of the best scenes in the Tournament of Power is coming back to the series in a big way.
According to YouTube user AnimeAjay, animation supervisor Yuya Takahashi is coming back for some scenes in Episode 122. The first time he supervised for the series was when Goku first trigger the Ultra Instinct state. During Dragon Ball Super's hour long special for episodes 109 and 110, in his battle with Jiren, Goku's new transformation impressed fans with the sharp contrast to how he looked in the series to date.
The hour long special even included the now infamous rotating shot where Goku enters a stare down with Jiren and sparks a pretty great first impression. What's even more impressive was when Yuya Takahashi came back to supervise the animation of episode 114, Goku's battle with Kale and Caulifla that led to the debut of their fusion, Kefla.
Takahashi impressed fans of the series because he only had three weeks - as most animators have much longer - to work on the episode and it ended up featuring some of the most detailed character art of the characters yet. But the difference for 122 is the fact that Takahashi has had the full range of time this go around. While it has not been confirmed what exactly Takahashi's contributions will be, or whether or not he will supervise the new episode as well, it does confirm 122 will be a strong episode.
Since Takahashi is a freelancer, and isn't completely under Toei's wing, his moments on the series seem a lot more special. The main question on every fan's mind, however, is what is so important that Takahashi is needed to animate it?
Will Goku transform into Ultra Instinct again even if he's going to struggle to reach it? Will Freeza enact a sinister plot or will Vegeta rage through the rest of the competition? With only 13 minutes to go as of 118, the stakes will surely be higher.
Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” arc is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturday evenings at 7:15 p.m. CST. Adult Swim airs the English dub during its Toonami block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m, and it will soon be available to stream on FunimationNOW.
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